Welcome summer interns!

Summer is here which means so are the interns! Each year, an internship program through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works (YCW) allows students to engage in field experience, acquire skills in preserving and promoting our cultural heritage and share insight within a local non-profit organization. Townshippers’ Association is thrilled to welcome two new interns this summer.

Our new Communications and Culture intern is Kaitlyn Loomis who will be updating our social media accounts, producing numerous print and digital materials and managing our website content. Kaitlyn, is entering her final year of Clinical Psychology at Bishops’ University. She grew up in the Eastern Townships and now resides in Courtice, Ontario. She is excited to experience the summer in the region as she still has family roots here.

Our second intern Gabrielle Branchaud, is our new Cultural Festival and Membership Assistant. Gabrielle will be supporting ongoing projects and researching different ways to maximize the organization’s outreach. She will also be working to promote the organization as well as increase its members. Gabrielle is currently going into her fourth year at Bishops’ with a double major in Education and English. She grew up in Cornwall, Ontario and decided to move to the Townships because she fell in love with this small town. Gabrielle is most looking forward to being involved in the community and participating in the inclusion this organization provides.

Our Stories ebook launched

On June 9, after nine months of cultivation, Townshippers’ Association was proud to launch its first collaborative digital book, Our Stories: The Eastern Townships Chapter in Canada’s 150-Year Story.

The digital anthology was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada by focusing on the influence and role that Townshippers have had on the fabric of our country. Through various genres and mediums, 25 contributors examine the nuances of this community’s experiences, its characters, its contributions and its spirit.

The ebook will soon be available online at Townshippers.org and in Townshippers’ Sherbrooke office. Watch Townshippers.org or follow the Association on Facebook.com/Townshippers for the announcement.

The Our Stories project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

Recap: Townshippers’ 2017 annual general meeting

With 56 people in attendance and streamed live on Facebook for the first time, the 2016-2017 annual general meeting held in Orford on June 9 was short, sweet and interesting as Townshippers’ Association reviewed its accomplishments over the past year.

After introducing our annual report (which can now be downloaded at Townshippers.org/2016-2017-annual-report) the Association presented our recent publications, such as a fundraising guide to help organizations providing health and wellness programming to seniors to develop sustainable fundraising plans and a digital catalogue of health and social services jobs and training programs in the Estrie and Montérégie East. The documents can be downloaded from Townshippers.org/Publications.

We also introduced Topportunity Mobile, a Townships-based app to tap into local career and bursary opportunities that place a value on their language skills. The app can be downloaded from Google Play and in the Apple app store. 

The Board of Directors were elected with several returning volunteers. Gerald Cutting was elected as president and will be joined by Heather Bowman, Peter Quilliams, Alice McCrory, Steve Lawson, Kohl Kelso, James Kanner, Cheryl Gosselin and Eric Smith. Stepping down after their many years of service are Melanie Cutting and Peter Riordon.

Joining our directors are Don Warnholtz, Clea Corman and Jody Robinson. We are sorry to say goodbye to Jody as the Project Coordinator for the Association’s Rooted in the Townships project, which will help high school students discover opportunities to succeed in region’s job market, but we are happy to welcome her as a volunteer on our board.

A big thank you to all who attended! If you missed the AGM you can catch up by watching the video posted at www.Townshippers.org/AGM2017.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website www.Townshippers.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Facebook.com/Townshippers. 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 21, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Bishop’s University students Kaitlyn Loomis and Gabrielle Branchaud have joined Townshippers’ Association to work with the non-profit organization this summer through the Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works program. If you see them in the office, say hi!