Determined Teen Wins Essay

When a contest challenged the English-speaking high school class of 2013 to show how they have, or will, Excel in the Estrie!, it was Sharon Renold’s  essay, highlighting that overcoming obstacles is key to future success,  that won the award.

Launched last March by Make Way For YOUth, a project from Townshippers’ Association that supports youth retention, the essay contest invited high school seniors in the Estrie to share their challenges and dreams by writing about any difficulties they faced in high school and how they overcame them.

A native Californian, Sharon wrote about her struggle and determination of adapting to a bilingual region with minimal French skills. Sharon’s essay embodied many facets of the English-speaking community from the adventurous spirit that brought many established and new Townshippers to the region, to the hardworking and persistent strength that helped our community to grow in the face of many challenges.

As a result, the 17 year old high school senior from Compton, won a $250 scholarship to help towards her studies this autumn at Champlain College-Lennoxville. Congratulations Sharon from all of us at Townshippers’ and Make Way For YOUth.


Contest Deadline Extended!

Are you one of the 4,000 volunteers from the English-speaking community who signed up the Canada Summer Games–Sherbrooke 2013 from August 2 to 17?  With the deadline of the contest extended to midnight, Sunday, June 30, 2013, there’s even more time to enter to win an all-inclusive VIP package from Townshippers’.

In just two steps you can enter today to enjoy access to two VIP receptions, the Opening Ceremony, all preliminary competition rounds, VIP areas and more.  Just, sign up to volunteer for the summer games, then, contact Holly McMillan, Recruiter/Coordinator for the Canada Games Project, with your name and details at [email protected] or 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717). That’s it.

All the details – including links and eligibility criteria – can be found on Townshippers’ website at While your there, check out the details for two other awards aimed at appreciating the contributions of community members and youth in our region.


Free Videoconferences

Learn how to make the most of your visits with health care professional with the next free, live and interactive video conference ‘Navigating the Health Care System’ on Wednesday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Richmond Community Learning centre (CLC), at Richmond Regional High School, 375 Armstrong St.

Offered by Townshippers’ Association and presented in partnership with the CLC, this will be the last health matters session for the spring/summer. Join us for an opportunity to hear health care professionals in English while you enjoying  a cup of coffee.

For further details, contact, Shannon Keenan, [email protected] or Debbie Bishop, [email protected] at Townshippers’ Association at 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717)


PJ Story Night

Before the summer holidays kicks in, the CLC in Richmond wishes to invite you to a PJ Story Night for parents and tots (ages 3 to 7) on Friday, June 14 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at RRHS (375 rue Armstrong, Richmond). Come in your PJs for a story, snack and craft. Free, but advance reservations are necessary. To reserve your spot, please contact Siu-Min, Richmond & Region CLC Coordinator at [email protected] or 819-826-3702 ext. 24026.

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 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:  Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption:  Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth – Desjardins Migration Agent, presents Sharon Renold with the award for her prize-winning paper detailing how the high school senior from Compton had excelled in the Estrie.