Planning healthy rural communities lecture topic
On Tuesday, Apr. 6, Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will be presenting the third lecture in their virtual Gateway College Lecture Series. Gateway’s Honorary Chair of Rural Healthy Sustainable Communities, Dr. Wayne Caldwell, will be presenting the lecture.The topic of this discussion will be “Healthy Rural Communities: Linking Municipalities, Planning and Health Outcomes”.
Dr. Wayne Caldwell (Submitted photo)
Dr. Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph and has a career-long affiliation with the County of Huron in the Department of Planning and Development. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a Registered Professional Planner with the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Dr. Caldwell’s experience is extensive, including rural land use planning and planning administration, healthy rural communities; farmland preservation; agriculture, its relationship to the environment and implications for rural communities; facilitation, conflict resolution, and public participation; and governance of planning and development. He is an experienced facilitator with a primary focus on issues of change in rural and agricultural communities, aligning with Gateway’s mission to promote the health and well-being of rural residents through community capacity building.
Most recently Dr. Caldwell, alongside his PhD student Rana Telfah, collaborated with Gateway to conduct a research project investigating the economic impacts and influence of COVID-19 on Syrian Refugee settlement and integration into rural Canada.
Dr. Caldwell commented, on Gateway being the perfect partner for their project, “Given Gateway’s broad interest in health and this vulnerable population, it was a natural partnership to work with Gateway to make this happen. Certainly, Gateway is focused on rural and that is what Rana’s research will pertain to.”
Gateway President, Gwen Devereaux, highlights the importance of this research, stating, “This is such important work in a population that may not have had a voice in rural without this effort by our Guelph University partner.”
Four panelists will be joining the discussion with Dr. Caldwell to express their individual perspectives on rural health and sustainability. The panelists include Laura Edgar, Senior Public Health promoter, Huron Perth Public Health; George McKibbon, Environmental planner, McKibbon Wakefield Inc.; Glen McNeil, warden, County of Huron; Regan Zink, MSc. candidate in Rural Planning and Development.
The positive impact that these conversations have for rural communities is immense and advances Gateway’s values of promoting health through research, education and communication. Gateway is looking forward to continuing to connect virtually with communities locally, nationally, and internationally to reduce social isolation and promote a knowledge translation strategy in rural communities.
Anyone interested in attending this next free, virtual, lunchtime lecture-webinar is invited to visit Gateway’s website to register: www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/lecture-series.html. The one-hour event will begin at noon.
growing a smile one flower or veggie seed packet at a time
Twenty-five spring greetings were created by Kindergarten students from Perth County to be mailed to older adults serving and being served in the Lonely No More Program. (Submitted photo)
The “Connected Together, Seeding a Smile” campaign is calling on community members of all ages to connect with others in their neighborhoods through a personal note and a packet of flower or vegetable seeds, to “seed a smile!”
This outreach initiative provides a colorful, blank, note card affixed with a seed pack plus an additional pack of seeds. Connectedness Coaches receive their own seeds and are asked to reach out in their community to an isolated neighbor, with a personalized note and the second seed pack. The card is meant to encourage connection and the seeds are provided to enable community members to grow together.
Connectedness Coaching Project Lead, Sheila Schuehlein commented, “Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile is an intergenerational outreach initiative that aims to bring people together during these challenging and often lonely times. A gift, a kind word, and ‘breaking ground together’ to grow flowers and vegetables is a great way to welcome spring and empower connections and resiliency in our community.”
The first group of community members to smile are participants of the Lonely No More program, which helps to reduce issues of loneliness for rural seniors through weekly teleconference calls by trained community volunteers. As part of this call-to-action, rural kindergarteners from Perth County helped Lonely No More’s Leadership Team in writing spring greetings to those serving and being served in the Lonely No More Program.
A new Connectedness Coach and Lonely No More volunteer who helped engage the kindergartners said, “the children enjoyed making pictures to give joy to someone's day.”
