Nice, new ser­vice in town for women

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

There has been an in­ter­est­ing new ser­vice in place, in Stanstead, since last Septem­ber which is slowly grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. The Cen­tre des Femmes Mem­phrem­a­gog has been host­ing a free, break­fast chat group, since Septem­ber, at the Coop d’Habi­ta­tion, 19 Colby-Cur­tis Street, ev­ery third Thurs­day morn­ing of each month, from 9:00 to 11:00 am. “This group is for women eigh­teen and older, French and English, of all ages and re­gard­less of their sit­u­a­tion,” said Veronique Lat­ulippe who an­i­mates the group along with Chan­tal Pi­nard.

Each month, the an­i­ma­tors al­ways have a new theme, the poverty of women was a re­cent one, which they bring to the group to dis­cuss. How­ever, the dis­cus­sion, which is had over a free, con­ti­nen­tal break­fast, of­ten evolves to in­clude other topics that the women want to dis­cuss. “It’s a shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences and we’re very open to new themes. We adapt our dis­cus­sions to the women who come, es­pe­cially since we don’t yet un­der­stand all the needs of the women in the com­mu­nity,” ex­plained Ms. Lat­ulippe.

“This group gives women a chance to meet other women, with­out be­ing judged. It’s a com­pletely con­fi­den­tial ac­tiv­ity and the women don’t have to tell their life story there,” added the an­i­ma­tor who en­cour­ages women to just come out for a nice break­fast and see if it’s a group they would like to join. The feed­back from those who have been at­tend­ing since Septem­ber has been very good – they keep re­turn­ing.

If you would like to at­tend to­mor­row morn­ing’s De­je­uner Causerie, call 819 868-0302 to reg­is­ter, to­day, or call and leave a mes­sage this evening, so the an­i­ma­tors can bring enough food for ev­ery­one.

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