Rachel Garber

“Yes, but I like doing that, I like giving!”
Karène Laroque said she often hears caregivers say that. “But,” she wrote, “Even if we like it, we still have to recharge our batteries. It is like someone saying: ‘I like driving around in the car.’ Even if you like it, you still have to stop and refuel in order to keep going.”
Ok, National Caregivers Week 2019 was last week, I know. But don’t imagine for a minute it is too late to talk about this topic this week. Some caregivers feel as if they are living and re-living a daily repetition of the same tasks, as in the Groundhog Day movie. You do that long enough and you will run out of fuel.

A lot of information and resources for caregivers are available these days. The above quote from Laroque was on the website of L’appui, an organization that offers support to caregivers: You can also find there, in English, a PDF version of a Support Guide for Caregivers, written by social workers in the Estrie region. It focuses on palliative care or end-of-life care.

Slowly, slowly, governments are beginning to recognize the contributions of the many unpaid caregivers of family members or friends who are ill or in a fragile condition, either physically or mentally.

Even if caregivers’ labours are not calculated as part of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), they are surely a key component of the Gross National Happiness. That’s an index invented by the country of Bhutan, and it measures a society’s success in sharing prosperity, protecting the environment and preserving culture.

But are caregivers themselves happy? More basic than that, do caregivers even recognize they are caregivers, offering a vital service to society? Many don’t, and so don’t look for help. L’appui estimates that about 65% of caregivers don’t know where to find resources that do indeed exist for them. Sometimes too little time or too much distance prevents them from accessing resources.

Are you are taking care of a family member or friend? For help and information, contact Diane Grenier at the Centre d’action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François, 819-238-8541 or

Also, L’appui has a free and confidential Caregiver Support line offering a listening, information and referral service for caregivers of older adults. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. Phone 1-855-852-7784 (press 9 for English) or email

Don’t miss the concert with the Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra with soloist Tim Brink, on Thursday, November 21, at 8 p.m. Tim is one of three rock musicians participating in this Symphony-Rock Gala, along with Rick Hughes and Yvan Pedneault. The music is by renowned rock groups Styx, Supertramp, Queen, Genesis, Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. Info:

The St. Paul’s Rest Home is having its annual Christmas Tea and crafts sale on Sunday, November 24, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Armoury Community Centre, 563 Main St., Bury. There will be tea, there will be sandwiches, there will be sweets, there will be raffle tickets, and there will be handmade crafts. Entrance: $5.

The John-Henry-Pope Cultural Centre at 25 Principale West, Cookshire, will host a Christmas market featuring local artisans on Sunday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Water Lines: New Writing from the Eastern Townships of Quebec. That is the name of a new book to be launched, and these are the names of writers from our neck of the woods whose work will appear in the book: Janice LaDuke. John Mackley. Denis Palmer. Judy Palmer. Ann Rothfels. And yours truly.

The book is the brainchild of poet Angela Leuck, and she’s surrounded by a strong team of writers and artists, including her editor-husband Steve Luxton. “At final count, Water Lines includes 70 poets and writers, and is 180 pages long,” she said.

What sparked Angela’s idea? A recent group exhibition at Studio Georgeville called 71%. Like the book, the exhibit’s theme was water, the 71% of the world that consists of water. Among the exhibitors were Christa Kotiesen of Sawyerville and Denis Palmer of Randboro.

To take in the launch party and readings by various authors, nip over to Studio Georgeville, 20 carré Copp, Georgeville. It is an Open House event on Sunday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Water Lines may be purchased for $25. Info: 819-640-1340.


A Christmas Tea for the residents of Newport is on Tuesday, December 3, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Hall in the Municipal Hall, 1452, Route 212, Island Brook. Newport invites you to come and have good fun in good company with good music by Réjeanne Vachon and Réjean Proulx. The tea is offered by Mystea. No admission charge. Door prizes.

Reminder: The exhibit of work by painter and printmaker Kittie Bruneau at the Galerie Cookshire Eaton, 25 rue Principale W., continues on Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until December 29.
Baptist. In Sawyerville, the Sunday 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. Info: 819-239-8818.
Anglican. Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s in Bury, and at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter’s Church in Cookshire. Info: 819-887-6802.
United. Sunday services are in Cookshire at 9:30 a.m., and in Sawyerville at 11 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (listen to message).
Messy Church. On Monday, November 25, at 5:15 p.m., stories, crafts, singing and supper are on the agenda at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 550 Main St., Bury (red brick church on Main Street). A joint United and Anglican intergenerational event. All are welcome. Info: 819-889-2838.
Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by November 18 for publication November 27, and by December 2 for December 11.

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