Keeping in Touch; A year of challenge and change

June has arrived and so it seems has an early summer full of promise. It is fitting then that  Townshippers’ Association kicked off this beautiful month with its Annual General Meeting held for the first time at the charming Centre d’art de Richmond.  With 33 voting members of the Association in attendance, quorum was attained, and the activities and projects of the last year were reviewed.

President Gerald Cutting noted that in a year marked by challenges, the Association enjoyed many successes, including being one of the few groups invited to present before the Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages.  In his message, Cutting credited the Committee’s invitation to Townshippers’ increased visibility and credibility.

With the release of the financial statements, Cutting stated that Townshippers’ reputation as wise stewards of public funds should position the Association well for future consideration in the highly competitive arena of government funding.

While noting the loss earlier this year of key players Executive Director Ingrid Marini and Assistant Executive Director Michelle Lepitre, who both resigned to pursue careers in the private sector, Cutting officially welcomed new Executive Director Rachel Hunting and looked forward to a busy year ahead.

As the five year strategic plan comes to an end, and the new one is close to completion, the Association has accomplished many of its goals from strengthening its network and collaborating with various stakeholders to empowering, engaging and integrating English-speaking youth.

The meeting followed the short and sweet format of previous AGMs culminating with the members of the board, who were re-elected by acclimation, unanimously voting in new board member Colin Standish of Cookshire.

Following the AGM, four Young Townships Leaders – Michael Durrant, Jessica Wilson, James Lamarre and Madhiha Taseen – were recognized for their meaningful contributions to the English-speaking community and the OpART project, which aims to introduce youth to various artistic disciplines, was officially launched by coordinator Kris Holliday.

Townshippers’ Day 2012; all tastes and talents

With just 93 days and counting, the members of the 2012 Townshippers’ Day organizing committee have been busily planning for a fantastic event on Saturday, September 15! One of the Eastern Townships’ English-speaking community’s largest annual activities, Townshippers’ Day showcases the vitality and creativity of the Townships English-speaking community.

Featuring activities for all ages, scrumptious food, diverse local music and talented entertainers,   each year between 8,000 and 10,000 visitors, from home and beyond, experience the exceptional Townships’ flavour of T-Day in a different host town. On September 15th the 33rd Townshippers’ Day will be hosted in the municipality of Farnham, which is known as the gateway to the historic Eastern Townships. This year, the day of family fun and, for many, a time to reconnect with their roots, will bear the theme “Farnham; The Past, The Present & The Future.”

The opening ceremonies for T-Day will also serve to recognize this years Outstanding Townshippers!   For the thirteenth year, the Association is looking to honour those who go above and beyond for the community, without expecting anything in return. Do you know of someone who deserves one? Only three awards are up for grabs so submit a nomination by 4 p.

m. Friday, June 29, 2012. Forms can be downloaded from our homepage at

Besides the celebration of our community, one of the things that makes T-Day truly extraordinary is the artisans, food vendors and entertainers who bring some of the Townships very best talents and tastes to the day. Registrations are currently being accepted for artisans, food vendors and entertainers for the 2012 Townshippers’ Day. Please note that registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to participants from Farnham and surrounding areas.

If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in this year’s T-Day event as an artisan, food vendor or entertainer, contact Kate Wisdom, Townshippers’ Association Community & Culture Coordinator, at 450-242-4421 (toll free: 1-877-242-4421) or [email protected] to obtain an application form or get more information.

For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading our weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and connect with us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website at

Photo Cutline:   Townshippers’ Associations’ Board of Directors posed for a photo following the Annual General Meeting which took place on June 1st at the Centre d’art de Richmond.

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association