THE BISHOP'S FORUM
A Civic Leadership Institute for English-Speaking Youth
Emily is originally from the Eastern Townships and studied at both Champlain College and Bishop’s University. She was very active with the Mae Sot Education Project (MSEP) and the BU-CRC Refugee-Student Sponsorship Program during her studies at both institutions, working with refugee-students both at home and abroad. At 19, she lived in Thailand for 10 months volunteering with the MSEP, where she decided to enroll in International Studies at Bishop’s. After graduating with honors from BU, she lived in China for two years teaching at a foreign nationals school and travelling. She has since returned to the Townships and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator at Townshippers’ Association, supporting the English-speaking community of the Eastern Townships. She loves human connections and idea-sharing, organizing big events, cooking and gathering people around food.
My Forum Experience
My Bishop’s Forum experience was rich and energizing, and I knew before it was even over that I had to be involved again this year. I was no longer a student at the time, and I was thrilled to be on campus surrounded by young, like-minded, passionate people once again. The week was jam-packed and despite the early starts and short breaks, there was always a buzz of energy, even early in the morning. I really appreciated the variety of panelists and presenters, and the opportunities to engage with them directly.
One of my favourite parts of the week was the discussions that happened in the dining hall where participants, presenters and organizers mixed to eat and continue conversations started in the classrooms. These exchanges, both in and out of the formalized schedule of the week, deepened and strengthened everyone’s understandings of what it means to be an English-speaking youth in Quebec and I’d challenge you to find one person who left the Forum unchanged.
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