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2000
QAHN's founding conference takes place in June at Bishop's University in Lennoxville. Richard Evans is the founding president.

larger_qahn_001.jpgValérie Bridger becomes QAHN's communications coordinator.

QAHN begins publication of its magazine, Quebec Heritage News, which is issued six times a year.

qhn-logo.a.gifQAHN initiates its Marion Phelps Award, named after the long-time curator of the Brome County Historical Society. This award is presented annually to an individual for his or her long-term contributions to the protection and preservation of Anglophone heritage in Quebec.

2001
QAHN's annual conference, titled "For a Living Heritage," is held at Macdonald College on Montreal's West Island.

2002
QAHN begins publishing a series of bilingual brochures, researched and written by Dwane Wilkin, on regional Anglophone history in Quebec. Collectively these brochures are called Heritage Trails.

In collaboration with the Gatineau Valley Historical Society, QAHN organizes a conference titled "Behind the Scenes" in Gatineau.

trails_0014.a.jpg2003
QAHN assists the Fédération des sociétés d’histoire du Québec (FSHQ) in organizing a conference on "Cemetery Heritage" in Granby.

QAHN hosts a workshop, titled "Historians at Work," at McGill University in Montreal.

QAHN's annual Heritage Essay Contest is launched in Quebec schools.

Valérie Bridger is named executive director.

Noreen Corcoran named interim executive director.

Rod MacLeod is elected president at the 2003 AGM.

Charles Bury named interim executive director.

2004
QAHN completes the last of its 20 Heritage Trails. Historical societies and tourist bureaus continue to distribute these brochures, which are also available online at www.quebecheritageweb.com.

QAHN sponsors the creation of an Oral History Manual for Quebec high schools and promotes the manual as a tool for raising interest among students in local history. Coordinator: Ron Ratcliffe.

In partnership with the FSHQ, QAHN hosts a symposium titled "Two Solitudes: Myths and Realities," which focuses on the historic relationship between Quebec’s Anglophone and Francophone communities.

QAHN acquires the popular Internet publication,Townships Heritage WebMagazine, developed by Townshippers' Association, and edited by project manager Matthew Farfan.

2005
Dwane Wilkin named interim executive director.

The Quebec Heritage Web portal is launched in Morin Heights, together with Laurentian Heritage Webmagazine which, along with Townships Heritage, is now the second regional on-line heritage magazine maintained by QAHN.

QAHN carries out its "Prospecting for Heritage" inventory of Anglophone heritage resources in four regions.

A review of Quebec’s Cultural Properties Act leads QAHN to develop an endangered heritage policy. The policy leads to the presentation of a brief before the parliamentary committee hearings into the future management of religious heritage in Quebec. QAHN’s brief criticizes shortcomings in the existing method for computing the eligibility of Quebec’s religious buildings for public restoration subsidies. The QAHN document also contains an appeal for considering old cemeteries as heritage sites.

2006
Dwane Wilkin named executive director.

QAHN develops a series of bilingual presentations on local heritage conservation designed for rural communities. The Heritage Awareness and Stewardship Training Initiative (HASTI) takes place in four regions and attracts 250 participants in 13 municipalities. As part of this project, a bilingual, 28-page workbook, Bright Futures begin in the Past / Parlons de notre Patrimoine, is produced, describing how municipalities and individuals can use existing legislation to protect local heritage sites. Project manager: Josiane Caillet.

larger_a.heritage_web_editor_matthew_farfan.jpgQAHN launches its third regional on-line heritage magazine, Outaouais Heritage Webmagazine, in Wakefield.

2007
QAHN hosts the "Montreal Mosaic Heritage Summit" at the McCord Museum in Montreal, bringing together speakers and participants from diverse cultural communities to share stories about the multicultural origins of English-speaking Montreal.

QAHN works with the Eastern Townships Tourism Association to create an English version of the Chemin des Cantons / Townships Trail heritage-tourism audio guide.

A brief on the “reasonable accommodation” of ethnic minorities in Quebec is submitted by QAHN to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission. The brief underlines the historic diversity of Quebec’s English speakers.

larger_dl_10192.jpg2008
As part of its Cemetery Heritage Inventory and Restoration Initiative (CHIRI), QAHN conducts an exhaustive survey of conditions in at-risk cemeteries in four regions. Over 300 burial grounds associated with historic English-speaking communities are evaluated. Project leader: Matthew Farfan.

QAHN organizes two day-long conferences, titled "These Old Stones," on cemetery heritage and conservation, bringing together 150 cemetery trustees in the Eastern Townships and the Laurentians.

Cemetery Heritage in Quebec: A Handbook, by Matthew Farfan, is released. This book provides an overview of legislation governing cemeteries in Quebec, tips on attracting donations and volunteers, and general recommendations for the care of graveyards.

larger_img_1059.jpgQAHN submits a brief to Quebec’s Ministry of Culture during public consultations on Quebec's proposed Cultural Heritage Act. QAHN recommends that Quebec do the following:
Strengthen public awareness of heritage issues in Quebec by enabling local heritage organizations to provide practical conservation advice to local authorities;
Establish and provide financial support for a summer-employment programme in Quebec's regions to assist heritage organizations;
Designate as protected cultural sites all active and inactive cemeteries in Quebec by bringing existing legislation governing cemetery properties into line with the aims of the proposed new Cultural Property Act.

QAHN partners with the Blue Metropolis Foundation to create the Voices From Quebec oral-history documentary project in ten Quebec high schools.

