Caregiver Wellness Focus of National Family Caregivers Week

During Quebec’s National Family Caregiver Week from November 3 to 9, Mental Health Estrie is providing a series of interactive trainings and information sharing sessions for caregivers.  These afternoon events are held in collaboration with L’Appui Estrie and other community partners.

All programs will include presentations about preventing anxiety and depression for caregivers and a demonstration of how music can be used to communicate and connect with people living with loss of cognitive abilities.  Educational handouts, information about resources, door prizes and a healthy snack will also be provided.

Complimentary home respite care is available for loved ones of all caregivers who would like to take advantage of this free service.  Please call for details.

Topics covered include:

Prevention of burnout; techniques for self-compassion and taking care of yourself with Fuschia Sirois, PhD, Monday, November. 3, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Richmond and Region Community Learning Centre, Richmond Regional High School, 375 Armstrong,

Staying well while caregiving with Dr. Natash Bird, M.D. Also presenting will be Claire Webster, President, Alzheimers Group Inc of Montreal, long-time family caregiver and advocate, on Wednesday, November 5, 1:30 to 4 p.m., at the Hôtel de Ville, Salle Communautaire, (City Hall – downstairs room) 150 rue Child, Coaticook.

Sharing a caregiver’s journey through images, film and lessons learned! with Susan Macaulay,, on Friday, November 7, 1:30 – 4 p.m.  at the Manoir de l’eau vivre, 210 Principale Est. Cookshire

For more information please contact Mental Health Estrie at 819-565-3777 or email [email protected]


Amos and Biggs in Concert  

Talented local musicians Amos Joannides and Sarah Biggs are ready to lend their guitars and signature styles in Townships Expressions in Concert taking place at Bandeen Hall, Bishop’s University, on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Supported by Canadian Heritage and the Ville de Sherbrooke, Townships Expressions in Concert celebrates the musicians in the Townships Expressions project. An initiative of Townshippers’ Association, the Expressions project supports English-speaking artists in the region by offering greater visibility and sales of books, music, videos, graphic arts items and more year-round in both Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke and Lac-Brome, online in the e-boutique at as well as at special events.

Along with catching Amos and Sarah’s not to be missed exploration of styles, mixed melodies and acoustic folk, the concert will give residents a rare and intimate opportunity to meet and mingle with these home-grown Expressions’ artist during a special pre-concert reception at 5:30 p.m.

The limited tickets are on sale now for $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors. Tickets for the show, which begins at 7 p.m., and reception are available from Townshippers’ Sherbrooke office by calling 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717) or in person at 257 Queen Street, online at or at the door.  Tickets will not be available from Bishop’s University camps or the Centennial Theatre box office.

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: Tickets are on sale now for Townships Expressions in Concert a one-night only musical event featuring home-grown artist Amos Joannides and Sarah Biggs on November 15 at Bishop’s University’s beautiful Bandeen Hall.