Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, recently marked the 25th anniversary of the Québec/Wallonia-Brussels Youth Office (OQWBJ). The organization, which aims to develop relationships between young people in Québec, Wallonia and Brussels, offers logistical and financial support to more than 600 individuals every year completing international internships in the cultural, business and environmental sectors.
“The Québec/Wallonia-Brussels Youth Office is a shining example of bilateral cooperation between Québec and Belgium. For the past 25 years, the organization has helped young people on both sides of the Atlantic to pursue their dreams, discover other cultures, acquire international experience and hone their entrepreneurial skills. Supporting youth mobility is an extraordinary way to invest in the future. These young people are our greatest ambassadors. The Office’s admirable efforts since it was founded deserve recognition,” said the Minister.
The OQWBJ’s 25th anniversary was celebrated on May 14 at a ceremony in Montreal held in conjunction with the sixth meeting of the Québec/Wallonia-Brussels joint standing committee in Québec City this week.
The committee confirmed that financing will be provided for approximately 70 cooperation projects in a variety of fields, ranging from culture, language, science and technology to economics, education, professional training and employment.
In other news, Ariane Moffatt, the Québec-based singer/songwriter, was recently named the recipient of the 2009 Rapsat-Lelièvre prize, which is awarded annually on an alternating basis to musicians from Québec and Wallonia-Brussels. She will receive her award at the Spa Francofolies in eastern Belgium, which will be held from July 17-21.