Local employment service providers becoming better equipped to serve in English

As a result of a provincially-funded pilot project launched by Townshippers’ Association last winter, English-speaking youth will be able to access various services provided by their local Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi (CJE) in English. The project, which partners with CJEs in the Eastern Townships, has already translated close to one hundred resources into English, and the goal is to have a bilingual website for each CJE by the end of 2018. This will help English-speaking youth find out more easily about what services are out there, and feel more comfortable accessing the services that suit their needs.

Townshippers’ will be profiling all participating CJEs over the next several months, both to build awareness of these great resources, and encourage English-speaking youth to access their local Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi. This month, we are highlighting the CJE de Sherbrooke!

The CJE de Sherbrooke’s team is enthusiastic and willing to serve to the best of their ability in English or in French. Anyone living in Sherbrooke between the ages of 16 and 35 is welcome to call or pop by their office on 20 rue Wellington Nord and find out what kinds of services they can access. The CJE offers French resume writing, job search help, interview skills, career guidance, psychometric testing, assistance with social and professional integration, and personalized help that involves any combination of the above.

If you know a youth who is trying to figure out what to do next in life and might benefit from a little guidance, find out where your local Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi is. If you live in Sherbrooke, go say hi to the team at CJE de Sherbrooke!

This employment project from Townshippers’ runs until March 2019, so if you have questions or feedback about your own experience with a CJE or finding a job in the area, contact project coordinator Katie Bibbs, at 819-566-5717 or email [email protected]

For a safe and happy Halloween

Making slime is a great family activity for Halloween! However, do you know that using boric acid in homemade arts and crafts materials like slime and modelling clay could cause developmental and reproductive health issues?

Health Canada notes that children and pregnant women are more at risk than others, and recommends search online for recipes without boric acid to get all kinds of ideas! For other ways to make Halloween a safe and happy experience for the whole family, Health Canada provides these tips.

Choose the right costume it should be warm, brightly coloured, flame-resistant and fit well without dangling pieces that children can trip over. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility. Opt for makeup (but do a patch test for sensitivity first) over masks which can interfere with vision or breathing.

Avoid danger when decorating especially when it comes to candles and open flames. and make your home safe for little ghouls and goblins by removing objects outside that could cause someone to trip and turning on outdoor lights to let trick-or-treaters know they can visit.

Stay secure while trick or treating by going out in pairs or with adult supervision. Have kids carry a flashlight so they are more visible, and encourage them to stay in well-lit areas and be cautious of traffic.

Be careful with candy and toys by looking them over before your kids can enjoy them.

Halloween can also be a scary and dangerous time for pets. Take steps to keep them safe by keeping candy and wrappers away, making sure open flames of candles and jack-o-lanterns are out of reach of paws and tails and don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

It’s also wise to keep your pet inside and if they tend to be wary of strangers, put them in another space during trick-or-treating hours.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website www.Townshippers.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Facebook.com/Townshippers. 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, October 25, 2017

Photo Credit: Photo by Julia Raasch on Unsplash

Photo Caption:  Letting young children decorate pumpkins with stickers, markers or paint, instead of carving, is one way to ensure Halloween is a safe and happy experience for the whole family. Happy Halloween!