Huron Country playhouse II renamed south huron stage
As award-winning Drayton Entertainment prepares to entertain over 70,000 visitors to the Huron Country Playhouse this summer, theatregoers will notice a significant change.
The Huron Country Playhouse II Auditorium will be renamed the “South Huron Stage”, through a multi-year sponsorship with the Municipality of South Huron. The name of the overall complex will remain Huron Country Playhouse, as it has since its inception 49 years ago. The venue has two stages: the 642 seat Mainstage and 300 seat Playhouse II.
A registered, not-for-profit charitable arts organization, Drayton Entertainment does not receive day-to-day operations funding from any level of government. Its business model is predicated on self-sufficiency so the organization is not an ongoing financial burden to any of the communities in which it operates.
It was announced on Feb. 18 at a South Huron Council Meeting, that the Huron Country Playhouse II Auditorium will be renamed the “South Huron Stage”, through a multi-year sponsorship with the Municipality of South Huron. L-r: Deputy Mayor Jim Dietrich, Councilor Dianne Faubert, Mayor George Finch, Neil Aitchison,as his iconic Mountie character Constable Archibald F. Inkster from many Huron Country Playhouse shows; Aaron Neeb, Marissa Vaughan and Barb Willard, all Councilors; and Drayton Entertainment Artistic Director Alex Mustakas. (Submitted photo)
The sponsorship with the Municipality of South Huron will not support the Huron Country Playhouse’s annual operations, but will instead focus on new marketing tactics for the theatre to expand its reach and bring additional tourists to the municipality, as well as invest in capital infrastructure upgrades in anticipation of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season in 2021.
“This partnership is particularly significant because it speaks to the value the Municipality of South Huron places on both tourism and arts and culture as contributors to a happy, healthy, and prosperous community,” said Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment. “The Huron Country Playhouse is an environmentally-friendly, non-polluting, labour-intensive, tourism-generating, community-responsive renewal resource – a combination desired by all municipalities throughout the country.”
The humble beginnings of Huron Country Playhouse date back to 1972, when the inaugural season launched in a big top tent on a farmstead on the outskirts of Grand Bend. It has since evolved into one of the province’s leading professional theatres. The Province of Ontario’s Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM) estimates the theatre’s economic impact in visitor spending in the local area is $17.1 million annually.
Seventy-nine percent of annual attendees are tourists, with the remaining 21 per cent of the audience living in Huron County. The largest tourist markets are London, Waterloo Region, Greater Toronto Area, and Sarnia/Windsor area.
“We are fortunate to have a major arts and cultural attraction in South Huron that is rapidly evolving and creating a significant impact on the economy and benefiting our quality of life,” said George Finch, mayor of the Municipality of South Huron. “We believe such accomplishments should be celebrated, nurtured, and supported, so that the myriad economic, cultural, social, and educational spin-off effects may continue to be felt for many years to come. The South Huron Stage will be a home for shared experiences between residents and visitors alike that will educate, enlighten, and above all, entertain.”
“The Municipality of South Huron is committed to making our communities better places to work, live, and play,” said Dan Best, Chief Administrative officer for the Municipality of South Huron. “The Huron Country Playhouse is a proven entity that contributes to a strong local economy, inspires revitalization within our community, and spurs additional economic development. This is the very definition of a win-win partnership.”
The annual $25,000 naming rights sponsorship is for the renaming of the Huron Country Playhouse II Auditorium. Drayton Entertainment is also seeking a major corporate sponsor or local family to rename the Mainstage Auditorium.
“Naming sponsorships have become increasingly popular in recent years because they are an innovative way for charitable organizations to contribute to their long-term sustainability and provide a pathway for future planning,” said Mustakas.
Productions on the newly named South Huron Stage during the 2020 Season include, “Sleeping Beauty: The Panto”, July 2 to July 18; “The Dixie Swim Club”, July 22 to Aug. 8; “Frozen Jr.”, featuring aspiring young performers from the area, Aug. 11-15; and “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”, Aug 19 to Sept. 5.
Roland Howe joins Source Protection Committee
Rowland Howe (Submitted photo)
A mining engineer with more than 35 years of experience in mining operations is the new industry representative on a local committee working to protect municipal drinking water sources. The source protection authorities have announced that Rowland Howe is the newest member of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC). He joined the committee effective Feb. 20.
