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QAHN treasurer Dick Evans recognized for volunteer work

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--August 25, 2017.

larger_image4_0.jpgRichard “Dick” Evans, a well-known heritage activist and founding president of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN), has been chosen to receive a Canada 150 Volunteer Award, in honour of his significant contributions towards community development in the province.

The award is the latest in a string of accolades that the Waterville resident has earned over the course of three decades’ close involvement leading and advising non-profit groups, including Heritage Huntingville, the Lennoxville and Ascot Historical Society (LAHMS) and the Lennoxville United Church.

After a business career with Dupont Canada that spanned nearly 30 years, Mr. Evans returned to the Townships with his wife Marina in 1987, taking up residence on the Evans family farm near Huntingville. He has devoted much of his retirement since then to heritage education and preservation, not only in the Townships, but across Quebec.

In the 1990s Mr. Evans helped create the non-profit group Heritage Huntingville, and successfully raised funds to restore the Huntingville Universalist Church, the oldest building of its kind in Canada. He was also instrumental in creating the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre.

In 2000, while president of LAHMS and having distinguished himself as a strong advocate for heritage and culture across the Townships, Mr. Evans sought and obtained support of the federal Department of Canadian Heritage to organize a provincial conference of local historical societies at Bishop’s University. The outcome of that meeting was the formation of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN).

Marie-Claude Bibeau, member of parliament for Compton-Stanstead and Canada’s International Development minister, will present Mr. Evans with the Canada 150 award on Thursday, August 3, in a private ceremony.