Pub­lic meet­ing on fire risk man­age­ment in Len­noxville

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Apub­lic­consul­ta­tion re­gard­ing the fire safety risk man­age­ment plan (schéma de cou­ver­ture de risques en sécu­rité in­cendie) for the Bor­ough of Len­noxville will take place Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 4th at 7:00 pm, at the Len­noxville Fire Sta­tion at 10, Sa­muel-Gratham Street. Present at the meet­ing will be David Price, Len­noxville Bor­ough pres­i­dent; Marc De­nault, pres­i­dent of the Comité de la sécu­rité publique; Stéphane Simoneau, di­rec­tor of the Sher­brooke Ser­vice de pro­tec­tion con­tre les in­cendies.

Town­ship­pers’As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with McGill Univer­sity, is proud to award $25,000 in aca­demic schol­ar­ships to four health and so­cial ser­vice stu­dents in the his­tor­i­cal East­ern Town­ships through the McGill Health and So­cial Ser­vices Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Bur­sary Pro­gram. “It is a great plea­sure for us to award th­ese schol­ar­ships to the next gen­er­a­tion of health and so­cial ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als,” said Rachel Hunt­ing, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “By help­ing them to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tional am­bi­tions to­day, we are sus­tain­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion’s ef­forts to pro­mote ac­cess to health and so­cial ser­vices in English, and in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of ac­ces­si­ble care in the East­ern Town­ships.” Michèle Giard of Farn­ham and Katalina Smith of Cowansville will each re­ceive $10,000 through the Cat­e­gory 1 bur­sary. Alexan­der Adank, Len­noxville, and Marie-Soleil Larouche, Water­ville, will re­ceive $2,500 each through the Cat­e­gory 2 bur­sary. The schol­ar­ship pro­gram is ad­min­is­tered by Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion in the his­tor­i­cal East­ern Town­ships, which en­com­passes the Estrie and Mon­térégie-East re­gions, and is awarded through McGill Univer­sity’s Train­ing and Re­ten­tion of Health Pro­fes­sion­als Project which aims at re­tain­ing bilin­gual pro­fes­sion­als in health and so­cial ser­vices sec­tors. Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, bur­sary re­cip­i­ents must com­mit to work­ing in a pub­lic health and so­cial ser­vices in­sti­tu­tion or re­lated or­ga­ni­za­tion for a min­i­mum of one year.

Smith, Now in her fourth year of phys­io­ther­apy stud­ies at the Univer­sité de Sher­brooke, Giard hopes the bur­sary marks the be­gin­ning of a ca­reer at either the Brome Mis­sisquoi Perkins (BMP) or Granby hos­pi­tals, al­low­ing her to re­main close to her fam­ily. “As a stu­dent and a mom of three young kids, this bur­sary re­ally means a lot to me. It will help me fin­ish my stud­ies with­out stress and let me con­tinue, with the sup­port of a won­der­ful as­so­ci­a­tion, to make my dream come true,” said Giard. Smith, who trav­els daily from Cowansville to Bromont to take a bus into Montreal to pur­sue her stud­ies at McGill Univer­sity, shares the goal of work­ing at the BMP hospi­tal, as a reg­is­tered nurse. She says the bur­sary eases the eco­nomic strug­gle. “It is also huge mo­ti­va­tion to con­tinue to pur­sue my full-time stud­ies and it showed me that there peo­ple who rec­og­nize my hard work,” Smith said, adding that she looks for­ward to work­ing close to home and couldn’t imag­ine liv­ing any­where else. “It is im­por­tant to me to be­come an ac­tive, work­ing mem­ber of my com­mu­nity and give back.” For Adank and Larouche, who are both in their sec­ond year of nurs­ing stud­ies at Cham­plain Col­lege Len­noxville and share a goal to work lo­cally, it is fam­ily ties and a de­sire to also give back to their com­mu­nity that keeps them rooted close to home. Adank calls the bur­sary a “gift that keeps on giv­ing” not­ing that it will help him grad­u­ate then go on to sup­port his com­mu­nity as a full-time nurse.

pre­vi­ously put her stud­ies on hold for a year to go back to work, Larouche wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity the bur­sary presents to con­tinue her ed­u­ca­tion with­out in­ter­rup­tion. She also cred­its it for help­ing her strike a bal­ance be­tween rais­ing a fam­ily and con­tin­u­ing her ed­u­ca­tion, some­thing she hopes to can carry into her nurs­ing ca­reer. “We have re­al­ized how much a healthy and thriv­ing com­mu­nity is es­sen­tial to our fam­ily's bal­anced way of life,” said Larouche. “I also feel drawn to work­ing in an area where there will be room for in­no­va­tion when ad­dress­ing health is­sues at var­i­ous lev­els.” The McGill Health and So­cial Ser­vices Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Bur­sary Pro­gram is open to all bilin­gual speak­ing, full-time univer­sity, cégep/col­lege or sec­ondary/vocational school stu­dents in the Estrie or Mon­térégie-East who are study­ing in health and so­cial ser­vice pro­grams. Two cat­e­gories of awards are avail­able, Cat­e­gory 1 is for stu­dents study­ing out­side their re­gion and Cat­e­gory 2 is for stu­dents study­ing within their re­gion. Schol­ar­ship ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted again in 2016. For de­tails and cri­te­ria visit top­por­tu­nity.ca/ stu­dent-bur­saries/

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Photo Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion is de­lighted to help three fu­ture nurses and one phys­io­ther­a­pist pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tional am­bi­tions by award­ing $25,000 in bur­saries to (left to right, top) Michèle Giard, Katalina

(left to right, bot­tom) Alexan­der Adank and Marie-Soleil Larouche through the McGill Univer­sity Train­ing and Re­ten­tion of Health Pro­fes­sion­als Project.

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