dr. peel appointed as chair of rural senior care at gateway
Dan Stringer (left) recently welcomed Dr. Alexandrea Peel as the Chair of Rural Senior Care at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. (Submitted photo)
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dr. Alexandrea Peel as the Gateway Chair of Rural Senior Care.
Dr. Peel is breaking new ground by practicing in a rural setting – Huron County. She grew up on a farm near Wingham and returned to the area following many years of medical school and years of specialist study. She and her husband, Andy, who is from the Lucknow area, have one child, a son, Cohen.
In her high school years, Dr. Peel took an interest in a medical career and was a part of one of the first Healthkick sponsored Med-quest camps in Seaforth. After graduating in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and then studying medicine at McMaster University, Dr. Peel studied Internal Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and wrapped up her studies at Western with a specialty in Geriatrics. She is one of about three hundred geriatric specialists in Canada and one of only a select few solely practicing in a rural setting.
Dr. Peel commented that she was excited to be a part of the Gateway Community and to add a research focus to her practice, both with Gateway and Gateway partners. Currently she is collaborating with the Winchester and District Memorial Hospital in a pilot program to de-prescribe drugs for elderly patients. The intent is to reduce the number of meds a senior patient is taking and to reduce dosages where possible in an effort to reduce side effects. She is also collaborating with Dr. Mary Fox at York University in a study of dementia patients who lose mental capacity when hospitalized.
In addition, Dr. Peel is engaged in the Lonely No More project currently under way in Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey Counties.
To learn more about Dr. Peel and Gateway visit gatewayruralhealth.ca
Conservationist of the Year nominations sought
Do you know a person, business, farm, or group doing great work to protect water, soil and living things in the Ausable Bayfield watersheds? If so, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites you to nominate them for the Conservationist of the Year Award.
To submit a nomination, visit abca.ca for the nomination form and award information or visit the office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line for a printed copy of the form. ABCA is accepting nominations for the award until Friday, Feb. 15. The award winner will be recognized at the Partner Appreciation Evening, an early-evening event to be held at Ironwood Golf Club, on Thursday, March 21, to show appreciation for conservation partners.
“If you know a person, farm, business, or organization doing positive things in your watershed community, I invite you to nominate them,” said Brian Horner, General manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA. “I appreciate all the individuals and municipalities who have nominated someone for this award in past years.”
The ABCA has recognized outstanding achievements in conservation, each year since 1984, with conservation awards. Last year was the 35th year for the award. Each award winner is a business, farm, organization or person in the watershed or having done conservation work there. Past award winners have included rural landowners and residents, agricultural producers and farms, service clubs, community organizations, companies, nature groups and municipalities.
Rick Quinn and Diane Hawthorne, of the Denfield area in Middlesex County, and their family, were winners of the Ausable Bayfield Conservationist of the Year Award in 2018.
“I thank all the people taking positive actions in their community for water, soil and living things and this award is one way we can say thank you,” said Horner.
Current ABCA staff and directors are not eligible for the award. Visit abca.ca or call 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about the award. The nomination form is at this link: https://www.abca.ca/community/conservationistoftheyear/
The Conservationist of the Year receives a framed limited-edition conservation print as a prize and the conservation authority also makes a donation towards a tree and plaque at a Commemorative Woods site maintained by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.
“I would like to thank all the people who have provided nominations for this award over the years and for all the wonderful watershed stewards who have been nominated in previous years,” Horner said. “It is always a challenge for the judging panel to select a single winner as there are many worthy nominees each year.
“I thank all those people and groups who help to conserve and protect our watershed resources year after year and who are all worthy of consideration for an award like this even though there is only one winner recognized each year.”
ABCA will make an offsetting donation to Carbon Footprints to Forests (footprintstoforests.com) on behalf of everyone who attends the Partners in Conservation Evening on March 21. Trees will be planted locally, and maintained for the long term, to capture the equivalent of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in travel to the event.
Cowbell wins design award
Cowbell Brewing Co. is proud to announce it is the 2018 recipient of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Sponsorship Award at the prestigious Wood Design & Building Awards, announced by Wood Design & Building Magazine.
The Wood Design & Building Awards program is an annual competition recognizing excellence in wood architecture, awarding entries for creativity, innovation and aesthetic appeal for the use and application of wood. A panel of prominent architectural judges from Canada and the United States review entries submitted from around the world; this year’s winners include buildings in Canada, United States, Chile, Finland, France, Japan, Netherlands and Spain.
“The longevity of our prestigious Wood Design & Building Awards program is a testament to the innovation that exists for the wood products industry,” explained Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council. “The quality of submissions received is paramount and a true reflection of the sophistication and refinement that is forever evolving for the wood industry.”
Cowbell Brewing is the recipient of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Sponsored Award which is given to a project that utilizes wood products certified to the SFI standard.
“From the beginning, Cowbell has been committed to sustainability and using products that reflect our commitment to the environment,” said Grant Sparling II, Chief Development officer at Cowbell Brewing. “We are grateful to our community, Allan Avis Architects, H. Bye Construction, PineRidge Timberframe and Watson’s Home Hardware for their help in raising our ‘grand old barn’ in Blyth.”
