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.
Jim Caputo – Retired Teacher (A.A., B.A., Dip. Ed.) – History Specialist with 35 years of teaching experience – Grades 4 to College Level.
Jim is an avid historian, author, genealogist and board member of several historical/heritage groups (The Friends of the MacDonnell/Williamson House, The Vankleek Hill and District Historical Society, Vice President of the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and President of Heritage Gaspé / Heritage Gaspésie). Jim is also a member of the United Empire Loyalist Association, Sir John Johnson Branch, Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Jim’s writing contributions – The Gaspé Spec, The Quebec Heritage News, The Heritage Gaspé Web Pages and various internet blogs.
Jim has homes in Gaspé as well as in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, and spends as much time as possible in Gaspé conducting research and taking part in local history initiatives. Jim is also contributor and supported of Gaspé: Berceau-du-Canada.
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.
Originally from pastoral Nova Scotia, Carol moved to suburban Montreal in 1986. After making a living as a craftsman (hand building china figurines) for 20 years, she traded in her solitary studio time for the more community oriented service at her local Home and School Association. Carol has gone on to serve the Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations at the grassroots level as a parent volunteer, as a director on the Board, and as its President. She is now currently the Executive Director and QFHSA liaison with QAHN.
Carol spearheaded the QFHSA Family Treasures Essay Contest, which encourages students to consider their own family history through the examination of a family heirloom, and to share their discoveries with their fellow classmates. She has worked with QAHN on the joint An Island Of Stories/Mapping the Mosaic project. Carol has been a director of QAHN since 2012 and accepted the appointment of secretary in January 2014. She is a member of the Montreal Committee and looks forward to collaborating on new projects.
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