Sarah Versteeg, Program coordinator of both the Lonely No More and Connectedness Coaching programs, also commented, “This call-to-action is a way for the Lonely No More Program and Connectedness Coaching Project to work together to reduce social isolation and improve individual wellbeing. We hope participants in our program will report back and share their experiences and the new friendships they’ve built through this initiative.”
Anyone who is interested in serving or being served in Lonely No More’s peer support program please feel free to check out Lonely No More’s website: www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/lonely-no-more.html. It contains details on how to become a Lonely No More volunteer or call 519 292-6862 to learn more.
This call-to-action is engaging local community members who recently participated in the Connectedness Coaching Project. Connectedness Coaching inspires intentional acts of kindness to reduce social isolation and improve individual wellbeing by providing educational opportunities, empowering community members and organizations to explore and enhance their resiliency through appreciative inquiry and promoting meaningful engagement in the larger community.
A Connectedness Coaching Learner commented, “I love this new idea of seeding a smile for my lonely neighbor. I can’t wait to get my seeds to share with someone!”
For more information about Connectedness Coaching visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/connectedness-coaching.html. Anyone who is interested in engaging, follow us and comment on Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile’s Facebook Group @ConnectingTogetherSeedingaSmile.
The Connectedness Coaching Leadership Team and Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) would like to thank McCall MacBain Foundation and the Municipality of North Perth for their support and partnership to offer Connectedness Coaching to Huron County and North Perth residents. Gateway is also supported by the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada. The Lonely No More program is supported by the McCall MacBain Foundation, Rotary Club of Goderich, IODE, MacKay Seniors Centre/Senior Centers Without Walls, University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, and Rural Response for Healthy Children. Gateway is also supported by the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada.
Province budgets for new Maitland Manor building
Following the tabling of the Ontario Government’s 2021-2022 budget, Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson made some “historic” announcements on March 25 to improve senior housing and long-term care facilities and retirement homes.
First the MPP announced that Maitland Manor in Goderich is being allocated 69 new spaces and 91 upgraded spaces. The project will result in a 160-bed home through the construction of a new facility.
This news comes just three months after Thompson had announced that the Southampton Care Centre has entered the next phase towards a redevelopment project that will add 84 new long-term care beds to the facility.
“I have been advocating for additional spaces in the riding for a long time,” Thompson said. “I am proud to make today’s announcement, which truly is an historic one. The number of people in Huron-Bruce who will need long-term care is expected to rise over the next decade and today’s announcement will help ensure we have safe, modern spaces ready for them.”
Joining Thompson for the announcement were Goderich Mayor John Grace and Southbridge Care Homes CEO Ryan Bell.Southbridge Care Homes included Maitland Manor as one of their facilities.
The mayor said he was “over the top” excited about the news.
“This is phenomenal,” Grace said. “It is great that we have the ministry recognize the need for extra beds in rural Ontario, and if it wasn’t for the leadership of MPP Thompson, who really worked hard for this, today might never have happened. She pushed it over the finish line.”
Bell also welcomed the news.
“Modernizing our home and providing more A-class beds will provide a higher quality of life to the people who live there and meet the evolving needs of our aging population,” said Southbridge Care Homes CEO Ryan Bell. “We are proud to work in partnership with the Ministry of Long-Term Care and the provincial and municipal governments and keep long-term care beds in local communities, which, in turn, also supports local job creation.”
Thompson also announced Braemar Centre, in Wingham, is being allocated 27 new spaces and 69 upgraded spaces to create a 96-bed home through the construction of a new building.
The announcements were part of Ontario’s $933 million investment in similar projects province wide, on top of the $1.75 billion already earmarked for the delivery of 30,000 new spaces over 10 years.
The actual funding to each home will be known when the homes are completed. Ontario will be using this additional $933 million to provide 80 homes, including those in Huron-Bruce, with a construction funding subsidy, operational funding and specialized funding over the life of the home. The Ministry of Long-Term Care will monitor and work closely with the homes receiving allocations to ensure that costs are managed effectively, and Ontario’s investments deliver on the needs of Huron-Bruce.
