Literacy legacy continues

This week, two of Canada’s best musicians will perform at one of the greatest events in the Eastern Townships dedicated to benefiting literacy efforts.

Our latest’s guests on Townshippers’ Association’s About Townshippers radio program on CIDI 99.1, were Wendy Seys from Yamaska Literacy Council (YLC), and Ilze Epners, the Quebec Director of the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI). Townshippers’ has worked closely with both these literacy champions and we have been frequent booth neighbours at Brome Fair over the years.

Statistics show that one in five adults in Quebec struggles with basic literacy demands. Townshippers’ partnership with these organizations has resulted in many common initiatives, such a project with YLC in creating a tool to make health information more accessible to readers who have difficulty with some of the vocabulary – in fact, that includes most of us when it comes to medical terms!

In our recent interview, we ask the organizers of this event to explain the Peter Gzowski tradition for the PGI initiative across Canada. Ilze was lucky enough to engage two of Canada’s best: Steve Briggs, accomplished guitarist, and Russell DeCarle of Prairie Oyster, who will perform in an intimate setting on September 9 at 7 p.m. at The Lakeview Inn.

This year’s poet laureate is Julia Rohan, who will wrap up the evening this year, and one student from the YLC will be recognized for her success. The event will also feature a Silent Auction with books, wine and gift certificates available for the lucky bidders! Tickets for the concert cost $30 and can be reserved at Brome Lake Books by calling 450-242-2242, or at 450-243-0720. 

Listen to CIDI at 99.1 FM on your radio or live your phone, Ipad or computer by visiting their new website where you can get programming details including About Townshippers with photos of your hosts.

Townshippers’ is very happy to let you know more about what we do on our weekly show airing at 4 p.m. on Fridays and repeating every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Guests on About Townshippers in September include Philip Lanthier, President of the Knowlton Literary Festival, and Kristelle Holliday, of the Quebec English Language Arts Network. Have a cultural event you’d like to share on-air? Call Townshippers’ Lac-Brome office at 450-242-4421.

For more on Townshippers’ 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 our 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, September 5, 2017

Photo Credit: Kate Holbrook, Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: About Townshippers guests, Wendy Seys (standing) and Ilze Epners, talk about the upcoming PGI Concert on CIDI.