Yes, it is that time again. Time to recognize those individuals who have made a positive impact on the quality of life in the Eastern Townships and its English-speaking community. We call them Outstanding Townshippers and we need your help to find them.
But just what is it about these individuals that make them outstanding? What characteristics or habits do these individuals exhibit that make them stand out in a crowd? From the bios of 2011’s Outstanding Townshippers, we’ve gleaned at least seven habits that fit the bill.
HABIT 1: CREATIVITY
Outstanding Townshippers are highly creative people, especially when it comes to helping others. Joe Kelly is a perfect example. Over his years of selfless engagement and community service, Joe has impressed many with his creative fundraising efforts to benefit a variety of organizations including the Terry Fox and the Adaptive Sports Foundation.
HABIT 2 AND 3: CAN-DO ATTITUDE AND PLENTY OF ENERGY
Outstanding Townshippers are proactive and energetic. They see opportunities for constructive change and have the ability to follow through.
Margaret Logan-White’s can-do attitude and unwavering energy has helped fellow Townshippers through organizations like Lennoxville and District Community Aid and Meals on Wheels. It has even reached across the ocean, as she actively works to increase financial assistance and awareness to grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren, orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
HABIT 4: GOING BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
The efforts of Outstanding Townshippers far exceed the expectations of their peers.
Wendy Durrant demonstrated this during her distinguished career as a librarian at Bishop’s University and in retirement. Her initiatives at Bishop’s were instrumental in increasing the profile of the university provincially. Since retiring in 2004, Wendy has worked to bring a greater cohesion between the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales de Quebec (BANQ) and the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC), while actively promoting the preservation of English heritage in the Townships.
HABIT 5: LONGTERM DEDICATION
Outstanding Townshippers are into service for the long haul. John Douesnard for example, amassed nearly four decades of community involvement and volunteering, including a 38-year-long career in the Kiwanis Club serving several terms as President and Vice President.
John has given countless hours volunteering at a number of events in the region such as the Brome Fair and coaching minor hockey for St. Patrick’s school. He has also been a member of the Yamaska Valley Canadian Club and hold positions on the Boards of Directors for the Granby Hospital and the Granby Miner Golf Club.
HABIT 6: CONTAGIOUS ENTHUSIASM
Outstanding Townshippers are brimming with an infectious enthusiasm. For over 30 years, while continuing her career as a teacher, Doreen Page has been deeply involved in various community projects in the Brome region. Her abundant enthusiasm is enjoyed by others in her religious community and during group initiatives where she is famous for her innovative and creative suggestions. As the founder of the Yamaska Valley Weavers’ Guild, Doreen is well-known for her drive and commitment to community projects.
HABIT 7: LOVE FOR THEIR COMMUNITY
We saved the best for last, the quality that makes all the above habits possible. Outstanding Townshippers love their communities and express that love through action and engagement.
Do you recognize someone you know in these descriptions? What other habits or qualities would you use to describe them? Why not pick up a nomination form at one of Townshippers’ Association’s offices or download a form from our home page at
www.townshippers.qc.ca. Do you have questions about the eligibility of your chosen nominee? Simply contact us. We are here to help.
For questions about the application process for the Outstanding Townshippers awards, contact Kate Wisdom, Community and Culture Coordinator, at 450 242-4421 (1-877-242-4421) or [email protected]. She will be happy to explain the nomination process and help guide you through it.
Photo Cutline: From left to right, Outstanding Townshippers’ John Douesnard, Margaret Lohan-White, Wendy Durrant and Joe Kelly. (Absent: Doreen Page)
Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association