Rowland Howe is a Chartered Engineer and President of the Goderich Port Management Corporation. He also acts as an independent consultant offering strategic and leadership services. The committee’s new industry rep worked in a strategic engineering role for Compass Minerals, delivering key projects across the company’s divisions, before retiring in November 2016. Starting in 1995, he was Mine Manager at the largest salt mine in the world, the Compass Minerals’ salt mine in Goderich. He previously worked in the British coal industry and continued his mining career in the United Kingdom working for Imperial Chemical Industries at their salt mine before moving to Canada.
The new industry representative has served on Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Road Salt Working Group. He is a board member at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich. In 2019, he joined the Town of Goderich’s Environmental Action Committee. He has served as a board member of the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) and on the OMA energy committee. He is a resident of Exeter.
SPC Chair Matt Pearson welcomed the new industry representative to the committee.
“Rowland brings a great depth of experience and knowledge to the Committee,” said Pearson. “He understands complex issues and his opinion will be valuable as we work towards protecting our drinking water sources and, in turn, our natural environment.”
The newest committee member thanked the local source protection authority for choosing him as the new industry representative.
“I am delighted to be joining this committee to help further this important work that must be undertaken to keep our drinking water clean and safe,” he said. Source water protection helps to educate people of the challenges to ensuring clean water reaches homes, businesses, and other locations, he said. The program helps to educate people about how to keep that water clean and helps to ensure people take the necessary actions to protect that water.
“We so often take it for granted in Canada that when we turn on the faucet clean, fresh, drinkable water will be there,” he said. “History teaches us that there can be no room for complacency and that we must be vigilant to ensure this basic human need is met.”
The SPC works to create policies to protect local sources of drinking water from activities that pose possible threats in areas near municipal wells.
The 2020 committee includes Chair Matt Pearson and the following members: Municipal – Allan Rothwell, East; David Blaney, Central; Myles Murdock, North; and Dave Frayne, South West; Economic – Rowland Howe, Industry; Philip Keightley, Commerce; Bert Dykstra, Agriculture; Mary Ellen Foran, Agriculture; Other – John Graham, Environment; Jennette Walker, Environment; Ian Brebner, Property Owner; and Alyssa Keller, Public-at-Large.
To find out more visit the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region website at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca
EcoExeter guest speakers at partner appreciation evening
Local young people are bringing a message to “move away from pollution, towards solutions” to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority’s (ABCA) annual Partner Appreciation Evening and Conservationist of the Year Award event in March.
Students from EcoExeter will be the special guest presenters at the event on Thursday, March 26 at Ironwood Golf Club. The students will speak about ways the community is doing more, and can do more, to keep plastics and other pollution out of water.
“On behalf of the Board, I welcome the students from EcoExeter to our event and I look forward to hearing the message these young people bring to our annual Partner Appreciation Evening,” Doug Cook, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors said. “Their presentation is to help us move away from pollution and towards solutions and that’s an important message for all of us.”
It is inspiring to see the positive changes our youth are making at the global and local scales, the ABCA Chair said.
“Our young people are often the leaders in driving us to make positive changes that protect water, soil, and habitat,” he said. “Young people at our local schools have been very successful at encouraging others to reduce pollution in order to protect our creeks, rivers, and Lake Huron.”
The conservation authority announces the winner of this year’s Conservationist of the Year Award at the Partner Appreciation Evening. The event starts with a social time at 5 p.m. followed by a light supper at about 5:30 p.m. The formal program begins at approximately 6 p.m. with presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award and Years of Service Awards for directors and staff. The awards will be followed by the keynote presentation by EcoExeter.
Anyone who would like to attend, is asked to please reply in advance to Sharon Pavkeje at email@example.com, by March 19 to allow for meal numbers. (Anyone with special dietary needs are asked to inform organizers in advance.) The public is invited.
“We invite you to attend our Partner Appreciation Evening so we can say thank you, in person, for all you do, as a partner in conservation, to protect our watershed resources,” said Cook.
The partner appreciation evening is also a chance to learn about what others are doing to protect life, property, water, soil, and habitat for living things, he added.
ABCA presents the Conservationist of the Year Award each year to a person, farm, business, community group, or organization doing good work in the watershed.
