Say What? Hearing Loss

Does it seem to you that people are mumbling? Does background noise make conversations difficult? Does your family tell you the tv is too loud?

It’s believed that hearing loss begins when we are in our 30’s and 40’s, and by age 70, one out of every three people has trouble hearing. There is no known single cause of age-related hearing loss but most commonly it is caused by changes in the inner ear that occur as we grow older. This is a perfectly normal process and does not indicate a decline in health.

Thankfully, there are many products available that can decrease the impact that hearing loss can have on day-to-day activities. This is important because proper hearing is a key factor in keeping older adults socially active and engaged.

Join us at noon at St. Paul’s United Church, 211 des Pins, Magog on Friday, April 6 for a Food for Thought lunch of homemade meatloaf, peas, mashed potatoes and gravy, and dessert. Following lunch, Stephane Petit, a hearing specialist with Groupe Forget in Magog will discuss hearing assessments and products, and will offer information, tips, and advice to help overcome the challenges that come with age-related hearing loss. The meal costs $7, no RSVP required, the presentation is free.

Food for Thought learning lunches from Townshippers’ Association connects caregivers in the English-speaking community to topical health and wellness information and resources, and to each other. This activity is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

Successful Zone Mulitilingue

CEDEC, Actions Interculturelles, and Townshippers’ Association were kept busy on March 16 and 17 as they offered bilingual and multilingual job seekers on-site second-language evaluation at the third Zone Multilingue hosted at the Salon Priorité-emploi Estrie. 

The Zone provided a way for job seekers to confidently present their language skills to potential employers and for employers to refer potential candidates to the Zone to verify their skill level. CEDEC, a leading partner and driving force for community economic development and employability, hosted its first Zone at the Foire de l’emploi Capitale-Nationale – Chaudière-Appalaches in 2006.

According to the final tally by CEDEC, during the two-day Salon, 216 visitors were welcomed at the Info Desk at the Zone multilingue and the teams helped some 105 individuals to have their second-language skills evaluated.

 In the words of CEDEC Director Michèle Thibeau, “we served job seekers of all ages and skill levels from areas within and around Sherbrooke, such as Danville, Magog, Coaticook, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Windsor, Waterville, Wotton, North Hatley, and as far away as Montreal. The Salon Priorité-emploi Estrie and the Zone multilingue serve a broader public, including multilingual immigrants seeking to establish themselves in the Townships for the right employment opportunity.”

From the evaluations, 84 people had an evaluation for English second language, 14 in English and French second language and seven in French second language.

Reminder: Essay challenge for high school seniors

Everyone has a story to tell and a message to share. The Excel in the Estrie essay challenge is collecting stories from high school seniors about overcoming obstacles for a chance to be published and take home up to $500. Short written and video essays sharing stories and plans for building a future in the region will be collected until April 20, 2018.

Details at or contact Holly at [email protected], or 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

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, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Photo Credit: CEDEC

Photo Caption: (From left to right) Michèle Thibeau, CEDEC; Diego Machado Arias, Actions interculturelles; Katie Bibbs, Townshippers’ Association; Dawn Copping, CEDEC, and Holly McMillan, Townshippers’ Association welcomed visitors to the Zone multilingue along with a team of English and French second-language evaluators during the two days of the Salon Priorité-emploi Estrie on March 16-27, 2018.