Nominations Open for 2016 Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers & Young Town­ships Lead­ers Awards!

Stanstead Journal - - AROUND TOWN - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion is de­lighted to an­nounce that nominations are now open for the 2016 Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers (OT) award and 2016 Young Town­ships Lead­ers Award (YTLA). Ev­ery day ded­i­cated Town­ship­pers of all ages are giv­ing their time, en­ergy and ideas to help make the Eastern Town­ships English­s­peak­ing com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live, work and raise a fam­ily. They are the high school stu­dent sup­port­ing lo­cal causes by or­ga­niz­ing fundrais­ers, the chair of your com­mu­nity hospi­tal board, or your next door neigh­bour de­liv­er­ing meals to some­one with lim­ited mo­bil­ity. Town­ship­pers’ en­cour­ages mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to nom­i­nate peo­ple and groups they feel have made ex­cep­tional com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions for an OT award, and youth who ac­tively in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties for an YTLA award.

“Peo­ple of­ten have no idea how in­spir­ing oth­ers find them,” said Rachel Hunt­ing, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion. “These two awards pro­vide a chance to cel­e­brate those de­serv­ing peo­ple who are of­ten go­ing above and be­yond and to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of our younger ci­ti­zens. It’s a way for all of us to show them how val­ued they are. If you think of some­one, but aren’t sure about the nom­i­na­tion process or are strug­gling with it, get in touch with us!” Out­stand­ing Town­ship­pers

The OT award rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als, cou­ples and groups, from all walks of life, who have made con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tions — be­yond the usual ex­pec­ta­tions of their job or pro­fes­sion, through vol­un­teerism, so­cial ac­tivism, men­tor­ing, or phi­lan­thropy — to the life of the Town­ships English-speak­ing com­mu­nity. Two OT awards are pre­sented an­nu­ally. Can­di­dates for this award can be of any age, as long as they have demon­strated a com­mit­ment, in any field, to help make their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live, work and raise a fam­ily. Nom­i­na­tion may also be made posthu­mously. Young Town­ships Lead­ers Award

The YTLA high­lights youth achieve­ments, dy­namism and in­volve­ment by cel­e­brat­ing young peo­ple and en­cour­ag­ing these younger ci­ti­zens to be­come ac­tively in­volved in their com­muni- ties. It rec­og­nizes youth who are ac­tive in their com­mu­ni­ties and who serve as role mod­els to other youth as well as to adults. One win­ner will be cho­sen per year and will re­ceive a beau­ti­fully framed cer­tifi­cate, as well as a cash award, thanks to an­nual spon­sors, of at least $1,000. YTLA can­di­dates must be res­i­dents of the his­tor­i­cal Eastern Town­ships be­tween the ages of 15 and 35 who have car­ried out ac­tions or ini­tia­tives demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship within the Town­ships English-speak­ing com­mu­nity in the past two years. Nominations Are Now Open!

For the first time, nominations are be­ing ac­cepted for both awards on­line at Town­ship­pers.org un­der the Com­mu­nity and Youth sec­tions re­spec­tively. Nom­i­na­tion forms can also be down­loaded from the web­site or can be picked up at Town­ship­pers’ of­fices in Sher­brooke, at 257 Queen, or LacBrome, 584 Knowl­ton Rd.

The dead­line for nominations for both awards is noon, Au­gust 26, 2016. Award re­cip­i­ents will be rec­og­nized fol­low­ing the Town­ship­pers’ Day open­ing cer­e­monies on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17, 2016, at the Brome fair­grounds. Visit www.TDay.ca in May for de­tails. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about these awards, visit Town­ship­pers.org or con­tact Cathy Turner at 819566-5717 (toll free 1-877-566-5717), ct@town­ship­pers.org

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