The RAWQ’s back in action!

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WEST QUEBEC – After a closure due to the COVID pandemic, the Regional Association of West Quebecers (RAWQ) has hit the ground running as they reopen their Aylmer and Shawville offices (Mon-Fri, 10 am to 5 pm) and resume services.
“We are looking forward to new beginnings in this ‘new reality’. The pause in our services allowed us to retool and revise our programming and be more
creative in how we engage the community,” said Linton Garner, executive director, noting RAWQ is offering their French Second Language courses again. The classes will be online and taught by many of the same teachers from the last session. Preparation for the fall session is ongoing, with open registration for classes taking place on RAWQ’s website from September 2 to 11.
Hayley Campbell, Outreach Coordinator in Shawville, with the help of summer student Kendal Lang, is focusing on youth outreach and community and business directories. Campbell will also maintain RAWQ’s website and multimedia platforms, as well as work on the many fundraising projects and events they have planned.
RAWQ will also continue to participate in important community initiatives within the English-speaking community like the Access Committee on Health and Social Services in English, Heritage College Foundation and the Comité Vivre Ensemble with the City of Gatineau.
“We hope to involve residents in new programming designed to bring the community together on a more informal basis featuring online trivia, morning coffee chats, talks on engaging topics, and community surveys on local issues touching youth, adults, and seniors. Our focus will also be on local businesses who are suffering from the effects of the pandemic and continuing to provide access to
YES (Youth Employment Services) for business counselling, to local businesses, artists and entrepreneurs,” concluded Garner. (AB)