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Townshippers' News | December 2021 

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Townships Expressions - Shop local!

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Featured book:  Maude Gage Pellerin died in 1958 and left a finished, but unpublished manuscript entitled, “The Stories that Grandfather Told”.  This is a collection of what is commonly known as the oral tradition of that area in Stanstead County.  It was intended for young people so that they might know something of the challenges and hardships of the first settlers of this part of the Eastern Townships. These “true tales” describe life in the early days. Woven into the stories is a rich history of what these settlers experienced and endured.  It has waited a long time to meet its audience.  It was published in the spring of 2021, nearly 63 years after her death and more than 70 years after it was written. 
In-person pick-up is available at TA's Borough of Lennoxville office by appointment only with Cathy Turner.  All items must be pre-ordered and all transactions must take place outside* the building and with exact change.  Please contact to make arrangements. 
*Our office space remains closed to the general public.

Our free Legal Info Clinic in English is OPEN!  

Thanks to a partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke, Townshippers’ Association is pleased to provide the community with free, easy and confidential access to legal information in English.  
Please note:
 This opportunity is available in English only.  Clinic volunteers do not provide legal advice, only information and referrals.


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Are you looking for legal resources available in English in the region? Scroll through our  #legalservices #database available via as well as the Townshippers Mobile Application available at the Google Play Store & the App Store

Books, music, DVDs and more, the Townships Expressions collection is growing! When you shop Expressions, you support local artists and our arts community! Shop today!
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Call for Proposals & Funding

The CBC/QWF Featured Columnist series is looking for a broad range of perspectives from new, up-and-coming voices!

To apply, writers must submit a 600-word nonfiction personal essay (in English) based on the theme of “Awakening.” Applicants do not have to be published writers. The series is open to all Quebec residents. 

Five writers will be selected to have their essays featured on CBC Quebec’s website in 2022. The deadline to apply is December 22, 2021

To find out more and to access the submission form, please click here.

Arts & Culture

Cultural Centre Uplands Heritage Site

See the Bonheur Exhibit before December 10, 2021!

Bonheur d'Uplands, the centre's prelude to the holiday season, is the perfect occasion to find great local gifts. This year, the works of seven artists and artisans with various styles enliven the art gallery.

Exhibit in the woods : Rituals and Ceremonies by Gabriel Safdie

May 30th, 2021 TO April 30th, 2022

Description: The exhibit presents 49 vibrant photographs by artist Gabriel Safdie on 22 large panels. The panels focus on a selection of exemplary ceremonies and rituals that are still practised today in such countries as Myanmar, Thailand, India, and China—places I have had the privilege to visit and explore. These photographs are meant to celebrate the diversity and richness of these cultures at the same time as they call for a heartfelt expression of sympathy for all those who continue courageously to endure persecution and hardship within these countries.  The large photo panels will transport you beyond our borders, from June 2021 to May 2022. The Rituals and Ceremonies Exhibit is presented within the wooded area of ​​Uplands. It is accessible at all times (free admission).

About the artist:

Gabriel Safdie is a writer who taught literature and creative writing for years and is also involved in photography, theatre and music. He has shown largely in Canada and China, where he has some success. He is scheduled for further exhibits in Montreal and will show again in Dalian (China) in the coming year. The Centre des arts de Stanstead that he and his wife Eva Juul founded in 2008 includes the very successful community gallery Le vieux forgeron that promotes artists from Stanstead, the Townships and beyond.


Arts & Cultural Activities this Winter!

Enjoy LIVE, bilingual classes from the comfort of home, with Préville Online!

NEW Classes: Algonquin and Mohawk culture and language classes (10 years +) as well as Beadweaving for all ages.

Returning favorites: Art for Kids, Intro to Coding, Acrylic and Watercolour painting for adults…and much more!

Convenient access to an enriching learning environment: ideal for reducing Winter driving and for busy families.

For details:
450 671-2810

We’re All In This Together is a collaboration between the English Language Arts Network and Seniors Action Quebec, and a community initiative to reach Quebec’s English-speaking seniors. This one-of-a-kind web-series has been designed by seniors, especially for seniors. Each bi-weekly episode is directed by Montreal-based, award-winning filmmaker Bobbi Jo Hart and features entertainment, activities and conversations designed to connect with those in need of support and empathy… with a gentle reminder that we are, indeed, all in this together. Episodes released so far can easily be found on YouTube (Search keys words “We’re All In This Together Senior Web Series”) and Facebook (Search "WereAllInThisTogetherQuebec"), and are available for anyone to enjoy. 





What’s Literacy Got To Do With It?

Did you know that Literacy Quebec has a podcast?

Hosts explore all things literacy in Quebec and beyond. Literacy is more than knowing how to read and write. It’s also about empowering each other and yourself to thrive throughout all aspects of our lives.

You can check it out at:

Not sure how to listen to a podcast? Check out their handy how-to guide.


Employment & Training


Heritage & History

Exhibition: Forgotten Cemeteries, works by artist Jean-François Lachance. September 25 to December 18, 2021, Colby-Curtis Museum (535 Dufferin, Stanstead). Information: 819-876-7322 or

Health & Well-being


Tea & Talk will meet in at the Richmond Community Centre (820 rue Gouin) on December 14th, 2-4pm. A social afternoon for seniors in the greater Richmond/Danville community. Invited guest: Claude Gauthier from the Alzheimer’s Society. Tell a friend to make it double the fun.

Contact Alice Weare for information at (819) 826-5488 or by email to


Language Tools & Resources

MAURIL app - learn French and English for free

Mauril is an all-new, all-free platform to learn English and French through a wide range of stimulating and entertaining content from CBC/Radio-Canada.  Developed with a committee of pedagogical and linguistic experts, Mauril uses an approach based on official Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).


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