With active programs addressing heritage and culture, community development, health and social services and youth, Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that represents 42,000 members of the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships. For this reason, the input of the Association is sought by federal, provincial and local governments and other bodies on a variety of issues that touch on the lives of English speakers in Quebec.
The Association was founded in 1979 to ensure the English-speaking community would remain visible despite a declining population. Through a variety of initiatives, Townshippers’ works to strengthen the community and culture of English-speaking Townshippers, open doors of opportunity for youth and promote access to health, social and other services in English.
Townshippers’ also strives to encourage the active participation of English-speakers in all aspects of the greater community, in order to help the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships build bridges with their French-speaking neighbours.
Promote the interests of the English-speaking community in the historical Eastern Townships;
Strengthen the cultural identity of this community;
Encourage the full participation of the English-speaking population in the community at large.
A Volunteer Board of Directors, composed of 15 directors representing various sectors of the Eastern Townships English-speaking community;
A Youth Council, formed of youth 12-25 who work to ensure the promotion of youth ideas and expressions within the inter-community of the Eastern Townships;
Various Committees (including the following: Community & Culture, E-team, Health & Social Services, Membership, Finance, Executive, Strategic Planning and a T-Day Organizing committee);
Personnel, who carry out the Association’s Action plan and regular operations, support the committees, board of directors and youth council and who help to mobilize volunteers.