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Mercredi, 5 juin 2013


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She's tearing her hair out.

But that's before she meets the angels of mercy who are there for her. They're from four organizations whose business it is to help stressed-out over-burdened people who spend large chunks of their lives doing things for their family members - often parents - who need help.

It's called caregiving. It could involve all kinds of things - making meals, giving baths, cleaning, visiting, and on and on. And often the caregiver works so hard giving help that they forget it's a too-way street. The caregiver might need help sometimes too.

The angels of mercy who would like to offer such help are right here among us, and they offered a little series of information sessions last week to talk about some of the needs of cargivers, and the help they can give. A big need is respite - someone to take care of the loved one while the caregiver has some time off.

L'APPUI Estrie is a regional organization that offers information for caregivers and can send you to the right place to find what you need. If you call 1-855-852-7796, you can speak to Micheline Bouchard. In English - just ask.

The Service d'aide domestique du Haut-Saint-François - Domestic Aid - cleans houses, but more too. For example, they can provide a respite caregiver. Call 819-832-2200, and while you're asking about the caregiver, ask about a subsidy to pay for her services, too.

The Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François - volunteer action centre - is the organization that can give that subsidy for the Domestic Aid's respite services. It also offers Meals on Wheels, support groups, information sessions about various topics, and more. Just call 819-560-8540, option 9 for English.

And of course the big guns are at the CLSC - a team of social workers, nurses, family auxiliary workers, and other specialists that can take care of all kinds of health needs, or refer you to the right resource for you. There, a stressed-out caregiver can get subsidized respite care for the loved one from either Domestic Aid or someone you know. (Apply now for help later. There's a waiting list.) The number to call is 819-821-4000. You can have help in English. Just ask.

Those angels of mercy are asking for help too. They want to know how to reach English-speaking people in need. They think English speakers tend to wait far too long to ask for help. They wonder how to let them know about resources, and get those resources to them. They're asking how they can help. After all, it's our tax money that supports these resources. The resources are for us - for every citizen in need.

Just ask. Asking for help is a way of taking control in an overwhelming situation.

A Country/Bluegrass Concert with Terry Howell, Mike Patrick and Friends is planned for Friday June 14, at 7 p.m. The place to be is the Bury United Cultural Centre at 800 Route 255 North, Bury. It's a benefit for the Bishopton United Church, so tickets are available in advance from Bishopton United Church members, or if any are left, at the door. Tickets for adults are $8; students, $5; age 10 or younger, free. Refreshments served. Info: Wendy Main at 819-884-5417.

The annual general meeting of Townshippers' Association is at 5:40 p.m. this Friday, at the Orford Arts Centre, 3165 Parc Road, Orford. Members in good standing are invited to participate in this evening of networking and a presentation of the Association's 2012-2013 activities, followed by refreshments and a light buffet. Members are encouraged to confirm their attendance in advance with Cathy Turner at or 819-566-5717 (1-866-566- 2182).

This year Townshippers' Day is just a stone's throw away - in Lennoxville. Townshippers' Association is teaming up with Bishop's College School (BCS) to put on the 34th annual Day, planned for Saturday, September 14. BCS is a 175-year-old private boarding school. T-day is a cultural festival and information fair celebrating the English-speaking community. Everyone is welcome, and registration is open for exhibitors, volunteers, sponsors and silent auction donors. See for details, or contact Kate Holbrook at 450-242-4421 (toll free 1-877-242-4421) or

Pre-registration is open for the Cookshire-Eaton Vacation Summer Bible School at the Cookshire Fairgrounds, Monday July 8 to Friday July 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Children aged 4 to 12 are welcome. To register, call Roberta Sylvestre at 819-889-2608.

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the 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: June 9th Sunday services and Sunday school are at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire, and at 11 a.m. in Sawyerville. As of June 16, Sunday school closes for the summer months. Worship services remain at 9:30 a.m. in Cookshire and 11 a.m. in Sawyerville (for details, listen to message at 819-889-2838, and for more info, leave a message and phone number).
Anglican: Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. in Bury (with Sunday school for children) and 11 a.m. in Cookshire. Messy Church for young families is Wednesday, June 5, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., at Saint Paul's Church in Bury. Children aged 2 to 12 are welcome, along with their parents, for stories, crafts, worship and dinner, which is provided (819-239-6902).

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