“Supporting the English-speaking community in West Quebec”

Board of Directors

Arthur Ayers

President

Arthur Ayers is a lawyer with his own practice. His professional experience has included immigration and refugee issues. He is bilingual in English and French, a resident of Gatineau and keenly interested in the situation of the English-speaking community of Quebec. He has taught English in Japan and is fluent in Japanese. He describes himself as having proven adaptability to various work and cultural environments. His sports interests include cycling racing and cross-country skiing.

Alain Guy

Vice-President

Ken Bernard

Treasurer

Ken Bernard was elected to the board in 2017. He grew up in the Gaspe in the town of Murdochville. Quebec was more “English” during those years but he slowly saw that accommodation slip away. Having done quite a bit of travel throughout Europe, he understands the comfort level one has of being able to be understood in their native tongue. As he wants the English-speaking community to be a strong participant in the growth of the province, he thinks that French-speaking Quebecers should feel equally comfortable language wise in the rest of Canada.

Cassandra Plourde

Secretary

Chris Judd

Director

Born in Shawville, Quebec, Chris was a founding member of Quebec Young Farmers Association in 1967. He has been member of different Associations, such as the Ottawa Valley Tractor Puller, and the Shawville and district Snowmobile Club. Chris set three main life goals in 1978. The first one was to “do things right” or don’t do them at all. The second one was to build a farm that “ALL” his family could be involved in, when they were ready, (If they wanted to), and build a farm that could financially support “ALL” the families. The last one was to teach “someone” on our farm to do each job, task, or future planning, so that the “family” and “farm” could continue without him. Later in life, Chris was a councilor for the Village of Shawville (water, roads, and fire dept. committees) 1991-1995 to what he resigned in 1995 to accept presidency of Quebec Farmers Association. He was also a director of Shawville Ag. Society for two stretches. He was also a director of Pontiac milk producers from 1979-2014, (president from 1992-2013), (Provincial director of “Federation les Producteurs du Lait de Quebec” from 2003-2006.

Presently, Chris is a voluntary director on the “Villa James Shaw” project, planning a 40+ bed retirement home in the village of Shawville. He is also on the CANAMEX committee (with both Canadian and United States members) to explore agricultural tourism, sustainable agriculture, and trade between Canada and the US. Currently he serves as a director on the Quebec “cull cow and veal calf” marketing committee, and a director for the Regional Association of West Quebecers.

Judith O'rourke

Director

Judith was born in Norwich, England and has called Aylmer home for more than 40 years. Her 2 older children and all 7 grandchildren also live in Aylmer. Her youngest daughter, a former “Aylmer Citizen of the Year” is a teacher in the Gaspé region of Québec. Judith spent 13 years as a Commissioner for the Western Québec School Board and chaired several committees during her tenure. She is a long-time member of Christ Church Cathedral, in Ottawa where she has held numerous volunteer positions. An avid traveller, who has visited 82 countries, Judith believes that there is always something new to learn. For relaxation, Judith enjoys reading, knitting, making teddy bears and working on her family tree.

Robert Willson

Director

Have lived in Quebec (Old Gatineau, Limbour) since 1975.
Have been active on and off with CURE, Outaouais Alliance, RAWQ since late 70s.
Former English as a second-language teacher for 45 years. Now retired.
Have been involved with numerous organizations as a volunteer, occupying different posts, mostly functioning in French.
Union steward, chief steward, local president, treasurer, secretary
First Officer, Executive Director and Commander of Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance de l'Outaouais
Served on French Church and school committees
Presently active with the Association des residents de Limbour.
Active supporting and volunteering with a federal riding association, calling fellow citizens in the Pontiac riding, mostly communicating in French.
Graduated from several universities including the Université du Québec de Hull, now the Université du Québec en Outaouais

Fareed Khan

Director

Robert Valcov-Kwiatkowski

Director

Pierre Dionne

Director

David Gillespie

Director

Stephanie Spooner

Director