The Young Townships Leader Award (YTLA) from Townshippers’ Association, encourages younger citizens to become actively involved in their communities by celebrating their achievements, commitment, and efforts. They are the people in our community who serve as role models because of their actions. Established in 2006, the YTLA is presented annually to a young Townshipper(s), between the ages of 15 and 35, who has shown leadership within the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships, either in their school, job, town or in the wider community.

Help Townshippers’ encourage English-speaking youth to reach their full potential and become engaged in the community at large – culturally, socially and economically – by nominating them for the YTLA!  Thanks to our partners, YTLA recipients will be awarded $1,000!

Nomination deadline: noon, Thursday, April 30, 2020

There are two ways to nominate someone for an award: submit your nomination online below (preferred), or download then send the completed PDF nomination form, along with accompanying documents, to:

Young Townships Leader Award
c/o Townshippers’ Association
100-257 Queen,
Sherbrooke QC, J1M 1K7

Questions? Contact Cathy Turner at 819-566-5717 (toll-free 1-877-566-5717),

Thank you 2019 Partners

More are being added, check back soon.

The cash prize is made possible each year through the generous support of partners, which in 2018-2019 included: The provincial and federal governments, as well as local schools and businesses, including Cass Funeral Homes, Global Excel Management, NAV Canada, and Stanstead College.

Thanks to our partners, YTLA recipients will be awarded $1,000!


Online nomination

To submit your nomination, please complete the form below.


Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Rules and regulations

  • All submitted entries are the property of Townshippers’ Association and may be used for any purpose in connection with the Young Townships Leadership Award or its promotion.
  • Townshippers’ retains the right to publish the names of nominees and recipients.
  • Photos submitted as part of the entry cannot be returned and remain the property of Townshippers’.


Young Townships Leaders…

  • are residents of the historical Eastern Townships between the ages of 15 – 35;
  • have carried out actions or initiatives demonstrating leadership within the past two years;
  • have pursued these initiatives within the historical Eastern Townships English-speaking community;

Exclusion: members of Townshippers’ Association’s Board of Directors cannot be nominated for the YTLA.

Selection / nomination criteria

The selection committee will evaluate eligible submissions in terms of effort, impact on the local community and objectives achieved.

Nominators cannot be of the nominee’s immediate family.

The nominator is responsible for submitting a completed nomination that includes a submission form, nomination letter and letter of support, and must be available for inquiries.

Award presentation

All winning nominations will receive a certificate, as well as a cash award, and will be featured in a future issue of Townshippers magazine. The recipient will be honoured alongside the annual Outstanding Townshippers award recipients at the assocation’s annual general meeting. [details to come]

Past YTLA winners

2017 Alesha Grimes

2016 Brenda Rhicard | Katie Lowry | Bishop’s University Undergraduate Psychology Society Students Elizabeth Therrien, Lisa Astrologo and Lisa Tejpar

2015 Sarah Cote | Gabriele Székely

2014  Matthew Nutbrown

2013 Andrew Boersen

2012 Michael Durrant | Jessica Wilson | James Lamarre & Madhiha Taseen

2011 Emile Fortier | Danika Montgomery | SADD Mansonville

2010 Melissa Maciver | Rachel Hunting | Patrick Wang

2009 Danika Bouchard | Tierra Del Fuego | Jessica Coleman

2008 Lynn Rothney | Barbara Rowell | Nancy Beattie | Mansonville SADD Youth Board Of Dir

2007 Former Youth Involvement | John Cameron | Mitchell Young | Sheila Quinn

2006 Karyn Kirby | Blake Jones | Kylie Côté

2005 Gail Bowen | Karolyn Kirby | Derek Heatherington

YTLA tips

Two letters are required that support this nomination  – one from the nominator (step 4) and one from the person endorsing the nomination (letter of support). These letters provide the chance to showcase a candidate’s accomplishments so don’t hold back, share as much as you can and be sure to explain their impact on others! These letters must prove why they deserve this award.

Not sure how to start. Try answering these questions:

  • How do you know the candidate?
  • What type of work have they accomplished?
  • What is it about this person’s work that sets them apart from others?
  • How has their contribution improved or impacted the community?

While only two letters are required, you are welcome to submit additional documents (such as scrapbooks, clippings about their projects from newspapers or newsletters, short videos or other pieces of creative work) that also shows why they are deserving.