First Health and Wellness Fair a great success

It was a beautiful day outside last Saturday, June 10, but that didn’t keep a large number of people from attending the first Health & Wellness Fair, held in English at the Lac Brome Community Center in Knowlton.

Under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Communities” community members in Brome-Missisquoi, Haute-Yamaska, and surrounding areas visited the booths of 20 community and health organizations who were providing information about their services.  Many took advantage of the presentation from Dr. Robert Pincott on news about the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital, as well as presentations on ticks and sleep apnea.

Dr. Camillo Zacchia from the Douglas Institute rounded out the day will a presentation on mental well-being. This session kept the attendees in rapt attention and laughter at his many stories.

Comments from people in attendance were very positive and many requested that the fair come back every year. They were delighted that so much information was made available in English.

Many thanks go to the Steering Committee of the Eastern Townships Partners for Health and Social Services for their devoted efforts in making this day a success and the financial support of Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

The network brings together a number of organizations across the region, including Townshippers’ Association, Avante Women’s Centre, Yamaska Literacy Council, CIUSSS de l’Estrie Adaptation Program, CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS, the BMP Users’ Committee, and The Mental Health and Well-being Support Group.

It’s Beach Party time!   

Summer is on its way and to celebrate, Townshippers’ Association is excited to be involved for another year in Cowansville’s Beach Party (Plage en Fête’) on Saturday, June 17. From 10 am to 4 pm, the Centre de la nature will be the spot for families and people of all ages to enjoy a day of fun with games and activities, world music, a free lunch, and great community involvement.

Townshippers’ is a proud partner of this event and will be one of several local community organizations who will be there sharing info about activities and resources. This event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this column in the Brome County News and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and 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, June 13, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association 

Photo Caption: Guest presenter Dr. Camillo Zacchia had a captive audience during his presentation on mental well-being at the first Health & Wellness Fair held in English at the Lac Brome community centre last Saturday, June 10.