The Chateauguay Valley Community Information Services (CVCIS) was founded in February 2019 as a community-owned social enterprise to provide information, news and features on topics that are important to the communities within and neighbouring the MRC Haut St-Laurent.
The stimulus for establishing the CVCIS was the closure, in November 2018, of the Huntingdon Gleaner, leaving the area without a local community newspaper for the first time since 1863. The objectives of the CVCIS are to:
Who We Are
Provide quality information, news and features on topics that are important to the communities within and neighbouring the MRC Haut St-Laurent.
Promote the pursuit of excellence when publishing content in written, audio and visual formats via a newspaper, website, community radio/television or other appropriate media.
Contribute towards enhancing quality of life in the targeted communities and promoting the social, cultural and artistic richness of the region by giving the community access to locally relevant news and information that reflects their needs and interests.
In June 2019, the CVCIS acquired the title to The Gleaner from the previous owner and relaunched the newspaper with a souvenir edition and a website. In January 2020, after successful crowdsourced fundraising and subscription campaigns, The Gleaner started publishing a biweekly print and web edition. The Gleaner now has nearly 2,000 paid subscribers and retail sales in nearly 20 local communities.
President: Lynn McWhinnie
Vice-president: Ian Gill
Secretary-Treasurer: Anouk Iversen
Director: Christina Franc
Director: Gregg Edwards
Director: Nam Nguyen
Director: John Saint John
Executive Director: Hugh Maynard