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Planters needed for Stanstead project – Ap­ply now!

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Stanstead of­fi­cially launched its beau­ti­fi­ca­tion project yes­ter­day. The Eclo­sion so­cio-pro­fes­sion­nelle a Stanstead-Vers un 4e Fleu­ron project has as its aim to pro­vide hor­ti­cul­tural and job train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to four lucky par­tic­i­pants while, at the same time, mak­ing the town more beau­ti­ful with many well-main­tained flower and shrub gar­dens. For six­teen weeks, be­gin­ning on June 2nd, the four par­tic­i­pants will learn the ba­sics of hor­ti­cul­ture as well as re­ceive per­sonal and pro­fes­sional train­ing to help them find fur­ther em­ploy­ment or re­turn to school.

“The can­di­dates will learn about be­ing punc­tual, be­ing mo­ti­vated and hav­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills,” said Josee Fortin of the CSSS Mem­phrem­a­gog, a part­ner of the project along with the CAB RH Rediker, the town of Stanstead, and the Car­refour je­unesse-em­ploi Mem­phrem­a­gog. The project is one of only four projects that were cho­sen to be fi­nanced by the Plan d’ac­tion gou­verne­men­tal pour la sol­i­darite et l’in­clu­sion so­ciale (PAGSIS). It is also fi­nanced by Em­ploi-Que­bec.

The can­di­dates must be eigh­teen years or older, French or English, and presently col­lect­ing So­cial As­sis­tance. They will be able to keep all of their ben­e­fits and will con­tinue to re­ceive their monthly al­lowance; how­ever, they will earn an ex­tra $50 per week. They will work from Tues­day to Thurs­day, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, and lunches will be pro­vided. At the end of the six­teen weeks, the gar­den­ers will go on an end-of-sea­son so­cial out­ing.

Julie Labrie, of North Hat­ley, who has been hired as this year’s co­or­di­na­tor, will soon be vis­it­ing businesses

to see if they are in­ter­ested in adding some colour to their prop­er­ties. Ms. Labrie will also be work­ing with the par­tic­i­pants on a one-to-one ba­sis to help them each reach their po­ten­tial. “The businesses just have to buy their own plants and our group will do all the plant­ing. Ni­cole Doyon, our hor­ti­cul­tur­ist, will draw up a gar­den plan for free. The businesses only have to main­tain their gar­dens, but they are very easy to main­tain on their own,” ex­plained Marise Trepanier, the town’s co­or­di­na­tor of the project.

“Last year with this project, we saw that more people were plant­ing flower gar­dens, and I of­ten heard that the town was look­ing good. Last year’s par­tic­i­pants were very proud and ex­cited about what they ac­com­plished,” com­mented Stanstead’s mayor, Philippe Du­til.

Fol­low­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions from es F eu­rons du ue ec, a hor­ti­cul­tural plan has been drawn up for the town that would earn it a fourth ‘flower’ in 2016, the next year that the town will be eval­u­ated. Last year, the town was miss­ing only six­teen points on a to­tal of 700 points for a highly cov­eted fourth flower, some­thing only a hand­ful of Que­bec towns have earned.

Businesses who would like to get their name on the list to have gar­dens planted by the town’s spe- cial gar­den­ers can be­gin call­ing Ms. Trepanier at 819 704-0660. If you or some­one you know would like to be a par­tic­i­pant in this project, don’t de­lay and call Marise Trepanier to­day!

Lo­cal an­glers were en­joy­ing the mild weather and their favourite pas­time, last Mon­day, on the North Hat­ley pier.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Seen at the of­fi­cial launch of Stanstead’s Pro et F eu­rons, yes­ter­day, were (l. to r.) mayor Philippe Du­til; Josée Fortin of the C emp rema o ; Stanstead re­cre­ation co­or­dina

tor Marise Trepanier; project co­or­di­na­tor Julie Labrie; and Veronique Boutin of the Carre our eu­nesse emp oi.

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