Do-ET career and skills day tour wraps up

The Unlock your Future: Discover Opportunities in the Eastern Townships – or Do-ET tour – ended in a big way at Alexander Galt Regional High School on January 17. Unlike the prior two half-day events at Massey-Vanier and Richmond Regional High Schools, the Galt event was a full day affair. Students in secondary 4, 5 and the Work Oriented Training Path program had the chance to explore their future with many diverse opportunities in the Townships.

The event hosted two keynote speakers, both Galt alumni. Shawn Young addressed students about his journey from a bachelor’s degree in Physics to co-founder and CEO of Classcraft in 2014. Recognized worldwide, used in over 20,000 schools in the United States alone and based in Sherbrooke, students were fascinated with what can be achieved in our community.

Amelia Kingsley, now an osteopath in two different clinics in Sherbrooke, demonstrated her academic persistence and love for our region during her keynote speech for the afternoon session. Also sitting on career panels, we were thrilled to have Amelia and Shawn dedicate their time to our event.

Students participated in three types of activities through the event. Career panels were chosen based on student interest and consisted of professionals from the region in the fields of Medical and Health, Sports and Recreation, Education and Social Services, and Business. Workshops focusing on post-secondary skills were hosted by organizations including CJE, YES Montreal, Dale Carnegie Training, CEDEC, and various other professionals. Students had a networking area to visit booths with local employers, educational institutions, and community resources.

We would like to thank participants of the event for their time and commitment to making this day a success for the students of Galt!

Thank you, Brenda!

During the fall of 2017, Townshippers’ Association was lucky enough to welcome an enthusiastic and hardworking intern from the Lennoxville Vocational Training Centre. Brenda Morin worked with us for five months, helping to plan and carry out the 2017-2018 Health Link information sessions, which took place at the Armoury Community Centre in Bury.

Brenda quickly became an invaluable asset to our Health Link organizing team. Her energy and spirit shone through in her work, and her warm smile and welcoming attitude made everyone feel at ease with her. With a lot of event-planning experience already under her belt, Brenda’s organizational skills and enthusiasm were evident as early as the first session she attended (on her first day, no less!). It takes a good deal of behind-the-scenes planning to make each Health Link session run smoothly, and Brenda played an important role in this whole process.

Today, we say a special “thank you” to Brenda and wish her all the best for her future career!

Interested in knowing what’s next for Health Link?

Health Link is a series of English-language health information sessions intended to offer health and wellness information in English to English speakers from the Haut-Saint-François region. The sessions also introduce English speakers to the services and health professionals that can help them meet their health and social service needs. Topics covered in these sessions vary (from diabetes to exercise, nutrition to mental health, etc.), and are selected according to feedback received from participants.

Three new Health Link sessions will take place this winter and spring, with the first one happening on Wednesday, March 21. This session will feature the “I Stand Up for Myself” interactive workshop, presented by DIRA-Estrie. Watch for more information about this upcoming activity in a future column.

Health Link is a collaboration between The Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’s Haut-Saint-François RLS, the Centre d’Action Bénévole du Haut-Saint-François, and Townshippers’. It is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

This weekly column in The Record keeps you in touch with Townshippers’ Association’s activities and news. For other ways to keep in touch with us, visit our website, follow us on, Twitter @Townshippers or get in touch with our 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, January 31, 2018

Photo Credit: Downey Creative Photography

Photo Caption: A student at Alexander Galt Regional High School explores education opportunities at the last Do-ET career and skills day from Townshippers’ Association last January 17.