VEQ Holiday Happy Hour a holly, jolly success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ellie Fleming of VEQ, with the help of The Scribbler (she’s everywhere!), drew the winning door prize tickets and presented a poinsettia plant to Anna Nichols, one of the many prize winners at the VEQ Holiday Happy Hour. With them are executive director Brigitte Wellens and Jessica Price, also of VEQ.

A Holiday Happy Hour was held at the Morrin Centre on Dec. 6. People started to gather in College Hall at 5 p.m. and by 6, there was quite a jolly crowd there. 

The purpose of the annual event, organized by Voice of English-speaking Quebec, is twofold: to gather members of the local community together for the holidays, and to help raise funds and gather food donations for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign (CCHC). 

They succeeded greatly on both counts! A delicious cold buffet was spread out on tables and a cash bar provided liquid refreshments. Proceeds from the bar, managed by the Morrin Centre, went to towards the CCHC, as did the Turkey Tips collected at the bar. As the evening progressed, hot hors d’oeuvres were passed around by VEQ volunteers. 

To top off the evening, there were door prizes – a box of chocolates, Christmas cards that were handmade by the executive director of VEQ Brigitte Wellens and several lovely poinsettia plants.* The Scribbler, one of the Christmas Hamper Campaign elves, lent a hand with the drawing of tickets out of the box. 

People mixed and mingled and wished each other a happy holiday season. Many will be lending a hand with the sorting, boxing and packing of donated food that will be delivered to needy families on Dec. 16. Thank you all, and to all a good night. 

*Did you know that the poinsettia was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico and an avid botanist, who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825?  In Mexico it is called Flor de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve flower). 
The buffet table was a popular spot at the VEQ Holiday Happy Hour held at the Morrin Centre on Dec. 6.