“Supporting the English-speaking community in West Quebec”


Spoken word—Spoken Ancestries with Dona Nham

Published Oct 2, 2020

Spoken Ancestries
We are pleased to partner with the Quebec Writers' Federation's StoryScaping project to offer a 3-part workshop series, Spoken Word- Spoken Ancestries with Dona Nham.
This series is open to youth and seniors and will take place on October 13, 20, & 20 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Spaces are limited for this virtual series. Register by emailing oec@westquebecers.ca.
Workshop description: Spoken Ancestries is an online spoken word workshop that will take participants on an introspective journey of the Self. Where do we come from? Who do we come from? What stories do we hold? Our own personal histories and lineages will be the inspiration for building a deeper language to ourselves and relationship to our roots. Participants will be guided through a series of collective and individual activities that will investigate, explore, and celebrate the mysteries and truths that only they can tell. Elements of spoken word, performance, and play will be explored in the activities. At the end, participants will share their pieces as an intimate showcase.
Workshop leader bio: Xin chào! Dona Nham is a Vietnamese-Chinese femme born and raised in Treaty 6 (Edmonton) and has been living in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal) since 2009. She is a spoken-word artist, arts-based facilitator, community organizer and cultural worker. Her practice is inspired by regenerative patterns within nature, the exploration of her ancestry and liminality, stories of resilience and diaspora, and the expansive and evolving work of what it means to decolonize, to heal, to love, and to seek truth, even in the darkest of places.

Support Jeanne- Prix Femme d'Influence!

Published Oct 1, 2020

Our team at the Regional Association of West Quebecers is pleased to share that Jeanne Nivischiuk, French Second Language Coordinator was nominated as a candidate for the Prix Femme d'Influence through Accompagnement des femmes immigrantes de l'Outaouais - AFIO
We are pleased to have the opportunity to work alongside Jeanne and value her dedication and leadership.
Please show your support for Jeanne, by filling out this survey before Monday, October 5th:

RAWQ Photo Contest

Published Sep 25, 2020

Xmas card photos

The Regional Association of West Quebecers invites you to send your photos of scenic Outaouais to oec@westquebecers.ca. RAWQ is pursuing a project of assembling greetings cards which will be for sale to support the Association’s projects. Please send your submissions no later than October 14th. We are particularly interested in winter scenes, which may be more appropriate for the holiday season.

RAWQ Talk Series on Youtube

Published Sep 16, 2020

The Regional Association of West Quebecers just launched the first episode of the RAWQ Talk series. This series is made by the community, for the community. Follow along with us!

Episode 1: Youth for Youth Quebec's Flag Project

We want to hear from you, the community! If you have a topic that you would like to see featured in this series, please write to us at aco@westquebecers.ca

Outaouais Adventures

Published Aug 21, 2020

Need another COVID-friendly activity??

Explore the beautiful outdoors! You can find all sorts of nature trails across the Outaouais! 

Click here for more information!

Back-to-school Plan

Published Aug 11, 2020

Yesterday the Quebec Government shared the updated back-to-school plan for preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. As well as procedures to be followed in these institutions.
To view English graphics with information outlining plans and procedures:

Shop Local!

Published Aug 6, 2020


Click here for a listing of Farmers Markets throughout the Outaouais region.

Virtual Bishop's Forum

Published Jul 31, 2020

Did you know that this year's Bishop's Forum is virtual⁉️
Are you a leader between the ages of 17 and 26?
Are you a member of the English-speaking community of Quebec?
Do you want to have a better idea of how Quebec society works?
Do you want an “Inside Look” at how major Quebec institutions do business?
Do you want to make your career here?
Do you want to influence public policy?
If you’ve answered YES to any of these questions, then the Virtual Bishop’s Forum is for you! Register by August 5, 2020 to join the fun.

RAWQ Reopening Message

Published Jul 28, 2020

Dear Members and Constituents,

The past few months has been a tumultuous time for all, including the Regional Association of West Quebecers. The majority of our activities requiring some degree of personal interaction, the Association decided to suspend operations and lay off all staff on April 1st. 

We are relieved and proud to announce the recommencement of operations effective July 27th. Rest assured, significant health and safety precautions will be undertaken to ensure control of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in congruence with public health and safety measures. Among others, the Association offices will be reconfigured to maximize social distancing and our celebrated French Second Language courses will be run online. 

Please stay tuned for more announcements. We look forward to serving you once again in the very near future.

Arthur Ayers,

President, on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Regional Association of West Quebecers

RAWQ's COVID-19 Resource Page

Published Mar 19, 2020

Our team at the RAWQ would like to share as many relevant resources as possible with the community. If you have any ideas of activities that families can do from home, home remedies that you might like to share, information about businesses that are still operating, etc. we would love to add to what we currently have to offer. Please share any updates with Hayley at aco@westquebecers.ca


RAWQ's COVID-19 Resource Page 

Quiz Night 2020

Published Mar 17, 2020


The Quiz Night event that was to take place on Friday, March 20th has been postponed. If you purchased tickets in advance, we will honour them at a later date.

Thank you!

