Celebrate The People Powering Our Community!

Do you know someone who is making a positive impact on the Eastern Townships English-speaking community? Perhaps they have launched an empowering initiative, volunteer to work with youth in local schools or dedicate their talents to a community improvement project. Whatever it is they do, the Outstanding Townshippers (OT) and Young Townships Leader Award (YTLA) are the perfect way to show the people powering our community how much their work is appreciated.

In any community, there are people taking time to do wonderful things all year long. These two community contribution awards from Townshippers’ Association offers a way to thank these local people for their work and to inspire others to make a difference.

The OT award is for individuals, couples, and groups of any age and from all walks of life, who have made a difference by going above and beyond the usual expectations of their job or profession, through volunteerism, social activism, mentoring, or philanthropy. Good candidates for this award are people whose dedication, generosity and talents have made a significant impact, in any field, within their community. It is also a great way to recognize lifetime or overall service to the community.

The YTLA is specifically for community members ages 15 to 35 and aims to celebrate youth achievements, dynamism, and involvement. Eligible young role models must have carried out actions or initiatives demonstrating leadership within the last two years. One winner will be chosen to receive a certificate and $1,000 cash prize, made possible thanks to Canadian Heritage, Cass Funeral Homes, Champlain Regional College Lennoxville, Global Excel Management, the Lennoxville Youth Center and NAV Canada.

Recipients of both awards will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony, which is open to members of the public, held at the 37th Townshippers’ Day on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Brome fairgrounds, 345 Stagecoach Road. Visit www.TDay.ca for details.

A new online submission process makes it even easier to nominate someone you know for either of these awards but don’t wait; nominations must be received by noon, Friday, August 26, 2016.

Simply visit Townshippers.org/OT or Townshippers.org/YTLA for criteria and regulations, then follow the link to the online nomination or to download a nomination form. Forms are also available at either of Townshippers’ offices – 257 rue Queen in Sherbrooke, or 584 Knowlton Rd. in Lac-Brome.  For more information, please contact Cathy Turner at 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-877-566-5717), [email protected]

Published: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Townshippers’ summer intern Risha Dave holds the Outstanding Townshippers book, featuring the achievements of more than 30 incredible community-minded individuals! This record of Outstanding Townshippers, as well as a book of Young Townships Leader Award recipients, is currently being digitized. Someone you know, who truly stands out from the crowd, could be featured in either book thanks to your nomination.