Good things always come to an end, just like another great Discovery Weekend. In keeping the with projects brain-drain counter mission, Jenny Ménard, Make Way for YOUth Desjardins Migration Agent, travelled across the Haut-Saint-François and the Granit MRC’s with a group of young participants in hopes of encouraging them to make the move here in the future.
The weekend kicked off with supper at the Mondo in Sherbrooke for a meet-and-greet, then after a grocery store pit stop for snacks, the group headed off to La Patrie, where a cozy home with 210 acres awaited them, perfect for stargazing.
Saturday morning breakfast was concocted by Guylaine Simard, owner of Ti-Coeur et Moi, who explained in detail the start-up of her natural health products boutique in Cookshire. The gang was then greeted by friendly barn cats, dogs and goats at the farm Caitya du Caprice Caprin, where they learned the details of making cheese and running a small business. Then were able to savour different types of seasoning being made with the goat cheese at the farm!
The group refuelled at the popular Sawyerville restaurant Resto Sawyer before the long scenic drive to Piopolis for the Haltes des Zouaves for a trail walk and works created by local artists. Then back to home base, which was a 2 minute walk from the municipal beach, to savour a delicious home-made BBQ with a fireside dessert marshmallows and smores.
Sunday morning the gang enjoyed brunch served by the Restaurant le Voilier accompanied by the scenery of Lake Megantic, then headed off to the Pavillon de la Faune to meet the indigenous animal kingdom, including our wildlife neighbours bears, lynx and cougars!
Another weekend full of exploration surprises is planned for September, and will include one of the largest annual events held for the English-speaking community of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Townshippers’ Day! A promising networking opportunity for the event is currently being formed, a perfect opportunity for those whom wish to make connections with our English community. There are only a few spots up for grabs so don’t miss it!
When it comes to choosing where to settle and begin your career, contact the Make Way for YOUth migration agent to see if you are a Townshipper at heart and have what it takes to call the Estrie YOUR home! Contact Jenny Ménard for more information at 819-566-5717 or 1-866-566-5717 [email protected]
Lennoxville Street Festival
Townshippers’ Association is excited to announce that the 4th Annual Lennoxville Street Festival will be held Saturday, August 24 from 10am till 3pm.The music at the Townshippers’ stage is coordinated once again this year by Eric Akbar Manolson, the Association’s intergenerational projects coordinator. We are excited to welcome new acts to the stage as well as favourites from previous years. The event is a cooperative effort led by the Lennoxville Merchants Association and the borough of Lennoxville.
To volunteer or for further information contact Eric Akbar Manolson at 819-566-5717 or 1-866-566-5717, [email protected]
For more information on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly Keeping in Touch column in The Record and visit us on Twitter @Townshippers, Facebook and our website www.townshippers.qc.ca. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 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.
Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association
Photo Caption: D-Days participants talk with local business owner Guylaine Simard, of Ti-Coeur et Moi