My Yolande James cover story in the Montrealer this month!

February 16, 2017

My feature on Yolande James is the cover story in The Montrealer this month!

Just as we were going to print, Mme. James announced that she is indeed going to seek the Liberal nomination in St. Laurent, as announced by the CBC.

Here are the quotes from the story:


“When things are not going the way that you think that they should, that’s when your voice should be heard. It’s not a time to step away. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, it’s time to step in, whether that’s marching or whatever. Of course, you should vote. Your voice needs to be heard.”

“A lot of who I am is because of Montreal. Growing up in the community where I grew up in and being French and English at the same time. I don’t know anywhere else where that’s possible. It’s really the privilege of diversity. I understand that it is a privilege to live in a place that’s diverse in so many levels, not just in colour but in culture and language and everything. That’s a privilege to live that. You realize that when you have a chance to connect with someone who hasn’t had that privilege.”

“I remember setting up this program to help get young immigrants work experience. This was something that hadn’t existed before and I remember seeing them afterwards and hearing how much it meant to them. Those are the moments that really count.”

“What I try to do is to make issues as clear as possible so that people can make up their own minds. It’s a constant effort on my part to connect whatever is going on in Quebec City and communicate about whatever it is that affects you.”

“I’m no longer the youngest of anything. I will be 40 in November. It’s a big year. This last year was a lot about reflecting where I am and where I want to go. I like that because it forces me to do the inner work about what works and what doesn’t. In my continual work, I keep thinking that I have so much to be grateful for. When I turned 30, if I had fast-forwarded to my life now, I couldn’t have.

Yolande James Montrealer Story page 2

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