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Planters needed for Stanstead project – Apply now!
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.
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.