Initiative Invites Youth To Explore The Estrie For Free

The Estrie is a great place to live, work, and play in, and thanks to Make Way For YOUth (MWFY), from March 22 to 24, 2013, a select group of youth will have the chance to explore the region for free!

Offered through Townshippers’ Association, MWFY is a starting point for post-secondary graduates or soon to be graduates to discover the potential of living in the Estrie.  The initiative takes steps to counteract the loss of the educated young English-speaking people in the region to “brain drain,” through personalized and individual support services, free access to websites and bulletins with local job offers and free Discovery Days weekends.

The project is part of the province-wide Place aux jeunes en région’s initiative to counter youth exodus to Quebec’s larger cities.

Described by past registrants as an “excellent”, “amazing,” and “inspiring,” experience, MWFY’s Discovery Days present a unique opportunity to discover or, for those who have left, to rediscover the Estrie region over a weekend of free activities.

Young professionals who are ready to enter and thrive in today’s job market have the chance to jumpstart their future and begin building a solid network of personal contacts in the area. Along with experiencing Estrie’s playful side through cultural and recreational activities, participants will enjoy events that allow them to make contact with a variety of local residents who may help to ease their professional and social integration into their new community.

These weekends are all-inclusive and entirely free.  MWFY takes care of the food, lodging, accommodations and transportation costs so participants can enjoy themselves and build relationships with other young people who have the same interest and desire of living in the region.

The next Discovery Days weekend on March 22 to 24 will focus on the Val-Saint-François, including Richmond and 18 other communities, and the Sherbrooke areas. Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth – Desjardins Migration Agent, is planning an exploratory weekend which will feature a visit to the Salon Priorité-Emploi in Sherbrooke (March 22 – 23), where more than 1,500 jobs available in the Estrie will be offered.

As places are limited for these weekends, post-secondary graduate or soon to be, between the ages of 18 and 35, are invited to sign up today by emailing Jenny Ménard at [email protected].

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, catch our columns in the Brome County News, listen to Townshippers’ broadcast on radio CIDI 99.1 FM every Friday at 5 p.m., and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook, and our website To connect with Townshippers’ Association, contact the offices in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717) or Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421).

Photo Credit:   Townshippers Association

Photo Caption: Earlier this year, five young professionals enjoyed an “amazing” and pleasurable free weekend kick-starting their careers in the Estrie with Make Way  For YOUth’s Discovery Days. Reservations are now being taken for the next all-inclusive weekend on March 22-24.

Publication: About Townshippers column, Brome County News, February 26, 2013