Highlights from ImagiNation 2016

Check out the highlights of the Morrin Centre’s seventh annual writers’ festival which included readings and conversations, a book and wine pairing event, a live musical performance, a film screening, tea in the library, and a books and brunch with authors such as Will Ferguson, Anna and Jane McGarrigle, Monique Polak, Jeffery Deaver and Heather O’Neill. Images and editing: Dylan Page Photographe

Canada’s oldest learned society elects new president

The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (LHSQ) held its 192nd annual general meeting last night at the Morrin Centre, the English-language cultural hub it manages. In addition to discussing the Centre’s accomplishments in the past year, and of its plans for 2016, members were invited to elect Council. On this occasion, Barry Holleman who has been a member of Council since 2012 and Vice President since March 2015 was elected 55th President of the Literary and Historical Society. As Senior Business Advisor at Inno-centre, Holleman advises companies on funding assistance, marketing, strategic planning, business development and partnership formation. Through his experience as CEO at Myca Health and Vice President Clinical Technologies at Cardinal Health he has worked in the life science supply chain, IT consulting and computer development, health care IT and medical equipment sales. He has a Master of Communication Science from Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands and has completed the Leadership Development Program at Duke University in North Carolina. When addressing the members assembled on Wednesday evening, he shared his enthusiasm for the continued growth of the Morrin Centre in the areas of heritage interpretation, education and the arts. One of his objectives will be “to work with staff, members and Council to provide the environment and conditions for the Society to thrive and for the Morrin Centre to become the destination of choice for members of our community and visitors to Quebec City alike.” After four years at the head of the LHSQ, President Sovita Chander stepped down to continue her work as Vice President of Strategy at Le saint, a marketing agency where she advises CEOs and their marketing heads in the healthcare technology field. About the Morrin Centre As an English-language cultural centre located in Quebec City’s historical quarter, the Morrin Centre strives to be a leading cultural institution of national standing, providing the Anglophone and Francophone public with rich, engaging programming in the areas of heritage interpretation, education, and the arts. Building upon our Centre’s history and key institutions, our programming aims to provide historical perspective on the region’s unique French-English heritage, develop enhanced educational opportunities for youth, and act as a springboard for artistic creativity.

Morrin Centre launches temporary exhibit on Hong Kong and the Home Front

The Morrin Centre is launching an exhibit to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle and fall of Hong Kong on March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. During the evening, exhibit curator Patrick Donovan will answer questions such as “Why did Canadians go to Hong Kong during World War II?” and “What is the legacy of this battle 75 years later?” From March 24, 2016 until January 1, 2017, visit Hong Kong and the Home Front, and discover how the Royal Rifles of Canada, Quebec City’s main English-speaking regiment, took part in the battle to defend Hong Kong, until Great-Britain surrendered the colony to the Japanese on Christmas Day in 1941. Through photos and archives, learn about what has been called “one of the darkest stories in Canadian military history.” The odds were stacked against the Canadian troops. Some men never came back. Those that did spent nearly four difficult years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Their stories, and those of life on the home front in Quebec City, will be shared. A limited number of places are available at the launch of this exhibit during which drinks will be served. Reserve today at morrin.org or at 418-694-9147.

Morrin Centre Launches Local Youth Leadership Forum

Thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage and the Mouvement Desjardins, the Morrin Centre launched its Youth Leadership Forum We Are One on February 17. Twenty-two students in secondary three and four, from Quebec High School, St. Patrick’s High School, L’École Joseph-François-Perrault, and the Collège François-de-Laval, gathered at the Centre to discuss the issue of poverty. This bilingual, one-day colloquium allowed them and their teachers to connect around this issue, and build a common project that will allow them to take action in their community from now until December 2016. The Chief Executive Officer of Centraide, Bruno Marchand, met with the students on this occasion. He helped dispel stereotypes, shed light on underlying issues, and raise awareness about the difficulties and challenges that the less fortunate face. Inspired by this talk, and the activities aiming to motivate and enable the students to take part in concrete actions, the participants formed committees that will be working together on a common objective, i.e. help fight poverty in their region. For news of developments related to this initiative, follow the students at www.facebook.com/morrin.centre. About the Morrin Centre As an English-language cultural centre located in the historical quarter of Quebec City, the Morrin Centre strives to be a leading cultural institution of national standing, providing the Francophone and Anglophone public with rich, engaging programming in the areas of heritage interpretation, education, and the arts. Building upon our Centre’s history and key institutions, our programming aims to provide historical perspective on Quebec City’s unique French-English heritage, develop enhanced educational opportunities for youth, and act as a springboard for artistic creativity.

Celebrate Christmas in a Victorian atmosphere!

20% off Christmas party rentals of College Hall Mondays and Tuesdays in December 2015 (December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22) Valid on room rental only. Equipment not included. Victorian library available for cocktail rental on selected dates. Tour guides available to visit library and Quebec City’s first prison Share this offer with friends and colleagues! To reserve, or for more information, contact Rentals Coordinator Caroline Labrie at 418-694-9147.