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Community Calendar of Events

Community Calendar of Events 

Compiled by Shirley Nadeau


Wednesday, July 14 at noon – Musical Wednesdays concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec, featuring Lise Lavoie (classical guitar) and Peter Calkins (flute). All concerts up to Sept. 1 are free, although donations are welcome. Two gift certificates from the Café-Bistro L’Omelette (Café de Paris) will be drawn at the end of each concert. For more details about the summer concert series, visit chalmerswesley.org.

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) offers Out and About activities for English speakers 50 and older including free transportation. Take the opportunity to get out and socialize with others. Weekly outings include shopping trips, nature visits, excursions to Île d’Orléans, visits to museums, ice cream parlour trips and more! Activities and the number of spaces available are based on current public health measures. Visit veq.ca/our-community/upcoming-events for details. To offer suggestions or to register, contact Maria Hoyt at 418-683-2366 ext. 224 or maria.hoyt@veq.ca.

The Library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, located in the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais in Old Quebec, is now open. Reservations are required. To reserve your time slot, visit morrin.org/en/explore-the-library.

The Festival d’opéra de Québec will take place from July 27 to Aug. 7. Highlights include L’opéra français en fête on July 30 at the Grand Théâtre, Georges Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles on July 31 and Aug. 2 and 4 at Théâtre La Bordée, Les leçons de Maria Callas on Aug. 1, 3, 5 and 6 at Le Diamant and the ever-popular roving Brigade Lyrique, which has promoted opera in Quebec City parks and public spaces with free outdoor performances since the first festival in 1999. For more details and to reserve your tickets, visit festivaloperaquebec.com.

The Domaine Forget de Charlevoix in Saint-Irénée, halfway between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, presents many free concerts by students of the International Music and Dance Academy, and outdoor activities such as yoga in the sculpture garden and movies at dusk. Concerts in the Grand Hall feature well-known singers and musicians such as Les Violons du Roy, Gregory Charles and Marc Hervieux. For information and reservations visit domaineforget.com, call 1-888-336-7438, 418-452-3535, visit the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix Facebook page.

Note: If there is a community event you would like to have publicized, please let us know by email at least two weeks in advance (editor@qctonline.com).

OBITUARY: Shirley (Rourke) Champion


Shirley (Rourke) Champion, 1949-2021 

Daughter of Bruce Rourke and Joyce Rourke (Harnell), she leaves behind her daughters, Jennifer Chataway (Scott) of Mississauga, Ont. and Heather Champion (Dino Petrin) of Ottawa in addition to her beloved grandchildren Colin, Connor, Justin and Tehya. She was predeceased by her sister Barbara (Tom Robinson), and leaves to mourn her nieces MarieJosée, Stephanie and Kathleen, her nephew Denis and their families. She also leaves behind her sister, Sandy Rourke of B.C. (Paul Bernardy), nieces Maura and Annie and her brother, Gordon Rourke as well as many friends and people she touched.

She died peacefully in her sleep on June 1 in Mississauga, Ont. She had been dealing with MS for many years and was confined to a long-term care home. She contracted COVID-19 this past Christmas and survived, but finally succumbed to lung cancer. Throughout her years at The Wenleigh Long-Term Care Home, she maintained her dignity, her sense of humour and her strength of character. Staff who dealt with her were devastated to get news of her passing. Her room was always filled with laughter and good spirits, and it was a place many of the staff who knew her could go unwind and relax. She was loved and admired by those who watched her struggle with her afflictions.

Her remains were cremated. There are no other arrangements at the time of this writing. It was her wish that her ashes be spread. Donations in her memory may be made to either Interim Place, The Dam Youth, Erin Mills United Church or the charity of your choice.

LETTER: Accessibility plan doesn’t reflect reality

Dear Editor,

In the June 23 edition of the QCT, you write about the City’s Accessibility Action Plan, unveiled June 7. At the same time, I noticed a complete lack of care in this area. At the beginning of June, I noticed a small work zone on Avenue Bourlamaque that constituted a trap for the blind – a section of sidewalk had been removed and there was no temporary protection. On June 8, I phoned 311 to complain about this completely unacceptable situation. I went back to the area on June 14 and nothing had changed. I think the situation wasn’t corrected until June 25, when workers finally poured the concrete. This is a far cry from the City’s lofty goals.

