Bookmark and Share    DEC. 9, 2009    Week 50 Issue 23

PHARMACIST WHO TAKES TIME TO LISTEN: A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

Michael Ibrahim, pharmacist and owner of Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy, displays the Rookie of the Year Award. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
Michael Ibrahim, pharmacist and owner of Pharmasave Michael's Pharmacy, displays the Rookie of the Year Award. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)

“Michael, do you have a minute?”

This question is often asked within the walls of Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy in Bayfield. The question is directed to Michael Ibrahim, owner of the business. Perhaps, what is most remarkable about the query is the fact that Michael does have a minute or at least will make the time necessary for his customers. It is no doubt one of the many reasons he was recently presented with the Commitment to Care and Service Award, Rookie of the Year.

These national awards honor community and hospital pharmacists, pharmacy owners and managers, pharmacy technicians and collaborative teams for their innovative contributions to pharmacy practice.

The award was presented on Nov. 30 in a ceremony held at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

“It was a very grand evening and a good experience for us,” said Michael, who attended the event with his wife, Nadine. “There were people in attendance from across the country; deans of pharmacy schools and leaders of drug companies. When they showed a little clip about our pharmacy here in Bayfield it got everyone asking the question, ‘Where is Bayfield?’ ”

“There were people in attendance from across the country; deans of pharmacy schools and leaders of drug companies. When they showed a little clip about our pharmacy here in Bayfield it got everyone asking the question,‘Where is Bayfield?’” 

Michael’s award was presented by Nadine Saby, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores. This award recognizes a new pharmacy owner, in the role for two years or less, who has shown evidence of successfully building the pharmacy business.

In the program handed out that evening the following was written: “With a customer base of 1,100 residents, almost half of whom are summer cottagers, Michael knew that a new pharmacy would have to elicit its share of repeat customers. So when he opened Michael’s Pharmasave he solicited customer input on what products and services people wanted.

“In the first year, sales exceeded Michael’s five year sales forecast and in the second year growth jumped 28 per cent over year one. While dispensary is most important to the business, the pharmacy has also experienced success in the front shop, with growth of more than 22 per cent in year two over year one.”

One of the highlights of the awards experience for Michael was being invited to a round-table discussion group earlier in the day. His round table focused on environmental issues. Discussion included ways in which pharmacies can go green; from safe medical disposal practices to the use of biodegradable shopping bags.

“One of our practices here is to always ask the customer if they need a bag for their purchase and 11 out of 12 people will say no, so that has really cut back on use,” he said. 

He also wanted to make the public aware that the local pharmacy provides free disposal of unused or expired medication. Sharps can be disposed of at the store as well, if they are returned in the proper container; these containers can also be obtained free of charge from the store.

Michael was nominated for Rookie of the Year back in August for his business which was opened in July of 2007. He found the nomination to be “very humbling”. Customers wrote in support of Michael earning the award and he stated the response was “overwhelming”.

“It let us know that good things are happening here and just how much people appreciate us being here. It was a great surprise to be nominated – let alone winning it,” said Michael.

He added that he is very grateful to his team: Adam, Lindsay, Joel, Kelly and Stephanie for their efforts.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support. Bayfield has opened their arms to us and many of my customers from Goderich and the surrounding area have continued to make the effort to support us. It has been really good.”

“And of course, my wife, Nadine, who works more than anybody else in the place,” he said.

Michael chose to set up business in Bayfield because he was looking for an environment in which he could deliver only pharmacy service.

“I wanted to maximize my potential and practice pharmacy,” he said. “Pharmasave offers different formats, one of which was a health centre format and that is what we chose to follow.”

For this reason there are no pop, chips, grocery or toys provided for sale in the store. Instead he widened the selection of such items as vitamins and natural health products.
 
Once the store was established, Michael noted that his customers would often come in and share their wishes for a medical clinic in the village. He listened. He worked with the landlord and the neighboring Remax business. They agreed to move to a different unit in the plaza so the Lighthouse Medical Clinic could be opened right next door to the pharmacy.

