Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion to host 34th T-day

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

For the first time in more than three decades, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion is col­lab­o­rat­ing with a renowned his­toric in­sti­tu­tion to host the 34th Town­ship­pers’ Day on Satur­day, Septem­ber 14, 2013.

Founded in 1979, Town­ship­pers’ Day, af­fec­tion­ately dubbed T-Day, is a cul­tural fes­ti­val and in­for­ma­tion fair which cel­e­brates the

her­itage, vi­tal­ity and cre­ativ­ity of the Eastern Town­ships English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. Tra­di­tion­ally a no­madic event hosted by a dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal­ity or area each year, the 2013 edi­tion will be hosted by Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and Bishop’s Col­lege School (BCS), a 175 year old pri­vate board­ing school lo­cated in Sher­brooke, Bor­ough of Len­noxville.

“T-Day is one of the most an­tic­i­pated events for Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion al­low­ing us to gather to­gether the com­mu­nity we are work­ing hard to serve and ad­vo­cate for through­out the year. This cel­e­bra­tion gives us the op­por­tu­nity to strengthen our con­nec­tions and build mem­o­ries to­gether,” said Rachel Hunt­ing, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion and T-Day Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee Chair. “We are thrilled that Bishop’s Col­lege School, with its his­tor­i­cal pres­ence in the re­gion and its mis­sion to ed­u­cate fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, will share its pic­turesque grounds with the com­mu­nity this T-Day.”

The one day fes­ti­val also brings the re­gions’ var­i­ous lin­guis­tic com­mu­ni­ties to­gether in mu­tual re­spect and cel­e­bra­tion, a pur­pose that is il­lus­trated in T-Day’s 2013 theme “Wel­come!” and shared by the host lo­ca­tion.

“BCS is a point of con­ver­gence for peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tural, lin­guis­tic, and eth­nic groups – our stu­dents hail from 24 coun­tries around the world. We teach them about the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and en­cour­age them to be en­gaged with the peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions in their lo­cal­ity. We are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing Town­ship­pers, young and old, to our cam­pus for this bridge-build­ing event,” said Wil­liam Mitchell, Head of School, Bishop’s Col­lege School.

New for 2013

As strong fam­i­lies are the build­ing blocks to any healthy com­mu­nity, T-Day’s or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee is plan­ning an event that will cel­e­brate the best of com­mu­nity con­nec­tions through a grand scale neigh­bour­hood party. Many sur­prises are in store from the line up of en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties that will link all ages to the acous­tic per­for­mances by lo­cal tal­ent.

Fol­low­ing this year’s open­ing cer­e­mony at 10:30 a.m., the con­tri­bu­tions of some of the more il­lus­tri­ous mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will be hon­oured through the Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers and Young Town­ships Lead­ers Awards.

Food will once again be of­fered on­site and will keep with the fes­ti­val’s min­i­mal waste pol­icy; how­ever vis­i­tors are also en­cour­aged to bring blan­kets and bas­kets to join in a com­mu­nity pic­nic. Ac­tiv­i­ties from 11 a.m. un­til 4 p.m. will take place in the school’s square while com­mu­nity groups and or­ga­ni­za­tion will fea­ture in the coun­try’s old­est in­door hockey rink.

Fur­ther de­tails and the event pro­gram, will be posted on T-Day’s of­fi­cial web­site at www.tday.ca as they are avail­able. The web­site also con­tains in­for­ma­tion for ex­hibitors, vol­un­teers, spon­sors and silent auc­tion donors.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Town­ship­pers’ Day 2013, con­tact Kate Hol­brook at Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s Mon­térégie-East of­fice, 450-242-4421 (toll free 1-877242-4421) or kw@town­ship­pers.qc.ca.

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Rachel Hunt­ing and Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Cut­ting un­veiled the of­fi­cial logo in ad­vance of the 34th Town­ship­pers’ Day cel­e­bra­tion, which takes place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 14, 2013. The im­age of a postage stamp with “Wel­come” in five dif­fer­ent lan­guages- rep­re­sents the global con­nec­tion the re­gion’s English-speak­ing com­mu­nity has and their at­tach­ment to re­main con­nected to their home and cul­ture.

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