Food for Thought; Counselling for Caregivers

Did you know that the Quebec’s English-speaking seniors outnumber the entire population of Prince Edward Island?  A recently published study of this group shows that English-speaking Quebecers are living longer than ever before but unfortunately many feel their ability to realize their full potential is curtailed by language barriers. In health services especially and caregiving situations specifically, challenges in trying to access information and communicate with public institutions may compromise the quality of life.

Townshippers’ Association with support from L’APPUI Pour Les Proches Aidants D’Ainés Estrie is addressing this particular challenge with Food for Thought learning luncheons, a project to increase access to information for English-speaking caregivers of seniors in the MRC of Memphremagog.

The next luncheon features guest speaker Diane Latulippe, Director of Centre l’Élan, who will be discussing the very important distinction between being a helpful caregiver and taking on the role of caregiving “saviour” at noon on Friday, November 21.

A graduate of psychology from the University of Montreal, Diane has worked at Centre l’Élan as a psychotherapist for many years, becoming the director five years ago. Located at 209 rue Hatley in Magog, Centre L’ Élan offers mental health services such as individual and group counselling and creativity workshops.

Food for Thought takes place at St. Paul’s United Church, 211 rue des Pins, Magog. The menu includes ham, scalloped potatoes, corn and coleslaw, and mocha chocolate pudding for dessert. Cost $6. Reservations are not necessary. For information, contact Judy Lawson at [email protected]

Mark your calendars for upcoming Food for Thought lunches: December 12 – strategies for reducing caregiver stress. These events acknowledge the particular situation of Quebec’s official linguistic minority group by highlighting local organizations with services in English for caregivers of seniors.


Give the Gift that Gives Back

Has the festive bug bit you yet? Feeling especially altruistic? Looking for a meaningful act of generosity?  Consider making a charitable donation in any amount to Townshippers Research & Cultural Foundation.

TRCF – also known as Townshippers Foundation – is a home-grown philanthropic organization working year-round to support groups and individuals across the Townships by offering grants to local, grassroots organizations and projects in heritage, arts, health, social services, education, and research.

Funds donated to the foundation now are used in a variety of ways to help Townshippers of all ages. This year your money fuelled more than 20 projects including the tutoring/homework program from Phelps Helps, educational programs for caregivers from Mental Health Estrie and helped the Brome County Historical Society to purchase display enhancing equipment. To maximize the community impact our operating budget is kept to a minimum.

Townshippers Foundation and Townshippers’ Association both share a building, a history, and, occasionally, resources, but it’s important to note that the two sibling organizations are very different and are each governed by an independent volunteer board of directors.

The Foundation is solely funded through gifts and bequests received from donors like you, and yes the Foundation is a registered charity which means you will receive a receipt for all donations over $20. Also accepted are donations you’ve bequest in your will and, new this year, stocks and bonds. Please call ahead to make arrangements.

When looking to make a charitable donation, consider giving to Townshippers Research & Cultural Foundation so that those funds can be invested back into our community. Donate online, its fast, easy and secure, at Mail cheques to Townshippers Research & Cultural Foundation, 100-257 Queen St. Sherbrooke, QC, J1M 1K7. To learn more about the Foundation visit or call 819-822-3314.

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:  The Food for Thought learning luncheons, offered by Townshippers’ Association with support from L’APPUI Estrie, have been giving English-speaking caregivers access to information in their own language. For a cost of $6, the next lunch examines counselling for caregivers on November 21 and includes ham, scalloped potatoes, corn and coleslaw, and mocha chocolate pudding.