QAHN's new Internet magazine, Gaspesian Heritage WebMagazine, developed in partnership with CASA, is launched in New Carlisle.

larger_roots_conference.jpgQAHN hosts the "Sister Societies Symposium," a celebration of the historic presence of Montreal’s Scots, Irish and Welsh communities.

In collaboration with the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec and Shalom Quebec, and to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City by Samuel de Champlain, QAHN coordinates the "Roots Quebec Heritage Summit" at Quebec's Morrin Centre.

Kevin O'Donnell is elected president of QAHN at the 2008 AGM.

2009
QAHN's 9th annual conference, titled "Paths to Our Heritage," takes place on Mount Royal in Montreal.

QAHN adopts a five-year strategic plan.

2010
In partnership with CASA, QAHN organizes the Gaspesian Regional Heritage Summit, which takes place in New Richmond.

larger_norm.jpgIn association with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and other Montreal-based organizations, QAHN launches the Montreal Mosaic WebMagazine.

larger_qahn.awards.2.jpgQAHN undertakes its Heritage On-line Multimedia Enrichment Initiative (HOMEI), which entails the conversion of QAHN's heritage webmagazines to an open-source format, the addition of new multi-media content, the development of stronger links with regional tourism associations, and the creation of French-language equivalents for all of these sites. Project manager: Matthew Farfan.

QAHN's SHOMI (Spoken Heritage On-line Multimedia Initiative) is launched as a way of gathering and disseminating digitally oral history recordings via the Quebec Heritage Web. The project also entails the creation of original multi-media history exhibits in different regions of Quebec. QAHN undertakes a successful partnership with Concordia's Centre for Digital Storytelling (COHDS). Project manager: Megan Switzer.

QAHN initiates its new Richard Evans Award, presented annually to a community group working for heritage preservation.

QAHN's "Ways of Memory" conference is held in Orford, Quebec.

2011
A "Ways of Memory: the Montreal Experience" conference is held at Concordia University in Montreal. Special guest speakers include Dinu Bumbaru, Michael Fish and Helen Foutopolis.

larger_dinu.2.jpgQuebec Heritage News moves to a quarterly format.

Matthew Farfan named interim executive director.

QAHN's 2011 AGM is held at the Morrin Centre in Quebec City.

qhn_001.sm__1.jpgQAHN begins publishing Quebec Heritage News with full-colour covers. Paid advertising also increasing.

The project, "Inspiring Heritage Renewal and Identity Together (INHERIT)," is launched as a way of strengthening links between schools and community groups by enabling young people to participate in learning projects that contribute to local history and heritage awareness. Workshops involving educators and heritage sector volunteers are held in various regions of Quebec. Project manager: Dwane Wilkin.

Matthew Farfan named executive director.

2012
QAHN launches a new Heritage Photo Contest in Quebec high schools.

QAHN receives funding for its ambitious StoryNet initiative. Through StoryNet, and in partnership with the Quebec Writer's Federation (QWF), the English Language Arts Network (ELAN), the National Film Board (NFB) and CBC Radio, QAHN develops creative non-fiction, broadcast radio and documentary storytelling by English-speaking Quebec creators to explores stories relating to the culture and heritage of Quebec's English-speaking communities.

larger_lloyds_tractor_-_300dpi.pngThe 2012 QAHN AGM is held at Champlain Regional College in St. Lambert, Quebec. In conjunction with this event, QAHN holds a Young Leaders Heritage Fair to showcase youth projects inspired by the InHerit initiative. QAHN inaugurates a new InHerit Awards to recognize volunteerism among youth in the heritage field.

QAHN receives funding from Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) for its project, "Mapping the Mosaic: Montreal and Its Diverse Neighbourhoods," which will allow the network to develop a digital map of historic Montreal. Project manager: Geoff Agombar.

QAHN's project, "Significant Objects for Telling Identity (SOFTI): English Quebec through 100 Objects" gets approval. This major PCH-funded initiative will enable QAHN to create a sophisticated portrait of Quebec's disparate English-speaking communities through the lens of carefully selected and researched cultural objects. With the collaboration of heritage partners across the province, QAHN will create a "100 Objects" website and companion DVD. Project managers: Heather Darch and Rachel Garber.

QAHN bookkeeper Marion Greenlay receives 2012 "Outstanding Townshipper" award.

2013
QAHN conference "Running a Successful Small Museum from A to Z," featuring Heather Darch takes place in Wakefield.

"Mapping the Mosaic" website is launched at McCord Museum in Montreal.

"100 Objects DVD" website is launched at Uplands in Lennoxville.

QAHN website StoryNet.ca features audio recordings of Quebecers from different backgrounds with interesting life stories. Many of these recordings, collected by project manager Dwane Wilkin, are featured on "Breakaway," on CBC Radio.

larger_dvd_001.jpg"100 Objects" DVD is produced, featuring texts and images about the 100 objects featured in SOFTI, and six short documentary films.

2013 QAHN convention is held at Golden Rule Lodge #5 in Stanstead. Over 60 delegates take part. 2013 award recipients: Bill Young (Marion Phelps Award); Richmond County Historical Society (Richard Evans Award); Kevin O'Donnell (Special Award); and Marion Greenlay (Special Award).

Simon Jacobs is elected president of QAHN at June AGM.

New corporate bylaws adopted at AGM.

QAHN's 15-month project "Security for Heritage Outreach and Workshop Initiative" (SHOWI) is funded by PCH. Project managers: Heather Darch and Dwane Wilkin.

Work begins on new 5-year strategic plan.