Coaticook senior wins essay challenge

Caroline Fisette, a senior at Alexander Galt Regional High School, was named the winner of this year’s Excel in the Estrie essay challenge following Townshippers’ Association’s Annual General Meeting on June 9, in Orford.

Each year in celebration of school perseverance, Townshippers’ Make Way for YOUth (MWFY) project challenges high school seniors to share stories about how they have excelled in school and how they see themselves living and working in the Townships in the future.

Caroline’s submission focused on the struggles of attending school in her second language, from studying in another language and making the honour roll, to adjusting to a new social group. Her essay also conveyed her sense of achievement and pride in her success, as well as her gratitude for being given the opportunity to become bilingual.

The 17-year-old Galt graduate will begin her special care studies at Cégep de Sherbrooke this fall and hopes to go on to study psychology, with the goal of staying in the region—helping others and having an impact on their lives.

Caroline accepted her $500 award – made possible with the support of the Government of Canada, the Lennoxville Youth Center, and Global Excel – and her winning essay can be read in the fall issue of Townshippers’ journal.

To learn more about MWFY and this Essay challenge, visit or contact the MWFY Migration Agent at 819-566-5717.

Townshippers’ seeking new coordinator 

Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit community organization powered by a group of interesting and passionate people who care about our community. We’re looking for someone who is enthusiastic, hardworking and organized to coordinate a project to organize a series of activities for high school students to learn about opportunities and resources to success in the region’s job market. 

Working out of our Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), you’ll collaborate with the Eastern Townships School Board, community organizations and regional employers to host a series of these skill building days. Applications close June 16, 2017. To apply visit

Application deadline: New Horizons for Seniors Program

The application deadline for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is looming. Community-based projects, led or inspired by seniors, that can help them make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities, have until June 23 to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 per year through the program.

Offered by the Government of Canada, the program is designed to help seniors improve the quality of life in their communities by participating in social activities and leading active lives.

To be eligible for the grants, projects must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: promote volunteerism and mentoring, expand awareness of elder abuse, support the social participation of seniors and provide capital assistance for new and existing projects and programs.

Applications must include the Standard Grant Application for Funding form, available for download at Application for Funding Guide, which can be downloaded from [search: new-horizons-seniors-community-based/applicant-guide], provides instructions on how to fill out the form and lists mandatory additional information.

Completed applications and all required documents, must be submitted by June 23, 2017, at 11:59 pm, either in person at your local Service Canada office [visit to find an office near you] or by mail to: Service Canada, New Horizons for Seniors Program, 1001 De Maisonneuve Boulevard East, Fourth Floor, Suite 400, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 4P9. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Contact Service Canada with questions or for assistance with the application process, at 1-866-233-3194 or [email protected]

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Coaticook high school senior Caroline Fisette (centre) poses with Lennoxville Youth Center Executive Director, Kohl Kelso, and Make Way for YOUth Migration Agent, Holly McMillan, after receiving her award for her winning Excel in the Estrie essay.

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