The Cowbell Brewing building and property were intentionally designed to recognize the farming heritage in Huron County. This heritage includes architectural style, but also building materials. Historically, barns in Huron County were constructed of stone and timber frame, built to withstand the test of time. For the grand old barn at Cowbell, approximately 650 Douglas Fir beams were sourced from a sustainably managed forest in British Columbia for the timber frame structure. Various SFI certified wood materials, sourced from certified companies such as Eacom, Scierie Landrienne, White River Forest Products, Tolko Industries, West Fraser Mills, provided the equivalent of 4.5 KMs of 2’x6’s, 12 KMs of 2’x4’s, and 1.6 acres of plywood.
Whether through the building of the brewery, its design and operation, Cowbell is committed to establishing and maintaining highly sustainable practices. From modeling the building’s orientation on the property with Revit software, applying smart building enclosure systems, installing high efficiency equipment and LED lighting, to the rooftop cupolas equipped with remote control windows as an effective, traditional means of ventilation, the environmentally inert fiberglass and wood UV-filtering windows throughout, to the extensive use of naturally-insulating wood which effectively reduces the energy required for heating and cooling, Cowbell Brewing implemented a comprehensive approach to passive conservation and building design.
ALZHEIMER's awareness movies
The Huron County Alzheimer’s Society (HCAS) will be hosting two movies in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month at the Huron County Museum on Jan. 24 and 31.
Every year the HCAS selects movies for the January awareness month. They select them to start the conversation about dementia. The movies depict poignant stories and show that each family is unique; sometimes they aren’t perfect and some situations are less than ideal. They beg the questions: How would I react to the same situation? What can I take from their successes and their mistakes?
On Jan 24, “The Savages” will be shown at 2 p.m. followed by “What They Had” at 7 p.m. Then on Jan. 31 the schedule will be reversed with “What They Had” being shown at 2 p.m. followed by “The Savages” at 7 p.m.
“The Savages” premiered in 2007 and stars Laura Linney and Phillip Seymore Hoffman. It is a movie about a family grappling with the tough decisions surrounding a move to assisted living. Siblings Wendy and John and their father, Lenny Savage, are all smart, articulate and dramatic characters whose relationships are put to the test in this touching and sometimes humorous film. The value of independence and the importance of relationships - even in the most chaotic of families - keeps “The Savages” real.
“What They Had” debuted in 2018 and stars Hillary Swank and Michael Shannon. It is simultaneously a love story about Burt and Ruth and a story about their adult children, Bridget and Nick, all rising up to meet present responsibilities while forgiving past hurts. At the core of the plot is Burt and Ruth’s continuing deep love for each other. The movie’s title, “What They Had” refers to their enviable relationship and Bridget and Nick’s recognition that they have never – for better or worse – experienced a bond of the same depth in their own lives. As Ruth’s life changes due to dementia, her family supports her and each other with candor, wit and – at the end of the day - love.
These movies are free but donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. For more information call 519 482-1482.
Make a difference in someone’s life with a random act of kindness by creating kindness rocks for the Huron Residential Hospice.
“OHearts” is hosting another Kindness Rocks Workshop at the Bayfield Public Library on Feb. 9 for one hour starting at 12:45 p.m.
Just one word can help support grieving and loss. This hour-long session provides supplies and assistance. Everyone is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Anyone who is a Kindness Rocks buff, but unable to attend, is asked to please send in your donations to the library prior to Feb. 9.
Thursday Tunes-Seniors Dancing is back for 2019 running until May 23 at the Central Huron Community Centre. For the second consecutive year the program will be held in the Libro Hall in Clinton from 1-3:30 p.m.
All musicians, singers, dancers and spectators are most welcome. All seniors are welcome to join for some fun, friendship and even exercise. Admission is by donation.
For more information call 519 476-5922.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in a lively discussion on a variety of social topics over a cup of a hot brew.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.
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Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to quit smoking or cut back? Are you between the ages of 18 and 29? If so, register for the wouldurather… contest and you could stick to your resolution and win big!
Registration for Leave the Pack Behind’s wouldurather…contest is still open, but closes on Jan. 27 at 11:59 p.m. This contest gives Ontario young adults the chance to win cash prizes if they quit smoking, cut back on their smoking, or stay smoke-free. Visit wouldurather.ca to sign up.
“The wouldurather… contest also offers support to help you quit,” said Public Health Nurse Katie Crocker. “Contestants can receive support emails, add a personal support crew, access eight weeks of free nicotine patch or gum, and get proactive support calls or texts from Smokers Helpline.”
More young adults smoke in this province compared to all other age groups, and they overwhelmingly say that they want to quit. The best way to do that is to use evidence-based quit aids and get into a program that has been specifically tailored for young adults 18-29.
Quitting smoking can be difficult, and not everyone is ready to quit right now. That's why wouldurather… offers four different categories to meet participants where they are at right now. People who smoke can enter to quit, cut back by half, or commit to stay away from smoking anytime they party or drink alcohol. People who don’t smoke or quit smoking can also enter the contest to commit to continuing their smoke-free lifestyle.