“Supporting the English-speaking community in West Quebec”


RAWQ Community Information Session

Publié 2021-07-07

 RAWQ Info Session

What is the fate of English-Speaking Quebecers? Join us at our Community Information Session to find out what Bill 96 and Bill C-32 will mean if you are an English speaker in Quebec.

Tuesday, August 3rd- Doors open at: 6:30 pm | Meeting starts at 7:00 pm

Shawville Fair Grounds- Homecraft Hall (215 Lang Street Shawville, QC)

Click here to register

Please note that the RAWQ will adhere to public health guidelines to ensure a safe event. More details to follow on how to possibly engage virtually. Everyone is welcome.

For more information or if you experience difficulties with registration, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca or call 819-682-9602.


Publié 2021-07-02

RAWQ Statement on the Official Languages of Quebec and Canada / Communiqué de presse à propos des Langues officielles du Québec et du Canada

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Eating Well in the Summer on a Budget Workshop

Publié 2021-06-28

Eating Well in the summer
Wednesday, July 21st from 2:00-3:30 pm 
The session will take place on Zoom. Everyone is welcome!
Jennifer Brennan, Food Skills Manager with The Depot Community Food Centre, conducts an interactive information session with recipe sharing. Compare tips and tricks for making the most of seasonal produce and for coping with the heat of summer. In partnership with the Atwater Library and Computer Centre- Financial Literacy Program.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Publié 2021-06-03

As of Monday, June 7th, you may move up your appointment for your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Find your age and corresponding date on the calendar below.

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Bishop's Forum 2021

Publié 2021-06-01

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Bishop’s Forum 2021 Director Yolande James invites English-speaking Quebec youth to take advantage of a unique and transformative learning opportunity this summer

WHO: Young English-speaking Quebecers aged 18-26 who:

  • Identify as members of the English-speaking community
  • Want to deepen their understanding of how Quebec society works
  • Are passionate about working with their peers to bring about positive change

WHAT: The Forum’s discussions are driven by youth interests and passions! Past Forums have featured panel discussions, guest presentations and workshops on topics such as engaged citizenship, Indigenous rights, anti-racism, allyship, social sustainability, mental health and healthcare, education, linguistic rights and much more.

WHEN: Friday evening, August 13th through Tuesday afternoon, August 17th

WHERE: On the campus of Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec*

 What will your Bishop’s Forum experience be?

  • Meet fellow young Quebecers who will positively challenge you
  • Expand your network and engage with inspiring guest speakers
  • Become empowered to lead change in your community

If you're interested in Quebec society, how our province works and how you can make a difference, don't miss the Bishop’s Forum!

Register online: https://bishopsforum.ubishops.ca/registration/

Visit the Bishop’s Forum Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/1ijebn4qX

There is no cost to participate. Transportation to and from Bishop’s University as well as room and board on campus during the Forum are covered. This initiative is supported by the Government of Québec’s Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise.

 *The Bishop's Forum will adhere to public health guidelines to ensure a safe event. Consequently, we may offer a mix of in-person and virtual activities.

Invitation to Student Presentation on Black Canadian History

Publié 2021-03-03

You are cordially invited to a Meeting of the Committee for the Enhancement of the Curriculum of the History of Quebec (ComECH-QC) this Thursday evening, March 4th, 2021 commencing @ 7:00 p. m.
Special Invited Guest Presenter will be:
Ms. Furaha-Safi Karubara, is a Secondary IV student, who regularly attends Philomen Wright High School in Hull, Gatineau, and is attending the Western Quebec School Board Online Academy this year. Ms. Furaha-Safi Karubara will be presenting a PowerPoint presentation about the importance of Black History being taught as a part of Canadian History. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Please RSVP by writing to ComECH-QC Secretary, Carol Meindl at: carolmeindl@qfhsa.org

Opportunity for youth!

Publié 2021-02-12

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Y4Y Quebec is hosting a virtual Priority-Setting Summit Project that will be taking place on March 20-21, 2021.
This event will provide Québec’s English-speaking youth with a platform to articulate their diverse communities’ needs.
Youth will have the opportunity to attend workshops, a virtual tour of Parliament, and be inspired by a host of guest speakers!

'Your 2020 Tax Return' Information Session

Publié 2021-01-18

Join us on Monday, February 22nd from 4-5:30pm for a virtual information session on your 2020 tax return. All are welcome!
Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of 2020 provisions of federal and provincial income tax.
Thank you to the Atwater Library and Computer Centre for partnering with us.
For more information or to register, please email Hayley at oec@westquebecers.ca or fill out this form:
NEW 2021 Tax Info Session Shawville v2

Basket of Good Cheer Update

Publié 2021-01-04

Happy New Year! We would like to thank everyone for their support towards our Basket of Good Cheer fundraising initiative. 

The draw took place on December 30th. We are pleased to announce that Elisabeth H. was the lucky winner!



RAWQ Coffee Chats are back!

