Townshippers’ Association to host 34th T-day
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.