News from our Montérégie-East Network

By Maggie Severs and Nikki Moar
News from our Montérégie-East Network
Students and staff from Massey Vanier High School were joined by community members on Saturday, May 14, at the high school to express their discontent with Bill 96. (Photo : Courtesy of Townshippers' Association)

Introducing Nikki Moar – Agent for the Eastern Townships Partners for Health and Social Services Network in the Montérégie-East

My name is Nikki Moar, and I’m thrilled to be one of your Eastern Townships Partners for Health and Social Services network agents. I am a proud Townshipper and, although I enjoyed my early years travelling, volunteering, and working as a social worker in South Africa, Scot- land, and Ontario, I have always felt compelled to return to the Townships. The richest landscapes I have experienced are right here, where I grew up. The vitality of our community has al- ways brought me back. Throughout my career, I have experienced the complex challenges that English-speaking Quebecers face and I have witnessed children, parents, and seniors adapt to these challenges with creativity and resilience. I plan to make use of my 19 years of professional experience as a social worker to help our community continue to flourish!

I consider myself to be incredibly lucky to raise my three wonderful children in the Eastern Townships with my loving husband by my side. Here, we are surrounded by my parents, my sisters, and some life-long friends. I have also met incredible colleagues throughout my career, and I’m inspired by their dedication to help our children thrive in Quebec. I believe in the strength of our community!

I’d love to hear from you to know more about how I might be able to help you! You can reach me by email at nm@


Saying No to Bill 96 – A Collective Conversation with Massey-Vanier Students, Staff, and Community Members

This past Saturday, students and staff from Massey-Vanier High School – joined by community members – gathered at the high school to express their discontent over Bill 96 and to learn more about the bill and its potential implications. During the event, Nikki Moar spoke eloquently about how the bill will affect English speakers’ access to health and social services and attendees engaged in a collective conversation expressing their concerns and sharing information about the clauses found in Bill 96.

This activity was the conclusion of an initiative spearheaded by Massey- Vanier’s guidance counsellor, Tany Moreland, and Moar earlier this spring. Together, Moreland and Moar worked to educate the Massey Vanier student body on the implications of Bill 96. They created a petition for the students to sign if they wished to show their opposition to the bill and, during lunch hour on May 11, more than 300 students and staff members from the school signed that petition. Upwards of 100 letters opposing the bill were also addressed to local MNAs.

On Saturday, May 14, community members gathered at the Massey Vanier arena to show their support of the students, to add their names to the petition, and to address their own letters to their MNAs. Despite the sweltering heat, dozens of community members gathered to take part in this initiative. Attendees included community members of all ages and from all walks of life, who came together to support the youth and to show their opposition to Bill 96 and the sweeping overrides of human rights and freedoms that this bill will impose on all Quebecers.

The petition and the letters will be delivered to MNA Isabelle Charest in a valiant effort to showcase the community’s opposition to the bill. Efforts to educate the community on Bill 96 will continue in the coming months and there will be other opportunities for the community to come together to showcase their collective opposition.

If you would like more information on the implications of Bill 96, please visit the Quebec Community Group Network (QCGN) website at


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