For Immediate Distribution
Townshippers’ Association Deplores
Potential School Board Merger
SHERBROOKE, November 24, 2014 – Townshippers’ Association will remain vigilant in the wake of last week’s rumours surrounding the possible merger of the Eastern Townships School Board with the Riverside and New Frontiers school boards.
It is the opinion of the Association that, as the only remaining institution with local community governance covering the historical Eastern Townships, losing the Eastern Townships School Board would have a devastating impact on the maintenance of the most important institutions to the English-speaking community in the Townships – the only English institutions the community has left.
Townshippers’ Association President Gerald Cutting warned of the potential for the proposed merger to be in violation of Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms given the historical context of language and culture of the minority-language communities in the affected regions.
“The Supreme Court of Canada has found schools to be ‘the single most important institution for the survival of the official language minority’” expressed Cutting, “they act as our community centres, our cultural hubs and, in the Townships; they are the last of our strongholds for linguistic vitality. The English-speaking community in the historical Eastern Townships can be assured that its regional association will be looking closely at any developments on this front.”
About Townshippers’ Association
Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization focused on promoting and supporting the interests of the English-speaking minority community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. Through a variety of initiatives, Townshippers’ works to strengthen the community and culture of English-speaking Townshippers, open doors of opportunity for youth and promote access to health, social and other services in English.
For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ head office in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or branch office in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421 (toll free: 1-877-242-4421).
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