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A message from the Governor General

For the past 120 years, the St. James Literary Society Inc. has been merging the social and the cerebral. Through its varied and impressive programming, the organization brings people from the community together. By creating opportunities for learning and dialogue, the Society also
fosters a greater understanding of the world around us.

When we are open and work together, we find the answers to our questions and the solutions to the issues facing our planet. On this milestone anniversary, I commend the members of the St. James Literary Society Inc. and all those whose efforts make it a dynamic and unifying organization.

Never stop being curious, asking questions and exploring new horizons. Keep aiming high!

Julie Payette
The Governor General


The President’s Message

This is the One Hundred and Twentieth year since the St. James Literary Society was founded here in Montreal. To mark this occasion, Canada’s Governor General has sent us a letter of congratulations which we are pleased to share with you.

On the agenda for this year is a wine tasting, a sex specialist, a criminologist, to name a few. One event I am especially looking forward to is our visit to Urgences-santé, not only to see the inside of the ambulance, but to better understand how this life-saving service functions.

Last year we held two meetings in Montreal West. The attendance at these events was very encouraging, so much so, that this year we plan to have three meetings there. Some meetings will be held at St Jax Montréal (formerly the Church of St. James the Apostle at Bishop and
Ste. Catherine W.) where coffee/tea and cookies will be provided prior to each lecture to allow everyone to socialize. To make our sessions more accessible to more people, one meeting will be held on a Monday evening and two of them will be on Saturday afternoons.

I strongly believe that societies in which citizens participate in the social sphere tend to form more vibrant democracies; where hearing different viewpoints helps to build a better understanding of our world as a whole. So come join us! We invite you to discover all our lectures and activities for our One Hundred and Twentieth season presented in this program book. Become a member of the St. James Literary Society to benefit from all the advantages
of membership.

Lastly, I would like to extend a huge thank you to our loyal members who continue to participate in our shared history.