VACCINATION CLINICS OPEN TO THOSE BORN IN 1951 OR EARLIER
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is further expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations. As of March 26, the following groups will be able to make an appointment for their first dose of vaccine: adults aged 70 and older (born in 1951 or earlier) and Indigenous persons 16 years of age and older.
In addition, faith leaders may also be vaccinated if as part of their regular role they are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 through close contact with persons and families in the following circumstances: end of life care, care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons; home visits to unwell persons; pastoral care in hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes or other vulnerable settings.
HPPH would like to remind the public that vaccinations are only available to eligible groups. Please check the complete eligibility list at www.hpph.ca/vaccine; do not attempt to book an appointment if you are not yet eligible.
“HPPH has been able to book many of our callers for an appointment in under a week,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen. “There continue to be many available appointment times.”
HPPH asks callers to leave only one message – leaving multiple messages slows down the appointment booking process.
“Please know that we have many appointments available, so there is no need to rush,” said Dr. Klassen. “Everyone who wants an appointment will get one.”
For those eligible, appointments can be booked online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or through the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098. HPPH highly encourage online bookings as call volume is high and they thank everyone for their patience.
Their phone line and webpage are updated regularly advising whether appointments for future community clinics are available to book. People are asked to not call their primary care provider or pharmacy for more information on appointments. Appointments for community clinics are only booked through HPPH.
There will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will have an opportunity to be vaccinated. Please know that once HPPH announces that a group is eligible for the vaccine, they are always eligible; they will not miss their chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.
It is important to remember that everyone who has received a first dose, or both doses, of a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to follow all public health measures. Right now, it is known that the vaccines will protect those who receive it from getting very sick with COVID-19. Until it is learned otherwise, however, it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated could still pass the virus on to others. As long as COVID is still circulating at high levels in Ontario, it is important to continue public health measures, even when vaccinated.
Please also note that provincial and local legislation and guidance around public health measures still stand:
• Vaccination status does not qualify as an exemption to wearing a face covering in the provincial regulations.
• HPPH has a Section 22 Class Order in place to ensure residents who have been told to self-isolate by public health or a health care provider are doing so. Vaccination status does not exempt someone from this order.
goderich water treatment plant tour latest in series
A new video shows how the raw water source from Lake Huron is treated at the Goderich Water Treatment Plant to become clean, safe municipal drinking water for the town’s residents, businesses and visitors. The video is the third in a local drinking water series.
Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Committee (SPC) released the video on March 24. The virtual tour of the Goderich Water Treatment Plant is hosted by John Graham, Environmental representative on the SPC and Project manager with Veolia Water Canada Inc. Cory Dulong, Senior Lead operator, also helps take viewers through the complex system from intake pipe, screening debris, initial treatment, filtering, chlorination and continual testing to distribution through the Goderich water system – an eight-hour process.
The new video encourages people to protect Lake Huron, especially near the drinking water intake at Goderich.
“It’s very important that residents and visitors all know that the intake protection zone is essential because we draw our water from this area,” Graham said in the video. The most vulnerable area for the Goderich surface water system is a one-kilometre ring around the mouth of the intake pipe and includes the Goderich Harbour and waterfront beaches. He also provides a water conservation message.
“It is important to be mindful of water usage at all times because there’s a limited amount of fresh water for our drinking purposes,” he said. “Water conservation should be on everyone’s minds at all times.”
The SPC members are using videos as an effective way to safely reach out to the public during the pandemic. Prior videos in the series include SPC Industry Rep, Rowland Howe on the Goderich Port Management Corporation efforts to protect water (January 2021); and SPC Public-at-Large Rep, Alyssa Keller hosting a tour of the Seaforth municipal well system and water tower (October 2020). Links to the videos are on YouTube and Facebook as well as online at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca.
