vote for inspiring connections
People are invited to vote for the most inspiring connection made through the "Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile" Call to Action. The winner will to receive this prize pack! (Submitted photo)
Twenty more smiles were recently seeded through Connectedness Coaching’s Call to Action, “Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile”, in the Bayfield and Grand Bend area!
A Huron County community member shared her experience, “Thank you so much for the seeds of Morning Glory. It gives me great pleasure planting them. When Graham and I got married 60 years ago, Morning Glory were the first seeds we planted in our little garden in the UK. I watered them every morning before leaving for work. They were so pretty."
To celebrate the smiles seeded, a multi-community contest is currently underway to determine the most inspirational connection made through this Connected Coaching’s Call to Action. Voting is open to all community members and entries can be viewed on the Facebook page @ConnectingTogetherSeedingaSmile. The winner will receive a garden gift basket which includes gardening tools, seeding pots, an outdoor sunflower ornament, valued at more than $60 and a $25 gift card to Listowel Greenhouses.
Anyone who has received seeds or seeded a smile through this initiative are encouraged to enter this contest as well. They can enter by sharing their connection experience through email at email@example.com; by phone, 519 292-6862; or on the Facebook page. Additional entries will be accepted up to May 24 and the winner will be announced May 25.
Anyone who knows, or lives in, a community that would benefit from this type of connection is invited to become a Community Sponsor today. To learn how to sponsor a community, check out the Connectedness Coach’s website at www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/connectedness-coaching.html.
Hike when you like for hospice
In 2021, the May 24th weekend will mark the launch of the Hike for Huron Hospice. The “hike where you like, hike when you like" event of the season.
“From Sunday, May 23 to Sunday, May 30 everyone is invited to join the hike and support the Hospice. Traditionally the hike has been held on one weekend and on a Huron County trail. For a second year, COVID-19 makes it impossible to host large gatherings. We want the Hike to be a fun fundraiser, so we created a hike with options,” said Christopher Walker, hike organizer.
“The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s biggest fundraising events. We hope hikers will help us raise $40,000 this year. The funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund essential, compassionate end-of-life care for families across the County. Hikers and donors are an important part of our Huron Hospice family. They contribute half our operating revenue each year,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster
Participants will pick a nice warm day and get out and exercise. People can pick the day and the location that fits their schedule. Everyone can hike safely and physically distanced on the streets of their hometown or on a trail. If it suits the moment, people can work out at the gym in support of Huron Hospice. Hikers can dedicate their walk or work-out to the memory of a loved one.
“We ask individuals and families or teams, who hike for the hospice to obtain pledges or raise money any way they can. Families could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends to pledge their support by email or over the phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raise the most money. And, any person who raises more than $200 will receive a prize,” said Walker.
To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website www.huronhospice.ca/hike-2021. All anyone needs to do is send the link to their friends and contacts and ask them to pledge. Just follow the link to pledge or create a fundraising team.
COVID-19 is quickly becoming “COVID 21”. Now is the time to make moments and memories matter by taking part in such events as the Hike for Huron Hospice May 23-30.
local meat processing plants receive funding for upgrades
Three meat processing plants in Huron-Bruce will receive a total of up to $268,403 to improve efficiency and safety measures. The money is part of the provincial and federal governments’ investment of more than $7 million to quickly increase production and efficiency in meat processing plants across the province.
Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 77 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment that will improve productions and safety measures in free-standing meat plants and abattoirs in Ontario. The program was focused on measures that could quickly increase processing capacity as the industry dealt with a shortage of processing capacity, partly related to COVID slowdowns.
“This is welcomed news to both these three plants and local beef, pork, and poultry producers,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “I have personally heard of back logs at plants across the province and that creates added strain and costs right back to the farmer.”
This funding is part of both governments’ investments to assist Ontario’s agri-food sector in meeting challenges related to COVID-19. Local plants receiving the grants are: Bachert Meats Inc. Walton, up to $43,194; Metzger Meat Products Inc., Hensall, up to $75,209; and Hayter's Turkey Products Inc., Dashwood, up to $150,000.
“COVID made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed and these investments are part of our rapid response to help both our farmers and our processing industry to succeed in these challenging times,” said Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman. “This announcement is the latest step our government is taking to support the sector to improve productivity and food safety to help keep Ontario’s food supply system strong.”
Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 4,400 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.
Due to high demand, an additional $3.2 million was added to this program from the original $4 million allocation to fund all eligible applications received. The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.
There are 480 provincially licensed and 230 federally licensed facilities (abattoirs and free-standing meat plants) in Ontario. The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 860,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.3 billion each year to the province’s economy.
Huron Perth sees spike in active Covid cases over weekend
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the past few days. As of May 10, there are currently 70 active cases in the region, 45 of which are the more easily transmissible variants of concern (VOCs). Thirty-two new cases were added over the weekend. These cases are the result of workplace outbreaks, of social interactions where public health measures were not followed, and of household spread.
HPPH investigates all confirmed COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. Outbreak investigations include following up with confirmed cases, conducting contact tracing, reviewing public health and workplace safety measures, and assessing infection prevention and control processes. In general, HPPH does not publicly disclose details of workplace outbreaks unless they have determined there is a risk to the public.
“The increase in case numbers is a reminder that COVID-19 is still circulating in Huron Perth,” said HPPH Director and Incident Manager, Donna Taylor. “We cannot let our guard down. Until more people are vaccinated, a large proportion of our population is susceptible to contracting COVID-19.”
The province announced that additional groups will become eligible for vaccine this week.
Tomorrow, individuals with at-risk health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and sickle cell disease, as well as Group Two of people who cannot work from home including grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers will be eligible to book an appointment at a future HPPH clinic to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit covid-19.ontario.ca/ontarios-covid-19-vaccination-plan#at-risk for the full list of eligible at-risk health conditions and covid-19.ontario.ca/ontarios-covid-19-vaccination-plan#group-2 for a complete Group Two list.
HPPH will be adding further groups as per provincial direction. They will have more details shortly and thank everyone for their patience.
For a full list of those currently eligible for vaccine, please see www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. Please remember that once someone is eligible, they are always eligible.
Anyone eligible for a vaccination can make an appointment on the HPPH booking system at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or by calling 1-833-753-2098. Online booking is encouraged due to call volume. They are currently booking appointments into June.
Stratford's Covid Assessment Centre reducing hours
When attending a booked appointment at the HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre enter the Stratford Rotary Complex at the Community Hall Entrance and follow the signs to Hall D where the Assessment Centre is located. (Submitted photo)
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, is reducing its hours of operation to Monday through Friday, from 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. As of May 8, Saturday appointments will no longer be offered. This move reflects lower volumes of individuals seeking tests.
Any resident of Huron or Perth who is worried that they have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, is encouraged to continue to use the Virtual Assessment Model that has been created which involves completing the province’s online assessment at covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.
If indicated, they should call their family doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. Those without a family doctor can call Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267. If they are a candidate for testing, they will be referred to an Assessment Centre.
People can also get tested at Assessment Centres if they are not showing symptoms and:
• Their public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies them that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus.
• They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by the local public health unit.
• They belong to a specific group outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, such as workers or visitors of long term-care homes, farm workers, etc. Please refer to the Ontario Government’s website for the latest groups being targeted.
If referred to HPHA’s Assessment Centre, the following helpful tips are recommended:
• Use the online booking tool to book an appointment. It’s quick and easy to use. This link is also available on HPHA’s website at www.hpha.ca.
• For anyone without access to a smartphone or computer appointments may also be requested by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747.
• Please don’t duplicate booking efforts. There is no need to call if an online booking has been completed or vice versa. Duplication can slow down assessment centre staff in responding to calls and booking appointments.
• Please remember that appointments are required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
• If plans change, please reschedule or cancel an appointment so that other people can get tested.
• Anyone who is very ill and in need of immediate care, should go to their nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.
Things to know when attending a booked appointment at the HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
• Enter the Stratford Rotary Complex at the Community Hall Entrance and follow the signs to Hall D where the Assessment Centre is located.
• Please follow all precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing and frequent hand hygiene. Please note, upon entering the Assessment Centre, people will be asked to remove their personal mask and will be provided with and must wear a disposable medical grade mask.
• The time of the appointment is the time a person should arrive at the Assessment Centre. The test should be completed within approximately 15 minutes of a scheduled arrival time.
For more COVID-19 updates and information, follow the HPHA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit their website at www.hpha.ca.
