I had the privilege of chairing my second Atlantic/Central Regional Meeting, hosted by the Lakeshore Creative Guild of Stitchery in Pointe Claire, Quebec. Joyce Gill, EAC Vice President, joined me for the meeting. The Lakeshore Guild had their Ruby Anniversary this year and the hosting of this meeting was a part of their celebrations and they did it in fine style. The meeting was held in the historic Stewart Hall Cultural Centre where the guild has their meetings. Their anniversary show of work was still on display there for us to enjoy, they arranged a guided tour of the center and to round thing off they even had a Merchants Mall on Saturday night! The guild members showed us they were not only great stitchers but great cooks as well as they fed us wonderful food all weekend.

 All of the guilds who were in attendance brought displays of their guild’s work for the past year….what talented members we have!!There was every type of embroidery and many original creations that we all enjoyed being able to view. The representatives were willing to share the success and the problems that sometimes occur in our guilds.

Carol Rand, Lorna Anderson and I had the pleasure of being hosted by Helen Ansell and her husband Bert. I had met Helen several years ago when she accompanied her husband on a business trip to St. John’s. She had contacted me beforehand expressing a desire to meet someone from the St’ John’s Guild. My friend Jill Kirby and I met her at the Rooms for coffee and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon enjoying the view of the Narrows and Signal Hill and talking about embroidery. I remember that her guild was the test group for a correspondence course authored by Barbara Kershaw and she had brought her piece she was working on with her. Helen and Bert live on an island off an island, Ile Mercier and are set up for a B&B and mainly host friends and friends of friends. What a wonderful location, we were just sad that it rained all weekend and we didn’t get to enjoy the hot tub .Despite the rain Helen took us on a driving tour of Montreal by night.

Congratulations to Helen and Bert who became grandparents again, this time to twins, a boy and a girl!

This was my first visit to the Montreal area and look forward to a return visit.

Margaret Adey

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