Angels and Anniversaries

It’s that time of year again…time to share our good fortune with those among us who aren’t so blessed.  For the 12th year, the Yamaska Valley Optimist Club is looking for a few good angels to help make the season a little brighter through the Christmas Angels project.

How does it work?

In conjunction with local schools and la Cellule Jeunesse, the Club, compiles a list of recipients who are in need this holiday season.  This list contains specific information on each recipient, such as age, size, and gender, etc. The information is then transferred onto paper angels, which are then distributed to participating retail locations. Anyone interested in being a Christmas Angel can visit these retailers, select a paper angel and, using the information provided; purchase a gift.

After wrapping the gift and attaching the paper angel, Christmas Angels are asked return their gift to the retailer where they chose their paper angel by December 6.  The YVO then distributes the gifts before Christmas. This year 180 wishes are waiting to be filled.

Paper angels can be picked up at participating retailers in Cowansville at Nettoyeur Houle, 101 Oliver Street; Magasin Tigre Geant, 179 Principale Street; in Knowlton at La Vie Sucree, 29 Lakeside;  Barnes General Store, 39 Victoria; De la Ferme a la Table – 605-101 Knowlton Road; at in Sutton at Pharmacie Brunet , 25 Principale N.

For more information, call 450-243-0530.


Save the Date!  

Townshippers’ Association is turning 35 and to celebrate we’ll be hosting a special anniversary open house at our Sherbrooke office on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For details visit our website or check this column next week.


Applications Open for Sherbrooke Social Housing Complex

With construction of a new housing complex at the Habitations Place de l’Est in Fleurimont underway, the Parallèle de l’habitation sociale, under the arm of the Office municipal d’habitation de Sherbrooke (OMHS), is accepting applications from the general population until December 15, 2014.

The first building, equipped with an elevator, includes 66 apartments for retirees (50 years and over), fifty of which are one bedroom apartments (3 ½) and 16 two bedroom apartments (4 ½). Fifteen 3 ½ units will be subsidized by the Programme de Supplement au loyer. Units will be rented with services included; heating, electricity and hot water.

Building number two, no elevator, will have 36 subsidized apartments for families (59 years old and under). Units include nine one bedroom apartments, four two bedroom units, 17 three-bedroom apartments (5 ½) and six four bedroom units (6 ½) to be rented excluding utilities.

Applications for the 51 subsidized apartments will be processed according to selection criteria and assigned based on how households rank on the eligibility list. Applications for the 51 non-subsidized units will be processed in the order they are received and according to the occupancy standards specified in the Regulations on the Allocation of Housing to rent. Households must meet income thresholds provided under the AccèsLogis.

Housing applications can be submitted to the Office municipal d’habitation de Sherbrooke, 22 rue William-Ives, bureau 100, Sherbrooke (Québec) J1E 2C2. For additional details and forms, contact the office at 819 566-7868, [email protected] or visit

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 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.



Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Townshippers’ Association will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a special seasonal celebration on December 12th and you are invited! Grab your holiday music from Townships Expressions while enjoying refreshments and entertainment with Townshippers’. Details coming soon.