2017 High school essay challenge deadline extended

Attention 2017 high school graduating class, you still have time to turn 500 words into $500. The Excel in the Estrie essay challenge deadline has been extended until Sunday, April 30.

Launched by Townshippers’ Association’s Make Way for YOUth (MWFY) Estrie project in cooperation with the Centre des Jeunes Lennoxville Youth Center, Global Excel Management, and with the participation of the Government of Canada, the challenge invites graduating high school seniors to submit a 500-word essay, about the size of a letter or an email, for a chance to get published and take home up to $500.

In the two-part essay, seniors are asked to describe an obstacle– academic, social or personal –  they overcame during high school and tells us how they imagine what their future in the Townships will look like five years from now.    

For details and to enter, visit www.Townshippers.org/Essay. Questions? Contact the MWFY Migration Agent, at [email protected] or 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

TRCF invests in 21 grassroots groups and projects

In Townshippers’ column last week (April 5, 2017) a portion of the projects supported by the grants awarded this year by Townshippers’ Foundation were highlighted. Thanks to donations from the community, other wonderful projects will turn from idea to action.

School programs at Mansonville Elementary will give students entrepreneurial farming experience and cultivate community engagement, at Knowlton Academy students will learn about gardening and food preparation and Musécole will support local music programs in our schools.

Supported heritage projects will allow Héritage Sutton to provide the public and genealogists access to their data of area graveyards, and Patrimone-Ascot-Heritage install a voice activated and visual interpretational panel to tell the founding of the Township of Ascot. The Eastern Townships Resource Centre will develop educational material for history teachers that promote Townships’ history and Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre will focus on the rich heritage culture and arts of aboriginal people.

In culture, funds will support festivals such as the 15th Annual Festival des Arts Georgeville Fitch-Bay, the 8th edition of Knowlton Literary Festival, and several Townships stops of the L’Harmonie des Saisons live concerts.

Funds will help the Lennoxville Youth Center to introduce a much-needed after-school homework and tutoring program with participation from community members (volunteers are being recruited). In Stanstead, Phelps Helps will add weekly high school tutoring to help Anglophone students improve their French and provide access educational support and tutoring to Francophone students, the members of the Maison des Jeunes Sutton will learn tools and skills to cope with stress through a series of bilingual courses and workshops, and the Hatley 4-H Club bring together 100 young people, teaching responsibility and leadership skills, when it hosts the provincial rally.

Other supported organizations include the Bibliothèque Lennoxville Library, Pleins Rayons Free Wheeling, an educational program that teaches basic bike building, mechanics and safety skills to young adults with special needs, and Townshippers’ Association.

Last week’s column mistakenly indicated that the Foundation receives funds from the silent auction at the annual Townshippers’ Day festival. The funds from the auction directly support the festival and Townshippers’ Association. The Foundation relies on donations from the public.

To support the work of the Foundation, make a secure donation online at www.TownshippersFoundation.ca, online through CanadaHelps.org, or mail a cheque to Townshippers Foundation, 100 – 257 Queen, Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1K7. Contact TRCF at 819-822-3314 or [email protected]

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.com/Townshippers and our website www.Townshippers.org. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Last year, four students – Risha Dave, Ashley Hatfield, Shannon Delarosbill and Jocylyn Grubb – spent their summer working with Townshippers’ Association. We’re on the lookout for two students to join our team for summer 2017. Work someplace awesome and get experience in the non-profit sector. Apply by May 1. Details and application process at www.Townshippers.org/jobs