Videos, trivia and survey all created to celebrate ABCA
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) continues to create public information materials during the celebration of its 75th anniversary year in 2021.
The conservation authority created a new video, an introduction to 75 years of local watershed management (1946-2021), featuring Doug Cook, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors. The video was released in April and it can be viewed on the 75th anniversary web page: www.abca.ca/about/anniversary at abca.ca and on the Ausable Bayfield YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/TheAusable.
Staff members have also created trivia questions and answers to test people’s knowledge of conservation in the watershed. This pop quiz is to be shared on social media platforms in the coming weeks. Also, local people holding trivia activities can contact ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 for questions and answers they can incorporate into their contests.
ABCA has also created a public survey. Staff say the 14-question survey is a chance to test everyone’s knowledge, and learn about, local watershed management and also to provide input into local watershed programs and services. Those interested are invited to take the survey at this link:
Abbie Gutteridge is chair of ABCA’s 75th Anniversary Planning Committee. She said the survey is a chance for ABCA to learn from local residents and for local residents to learn about conservation. The trivia questions are a fun way to learn about some of the work that has taken place over the past 75 years, she said.
“I hope the video, trivia and survey – along with other activities over the course of the year – will engage people in learning more about the work that is happening, in partnership with the community, to protect life and property, water and soil, and habitat for all living things,” she said.
The former Ausable River Conservation Authority was Ontario’s first conservation authority, created on July 30, 1946. The Bayfield River watershed and smaller streams were added in 1972.
To learn more about current and upcoming 75th anniversary activities visit abca.ca.
Small tourism business support grants program launched
The Ontario government is providing one‐time payments of between $10,000 and $20,000 to support eligible small tourism and travel businesses struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through the new $100-million Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant.
The launch of the program was announced on May 13 by Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod.
The grant will support eligible small tourism and travel businesses that did not receive the Ontario Small Business Support Grant (OSBSG), such as travel agents, hotels, motels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts. To qualify, businesses must have fewer than 100 employees and demonstrate they have experienced a minimum 20 per cent revenue decline between 2019 and 2020.
“I have heard from small tourism and travel businesses across the riding about how hard their industry has been hit during the pandemic,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “And as a result, I have been pushing hard for this grant program to be launched. I strongly encourage all qualifying businesses to apply for the funding."
Thompson added that the provincial government is ready "to deliver payments to the tourism businesses that have faced revenue loss, building on the fee relief provided to travel agents and wholesalers earlier in the pandemic. This substantial grant will support their bottom line and help them until we can once again enjoy travel with friends and family.”
As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, hospitality, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.
“Prior to the pandemic, Ontario’s tourism generated more than $36 billion in economic activity and supported more than 400,000 jobs across the province,” said MacLeod. “Our government is working with small businesses to overcome the challenges of the past year – through programs like the Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant – and help the tourism industry reclaim its place as an economic powerhouse and key job creator in our province.”
Small business owners can use the grant in whatever way makes the most sense for their business. Applications for this grant will close on Friday, June 25.
For information on eligibilty and how to apply, go to: www.ontario.ca/covidsupport.
Tourism‐related industries experienced a total combined loss of 141,000 jobs between February 2020 and April 2021.
The 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy, brings total investments to $16.3 billion to protect people’s health and $23.3 billion to protect the provincial economy. Ontario’s COVID-19 action plan support now totals $51 billion.
Last chance to apply for Summer Company program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Breakfast with Mayor Ginn
Tomorrow (May 20) is the date for a virtual Breakfast with Mayor of Central Huron Jim Ginn over ZOOM.
Residents of Central Huron are encouraged to make their own breakfast and pour a cup of coffee and then join the call at 8 a.m. Participants will hear updates from council and have their submitted questions answered. All attendees will be entered into a draw to win $50 of “Downtown Big Dig Dollars”.
Click below to register and also to submit questions:
Ride to end hunger
Cycling enthusiasts from across Huron County are invited to take part in the Sixth Annual “Better Together - Ride to End Hunger – Together – Apart” from June 12 to June 19 in support of the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC).
Participants are asked to ride at their leisure during the week either at home or on their stationary bike or wherever it is safe to bicycle in their community or along the backroads of Huron County.
People can sign up as a team or individually by visiting:
More information is available on the HCFBDC Event Page at:
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.
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.