Currently there is a dermatologist, a doctor specializing in thyroid type issues and a family doctor who regularly attend the clinic. Also on Wednesdays, doctors from Goderich take turns at the clinic as their schedules allow.

The pharmacy also uses the space offering in-store clinics. For example, a Diabetes Clinic is scheduled for Dec. 18 and bi-weekly foot clinics are held.  

In the future, Michael hopes to provide nutrition counseling and weight and blood sugar management opportunities. He hopes to widen services to include a more holistic approach to health care.

“We just need a few more hours in the day to do lots of these other things,” he said.

Michael is also committed to life long learning and the pharmacy is a teaching site for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Pharmacy.  They participate in the university’s Structured Practical Experience Program.

It is a fourth year component of the Faculty’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree in which students are required to successfully complete sixteen weeks of rotations - usually eight weeks in two different pharmacy practice sites, one community and one institutional.

“These students really keep us on their toes – they are on fire,” he said. He is looking forward to having a Pharmacist Intern working at the store in the Spring.

“The first year we were in Canada we were expecting our first child and I had to write seven different exams in such areas as equivalency, law and English. It was a tough year but things brightened up after that.”

Michael came to Canada in 1994. He is originally from Egypt and had worked in a hospital in Saudi Arabia.

“The first year we were in Canada we were expecting our first child and I had to write seven different exams in such areas as equivalency, law and English. It was a tough year but things brightened up after that.”

He moved his family (Elizabeth, now 15, and Daniel, 14) to the shores of Lake Huron in 1996 for a six month trial period.

“The trial period hasn’t ended yet,” he laughed. “We just love it here.”

He was a fixture at the pharmacy in the Goderich Zeller’s Store for a number of years; save for a two year break when he was with Shoppers Drug Mart and studied Geriatric Medicine and Diabetes Education.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their support. Bayfield has opened their arms to us and many of my customers from Goderich and the surrounding area have continued to make the effort to support us. It has been really good.”

And as the interview concluded and this reporter left the store, a lady patiently waiting in a chair near the counter could be heard asking, “Michael, do you have a minute?” He did.

 

PETER KEIGHTLEY SAILS THE OCEAN BLUE DURING ATLANTIC CROSSING

Peter Keightley is every inch a sailor.

Peter Keightley (left), and fellow crew member, Benjamin Wadham Gagnon, go about daily activies below deck. (Submitted photo)
Peter Keightley (left), and fellow crew member, Benjamin Wadham Gagnon, go about daily activies below deck. (Submitted photo)

The son, of Judy and Philip Keightley, of Bayfield, left Canada on Oct. 23 bound for the Azores to join the crew of the sail boat, Le Bleu on their Atlantic crossing adventure.

For his mother, Judy, it has been an anxious time. She explained that her son’s sailing experience had been limited to forays on Lake Huron but when he got a call from a friend who needed to replace a crew member part way through the journey he didn’t hesitate.

Le Bleu, Quebec's only Class 40 sailboat. (Submitted photo)
Le Bleu, Quebec's only Class 40 sailboat. (Submitted photo)

Peter joined Eric Tarbardel, Benjaman Wadham and Jean-Maurice Dupuis on board the sailing vessel, Le Bleu. It is Quebec’s only Class 40 sailboat and was constructed by Tarbardel in Montreal.

According to the website set up to follow the construction of the boat and its travels, this class of boat is becoming increasingly important in the world of running water and has attracted many professional skippers and amateurs around the world. It is more economical and environmentally friendly because it prohibits the use of more expensive fibers in the manufacture of the hull and sails. The number of sails is limited to eight, including, troumentin veil and cape. In addition, the interior must be a minimum of four berths.

GPS coordinates on a Google Map show Le Bleu's daily progress in crossing the Atlantic.
GPS coordinates on a Google Map show Le Bleu's daily progress in crossing the Atlantic.

Since joining Le Blue, Peter has sailed from the Azores to Madeira and then on to Gomera in the Canary Islands, off the west coast of Mauritania in North West Africa.

The view as seen from Le Bleu. (Submitted photo)
The view as seen from Le Bleu. (Submitted photo)

He is currently sailing from Gomera to St. Martin in the Caribbean.