Best regards,

Paul Mackey

Quebec City

This photo was taken before concrete was poured during
construction on Avenue Bourlamaque. (Photo courtesy of Paul Mackey)

COVID-19 worsens shortage of community transportation volunteers

COVID-19 worsens shortage of community transportation volunteers

Submitted by Diane Kameen, Communications Advisor, Jeffery Hale Community Partners and the Wellness Centre

Jessica Price, interim volunteer co-ordinator at the Wellness Centre, is worried. She is doing her best to respond to requests from at-risk older adults in the English-speaking community for a volunteer to drive them to medical appointments, but it is not easy because she has a very limited number of volunteers to call on. Also, the need for volunteer transportation is growing. “Requests for transportation have gone up by an astounding 280 per cent since last year. In fact, the number started to climb about three years ago, but we have less than five regular volunteers we can count on in our roster. Volunteer driving is one of our most essential services. I really don’t want to let people down!”

Richard Walling, director of Jeffery Hale Community Partners, which co-manages the Wellness Centre, is not surprised. “COVID-19 surely had an impact on people’s needs to get to medical appointments, probably because people feel nervous taking public transport. I also think, however, that it’s due to a demographic shift. Our community is getting older. That means a greater need for volunteers, but in turn, they are fewer in number,” he states. “Since we opened 30 years ago, transportation has been one of our biggest volunteer recruitment challenges. It is magnified by the fact that a lot of seniors in our community do not have any family in the region, so volunteers are one of our most precious assets. We simply cannot offer our support services without them. The good ones are like gold.”

Transportation volunteer Jacqueline Corbett is one of the golden ones. “I started teleworking in March 2020 when COVID-19 hit. I also really wanted to find a way to help our community, but many volunteer opportunities were shut down at the same time, so I took to driving. It gave me a great excuse to get out of the house!” As a relative newcomer to Quebec, Corbett said it also helped her to discover new areas of Quebec City. “My drives up to Valcartier gave me a chance to appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons in our region. Driving has also helped me develop patience. In my day job, I am often rushing to meet deadlines – no time to waste. That approach does not work when you are on a medical appointment because waiting is part of the package. Everyone in the waiting room needs care of some kind and the medical staff are working hard to meet their needs.”

Madeline Byrne-Stewart is a longtime client of the Jeffery Hale Community Services Day Centre and a beneficiary of volunteer transportation services. “Without the kindness of volunteers like Jacqueline, I would not be able to get to some of my appointments, and that would put my health at risk,” she said. With mobility difficulties due to vision problems, no family living here, no car, and the high cost of taxi fare, Byrne-Stewart counts on the generosity of volunteers.

Take a four-minute survey before July 19

Price is working on strategies to entice people to sign up as transportation volunteers. She is trying to gain an insight into their motives through a general survey open to everyone in the community. “If you have even thought about helping with transportation but then never signed up, I would love to know what held you back,” she said. Please take the Wellness Centre’s four-minute confidential survey before Monday, July 19 by visiting wejh.ca/transportation. There is no pressure to commit! With life getting closer to normal this fall, Price fears that transport requests will spike yet again at that time. If you are willing to give back to your community by joining the transportation volunteer team, please reach out to her at jprice@jhpartners.net. You can also register directly online by visiting wejh.ca/transportation. You need a valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle. Your mileage is reimbursed, and clients cover any parking charges. “You make your own schedule. You can do one ride a week, or one ride a month. We are super flexible, and do our best to give you 48 hours’ notice,” Price said.

“The time spent in the waiting room allows me to get to know the person I am accompanying. Sometimes we chat, sometimes we just sit quietly,” concluded volunteer driver Corbett. “Most of all, I love hearing stories from those who have lived here all their lives. The people, the sense of community, that is the best part of all.”

Wellness Centre volunteer driver Jacqueline Corbett helps her community by
taking people to medical appointments. (Photo by Jonathan Corbett)