A con­tin­u­a­tion of the Len­noxville Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Awards, handed out on Fe­bru­ary 22nd Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Arts & Cul­ture Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment Ed­u­ca­tion

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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!

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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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Lyne Brouard (cen­ter) with Karine Gagnon.

David Price

and presentor

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