Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers an­nounced

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Len­noxville David Cameron

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 ct@town­ship­pers.qc.ca.

Doreen Page

Joe Kelly

John Doues­nard

Mar­garet Lo­gan-White

Wendy Dur­rant

This year’s grand win­ner, Deb­bie Whip­ple, will per­form this Sun­day at the Haskell Opera House.

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