Exploring the Townships with MWFY

Last weekend a group of current or soon-to-be post secondary graduates from Ontario, Montreal and Baie-Comeau came together to discover the charm of the Estrie region with Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way for YOUth project. MWFY’s seven guests enjoyed a free and all-inclusive Discovery Days weekend that combined networking and recreational activities which allowed them to sample what the Townships has to offer them as their potential future home.

The weekend started off with a workshop on entrepreneurship with business coach Augusto Sotelo from YES Montreal. After lunch, it was time to head to the annual job fair and meet with potential employers. Armed with their freshly printed resumes, candidates were ready to head to the employers’ booths and make an impression. Friday evening ended with an informal networking supper at Sherbrooke’s Mondo-Resto Bar.

After a restful night at the Auberge la Chocolatiere in North Hatley, the gang enjoyed a decadent Saturday morning breakfast of crepes and waffles with chocolate (white, milk, or dark) as a condiment. The group then visited local boutiques before heading to Stanstead where they discovered the Granite Museum and Mr.Sheldon’s immense Train collection.

That afternoon Ayer’s Cliff mayor Alec Van Zuiden met with the group to showcase the town and its future plans. The group then headed back to North Hatley for another networking supper at the Pilsen Pub Restaurant where more links were made and they met with village mayor Michael Page.

Sunday was time for a seasonal tradition, the sugar shack! The group enjoyed a guided visit at the Chic Rustique and a brief explanation of tapping maple trees while collecting some of the sap in the buckets. They also got to sample local products and to eat a non-traditional meal.

The participants left with a better idea of the features of Townships life

Know a post-secondary graduate or soon-to-be graduate between 18 and 35 looking to make the move in the Estrie region? Want to invite your kids or grandkids back in the Townships? Tell them to explore a Discovery Days opportunity like this with Jenny Ménard!

In addition to offering individual support services help young English-speakers settle in the region, Make Way for YOUth’s Discovery Days weekends gives curious post-secondary graduates to sample an area in the Estrie and begin developing their network at no cost. For details contact Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth Desjardins Migration Agent, at 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717, or [email protected]

Offices Closed for Easter

Townshippers’ Association’s offices in Sherbrooke and Lac-Brome will be closed for the Easter Weekend – Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6.  We will reopen on Tuesday, April 7 for regular hours of operation.  Happy Easter.

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.org. 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:  Participants of Make Way for YOUth’s latest exploratory Discovery Days weekend enjoyed several networking and recreational activities this past weekend as they sampled life in the Townships.  The activity is geared to encourage young professional post-secondary graduates to make their home in the Estrie.