CASA, the Committee for Anglophone Social Action, is a volunteer-based, nonprofit community association. CASA was incorporated in 1975, a politically charged time, to address the needs of the English-speaking community of the Gaspé Coast.
CASA’s first endeavor was the SPEC, a weekly newspaper, which was established as an independent corporation known as SeaCoast Publications in 1978. In the early years, a large amount of time was dedicated to lobbying, organizing rallies and advocating for Anglophone rights.
Cultural events and the promotion of local heritage was also a main preoccupation, with events such as the highly successful Loyalist Days in 1984.
CASA has a long history of sponsoring community events and has brought live entertainment to the region, produced Gaspesian literature and music, held art exhibitions and hosted talent contests.
CASA has assisted various groups in their formative years, such as; Family Ties, the New Richmond Manor, Gaspesian Handicapped Association (LIFE Centre), Linda LeMore-Brown Foundation for Cancer and the Gaspé Cancer Foundation.
Today, CASA works to intervene in the fields of health and social services, youth, education, culture and heritage and to ensure representation of the English-speaking community at all levels – local, regional, provincial and federal. CASA works harmoniously with the French-speaking and Mi’kmaq community to develop positive partnerships and inter-cultural attitudes.