Proactive approaches to increase your community’s vitality

We each have our communities: our family, our circle of friends, our volunteer group, our town. All of these communities are important because they allow us to interact with each other, share experiences, develop valued relationships, and support each other in different ways.

At the Food for Thought lunch on Friday, May 5, guest speaker Gwyneth Grant, the Richmond Community Liaison, will talk about how proactively connecting to local resources can increase a community’s vitality. Do you know about the different public health and social services available to you in your area? Maybe you just don’t know what is out there, or you don’t think you will ever need them…until you do!

Join us at noon on Friday, May 5, at St. Paul’s United Church hall, 211 des Pins, Magog, for a lunch featuring crab and mushroom quiche, Caesar salad, dinner rolls, and dessert, and stay for a glimpse into community watchdog programs, and learn how to connect with local resources, and proactively support your own health and well-being.

These Food for Thought sessions are open to everyone in the Townships community. The presentations are free, the meal costs $7. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Applications for Health and Social Services bursaries closing soon

The McGill Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program addresses the need for health professionals with English and French language skills by providing bursaries to full-time bilingual students in the health and social services fields.  

Since 2010, approximately $160,000 has been awarded through 25 bursaries allowing future professionals to pursue careers in the region as nurses, technicians (radiology, inhalation therapy, etc.) social workers, psychologists, nutritionists and more.

Created by the McGill University Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project, Townshippers’ Association administers the program in the Estrie and Montérégie-East. Students are invited to apply for one of the two categories of bursaries available:

Category 1 is for eligible students who are studying at an institution located outside their home region. Bursary amounts are awarded based on students’ level of study with up to $10,000 at the university level and $5,000 for cégep/college and secondary school vocational training. 

Category 2 is for eligible students who are studying at an institution located within their home region. Up to $5,000 is awarded at the university level and $2,500 for cégep/college and secondary school vocational training.

Recipients will be required to work for a minimum of one year in a public health and social services institution or related organization, following graduation.

Applications close May 12, 2017, at 5:00pm. Application forms can be obtained by contacting Michelle Lepitre, Townshippers’ Health and Social Services Special Projects Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 819-566-2182 (toll free 1-877-566-2182). Additional information can be found on Townshippers’ career and employment website,

CBC Public Round Table

CBC Quebec is inviting members of the English-speaking community to attend a public roundtable consultation to discuss the broadcaster’s programming and its services for English-speaking Quebec. During the discussion, CBC Quebec will be seeking input on how, in an increasingly digital world, CBC can best serve the English-speaking Quebecers across all platforms – radio, television, and the web.

The consultation takes place on Tuesday, May 2 between 10 a.m. and noon. Participate in person at Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal or watch the live webcast at

To attend, please register at Questions can be sent in advance or during the event to [email protected] or through Twitter @CBCMontreal using the hashtag #CBCconsults.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and or 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 26, 2017

Photo Credit: RichmondCommunityLiaison

Photo Caption: Community relationships help us to support each other in different ways and in turn, make our communities stronger. Richmond Community Liaison, Gwyneth Grant (pictured third from left at the health fair last October in Richmond), will share tips on how connecting to local resources can increase a community’s vitality at the May 5 Food for Thought in Magog.