Townshippers’ welcomes new project coordinator

Townshippers’ Association is pleased to introduce Jayme Marrotte as our new Rooted in the Townships Project Coordinator.

Jayme is a true local, making her a great fit within the Townshippers’. From the Stanstead area, where her family still resides, Jayme attended Alexander Galt, Champlain Regional College, and Bishop’s University. After recently completing her Master’s degree from the University of Guelph, Jayme returned to the Eastern Townships to begin her working career.

Over the next year, Jayme will be organizing a Youth Skills Day at each of the Eastern Townships School Board’s three high schools, which will equip students with knowledge about the employment opportunities available to them in the region as English-speakers. The Rooted in the Townships aims to give secondary 4 and 5 students the opportunity to meet local employers, participate in networking and career-planning activities, participate in practical workshops/skill building sessions, and learn about the region’s employment market.

Jayme says she is excited about this project and the impact it can have on the English-speaking youth throughout the Townships, and Townshippers’ feels extremely fortunate to have Jayme here to support our community.

If you get a chance, please congratulate Jayme on her new position with Townshippers’.

Reduce Poverty in Canada

Did you know that despite its status as First World country, over three million Canadians still live in poverty?

This means that they struggle to meet their basic needs, such as getting food on the table, having inadequate housing or even a lack of shelter due to the increasing bills that are unable to be paid. But poverty is more than just not having enough money. For those living with a low-income or in poverty, it also means not having access to services, facing social exclusion, it can affect their physical and mental health.

The Canadian Government wants to hear from youth across the country about the complex issue of poverty as it works on developing a national Poverty Reduction Strategy.

They are inviting young people aged 12-24, from coast to coast to coast, to answer one question: How can we reduce poverty in Canada?

Show your great idea or solution in a creative way for a chance to showcase your entry at the national Poverty Reduction conference in Ottawa in September 2017.

You can submit your contest entry in one of two age groups (12-17, or 18-24) in the following three categories:

  • Visual – design a poster, infographic, photo collage or any visual art
  • Written – submit a short article, proposal, poem or essay of no more than 500 words
  • Video/Audio– create a video or audio piece no longer than two minutes

You can also promote your entry by tagging it with #ReducePoverty on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

All submissions must be submitted by August 14, 2017. For full contest details, please visit #ReducePoverty in Canada online. To learn more about Canada’s developing Poverty Reduction Strategy, visit

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, July 19, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Jayme Marrotte has joined the Townshippers’ Association team and will be spending the next year working on a project that will help Townships youth connect to resources to develop a career path in the region.

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