One Hundred Community Achievers and Youth Excellence Awarded

Caption: Townshippers’ Association’s Executive Director Rachel Hunting, with representatives of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Sherbrooke and District who won this year’s Outstanding Townshippers award, the 2018 Young Townships Leader Award winner Audrey Morneau the 2018 Excel in the Estrie Essay Challenge winners Sunny Skelling Brooks (back) and Junia Goddard, and Association President Gerald Cutting following Townshippers’ awards presentation last Friday in Johnville. Photo credit: Stephen Thompson.

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One Hundred Community Achievers and Youth Excellence Awarded

Awards Recognize Dedication and Excellence in the Eastern Townships English-speaking Community


SHERBROOKE, June 10, 2018 – One hundred Townshippers have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to the Eastern Townships English-speaking community at a presentation ceremony held by Townshippers’ Association at the Johnville Community Center on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Each year, with the help of public nominations, the Association recognizes and honours the achievements and contributions of exceptional Townships community members with the Outstanding Townshippers (OT) award and celebrates youth leadership with the Young Townships Leader Award (YTLA). These prestigious awards express the Association’s appreciation of the many individuals and groups who dedicate their time and expertise for the betterment of the community.

Townshippers’ President Gerald Cutting presented this year’s OT award to the Canadian Federation of University Women, Sherbrooke and District and the YTLA was awarded to Audrey Morneau. The Association also celebrated Alexander Galt Regional High School seniors, Junia Goddard and Sunny Skelling Brooks, for their winning entries into the annual Excel in the Estrie Essay Challenge hosted by the Association’s Make Way For YOUth Estrie (MWFY) project.

2018 OT: Canadian Federation of University Women, Sherbrooke and District

As a dynamic self-funded club for all women in the Townships, the CFUW Sherbrooke and District gives its members the opportunity to build friendships, have fun and realize the power of women working together through advocacy, education and social events.

With 97 local members, the CFUW S&D now ranks #6 out of 105 clubs across the country for its impact in the local community including the financial donations of more than $2,500 annually in the past five years to a variety of organizations, 30 in the last decade, in the sectors of education, mental health, palliative care and nature preservation, among many others.

The CFUW S&D meets its commitment to the education of the Townships English-speaking community by opening its six annual meetings to the public with thought-provoking guest speakers and hosting an annual Public Speaking competition junior and senior high school students from five local English institutions.

The members of the CFUW Sherbrooke and District are worthy recipients of this years OT award for their efforts in making the community better for all Townshippers.

2018 YTLA: Audrey Morneau

At 17 years of age, Ms. Morneau has a passion and dedication, especially to the dairy industry, that drove her to the impressive organization of a charitable cattle show and makes her worthy recipient of this year’s YTLA.

Ms. Morneau put her heart and soul into what began as a school project to create a fundraising initiative, to launch the Legendairy Show. The May 12th event attracted 43 registrations and participants from around the province and generated $7,000 for the Au Coeur des Famille Agricole, which helps farmers and their families across the province with their mental and physical health.

With months to prepare, Ms. Morneau spearheaded the organization and promotion for every aspect of the event – ordering ribbons, organizing a lunch, hiring a judge, setting up the registration website, and securing the fairgrounds and participants. Her commitment to her cause inspired offers of support, donations, and sponsorship from others across the province.

Now that her event planning is done, the Richmond 4-H club member plans to pursue her interest in the industry by studying Farm Management and Technology at MacDonald College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

Ms. Morneau was given a certificate of recognition and $1,000 thanks to the support of the award partners Lennoxville Youth Center, NAV Canada, Cass Funeral Homes, Global Excel Management, and the Government of Canada.

2018 Essay Challenge: Junia Goddard & Sunny Skelling Brooks

The Excel in the Estrie Essay Challenge invites graduating high school seniors from across the historical Eastern Townships to share stories of overcoming challenges – academic, social or personal – on their path to graduation and to share their plans for living and working in the region in the future.

Junia Goddard and Sunny Skelling Brooks, both from Alexander Galt Regional High School, focused their essays on building confidence and transitioning into adulthood. Both entries clearly illustrated the authors’ attachment to the region and their plans to build their futures in the community after pursuing their educational dreams, for Ms. Goddard as a future journalist and Mr. Skelling Brooks as an emergency room or neonatal care nurse.

MWFY, with the participation of the challenge partners Cass Funeral Homes, Global Excel Management, and the Government of Canada, awarded prizes of $375 each to Ms. Goddard and Mr. Skelling Brooks.

All of the winners this year will be featured in Townshippers fall/winter magazine.

To learn more about these awards visit Questions about the association’s awards program can be directed to Cathy Turner, office manager, at 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-877-566-5717), [email protected]

About Townshippers’ Association

Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at or contact Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717 or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.


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