Publié 2021-01-04

Happy New Year! RAWQ Coffee Chats will resume this week.
Join us on Thursday at 10:00am via Zoom. This week we want to hear about your holiday experience amid the pandemic.
To register, please fill out the following form to receive Zoom call instructions: Register for our weekly Coffee Chats

Registration for Winter 2021 FSL Classes

Publié 2020-11-24

November 2020 Flyer ENG
Open registration for our virtual winter 2021 French-second language classes will take place from January 11th to March 18th, 2021.
Stay tuned!

Connecting Roots in the Pontiac and Beyond

Publié 2020-11-23

You are Here Project FINAL

On Friday, November 27th at 1:00pm enjoy the virtual session ‘Connecting Roots in the Pontiac and Beyond’. Be enlightened by the dedicated group of volunteers at the Pontiac Archives.

This workshop is part of Y4Y Quebec’s ‘You Are Here’ project, organized by the Outaouais Youth Cultural Ambassador, Holly Campbell.

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RAWQ Youth Needs Assessment

Publié 2020-11-18

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Calling all youth! We have created a new needs assessment for youth and we need your input. With the information received, we will generate a report on the needs of the youth in our region. We are hoping to gain a  better sense of how to reach you amid the pandemic. Please share this with local youth in your network.

Access the Youth Needs Assessment

FSL Update: Winter 2021 Session

Publié 2020-11-17

French Second Language Classes will be returning for a Winter session in January 2021! RAWQ will hold a 10-week session from January 11th to March 18th, 2021. Classes will be held virtually due to COVID-19 precautions and will take place in the evening at either 6:30 pm-7:30 pm or 7:30 pm-8:30 pm. Instruction is offered at the beginner, high beginner, intermediate and conversation-focused levels. Open registration will be from December 7th through to December 15th. Current students eligible for pre-registration or those on the waitlist will be contacted directly by the FSL coordinator.

For more information, contact: fsl@westquebecers.ca

RAWQ's Basket of Good Cheer Fundraiser

Publié 2020-11-12

Basket of Good Cheer
Did you hear about our Basket of Good Cheer fundraiser?
Tickets are $0.99 each or 6 for $5.00. Here is your chance to win over $400 in premium spirits!
You are invited to send your donation via electronic money transfer at info@westquebecers.ca for a touchless experience. Proof of your tickets will later be sent by email. No secret password is required.

RAWQ's Christmas Card Fundraiser

Publié 2020-11-12

Spread some holiday cheer with your loved ones this season by sending them a card. Thank you to Debra Stephens, Anne-Marie Major, and Robert Valcov for capturing and submitting such lovely scenes across the Outaouais region!
Cards in packages of 10 are available at:
-Shawville: Café 349, 349 Main Street
-Shawville: Boutique Shawville Shooz, 387 Main Street
-Wakefield: Wakefield General Store, 804 Chemin Riverside 
-Bristol: Coronation Hall Cider Mills, 206 River Road
Cards can also be purchased at our Aylmer and Shawville offices, where we will also offer the sale of individual cards for $3.00. For extra convenience, we can ship cards to you for $4.00. Electronic money transfer is accepted at info@westquebecers.ca
For more information, please email: oec@westquebecers.ca

Spoken word—Spoken Ancestries with Dona Nham

Publié 2020-10-02

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!

Publié 2020-10-01

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

Publié 2020-09-25

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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

Publié 2020-09-16

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

Publié 2020-08-21

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

Publié 2020-08-11

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!

Publié 2020-08-06


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

Virtual Bishop's Forum

Publié 2020-07-31

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

Publié 2020-07-28

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

La page ressource de l’ARWQ sur COVID-19

Publié 2020-03-19

L’équipe de l’ARWQ souhaite partager à la communauté toutes les ressources pertinentes. Nous vous invitons à partager vos idées avec la communauté, tel que : remèdes maison, activités familiales, information sur les commerces toujours ouverts, etc. Nous aimerions partager votre matériel avec celui que nous publions déjà. Partagez vos mise à jour avec Hayley, à : aco@westquebecers.ca


La page ressource de l’ARWQ sur COVID-19 

Quiz Night 2020

Publié 2020-03-17


La soirée « Quiz Night » qui devait avoir lieu le vendredi 20 mars a été reportée. Si vous êtes en possession de billets, ils seront honorés à une date ultérieure.

Merci !

Message du conseil d’administration de l’ARWQ sur COVID-19

Publié 2020-03-16

Letter from the RAWQ Board 

Mesdames et messieurs de l’Association,

La présente situation concernant le virus COVID-19 a nécessité des changements rapides et dramatiques dans nos vies. L’Association régionale des West Quebecers traite de ce dossier avec beaucoup de sérieux et sachez que nous prenons toutes les mesures et dispositions nécessaires pour assurer la santé et la sécurité de nos membres, nos étudiants et le personnel de l’ARWQ.

