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Jeudi, 8 novembre 2012


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Community. You can cut that word in so many ways.

We live together in one place - we are a community. A rural community. The Haut-Saint-François community.

We have some characteristic in common - the artistic community. Or the English-speaking community.

We are a group of interdependent plants or animals growing or living together. Some of us are becoming more aware of the world community, in this sense. We are all interdependent on our little blue ball.

The word community comes to us from way back - Middle English, then from Old French comunete, and before that, from Latin communitas, which originated from another Latin word, communis. That's what the Concise Oxford English Dictionary says, via the online

So let's see. How many communities am I a part of? The list is seemingly endless!

Minority communities - French-speaking in Canada, English-speaking in Quebec - often feel their existence is threatened. And it is a realistic fear. Sociologists tell us that a general tendency is for minorities to get smaller, as its youth identify with the majority, and abandon their minority identity. They want to be accepted. They want jobs. They want to break their boundaries.

As the numbers fall, there come efforts to strengthen communities, the sense of belonging, the ability to make a living, the enjoyment of one's unique culture. Use it or lose it, as they say.

Here's an initiative that targets just that - creating local culture by building partnerships between the artistic community and the community at large. It's called community learning centres. The Francophones outside Quebec have had them for decades. The Anglophones in Quebec are just beginning to have them. The centres are a collaboration between school and community. The aim is to support the minority community.

So here comes an invitation to our very own Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre. If you are a member of a community, you are invited to take part in a Community Learning Conversation. The aim is to bring together people from various communities - schools, community learning centres, local communities - everyone, business people, police and firemen, parents, seniors, professionals. However you define yourself, you're in!

The idea, once we're together, is to discuss how we can collaborate to build strong communities, strong schools and successful students. We'll talk about how the school and the local community are connected. We'll learn how community learning centres work, and talk about how they can work better. We'll talk about priorities.

It's a conversation via video-conference, and it's Tuesday, November 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. It's free and dinner is provided. It's at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC), situated at the far end of the Pope Memorial School, 523 Stokes Street, in Bury.

It's hosted by the Eastern Townships School Board. On the big screen, we'll see people from the two other community learning centres in the region - the Memphremagog CLC in Magog, and the Richmond and Region CLC at the Richmond Regional High School.

Please register by November 6, and say which site you will attend. Contact Michèle Desmarais at 819-868-3100, ext. 55025 or at

Artists, are you there? Here are ideas about arts programming that will contribute toward the cultural development in your community.

It's a workshop called "Working with the Community." It's on Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. It's free. It's also at the Eaton Valley Community Learning Centre (CLC), 523 Stokes Street, Bury.

On the big screen will be Kate Holbrook Wisdom, from Knowlton. She's worked many years in the arts, theatre and community. She's the Community and Culture Coordinator for Townshippers' Association. She'll be at the Memphrémagog CLC in Magog. From the Eaton Valley CLC in Bury, you'll be able to take part in the question period.

This workshop is the first in a three-part series to be broadcast across Quebec over the CLC Video Conference Network. Upcoming are workshops on Communications, Marketing and Local Arts Involvement as Community, by Brenda Rooney of Theatre Wakefield on Thursday, November 28, and Working with Youth (including troubled youth), by Jennifer Cooke of Ici Par Les Arts on Thursday, December 12.

The series was originally presented last March as part of the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) Arts & Community Culture On-the-Road (ACCORD) Touring Workshop [learn more at]. For more details or to register, please contact Kate Holbrook Wisdom at 450-242-4421 (toll free: 1-877-242-4421), or Rosemary Lowe at 819-872-3771.

Also coming to us via videoconference at the Eaton Valley CLC in Bury are educational programs on health issues. Shingles: Are you at risk? That's the gripping topic for Wednesday, November 7, at 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

It's gripping because nearly one in three people get shingles in their lifetime, researchers say. And the risk increases after the age of 50. It's not only painful, it's depressing.

Shingles (herpes zoster) features a painful, blistering skin rash, thanks to the same virus that causes chickenpox. Who is at risk? What are its symptoms? Complications? How, when and where can you get help?

Answering these questions will be clinical nurse specialist Leila Ramman-Haddad, R.N. Since 1996, she has been the Infection Control Coordinator at St. Mary's Hospital (McGill affiliated hospital).

On November 21 is planned another session on How to Communicate in the Face of a Life-Altering Diagnosis. And on December 5 is coming Jog Your Brain (Memory Loss, not Alzheimer's).

These sessions are brought to us by the CHSSN Community Health Education Program (CHEP), and is hosted by Townshippers' Association. Financial support comes from Health Canada through the McGill Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project.

Pancakes, maple syrup, sausages, scrambled eggs, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, muffins, cookies and beverages. Yum! It's the annual fall brunch at the Bulwer Community Centre on Jordan Hill Road, and it's Sunday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: Adults, $10; children aged 6 to 12, $5; aged 5 and under, free. Proceeds help support the Bulwer Community Centre.

The CSSS (say-trois-S) du Haut-Saint-François has some good news. It's a new doctor! Welcome to Dr. Pierre Gailloux, who began working at the CLSC in Weedon in October.

Dr. Gailloux's practice is oriented toward serving older persons, persons with chronic illnesses, or those with mental health problems. He has many years of experience in private practice in Chambly.

Baptist: In Sawyerville, worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French (819-239-8818).
United: Nov. 11: One service only, in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m. to accommodate persons who wish to attend the Remembrance Day Service at the Sawyerville cenotaph at 11 a.m. Nov. 18: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838).
Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire (819-239-6902). Also in Bury, Messy Church for young families is on the first Wednesday of each month, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.

The next one is November 7. Children aged 2 to 12 are welcome, along with their parents, for stories, crafts, worship and dinner (provided).

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by November 12 for publication November 21 and by November 26 for December 5.

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