Quebec City Women’s Club Book Fair 2010

Quebec City Women’s Club Book Fair 2010

Bargain hunters were out in force last Saturday (October 30th) at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre for the Quebec City Women’s Club (QCWC) annual book fair.

Those looking to take advantage of the goods on offer lined the streets prior to the 9 am grand opening…

Literally thousands of used books, in good condition, were on show inside and in need of a good home.

And at only $1 a book, many of them were indeed taken home.

Debbie Christiansen-Stowe, one of the driving forces behind the event, stated that the team were really happy with the turnout and money made on the day.

Of the books left over, around 25-30 boxes were kept back for the 2011 event. 

Was she tired at the end of a very long day or her feet? 
Debbie’s response was ‘We were all very tired by the end of the day. However, thanks in large part to the Rochebelle army cadets, who have been helping with set up and clean up for the last several years, the gym was clean and the lights turned off within 2 hours of closing time!’

The QCWC Book Fair organiser continued ‘We also appreciated the participation of volunteers from St. Patrick’s High School, who helped throughout the week and Tess Leblanc’s Drama class from QHS, who  helped the day of the sale.’

Other community groups present on Bookfair day were QCRC, VEQ, QAC, and the Sillery Air Cadets.
St. Vincent’s Cubs and Scouts provided customers with food and drink!

Profits from the annual bookfair are added to the QCWC Bursary fund, which is managed by the Citadel Foundation. In 2010, the QCWC awarded bursaries to:

Mature Woman’s bursary (over 25 yrs old)
To be awarded  ($2000)

Young Women’s bursaries (under 25 yrs old)
Sheila Shakibaian ($2000), Alexandra Gareau ($1000), Alexandra Powell ($1000) and Elsia Turcot ($1000)

Champlain St. Lawrence out-of town Student Awards
Camille Lang ($500) and Evelyne Trudel ($500)

Dorothy Grady O’Brien Awards for EQLC students ($500 each)
Spina Kamfwa ($500), Nathalie Bisson ($500), Geneviève Rouleau ($500) and John Vienneau ($500)

Interested applicants  for the Mature and Young Women’s bursaries are encouraged to apply through the Citadel Foundation http://www.citadelfoundation.ca/eng/bursaries.html.
The SLC and EQLC award recipients are selected by their respective institutions.

The 2010 bookfair was dedicated to Bruce Willett.

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Article: Andrew Greenfield
Photos: Debbie Christiansen-Stowe

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