Townshippers’ Association Awards 13th Health and Social Services Bursary from Mcgill University
Townshippers’Association is proud to support English-speaking bilingual health and social service professionals in the region with the distribution of a $5,000 dollar bursary to Université de Sherbrooke student Lindsay Tuer through its Health and Social Services Human Resources Development project.
The award is an investment in the future of accessible care, as expressed by Townshippers’ Association Executive Director Rachel Hunting.
“When our community members choose to dedicate their talents, compassion and sense of community to a career in the health and social services fields, they empower the sector to better serve its users and everyone wins,” Hunting said. “It’s with great pleasure that we support the pursuit of education in these professions and help build a stronger health care and social services network.”
The financial award is funded from programs through McGill University’s Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project, which promotes access to health and social services in English for English-speaking people by supporting future professionals within Quebec’s health and social services system. Scholarships are administered across the province in collaboration with various institutions and organizations in the health and social services sector.
Since it began in 2010, thirteen scholarships totaling approximately $93,000 funded by the McGill project have been awarded by Townshippers’ Association to 13 bilingual students enrolled in health care or social service studies in the historical Eastern Townships, encompassing the Estrie and Montérégie-East regions.
In exchange for the financial support, bursary recipients must demonstrate their involvement in the community and agree to pursue careers in the Eastern Townships.
From 2010 – 2012 Ms. Tuer worked for the Englishspeaking community as the coordinator of Townshippers’ Association’s Eastern Townships Partners for Health & Social Services, Montérégie-East Network. She is currently serving, for a second term, on the voluntary board of directors of Avante Women’s Centre, a non-profit charity serving English speaking women in the BromeMissisquoi area.
Ms. Tuer continues to live in West-Bolton and commutes to Sherbrooke in pursuit of her masters in Social Work at Université de Sherbrooke. When she graduates, Ms. Tuer will embark on a career as a Social Worker in the region’s public health care system.
Université de Sherbrooke student seen here with Townshippers’ Association’s Executive Director Rachel Hunting, received a $5,000 dollar bursary from the Association through its Health and Social Services Human Resources Development project.