Over 45 and Looking for Work?

Finding a job at age 45 or older has its own challenges. If you are a mature English-speaking job seeker, a free 8 to 10-week workshop may help you better navigate your midlife job search.

Starting April 16, Townshippers’ Association in partnership with Montreal organization La Passerelle Employment Counseling and CEDEC, will offer a series of free employment workshops for English-speaking job seekers 45 years old or better. Ten to 15 participants from Sherbrooke and the surrounding area are being recruited for this spring employment services pilot program.

La Passerelle’s approach focuses on each participant’s specific personality, needs and motivations; they accompany their clients throughout the entire job search process with respect and empathy. Workshops are designed to stimulate participant’s curiosity and capture their interest while giving them concrete tools for an effective job search (how to stand out from the competition so they can obtain and succeed in an interview or find business opportunities).

Taking place at the Marguerite Knapp Building, home to Townshippers’ head office, at 257 rue Queen, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville Borough), the workshops will be held Mondays beginning April 16. No workshops are scheduled on Victoria Day May 21 or on Québec’s National Day June 25.

To sign up for this free workshop series contact Townshippers’ Cathy Turner, at [email protected] or call 819-566-5717 (toll-free: 1-866-566-5717).

Grownup colouring group keeps growing

The free Colour Café has been a super easy and low-key way to bring people together to relax and chat over crayons, and pages, and books, and beverages. Since the first Café in Cookshire in autumn 2016, the group has caught on and grownups caught up in the colouring book rage have even more ways to participate in new locations and times.

Materials are provided or BYOB and C (bring your own books and crayons) and drop in at the time and location that works best for your schedule. While colouring, you’ll have the chance to learn about local resources available to you, in English, so it’s a great way to find out what is available in your area.

In Cookshire-Eaton, Colour Café takes place at two times and locations on Wednesdays, April 11, May 9 and June 13. An afternoon group meets at 2 pm at La Passerelle Women’s Centre, (275 Principale Est), and an evening group is held at 6 pm at the Maison de la Culture John Henry Pope (25 rue Principale ouest).

In Bury, the Colour Café is held at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC) [523 Stokes, enter by side door] on April 20 and May 18, drop in anytime between 10 a.m. to noon.

Colour Café will also present a Mindful Colouring workshop with Townships artist Debra Mosher Roy on Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Eaton Valley CLC and on Saturday, April 28, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Debra Mosher Roy’s Studio, Ayer’s Cliff (873 Clough; upstairs). Both workshops are free and open to all, please call to register: 819-566-5717.

Colour café is hosted by Townshippers’ Association, Centre d’Action bénévole (CAB) du Haut-Saint-François, La Passerelle Women’s Centre, the Eaton Valley CLC and is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Communities.

Have questions about the Colour Café? Contact Michelle Lepitre at Townshippers’, 819-566-5717 or [email protected]

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 www.Townshippers.org, follow us on Facebook.com/Townshippers, 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, April 4, 2018

Photo Credit: Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre

Photo Caption:  Grownups share the love of colouring at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre at the Health Link last month.