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QAHN Celebrates 10 Years in Style

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--September 23, 2010

The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), which was founded in Lennoxville in 2000, celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Chéribourg Hotel in Orford, Quebec, this month.

larger_Anglo_Heritage_Celebrates_10_Years.2.JPGTo mark this important anniversary, QAHN, which is a non-partisan, non-profit umbrella organization made of museums, historical societies, community groups, and individuals from across the province who share an interest in preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the province's English-language minority, organized a two-day conference, with participants and speakers from as far away as the Gaspé, the Ottawa Valley, and other parts of Quebec.

The theme of this year's conference was "Ways of Memory: inspiring, connecting and informing communities through heritage stewardship." Presentations and workshops included "Breathing Life into Local History," a talk by Louise Abbott; "The Ins and Outs of Publishing," a panel discussion moderated by the Kevin O'Donnell of the Hudson Historical Society; "Opportunities and Challenges for Quebec's Heritage Sector," with panelists Rachel Garber and Dwane Wilkin; and "Leadership Renewal in Volunteer Organizations," a workshop led by community-sector consultant Lise Palmer.

There were also presentations pertaining to current QAHN initiatives related to the Internet and the digitization of oral history, and displays by historical organizations, including an exhibition on the Home Children by the Compton County Historical Museum Society. A keynote address was delivered by Eastern Townships historian Jim Manson, who spoke of the coming of the Loyalists and of how they created a brand new community in the wilderness.

Sherbrooke's own Dick Evans spoke as well, giving a spirited, sometimes humorous, overview of the first ten years at QAHN, where he served as founding president and where he has been an active board member ever since.

"This organization has come a long way in ten short years," Evans told the crowd of about a hundred. "When we first started," he said, "we thought that it would take us about ten years to hit our stride. Well, we've hit our stride now."
QAHN's tenth anniversary celebrations wrapped up on Saturday evening with a banquet and an awards ceremony.