New cultural coordinator wants to showcase the Townships

There’s a lot of great stuff going on in the Eastern Townships and as Townshippers’ Association’s new Cultural Events Coordinator, Emily Prangley Desormeaux wants to know about it all.

Emily is looking to enhance the creativity and vibrancy of the English-speaking community by building the largest cultural network in the region. She also hopes to broaden community participation by showing Townshippers the many things they can do in the region. It’s a big job and one that depends on the participation of the community.

Emily is already well acquainted with the area, having grown up in Tomifobia and attended high school, college, and university in Lennoxville. Last year she bought a house in South Stukely and joined Townshippers’ shortly after, replacing health and social services agent Maggie Severs during her maternity leave. During that time, she worked alongside Kate Holbrook (known as Kate Wisdom to many). When Kate announced her retirement as long-time cultural events coordinator, Emily, who was looking for a new challenge, was a natural choice. 

Picking up where Kate left off, Emily is looking forward to continuing her relationships with groups in the Brome region, but she has a special interest in connecting with groups and organizations from all corners of the Townships – a territory roughly the size of Belgium!

To get growing, Emily is asking any cultural organizations and establishments, such as museums and galleries, heritage groups, and artists, to add her on Facebook (Emily CulturalEvents) so she can like your pages and share them with others. By following your pages on Facebook, Emily will tap into activities she can share across Townshippers’ channels, including the weekly About Townshippers radio show on CIDI 99.1FM. As one of the co-hosts, Emily may also invite you to be an on-air guest.

While connecting on social media is always a useful tool, Emily also looks forward to making connections in person and she wants your invites!   

“While there are parts of the Townships I know extremely well, there are some I’m still discovering and some I’ve never even visited so I’m anxious to get out there and expand my knowledge,” Emily explained. “I want to meet people, visit museums and heritage sites, attend concerts and art shows, and really be a part of their activities.”

Community members can also send her a friend request or follow her profile if they want to stay up to speed on the Townships cultural events.

 “A big part of this job is connecting with the community,” Emily said. “I’m here to keep you informed of upcoming events, promote your art, music, and support your cultural groups and organizations.”

To connect with Emily, add her on Facebook (search Emily CulturalEvents), email her at [email protected] or call her at Townshippers’ Lac-Brome office at 450-242-4421.

Celebrate the holiday season with Townshippers’!

Join Townshippers’ Association staff, the Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre, Mental Health Estrie, Townshippers’ Foundation, Townships Sun, and the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network, for an evening of holiday cheer at the Marguerite Knapp Building’s annual Open House from 5 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, December 20.

There is always lots of seasonal treats and good company, if you are new to the area, this is a great way to meet organizations and people working for you — come for a visit and learn more about some of the amazing community organizations working in the region! There’s no need to RSVP, just drop by!

This activity is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Ville de Sherbrooke, Borough of Lennoxville.

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.

Publication: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Emily Prangley Desormeaux is ready to boost the creativity and vibrancy in the Eastern Townships community by sharing all the great cultural events that are being offered. Get in touch to see how she can help.