Credit: Townshippers’ Association
Cutline: Participants in a previous Make Way for YOUth Discovery Days discovered the sweeter side of the Estrie, it’s maple syrup production, during a weekend of free activities designed to help introduce them to the region and begin building a network of contacts. More fun and interesting activities are being planned, at no cost, for the March 17-19 weekend but participants must register for a limited spot to this activity by February 28.
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SHERBROOKE, February 09, 2017 – Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way for YOUth Estrie project announced its first Discovery Day exploratory weekend for 2017 will take place from March 17 to 19. Plans are also taking shape for two other activities in summer and autumn giving participants a chance to take in the Estrie region in all its seasonal splendor.
Make Way for YOUth’s Discovery Days are the perfect way for busy post-secondary students and graduates and/or families who are considering a move to the Eastern Townships to be introduced to the people, places, and services of the Estrie English-speaking community.
Figuring out where to move before making the commitment can be overwhelming. But Make Way for YOUth’s activities make it easier and even exciting.
“The interesting places they visit and the amazing food they enjoy during these weekends are great at helping to introduce participants to the region. But what is particularly wonderful is the networking activities that give participants a unique opportunity to experience the friendliness of our community first-hand,” explained Holly McMillan, coordinator of the project. “By welcoming them into our community, they leave feeling as though they are already a part of it. That sense of belonging is important when choosing where to call home and it helps make the decision so much easier. The best part? All costs relating to the activities – lodging, meals, and transportation – are covered through the project so people are free to enjoy the activities.”
The Region: Located in southeastern Quebec over an hour east of Montreal, with the U.S. border to the south, the Estrie region is home to a charming all seasons playground with urban delights at its core. It is home to the adventurous with a vibrant English-speaking community where bilingual opportunities abound in a wide range of industries including agriculture, arts, culture, information and technology, education, healthcare, and manufacturing, and it welcomes innovative entrepreneurs.
The Project: Make Way for YOUth’s Discovery Days weekends include free activities that help young professionals, under the age of 35, meet new people, see new places, and learn new things about the Estrie. Conferences, workshops, visits to businesses and tourist attractions, savouring a meal at exceptional local restaurants and networking opportunities, are among the activities they will experience.
Other free Make Way for YOUth services include long-distance individual support to help young, English-speaking professionals find a job and get settled in a new community, and access to the weekly Accro des regions e-bulletin, which lists jobs that require knowledge of English or consider it an asset.
Make Way for YOUth can also help local employers, by providing free job postings, excellent visibility and networking opportunities that allow local businesses to find qualified employees, make new business contacts and increase their visibility in the English-speaking community. Both job seekers and employers can also use www.Topportunity.ca, which offers postings of jobs requiring English for all parts of the Townships.
Registrations are now being taken for the March Discovery Days, but spaces are limited. Those interested in taking part should register by February 28, 2017, to guarantee their spot.
To register or for more information about Make Way for YOUth and the services offered through this project, contact Holly McMillan, Make Way for YOUth Migration Agent, by phone at 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717) or by e-mail: [email protected]
To qualify for MWFY’s activities or services you must be a graduate, or a soon to be graduate, from a post-secondary institution (college, university, vocational school) between the ages of 18 and 35 and eligible to work in Canada.
Make Way for YOUth Estrie is an initiative of the province-wide Place aux jeunes en region, which encourages the migration and settlement of youth in areas outside of Québec’s large city centres, and is offered to the English-speaking community by Townshippers’ Association. The activities of Make Way for YOUth are made possible thanks to the financial support of the Secrétariat à la Jeunesse and numerous businesses and organizations throughout the Estrie region.
About Townshippers’ Association
Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships, since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717, or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421.
Communications Officer, Townshippers’ Association
819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717), [email protected]