High School Graduates Celebrated at Townshippers’ Association’s AGM

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Photo Credit: Nathalie McAuley
Photo Cutline: Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth Migration Agent (far left) and Kohl Kelso, Lennoxville Youth Center Executive Director (far right), recognized Alexandria Lowry, Emma Laroche Spaulding and Meaghan Rivett (absent) for their winning Excel in the Estrie essays at Townshippers’ Association’s annual general meeting on June 3.

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High School Graduates Celebrated

at Townshippers’ Association’s AGM


SHERBROOKE, June 9, 2016 – Make Way For YOUth, a project of Townshippers’ Association that supports youth retention, was proud to celebrate three graduating high school students for their prize-winning essays detailing their ability to overcome challenges, at the association’s 37th Annual General Meeting, held in Sherbrooke on Friday, June 3, 2016.

The Excel in the Estrie essay challenge, proudly sponsored by Cass, Global Excel and the Lennoxville Youth Center, invited all graduating high school students in the Eastern Townships English-speaking community to inspire others to finish school by sharing their solutions to any academic, social or personal obstacles they faced while pursuing their education.

“Graduating high school is no small achievement, it takes a lot of dedication and effort. That effort is worth celebrating and sharing with others who may face similar challenges. Excel in the Estrie challenges students to reflect on all they have accomplished to get to this point,” stated Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth, Migration Agent. “The final aspect of the essay challenge provides an important opportunity to encourage youth to be the architects of their future by thinking about their place in the region. We look forward to seeing their plans come to life!”

The winning student authors, Emma Laroche Spaulding, age 16, of Cookshire, Alexandria Lowry, 16, of Sawyerville and Meaghan Rivett, 17, of Waterville, were awarded $250 each and will have their essays published in the autumn/winter issue of Townshippers’ self-titled members-only journal. They will be soon graduating from Alexander Galt Regional High School and will continue their studies at Champlain Regional College Lennoxville this autumn.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of this year’s high school graduates!

Call for Nominations

Do you know a young person worthy of recognition? Nominate them for Townshippers’ Young Townships Leader Award (YTLA). The YTLA’s highlight youth achievements, dynamism and involvement by celebrating young people who serve as role models to other youth as well as to adults. The award also encourages English-speaking youth to reach their full potential and become engaged in the community at large – culturally, economically and socially.

One winner will be chosen to receive a certificate of recognition and cash prize, following the Townshippers’ Day opening ceremonies on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Brome fairgrounds. Visit www.TDay.ca for details.

New this year, candidates can be nominated online at Townshippers.org under the Youth section. Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the website or can be picked up at Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke, at 257 Queen, or Lac-Brome, 584 Knowlton Rd. All nominations must be received by noon, August 26, 2016.

For further information about this award, visit Townshippers.org or contact Cathy Turner at 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-877-566-5717), [email protected]

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).



Corrinna Pole
Communications Officer, Townshippers’ Association
819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717), [email protected]


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