Peter’s girlfriend, Kristyn Watterworth (Kryart Studios), left on Dec. 6 to fly to St. Martin to join Peter who arrived there that evening. His parents, too, although quite proud of his accomplishments, will no doubt be happy to have him safely back on terra firma.

 

REMEMBER ME?

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions”.

Does anyone know the three men in this photo taken at the Pioneer Park plaque unveiling and in what year was it held?
Does anyone know when this photo of the Pioneer Park plaque unveiling was taken?

In Issue 22’s “REMEMBER ME?” we shared a photo taken at the plaque unveiling in Pioneer Park. Thanks this week is extended to Jim Quick and Joan Cluff who aided in the identification of the three men in the photo. The person standing on the rock is Prof. Walter Thompson, and the gentleman holding the microphone is Rev. George Youmatoff. The third individual is believed to be Harold Ormond. Anyone know the date this picture was taken?

This week we are featuring a photo of the Archives Building being moved to its present location from across Main Street in the Spring of 1977. Archivist, Ralph Laviolette would like to know who donated the building to the village and who owned the truck doing the moving? 

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 The Bayfield and Area Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Food Drive on Dec. 5 for Blessings Community Store in Zurich. Through cash and grocery donations $1,500 was raised. Braving the chilly weather for a good cause were fire fighters (l to r) Jack Bender, Mark Phillips, Josh McClinchey, Brad Maidment, Jim Koene, Wade Berard, and Scott Gould. (Melody Falconer-Pounder photo)
ON FIRE FOR FOOD The Bayfield and Area Volunteer Fire Department held their annual Food Drive on Dec. 5 for Blessings Community Store in Zurich. Through cash and grocery donations $1,500 was raised. Braving the chilly weather for a good cause were fire fighters (l to r) Jack Bender, Mark Phillips, Josh McClinchey, Brad Maidment, Jim Koene, Wade Berard, and Scott Gould. (Melody Falconer-Pounder photo)


LIONS' CLUB

The Bayfield Lions’ Club will hold their annual Santa Visit on Dec. 12. For over 40 years the club members have been visiting the octogenarians in the community or those people unable to get out and about.  Last year they visited over 50 people.

If you know someone who celebrated their 80th birthday this year, or recently moved to the village, please contact Lion Penny Overboe at 519 565-5786.

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Trinity Anglican Church will be open for an Advent Reflection Time on the first four Wednesdays in December. People of all denominations are welcome to visit the church from 10 a.m. to noon; 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. for a quiet time of prayer and meditation. It will also serve as an opportunity to remember those for whom Christmas may not be a time of joy and hope. 

One of the projects of the Outreach Committee at Trinity is the “Feed My Sheep” program. Their Christmas delivery of food and goodies will be made on Dec. 17. There are 28 people on the receiving list. The committee is now looking for donations of hot chocolate, marshmallows, candy canes, small containers of body gel, soap, tooth paste and combs and brushes to brighten the recipients’ holiday. These small gifts will be packed for distribution on Dec. 13.

As denotes the season, several special services are scheduled at Trinity. They are as follows: Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m. - Carols and Hanging of the Greens Service; Dec. 24, 10 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist; Dec. 25, 10:30 a.m. - Christmas Day Holy Communion; Dec. 27, 9:30 a.m. - Service of Lessons and Carols. 

UNITED CHURCH 

St. Andrew’s United Church will host their Christmas Carol Service on Dec. 13. This special candlelight performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year will be made extra special by the debut of the church’s new Baby Grand Piano.

The Baby Grand Piano, recently acquired by the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church, will make its debut on Dec. 13. (Submitted photo)
The Baby Grand Piano, recently acquired by the congregation of St. Andrew's United Church, will make its debut on Dec. 13. (Submitted photo) 

The congregation is honored to have talented musicians Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata to conduct its inaugural performance. Ralls and Ubukata will be familiar names to Bayfield residents as they host the Aldeburgh Music Festival in the village each June.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church invite all in the community to attend their annual Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Entitled, “A Service of Carols, Candlelight and the Christmas Story”, the evening will offer a different perspective on the traditional account as it will be told through the eyes of Mary.

