A continuation of the Lennoxville Outstanding Achievement Awards, handed out on February 22nd Outstanding Achievement Arts & Culture Outstanding Achievement Education
WhenJeannine Turcotte was born, her parents were living in the east end of Sherbrooke. Shortly after, the family moved to Lennoxville where she grew up, studied, and began working as a nurse at the Hôtel-Dieu de Sherbrooke hospital.
Soon after marrying, she and her husband moved to Boston where they lived for eight years. They returned to Lennoxville and have lived on a beautiful estate on Queen Street ever since. Each year, Mrs. Turcotte hosts a picnic for members of the AFEAS ( Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale) – an ideal time to admire her magnificent vegetable garden and fruit trees. Mrs. Turcotte, who is now 80 years old, worked as a nurse for 42 years at the Hôtel-Dieu de Sherbrooke hospital. She also worked in Boston and was working at the Hôpital Saint-Vincentde-Paul de Sherbrooke when she retired. She greatly enjoyed the years of intense work.
During her career, Mrs. Turcotte had two children, a boy and girl, who in turn provided her with three grandchildren: one boy and two girls.
Mrs. Turcotte was a model citizen in our town: she was very involved with the AFEAS de Lennoxville. The AFEAS is an organisation devoted to education,
AsExecutive Director of the Centre de la Petite Enfance Panda for the past 25 years, Mrs. Brouard has been working in the daycare sector for more than 27 years. The Centre de la Petite Enfance Panda daycare has served the Borough of Lennoxville for almost 30 years.
Mrs. Brouard has had an impressive career!
First, she oversaw construction of a new facility on the Bishop’s University campus in 1992 and, at the same time, supervised the Garderie Panda’s move from Speid Street to the new facility.
With the creation of centres de la petite enfance (CPEs) in 1997, the Garderie Panda became the Centre de la Petite Enfance Panda and was mandated with the supervision of home-based daycares in addition to the running of the daycare centre.
The existing facility was expanded in 2001.
The year 2005 saw a dramatic development: CPEs were no longer responsible for supervising home-based daycares. To ensure the development and sustainability of her organization, Mrs. Brouard initiated a construction project for a second facility.
In 2009, after a laborious process lasting four years, filled with hurdles, hope, and despair, a second facility adjoining the existing one was built.
Today, 136 children from the Borough of Lennoxville and surrounding area enjoy high quality services offered by the Centre de la Petite Enfance Panda.
Mrs. Brouard successfully implemented all these projects with the sole purpose of offering children added and improved services. These many challenges were successfully met without affecting the time-consuming daily running of a daycare centre.
Mrs. Brouard has always been involved, directly or indirectly and in various ways, in the advocacy and advancement of education and childcare services. It should be noted that she is a benchmark in the Estrie region in terms of quality childcare services. For the past several years, she has acted as an evaluator and a coach for the quality pro- gram developed by Christa Japel, a researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). I would also like to point out that Mrs. Brouard is continuously taking courses to perfect her knowledge and skills.
I have worked with Mrs. Brouard every day for the past 11 years as assistant director of administration at the Centre de la Petite Enfance Panda. I have witnessed first-hand a large part of what this presentation illustrates. Believe me, if anyone can attest to Mrs. Brouard’s involvement and devotion, I am the one!
Lyne, my friend, I would like to thank you on behalf of all those who have benefited and who continue to benefit from the excellent services provided by the Centre de la Petite Enfance Panda. May your passion always be with you!
Jeannine Turcot receives her award from borough president David Price and presenter Nicole Dorin. defending women’s rights and actions on behalf of women. She has held every major position: President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
What you may not know is that Jeannine Turcotte is one of Canada’s finest lace makers. The art of lace making is practiced by a very limited number of people and requires patience, concentration, and consistency. For years, Mrs. Turcotte has spent at least two if not three hours a day at her craft. Her pieces are very expensive and can only be found in specialized shops. She has travelled extensively in countries known for their art of lace making, including Belgium where she learned the “Binche”, “Brussels Duchesse”, and the most well-known, the “Bruges Duchesse” bobbin lace-making method. She also travelled to France to study Cluny lace making, as well as the more com- mon Bayeux lace. She also travelled to Nottingham, England to learn “Honiton” lace making, then to Prague, California, and Germany.
Mrs. Turcotte has taken part in numerous exhibitions, at the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre and the Salon des métiers d’arts en Estrie, in particular. She also participated in an international lace exhibition in Prague, another in Place Desjardins de Montréal, and recently at the Domaine Joly near Quebec City.
After weaving, quilting, knitting, and sewing, Jeannine Turcotte now devotes herself mainly to lace making, which she teaches to a few privileged people. A modest woman who would never brag about her work, Mrs. Turcotte remains a great artist. I would even suggest, without exaggerating, that Mrs. Turcotte is to lace what Céline Dion is to singing.
Lyne Brouard (center) with Karine Gagnon.