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*FREE for churches events, ser­vice clubs events, and rec­og­nized char­i­ta­ble org. only. - Send all ac­tiv­i­ties or changes by Mon­day, 12 noon, at least one week be­fore the event, by email at mich@stanstead-jour­nal. com or by fax (not re­spon­si­ble for typ­ing er­rors) at 819-876-7515. PASSOVER SEDER – April 18th 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter of the East­ern Town­ships Hall, within Ply­mouth-trin­ity United Church, 380 Duf­ferin Sher­brooke – Let my peo­ple go – peace in the mid­dle east and around the world Passover Seder join Jewish, Mus­lim and Chris­tian lead­ers for this peace event. Read­ings from the “Tran­si­tion – World, Lib­er­a­tion Hag­gadah” FUN FEAR­LESS FIT­NESS – Women 16 and + highly qual­i­fied in­struc­tor. Ev­ery Mon­day, 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Len­noxville French El­e­men­tary School, École St-An­toine’s Gym. Park­ing on Church and Speid St., Info Su­nita 819-563-9987. WALK IN MY SHOES CAM­PAIGN – Is ask­ing for new (never worn) cloth­ing items for home­less peo­ple. Cash do­na­tions are used to buy ther­mal un­der­wear or footwear. Drop do­na­tions at Men­tal Health Estrie, 257 Queen, Len­noxville or at dis­tri­bu­tion points in the area. For info 819-565-3777 or men­tal­health.estrie@bell­ WEL­COME WED­NES­DAYS – Or­ga­nized by Women’s Cen­tre. «Get to­gether» for cof­fee or tea or have a chat, meet friends, browse the li­brary and learn to cro­chet. Ac­tiv­ity room avail. 1:15-3:45 p.m. Bring knit­ting or craft. ACEF ESTRIE – De­fense of con­sumers’ rights or­ga­ni­za­tion. Free ser­vices from third year stu­dents from Fac­ulty of Law, ready to an­swer ques­tions. Info: ACEF Estrie 819-563-8144. PRE­NA­TAL CLASSES – On-go­ing classes. For info or reg­is­ter, Len­noxville & District Women’s Cen­tre, 819-564-6626 or info@ COM­MU­NITY CEN­TER LEN­NOXVILLE – Start­ing Jan. 24th 2011, the dances will re­sume at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Len­noxville at 1:30 p.m. ev­ery two weeks. Come join us for cof­fee and cook­ies! BLOOD PRES­SURE CLIN­ICS – Water­ville: April 26th at the Town Hall, 170 Prin­ci­pale S, from 10-11 a.m. – as well as one stu­dent from Bishop’s Univer­sity. When asked about her ex­pe­ri­ences in Ot­tawa, Emilly Hu­bert stated that the trip was “a truly amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I loved meet­ing peo­ple from all across Canada and learn­ing things we could bring back to our com­mu­ni­ties, as well as hear­ing other peo­ple’s per­spec­tives and mak­ing friends from all of the prov­inces. It was cer­tainly a life-al­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that I doubt I’ll ever for­get!” Alexandra Dougherty added that the Unite and Ig­nite Youth Con­fer­ence was hon­estly a “life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It may sound corny, but it re­ally helped me grow as a per­son. Be­ing able to meet so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple from all over the coun­try helped us grow as a com­mu­nity too!”

Jenny Me­nard, who worked for Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion in the sum­mer of 2010 pro­vid­ing some sup­port for the youth coun­cil, said that ac­com­pa­ny­ing the young peo­ple was “a life-en­rich­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It was amaz­ing and en­cour­ag­ing to see that youth want to get in­volved in dra­matic life changes. The con­fer­ence cer­tainly changed my per­spec­tive in a pos­i­tive way.”

The an­nual Unite and Ig­nite Youth Con­fer­ence was or­ga­nized by Youth Cen­tres Canada and the Stu­dents Com­mis­sion of Canada. This year, it at­tracted more than four hun­dred par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing three hun­dred youth from ev­ery re­gion in the coun­try. Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, the youth made de­ci­sions and sug­ges­tions to com­bat youth home­less­ness and pre­vent youth sui­cide. Some were in­volved in work­shops ex­plor­ing ef­fec­tive means to pre­vent youth sub­stance abuse and bul­ly­ing. In ad­di­tion to this, they took part in dis­cus­sions and de­ci­sion­mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties around the idea of how to en­gage and re­tain youth in small com­mu­ni­ties. The Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion group was one of few rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince of Que­bec. The Youth Coun­cil par­tic­i­pants are al­ready mak­ing plans to or­ga­nize fundrais­ers for the com­ing year that will en­able them to par­tic­i­pate in this en­rich­ing and eye­open­ing ac­tiv­ity again in 2012.

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