New director undaunted
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.”