Afin de se conformer aux directives du Ministère de la santé publique, débutant
le 16 mars 2020, toutes les activités organisées par l’ARWQ sont reportées jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

Les événements et activités suivantes sont reportées :

  • Les ateliers du Club de conversation en français à la Résidence l’Initial;
  • Tous les cours de français langue seconde à Aylmer et Wakefield;
  • La soirée « Quiz Night » du 20 mars, 2020;
  • La session d’information sur les impôts 2019 qui devait être tenue à Shawville le 24 mars à la librairie Clarendon;
  • Les bureaux de l’ARWQ d’Aylmer et de Shawville seront fermés.

Nous sommes certains que vous aussi concernés que nous pour la santé et le bien-être de la communauté, et que vous comprendrez les raisons qui motivent l’ARWQ et les autres organisations d’errer prudemment. Tenez-vous à l’affut des derniers développements en consultant notre site Web ou notre page Facebook.

Nous réitérons les conseils des instances publiques et vous invitons à prendre toutes les précautions pour sauvegarder la santé de tous vos proches.

Merci pour votre compréhension et votre coopération.

Arthur Ayers,
Président, et au nom du Conseil d’administration de l’Association régionale des West Quebecers.

Reconnaissance des commanditaires « Quiz Night »

Publié 2020-03-11

Nous souhaitons remercier nos commanditaires pour leur contribution à notre évènement « Quiz Night »

  • 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
  • Aliments M&M [rue Principale]
  • MacEwan’s [Chemin Vanier]
  • Marché Laflamme [rue Principale]
  • Librairie Michabou [Galeries Aylmer]
  • Centre National des Arts
  • Sénateurs d’Ottawa
  • Pat Cassidy
  • Pat Graham
  • Pâtisserie la Vieille-Alliance [Chemin d’Aylmer]
  • Provigo-École Culinaire PC [Chemin d’Aylmer]
  • Réparation Aylmer [Chemin Eardley]
  • St.Hubert [rue Principale]
  • Subway [boul. Wilfrid-Lavigne]
  • Super C [rue Principale]
  • Confiserie Super Pop Star [Galeries Aylmer]
  • Pizzeria Suprême [Chemin Vanier]
  • Apiculture Valcov
  • Zigazoom [Galeries Aylmer]

Regional Championship

Publié 2020-03-10

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

Publié 2020-03-09

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.*

Your 2019 Tax Return Information Session

Publié 2020-03-05

Join us on Tuesday, March 24th from 4-6pm at the Shawville-Clarendon Library (356 Main St.) for a information session on your 2019 tax return.
Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of 2019 provisions of federal and provincial income tax, particularly pertaining to seniors, and much more.

We have partnered with the Municipality of Shawville and Atwater Library and Computer Centre.

Free workshop and all are welcome!

For more information or to register, please email Hayley at oec@westquebecers.ca or by calling the Shawville-Clarendon Library at 819-647-3732.


Y4Y Quebec Symbolism Project

Publié 2020-02-18

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!



Publié 2020-01-30

January 2020 CC
L’Association régionale des West Quebecers est fière d’annoncer la reprise des cours de français, langue seconde en Outaouais ! Ces cours au coût de 70$ afin de couvrir les frais de l’instruction auront lieu soit à Aylmer, soit à Wakefield. Ces cours seront dispensés du 4 février au 7 avril, 2020 pour un total de huit semaines. Les classes durent 90 minutes chacune entre 18 h et 21 h. Nous offrons présentement trois niveaux d’instruction : A1- débutant, A2- débutant avancé et A3- intermédiaire.
Ça vous intéresse? Contactez Jeanne Nivischiuk au fsl@westquebecers.ca ou en composant le 819 682-9602.
Nos cours de français langue seconde reprendront à l’automne 2020. Nous garderons nos membres au courant pour les aviser de la période d’inscription!


Publié 2020-01-27

L’Association régionale des West Quebecers organise un club de conversation les lundis soirs, en partenariat avec la Résidence L’Initial à Aylmer.

Le Club fait emphase sur l’amélioration de l’écoute et de la compréhension de la communication verbale en français. Nous proposons des invités spéciaux de la région à parer de sujets d’intérêts ou de stimuler une conversation de groupe. À date, nous avons reçu des personnalités tel que Rick Henderson, Micheline Lemieux, le Député provincial André Fortin et la conseillère municipale Audrey Bureau pour ne nommer que ceux-là. Le frais d’adhésion à ce club se fait au coût de 65 $ et les rencontres ont lieu à l’Initial une fois par semaine du 20 janvier au 25 mai.

Ça vous intéresse? Contactez Jeanne Nivischiuk au fsl@westquebecers.ca ou en composant le 819 682-9602.

Nos cours de français langue seconde reprendront à l’automne 2020. Nous garderons nos membres au courant pour les aviser de la période d’inscription!


January 2020 Conversation Club

Suspension of French Second-language Courses

Publié 2019-12-29

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

Publié 2019-12-18

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

Publié 2019-12-17

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!


Free French Classes

Publié 2019-12-03

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


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Annual General Meeting

Publié 2019-06-26

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