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SHERBROOKE, March 28, 2018 – As promised, Townshippers’ Association is thrilled to announce the return of Townshippers Day on Saturday, September 29.
“Townshippers Day was always going to be back in 2018,” said Rachel Hunting, Executive Director for Townshippers’ Association. “Our challenge as an organization was to reorient our planning structure so that we could provide sustainability for the event moving forward. The new partnership model and the enthusiasm shown by our colleagues can only improve the quality of our festival.
“The organizational model that we had been working with had not been revamped in decades and was becoming increasingly difficult to manage behind the scenes, and harder year after year to secure host locations and volunteers,” Hunting explained. “No longer sustainable, it was on the verge of extinction.”
An organizing partnership between the Association, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Estrie – Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS) and the Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) will carry this cherished fall event into 2020.
Our friends at CBC Quebec will be back on hand with familiar faces and special activities for the little ones. Organizing partners will each coordinate specific elements of the festival itself. For example, among other things, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS will include activities that cultivate a healthier community, Townshippers’ will manage the entertainment and food concessions, and the ETSB will provide the event locations rotating through its three regional high schools.
The 38th edition of the festival will be held at Richmond Regional High School (RRHS) on September 29, from 10 am to 4 pm, a date selected to work in collaboration with the RRHS Arts & Crafts Show. Massey-Vanier High School in Cowansville will host the 2019 edition and in 2020 the event will take place at Alexander Galt Regional High School in Sherbrooke.
With a continued focus on celebrating the English-speaking community of Quebec’s historical Eastern Townships, under its new banner – Festival des Townshippers Festival – organizers are working on creating more inclusive events. It’s theme “Everybody’s a Townshipper” will invite all linguistic speakers in the region to explore the roots of the region’s English-speaking community, discover the ways in which they are contributing to the region today and amplify the message the English-speakers are an integral part of the community and depend on their support.
Additional information about the 38th Festival des Townshippers Festival will be rolled out later this spring. Visit www.TDay.ca for details.
CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS
The CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS is the Integrated university health and social services institution that ensure accessibility, continuity and quality care for people of our territory that goes from Lac-Mégantic to Ange-Gardien, which represents about 500 000 people. We are unique in the sense that we offer just about all possible services from health promotion to specialized services from birth to the end-of-life care. To do so, we can count on over 18,000 devoted people that work in collaboration with the users and their loved ones and 1,100 physicians and specialists.
Eastern Townships School Board
The Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB) provides educational services for students in the Estrie and Montérégie areas with; 20 elementary schools, three high schools, two adult education centres, two vocational training centres, distance education and an international student program. It offers a quality education to students as well as the advantage of a bilingual learning environment. For more information visit the ETSB website at www.etsb.qc.ca.
Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ 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, Communications, Townshippers’ Association |[email protected] | 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-866-566-5717)
For further information:
Johanne Turgeon, Présidente directrice générale adjointe, CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS | 819-780-2220-42508
Sharon Priest, Eastern Townships School Board | [email protected] | (819) 868-3100, ext. 55023
Gerald Cutting, Townshippers’ Association | 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-866-566-5717)