In another new video, promoting the series, Matt Pearson, SPC chair, explains that “members of our committee have developed a series of three videos to explain about water from source to tap. Normally we would like to engage with you in person but right now we need to keep everyone safe just like our municipalities keep our water safe…all of us can do our part to ensure safe drinking water for now and the future.”
The SPC will be releasing more videos about protecting sources of drinking water in the coming weeks, he said, “so be sure to watch for them.”
Here are links to the videos so far:
• Introduction to drinking water source protection video series with Matt Pearson, SPC Chair:youtu.be/c9Zh0XYmaJw
• Treatment of Lake Huron water at the Goderich Water Treatment Plant: youtu.be/CfMqhhSE988
• Work by industries at the Goderich Harbour to protect drinking water sources: youtu.be/blsOdf8CfRE
• Treatment of a groundwater drinking water source at the municipal well in Seaforth: youtu.be/M3CVovxmSI4
April dates set for virtual dinner, auction and raffle
The Exeter Lions Club held its first 50-50 draw, for community projects supported by the Conservation Dinner, in 2019. The Dinner and Auction is online this year (2021) and the Lions Club is bringing back the 50-50 draw for the third year.
The winner will be drawn, virtually, on Earth Day, Apr. 22 at 7 p.m.
People can buy ten tickets for $10; 60 tickets for $20; or 200 tickets for only $50. They can purchase the tickets online, easily and safely, through the Exeter Lions Club 50-50 draw web page at ExeterLions5050.com. Tickets are all sold electronically through the website and tickets are emailed to the buyer once purchased.
Buying a 50-50 ticket online is a way to support community projects while still practicing safe social distancing.
“We are proud to be able to support needed community projects through the 50-50 draw,” said Mark Keller, president of the Exeter Lions Club. “This is just one of the ways the Exeter Lions Club helps our local community. It’s really a win-win when people have a chance to win a big prize and are able to help their community all at the same time.”
Organizers say supporting the 50-50 draw is a great way to support local community projects even when some live events are postponed until next year. Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne thanks the Exeter Lions Club for bringing back this additional way to support parks and recreation and conservation projects in the community.
“The Lions Club has been Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s partner on the Conservation Dinner for 30 years and even though the Dinner and Auction event is online this year, the Exeter Lions are finding ways, like the 50-50 raffle draw, to support their community,” said Frayne.
The Conservation Dinner is online this year as a #VirtualConservationDinner. This fundraiser is a community success story that has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, a family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between.
Visit conservationdinner.com and the online auction web page at conservationdinner.com/online-auctions/ for the Virtual Conservation Dinner online auction with bidding between Apr. 15-22. The draw of the 50-50 winner is to be shared on Apr. 22 during the last day of the online bidding period.
The Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee encourages people to bid, between Apr. 15-22, at the first #virtualconservationdinner online auction. The organizers say it’s a chance to get some amazing items and experiences and to support projects in local communities. Visit conservationdinner.com/online-auctions to find out more
Pet memorial wall to be established at huron hospice
Many people share an intense bond with their animal companions, whom they love as members of their family. A dog, cat, or other pet can add structure to the day, keep people active and social, help to overcome setbacks and challenges in life, and even provide a sense of meaning or purpose. So, when a cherished pet dies, it’s natural to feel devastated by grief and loss.
“At Huron Hospice the staff and volunteers are experts in dealing with loss and grief. They recognize that we experience a difficult journey when we grieve a loss of any kind, including our furry companions,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director. “That is why we have established the Pet Memorial Wall. It is another way we can help provide an outlet for these feelings. The Pet Memorial Wall will complement the Memorial Forest, which was founded in 2019.”
The Pet Memorial program is open to anyone who wants to remember the life of a pet friend and the Pet Memorial Wall is open to the public to visit at any time. While there, people can take a stroll on the Tranquility Trail, surrounded by the Memorial Forest. The Wall, the Forest and the Trail are located behind the Huron Hospice residence, 37587 Huron Road, Clinton, ON and are easily accessible to visitors.
