Outstanding Townshippers announced
Thisyear’s Outstanding Townshippers awards will recognize deserving and engaged members of the Townships community for their outstanding local engagement. Five individuals will be celebrated at this year’s awards gala as a result of their impressive records as volunteers, community organizers and contributors to life in the Eastern Townships.
The Outstanding Townshippers awards recognize those who have made considerable contributions to life in the Eastern Townships and its English-speaking community. This can be accomplished in both local centres or across the Townships region. They have exceeded normal expectations and given a great deal of effort to civic participation through volunteerism, social activism, mentoring and/or philanthropy. JOHN DOUESNARD
John Douesnard has been active in community involvement and volunteering for nearly four decades. With a 38-year-long career in the Kiwanis Club, which included several terms as President and Vice President, Mr. Douesnard has rarely shied away from chances to help out. During strawberry season, Mr. Douesnard has been known to visit the sick at the Centre Hospitalier de Granby in order to allow them a taste of this short-lived annual treat. He has also helped to fundraise for the Colonie des Vacances, an organization committed to letting children from low-income backgrounds attend summer camp. John’s contributions as a Kiwanis member over his impressive volunteering career were recognized nationally upon his receiving of the Mel Osborne medal – the organization’s highest honour.
John has donated countless hours over the years to volunteering at a number of events in the Townships, such as volunteering at the Brome Fair and coaching minor hockey for St. Patrick’s school. As a warden at St. Patrick’s Parish and long-running President of their Christian Community Council, John has used his church as another channel to the community in which he has devoted his time. Through his help in coordinating Sunday services and food deliveries to needy members of the community, John has proven himself to be an enthusiastic and invaluable addition to community organizations and a willing volunteer to help those less fortunate. His willingness to become involved has seen him become a member of the Yamaska Valley Canadian Club and hold positions on the Boards of Directors for the Granby Hospital and the Granby Miner Golf Club. JOE KELLY
The town of Richmond is a bit greener thanks to Joe Kelly and his volunteer efforts! As the second Vice President of the Richmond St. Patrick’s Society and the founder and courier of Paddy’s Newsletter, Mr. Kelly has helped in embracing the Irish soul that runs deep in Richmond while donating his time and efforts towards the town’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade – the second largest of its kind in Canada.
Joe’s community involvement over the years has not just been limited to promoting Richmond’s Irish heritage. As a member of the Wales Home foundation, various church groups and local recreational clubs, Joe has become a familiar face for many in the area and a source of creative and selfless engagement in helping out his community. He is known to enthusiastically rise to the occasion when needed and has worked in helping to organize local Terry Fox runs, as well as fundraising for the Adaptive Sports Foundation – an organization specializing in ski technology designed for getting veterans who have endured amputation back on the slopes. His creative approach to collecting bottles and cans in order to raise more money for community organizations has impressed many and has only increased the already considerable gratitude that many in the community have for his tireless volunteer efforts. WENDY DURRANT
Both Bishop’s University and Champlain Regional College owe a great deal to the efforts of Wendy Lessard Durrant. Over the course of her long career as a librarian at Bishop’s, Wendy was instrumental in increasing the profile of the university provincially, while expanding the network of resources to which its library was connected. Her initiatives to create a greater closeness between Bishop’s and the Université de Sherbrooke increased the amount of resources that Bishop’s students now have access to and allowed the library to deepen what it offers to both students and faculty. Starting in 2000, Wendy balanced her efforts for the Bishop’s Library with membership on the Champlain College board of directors, using her deep knowledge of library resources to offer
