Who we are
The Fondation Notre Home Foundation is a new charitable foundation that aims to support the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking community.
The vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking communities are at risk. Our community is under-represented at various levels of government, our access to English-language health, education and social services is being eroded, and our young people are facing diminishing economic and employment opportunities. The Fondation Notre Home Foundation seeks to meet these challenges head-on. It will support efforts by English-speaking Quebecers themselves to build and celebrate their community, so that it not only survives, but thrives. Notre Home exists to give Quebec’s English-speaking community a renewed vitality, enabling its members to contribute their full measure of talent, innovation, creativity, hard work and solidarity to create a prosperous and successful future for all Quebecers.
In 2009, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) released a report entitled Creating Spaces for Young Quebecers: Strategic Orientations for English-speaking Youth which articulates the challenges and priorities of English-speaking Quebecers aged 16 to 29. It has four key messages: Young English-speaking Quebecers seek to remain in Quebec and contribute to Quebec’s society and economy; they aspire to achieve full proficiency in French; they seek to strengthen links with Francophone youth; and they prioritize a collaborative and inclusive, youth-led approach to achieving these and other goals.
The QCGN responded by asking Montreal hip-hop artist David Hodges to pen a bilingual anthem whose theme celebrates inclusive unity among Quebec’s English and French-speaking youth. The song Notre Home became rallying point for the province’s English-speaking youth, while also bridging gaps among various cultural and linguistic groups in Quebec.
The buzz generated by the song and YouTube video prompted a Notre Home Tour in which David Hodges performed at over fifty schools across the province. The performances sparked discussions with more than 10,000 elementary and high-school students on bullying, isolation, identity and a sense of belonging. Today, the Notre Home spirit lives on through the Fondation Notre Home Foundation, whose purpose is to build, support and renew the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec.
Interim Board of Directors
- Joe Rabinovitch, Chair
- David Hodges
- Ted Greenfield
- Irene Tschernomor
- Sylvia Martin-Laforge