Working to make a difference for youth in our community

A lack of access to employment services is a major gap for anyone looking to start or advance their career. It can also be a major factor for English-speaking youth leaving the Eastern Townships as they search of more support.

Townshippers’ Association is currently running a two-year pilot project funded by Secrétariat à la jeunesse du Québec to help close that gap by linking existing resources available in the region with young English-speaking Quebecers to ensure that they are better equipped and encouraged on their path towards employment.

Career counselling, internship programs, and even wage subsidies for young local employees—all these programs and opportunities are already available to youth in the Estrie region but are all grossly underused by English-speaking youth.

To address the gap, Townshippers’ Employment Liaison is currently partnering with the existing network of youth employment centers – Carrefours jeunessee-emploi (CJE) – in the Estrie region, to help them adapt their existing employment services specifically for English-speakers. This includes coordinating the translation of all the CJEs existing employment materials into English and supporting the CJE in serving youth in their mother-tongue.

Townshippers’ hopes not only to help our community access existing employment services in Quebec but also to enhance the capacity of each CJE in the Townships to better serve English-speaking youth, while fostering partnerships with other key community members to build a strong service network.

Could this program benefit you? Or are you an employer who hires English-speaking or bilingual youth? Please get in touch with us! Call 819-566-5717 and ask for Katie Bibbs or Kyl Chhatwal, or email [email protected]

Get the 411 on Parkinson’s disease

Dr. James Parkinson of London, England published a medical essay in 1817 about a disease that would later bear his name. Now, 200 years later, we find that approximately 100,000 Canadians are living with Parkinson’s disease – 1% of the population over age 60, and 2% of the population over 70.

In Canada, an association with a mandate to focus on Parkinson’s disease research, education, and services started in 1965. Parkinson Canada continues to serve the Parkinson’s community from coast to coast to coast.

Danielle Blain, the Managing Director of Parkinson Canada in Quebec will be the guest speaker at the Friday, June 2 Food for Thought lunch in Magog. She will discuss Parkinson’s disease symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and where to find local resources. The menu for this Townshippers’ Association’s learning luncheon includes hamburgers, salads, and strawberry shortcake. Lunch will be served at 12 noon and the presentation will begin at 1 pm.

The Magog sessions are held at St. Paul’s United Church hall, 211 des Pins, and are open to everyone. The presentation is free, the meal costs $7.

This project is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, and the Tillotson Coaticook Region Fund.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in the Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and 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, May 24, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Katie Bibbs and Kyl Chhatwal are hard at work trying to close the employment services gap for English-speaking youth.