Welcome Summer 2016 Interns! 

Each year, a handful of talented students join us at Townshippers’ Association for the summer and experience the process of working with the community through a non-profit organization. We are excited to welcome Risha Dave, Jocelyn Grubb, Ashley Hatfield and Shannon Delarosbill to our team.

As always, the summer students are an essential part of the Townshippers’ team, preforming a wide variety of responsibilities and building skills and experience while supporting the Association’s projects and programs.

Risha will be working alongside the Association’s communications agent to produce various print and digital materials, manage website content and help to organize our collection of photos taken over 37 years. Risha, who will be entering her fourth year of Applied Psychology at Bishop’s University this fall, says she is grateful to being a part of the Townshippers’ team this summer, and is looking forward to exploring the Townships.

Jocelyn will be working with the Association and 2016 Organizing Committee to plan and coordinate the 37th Townshippers’ Day in Brome on September 17, 2016. A recent Sociology and Liberal Arts graduate from Bishop’s University, Jocelyn loves reading, the beach and summer in the Townships. In the future, Jocelyn will be pursuing education studies at Concordia University, and ultimately plans to return to the Sherbrooke area.

Ashley is excited to spend the summer working with us as the Strategic Planning and Membership Development Assistant. She grew up in the Laurentians and with family roots in the Townships, she considers the region home. Ashley’s pursuit of a Bachelor of Business Administration at Bishop’s, with a double major in Marketing and Arts Administration, will come in handy as she works with the Association to develop content for focus groups, survey applications and welcome packages and supports two volunteer led committees with planning and development tasks.

As the association’s Ambassador, you may see Shannon around the region this summer as she’ll be participating in the Association’s outreach efforts and membership activities. Originally from the Gaspésie, Shannon is in her final year studying history and politics at Bishop’s and is thrilled to be spending her summer in our beautiful Townships region.

Our summer job opportunities are supported by funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works (YCW) and from Canada Summer Jobs, a Government of Canada initiative.

English School Boards Adopting Quebec’s History Curriculum

The entire English-speaking community has a right to be shocked with the decision of all nine English language school boards in the province to proceed with the implementation of a highly controversial new course in Quebec History this fall, announced Gerald Cutting, Present of Townshippers’ Association.

“This course, like the one it is to replace, fails to meet the need to include the positive contributions of non-French speaking minorities when it comes to the development of our province and country. As a founding people of this area, we expect that the institutions that were threatened by Bill 86 should now be leading a movement to address the problem of an incomplete history of our people,” Mr. Cutting said.  “Our community needs to rally, once again, around an issue of vital interest by taking a stand that can be supported with facts and reason to show this government why this course must be rewritten.”

Mr. Cutting further explains that the intent is not to downplay the tremendous importance of the French fact in North America, but rather to celebrate the contributions of those who have now been erased from the collective history for ideological purposes of a certain group.

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 22, 2016

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Townshippers’ Association welcomed four summer students for 2016: Risha Dave, Ashley Hatfield, Shannon Delarosbill and Jocelyn Grubb.