«Catch A fallen star» Competition was designed to let one lucky Baby Boomer make their talent dreams a reality! This year, the talented, Debbie Whipple WINS first place for the «Catch A Fallen star» 2011. Along with a Trophy and a recording session, she will be showcased at the Haskell Opera House, this Sunday, June 5th. at 7pm This years «Catch A fallen star» was lanched March 27th-May 29th, in many locations throughout the Townships, by recording artist Bobbi Dee to see what talent was hidden out there. A huge thanks to all the halls for their gracious support Once again a huge thanks our followers and true supporters, like: Lenny Beland (last year’s #1 winner) He joined us throughout the whole “Catch A Fallen Star” 2011 competition, representing 2010 winner! You can see Lenny as he also will be showcased at the Haskell Opra House, this Sunday, June 5th. at 7pm Sidney and Donna Mills along with bass player, Mike Doyle for their dedication and talent throughout the whole “Catch A fallen Star” Competition 2011 all the way from Richmond! A very special thanks to our door lady, Ruth Bradfield that comes all the way from South Durham each week just to help out …Thanks so much Ruth, don’t know what we’d do without ya ! A large applause to our host and M.C. Stan McKelvey for keeping the show moving smoothly and on track...The “Treasure Box” of $371.00 was won by Julie Doyle Congratulations to you all cause as far as we’re concerned you are all winners!! The CATCH A FALLEN STAR 2010 and 2011 videos will be soon available on You Tube and Facebook. And again now spread the word and let everyone know where are all our friends going to be, this Sunday JUNE 5th 7:00 pm at the HASKELL OPERA HOUSE on the boarder of Rock Island Qc. and Derby. Vt. (you do not need a passport) See you all there!
advice on curriculum choices for the English-speaking community in the Townships.
Wendy’s willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty by no means ended with her retirement in 2004. Instead, she channelled her enthusiasm for volunteering towards her membership in the Department of Heritage’s regional Community Table, the Board of Directors for the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales de Quebec (BANQ) and at the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC). Through these efforts, Wendy has been active in promoting the preservation of English heritage in the Townships and the greater need for cohesion between the ETRC and the BANQ. Her efforts have left a lasting impact on both Bishop’s and Champlain as she continues to act as a voice for the vibrancy of English culture in the Townships and as an active member of the community recognized for her kindness and deep commitment to Anglophone community. MARGARET LOGAN-WHITE
Margaret Logan-White’s zeal for community involvement has been noted by many who have seen her enthusiasm put into action. Her volunteerism has been widespread and greatly appreciated by many in the region over the years with her showing no signs of slowing her wellknown “can-do” approach to helping her community. She has been an active member of the Lennoxville United Church and the Sherbrooke and District Canadian Federation of University Women. Through the CFUW Grannies, Margaret was actively engaged in fundraising efforts to bring financial assistance and awareness to grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren as a result of HIV/AIDS tragedies.
Notorious for her unwavering energy and cheerfulness, Margaret has been known for her love of exercise, golf, music and helping others in the region which she embraces through her volunteering. Her contributions to helping her fellow Townshippers through Community Aid Lennoxville and Meals on Wheels shows Margaret’s selfless commitment to projects that help others, both locally and in Africa, gaining her one of this year’s Outstanding Townshippers awards. DOREEN PAGE
The work of Doreen Page has touched many aspects of life in the Eastern Townships, from improving recreational and livability in its communities to promoting its artistic, cultural and educational assets. For over 30 years, Doreen has involved herself deeply in various community projects in the Brome region while continuing her career as a teacher. With contagious enthusiasm, Doreen has been active in her religious community as well and is famous for her innovative and creative suggestions during group initiatives. As the founder of the Yamaska Valley Weavers’ Guild, Doreen is well-known for her drive and commitment to community projects. She has acted as a role model for many and, through both her community involvement and time in the classroom, she has touched a number of lives in the Brome Lake region.
These five award winners, along with the Young Townships Leaders award winners for 2011, will be celebrated at a special event on Saturday, June 4, 2011: the Townshippers’ Awards Gala Intergenerational Variety Show. For more information about the Awards Banquet or to reserve your seats, contact Cathy Turner at 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s grand winner, Debbie Whipple, will perform this Sunday at the Haskell Opera House.