“It is an honor to recognize these award winners,” said the ABCA Chair. “We would also like to thank all the nominees for this award and all the landowners and community groups who are creating awareness and taking positive action. We have so many people taking positive actions in our communities … I thank you all.”
Visit abca.ca or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out more.
The Ironwood Golf Club is located at 70969 Morrison Line, 2 KMs east of Exeter.
Flood emergencies from 2019 discussed at annual meeting
Presenting about local flood response, Flood Emergency Planning Meeting held on Feb. 11 in Exeter were, from l-r: Jonathon Graham, Chief Administrative officer and director of Operations with the Municipality of North Middlesex; Davin Heinbuck, Water Resources coordinator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority; Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources E.I.T.; Steve McAuley, director of Community Services, Municipality of Lambton Shores; and Chris Martin, Lambton Shores Community Emergency Management coordinator. (Submitted photo)
More than 30 people, including municipal Community Emergency Management Coordinators and local emergency response personnel, attended the annual Flood Emergency Planning Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Municipal staff presented to this year’s meeting about their responses to major flood events in 2019. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) hosted the meeting at the Masonic Hall in Exeter.
Coastal flooding along Lake Huron’s shoreline has become more frequent as lake levels reach and even set all-time record levels for a given month. Monthly average lake level for Lake Huron in January 2020 set a record high for the month but was below the overall record high level for Lake Huron, said Davin Heinbuck, ABCA Water Resources coordinator.
It is predicted Lake Huron levels will continue to set monthly records through spring and possibly summer, he said. Lake Huron may experience all-time record highs this year. Shoreline dunes and bluffs are being eroded by wave action during this period of high lake levels, the Water Resources Coordinator added. The erosion problem is worse during large storm events in autumn and winter. Strong northwest winds produce storm surges that increase water levels and wave action. Bank failures along bluffs can occur at any time during a storm event or even days, weeks, or months later.
ABCA provides flood forecasting and warning messages, to municipalities, in advance of major weather systems likely to cause flooding and that contribute to bank failures and erosion along the Lake Huron shoreline. The May 25, 2019 flood event hitting Parkhill and other communities, however, was an example of an intense local event that was not predictable based on forecasts. This heavy, intense, localized rainfall event occurred in the southern portion of the Ausable Bayfield watershed.
Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources E.I.T., shared how the Cameron-Gillies Diversion Channel is designed to divert water away from the town of Parkhill, and into the reservoir, during severe runoff events.
“The diversion channel bypassed about 50 per cent of the flow from this event, that would have normally gone into the town of Parkhill,” said Kokas. “You can imagine if all that extra flow had gone into Parkhill, the issues that would have occurred.”
Floods do happen, said Kokas, and we need to be prepared.
“There is a need for continued vigilance, staying alert,” Kokas said. “This can happen at any time.”
The conservation authority stream gauges, river watch and snowpack water-equivalent monitoring, modeling, and other tools help to provide municipalities with better information before and during flood events. Structures such as the Parkhill diversion channel also help.
Municipality of North Middlesex Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Jonathon Graham shared about costs from the flood event including repairs to infrastructure. He also said the flood had other impacts such as bypasses of sanitary pumps. He said the flood underlined the importance of planning and maintaining communication before and during events. The municipality and ABCA were in regular contact during the May 25, 2019 event, he said. Lines of communication were open with conservation authority staff and that was important as information provided by ABCA during the flood gave him information council and staff needed, Graham said. Even when the flooding began to recede there were weather forecasts with a potential for 30 millimetres more of rain and the municipality had to be prepared for that possibility.
Other local flood events in 2019 included flooding in Port Franks and Grand Bend areas in October and November. Flood waters remained for two whole days during the Oct. 17, 2019 event and high lake levels contributed to drainage problems.
Lambton Shores Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), Chris Martin said high lake levels have created challenges for Lambton Shores. In a period of about six years, Lake Huron has gone from record lows to almost record highs. The impacts of these high lake levels include reduced beach size at Grand Bend beach and increased traffic to the beach as other beach areas have receded. He said beaches are smaller during times of high lake levels so crowds of people are concentrated in smaller areas. The municipality has had to adapt to respond to this increased density. Creating policies for the size and location of beach umbrellas, to ensure sight lines for lifeguards, was an example of a response to this challenge. Another issue was wave action and energy eroding the Mud Creek shoreline. The sustained impact resulted in the loss of dunes along the shore. Martin described the cleanout the municipality conducted at the mouth of Mud Creek. The high lake levels make it challenging to provide an outlet in order to open up Mud Creek, he said.