OPTIMIST CLUB

The jolly old elf himself will be in attendance when the Bayfield Optimist Club hosts their annual Breakfast with Santa at the Bayfield Village Inn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 13.

Those people who wish to attend can count themselves a part of the fun by calling the Village Inn at 519 565-2443. The cost is 12 years and up, $5; five to 11 years, $3; five and under free.

There will also be an opportunity for guests to have their picture taken with Santa. The profits from the photos purchased go back to the club to support youth projects.

At the conclusion of the breakfast Santa will draw the winning ticket for the club’s toy chest raffle. The winner will receive a handmade chest filled to overflowing with toys for all ages.

Toy chest tickets are $2 each or three for $5. If you would like to see the chest it is currently on display at the Bayfield Village Inn. Tickets are available from Optimist Members, Brandon’s Hardware and at the Village Inn.

GLEE SISTERS

The Glee Sisters will be hosting an informal Christmas Sing-along on Dec. 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. and would like to invite the public to join them to unite their voices in celebration of the season.

The sing-along will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield.

If singing brings you joy and you are of the female persuasion, the Glee Sisters may be just the choral group for you to join. New members are welcome to join the group when rehearsals resume on Jan. 8.

The group rehearses on Friday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Bayfield. Afterwards they enjoy a social time. The Glee Sisters’ Musical Director is Leslie Bella and their Associate Musical Director is Sue Scott.

Email Leslie Bella at lbella@tcc.on.ca for more information.

FLU CLINIC

The Bluewater and Area Family Health Team are looking to provide residents with a good shot in the arm on Dec. 10.

On this date a Seasonal and H1N1 Influenza Immunization Clinic will be held in Bayfield at Trinity Anglican Church.

The church is located at 10 Keith Crescent and the clinic will be held from 4-6 p.m.

The vaccine is available to everyone; those people receiving the shot are reminded to bring their health card.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Huron County Historical Society has produced an annual edition of the Huron Historical Notes for its members since 1965. And their most recent edition features the Village of Bayfield.

It is a 54-page history and contains lots of information gleaned from the Village of Bayfield text produced in the 1980s but with some notable updates. This previous work is now out-of-print.

The Bayfield Historical Society has bought 100 copies of “Huron Historical Notes – Village of Bayfield” for distribution.

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy can find the books for sale at The Bayfield Archives on Main Street or call 519 565-2454. They are selling for $8.00 to cover production and printing costs.

CHRISTMAS BUREAU

A simple holiday wish is that every child will have a gift under the tree this Christmas.

This is a wish that the Huron County Christmas Bureau hopes to grant. The Bureau is a county-wide volunteer group that organizes five gift centres for disadvantaged families. Toys, clothes, food and food vouchers are donated or purchased with cash donations (for which donors will be issued a tax receipt). Hundreds of volunteers and donors participate each year and play Santa for up to a thousand children and their families.

An independent organization, the bureau could not function without the support of the Huron-Perth Children’s Aid Society. They provide the bureau with office space, phone lines and administrative assistance.

Community churches and caring residents also make the program possible. The gift centres are located in churches in five communities in Huron County and volunteers from these churches and the community at large donate many hours collecting, sorting, organizing and displaying the gifts. Towns and villages throughout the county have drop boxes available where donations can be deposited.

This year the gift centres can be found in: Clinton, Clinton United Church; Exeter, Christian Reformed Church; Goderich, North Street United Church; Seaforth, St. James Roman Catholic Church, at the Agriplex; and Wingham, Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church.

Gifts can be delivered to any one of the churches listed above or left in drop boxes placed in local stores between Dec. 7 and 11.

The reality in these tough economic times is the fact that the Huron County Christmas Bureau may have former donors who will be recipients this year.

For those who find themselves in need of help to make Christmas a bright one for their families, they are asked to call Christmas Central at 519 524-7356 Ext. 3271 from now until Dec. 11. Callers should be ready with the ages and sizes of their children. They will be given an appointment for the week of Dec. 14 to 18 at their closest Bureau. Then they will be able to visit and privately choose suitable gifts for their family at that time.

