Located at Concordia University, QUESCREN is an alliance of researchers, community members and institutions dedicated to developing research capacity related to Quebec's English-speaking communities. QUESCREN is a joint initiative of the School of Extended Learning at Concordia and the Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities at Université de Moncton. The ETRC has joined QUESCREN’s network to promote research on the Eastern Townships, in particular of its English-speaking populations, but also of all linguistic and cultural communities of the area. QUESCREN and ETRC cooperate in a number of ways by co-organizing colloquia, publishing research materials, such as a special issue of JETS, and maintaining a mutual presence at our respective boards of directors.
Observatoire estrien du développement des communautés (OEDC)
Founded in 2006, the OEDC is researching all aspects of community development throughout six Eastern Townships MRCs (Coaticook, Granit, Haut-St-Francois, Memphrémagog, Sources and Val-Saint-Francois) and the City of Sherbrooke. ETRC is proud to act as a regional institutional representative on the OEDC’s Board of Directors since May 2009.
On 16 December 2010 Ginette Boyer, a researcher from the Centre de santé et de services sociaux – Institut universitaire de gériatrie (CSSS-IUGS), and Michel Des Roches, a researcher from the Direction de la santé publique et de l’évaluation (DSPÉ), presented the Tableau de bord des communautés de l’Estrie (Community Dashboard) to Bishop’s researchers. This tool, designed to help local communities to better target their development, is one of the main project developed by the OEDC in cooperation with a dynamic team of sixty “community actors” including community groups, cooperatives, socioeconomic businesses, public and parapublic organizations, and scholars.
Every year, the ETRC takes part in Townshippers’ Day, an annual cultural event and information fair organised by Townshippers’ Association.