As part of the program, a memorial dedication service will be held annually on the second Sunday of June to commemorate the pets, giving pet owners a chance to say goodbye. Additionally, Huron Hospice also offers grief recovery programs, which includes the loss of pets.
Individual customized plaques for the Pet Memorial Wall can be ordered for $225 each at www.huronhospice.ca/pet-memorial-wall. Each plaque measures 5” x 10”; and can be customized freely with commemorative text. Mounting the plaque on the Wall is included. An income tax receipt will be issued in the amount of $200 for each plaque order.
For further enquiries please contact Christopher Walker at email@example.com or 519 525-7352.
The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit: www.hpph.ca
environmental youth corps
Are you a young person between the ages of 14 and 18? Do you want to do something for the environment in your local community? Do you want to “jump-start a potential career in watershed conservation and management”? If you answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, this new program may be for you.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is starting a new program called the Ausable Bayfield Environmental Youth Corps (EYC). The program is made possible thanks to financial support of NextEra Energy Canada, LP.
The EYC program will allow youth to gain valuable education and experience into watershed management from local experts including staff of ABCA and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Area young people will receive ‘hands-on’ learning experiences in the EYC program, according to Denise Iszczuk, ABCA Conservation Educator. Those taking part will “increase their appreciation and responsibility towards their environmental surroundings, as well as learn the importance of voluntary community involvement.”
The young people will increase their knowledge and awareness of water quality and quantity, soil health, forest conditions and habitat, and natural hazards such as flooding and erosion.
Youths in the program can earn volunteer hours for participating in field-day experiences, which will help to improve and protect the watershed.
“We believe the EYC program is going to provide young people with a chance to contribute to their community,” said Iszczuk. “Young people recognize the value of protecting our environment and the hands-on projects throughout the watershed will benefit from their energy and enthusiasm.”
The Ausable Bayfield EYC program consists of two meetings per month for six months. One meeting will be virtual and one meeting will be an in-person field experience (limitations or changes may be necessary due to local public health unit and government recommendations). Each meeting will focus on a different conservation topic including: Invasive Species; Forest Management; Soil Health; and Ecosystem Restoration. The virtual meetings will run from 4-5:30 p.m. The field experiences are two hours in length but times and places will change depending on the activity.
“In April, we are excited to start with the topic of how wildlife is studied,” said Iszczuk. “We are looking forward to doing an amphibian and reptile survey with the young people and also building some turtle nesting boxes.”
There is no cost to apply to the program. Applications will be accepted now until Apr. 12. Interested youth may attend a virtual Open House on Apr. 1 from 5-5:30 p.m. to learn more about the program and have their questions answered.
Information about the Open House, the details about the program, and the application process can be found at abca.ca.
The annual family-friendly Trout Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), is cancelled for the year 2021. There will be no stocking of rainbow trout in Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake) this year either, according to derby organizers. Derby organizers from the Exeter Lions Club hope the derby can return in 2022.
“We know how popular the event was for 35 years and if it is possible to bring the event back in 2022 we will do our best to bring it back,” said President of the Exeter Lions Club, Mark Keller. “We thank the community for all their support which made the event such a success for three and a half decades and we look forward to its return in 2022.”
Dave Frayne, chair of ABCF, says the foundation has been a proud partner in the fishing derby for many years and it gave young people a way to be active outdoors and to enjoy nature.
“I thank the Lions Club for all their hard work on this for many years and we look forward to partnering with them on this family-friendly event next year,” concluded Frayne.
To learn more visit abca.ca.
Retirement home funding
On March 25, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced that the provincial government is investing more than $530,000 locally to help the retirement home sector cover COVID-19 related costs such as hiring, training and testing additional staff, and sanitizing residences and purchasing supplies to prevent and contain the spread of infection.
