Get Your Game On!

Do you know that there is one activity that can help you expand your network, learn new skills, advance your career and even make you healthier? Volunteering is not only a great way to contribute to the success of your community or cause, it’s also packed full of valuable experiences that can enhance your life.

In keeping with Townshippers’ founding mission — to encourage the participation of the English-speaking population in the community at large — we are proud to be an official friend of the 2013 Canada Summer Games.  As part of our involvement with this unique pan-Canadian multi-sport we have some exciting activities and projects that will be offered when the thousands of athletes, coaches, spectators and more come to Sherbrooke from August 2 to 17, 2013.

The Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Games is currently recruiting volunteers – from individuals to teams of co-workers, friends or families – whose valuable assistance will help make this historic event a success.  The Games promises volunteers a fun, unique and unforgettable experience through an assortment of opportunities in a range of interest, goals and availability.

Townshippers’ is also recruiting volunteers for activities linked to the games such as the Volunteer Homestay Program. This program invites locals to share their Townships hospitality by hosting visiting volunteers from English-speaking communities throughout the province.

Holly McMillan, Townshippers’ Volunteer Recruiter and Coordinator, will share more information about these volunteer opportunities along with details about how you can sign up, in a series of brief presentations that will be touring the region. Lasting about 20 minutes, these free events will kick off this Thursday, February 21, at the Richmond & Region Community Learning Centre, Armstrong, Richmond.

Workshops will also take place at Townshippers’ head office in Sherbrooke, at the Marguerite Knapp Building, 257 Queen Street, in the Borough of Lennoxville, at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday February 24. More dates and venues will be added. For details or to book one of these short presentations, contact Holly McMillan at [email protected] or 819 566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717).

Why volunteer? Get helpers high!

Volunteering is selfless and empowering. It’s also a great way to meet new people, helping you expand your network of friends or business contacts, and you can learn new skills through hands-on work.  You might even discover some new interests.

Giving your time to others also keeps you mentally and physically fit. According to Wellness-matters.ca, people who routinely help others often experience a “helper’s high,” a feel-good rush that releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Physically volunteers benefit from a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and lower cholesterol levels. Psychological benefits include boosting your self-confidence, combating depression and keeping the mind stimulated.

To learn more about volunteering at the Sherbrooke 2013 Canada Games, visit www.jeuxducanada2013.ca/en/volunteer.  For volunteering opportunities at Townshippers’ and with our summer games activities and beyond, visit www.townshippers.qc.ca/volunteer.  You can also sign up to volunteer for opportunities that meet your specific interests or skills, using the form at the bottom of the webpage.

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 www.townshippers.qc.ca. 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’ Volunteer Recruiter and Coordinator Holly McMillan is touring the region with a fast and free presentation about volunteer opportunities with the 2013 Summer Games. Book one today or meet Holly this Thursday, February 21, at the Richmond & Region Community Learning Centre, 375 rue Armstrong, Richmond.

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