New di­rec­tor un­daunted

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Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville

I ngrid Marini be­gan train­ing for her po­si­tion as Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion al­most a year ago and, since that time, she’s hardly had the chance to look back.

in her of­fice at Town­ship­pers’

photo cour­tesy Mont Sut­ton

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

twenty-five, which it’s at now, to two hun­dred. “Our busi­ness mem­bers must of­fer ser­vices in English. Peo­ple will go fur­ther to get English ser­vices from a vet, a den­tist or a me­chanic. We know some ar­eas that are 25% English. We want to help busi­nesses ac­cess that mar­ket.”

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion is also start­ing a pro­mo­tion for youth, of­fer­ing free mem­ber­ship up to twenty-one years of age. “We want to start fos­ter­ing a sense of com­mu­nity at a young age to ad­dress the out-mi­gra­tion of youth. Some mem­ber­ship ben­e­fits in­clude dis­counts to cul­tural venues like the Pig­gery and Cen­ten­nial Theatre and dis­counts in some stores. Youth mem­bers can also find out about and take part in free events like the Youth Round-Up.

Asked about changes that could im­prove the or­ga­ni­za­tion, the new di­rec­tor said: “I’d like the or­ga­ni­za­tion to be more ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity. It should be a place to share their con­cerns, to dis­cuss. We need the com­mu­nity’s in­put to see how we can help them, get them to un­der­stand what we do. And we need to help dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions un­der­stand the re­al­i­ties of our com­mu­nity to bet­ter adapt their ser­vices.”

All in all, Ms. Marini is en­joy­ing the job. “I love it. It’s been in­for­ma­tive and I’ve been like a sponge. I’ve been meet­ing won­der­ful peo­ple and there is still lots to learn.”

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