This funding is part of a $30 million province-wide announcement and is in addition to the $30.9 million that the province provided retirement homes earlier in the pandemic.
“In speaking with various CEOs and administrators at senior homes and long-term care facilities in the riding, I know this money is greatly needed and will be well used,” said Thompson.
Retirement homes receiving additional funds include: Anfield Manor, Clinton, $20,650; Queensway Retirement Community, Hensall, $24,989; RVilla Retirement Living, Ripley, $29,599; Seaforth Retirement Community, $23,633; Sepoy Manor, Lucknow, $21,735; Tiverton Park Manor, $28,786; Trillium Court, Kincardine, $31,497; Exeter Villa, $32,040; Gilbert Hall Retirement Home, Wingham, $19,023; Goderich Place Retirement Residence, $42,616; Hampton Court, Southampton, $23,633; Harbour Hill Retirement Suites, Goderich, $32,853; Kingsway Arms at Elgin Lodge, Port Elgin, $46,684; Malcolm Place Retirement Residence, Kincardine, $26,616; Maple Court Retirement Residence, Walkerton, $29,057; Maplewood Manor, Seaforth, $23,091; and Nine Mile Villa Inc., Lucknow, $20,379.
Ontario has more than 770 licensed retirement homes and many are run by small operators who urgently need the government's support to deal with rising costs related to fighting COVID-19. Ontario's retirement homes have been working cooperatively with public health officials across the province to ensure best practices are being followed to prevent and control COVID-19 and to help get residents and staff vaccinated.
"Retirement home operators are working tirelessly to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents and staff safe," said Raymond Cho, minister for Seniors and Accessibility. "Our government's additional funding will enable retirement homes to purchase more critical supplies like PPE, products to carry out deep cleaning, or to support more on-site testing to help further prevent and contain outbreaks."
"The safety and protection of the seniors who live in our communities and the staff who provide their care are our number one priority," said Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA), Cathy Hecimovich. "We are grateful to work with a government that recognizes the vital role retirement communities play in Ontario's continuum of care for seniors. Thank you for your continued support of the retirement community sector as we work together to keep Ontario's seniors safe."
Move for Mentoring
From May 1st-15th community members are invited to “Move for Mentoring” by getting active, having fun, and helping to ignite the power and potential of young people in the area in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron (BBBSSH).
BBBSSH provides their services to Ailsa Craig, Bayfield, Brucefield, Centralia, Crediton, Clinton, Dashwood, Exeter, Grand Bend, Hensall, Huron Park, Lucan, Parkhill, Seaforth, Vanastra, Zurich and surrounding areas.
They provide a variety of quality mentoring programs that are supported by professional caseworkers, ensuring their programs meet agency and national standards while ensuring safe, positive and healthy relationships between Big and Little. These programs, the support, and professional case work, are offered at absolutely no charge to young people and their families. The agency relies primarily on funds raised through The Little Shop (their children’s consignment store), grants, fundraisers, sponsorship and individual donations, to provide programming.
Move for Mentoring is a simple and fun way to help support BBBSSH. People are invited to challenge themselves (and each other) to be active while raising pledges to support area young people. During the first two weeks of May participants will commit to a movement of their choice – walking, running, cycling (one, two or five kilometres) or holding a one-hour dance party are but examples, participants are encouraged to get creative on how they can Move for Mentoring. The next step is to let everyone know about the challenge completion by tagging Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron on social media with photo or video evidence of the challenge as it happens or after it happens using the hashtags #BBBSSH #BiggerTogether
People can sign up as an individual or part of a team. To register visit: southhuron.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event/move-for-mentoring. Register by Apr. 24 to receive a branded BBBSSH bandana to wear while moving, sponsored by Canadian Tire. Participants will also have a chance to win a daily draw prize, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, from May 1st-15th on Facebook: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron.
Participants are asked to collect pledges using their online fundraising page. Paper pledge forms are also available. Donations will be accepted until May 31st.
