In 1942, a number of community groups in the Notre Dame de Grace district of Montreal came together to discuss a matter of great common concern. Since its founding almost 70 years ago, the Council has tackled the problems of the NDG community and continues to do so in today’s context. Issues are always emerging and there is never a shortage of activities or initiatives. This year, in commemoration of the Council’s anniversary we will be showcasing its achievements since 1942
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On Friday, November 30th, the Council staff, board, volunteers, friends and partners gathered together at the Loyola High School to celebrate together 70 years of action together. Chad Lubelsky, executive director for Santropol Roulant, joined the festivities and shared with us his thoughts on the benefit of citizen engagement and what makes a community strong and vibrant. Throughout the evening, the St-Luc high school jazz combo delighted us with their amazing talent. All in all, it was an extremely pleasant evening.
We would like to sincerely thank Chad, the jazz combo, the Loyola high school and all the volunteers who helped us make of this evening a great success. And most of all, we would like to thank all of those who came to share this special moment with us. To all of you, THANK YOU and see you in five years! ().
Contest: What should we do with these banners??
To commemorate the Council’s 70th anniversary, the Cote-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough produced ten gorgeous banners with the Council’s logo. They are spread out throughout NDG. Have you seen them??
Soon, the banners will be taken down. We would like to transform them, or use them in a different way. We need your ideas! Please submit to us your suggestion as to what second life should be given to these banners by March 1st 2013. Your idea will then be submitted to a jury composed of members of the staff. The winner will win a gift certificate from the Coop la Maison verte.
NDG Intercultural Arts and Letters Festival : A beautiful day with amazing people!
On August 19th, the NDG Community Council and Bienvenue à NDG took over Girouard Park for an outdoor event in celebration of the Council`s 70th anniversary, of the cultural richness of the NDG population and its
enthusiasm for the arts. Organised as a part of NDG Arts Week, the Intercultural Festival offered fun and entertainment for everyone. Under a beautiful sun, families were invited to make Russian dolls, pick out beads
and marbles with Chinese chopsticks or take a breather around some Iranian tea and delicacies. Later in the day, a fashion show of traditional costumes as well as a talent show presenting 12 bands and individuals
from the neighbourhood demonstrated the potential for greatness that NDG holds in its hands.
The NDG Community Council and Bienvenue à NDG would like to give many thanks to all of the volunteers that made this day possible by giving countless hours of their time. Thank you very much to Jeunesse Benny,
who provided the material and technical support, and the NDG Arts Week organisers for allowing us to hold our event during their week. Finally, many thanks to all of our performers and to all of the residents who
came and celebrated with us on this gorgeous day.
(Photo credits: Katherine Lissitsa)
The NDG Community Council, 2012's Outstanding Citizen of the CDN-NDG Borough!
The Borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN—NDG) announced the winners of the Outstanding Citizen award on June 8th 2012. The NDG Community Council has won in the category of Organizations and Community! Representatives from the staff, the Board of Directors and the 70th anniversary planning committee attended the gala on behalf of the Council, which took place Thursday evening, June 7th, at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts.
The Outstanding Citizen’s Award is the highest honorary distinction awarded by the Borough of CDN—NDG. Prizes were distributed to individuals and organizations across the borough for their achievements in various categories.
We thank the Borough for their recognition of our work in the community, now spanning 70 years. We are so honored to receive this prize, and congratulate our fellow Outstanding Citizens!
"For a third consecutive year, we have acknowledged the commitment and determination of citizens stemming from various environments and cultures, and from various age groups, who all cherish the same cause, the improvement of quality of life in CDN—NDG…Through their social involvement, their volunteer work, and their excellence in their respective areas of expertise, these individuals and groups all contribute to the borough's acclaim. They are the wealth of our community.”
-- Mayor of the borough and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal, Mr. Michael Applebaum.
To see the announcement and full list of nominees visit:
OFF TO A GREAT START!
In the afternoon of Thursday February 16th , 2012,
Anne Usher, a long-time supporter and former board president, informed the audience that the roots of the Council were found in radio. The idea of creating a Community Council in NDG grew as an idea from the minds of Jack Duckworth and other socially engaged residents. Having heard the radio program Citizen Forum playing on the CBC in 1942, they believed that building an organization that gathered people together to address important issues would help improve the quality of life in their neighbourhood. Seventy years ago the NDG Community Council was born.
To celebrate and share the Council’s history, we are pleased to announce an exciting roster of events planned for this year;
- an interactive exhibition presenting the Council and its activities will be travelling throughout the neighbourhood;
- in partnerships with the Earthvalues Institute, there will be an educational tree inventory project;
- in August we will co-host an outdoor neighbourhood celebration with NDG Arts Week;
- concluding with a Quality of Life Conference and an Arts Festival in November (in honor of the Council’s traditional Arts and Letters Festival ).
The NDG Community Council has been a hub for community discussion and mobilization between residents, organizations, and the
Also, check out Les Actualités and the NDG Free Press for great coverage of our 70th Anniversary.
From a voice on a radio to the voice of the community
70 years ago, a group of people gathered around to listen to a radio program decided to form an organization for the improvement of the quality of life in their community. Over the years, they have worked with the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce residents to satisfy their needs and build up a united community.
In November 2012, the NDG Community Council will celebrate its 70 years of existence. We would like to share this event with members, partners, residents and anyone working to make NDG a better place. This page will provide you with information and memory capsules about the work of the Council since its beginning in 1942. Stay tuned!
(Click on the radio!)
The Citizens and the National Farm Radio Forums were CBC radio shows discussing quality of life issues in a time of war. Click on the radio to listen to a clip of the show from which that inspired the creation of the NDG CC! (Image credit: http://rovupay.comyr.com/grind-radio.html ).