New Di­rec­tor Rooted in Com­mu­nity

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Len­noxville

The Hunt­ing fam­ily has been a prom­i­nent fam­ily in the East­ern Town­ships since the 1800’s, so it seems only fit­ting that one of their own, Rachel Hunt­ing, is now at the helm of the Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. Born and raised in Hunt­ingville, the small

ham­let named af­ter a fam­ily mem­ber, Ms. Hunt­ing seems to have an in­nate love of this area, per­haps made even stronger af­ter liv­ing out of the prov­ince for a short time. “I left the area to live in Van­cou­ver for about six months. Then I came back to go back to school. Even when I was trav­el­ing I al­ways en­joyed com­ing home to the Town­ships,” said Ms. Hunt­ing in an in­ter­view at Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s main of­fice in the Bor­ough of Len­noxville.

Asked what made her take on the big job at Town­ship­pers’, Rachel replied: “I en­joyed work­ing in the com­mu­nity sec­tor with youth and I’ve been in­ter­ested in this or­ga­ni­za­tion for a long time. At the youth cen­tre I had a sim­i­lar role, only on a smaller scale. It was a mat­ter of pur­su­ing an in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity at a higher level.”

Retaining young peo­ple in this re­gion is an im­por­tant is­sue to English speak­ing Town­ship­pers and also to the or­ga­ni­za­tion, and Ms. Hunt­ing spoke about what made her re­turn to the re­gion: “There’s some­thing about the Town­ships – an el­e­ment in this re­gion you don’t find other places. There’s the lin­guis­tic du­al­ity – we have a cer­tain ‘je ne sais quoi’.” She con­tin­ued: “I’m the only one in my cir­cle of friends from high school who stayed in the re­gion. Peo­ple of­ten say there is a lack of op­por­tu­nity for young An­g­los, but that’s never been my ex­pe­ri­ence. Cer­tainly you need a level of bilin­gual­ism, but there are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for An­g­los with a func­tion­ing level of French.”

Be­ing con­nected to the his­tory of a re­gion is also im­por­tant to the new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “I also have strong fam­ily ties here, be­ing a Hunt­ing from Hunt­ingville. The older I get I re­al­ize how spe­cial that is. There are things my an­ces­tors did that I can see, like the Hunt­ingville Dam. These spe­cial ties to the area are im­por­tant to me; I can’t take them with me.”

Still new to her post, it is a busy time for the As­so­ci­a­tion’s di­rec­tor, es­pe­cially with the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing com­ing up. This year’s AGM event, which used to fea­ture the Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers Awards, has taken on a new look. “This year the An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing will be in Rich­mond and we will launch the Opart project, bring­ing English and French artists to­gether to start con­nect­ing and pro­mote that kind of col­lab­o­ra­tion,” said Ms. Hunt­ing. Three young ‘Town­ships Lead­ers’ will also be rec­og­nized dur­ing the event.

This year’s Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers will be rec­og­nized at a big­ger venue: Town­ship­pers’ Day in Farn­ham. “I think it was just a mat­ter of switch­ing things up but I be­lieve it’s very ap­pro­pri­ate to rec­og­nize our Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers at Town­ship­pers’ Day. We’re go­ing right back to the his­toric East­ern Town­ships; it should be quite spec­tac­u­lar. The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is very en­thu­si­as­tic,” Rachel com­mented. The Royal 22nd Reg­i­ment will also be tak­ing part in this year’s an­nual event, pro­vid­ing two bat­tal­ions: an armed bat­tal­ion and a mu­si­cal one.

Town­ship­per’s As­so­ci­a­tion will be work­ing with the Sher­brooke Canada Games or­ga­ni­za­tion. “We are work­ing on a project to en­sure the bilin­gual­ism of the Games. We will also be in line with bring­ing in vol­un­teers from other ar­eas for the Games. It will be a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the re­gion and to get young peo­ple in­volved in some­thing spe­cial in their area.”

Ms. Hunt­ing seems very pos­i­tive about what lies ahead. “I like be­ing busy and I like chal­lenges, you can’t stay sane work­ing in a com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion with­out that, you have to be able to look at dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and find so­lu­tions. I’m good at prob­lem-solv­ing: I don’t panic, I just roll up my sleeves and get to the hard work be­cause my par­ents in­stilled that in us when we were young,” said the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, adding: “I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to see what di­rec­tion I can bring the As­so­ci­a­tion in.”

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

The new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Rachel Hunt­ing, is en­thu­si­as­tic about pro­mot­ing the East­ern Town­ships com­mu­nity in her new role.

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