Quebec Thistle Committee
The Quebec Thistle Committee of the St. Andrew's Society of Montreal continues the work of the Quebec Thistle Council started before the World Scottish Festival in Montreal in 1992. The committee brings together Scots and Scots organizations from across Quebec to celebrate Scottish culture and traditions brought to Quebec by our forefathers.
The committee remembers the pioneering enthusiasm and generosity of T.R Anthony Malcolm who for years led the council.
Quebec Thistle Awards
The Quebec Thistle Committee grants awards to nominees proposed by the various organizations and individuals. Awards will be given for outstanding performances in various fields of endeavor, including Scottish sport, craft, dancing, music, prose, and poetry as well as special awards to those who, through their hard work and achievement, have contributed to the preservation and maintenance of Scottish culture and traditions in the Province of Quebec.
The Quebec Thistle Council joins the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal
The Quebec Thistle Council came into existence just over 25 years ago to organize the Scottish World Festival being held in Montreal in 1992—at that time celebrating its 350th anniversary of founding. Here we are over 25 years later and the Thistle Council has been reborn as a committee of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal. The Council has a lot to be proud of, including the naming of eminent Scotsmen/Scotswomen of the year, and recognizing those in Quebec who perpetuate the Scottish arts: pipers, historians, chefs, dancers and many more. In the true sense of “passing the torch” to a younger generation, the Council is reinvigorating itself by becoming a committee of the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal and it has been agreed that the functions of the Council, including the awards program, the Ron Rice Lecture and the community calendar, will be continued.
2019 AWARD WINNERS
Scottish Athlete of the Year
Sponsored by Sean M. Smith, Eng.
Winner: Jason Baines
Scottish Cultural Activities
Winner: W. Campbell Oliver
Sponsored by L. Col. (Ret) G.B. Okill Stuart
Winner: Nathaniel Johnstone
Pipe-Major Kirk Johnstone, CD Memorial Award for Piping
Sponsored by the 306 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Pipe Band
Winner: Julie Perron
Gordon Atkinson Memorial Prize in Highland Military History
Sponsored by L. Col. (Ret) Bruce D. Bolton
Winner: Eric Booth
Fellows of the Quebec Thistle Committee
Sponsored by Ledson Management Inc.
Winner: Peter Matulina
Winner: Cecil McPhee
Scot of the Year
Sponsored by the St. Andrew's Society of Montreal
Winner: Brian MacKenzie
about the qtc
The Quebec Thistle Committee is dedicated to bringing together the Scottish community of Quebec through its programs. We ask for your support in keeping Scots and Scottish culture an essential part of Quebec society, as it has been for centuries.