Who Cares For The Caregivers?

Caregivers are people who provide unpaid care for a family member, friend or partner impaired by illness or disease. They take on a many responsibilities from administrating medications and liaising between medical staff to managing the household chores and fiancés. Who they are and why we need to pay attention to them is the focus of the next free videoconference from the Community Health Education program (CHEP) on Wednesday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The interactive health education session titled “Who cares for the caregivers?” will increase your awareness about the experience of unpaid caregivers, who make important contributions, both economically and socially, but often at the expense of their own health and well-being.

Offered by Townshippers’ Association, at the following Community Learning Center (CLC) partners, Memphremagog CLC (at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School, 120 Bellevue St. W. Magog); Eaton Valley CLC (Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes ST. Bury); and the Richmond and Region CLC (Richmond Regional High School, 375 Armstrong St.).

If you would like more information about this videoconference or about the upcoming event on March 26 about “Care giving stress and anxiety” then please contact Shannon Keenan, [email protected] or Debbie Bishop, [email protected] at Townshippers’ Association, 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717)

Income Tax Service Is Back

Spring is just around the corner – and so is income tax season! Soon everyone will be receiving T4, OAS, and CPP slips. Now all we have to do is figure out what to do with them!  Filing federal and provincial income taxes income taxes qualifies you to receive GST and Solidarity payments, as well as family allowance payments.

For some people, filing their income taxes is a pretty easy procedure, but for many it can be a daunting process. To help, Revenue Canada and Revenue Quebec established Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics. Townshippers’ Association has been offering this service in its Sherbrooke (Lennoxville) office for the past nine years. Thanks to the hard work of a number of dedicated volunteers, close to 200 people (students, low income, pensioners, and social assistance) came to see us last year.

The tax clinic is back but there are some important requirements to note. In order to qualify for the clinic, the maximum amount an individual can earn is $20,000, for couples or a single parent with one child it is $26,000 the amount increases up to $2,000 for each additional child.

Effective this year, income taxes will be accepted by appointment only. This is due to the high volume of people needing the service. Making an appointment ensures that the coordinator will be there to accept your papers and to get the necessary information for filing your taxes. Even if you wish to file electronically, we need your signature on a form. If you come in without an appointment you will be required to come back with your taxes.

To make an appointment, contact the Association’s Information and Referral Service at 819-566-2182, if there is no answer, please leave a message, or email [email protected]  Those who do not qualify for the tax clinic but need help finding a service can contact Revenue Canada at 1-800-267-6999.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.townshippers.qc.ca. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 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.



Photo Credit:  Courtesy Community Health Education Program

Photo Caption:  The Community Health Education Program (CHEP) team will discus “Who cares for the caregivers?” at the next free videoconference. Townshippers’ Association will host the session on February 19 with partnering Community Learning Centres in Bury, Magog, Richmond.