Quebec City — The Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Quebec announced on Wednesday, November 12 that Literary and Historical Society of Quebec President Sovita Chander was awarded its 2014 “Prix Hommage,” which honors the contributions to society made by an individual born outside Canada.
Chander joined the LHSQ’s board of directors in 2007, was named Vice-President in 2010, and President in 2012. During her time with the Society, she has led the way in developing the Morrin Centre’s activities into a unique program centered on heritage, education and the arts, helping to build a bridge between Quebec City’s Anglophone and Francophone communities.
“Growing up, I was taught that you always give back, no matter where you live. Over the years, Quebec City and the Morrin have enriched my life immeasurably. As a unique cultural institution, the Morrin Centre plays a central role in building a new sense of community for all of us from near and far.”
Born in Malaysia, Chander was raised in Washington, D.C., and arrived in Canada to study at McGill University. She moved to Quebec City in 1996, where she learned French and began a career in technology and healthcare, as a marketer and entrepreneur. She was previously with EXFO, a global telecommunications supplier, and Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 firm. She also co-founded Caristix, a healthcare technology startup company that drew clients from major companies and hospitals in the US and Canada. She now advises CEOs and their marketing heads in the healthcare technology field.
About the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec
Founded in 1824, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec was the first learned society in Canada. Its history is linked to the intellectual development of Quebec and Canada. The Society led the restoration of the Morrin Centre, which it now runs.
As an English-speaking 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 building’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. Through its community outreach, the Morrin Centre serves as an important bridge between the Anglophone and Francophone communities of Quebec City, helping to understand our common past and envision our future.