The Art of Co-creation

If you visit Townshippers’ Lennoxville office you’ll likely notice a vibrant and stunning three-dimensional 4×8 mural. This work of art is the result of a group project with the theme of co-creation from the Stanstead Mental Health Group and artists Brigitte Mittelhammer and Lizabeth Laroche of Gypsy Art.

Co-creation is about a shared experience of creativity and collaboration with an open flow of ideas, colours and transformation. With paint and recycled materials from the artists and inspiration supplied by the six members of the group, the mural was completed over two sessions totalling five hours, at the CAB Rediker in Stanstead. In addition to being a meaningful activity for the group, the goal of the piece is also to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness by being present in the community as an expression of diversity and beauty.

While the current session is coming to an end, the group will meet up again in the beginning of January and new participants are always welcome. Meetings take place once a week, for roughly six hours, in a casual setting and participants enjoy a group activity or creation, a sit down meal, and some form of physical activity.

Past activities have included painting, clay creations, collective cooking and other various workshops, while physical activities include yoga, walks, WI games, and snowshoeing.  Ideas from the group are always welcome. Some great friendships have been made through these group gatherings.

If you would like more information about the mural or the group, please contact Mental Health Estrie at 819-565-3777 or Townshippers’ at 819-566-5717.

Food for Thought caregivers lunch this Friday

A growing number of individuals are starting to care for loved ones and while they may not recognize it, they are stepping into the challenging role of caregiver. Ensuring they have access to helpful information about available resources, and a positive way to connect between themselves and their loved ones, is the main goal of  a project by Townshippers’ to benefit the growing number of English-speaking caregivers in the Eastern Townships.

Project coordinator, Eric Akbar Manolson explains that while services for caregivers are offered through the CSSS, the Centres d’Action Bénévole and others in the area, many people are still unaware of them.Thanks to funding by L’Appui pour les proches aidants Estrie, an organization supporting over 20 innovative projects for caregivers in the region, Townshippers’ can offer activities such as Food for Thought, a lunch and learn event for caregivers which takes place at noon, Friday, December 13, at Paul’s United Church (211 des Pins, Magog, J1X 2H8).

The idea to give caregivers a relaxing way to share food and conversation  “with the hope that everyone leaves feeling that their load (whatever that might be) is much lighter,” originated with Judy Lawson, who recently moved back to the Townships, to be close to her father.

Food for Thought will feature lemon dill chicken and homemade apple pie for lunch, door prizes, and a topic discussion with Bob Sheldon on the benefits of having a hobby. Information and resources in English for caregivers and their families will be available.

The cost for the event is $6 and all are welcome. For details or information on financial assistance to cover respite care during this event, contact Eric Akbar Manolson at 819-566-5717, toll free -866-566-5717, [email protected]

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 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:  This stunning three-dimensional co-creation of local artists and the Stanstead Mental Health Group is on display at Townshippers’ Lennoxville office. Drop by and enjoy this expression of diversity and beauty and while you are here, check out all the wonderful books, cards, and CD’s that are available by local artists through Townships Expressions.