Townshippers’ Association Awards an Additional $17,500 to Four Local Students Through Mcgill’s Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project
Fourbilingual students from the Eastern Townships – Mustapha Azizi, Manon Côté, Caroline Fauteux and Kimberly OrantesMendoza – learned this week that they will receive bursaries to help them pursue their studies towards professions within the health and social services sector. These bursaries are being awarded through Townshippers’ Association’s Health and Social Services Human Resources Development project, with all funds coming from programs through Mcgill University that are intended to increase the number of bilingual individuals working in health and social service related professions in the Townships. In exchange for the financial support offered to them via the project, these students – all of whom are studying in Sherbrooke – have agreed to seek employment in the Eastern Townships upon graduation. This is the second wave of bursaries distributed this year through the Mcgill Training and Retention of Health Professionals project. The bursaries – which have a total value of $17, 500 – are awarded to students living and studying in the same area of the Townships. The four recipients all hail from the Estrie region and are studying in the Borough of Lennoxville, in the City of Sherbrooke. Manon Côté is completing her studies at the Lennoxville Vocational Training Centre, in the nursing assistant program, whereas Mustapha Azizi, Caroline Fauteux and Kimberly OrantesMendoza are studying nursing at Champlain Regional College’s Lennoxville campus. Applications for the next wave of Category I and II bursaries are currently being accepted from students beginning their studies after January 2012. The deadline for submitting an application for the second wave of Category I and II bursaries is June 18, 2012. The main criteria for eligibility for the bursaries are: to be a post-secondary stu-
TheForeman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University is pleased to be expanding its popular summer youth programming, which is considered to be the most original camp of the region by Voir Estrie. This year, the summer art camp of the Gallery invites children between the ages of 7 to 12 years old to broaden their horizons and enter into a world of experimentation. In a similar vein as last year’s program, each week of the art camp offers a new theme and new projects which will bring participating children on a journey to new creative heights. New this year, the Foreman Art Gallery is extending its summer activities for an extra week devoted entirely to teens between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. From August 6 to 10, teens will have the opportunity to build upon their first art portfolio. Complex and stimulating projects will be elaborated using professional tools and materials which will serve as a spring- dent in a health and social services related field and to demonstrate (through references and statements) a strong attachment to the Eastern Townships region, as well as to have a history of community involvement. All applications should be submitted to Townshippers’ Association, to the attention of Michael Caluori, the project coordinator for the Health and Social Services Human Resources Development projects. The objectives of the Health and Social Services Human Resources Development projects are to increase the number of bilingual technicians and professionals working in the health and social services system of Quebec and to increase the For more information and to register your child, please contact: Yael Filipovic, Curator, Education & Cultural Action at 819.822.9600 x 2279 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Galerie d’art Foreman | Foreman Art Gallery: 2600, College St, Sherbrooke Tel. 819.822.9600 ext. 2260, Fax. 819.822.9703; email@example.com http:// www.foreman.ubishops. ca/
Anenthusiastic crowd attended last Thursday’s “GoodbyeHello” gathering to mark the end of the With Respect to Our Elders intergenerational project that had been funded by the Ministère de la famille et des aînés of the government of Québec for three years. Fortunately, as announced to those attending the event at the Townshippers’ Association’s headquarters in the Marguerite Knapp Building in Lennoxville, the popular project will transform somewhat and continue in another form.
“I made the announcement that even though the funding from Quebec had come to an end, the night before I learnt that we would be receiving funding for a smaller project from the Conseil regionale des elus (CRE). That is very encouraging because it will enable us to keep the thread going,” commented Eric Manolson, the coordinator of the With Respect to Our Elders project. The new project will involve students from Bishop’s University and the Cegep de Sherbrooke conducting financial workshops with seniors in four MRCS: Memphremagog, Sherbrooke, Coaticook and Haut St. Francois.
As the first intergenerational activity in this project, over three years ago, opened with the playing of a traditional drum by Ena Greyeyes, so too did the last event of the original project which focussed most of its intergenerational activities around music and art. Kim Bailey, the animator of the OPALS group, was the emcee while Jan Graham provided the musical entertainment. Centenarian Joan Thomson took the spotlight for a few minutes to talk about her involvement with the project. “We showed the video entitled “Healing Benefits of Music, Art and Laughter” which was wellreceived. It’s a short film by Township filmmaker Yuko Kandachi which was filmed at the Healing Benefits of Art and Music event that was held at Centennial Theatre last November,” explained Mr. Manolson.
“As a group we also talked about the Lennoxville Street Festival because we wanted a solid thing to plan even without any funding,” said Eric who learnt only two weeks previously that the Quebec government funding would not be renewed. “We got a good response from people who would like to stay connected or volunteer; it felt to me that now the project belongs to everybody! The project is now in a phase of transformation and we’re not sure exactly where it’s going.”
Thousands of people of all ages, from toddlers to centenarians, participated in Cookie Contests, Music Festivals, art workshops, outdoor activities and several other events as part of the With Respect to Our Elders project.