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Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit Feature DVD ***Limited Time Only!

You asked for it – now here’s your VERY LIMITED TIME chance to get it. The DVD of Catwalk is available for purchase until June 21st for the price of $25 (plus HST).

Please Note: DVD's are only available for pick up (in person) for those attending the CCA Banquet in Belleville, Ontario on June 23rd. There is NO SHIPPING available.

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Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit follows a competitive season in the lives of two top cat fanciers, Shirley and Kim, and their prize-winning felines: OhLaLa - the regal Red Persian, and Bobby, the rambunctious white Turkish Angora.

For the first time ever, the theatrical, feature length version (75 minutes) is available on DVD.

Featuring: Bob and Elaine Gleason, Sabrina Rehman, Sharon Soules, Kim Langille, Shirley McCollow and other CCA members. Join them in this raucous journey to the heart of one of the animal world’s most colourful (and fun) sub-cultures – competitive cat showing.

What would be the Future without the Past?

By Louise Laliberte

Back in April 1968, in Saint-Hyacinthe:

Four young women will receive their diploma in Veterinary Medicine. One, Françoise Hébrard, is from France, and the three others are the first Quebecers to earn such a degree: Diane Gravel, Anne Bousquet and Louise Laliberté.

Can you imagine… for the first time since a man became a veterinarian in 1868, Quebec women will now also have the right to treat animals. It took exactly 100 years !

This evening, the Small animal veterinary Association (AMVQ) is happy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the arrival in the profession of those three exceptional women.

In his presentation of Louise Laliberté, Dr. Michel Pepin, well known Quebec veterinarian, listed some highlights of Louise’s career:

The young Louise, already a provincial fencing champion, decided to register at the Veterinary School of Saint-Hyacinthe. Once graduated, she taught biology and microbiology at the Saint-Hyacinthe CEGEP.

She is then invited by Vanier College to set up a course in veterinary technology to be offered as an option during the third year of a more general curriculum. Thanks to her work, a new profession was born. Since then, thousands of veterinary technicians graduated from several Quebec colleges which changed the quality of care given to animals.

In 1975, she became the owner of Clinique Vétérinaire de Longueuil, then moved to Guelph to study for a Master of Science in veterinary virology and epidemiology. She also managed a family-run advertising company and for the last 10 last years of her career, she represented a veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Markham.

She also did translations, became an international feline judge and bred purebred cats for several years. She is co-founder of Club félin de Montréal (1974) and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cat Association for more than 40 years.

Dr. Laliberté is at the source of many premières as a veterinary woman. Here is a brief list: •

  • She was the first to publish books such as Manuel de travaux pratiques en microbiologie for student nurses with Dr Raymond Roy. We must not forget to mention the successful books about dogs and cats: Le Guide du chien et de son maître, Le guide du chat et de son maître, Toutes les races de chats et Mon chien champion ;
  • She was the first freelance author of a weekly column in La Presse from 1974 to 1982;
  • She was the first woman to insure a regular presence on radio and television with over hundred veterinary columns;
  • First woman elected on the Board of les Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec (OMVQ);
  • Co-founder and first director of Vétérinarius official magazine of OMVQ;
  • First woman recipient of Médaille de St-Éloi, the highest recognition awarded by OMVQ;
  • Recipient of Victor award from the Quebec veterinary historical society (SCPVQ);
  • Recipient of Damase-Généreux Award from AMVQ.

Diane Gravel

In 1968, when she graduated, young Diane, a native of Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, was hired at the Montreal Veterinary Hospital in Montreal, where a big surprise awaited her.

Her boss, Dr. Lucien Desmarais announced that she will be leaving for six months in the United States. She does not speak a word of English and is parachuted to Pasadena, California in Dr. Stansbury's famous Cat Clinic – he is a veteran of the Korean War, veteran's son and brother and author of numerous books and articles on feline health.

Without knowing it, she became the first Quebec veterinarian to go to the United States to "improve". Upon her return, she joined the team at the Northern Veterinary Hospital where she worked until the 1980s before founding the Clinique vétérinaire d'Auteuil in Laval.

Anne Bousquet

Upon graduation in 1968, Anne Bousquet, a Valleyfield native, was offered the opportunity to temporarily replace a biology teacher at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu high school. Where she stayed for 32 years!

This does not prevent her from working in the veterinary practice. In 1970, she founded the Veterinary Clinic Anne Bousquet. She is the first woman in Quebec to become the owner of her own veterinary establishment. While continuing her education, she receives clients and makes home visits.