GIRL GUIDES

Need a gift for the mail delivery person, babysitter, or dog walker? Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies or a Centenary Celebration Calendar would make the perfect gift.

There are a limited number of boxes left from Bayfield Guiding’s stock of Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies These few cartons are selling for $4 a box from members of Bayfield Guiding or the Bayfield Village Inn.

The Centenary Celebration Calendar 1910-2010, created by members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding, and for sale in Mid-western Ontario, is also available.  The calendars are selling for $10 each.

Locally, calendars are available for sale from members of Bayfield and Clinton Guiding as well as The Village Book Shop, Bayfield Village Inn, Interior Trends and Drs. Haney and Van Maanen’s Dental Office in Clinton.
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HURON HOSPICE

The Huron Hospice Volunteer Service provides palliative and respite care, as well as bereavement programs, for individuals in the Bayfield area as well as Wingham, Goderich, Seaforth and Clinton.

A member agency of the United Way of Perth-Huron, the Huron Hospice will be hosting a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 13.

This seventh annual fundraiser will be held at Northside United Church in Seaforth at 2:30 p.m. Special guest readers will include, Jim Swan, a well-known broadcaster, from London. There will be wonderful seasonal music under the direction of Deborah Lambert, in addition to a children’s choir.

Tickets are $10 each and the proceeds assist Huron Hospice in continuing to provide much needed services. For more information please call the Hospice office 519 527-0655 or email infohospice@tcc.on.ca 
 

BRIDGE CLUB

The Wednesday Evening Bridge Club will meet at the Bayfield Lions’ Community building on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Please note the earlier meeting time. In addition to playing cards, the club’s Christmas Party will also be held.   

FILM SOCIETY

The final theatrical offering for the season by The Bayfield Film Society will be Stone of Destiny. It will be shown at the Bayfield Town Hall on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

Individual show tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 each.

For ticket inquiries please contact Lynne Gillians at 519 565-5884 or email lynnegillians@hotmail.com

CHRISTMAS CONTINUES

Christmas in Bayfield may be history for 2009 but the holiday season continues on Main Street with The 12 Days of Christmas. Special shopping events will be held on Dec. 12 when Den’s Country Corner features “Ten Lords a Leaping”. And then on Dec. 13, P’Lovers of Bayfield will highlight “Eleven Pipers Piping” and Outside Projects will host “Twelve Drummers Drumming”.

On the afternoon of Dec. 5, The Bayfield General Store hosted "Eight Maids a Milking" as part of The 12 Days of Christmas promotion organized by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce. Well, there were only two actually maids and only one agreed to pose for a picture with "Lettuce" the cow. Melissa Sparling, of Varna, was pleased to introduce curious passersby to the animal. (Melody Falconer-Pounder photo)
On the afternoon of Dec. 5, The Bayfield General Store hosted "Eight Maids a Milking" as part of The 12 Days of Christmas promotion organized by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce. Well, there were only two actual maids, and only one agreed to pose for a picture with "Lettuce" the cow but Melissa Sparling, of Varna, was very pleased to introduce curious passersby to the animal. (Melody Falconer-Pounder photo)

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IN BAYFIELD A GOOD TURKEY CALL IS: B-I-N-G-O

A crisp, clear evening allowed for a good crowd to gather at the community centre for the annual Turkey Bingo.
A crisp, clear evening allowed for a good crowd to gather at the community centre for the annual Turkey Bingo.

The balls in action.
The balls in action. 

Geordie Palmer and Brian King, both of Bayfield, were all smiles at the prospect of winning a turkey.
Geordie Palmer and Brian King, both of Bayfield, were all smiles at the prospect of winning a turkey.

Sixteen turkeys were given away over the course of the Bingo; one was a door prize.
Sixteen turkeys were given away over the course of the Bingo; one was a door prize.