Steve McAuley, director of Community Services, Municipality of Lambton Shores, said the municipality worked with residents and the property owners’ association and was able to dig out the mouth of Mud Creek but for emergency purposes only as roads were flooded and to preserve emergency access. McAuley said continued increases in the Lake Huron water level would have major impacts to Mud Creek, Grand Bend, and River Road.
“The information we get from ABCA is really imperative to understand what is going on (during a flood event),” McAuley said.
Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning manager, thanked the presenters and said flooding and high lake levels demonstrate how important it is to ensure development takes place outside of the most hazardous areas. He thanked the municipal staff for having worked closely with ABCA during the recent flooding and for having kept lines of communication open.
wainman and friends going to conservation dinner in limo
The Conservation Dinner Committee has drawn the winning ticket for the 2020 Early Bird Prize. Seree Wainman, of London, purchased her ticket early and with the picking of her ticket she wins a limousine ride for up to 10 people, to and from the charity auction event, courtesy of Bradley Oke and Wave Limo and Tours (Wave.limo), of Grand Bend.
Conservation Dinner Committee members Charles Miner and Marcy Merner drew the winning ticket for the Early Bird draw at the Feb. 10 meeting of the Dinner Committee. (Submitted photo)
Conservation Dinner Committee members Charles Miner and Marcy Merner drew the winning ticket at the Feb. 10 meeting of the Dinner Committee.
The 31st Conservation Dinner will take place on Thursday, Apr. 16. To buy a ticket, or to donate to the event, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Conservation Dinner takes place at the South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount.
The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and the watershed community, on the dinner since 1991. Net profits are split evenly between community conservation projects of the ABCF and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. To find out more visit conservationdinner.com or abca.ca.
County residents asked to take survey regarding safety
Huron County is seeking public input. Local municipalities and police services boards are working on a plan to ensure community safety and well-being.
The Province has made legislative changes to the Police Services Act requiring communities develop and adopt Community Safety and Well Being Plans by Jan. 1, 2021.
The legislation was introduced in recognition of the changing nature of society and the evolution of policing services in providing a safe environment. The focus is on integrating the partnerships of the police within the community and between the community partners themselves.
Municipalities are mandated to work with police services and local service providers in health care, social services and education to develop a Community Safety and Well Being Plan that proactively addresses locally identified community risks.
“Huron County has some well-developed relationships between the existing service providers and is working to build on those relationships,” said Florence Witherspoon, member of the Working Group established to set up the Plan. “In creating the Plan, we will better be able to serve those who utilize these services, reduce duplication and ensure those who need the services have access to them in an efficient manner.”
The focus of the Community Safety and Well Being Plan will be to engage the community in taking direct action to make Huron County a safer and healthier community. In addition to connecting with the different service providers, community engagement is required to compliment the risk factors identified.
To do this the Working Group is asking residents of Huron County to participate in an online survey. The survey will help to identify key concerns that members of the community have about safety, health and well-being.
Residents of Huron County are asked to participate in this online Community Safety and Well-Being Survey by visiting the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HuronCountyCSWBSurvey
A paper copy of the survey can also be made available at local Municipal Offices.
huron wave music festival launch at White Squirrel
Be part of the official launch of the Huron Waves Music Festival, and be among the first to hear the lineup for its inaugural season, which will run May 7-17.
The public is invited to the launch event on Tuesday, March 10 at the White Squirrel Golf Club and Restaurant, 72538 Bluewater Hwy. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by an official announcement at 5:45 p.m.
Come hear Artistic Director John Miller, who founded and ran for 18 years, the Stratford Summer Music Festival, announce a season that highlights musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. Mingle with friends and enjoy live entertainment in the restaurant at White Squirrel. RSVP for the free launch event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/official-launch-of-huron-waves-music-festival-tickets-93388219679.
And since the launch is taking place in the late afternoon, those who attend are encouraged to make reservations for dinner in the dining room by calling the restaurant at 519 236-4030. (Please note dinner is not included in the event.)
