Build a professional health and social services network

Nearly every graduating post-secondary student and young professional faces it; trying to decide what comes next after school. As you adjust to life after post-secondary, you find yourself surrounded by so many options as you look at the bigger picture of your life. Where will you live? Where will you start your career with? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a resource to help you explore your options and begin making connections that can help you take the next step?

If you are a soon-to-be or recent graduate in the field of health and social services, there is a great career advancing opportunity coming up that will assist you in expanding your network of professional contacts. On March 15, 2017, Place aux jeunes en région (PAJR) will be visiting Sherbrooke and hosting a health and social services-themed [email protected] networking event.

Held at the Siboire Dépôt (80, rue du Dépôt, Sherbrooke), this free event promises to be the perfect opportunity to meet employers and organizations working in this sector, and receive information about health and social services employment opportunities in the region. You’ll also have the chance to learn more about what PAJR and Make Way for YOUth Estrie, can do for you.

Offered to the English-speaking community by Townshippers’ Association, as part of the PAJR initiative, the Make Way for YOUth project was created to counter youth exodus and help young professionals settle in rural areas. It provides a unique form of support for soon-to-be or recent post-secondary graduates helping them explore their options for where to settle and launch their careers.

At the [email protected] event, you’ll also have the chance to learn about a bursary program administered by Townshippers’ on behalf of McGill University, which is giving health and social services students with English and French language skills a financial boost to complete their studies.  

Registration through will open for this free event after March 1.  

For further information about this event or about other Make Way for YOUth initiatives, visit or contact Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way for YOUth Migration Agent at [email protected] or 819-566-5717.

Community cans: donate your returnable bottles refund

There are already great reasons to recycle but when it comes to refundable cans, you can give back in more ways than one.

Long-time volunteer, Joe Kelly of Richmond, is rounding up as many cans as possible to help boost the donations that Townshippers’ Foundation can give out to local projects and organizations during its annual grant distribution on March 31.

Thanks to generous donations from the public, including efforts such as Mr. Kelly’s, the charitable organization has donated more than $1 million to local groups and projects that improve the quality of life for people in the Eastern Townships.

We can do more with your support!

Returnable cans (soft drink and beer) can be dropped off at Townshippers’ Association office, 257 Queen, in Lennoxville, between 9 AM and 4 PM. If donating a full bag of cans, please leave your name and a phone number so we can thank you.

For large amounts of cans and bottles, please phone at 819-826-3929 to arrange a pick-up.

Are you more of a DIY’er? You can also cash in your cans yourself at your local grocery store and send the refund to Townshippers Foundation, 100 – 257 Queen Street, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7. Tax receipts can be given for donations over $20.

To learn more about the Foundation visit or call 819-822-3314.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers,, 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: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Soon-to-be or recent graduates in the health and social services field won’t want to miss out on the chance to connect with professionals at a free [email protected] networking event next month.