RDN was founded in November 2019 to respond to the need for effective representation and engaged involvement in enhancing the vitality and supporting the development of English-speaking communities across Quebec that work within a defined territory.
The organizations serving these communities face multiple socio-economic challenges in fulfilling their mandates. Typecast as ‘generalist’ organizations, they face funding constraints while dealing with community needs and issues in multiple sectors, within numerous jurisdictions, and in a minority language setting that is often not given recognition. In addition, many organizations must carry out their work over a large territory while serving isolated populations.
In this context, it was determined that there is a need for a network of ‘regional’ organizations serving the English-speaking communities of Quebec for the purposes of networking, collaboration, and representation to support the individual organizations in the work they endeavor to carry out.