The board and staff of Huron Waves Music Festival are hard at work putting together this first-year festival to highlight musicians and music from across Canada and beyond. As announced late last year, the festival will open with two performances by the dynamic Kingdom Choir, that amazing choir that sang “Stand By Me” at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Organizers are so pleased to welcome them into the community for two concerts at Goderich and Exeter venues.
NEW VICE CHAIR AND CHAIR FOR ABCA BOARD
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) held its annual meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, and elected a new Vice Chair and new Chair for the Board of Directors. They are from l-r: the new Vice Chair Dave Jewitt, who represents the Municipality of Central Huron, and new Chair Doug Cook, who represents the Municipality of Lambton Shores and the Township of Warwick on the ABCA Board. ABCA will host a Partner Appreciation Evening and Conservationist of the Year Award event on Thursday, March 26. To learn more visit abca.ca (Submitted photo)
Gateway speaker series
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will launch their 2020 fundraising Speaker Series with a presentation by Exeter author, Bonnie Sitter, at the Huron County Museum in Goderich on Sunday, March 8, in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Bonnie Sitter and Shirleyan English co-wrote, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”. They were the girls aged 16-18 who worked on market garden farms and orchards during the farm labour shortage caused by WWll. The Ontario Farm Service Force initiated the Farmerette Program in 1941 and it continued until 1952. The book tells the first-hand experiences of these young women through delightful letters, photos and informative interviews. For many girls it was their first time away from home. It was hard work often in the hot sun, but many of their stories include fond memories of adventure, lasting friendships and camaraderie.
“Kudos to Bonnie Sitter and Shirleyan English for researching and documenting this history,” said Nancy Simpson, Gateway Board member. “Now the personal experiences of over 50 Farmerettes will live on in this book.”
The book will be on sale at the March 8 event.
“These ladies (Farmerettes) are in their 80s and 90s now and they are thrilled to be finally recognised for their service with the Ontario Farm Service Force,” said Simpson. She added that they are also thrilled with the recent news that the stories of Farmerettes are being adapted into a play for the 4th Line Theatre near Peterborough and it will be called “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz: Memories of Ontario Farmerettes”.
The presentation will be emceed by Miss Marcie, Canada’s Pinup Girl. The event, that will run from 1-4 p.m., will include some display booths with representatives from local women’s not-for-profit organizations who continue to do great work to support this community, as well as other communities in need. Many businesses and individuals have made generous donations of silent auction items in support of Gateway’s fundraising efforts. “Dames Rocket” will provide musical entertainment.
Tickets are $25 and available at Fincher’s on The Square, Goderich; online with Eventbrite; or by calling Gateway at 519 612-1053.
“Gateway is most appreciative of the following sponsors of our 2020 speaker Series - Ian Murray CIBC Wealth Management, Larry Otten Contracting, DeJager Town Square IDA Pharmacy and the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh,” said Simpson. “We are currently organizing three other Speaker Series events, one more in the Spring and two in the Fall.”
It was announced on Feb. 12 that the Port of Goderich is the newest Green Marine participant and the tenth Great Lakes port authority to become part of the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.
“We are pleased to be engaged as a member of Green Marine. The program is consistent with the goals of both the Port and the Town of Goderich to strive toward continuous environmental improvement. Our operations, the Town of Goderich and wharf expansion projects are inherently aligned with addressing key environmental issues,” said Rowland Howe, president of the Goderich Port Management Corporation.
The Port of Goderich is committed to sustainability as it continues to expand its regional economic importance, being the only deep-water port on the east shore of Lake Huron.
“We’re so pleased to welcome the Port of Goderich into the Green Marine program where it can benchmark its progress along with more than 40 other U.S. and Canadian ports,” said David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director.
Green Marine offers a step-by-step roadmap for port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines and shipyard managers to voluntarily and measurably reduce their environmental footprint. The comprehensive program addresses key environmental issues using 12 performance indicators that include lowering air emissions, minimizing community impacts, and demonstrating environmental leadership.
The Green Marine certification process is rigorous and transparent. Results are independently verified every two years and each company’s individual results are published annually and made available on line at www.green-marine.org/certification/results/.
As the only deep-water port on Lake Huron’s East shoreline, the Port of Goderich is an important commercial shipping hub in Southwestern Ontario, providing services to the region’s agricultural, manufacturing and mining industries. Approximately 250 ships dock at the port annually, either loading or delivering commodities such as salt, grain and calcium chloride. The port is also used by fishing vessels and other boats. Owned by the Town of Goderich, the port and its administration are overseen by the Goderich Port Management Corporation.