In the early 80s, she gave herself a short break from the practice to take care of her daughter Isabeau and then took over the calling by opening the Veterinary Office Saint-Luc that she sold in 1990. She still continued to practice for many years.

Last fall, she did a good twenty hours a week at the Hôpital Ami-fidelite in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. To date, she holds the record for the mostvof years of practice for a female veterinarian in Quebec.

And, we have, tonight, the chance to have it with us! I invite you to warmly applaud Dr. Anne Bousquet who is accompanied for the occasion by her husband, Mr. Jacques Des Groseillers, as well as their daughter Isabeau Bousquet-Des Groseillers and her partner Yan Helstrom.

For the occasion, the president of the AMVQ, Dr. Jean Gauvin will give him a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

During the last 50 years, more than 2,000 young Quebecers have followed the three pioneers, Drs. Bousquet, Gravel and Laliberté, and have broken all the glass ceilings of our noble and beautiful profession.

Your passion, your devotion and your empathy coupled with your knowledge, your meticulousness and your determination have changed our approach to animals. Thanks to you, veterinary medicine is now full of humanity. For that and all your accomplishments, we are immensely thankful.


2018 Jerry Miller Award Nominations

By Dre. Louise Lalibert

Once again it is time to submit nominations for the prestigious Jerry Miller Award. Below you will find a brief description of the award, and the list of previous recipients from past years. The recipient for 2017/18 will be chosen by the Jerry Miller Awards Committee, chaired by Eleanor MacDonald, assisted by three precious recipients and will be presented to the winner at the 2017/18 National Awards Banquet..

Please submit your nomination, along with a detailed letter indicating why your nominee is deserving of this award to Eleanor MacDonald at immediately.

The Jerry-Miller Award The Jerry Miller Award has been created to honour outstanding services to the Canadian Cat Association as well as to a CCA clubs.

Jerry Miller passed away on May 16 1994, in the middle of his second year of his president mandate. The award was created by the CCA Board of director following year. Jerry Miller made an outstanding contribution to the CCA that he served with distinction as President, Treasurer and long time Director, as well as being a founding member of the Motor City Cat Club. This award honours a member of the CCA in his name and his memory.


PRIX JERRY- MILLER 2018 : Appel de candidatures

Voici le temps venu pour soumettre les noms de candidats pour le prestigieux prix Jerry- Miller Award. Vous trouverez ci-dessous une brève description du prix ainsi que la liste des récipiendaires au cours des années. Le ou la récipiendaire du prix 2018 sera choisi(e) par le Comité Prix Jerry-Miller présidé par Eleanor MacDonald, assistée de trois récipiendaires passés et le prix sera présenté au récipiendaire lors du Banquet en l’honneur des meilleurs chats canadiens 2017-2018, dont la date et le lieu restent à déterminer.

Veuillez SVP soumettre votre mise en candidature, accompagnée d’un texte présentant votre candidat ou candidate en expliquant pourquoi il ou elle mérite le prix, à Eleanor MacDonald `à maintenant.

Prix Jerry-Miller Le prix Jerry-Miller a été créé afin de souligner des services exemplaires rendus à l’Association féline canadienne et à ses clubs affiliés.

Jerry Miller est décédé le 16 mai 1994, au milieu de son deuxième mandat comme président de l’AFC. Le prix a été créé l’année suivante. Jerry a grandement contribué à l’AFC qu’il a servie à titre de président, trésorier et directeur pendant de nombreuses années, en plus d’avoir été un membre fondateur du Club Motor City Cat Club. Le prix Jerry-Miller honore un membre de l’AFC en son nom et à sa mémoire.


1995 : George Louch

1996 : Roger Boisselle

1997 : Madge and Bill Turner

1998 : Nicole Menweg

1999: Elaine and Bob Gleason

2000: Louise Laliberté

2001: Margaret Gadouas


2003 Gail & Tony Sellers

2004: Terry Farrell

2005: Eleanor MacDonald

2006: JoAnne & Jeff McGowan

2007: Claire Lamontagne

2008: Jean Morphee Barnard

2009: Maureen Needham

2010: JoAnne Prima

2011: Janet Baranik

2012: Leslie & Mike Chapman

2013 : Monique Beaudet

2014 : Ellie Smith Leighton

2015 : John Simon Smith

2016 : JoAnne Lynch

2017 : Jan Coburn & Linda Raines