MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE, QAHN:
After joining the Quebec Symphony Orchestra in 1989 as a violist, Simon Jacobs changed careers in 2009, becoming the executive director of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. Among his duties, he was charged with the task of raising funds and managing the building project for the completion of the restoration of the Morrin Centre, including the production of a permanent exhibit called "Doing time: the Quebec City Common Gaol," which opened in June 2011.
In 2005, Simon founded Exposition Shalom Quebec which researched and produced an exhibition on the Jewish community of Quebec City that was showcased for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City in 2008. Held in the Gare du Palais, it was viewed by over 30,000 visitors. The exhibition then moved on to the Museum of Religions in Nicolet and, finally, Montreal in 2009. Simon has been a member of the QAHN board of directors since 2009, and the president since 2013.
Although having no “real roots” in Québec, Jo-Ann Oberg-Muller has been actively interested in the history of the province, especially in the Montreal area and the Eastern Townships. Originally from the American Mid-West, she was a member of the Wisconsin State Historical Society while attending university. Arriving in Montreal in 1968 to work at McGill University, she discovered the McCord Museum and has been a long-time member and supporter. Having had a cottage in the Eastern Townships since 1978, upon retirement Jo-Ann became a permanent “Townshipper,” living first in West Bolton and currently in Knowlton.
Since joining the Brome County Historical Society, she has been a museum volunteer, tour guide, loyal attendee of the Dr. James Manson winter lecture series for 12 years, and a member of the BCHS Board of Directors. Nominated to the QAHN Board of Directors in 2011, Jo-Ann’s main objective is to “spread the word” about QAHN, which she does at every opportunity, pressing membership forms and copies of Quebec Heritage News into the hands of the local population!
Richard ("Dick") Evans, founding president of QAHN, has long been an active volunteer in the field of heritage and community affairs in his native Eastern Townships.
Following a career of nearly 30 years, Dick retired from his position with Dupont Canada in 1987 and returned to live near Huntingville with his wife Marina in what has been the Evans family home since 1937.
A lifelong interest in local history, combined with his experience in business world, naturally suited him for volunteer duties with the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Museum Society. During his first two terms as historical society president, beginning in 1989, Dick’s leadership proved instrumental in the establishment of Uplands Museum. He has subsequently remained active on the board of directors of the historical society, serving three additional terms as president. In 1999, Dick led negotiations with the Town of Lennoxville to create Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre. It was under his leadership that the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical and Musuem Society organized the first-ever Quebec-wide conference of Anglophone historical societies in 2000, out of which QAHN emerged. Dick served as QAHN’s president until 2003 and has continued to serve on the board since then as treasurer. As a volunteer board member with Patrimoine Heritage Huntingville, Dick was active in obtaining funding to carry out much-needed restoration work on the historic Huntingville Universalist Church.
In 2010, QAHN instituted its Richard Evans Award in Dick's honour. This award is presented annually to a group or organization that has demonstrated leadership and made an exceptional long-term contribution to the protection and preservation of Anglophone heritage in the province of Quebec.
Derek Hopkins is a retired engineer, with hobbies of genealogy, computers and photography. He is a former Vice-President of the Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) and a member of the Society of Genealogists (SOG) of London, England, and the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO).
Educated at Loughborough College of Technology (University) in England, Derek Hopkins is the co-author of a number of indexes to church and cemetery records. for Quebec, and author of an index to Abney Park Cemetery in Hackney, London, England.
MEMBERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Ann Montgomery, Co-chair
Sandra Stock, Co-chair
Rod MacLeod, Chair
Awards & Nominations Committee:
Matthew Farfan, Executive Director & Webmagazines editor
Kathy Teasdale, Office Manager
Rod MacLeod, Editor, Quebec Heritage News
Dan Pinese, Layout, Quebec Heritage News
Marion Greenlay, Bookkeeper
Dwane Wilkin, Project manager, SHOWI
Heather Darch, Project manager, SHOWI