VEQ Happy Holiday Hour spreads Christmas cheer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Amy Bilodeau (right) and her boyfriend Dany Duval (centre) were the luckiest couple, together winning a poinsettia, a box of chocolates and a magazine gift certificate at VEQ’s Happy Holiday Hour. QCT general manager Taylor Ireland (left) waits for the next ticket to be drawn. 

Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) hosted their annual Happy Holiday Hour (maybe we can call it the Ha-Ho-Ho...?) in the Morrin Centre's College Hall on Wednesday, December 7. A buffet table laden with cheeses, pâtés, crackers and desserts awaited hungry party-goers. 

The Ha-Ho-Ho was also a fundraiser for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. Proceeds from the drinks purchased at the bar went directly to this 21st annual community initiative to help others less fortunate. Many people also donated canned and dry foodstuffs for the hampers that will be distributed on December 17. 

Many people took a detour to the old prison cells of the former Quebec Gaol to see how the principals of St. Patrick's and Quebec High were doing. André Gosselin and Warren Thomson had been imprisoned and were cooling their heels as part of their students' fundraising efforts. (See article below by Mike Tippin)  

Warren Thomson is also president of Voice of English-speaking Quebec. 

This annual event is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season, meet neighbours and friends, make a few new friends - and wish everyone a happy holiday season. There was a lot of networking going on too. A recent newcomer from Winnipeg, who used to work for CBC Television, was introduced to a local CBC Radio producer. She was also delighted to discover that Quebec City has live amateur theatre productions in English! We may be seeing more of her in the future....

At the end of the evening there were door-prize draws for Christmas plants, chocolates and Life in Quebec magazine subscriptions.