Outstanding Townshippers; More than a Century of Volunteerism

There are just 10 days until the 33rd Townshippers’ Day and with the clock ticking down, that means it’s also time to announce the three recipients of this year’s Outstanding Townshippers award!  This 13 year old award is bestowed annually to individuals or groups, nominated by their peers and chosen by a jury, for their exceptional or significant contributions and long-term dedication to the Townships English-speaking community. Last year’s recipients included John Douesnard, Doreen Page, Margaret Logan-White, Wendy Durrant and Joe Kelly.

With a collaborative investment of over 100 years of volunteer work in a variety of fields including health, education and heritage, we congratulate the 2012 Outstanding Townshippers Frances Goodwin from Bury, Vivienne Galanis from Sherbrooke, and Marion Greenlay, also from Sherbrooke. The winners will be given their award during Townshippers’ Day Opening Ceremonies, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., on September 15, 2012.

For their first time hosting Townshippers’ Day, the City of Farnham will also be combining their annual family and patrimony festivals, promising a day full of pomp, pageantry and fantastic events. If you are a member of the Association watch your mail for the hot-off-the-presses issue of Townshippers with a sneak peak preview of Townshippers’ Day! The program of activities, silent auction items, and more will also be added to the www.TDay.ca website later this week. Watch our Facebook and Twitter for the updates.

Farewell to Our Interns

With summer winding down, the time has come for us to say farewell to the latest batch of hardworking interns, Allyssa Hill and Holly McMillan. Thanks to funding through Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works program, Allyssa, a Psychology major at Bishop’s University, has been able to restructure the Associations youth committee project and Holly, a French major and Varsity Rugby player, has handled a variety of communications and technical tasks including revamping the Association`s Information and Referral Service database. In their short time with us, Allyssa and Holly have been a great addition to our team, making our Sherbrooke offices a little brighter.

“It was an absolute pleasure having Allyssa and Holly join our team for the summer.  Their hard work and dedication was greatly and appreciated and we wish them the best of luck with their academic endeavours this coming year,” said Rachel Hunting, Executive Director of Townshippers’ Association.

Meet Our Summer Games Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator

In August Townshippers’ began searching for a dynamic community member to take on a position as Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator for the Canada Summer Games – Sherbrooke 2013. Through this job posting, the Association, which is an official partner of the Games, is helping the event organizers meet their official languages objectives. We thank all applicants for their interest and are pleased to announce the appointment of Holly McMillan. Computer savvy, motivated and personable, Holly will work alongside the Games’ Organising committee’s Volunteer Coordinator to ensure the English-speaking community participation in this premier bilingual sports event!

Belated Thanks!

In light of last weeks photo credit oversight in our Keeping In Touch column, Townshippers’ would like to wish a belated thank you to Haluka Kandachi-Tougas for the use of the photo taken of the Mostly Swing Band performing at Townshippers’ stage during the Lennoxville Street Festival!  Thank you!

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. To connect with Townshippers’ Association, contact the offices in Sherbrooke (100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or Lac-Brome (3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll free: 1-877-242-4421).

 

Photo Cutline:   Despite being caught on camera clowning around, our interns Holly McMillan and Allyssa Hill have worked hard this summer helping to reorganize databases, tackle Townshippers’ Day communications and restructure the youth project. Their internships may be over but it’s not the last we will see of these two Bishop’s University students. Holly has been named as the Volunteer Recruiter/Coordinator for the Canada Summer Games – Sherbrooke 2013 and Allyssa will continue to volunteer with Townshippers’ Youth Committee.

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

 

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