- The Beginnings
In the early 1980’s, two chapters of Alliance Québec were organized on the North Shore – one in the community of Baie-Comeau, the other in the communities of Sept-Iles and Port-Cartier. As the Anglophone communities decreased in population, it became increasingly difficult to fulfill the constitutional requirements of chapter status. So in the early 1990’s, Anglophones on the North Shore were represented in Alliance Québec through two community organizations.
In the late 1990’s, with the creation of the Provisional Council to organize linguistic school boards in the east of the province, discussions began between a North Shore Steering Committee and the Committee for Anglophone Social Action (CASA) in the Gaspé. During the year 1999, four community animators were hired to research and survey their respective communities of Baie-Comeau, Fermont, Port-Cartier, and Sept-Iles in order to compile a needs and services assessment.
On September 23rd, 2000, the North Shore Community Association was established at a founding meeting in Port-Cartier. The English-speaking population of the North Shore voted unanimously in favour of starting a Regional Association rather than being a chapter of CASA. The Steering Committee members had accomplished the first steps of what they set out to do…. NSCA was now a reality.
The Executive Committee held its first Executive Meeting on December 8th, 2000 in Baie-Comeau, and the first Annual General Meeting was held on November 10th, 2001 in Port-Cartier.
NSCA is made up of a dedicated staff that carries out the day-to-day operations of the office and ensures the overall success of projects and activities.
( from left to right - C. Noble, P. Howell, T. Mansbridge, J. Bizeau, J. Lessard, D. Duguay, S. Shattler)
- - Jody Lessard – Executive Director
- - Patricia Howell Supervisor – Community Health Services
- - Jackie Bizeau – Community Liaison Agent
- - Shelby Shattler – Youth Animator
- - Danielle Duguay – Seniors Animator
- - Christina Noble – Special Projects Coordinator & Communications Officer
- - Tammy Mansbridge – Seniors & Youth Project Assistant