Intergenerational living concept derived by students
Nipissing University nursing students Lori Sneddon and Kelley Nedza have outlined a project titled, “The Intergenerational Living Model” while completing a community placement project in collaboration with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Goderich under the guidance of Gwen Devereaux R.N. (right). (Submitted photo)
Rent free retirement living for young students in exchange for senior companionship and intergenerational mentorship. This is the solution Nipissing University nursing students Lori Sneddon and Kelley Nedza have outlined in a project titled, “The Intergenerational Living Model”.
Over the past months, Sneddon and Nedza have been completing a community placement project in collaboration with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in Goderich (GCERH). Through the guidance of Gwen Devereaux R.N., they have had access to many of the area’s most notable senior resources such as Goderich Place, Harbour Hill Retirement Community and the McKay Centre for Seniors. While touring these places, both students recognized the beneficial programming that is in place for older adults living in the Goderich area. They also noted the potential for other initiatives for our progressively aging population. Thus, drafting a Goderich intended intergenerational living model.
In a brief presentation given at GCERH on March 27, both Sneddon and Nedza outlined the benefits of the model. It would initially consist of nursing students living amongst the retirement community, which could be extended further into occupational/recreational therapy students, and even plumber or electrician apprenticeships. The students would live within the retirement home rent free in exchange for 30 hours of volunteer companionship with the other residents. Both students are very confident in the idea they have outlined, stating the only barriers to their model would be lack of interest or lack of funding.
Based off similar fully functioning models in The Netherlands, both students conducted research as to why they believe this model could be implemented in Huron County. They found that although Goderich has many effective resources and initiatives, geriatric loneliness and social isolation is still very prevalent. This model could improve social interaction, cognitive stimulation, and coping strategies which in turn will increase overall health and reduce the instances of dementia, depression, and hypertension in seniors. Through a three “S” system they would hope the model would allow for older adults to be “supported”, “safe”, and “socially” connected. In addition to the health benefits for the individuals, this model would greatly benefit the community by integrating inspired youth into rural areas.
GCERH is very excited about the model and would like to see how it can be further implemented after the nurses leave to pursue the rest of their degree.
Devereaux presented with Jane Chamberlin Award
Dr. Patrick Conlon (left), chief of Psychiatry at AMGH and Bruce Quigley, CEO and president of AMGH, congratulated Gwen Devereaux on her receiving the Jane Chamberlin Award. (Submitted photos)
On March 24, at the Ontario Psychiatric Association Conference in Toronto, honored Gwen Devereaux with the Jane Chamberlin Award in recognition of her contributions to mental health education and research in Ontario.
Along with being a registered nurse and a very active physician recruiter for Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH), Devereaux is also the founder and Vice President of Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health all located in Goderich.
The Jane Chamberlin Award presented on behalf of the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services (AGHPS), annually recognizes a person with outstanding achievement in mental health with relation to hospital facilities and services. The winner exhibits and embodies the spirit of the award, possessing a variety of accomplishments.
Renee Devereaux (right), Gwen’s daughter, accepted the Jane Chamberlin Award presented by June Hylands, Executive director of the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services. Gwen was not able to attend the conference so her daughter graciously accepted the award on her behalf.
Devereaux has been successful in establishing a partnership between the Schedule I facility at AMGH and Gateway in the promotion and education of mental health research in Huron County. Specifically, she forged a relationship between the Hospital and Gateway to collaborate on a number of important mental health projects. Last year there was a successful project on looking at the potential opioid crisis in rural Ontario as well as a student led project measuring the benefits of a graded exercise program in the Community Psychiatric Clinics attached to the Schedule I facility. Finally, there was a project looking at patient education for long-acting injectable medications in rural Community Psychiatric Clinics attached to the Schedule I hospital.
She has also been a successful physician recruiter at AMGH. This has included the successful recruitment of psychiatrists which in the current climate is a difficult task. She recently was profiled on a national CBC broadcast highlighting her skills in recruitment.
Devereaux has worked tirelessly promoting AMGH as a desirable place to work and at the same time increased community awareness of the mental health program run by the Schedule I facility in Goderich.
Dr. Patrick Conlon, chief of Psychiatry at AMGH said, “I am delighted that Gwen has won such a prestigious award. The partnership with Gateway has certainly benefitted AMGH and facilitated research and education in mental health across the county.”
Donnelly to speak at Coastal Conservation Gala
On Thursday, May 10, the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) will celebrate its 20th anniversary as a non-profit organization with a Coastal Conservation Gala Dinner held at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.
Guest Speaker Patrick Donnelly, co-founder and director for the LHCCC will be talking about “Great Lakes Environmental Advocacy: 20 Years of Riding the Highs and Lows”.
Tickets are $75 and include dinner with live musical entertainment, cash bar, raffle prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds from this event go towards the Centre's coastal education, restoration, and research projects.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. For tickets call 226 421-3029 or visit www.lakehuron.ca/gala
This Gala is part of a larger event, the LHCCC’s “Is the Coast Clear” Coastal Conservation Conference, to be held over two days, May 10-11.
“This conference would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors” said LHCCC’s Executive Director, Erinn Lawrie. “Thank you especially to our generous corporate partners and artisans donating beautiful silent auction items.”
The LHCCC is a non-government charitable organization established in 1998 with the goals of protecting and restoring Lake Huron’s coastal environment and supporting a healthy coastal ecosystem.
Community Living - Central Huron to hold Job Fair
Community Living-Central Huron (CH) is looking for outstanding people who have education, experience and a passion to work with individuals with developmental disabilities.
A Job Fair will be held at Community Living-CH on Apr. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Please bring a resume with references.
