Laval University Expels the Friends of Van den Hende Garden Society

Laval University Expels the Friends of Van den Hende Garden Society

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Quebec City (Québec) – The Friends of Van den Hende Garden Society (La Société des Amis du Jardin Van den Hende) have been shown the door by the University of Laval, which terminated the agreement that bound them for over 20 years. The volunteer organization has until Thursday to pack up and leave.

In April, Université Laval decided to end its collaboration with the Society, which has over 400 members. According to a spokesperson, the agreement no longer corresponded to the needs and vision of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food, who would like to make the area more accessible to the general public.

To achieve this, the University is working to build its own committee of volunteers from within the Faculty, since the Friends of VdH Society was a non-profit organization independently operated by a board of directors. The Society volunteers, who organized several conferences and events each summer, have packed their bags since the contract with the University ended July 24.

A last minute meeting was scheduled for Wednesday between the faculty and the members of the Friends Society.

On the University’s side, it is assumed that relationship had been in steady decline over several years. This was said to have been due to a lack of communication between the garden department administrative workers and members.

Whoever was a previous volunteer has every right to remain a volunteer should they so choose.

The Society seems to have a different opinion as to how this disagreement could have produced the cold front towards the numerous gardeners in the first place.

LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer
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