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 and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca
The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to inform everyone that the Woodland Trail is closed through May 31st to allow for turkey hunting. The Wildflower Hike that was scheduled there for May 23rd has been cancelled.
The BRVTA Executive would like everyone to keep safe by staying off the Woodland Trail this month. All other Bayfield trails are open for people to use according to Provincial guidelines.
Please read the Bayfield Breeze for news about upcoming guided hikes scheduled for June or visit www.bayfieldtrails.com.
walk for Alzheimer's
This month, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County is calling on people to lace up their shoes, fundraise, and get ready to walk 1,385 steps each day in May in honor of the 1,385 people living with dementia in Huron County during the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
Participants can complete their steps at their own pace—in one day, in one week, or over the whole month! This challenge is for everyone, so make sure to get friends, family, and neighbors involved and hit 1,385 steps by heading out on a long walk, dancing, or by doing chores!
Everyone will be touched by dementia—whether it is a relative, a friend, a community member, or themselves. By participating in and fundraising for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people will make a positive difference because they’re not only raising funds— they’re also raising hope.
While the pandemic negatively impacted so many services across the country last year, people showed their support by joining this walk, raising crucial funds that allowed the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to shift many of their services online, continuing to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron County. But more funds are needed to meet the growing demand for life-changing support, including counselling, education, social recreation, in-home recreation programs for people living with dementia and respite for caregivers.
“From May 1 to 29, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Executive Director Cathy Ritsema. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementias and live to their fullest.”
By joining the Alzheimer Society of Huron County IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families.
To get involved people can sign up individually, with family, or create a team at walkforalzheimers.ca. Choose Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend or Wingham. Open a participant center at support.alzheimer.ca/site/SPageServer and add a photo, share a story, and set a fundraising goal. Then share a customized link to help fundraise and raise awareness.
Participants can also download a paper pledge form from www.walkforalzheimers.ca or call or email the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office and one can be sent. Reach out over the phone or through email to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and ask them support. Paper pledge forms and money can be mailed into the office or dropped off at the office in Clinton between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other drop off times may be arranged.
Anyone who is unable to join in walking, or collecting their own pledges, is asked to please consider sponsoring someone else who is walking by following the online process outlined above or contacting a participant to arrange a donation drop off. Or people can donate to the event by clicking donate on any of the Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, or Wingham pages.
Help the Alzheimer Society of Huron County reach their goal of $70,000 and 1,385 donations – one donation for each person living with dementia in Huron County.
Join a live broadcast on the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 30 at 4 p.m., where they’ll share stories from walk participants across the country and celebrate together.
For more information contact Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Community Outreach/Events Coordinator, Erin Dale by calling 519 482-1482 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now being accepted for the annual Summer Company program. All students, aged 15-29, that are looking to start their own businesses are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive up to $3,000 in start-up funds and business coaching throughout the summer of 2021.
The County of Huron, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, will award up to five students the chance to start their own companies this summer.
Applications for the Summer Company program are open now through May 23. To apply, individuals must determine if they are eligible and submit an online application inquiry. They will be connected with the local program provider, Huron County Economic Development, who will support individuals in submitting an online application, which includes a business plan and cash flow projections. All submitted applications will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted for an interview before being approved for the program.
To learn more about the eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit www.ontario.ca.
For more information about the Summer Company program, please visit ecdev.huroncounty.ca or contact Entrepreneur and Business Coach, Patrick Donnelly at 519 524-8394 Ex. 3307 or by email at email@example.com.
Move for Mentoring
From now until May15th, 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. 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.
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.
Alzheimer Education Programs
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County has Spring and Summer Online Education Programs lined up and ready.
The Dementia Basics series covers the topics the Society addresses most frequently - “Ten Warning Signs”, “Brain Changes and Dementia”, “Types of Dementia” and “Communication Changes”. These programs are currently running on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. They will run again on Thursday mornings in June at 10 a.m.
The “Memory and Aging Program” is an engaging series that helps describe age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Participants will be meeting on ZOOM from 10 a.m. to noon on the first four Wednesdays in June starting on June 2. People can register for the Memory and Aging program by visiting their website.
Sign up for any of these courses by clicking “Learn More” on the Education Hour at www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty. Individuals can also register by contacting the Society’s office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email email@example.com.