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About

About

Préférence Estrie

Relocation service
for employers

Préférence Estrie is a relocation service for employers recruiting new employees from elsewhere in Québec, Canada and internationally.

Préférence Estrie helps employers in their efforts to relocate these new employees by:

  • Helping them in their search for HOUSING and their installation (Internet, Hydro, etc.)
  • Showing them how to complete the ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES for settling in Québec (social insurance number, Medicare, etc.)
  • Guiding them in registering their children and teenagers for DAYCARE AND SCHOOLS (francization, disabled children, etc.)
  • Accompanying their spouse in their search for EMPLOYMENT
  • Facilitating their SOCIAL INTEGRATION: sports and culture, religious groups, volunteering, language courses, etc.
  • Services offered in French and English

History

Préférence Estrie was established in January 2003 as an initiative of the then rector of Université de Sherbrooke, Bruno-Marie Béchard, who brought together regional employers who were experiencing the same problem of retaining new employees recruited from outside the region. These employers, from the university research, industry, health, municipal and manufacturing sectors, agreed to collaborate financially on this pilot project aimed at welcoming and integrating new employees recruited from elsewhere in Québec, Canada and internationally.

Having become an NPO in 2020, Préférence Estrie’s services are increasingly in demand as all sectors of activity are facing a shortage of personnel. Préférence Estrie serves the greater Eastern Townships region, including Brome-Missisquoi and Haute-Yamaska, in both French and English, and facilitates the relocation and retention of over 120 single people, couples and families each year. Its services are used by large employers, but also by small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups that are making great efforts to recruit personnel from abroad and that need to ensure that these new employees will like the Eastern Townships and settle here in the long term. Préférence Estrie has adapted to meet the needs of new employees arriving from an ever-increasing variety of countries over the years, to offer its services in a changing context such as during a pandemic, and to make the relocation experience of these executives, professionals, technicians and vocational training workers an easy and pleasant transition to their new environment.

Are you an employer interested in learning more about our services?

Our team

Diane Turgeon

DIRECTOR SINCE 2003

Having herself experienced relocation as a single person with family elsewhere in Québec, in Nova Scotia and in France, the director of Préférence Estrie understood the complexity and emotions involved in moving to a new environment – even when one speaks the same language as the host environment. She has developed welcoming and integration tools, modified over the years, to respond to the reality of new employees and their families coming to a region of Québec such as the Eastern Townships. Born in the Eastern Townships and a graduate of Concordia University in Montréal, she is as sensitive as ever to the reality of single people, couples and families discovering life in a cold, French-speaking, North American country. The happy hours organized for newcomers from all walks of life to make friends outside of work are legendary!

Melissa Medeiros

RELOCATION COUNSELLOR SINCE 2018

A Montrealer by birth with a connection to the Eastern Townships and a family established for several generations, she holds a degree in psychology from Bishop’s University. Melissa speaks French, English and Portuguese with a solid base in Spanish and Italian. Her extensive travels and her knowledge of the reality of both Canadian and Quebecois immigrants, suited her to help to welcome newcomers to the Eastern Townships with good humour and dedication.

Dynamic, open to the world, always ready to take up the challenge of supporting singles, couples and families arriving from Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa, she stands out for her attention to people’s needs and offers her help with humanity and professionalism. An outstanding relocation counsellor, who always thinks of bringing toys and colouring books to the children, with a 10-year teaching background, during the social meetings organized by Préférence Estrie. This attention is appreciated by the parents, who can get to know other families and take a break!