The Cosford family came out to support the Lions' annual fundraiser. Here, mother and daughter, Deb and Samantha, concentrate on their share the wealth cards. Other daughter, Becky, was also present to try her luck.
The Cosford family came out to support the Lions' annual fundraiser. Here, mother and daughter, Deb and Samantha, concentrate on their Share-the-Wealth cards. Other daughter, Becky, was also present to try her luck.

Lions Tom Grasby and Dave Overboe inspect a  winning card during the game. Brent Hulley, of Bayfield, was the lucky winner. His wife, April, watches the proceedings.
Lions Tom Grasby and Dave Overboe inspect a winning card during the game. Brent Hulley, of Bayfield, was the lucky winner. His wife, April, watches the proceedings.

Brandy Gerger, of Bayfield, was the lucky winner of the first turkey of the night. She won the bird after an intense "Bingo off" to break a tie.
Brandy Gerger, of Bayfield, was the lucky winner of the first turkey of the night. She won the bird after an intense "Bingo-off" to break a tie.

PHOTOS AND STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER

A clear, crisp evening and the opportunity to win a turkey for the Christmas feast drew a large crowd to the Bayfield Community Centre on Dec. 7 for the Bayfield Lions' Club's Annual Turkey Bingo.

Tradition dictated that a good time was had by all but those people who left with a bird or cash in hand maybe had just a wee bit more fun!

Maureen Murray, of Bayfield, shares in a laugh with friends during the course of a Share-the-Wealth game.
Mary Murray, of Bayfield, shares in a laugh with friends during the course of a Share-the-Wealth game.

Lion Tom Grasby and Olive Broadfoot, of Brucefield, celebrate her Bingo win.
Lion Tom Grasby and Olive Broadfoot, of Brucefield, celebrate her Bingo win.

breeze issue 23 Sandi Green, of Bayfield, pours over her cards during a Share-the-Wealth game.
Sandi Green, of Bayfield, pours over her cards during a Share-the-Wealth game.

The Bayfield Lions' Club held their annual Turkey Bingo on the evening of Dec. 7 at the Bayfield Community Centre. Tradition dictates that old fashioned playing cards are used for the turkey prize games.
The Bayfield Lions' Club held their annual Turkey Bingo on the evening of Dec. 7 at the Bayfield Community Centre. Tradition dictates that old fashioned playing cards are used for the turkey prize games.

 Lion Lloyd Huffman opened the evening as the Bingo Caller. Lion Ingrid Rath kept a watchful eye on the proceedings.
Lion Lloyd Huffman opened the evening as the Bingo Caller. Lion Ingrid Rath kept a watchful eye on the proceedings.

Lion Tom Grasby checks the card for Marilyn Riley of Exeter. This "good" card earned her a turkey.
Lion Tom Grasby checks the card for Marilyn Riley of Exeter. This "good" card earned her a turkey.

Wayne McBride, of Kippen, purchased a Share the Wealth Card from Lion Tom Dawe. Five Share the Wealth games were played over the course of the evening.
Wayne McBride, of Kippen, purchased a Share-the-Wealth Card from Lion Tom Dawe. Five Share-the-Wealth games were played over the course of the evening.

SUBMISSIONS 

Congratulations to Michael Ibrahim, his family, and his staff at Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy for earning the award, Rookie of the Year, one of the 2009 Commitment to Care and Service Awards.

We in the community know Michael is very deserving of the award. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t my pharmacist and I was so pleased when he made the move to the village. I experienced Michael’s commitment to care and service first hand in 2005 when I had the misfortune to shatter my left ulna – in layman’s terms: my elbow. Suddenly, my prescription drug use went from infrequent and rather regular to quite exceptional and varied. I will always remember one of my first forays out into the world after the accident; it was a trip to the pharmacy. When Michael learned I was at the counter he popped out of his office with a greeting of “My dear, what did you do?” A simple question perhaps but it was the concern and caring in his voice which made if unforgettable.  

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome. Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m. Please email me at bayfield.breeze@villageofbayfield.com or call 519-565-2443. Hope to see you online soon at www.villageofbayfield.com - Melody


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Credits:

Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder

Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal

Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon

Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop

Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce

Breeze Committee: Ian Matthew, Roger Lewington, Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder