Farewell to MICHÈLE THIBEAU

A mentor

by Marie White

I had the pleasure of meeting Michèle in 2001 when she was relatively new to the QCT and I was just daring to freelance. From the start and ever since, Michèle has been encouraging, supportive and interested in my passion for writing about our Native people. How very grateful I am for her constant caring guidance – and firm, intelligent words of advice and correction when needed – that have been so important to me personally and professionally. What good fortune brought Michèle into my world! It has been a privilege working with you. Thank you, Michèle, for being a precious part of the QCT and a dear friend.

As also a loyal reader of the QCT, how can one sum up all you’ve done since you began ten years ago? All the stories? all the reporting? all the late hours? all those bus rides across the city to get the story? all those deadlines you met without fail? Allow me to congratulate you for the integrity, dedication, professionalism and clear-minded determination that marked all your work. I believe you have made a very significant contribution to this, our community, by capturing our local history in the making. That is truly a precious and significant contribution to the Quebec City region. Thank you for your constant dedication to this role which you so humbly and good-humouredly took on. You will indeed be missed.

Thank you, again, Michèle.

Just as 2008 marks an historic moment in Quebec City’s 400-year history, so too may it be a happy year for you, Michèle, as you turn towards new horizons and adventures.

All the very best and take care.

A dedicated journalist

by Karren McDonald

I’ll always remember my introduction to Michèle Thibeau. Her friend, Carrie, who was working at the QCT recommended her. I couldn’t believe that someone with a BA in Education would want to work for a newspaper earning minimum wage.

But she did, much to my delight, and she stayed with the newspaper for nearly 10 years. Anyone who knows my family realizes that we’re a bunch of talkers. But compared to Michèle ... we’re quiet.

Unlike most people, Michèle is not only a great talker she’s a very good listener too. And that was reflected in the quantity and quality of work that she produced for the newspaper.

Quebec City’s English-speaking community is soooo lucky that people like Michèle show up and adopt us. She embraced the community fully, concerned about our issues, volunteering in many capacities – launching Women’s Day celebrations, working with the Reading Council, participating in the Women’s Club.

She works hard, volunteers hard and cares big about the community and the people around her.

Of course, it’s sad that Michèle has decided she needs a new challenge. It’s also perfectly normal. We all need change to keep us motivated, committed, learning. Hopefully, she’ll stick around the city for a few more years (or maybe even forever) so the community can take advantage of her energy, enthusiasm and her interest. Good luck Michèle in everything you do.

A committed Quebecer

by Father Walter Raymond, OGS
Anglican Chaplain, Monte-Carlo

When I was serving as the Dean of the Cathedral in Quebec City, I often ran into Michèle Thibeau at the various community events I felt compelled to attend as a priest serving the community. I suspect she took her role as a reporter much in the same way a priest takes his (or hers) as a pastor. That is to say that Michèle really cares about our community in Quebec City and the people she served as a journalist. For many years now, Michèle has faithfully chronicled “our story” and she knows the community probably better than anyone else as a result. She not only came along to community events for the news story she would write in the QCT, but also out of obvious fascination with the many other stories that make up a community of people as diverse and dynamic as the English-speaking community in Quebec City. It is a joy to learn that Michèle will now take up the work of a teacher, her natural enthusiasm will certainly energize her classroom and her students will be very fortunate indeed.

A beacon for newcomers

by Bill Cox

In 2001 when I arrived in Quebec from the townships I was really at a loss to find my way around the English community and finding a writing group.

Providence had sent me a tall redheaded angel in the person of Michèle Thibeau who I had met at the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. She was eager to help and invited me to the Morrin Center in Old Quebec to attend a session with the writing group meeting there in the old library.

She even accepted to publish a couple of my articles in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph giving me the confidence I needed to grow in this new environment.

As an English Second Language teacher I have used articles from the Chronicle in my classes for reading exercises but only after impressing on the students the importance of Canada’s oldest English newspaper in Quebec. Some had not known it existed.

I very much appreciate the guidance and your generosity, Michèle.

My best wishes for success and happiness in your new career.