We were pleased to welcome Gillebrìde MacMillan, the well-known Gaelic singer from South Uist and Bard in the popular Outlander series. Gillebride led us in a series of language and song workshops that were well-attended. The evening concert of Gaelic song was a delight - attendees were treated to Gillebrìde’s entertaining sense of humour and talented vocals and a sing-a-long or two. It was a wonderful event and we look forward to growing its success in years to come!
Glengarry & Fergus Highland Games – Highlights
This summer, we brought our Gaelic Language Resources booth to Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville near Ottawa for the first time. We collaborated with colleagues from the area to share information at our booth with many people and participated in waulking songs demonstrations!
And then Fergus happened – wow! What a great time!
Volunteers engaged with so many people who were interested in our information packages and purchasing a variety of Gaelic language and culture books & resources. Interest in Gaelic in the GTA is alive and well!
Gillebrìde MacMillan joined our folks again at the Fergus Highland Games where, for the first time, we delivered Gaelic Language workshops, two per day on each of Saturday and Sunday, which turned out to be popular and well-attended.
Taing mhór to Gillebrìde and our workshop volunteers Ishbel MacIver, Catherine MacDonald, Oighrig Keogh, Zach Wallace and Matthew Chisholm!
Our thanks also to the organizers of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games for requesting the workshops and for providing the opportunity to share the Gaelic language with people attending the Fergus Games.
Scottish North American Leadership Conference 2017
The 2017 SNAL Conference (SNALC) was the 16th Annual Scottish North American Leadership Conference, organized annually by The Chicago Scots, American Scottish Foundation, Detroit St Andrews Society, COSCA (U.S.) and CASSOC (CAN), held on August 10 – 11.
In recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Conference was held in Canada this year at the University of Guelph, with the focus of the conference on Youth and discussions centred around how to engage youth in cultural activities and organizations and passing on our heritage and cultural to subsequent generations.
A number of Clan Societies and Scottish organizations from the U.S. and Canada participated in the conference, including Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto Our Secretary Zachary Wallace participated as a panel speaker, providing both a youth perspective and advocating for the inclusion of Gaelic language and culture in the ongoing efforts of SNALC participant organizations.
For more information on SNALC 2017, you can read the blog written by a participant from the Scottish Society of Ottawa here: http://www.kiltskate.com/blog/2017/8/14/snal-north-american-leadership