Writing workshops wrapping up

Every story has an ending…and the free writing workshops hosted by Townshippers’ Association’s Our Stories project, will soon be wrapping up.

Writers of all styles and abilities can catch the last three sessions on Thur. May 4, 6:30pm at the Memphrémagog Community Learning Centre (120 Bellevue, Magog), Wed. May 10, 1:30 pm at the Richmond & Region Community Learning Centre (375 rue Armstrong), and Thurs. May 11, 1:30 pm at the North Hatley Library (165 rue Main). The first two workshops will continue to explore memoir writing and the last will focus on concrete poetry.

Meanwhile, the Our Stories project will be shifting into its next phase. The stories, photos and artwork submitted by the community have been reviewed, selected and are now being edited. Work on the digital anthology will follow and a launch is being planned for Townshippers’ annual general meeting on June 9, at the Estrimont Suites & Spa in Orford.

Keep following Townshippers’ on Facebook for more announcements on this project or visit www.Townshippers.org/Canada150.

What do you know about diabetes?

Diabetes is a well-known subject these days: we see it on TV, we hear about it in the news, and we discuss it with health care professionals during appointments. We know of friends and acquaintances who have it, and we regularly hear about conferences and discussions on the topic. In fact, according to Diabetes Canada, 11 million Canadians are currently living with diabetes or prediabetes – and some of these individuals are not even aware that they have it.

With statistics such as this, it is likely that diabetes affects someone you know and love… perhaps you talk about it together, or you would like to learn more about diabetes, its symptoms, and its treatments. You know you’d like to be able to offer them better support but you aren’t sure what to do. If any of these questions sound familiar to you, we hope you will join us for our next Health Link session in the Haut-Saint-François, when you’ll have the opportunity to learn all of this and more!

On Wednesday, May 17, Catherine Goulet-Delorme, a nurse from the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’ Centre de jour du Diabète de l’Estrie will facilitate a Health Link session in Bury on the topic of diabetes. She will discuss the types of diabetes, the risk factors, the symptoms, and the treatments, and answer questions on the topic. Her presentation will offer participants an interesting overview of the topic. This presentation will be offered in English and will be open to all.

A free lunch will be served starting at 11:30 am, and will be provided free of charge to session participants. If you’d like to join us for lunch, we encourage you to reserve your spot by contacting Kim Fessenden at 819-872-3771, ext.2. Those who only wish to be there for the presentation are welcome to join us at 1:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Health Link is a collaboration between the Eaton Valley CLC, Townshippers’ Association, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS’ RLS du Haut-Saint-François, and the Centre d’action bénévole (CAB) du Haut-Saint-François. This series of health information workshops is a CHSSN initiative funded by Health Canada through the Roadmap for Official Languages 2013-2018: Education, Immigration, Official Languages.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website www.Townshippers.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Facebook.com/Townshippers. Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 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, May 3, 2017

Photo Credit: Courtesy

Photo Caption: Free writing workshops, such as this one offered last November at the Brome County Museum, have been crisscrossing the Eastern Townships giving writers at all levels a chance to develop their skills. The workshops are winding down with only three sessions left.