2013 AGM; Cooperative goals and new websites launched

Press Release

Press Release

For Immediate Distribution

Cooperative goals and new websites launched;

a recap of Townshippers’ Association’s 2013 Annual General Meeting


Orford, June 10, 2013 – Networking, a compact agenda and the unveiling of newly rejuvenated websites, topped the lively schedule of events at Townshippers’ Association’s 34th Annual General Meeting.

More than 35 members and guests were in attendance at the soiree held last Friday, June 4 in the bistro room at the Orford Arts Centre, as the association concluded it usual business and presented the 34 page annual general report recapping the association’s past year of interesting and important activities.

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The 34th Annual General meeting of Townshippers’ Association convened at the inviting Orford Arts Centre in Orford on Friday, June 4, 2013. Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Also reviewed during the evening was the advocacy work taken up by the association in response to the provincial government’s introduction of Bill 14, proposed to toughen up language legislation, which included a presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture at the National Assembly in Quebec City.

President Gerald Cutting emphasised the importance of increasing the visibility and credibility of Townshippers’ Association, with a goal for “cooperation at all levels of endeavour with our French-speaking neighbours in building a prosperous and dynamic Quebec, one where all citizen are at home and welcome. We hope you will join us in the struggle to thrive, not just to survive, as a community.”

Charles Taker, Liaison at Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, gracefully officiated the election for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors. New board member Kohl Kelso was elected by acclamation and outgoing board members were acclaimed for another one-year term: Gerald Cutting, Peter Quilliams, Heather Bowman, Melanie Cutting, Clair Holt, Cheryl Gosselin, Salim Hashmi, James Kanner, Alice McCrory, and Peter Riordon.

Townshippers’ Association would like to thank all those who attended this year’s annual general meeting.


Two New Websites Launched

Following the meeting and refreshments, the association launched the new redesigns for two of its three websites; www.townshippers.qc.ca and http://topportunity.ca. With their brand new looks and improved navigation, each website has been designed with the intent to further facilitate access to all things of interest to the eastern townships English-speaking community.

“We are thrilled to launch these new websites which reflect a fresh and more accessible side of our non-profit organization. Our objective is to ensure that we are keeping the English-speaking community updated about the variety of accessible activities that exist while giving them an easy way to connect with the association,” stated Rachel Hunting, Executive Director, Townshippers’ Association.

Townshippers’ primary portal www.townshippers.qc.ca, which will be accessible to the public by midweek, includes a streamlined landing page clearly outlining the association’s main bodies of focus:   community, culture, health and social services, youth and seniors. The site also features new contests, a dynamic calendar of events, up to the minute updates, integrated membership sign up and a revamped digital boutique for the hundreds of items created by local English-speaking artist featured in Townships Expressions.

Represented with a brand new logo, the portal for Townships Opportunity at http://topportunity.ca, not only features a sleek new site, but information on employment, career, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as youth resources are now even easier to discover.


About Townshippers’ Association

Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving of the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships, since 1979. For more on Townshippers’ and its activities, connect online though Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook (TownshippersAssociation) and the website www.townshippers.qc.ca. The Association can be reached in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. (819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, (450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421).



Corrinna Pole

Townshippers’ Association, Communications Officer

[email protected]

Tele: 819 566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717)