The long wait is over! The community-crafted anthology, Our Stories: The Eastern Townships Chapter in Canada’s 150-Year Story, is now available through Townshippers’ Association’s website and in-office boutique, Townships Expressions!
The Our Stories project was launched in 2016 by Townshippers’ to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary by sharing stories of the influence and role that our community has had on our country’s history in a digital book.
Submissions of written and visual work for the ebook were accepted from the public, with entries coming in from individuals across the country who have links to the region.
The entire project, which included a series of free writing workshops held across the region to help aspiring and skilled writers to hone their craft, took nearly nine months with the ebook being officially launched at Townshippers’ Annual General Meeting in June.
The final book laces together some of the many stories from the Townships past and offers a glimpse of the perspectives of today.
During the editorial process, the team notice that the submissions, received from Townshippers of all ages, beginner and experienced writers and artists, had important links between them.
“There were those concerned with movement; those with place; those with family; those with work and livelihood; and finally, those that challenge our everyday perspectives,” the editorial team explained in the book’s introduction. “In a loose and rather intuitive way, we decided to organize this collection of works into five sections: Migrations, Home, Work, Generations, and Reflections. After a great deal of time spent reading, reviewing and editing the submissions, we found that grouping the works in this way added to the appreciation of them. We hope the same is true for you.”
Visit www.Townshippers.org/Canada150 to get a free copy of Our Stories with a donation of any amount to Townshippers’ Association, or pick up a limited edition Our Stories flash drive, pre-loaded with the ebook, for $10 at either of Townshippers’ offices.
Your donation to Townshippers’ will help make other community projects possible! Thank you!
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.
Health Canada is revising Canada’s Food Guide to strengthen its recommendations for healthy eating and now it wants to hear from Canadians.
After reviewing almost 20,000 responses from Canadians last fall, the national public health department develop the recommendations for healthy eating, and to identify ways to improve how they communicate to better meet the needs of different audiences.
Health Canada is again seeking the input of Canadians to finalize their recommendations and develop them into consumer messages, tools, and resources. A new suite of Canada’s Food Guide resources will be rolled out beginning in early 2018.
To get involved visit www.FoodGuideConsultation.ca
Please note that Townshippers’ Association’s offices in Sherbrooke and Lac-Brome will be closed to the public during the construction holiday from July 23 to August 5, 2017. We will be back to work starting Monday, August 7. We hope you are all enjoying your summer!
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, July 26, 2017
Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association
Photo Caption: You can now get your hands on your own copy of Our Stories, the first community-created digital anthology from Townshippers’ Association. Get your digital download on www.Townshippers.org/Canada150, or visit Townshippers’ offices for a limited edition Our Stories flash drive with a copy of the ebook installed.