Seeing red…dresses that is!

The Red Dress is the official symbol of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Heart Truth campaign which aims to raise awareness among women about how they can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, and give them the tools they need to protect themselves. It evokes femininity, strength, confidence, and enhances the spirit of a cause with which all women across the country can identify and in which they can feel proud. The Red Dress also represents women’s courage, passion and the power they have to change things by knowing the reality of heart disease and stroke and educating women around them to the importance of heart health.

Our very own Executive Director, Rachel Hunting, is one of 12 ambassadors for the 2013 campaign, “I was very pleased to be asked to participate as an ambassador for this important event which serves to promote cardiovascular health in women. I have been fundraising and volunteering to raise awareness about other health issues affecting women for the past few years and was looking for a way to get involved in this cause because cardiovascular disease has recently touched a few women in my own family.”

You can support this cause by attending the 6th edition of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Red Dress Gala organized by its Estrie regional office, on Friday June 21 at the University of Sherbrooke’s Cultural Center. Twelve ambassadors will don their red dress to highlight the prevalence of heart disease and stroke’s among women. Guests can attend a cocktail dinner in the company of ambassadors as well as a performance by this year’s 50 Featured Artists Group Show.  To purchase tickets please call Rachel Hunting at 819-566-5717 or visit


Get into the Games with Townshippers’ – in Bury!

Next August 2 to 17, some 4,200 athletes along with thousands of other visitors, including coaches, media and spectators, from across the country will gather in Sherbrooke for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.  Learn more about getting involved in this incredible event and the various volunteer opportunities that exist at a fast and free info session with Holly McMillan, Volunteer Recruiter & Coordinator Friday, April 4 at 6pm at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre, Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes Street in Bury, Quebec.

The Games isn’t just one of the most unique sports events in the country to visit the Eastern Townships region, it’s also an excellent opportunity for our English-speaking community to share their hospitality, and bilingualism, with the countless amount of visitors who will staying with us next summer!

In order to help make this historical event truly memorable, Townshippers’ Association is helping the Host Society recruit passionate people from our community to volunteer.

Can’t make it to Bury?  You can schedule one of these info sessions, for your community or group by contacting Holly at 819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717) or [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 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.

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Photo Credit: Katryna Belanger Photography

Photo Caption: Join Townshippers’ Executive Director, Rachel Hunting, for the 6th edition of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Red Dress Gala, Friday June 21, 2013 at the University of Sherbrooke’s cultural center where she will be one of twelve ambassadors donning their red dress to highlight the prevalence of heart disease and stroke’s among women.