Over 100 Care­givers Tap into Re­sources at 2015 Fo­rum

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Over 100 peo­ple at­tended the 2015 edi­tion of the Fo­rum for English­s­peak­ing Care­givers of Se­niors in the East­ern Town­ships on Satur­day, March 14, 2015, an event which aims to in­crease sup­port for the English-speak­ing care­giver by con­nect­ing them with ex­ist­ing and emerg­ing ser­vices and ser­vice providers. Hosted by Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion,

the fo­rum was held for a sec­ond year with the sup­port of L’AP­PUI pour les proches aidants de l’Estrie, the Mem­phrem­a­gog Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­tre and the Ta­ble ré­gionale de con­cer­ta­tion des aînés de l’Estrie. “When you are busy look­ing af­ter the needs of an older loved one liv­ing with com­pro­mised health, mo­bil­ity is­sues, or de­men­tia, the last thing you have the en­ergy for is comb­ing the coun­try­side in search of English re­sources or ser­vices that you may need to help you as a care­giver,” ex­plained Judy Law­son, fo­rum or­ga­nizer for Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “En­sur­ing that in­for­ma­tion was at their fin­ger­tips was the pri­mary aim of the fo­rum and we are happy to know that it hit its mark. Our at­ten­dees were ex­cited to have the chance to ex­pand their knowl­edge base and gain con­fi­dence from the var­i­ous pre­sen­ters and or­ga­ni­za­tions that par­tic­i­pated.” Fo­rum or­ga­niz­ers ex­tend their thanks to all who at­tended, es­pe­cially to Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Direc­tor of McGill Univer­sity’s Of­fice for Science & Society, for de­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress and to Miche­line Roberge, Pres­i­dent, Ta­ble de con­cer­ta­tion des aînés de la MRC Mem­phré­m­a­gog and Ger­ald Cut­ting, Pres­i­dent, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion for their par­tic­i­pa­tion. Thanks also goes to work­shop pre­sen­ters Amanda Roche­leau, Cather­ine St. Pierre, Ian Nielsen-Jones and com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cers Pa­trice Gré­goire, Sûreté du Québec, and Paul Tear, Régie de Po­lice de Mem­phré­m­a­gog as well as the more than 15 or­ga­ni­za­tions who were in at­ten­dance. For more in­for­ma­tion on the fo­rum, contact Judy Law­son, JLaw­son@town­ship­pers.qc.ca, call Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion at 819-566-5717 toll free: 1-866-566-5717 or visit Town­ship­pers. org.

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Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Direc­tor of McGill Univer­sity’s Of­fice for Science & Society, de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress of the 2015 edi­tion of the Fo­rum for English-speak­ing Care­givers of

Se­niors in the East­ern Town­ships. With him is Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Ger­ald

Cut­ting, host­ing the event.

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