Townshippers’ 37th AGM A Success

Thank you to the 50 friends and members who attended Townshippers’ Association’s 37th Annual General Meeting on Friday, June 3 in Sherbrooke. President Gerald Cutting led the meeting, joined by Executive Director, Rachel Hunting, as they reviewed the Associations’ activities and projects over the last year.

Townshippers’ is happy to announce that President Gerald Cutting will preside over the association for another term, joined on the Board of Directors by Peter Quilliams (Vice-President), James Kanner (Treasurer), Melanie Cutting (Secretary), Heather Bowman, Cheryl Gosselin, Salim Hashmi, Kohl Kelso, Steve Lawson, Alice McCrory, Russell Merifield, Peter Riordon. We would also like to welcome Eric Smith to the Board.

We would again like to thank all those in attendance and extend a very special thank you to Charles Taker, for volunteering to preside over this year’s board election, and Russell Kueber, from the Community Health and Social Services Network, for introducing the health and social services presentation. We would also like to again congratulate 2016 high school graduates Alexandria Lowry, Emma Laroche Spaulding and Meaghan Rivett for their winning Excel in the Estrie essays.

The annual report can be downloaded shortly, from the Publication section, under Media Library at Townshippers.org.

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Non-profit organizations (including social enterprises), small businesses and municipalities looking for ways to improve physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities are invited to submit a project to the Enabling Accessibility Fund by July, 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

This Fund is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations that enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in their community and the economy. It could be, for example, installing automated door openers or retrofitting a washroom with an accessible toilet, grab bars and taps.

The program includes two funding streams.

The Workplace Accessibility Stream, provides funding for projects that improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities in workplaces, such as renovating, retrofitting or constructing workplaces in which job opportunities for people with disabilities could be created or maintained; retrofitting motor vehicles for work use; or providing information and communications technologies for work use. Eligible projects must be directly related to maintaining or creating job opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Community Accessibility Stream, provides funding for projects that improve accessibility and/or safety for people with disabilities in communities, such as renovating, retrofitting or constructing community facilities where programs and/or services are offered to people with disabilities; retrofitting motor vehicles used as community-based transportation; or providing information and communications technologies for community use. Eligible projects must be directly related to removing barriers and increasing accessibility for people with disabilities.

For more information, visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website at www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/eaf/

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.org. 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.


Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Photo Credit: Nathalie McAuley

Photo Caption: Townshippers’ Association’s President, Gerald Cutting, and Executive Director, Rachel Hunting, reviewed the association’s last year of activities at the 37th Annual General Meeting.

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