Last Wednesday, February 19, 2015 marked the first edition of “Rooted in the Townships” at Richmond Regional High School. Jenny Ménard, the Make Way for Youth/ Desjardins Migration agent who also supports youth retention in the area worked with Denise Robinson, the career counsellor at the Richmond high school, to make this afternoon a success. As part of the Hooked on School Days initiative, 14 professionals came to talk to the students about their careers; the good, and the bad.
The activity got the students thinking and sparked interests which will hopefully motivate them to stay in school and to push themselves further. The activity also highlighted what opportunities exist in the Townships. Students also learned that sometimes the first educational path they travel might not always take them to the expected destination but that it is never too late to change direction.
It’s important to support our youth and encourage them to remember they can do anything they want, if they are motivated and dedicated enough to navigate through the obstacles!
We are already looking forward to the second edition!
Another Group Discovers the Estrie
On Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, a small group of outsiders came to explore the Haut-Saint-François and glimpsed the Mégantic thanks to Make Way for YOUth Estrie’s Discovery Day’s weekends. This activity gives professional post-graduates between 18 and 35 years of age the chance to explore the work/play balance found in the region in an effort to encourage their migration to the area.
Over the weekend the group was able to meet many friendly faces, observed the community interact during the “Seed Festival” and saw how dynamic our community is though the theatrical play “Beyond Belief.” They were able to take in some seasonal activities, including a sleigh ride around town and went snowshoeing by torch-light in Mégantic.
It is safe to say they enjoyed their short stay in the Townships; who knows maybe they will become future citizens!
The next Discovery Day weekend will be from March 27 to 29, 2015. Over this weekend participants will get to explore the MRC of Memphremagog and Val-St- François. Know anyone who lives outside the Estrie between the ages of 18 and 35 who might be interested in exploring the Townships? Are they young professionals? Expenses are covered for throughout the weekend. Tell them to get in touch with Jenny.
Participants will also be invited to join in on the 2nd edition of [email protected] Connect, an activity that gives skilled job seekers a chance to meet with employers such as Charles River, Global Excel , Ranstad and Wolters Kluwer. The [email protected] Connect takes place on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Are you intrigued about [email protected] and might be interested in participating? More details via www.5-7connect.eventbrite.com; registration is required.
For more information on either of these activities, contact Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth Migration Agent, at 819-566-5717 or [email protected]
Stand Up Against Bullying, Wear Pink
Wednesday, February 25th is Pink Shirt Day, a national day of awareness against bullying. To promote acceptance and diversity, people across the country will be donning pink to take a stand against bullying. The official campaign site pinkshirtday.ca is inviting people to post positive comments online with the hashtag #PinkItForward to help make the internet a positive place!
For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.Townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.
Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association
Photo Caption: As part of the Hooked on School Days initiative, Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way For YOUth Estrie project along with 14 professionals explored career options with Richmond Regional High School students on Feb 19.