Community Efforts Brings English Prenatal Classes to Magog and Richmond

In an effort to reach out to more communities, the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre will be offering prenatal classes Centre in three locations this fall including Lennoxville, Magog and Richmond. The Women’s centre has offered prenatal classes for several years from their Lennoxville location; in fact, they are the only child birth education classes offered in English in the Estrie region.

This Pilot Project, offered in partnership with the Community Learning Centres (CLC), Champlain College and Townshippers’ Association, will have the classes transmitted to Richmond and Magog from Lennoxville via videoconferencing. This same technology is used by Townshippers’ and partnering CLC’s throughout the year to transmit interactive health information session from experts through the Community Health Education Program (CHEP).

If you are expecting a baby, these classes will help contribute to making your birthing experience more meaningful, safe and pleasant. It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents and ease your worries by having the prenatal coordinator answer your questions and address your concerns.

Classes will take place on Tuesday, October 28 until Thursday, December 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is a cost of $50 to cover the seven classes. Light snacks will be served.

For more information and to register, please contact the Lennoxville & District Women’s Centre at 819-564-6626, email [email protected]


What Is Autism? Health Videoconference 

“Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a complex, lifelong condition that affects individuals from all walks of life, as well as their families, friends and caregivers….Studies show that signs of autism are usually present by three years of age and it is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.” (Health Canada online).

Join Townshippers’ Association for the next CHEP session exploring the important topic of Autism. This session is for families, health care professionals, educators and all interested persons who want to learn more about autism.

Dr. Mandy Steiman is a clinical psychologist at the Montreal Children’s hospital and works in the Autism Disorders Program. She will be the key presenter during the videoconference and will address concerns and questions such as the signs and symptoms of autism, causes and risk factors, how to prepare for a doctor’s appointment, and coping and support mechanisms.

Join us for this interactive videoconference with an expert on Wednesday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Session will be offered at the following locations: Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC) located at Pope Memorial Elementary School, 523 Stokes Street, Bury, and at the Richmond & Region CLC, at Richmond Regional High School, 375 Armstrong Street.

For more information please contact Shannon Keenan, [email protected], or Debbie Bishop, [email protected], at Townshippers’ Association’s Sherbrooke office 819 566-5717

Look for the upcoming sessions in November and January on Prostate Cancer and Alzheimer’s Month and Male care giving.

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.


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Photo Caption: By using videoconfrencing equipment, a pilot project is going to expand the reach of the only English language prenatal classes in the Estrie to Magog and Richmond.