Located at 267 Suncoast Drive East in Goderich, Community Living-CH has been supporting people in the community since 1958. The agency offers a range of services to adults and children. They assist people to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Goals include gaining independence with volunteering, or day-to-day activities such as appointments or grocery shopping and employment.
The main area Community Living is looking to hire support workers in is ‘residential services’ where people are supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; this is the area in which the agency has the largest staff compliment. They are looking for outstanding people who have their Development Services Worker Diploma or certificate, Social Service Worker Diploma, Child and Youth Worker Diploma, or O-S-S-D with related work experience.
“Community Living-CH is committed to assisting and supporting people to achieve their goals, vision, dreams and to participate in the community through the promotion of social inclusion.”
The Fourth Annual Earth Day Litter Walk, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA), will be held on Sunday afternoon, Apr. 22.
Starting at 2 p.m., families, visitors and Bayfield residents of all ages are invited to join in this annual spring clean-up event. Everyone is asked to meet at Clan Gregor Square, where participants will be provided with safety vests and garbage bags. Then volunteers can choose their own route to walk, picking up litter and recyclables throughout the village, parks and surrounding areas.
"Together we are working to keep our roadsides and ditches clean - protect the environment from harmful plastics and household waste and enjoy an afternoon in the great outdoors," said Elise Feltrin, an event organizer.
For more information please call Feltrin at 519 565-5852.
Starting on Apr. 17, Ruth Percy, a Nia Brown Belt, from Goderich, will be offering Nia classes on Tuesdays at the Bayfield Town Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The cost will be $40 for five weeks. Drop-ins are welcome at $10 a class. To register or for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nia (pronounced nee-ah) combines dance moves, martial art moves and mindful moves all to great music. Nia is for all ages and stages. Move with enjoyment!
Where did art come from and why? A recent discovery of a 100,000-year old paint “factory” in Africa tells people that there has always been a deep need to create images.
On Apr. 28, the Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) invite all to explore “Art in the Caves with Margot Sippel” as part of their "Saturdays at the Library" series.
Sippel has visited the painted caves in France and will delve into some answers about why our prehistoric ancestors created art.
The presentation will be held at the Bayfield Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Blyth Veterinary Services, in partnership with the Huron County Health Unit, is again hosting low-cost rabies vaccination clinics this spring.
The clinics will take place on Friday, Apr. 27 from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointment is needed.
The cost to vaccinate a dog or cat against rabies is $30, cash only. Please bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.
Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system of animals. Rabies spreads from infected animals to people or other animals by saliva. Cats, dogs and people may become infected with rabies when bitten by a rabid animal or when a rabid animal’s saliva comes into contact with broken skin or moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.
Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and humans. The best way to protect a pet and their family is to have the pet vaccinated.
Make sure that all dogs and cats, including those in the barn, are vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners are required by law (Regulation 567/90) to have all cats and dogs three months of age or over immunized against rabies. Failure to provide proof of vaccination to a Public Health Inspector investigating a biting incident may result in a charge being laid and a fine of up to $5,000 for the pet owner.
Dogs and cats often get into fights with wild animals. If anyone witnesses a fight, or if a dog or cat comes home with injuries from a fight and it is believed it may have been bitten or scratched by a rabid animal:
• Don't handle the pet as there may be fresh saliva from a rabid animal on its coat
• Isolate the pet.
• Contact a local veterinarian.
Anyone who makes direct contact with an animal that may have rabies should contact their family doctor.
For more information, contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.
Join the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to celebrate the amazing opportunities that the area has to offer at the Memories of Huron Gala on Saturday, Apr. 28 at the Central Huron Community Centre in Clinton.
The evening is complete with a Huron County inspired menu by Devin Tabor from the Bon Vivant Personal Chef; live music with Greg Gallello, featuring a variety of music ranging from the 1930s to modern day hits, and dancing, lots of dancing. The auction will feature unique auction items from throughout the County.
The Gala focuses on experiences and memories, specifically the amazing contributions that both have for people living with dementia. Proceeds from this exciting night will help the Alzheimer Society of Huron County enhance local programs and services for people with dementia, care partners, family members and whole communities.
“During the Gala, we are very excited to highlight our Minds in Motion program, which features physical activities and social recreation for the person with the disease and their care partners. Minds in Motion creates an opportunity for people to engage with their peers in a community setting,” said Cathy Ritsema, Executive director at the Alzheimer Society of Huron County. “The support we receive at the Society through events like the Gala allow us to continue to offer programs and services to the Huron County population. We are so thankful for the support this event receives from the community.”
Vintage inspired attire is encouraged and people are sure to find lots of options locally to find a fabulous outfit. If you head over to the JMR Gallery in Bayfield, and tell them you are shopping for the Gala, you will receive a discount. To enhance the experience, there will be a photo booth where Dianne Brandon Photography will capture the memories from the night and attendees will go home with a keepsake picture.
If you haven’t made any plans for Apr. 28 – consider a night on the town where you can dress up, kick up your heels and enjoy great company. Tickets are $50 a person or tables of 10 are available for $450 and can be purchased online at www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty or by phoning the Alzheimer Society office 519 482-1482.
The Society is gratefully accepting donations for auction items, if you would like to make a donation, be it an item, advertisement in the program or a financial contribution to the auction, please contact the office.
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County provides information, education and support through individual counseling and support groups to persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, their caregivers, families, health professionals and the general public.
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is gearing up for its fifth season!
Opening Day is set for Friday, May 18. The season will run until Thanksgiving weekend, with markets every Friday afternoon from 3-7 p.m. in Clan Gregor Square.
Vendors interested in joining the market may contact Market Coordinator Mary Brown at email@example.com for information and an application form.