Coming to you in 2013

‘Tis the season of good cheer and making merry. It is also the season when our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible and worked so hard to strengthen our community. To say “thank you” is truly our pleasure.

So we can enjoy the holiday season with our loved ones, please note that our offices will be closed from December 24, 2012 until January 4, 2013. We’ll be back at it on January 7, 2013, charged up about what we’re going to accomplish together in the New Year, and there’s already plenty of new opportunities and projects in store!

In the Stanstead and Richmond areas, keep your eyes and ears open about upcoming computer workshops. Primarily offered for seniors, this project will give the participants a chance to learn how to make the most of their computers. The different topics that can be covered include: how to use Facebook, setting up an email account, searching the web for information, how to use a Kindle or an Ipad, and online security. The workshops will run for six sessions with instruction on one of the above topics or any other topic of choice as well as have a question and practice period.

In the Coaticook region we are planning a healthy outreach activity that will include the presentation of health DVD’s covering a wide range of topics. All information will be presented in English and, when available, a resource person will be present to answer any questions and provide additional information about local services such as where and when they are available.

We are also working on a Health passport, a little booklet containing details on where and what health services are available locally. The booklets would also have space to provide important personal health information such as allergies, current medication, medical history, living habits  and any other information needed for medical care. The passport would also have some key words and phrases translated for emergency use.

As well as new projects Townshippers’ will continue to support and maintain existing successful projects such as the Stanstead mental health group. This group continues to meet once a week at the Centre d’Action Benevole R.H. Rediker. The group activities help break social isolation as well as help the participants develop greater self esteem, improve their social skills and be better equipped to face personal and life challenges.

Pre-retour Memphrémagog is a service intended for youth aged 16-30 who wish to return to a healthy lifestyle, school, or work and who need help or guidance to do so. Pre-retour is a mobile service which means that the coordinator will go to the kids where they are and adapt the service to the individual needs.

All activities will include refreshments and are offered at no charge. If you are interested in any of the above projects or have an idea for a project that you would like to see happen in your area, contact us at the coordinates below.

From all of us at Townshippers’ Association, best wishes for a beautiful holiday season and a 2013 that’s your greatest yet! See you next year!

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record, connect with us on Twitter @Townshippers, and our website Townshippers’ has offices are in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717) and Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421).

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Photo Caption:  The benefit musical Honky Tonk Blue…The Night Patsy Met Hank is just one of the many highlights planned for the New Year. Santa’s got his tickets, do you have yours? Only 200 are available. Order yours, $25 adults/$20 students, from Townshippers’ by calling 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717. For our last Keeping In Touch column 2012, all of us at Townshippers’ Association wish you all the best for this holiday season and a wonderful New Year!