Established in 2007, Green Marine is a leading North American environmental certification program for the maritime transportation industry. The program stems from the maritime industry’s voluntary initiative to surpass regulatory requirements. There are currently more than 125 companies – ship owners, port authorities, terminal operators and shipyard managers – from coast to coast in Canada and the United States participating in the program. The program’s unique character derives from the support earned from more than 65 environmental organizations, scientific research programs and government agencies. These supporters contribute to shaping and revising the program.
Community Connections Outreach Services will be hosting a Caregiver Education Event at the West Huron Care Centre in Zurich on March 10. The afternoon session will provide information about services and support for Huron caregivers.
Caregivers are; a family member or friend who provides unpaid support, assistance and care
for someone in need.
Caregivers, or people who know one, are invited to the session to get helpful information to support their loved ones. The session will cover: caregiver programs and services, caregiver website, resources and events in the area and helpful tools and tips.
The one-hour event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Risi Room at the West Huron Care Centre, 37792 Zurich-Hensall Road.
For more information and to RSVP please call 519 236-4373 Ext. 632.
livery film fest
On Thursdays during the winter and spring of 2020, the Livery Film Fest committee brings new, intriguing and delightful films from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit to Goderich.
Two films remain: Feb. 27, Official Secrets; and Apr. 9, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.
Both films will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Please check the website before you come, as dates may be subject to change (www.thelivery.ca).
“Thursday Tunes and Dancing” is back at the Libro Hall (arena upstairs) in Clinton from now until May 21.
Libro Hall is located at 239 Fleming Drive and the program runs from 1-3:30 p.m. All musicians, dancers and spectators are welcome. Admission is by donation.
For more information contact Angela Smith at 519 476-5922.
Now in its 24th year, Paint Ontario, organized by the Grand Bend Art Centre (GBAC), is the province’s leading art show and sale of representational art. In 2019 Paint Ontario attracted approximately 600 entries, of which some 200 were juried into the show. The event generated over $100,000 in sales, together with significant economic activity for Grand Bend area businesses during the challenging “shoulder season”.
The event’s success is thanks to the many artists who reach for higher and higher standards every year and to dozens of dedicated volunteers, as well as the patrons who visit the show and buy art for their homes and offices.
The 2020 version of Paint Ontario will be held at the Lambton Heritage Museum from March 27 to Apr. 19
The largest portion of sales revenue goes to individual artists, with a percentage going to event expenses and the remainder towards GBAC programs and activities. Paint Ontario art purchases help support arts in the community, including the expanding kids’ music programs; specially themed summer camps; further expansion of painting, drawing and pottery workshops and seminars and demonstrations for all ages. The GBAC is run by volunteers and is registered as a charity with the CRA.
The Board of the GBAC looks forward to welcoming people to the Opening Gala on Friday, March 27 and invites them to be a “Paint Ontario Ambassador” by bringing friends from outside the local area to share in the wonder and joy that visitors experience at the Gala and throughout the show’s three week run.
Businesses and individuals are also asked to consider sponsoring a prize, an event or a demonstration. Those who do are eligible for a full tax receipt. Sponsorships start at $100 for demonstrations and $250 to sponsor a painting of their choice.
For more information please go to www.paintontario.com or contact: Teresa Marie Phillips, Executive director of the GBAC, at 519 859-1662 or email at email@example.com
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson celebrated Ontario Heritage Week (Feb. 17-23) by presenting cheques to two local museums totaling $135,036.
“We have a rich history here in Huron-Bruce that is worth preserving and protecting,” Thompson said in announcing that the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is receiving $71,830 and the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol will be getting $63,226.
“These two museums, and their staff, do an incredible job of not only preserving our history but also of presenting the amazing stories of our ancestors and settlers in the region,” Thompson said. “We are so fortunate to have these facilities.”
Through the Community Museum Operating Grant, 166 eligible community museums receive just over $4.8 million annually. The grant provides operating funding to community museums that may fund staff salaries, museum maintenance, building and preserving collections, exhibitions and educational programs.
