New hands-on vocational course

With an ageing population and the growing need for extended-care, there is also a growing need to find qualified and effective support for seniors living in private residential care. According to Service Canada, there has been a “sharp increase in jobs” in this occupation in Quebec over the past few decades, it’s a trend that won’t be slowing anytime soon.

If you want to take your life in a new direction and make a positive difference for others, you might be ready to acquire the training required to pursue a rewarding career as a patient attendant at the Campus Brome-Missisquoi (CBM).

Starting January 9, 2017, the new four-month ‘Assistance in private health care facilities’ program is offered for free, including uniform, to individuals who are currently not working or who have not been full-time students in the past 12 months. You’ll learn in the field at the Maison Knowlton House private Nursing Home, and a two-week internship will further your experience. Jobs are waiting after graduation and a starting salary of $12.50 with a revision after three months.

Worried about transportation, gas, hiring a babysitter, or facing other challenges, contact the CBM by calling 450-263-7901 to find out about the various forms of assistance that can be offered.  Register online at

Flu shots

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different but one thing that doesn’t change is how highlight communicable the flu virus is.  An infected person may be contagious for up to 24 hours before symptoms begin to appear, as well as up to seven days after symptoms begin (in the case of children, this could be even longer).

The 2016 seasonal flu vaccination campaign is now underway in the Townships. From now until December 15, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS will be offering vaccinations by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at [for the English version of the website click on EN at the top right of the page] or by phone by calling your local CSSS or CLSC.

Vaccinations are free for individuals at risk of complications. This includes very young children (age 6 to 23 months), anyone age 60 or older, pregnant women in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, anyone age 2 to 60 years with a chronic disease, family members with children under 6 months of age and the people previously mentioned, and health care workers.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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).

Published: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, November 28, 2016

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Photo Caption: A new course is being offered at the Campus Brome-Missisquoi to help fill the growing need for assistance in private health care facilities.