Recognition of Quiz Night 2020 Sponsors

Published Mar 11, 2020

We would like to thank our sponsors for their contributions to Quiz Night 2020:
Au Jardin de Sylvie (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Audrey Bureau, conseillère municipale d'Aylmer
Bambou Restaurant (rue Principale)
Ben & Florentine (Chemin Vanier)
Café Mulligan (rue Principale)
Casa Grecque (rue Principale)
Chocolats Favoris (Galeries Aylmer)
Cinéma Aylmer (Galeries Aylmer)
Coco Frutti (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Coiffure Moda Elysa (Galeries Aylmer)
Dinty’s (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Dr Jean R. Amyotte – Chiropractor (Avenue Frank-Robinson)
Galeries Aylmer
Garage Grande-Rivière (rue Principale)
Gateau Neo (rue Principale)
Home Hardware (Galeries Aylmer)
IGA (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Jean Coutu (Galeries Aylmer)
Judith O’Rourke
M&M Meat Shop (rue Principale)
MacEwan’s (Chemin Vanier)
Marché Laflamme (rue Principale)
Michabou Libraire (Galeries Aylmer)
National Arts Centre
Ottawa Senators
Pat Cassidy
Pat Graham
Patisserie aux Vieux Alliance (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Provigo- Ecole Culinaire PC (Chemin d’Aylmer)
Réparation Aylmer (Chemin Eardley)
St.Hubert (rue Principale)
Subway (Boulevard Wilfrid-Lavigne)
Super C (rue Principale)
Super Pop Star Confectionery (Galeries Aylmer)
Suprême Pizzeria (Chemin Vanier)
Valcov’s Apiary
Zigazoom (Galeries Aylmer)

Regional Championship

Published Mar 10, 2020

Cheer on the Heritage Hurricanes Men's Basketball team from March 20-22 at the Regional Championship! Basketball


Spring Session of French Second Language Courses

Published Mar 9, 2020

Back by popular demand, RAWQ will be organizing FSL classes for the Spring. The classes will take place in Aylmer and Wakefield from April 14th to June 16th, a total of 10 weeks for a cost of $110. Classes are currently being offered at the Beginner, Advanced Beginner and Intermediate levels. If you are interested in participating in the Spring session, please contact Jeanne at fsl@westquebecers.ca or at 819-682-9602.

*Please note that classes in Shawville will return in Fall 2020.*


Y4Y Quebec Symbolism Project

Published Feb 18, 2020

Our friends at Y4Y Quebec need your help!

The Y4Y Quebec Symbolism Project was inspired by the flags of the Canadian Francophonie to create the first official flag to represent the English-speaking community of Quebec! We are looking for you to get involved in the project by telling us the symbols that represent you and the English-speaking community of Quebec. Have your say today!


Resumption of French second-language courses in the Outaouais!

Published Jan 30, 2020

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The Regional Association of West Quebecers is pleased to announce the resumption of the French second-language courses in the Outaouais! These classes will be $70, which will cover the cost of instruction. Depending on location, either Aylmer or Wakefield, classes will take place from February 4th to April 7th, 2020, for a total of eight weeks. Classes are 1.5 hours each and held in the evenings between 6-9pm. We are currently offering three language levels, A1 (beginner), A2 (high beginner) and B1 (intermediate).
If you are interested in joining our classes, now or in the future, please contact Jeanne Nivischiuk at fsl@westquebecers.ca or 819-682-9602.
Our free FSL classes will be returning in Fall 2020, and we will be informing members regarding upcoming registration periods!

French Conversation Classes in Aylmer

Published Jan 27, 2020

RAWQ hosts a conversation club, in partnership with Residence L’Initial, on Monday nights in Aylmer.

The club focuses on improving listening comprehension and oral communication in French. We invite guest speakers from around the region to speak about topics of interest or conduct a group conversation. We have hosted such figures as Rick Henderson, Micheline Lemeiux, MNA Andre Fortin, Gatineau Councilwoman Audrey Bureau and others. This club has a $65 fee and will run from January 20th to around May 25th. If you are interested in participating or require more information, please contact Jeanne Nivischiuk at fsl@westquebecers or by calling 819-682-9602.


January 2020 Conversation Club

Suspension of French Second-language Courses

Published Dec 29, 2019

Dear Students of the RAWQ FSL Courses,

It is with great regret that I inform you that the Regional Association of West Quebecers is postponing the next session of our French second-language courses, which was to take place this winter. Due to unforeseen budgetary constraints, we are unable to hold the session.

We will resume the courses as soon as possible; however we do not anticipate that that will be before the autumn of 2020. Student information will be kept, including the information of those who had registered for the cancelled session. We will ensure that they have priority when the courses resume. Should there be any further change in the status of the Program, the Association will notify you all.

Thank you for your participation thus far, and for your patience and understanding going forward. We look forward to seeing you in the fall of 2020.



Linton Garner

Executive Director

Regional Association of West Quebecers

Registration is now closed for our French Second Language Classes

Published Dec 18, 2019

We are not currently registering students for our French Second Language Classes. You can join the waitlist by registering as a member of the Regional Association of West Quebecers (for FREE!) by clicking on the button below. Registration for the French Conversation Club is ongoing and open to the general public, if you are looking to participate in a French activity immediately. For more information you can contact the program coordinator at fsl@westquebecers.ca.


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Closed for the Holidays

Published Dec 17, 2019

Our offices will be closed from December 19, 2019 to January 5, 2019

Wishing you and your family a lovely Holiday season! All the best in 2020!


Christmas Choral Concert

Published Dec 3, 2019

Join us on Friday, December 13th for our second annual Christmas Choral Concert!


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Annual General Meeting

Published Jun 26, 2019

This is an invitation to the Regional Association of West Quebecers' 2019 Annual General Meeting.