More than ever before, BBBSSH needs to be there for the young people in the community. The BBBSSH waiting list continues to grow, and the need for support in the community is dire. Many young people face adverse barriers, which can escalate during the pandemic when they are at home, isolated and distancing from others.
For more information, or to register, please contact the BBBSSH office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 235-1780, or visit their web-site at southhuron.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca, or reach out on Facebook.
Huron Hospice is launching an exciting new fundraising 50/50 Raffle. The first draw started on March 1st. The Huron Hospice 50/50 is your chance to win big! The more you play, the bigger the pot and the greater your chances to win. When you play, you are “Making Moments Matter” for families on the end-of-life journey. It’s a win-win!
Each year, the Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations. The province allows funding to be used for employing nursing staff.
“Huron County donors cover the other $600,000 of our costs. Donors cover the cost of Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement recovery for adults, and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep,” said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director. “We are truly fortunate to have a team of 130 volunteers who help our nurses and provide many of these services and programs. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them,”
Van Klooster added, “Like many other charities, COVID-19 has had an impact on our Hospice revenue this year. We have been forced to think outside the box and be strategic about how to raise our badly needed revenue.”
“Although the Government does not cover them, these daily programs and services are essential. They impact our friends and neighbors, maybe even a family member," commented Jay McFarlan, Huron Hospice Board chair.
“We understand that buying raffle tickets is not for everyone,” said Christopher Walker, Huron Hospice, manager of Fund Development. “However, in 2021 interest in raffles is growing.
Walker noted that there are many other ways in which Huron Hospice donors can support the Hospice. They can join the Hike for Hospice, support the There’s No Place Like Home Telethon or by making donations in memory of family who have died.
Walker concluded, “Donors and their gifts are a critical part of our continued work. We thank everyone for joining us, however they choose to give. We know all gifts come from the heart.”
Buying Raffle tickets is simple. Between now and Apr. 1st people can get their tickets at www.huronhospice.ca When they purchase, they have options of 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.
Please contact Christopher Walker at 519 525-7352 or email@example.com with any questions.
Grand Bend Rotary
Members of the Grand Bend Rotary would like to invite people to mark Wednesday, May 26 on their calendars to help them celebrate their 30th anniversary and share in some community appreciation.
They will be hosting a Drive-in event at the Shipka Starlite Drive-in Theatre starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening will cost $40 per person and will feature entertainment, a blockbuster movie, fabulous food and door prizes. More details to come as the date grows closer.
Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have offered support to the watershed community though new learning opportunities, which are provided at no cost thanks to program sponsors Canada Nature Fund; Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program; and ABCA.’
Two new online synchronous (when there is live interaction between ABCA conservation educators and students) learning programs were created for watershed teachers. The Species at Risk program, with funding support from Canada Nature Fund of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, teaches students about local species at risk, including turtles, mussels and fish found in the Ausable River. The second program, Wonderful Wetlands, focuses on the at-risk habitat of wetlands and is sponsored by the EcoAction Community Funding Program. Additional support for teachers is found on ABCA’s website, abca.ca, which has a teacher’s resources section with printables, lesson plans and educational website links.
People can now watch ABCA conservation educators, on YouTube, with the posting of this series of free presentations. ABCA first broadcast these videos, as live ‘lunch and learn presentations’ for each of these topics. The lunch and learn presentations are now available, for viewing anytime, on ABCA’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/TheAusable
“Conservation educator Nina Sampson and myself are available to chat and we are keen to help teachers or parents in any way we can,” said Denise Iszczuk, conservation educator. “Step one to learning about nature is to plan time to get outside every day.”
In addition to these and other remote learning opportunities, this March the conservation educators at ABCA are planning outdoor spring sessions of Oaks and Acorns; Coyotes and Pups; Muskrats; and Outdoor School.
To register or to find out more visit the abca.ca website’s education web page at this link: www.abca.ca/education/
Anyone who would like to chat with conservation educators about these programs, is asked to please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or 262.