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The Gleaner – Five years after relaunch

Five years already! It’s hard to believe.

Chateauguay Valley Community Information Services (CVCIS) is the non-profit which acquired the rights to The Gleaner five short years ago. The CVCIS board of directors is made up of seven individuals from the Chateauguay Valley, each one bringing their individual perspective to our meetings which results in a well-balanced and forward-thinking group. Besides the obvious success of the bi-weekly edition of The Gleaner, the CVCIS has noted other important accomplishments.

 

Members of the Steering Committee behind the creation of the CVCIS and the relaunch of The Gleaner included Andrew Stairs Gail Elliott Lorelei Muller Hugh Maynard John Ryan Stacey Pennington Sarah Rennie Emily Southwood and Chantal Hortop The committee took part in a launch party and fundraiser for the non profit on June 5 2019 at the Salle Culturelle Alfred Langevin in Huntingdon

 

Two years ago, The Gleaner was given the status of a Registered Journalism Organization which means that we are able to issue charitable donation receipts for income tax purposes.

The Gleaner has been diligent in ensuring that it contains original French content as well as well-translated articles which were originally written in English. Keeping all residents of the Chateauguay Valley informed has always been a priority. Making the most of the expertise acquired by our staff, they recently branched out with their Quebec Connect resources and have been including original stories from our Indigenous communities. Our region is rich in culture and community.

 

A series of complimentary launch editions of The Gleaner were produced in 2019 Each new edition was tied to a local event to help with distribution including the Huntingdon Fair where these lovely ladies were spotted catching up on the news

 

The board recognizes the endless talents of the award-winning staff who put out our bi-weekly Gleaner. They are also very grateful for government support at both the federal and provincial levels. Last but not least, we are fortunate to be part of such a supportive community; our readers and our advertisers make this possible.

Carry on.
Lynn McWhinnie
President, CVCIS

 

The OConnor Building in Huntingdon which housed The Gleaner for years was severely damaged in a fire on April 19 2022 This photograph was named the news photo of the year during the Quebec Community Newspapers Associations annual Better Newspapers Awards Since relaunching staff at The Gleaner have received numerous nominations and awards in journalism advertising and photography PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

The CVCIS proudly celebrated the 160th anniversary of The Gleaner during an event held at the Salle Culturelle Alfred Langevin in Huntingdon on September 18 2023 A commemorative plaque sponsored by several municipalities to mark the milestone was unveiled during the event as well as a permanent display in the lobby of the Chateau building in partnership with the MRC du Haut Saint Laurent

 

The COVID 19 public health crisis became front page news as of March 2020 Rainbows and positive or encouraging messages began popping up across the Valley and several were featured on The Gleaners pages The pandemic forced the staff to find new ways of telling stories after all events were cancelled schools were shuttered and most non essential activities were closed Funds from government awareness campaigns and advertising helped as did the continued support from the community to keep The Gleaner in print and CVCIS out of the red during its first years

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Roberta 2024-05-31 at 08:20

Excellent work in bringing back our local newspaper

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