THE Y4Y QUEBEC SYMBOLISM PROJECT

It's time to vote!

Y4Y's Youth Artists and Symbolism Committee are proud to share their 3 flag designs to represent the English-Speaking Community of Quebec. Which of 3, in your opinion, best represent its diversity and interests? Click the link below! Any Quebec resident is eligible to vote.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2N998CZ

 

MEET THE YOUTH ARTISTS

Our dedicated team of artists have read the results of the symbolism survey, and are hard at work designing a flag for Quebec's English-speaking community!

 

ALBANO ANIS

Albano is currently a student at Dawson College, and he has always had a deep interest in art and drawing.

DANA ISAAC

Dana is a third year Psychology student at Concordia University. Having also worked for the Black Community Resource Center, she is passionate about embracing diversity and inclusion in the anglophone community of Quebec.

MURIEL SMITH

Muriel Smith is a graduating Illustration student at Dawson College who will soon study animation in university. As an illustrator, she loves working with realistic forms, visible brushstrokes and bold line-work.

COCO WANG

Coco is a Chinese-Canadian from London, Ontario. She spent the past four years studying Environmental Sciences at McGill University in Montreal. Her summers studying French and exploring in Chicoutimi and Sherbrooke drew her closer to the diverse and dynamic Quebecois community. As an artist, she has worked on mural projects and designs for communities and friends. @artwithcocowang

PROJECT GOALS

The primary goal of this project is engaging with and mobilizing the youth community of Quebec!  This is how the project is unfolding:

CONSULTATIONS WITH ENGLISH-SPEAKERS

Engaging youth across the province in person and via social media to identify the symbols and emblems that represent the English-speaking community of Quebec.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

By developing Y4Y Quebec's partnership network, we will increase the mobilization reach of the Symbolism Project.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKERS

Y4Y has several opportunities to work directly with the project - be a part of the Symbolism Committee or submit your candidacy to symbolism.project@y4yquebec.org!

MAXIMIZING YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

The flag will be a meaningful and representative symbol, with the help of youth at every step of this historic process!

 
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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Promoting the Visibility and Vitality of Quebec's English-speakers through the Creation of an Official Flag for the English-Speaking Community of Quebec (ESCQ)

Inspired by the flags of French-speaking communities in the rest of Canada, this project's primary goal is to create the first official flag that will serve to unite and represent the English-speaking community of Quebec.  This highly creative project will focus on mobilizing and engaging with the English-speaking youth of Quebec to identify the meaningful symbols and emblems that represent this multifaceted community and their place in Quebec.

The flag will be a unifying symbol for the English-speaking community of Quebec and will increase the sense of belonging to their linguistic minority community and to the broader Quebec society.  In the future, the flag can be used by all community organizations to identify gatherings, events, activities and projects that focus on the English-speaking community.

 

MEET THE SYMBOLISM COMMITTEE

ISABELLA LEWIS

Bella is currently completing her undergraduate degree at McGill university in Sociocultural Anthropology and International Development Studies. She moved to Montreal three years ago after being born in raised in Barbados and joined the Y4Y team in November 2019. Being in sociocultural anthropology, Bella is passionate about people and community, being involved with Y4Y through their community outreach programs is a meaningful way for her to make a difference in her new home of Quebec. 

DAVID-ROGER GAGNON

Coming from an East-coast family, David-Roger is proud of his Québécois, Acadien and Indigenous roots.  He completed his studies in music, in theology and in community development.  David-Roger has had an interest in flags since the age of 5 years old.  He has long been a member of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), and has participated in numerous conferences on flags, has designed some of his own, and has lectured and animated workshops on flags, flag etiquette, and flag design.

TALIA CARIN

After graduating from Fine Arts from Concordia University, Talia Carin combined her passion for the arts with an interest in psychology and pursued a Master's in Art Therapy. Since that time she has worked in community art studios, schools, and opened a private practice.

CHARLIE ORME

Charlie is a student in Concordia University’s Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration program. He has served on Y4Y’s Policy Committee for the past two years, sits on the federal NDP’s Section Québec Policies and Statutes Committee, and was a candidate in the 2018 Quebec provincial election.

HANY SHOKAIR

Hany is a Syrian refugee to Canada and has been living in Montreal since September 2018.  Hany is a fighter for political and social justice which he was denied back in his home country.  He has also worked for the betterment of refugee women, children and LGBT groups, as well as running a school for refugee children in Lebanon.

AARON KALFON

Aaron is currently studying Public Affairs and Liberal Arts at Concordia University . He has always volunteered his time for organizations and individuals that believe in the importance of addressing complex issues head on. Aaron’s interest in Y4Y began when he recognized a real need being addressed by the organization’s mandate and mission. The problem of isolation in Quebec is an issue of great importance for this generation to tackle, and Y4Y is absolutely driven to address this issue.

 
 

CONTACT Y4Y QUEBEC

5964 Notre-Dame-de-Grace Avenue, Suite 204
Montreal, Quebec
H4A 1N1

514-612-2895

 

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