Delicious Food for Thought Luncheon this Friday

Another popular ‘Food for Thought’ series of lunch and learn events is taking place this Friday, February 21. Organized by Townshippers’ Association’s L’Appui project, these events help caregivers meet one another, learn new skills and receive information about resources available to them in the area.

‘Food for Thought’ is the brainchild of Judy and Steve Lawson, who recently moved back to the Eastern Townships from the Ottawa area to help care for Judy’s father. Every month features a dynamic speaker, home made food, great company and fun door prizes.

This month’s guest speaker is Ms. Patricia Fratelli, with the topic, ‘Transitioning from home to a seniors residence – what every caregiver needs to know!’

Since it opened three years ago, Patricia has served as the co-owner and director of Manoir Stanstead. Previously, she worked in managerial positions in customer service and sales for corporations such as Bell Canada and Canada Post.

“I am so passionate about this career change!” says Patricia. “It is because of the human side of running a residence, the possibility and ability to make a difference on a daily basis with older people and their families, this is the reason I feel this way.”

“Losing our autonomy and deciding to leave a loving home environment and move into a residence is never an easy choice. My objective is to be a helping hand – to support, inform, and guide people though this big change, in which no one is ever prepared.”

Patricia’s presentation will focus on:

  • The BIG decision
  • The pro’s and con`s and the WHAT IFs?
  • A day in a life at the residence
  • Tax credits for seniors – a good advantage
  • What is certification and what is expected from a residence, followed by a question period.

The menu features chili (meat or vegetarian), cornbread, and ice cream for dessert.  Lunch and Learn takes place on Friday, February 21 from  noon to 2:30 pm at St. Paul’s United Church,  211 Des Pins, Magog J1X 2H8. Cost is $6.  Space is limited so pre-registration at the coordinates below is suggested.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz Is Caregivers Forum Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joe Schwarcz, well known radio personality, McGill Professor and magician, will be the keynote speaker at the First Annual Forum for English speaking caregivers in the Eastern Townships, on Saturday, March 22, from 1 to 5 pm at the Princess Elizabeth School, 120 Bellevue, in Magog.

Under the theme, ‘Discovering Joy in Caregiving,’ the Forum for Caregivers is another initiative of Townshippers’ Association’s L’Appui project in collaboration with the Memphrémagog Community Learning Centre, Champlain College, and other local organizations.

In addition to Dr. Joe’s talk, there will be presentations on budgeting for caregivers, health and legal matters, workshops on music and art, a gala reception and a book launch. The cost of the Forum is $5 with advanced registration, or $8 at the door. To facilitate caregiver’s ability to attend the Forum, respite care is available at extremely low cost.

To register for the luncheon or forum or for more information, contact Eric Akbar Manolson, L’Appui Project Coordinator at 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-4717) or [email protected]

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit our website 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.

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Photo Caption:  As guest speaker of this month’s Lunch and Learn event, Manoir Stanstead director Patricia Fratelli will shed light on what’s involved in transitioning from home to a seniors residence. As space is limited, pre-registration for the February 21st event  is encouraged.