AQC History

The AQC was founded in 2002 by four IBCLCs. The AQC was the first provincial association in Canada. To build a provincial association without a model or precedent, the successful board of directors showed ingenuity, perseverance and boundless energy.

 

FIRST TEN IBCLCs IN QUEBEC:

1.              1986    Patricia Jackson

2.              1989    Patricia Jones

3.              1990    Jocelyne Desjardins

4.              1991    Dany Gauthier

5.              1995    Luisa Ciofani

6.              1995    Sonia Semenic

7.              1995    Doris Albert

8.              1996    Carole Dobrich

9.              1996    Ginette Dumouchel

10.            1996    Angelina Fiorida

 

Since then, the list continues to grow.
 

HERE ARE A FEW DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • 1981:  On May 21, 1981, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.  International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes
  • 1990:  Bill 4, allowing a trial-period of midwifery services in pilot projects, passed unanimously in the National Assembly.
  • 1990:  WHO & UNICEF Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding.
  • 1996:  The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada was chosen as the national authority for the Canadian Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI), working to implement measures throughout the provinces and territories. 

  • 1997:  American Academy of Pediatrics policy on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk 
  • 1999:  Position paper on breastfeeding issued by the Quebec Nurses’ Association
  • 1995-2000:  Midwives pilot projects
  • 2000:  Regional breastfeeding committee
  • 2001:  Breastfeeding in Quebec guidelines
  • 2001: There are 37 IBCLCs across the province
  • 2002: Founding of the AQC – the first provincial association in Canada
  • 2002:  Position paper from the Quebec College of Dietitians on creating a favorable environment for breastfeeding
  • 2003: AQC’s first Annual General Meeting
  • 2003:  Mention of breastfeeding in the 2003-2012 QUÉBEC PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM
  • 2004:  First AQC website was launched
  • 2005:  Private and professional insurance available to IBCLCs
  • 2005:  AQC’s statement on the Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding
  • 2005:  Position paper issued by the Canadian Paediatric Society
  • 2006:  Development of the AQC’s corporate image
  • 2006:  Revision of the WHO growth curves
  • 2007:  Recipient of the AQC Award: Odile Lapointe / Recipient of the Linda J. Smith Award: Lenore Goldfarb
  • 2008:  Recipient of the AQC Award: Ghislaine Reid
  • 2008:  178 IBCLCs in Quebec 
  • 2008:  Petition for the recognition of IBCLCs (from the AQC)
  • 2008:  Perinatal Policy by Health & Social Services of Quebec 2008-2018, p.57-59,139
  • 2009: The Mouvement allaitement du Québec (MAQ) organization is created on April 7, 2009
  • 2009: Recipient of the AQC Award: Naznin Hébert / Recipient of the Linda J. Smith Award: Carole Dobrich
  • 2009:  Review and update of the Baby-Friendly Initiative
  • 2009:  Public Health Agency of Canada publishes The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey
  • 2010:  258 IBCLCs in Quebec 
  • 2010:  Recipient of the AQC Award: Josée Paquin / Recipient of the Linda J. Smith Award: Marie-Josée Santerre
  • 2011:  Recipient of the Linda J. Smith Award: Manon Méthot & Nancy Pilote
  • 2012:  Implementation of the new website 
  • 2012:  299 IBCLCs in Quebec
  • 2012:  American Academy of Pediatrics revised policy on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk 
  • 2013:  Creation of the Recognition Committee
  • 2014:  Position paper issued by the Quebec College of pharmacists
  • 2014: Recipient of the Linda J. Smith Award: Lizanne Sénécal 
  • 2015: Recipient of the Linda J" Smith Award: Monique Michaud
  • 2016: Recipients of the Linda J. Smith Award: Kimberley MacKenzie & Rosalie Sarasua 
  • 2017: 10th Anniversary AQC Conference 
  • 2017: Recipient of the AQC AWARD: Marie-Caroline Bergouignan/ Recipient of the Linda J. Smith Award: Isabelle Horth
  • 2017: Recipient of the AQC Bursary: Diane Couturier
  • 2018: Recipient of the AQC Bursary: Catherine Ricci