Boundary Ro­tary presents the Vo­ca­tional Schol­ar­ship and en­joys a tour of the Mediter­ranean

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Jan Draper North Hat­ley

Josée Bour­don from Comp­ton re­ceived the $750 Vo­ca­tional Schol­ar­ship from the Boundary Ro­tary on July 21st. In a spe­cial summer meet­ing at Weir Park Josée was pre­sented with the check by Sue Telling the Direc­tor of Youth for the club. Josée will be­gin her stud­ies in Farm Man­age­ment at the Mac­don­ald Cam­pus of McGill Univer­sity, Ste. Anne de Belle­vue.

Josée is al­ready an ex­pe­ri­enced farmer be­cause she grew up on the fam­ily farm and has played a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant role in the farm’s pro­duc­tion of sod. Josée’s par­ents, Jo­hanne Gagnon and Luc Bour­don, at­tended the meet­ing as well and de­scribed their fam­ily’s farm­ing op­er­a­tion. Luc, his brother and their fam­i­lies are in­volved in run­ning the farm that their par­ents ran be­fore them.

Re­spond­ing to the eco­nomic ne­ces­si­ties of the time, the broth­ers have di­ver­si­fied. The farm in­cludes the tra­di­tional el­e­ments like dairy, sheep, and a rid­ing sta­ble and newer ini­tia­tives in sod pro­duc­tion and por­ta­ble soy bean roast­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The Bour­don’s vi­sion of farm­ing com­bines the best from the tra­di­tional farm­ing val­ues with new meth­ods. Grow­ing up in such a rich en­vi­ron­ment has given Josée wide hori­zons and she hopes to work over­seas to learn about other ways of farm­ing and, af­ter com­plet­ing her DEC in Farm Man­age­ment, to study to be an agronomist. Josée is an ar­tic­u­late and de­ter­mined young farmer, the kind of person who will make a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to farm­ing in the Estrie. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ms. Bour­don!

Af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion Bill May took us on a cruise to Greece and Turkey. Bill and his wife Val vis­ited Athens, Olympia, Corfu, San­torini and Mykonos in Greece and then sailed on to visit Is­tan­bul which strad­dles Europe and Asia. In Turkey they also vis­ited num­ber of other cities in­clud­ing Eph­e­sus. Their slides showed us the an­cient sites as well as the new re­sorts and tourist attractions.

There was even a video of an evening spent at an Agri­cul­tural and Gas­tro­nomic tourism site where a din­ner of farm fresh food led to Greek danc­ing.

The talk was very in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing. The ex­cel­lent pho­tos were pro­jected onto a hastily-con­structed screen but it func­tioned well and it was great to en­joy the summer evening at Weir Park.

Ear­lier in the meet­ing Bill had given an in­tro­duc­tion to Weir Memo­rial Park, a park that gives free ac­cess to Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog. Weir Park is the site where the fol­low­ing fa­mil­iar words were writ­ten “Oh Canada! Our home and na­tive land…” Robert Stan­ley Weir (1856-1926) wrote the song in mem­ory of his two sons, one killed in World War I and the other in World War II. In 1957 the Park was do­nated by the Weir Fam­ily in mem­ory of the Judge and his two sons.

The park of­fers the only pub­lic ac­cess to Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog in that area. Vis­i­tors can swim, boat, pic­nic and use the play­ground fa­cil­i­ties with no cost. Also pro­vided by the park are life­guard ser­vices, chang­ing rooms, bath­rooms, show­ers & park­ing. Mem­bers of the Ro­tary club pur­chased din­ner at the can­tine and es­pe­cially en­joyed the home cut French fries.

Pho­tos courtesy

Comp­ton-farm­ers, Luc Bour­don and Jo­hanne Gagnon with their daugh­ter Josée

Bill and Val May set­ting up to take Boundary Ro­tary on a tour of Greece and Turkey.

Vo­ca­tional Schol­ar­ship win­ner, Josée Bour­don, and Sue Telling, Direc­tor of Youth, Boundary Ro­tary.

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