President's Welcome

Shirley A. Gyles

Welcome to the NCC/Charles H. Este Cultural Centre website. We invite you to browse our new site and encourage you to learn more about our organization which has impacted so much on not only many in the Black community but individuals in the wider Montreal community as well.

The NCC, as it is so affectionately known, opened its doors in 1927, however, since 1993 the building on 2035 Coursol Street has remained closed and requires essential renovations and necessary repairs for its reopening. Given this closure, many have rallied together and continue to do so, their goal being the reopening the building; and while a number of activities and events keep the NCC brand alive, with your help and financial support, this goal will be realized.

Among the many programs and facilities planned, the building will house an eco-museum (focusing on Black History), rental space for organizations within the community, culturally sensitive and entertaining programs for youths, adults and senior and a state-of the-art banquet hall capable of seating 250 people.

As of September 2010, the Board is comprised of 12 members hailing from a wide range of industries and having much expertise in different fields and in various walks of life.

Thank you for taking the time to review our site. Please feel free to contact me should you need clarification and additional information or if you would like to donate to our cause.

Best regards,

Shirley A. Gyles