Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Awards an Ad­di­tional $17,500 to Four Lo­cal Stu­dents Through Mcgill’s Train­ing and Re­ten­tion of Health Pro­fes­sion­als Project

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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 art­lab@ubish­ Ga­lerie d’art Fore­man | Fore­man Art Gallery: 2600, Col­lege St, Sher­brooke Tel. 819.822.9600 ext. 2260, Fax. 819.822.9703; gallery@ubish­ 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.

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