In addition, 176 heritage organizations receive a total of nearly $240,000 in funding through the Heritage Organization Development Grant. This grant provides annual operating funding to not-for-profit heritage organizations and historical societies, and supports community engagement activities such as exhibits, public programs, lecture series and walking tours.
“Community museums and heritage organizations support local tourism, community well-being and learning,” said Lisa MacLeod, minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “They also contribute to a spectacular double bottom line - the financial bottom line of the province as well as the equally important bottom line of our cultural fabric and identity. Our financial support for heritage organizations and community museums helps ensure that current and future generations can continue to learn about our province’s rich history and culture.”
The province’s annual Heritage Week celebrations are led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The Trust's mandate is to identify, protect, promote and preserve Ontario’s heritage. Community museums throughout Ontario are custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. They contribute to Ontario communities' economic well-being, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually.
In total, the government is investing more than $5 million in 342 community museums and heritage organizations across the province. Many heritage organizations are operated exclusively by volunteers. Each year, thousands of community volunteers contribute tens of thousands of service hours for these organizations.
In the 2019 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed a new program to provide free admission for children and youth to cultural sites and attractions across the province.
HPPH dental application days
The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program (OSDCP) is a publicly-funded dental care program to help eligible low-income seniors access dental care. The OSDCP provides free, routine dental services to seniors aged 65 years and over who meet the required income conditions and do not have access to any other form of dental benefits.
To help eligible seniors enroll in the OSDCP, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) will be holding drop-in application days throughout Huron and Perth. Sessions will be held in Huron County at the following times and locations: Blyth Public Library, March 5, 1-3 p.m.; Alice Munro Library in Wingham, March 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Howick Library in Fordwich, March 6, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Bluewater Area Family Health Team in Zurich, Apr. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Printed application forms are also available at HPPH.
To qualify for the program, seniors must be 65 years of age or older, Ontario residents, and have no existing dental benefits. Single applicants must have an annual income of $19,300 or less, while a couple must have a combined income of $32,300 or less.
People must have their Social Insurance Number (SIN) to apply and must have filed their taxes for the previous year. Anyone who plans to attend an application clinic, is asked to please bring their Ontario Health Card and SIN, and if applicable, their spouse’s SIN. Please note that if a couple qualifies, they must both fill out a separate application.
If an application is approved, a welcome package and dental card will be mailed to the successful applicant within two to three weeks. The dental card must be presented at the time of an appointment to a dental office that offers the OSDCP. Contact HPPH to learn which dental offices currently offer the program.
Dental services covered under the program include preventive care and treatment services, such as fillings and extractions, check-ups, X-rays and cleanings. The program will partially cover dental prosthetics and dentures. For a full list of coverage, please visit Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental.
Eligible seniors can also apply to the OSDCP directly online at Ontario.ca/SeniorsDental, or print a hard-copy form to be mailed.
If a senior does not have a SIN or has not filed their taxes in the previous year, they can apply with a guarantor using the Guarantor Form.
For more information, visit www.hpph.ca or call 1-888-221-2133.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), believes that patient, family and caregiver engagement is key to changing the healthcare system in a way that makes it truly person-focused. They encourage and support patients, families and caregivers as members of the health care team. They work together with care providers to shape and improve the way care is delivered today and tomorrow.
A Patient Partner is a community member that has been a patient, a patient’s family member or caregiver and has experienced care at any of the four hospital sites of the HPHA (Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and/or the Stratford General Hospital). Patient, family and caregiver engagement provides the HPHA an opportunity to listen and learn from lived experiences and interactions in the health care system.
There are many benefits to becoming a Patient Partner. Not only do people gain more knowledge about their local health care system, they can contribute in ways that match their interest, experience and availability. Several examples of Patient Partner engagement opportunities include: Patient Partnership Council, Program Councils, Hospital Committees, quality improvement projects, and Story Sharing where Patient Partners share their lived experiences and perceptions of care with staff, physicians, leaders and other patients.
“Patients, families and caregivers have valuable thoughts and ideas gained from their lived experiences that can provide insight for those working to improve the healthcare system,” said Vice President Partnerships & Chief Nursing Executive Anne Campbell. “Patient Partners help to change the conversation and shift the care experience to a more person-focused approach.”
Anyone interested in making a difference is invited to contact the Patient Experience Office by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2737 or toll free 1-888-275-1102 Ext. 2737 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively an online application is available by visiting www.hpha.ca.