HEALTH UNIT MARKS 70 YEARS
The Huron County Health Unit opened its doors 70 years ago on July 1, 1949. Those doors belonged to Kildonan House in Clinton, the first site of the Health Unit. In recognition of this milestone, Public Health Nurse Michelle Carter, left, and Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Maarten Bokhout stand in front of Kildonan House. (Submitted photo)
gateway students examine food insecurity among seniors
According to Food Banks Canada, seniors account for 6.3 per cent of food bank users across the country. However, local food bank statistics in rural Southwestern Ontario indicate that seniors account for 10-20 per cent of clients.
This summer, a research team is working in the region to investigate “Food Insecurity and Rural Seniors Living Independently”. Professor Al Lauzon and Valencia Gaspard of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph are supervising two local students, Emma Warren and Valerie Steckle as they work on the research project. Warren, who hails from Listowel, is a second-year medical student at Trinity College in Dublin and Steckle, from Zurich, is a Master’s of Global Health student at McMaster University.
The study team is interviewing medical professionals, service providers, home care staff and public health officials to determine the barriers preventing older people from accessing nutritious meals in Huron, Perth, Grey, and Bruce Counties. Steckle and Warren were connected with Dr. Lauzon through Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway), a local not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication. Through this partnership, the students are working locally at Gateway’s office in Goderich.
Food insecurity is defined as a state in which consistent access to adequate food is limited. Food insecurity can be classified into three categories:
1) Marginal food insecurity: Worry about running out of food and/or limited food selection due to a lack of money for food.
2) Moderate food insecurity: Compromise in quality and/or quantity of food due to a lack of money for food.
3) Severe food insecurity: Miss meals, reduce food intake, and at the most extreme, go days without food.
One in eight Canadian households are currently food insecure. Research suggests that when people are unable to meet their most basic living needs, such as housing and heating, they make difficult trade-off decisions with more flexible expenses, including food.
When compared to food secure seniors, food insecure seniors are more vulnerable to a wide range of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, and back problems. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions. Additionally, there is a particularly strong relationship between food insecurity and poor mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, mood disorders and suicidal thoughts).
In Canada, the proportion of older adults is rapidly increasing amidst constant threats to the social safety net. There are current concerns regarding increased costs of living and a lack of government subsidies/pensions to keep up with inflation. In addition to income-based barriers, seniors in rural areas are subject to inadequate public transit and other accessibility barriers that exacerbate issues of food insecurity. Other contributing factors that may make seniors more vulnerable to food insecurity, include: cognitive decline, diminished mobility, low income, poor dental health and social isolation.
To combat the food security challenges facing the community, many programs and services have arisen across the four counties. Some examples of services include: food banks, cooking classes, tax clinics and assistance filling out applications for government subsidies. Meal delivery services and community cupboards/food shares have also become increasingly popular, especially in towns where grocery stores have been permanently closed or are located on the town borders.
This exploratory study is being conducted to assess the food barriers faced by rural seniors and determine the implications for seniors’ health and wellbeing. This research will ultimately guide clinical practice, service provision and public policy development.
Anyone who is a part of an agency that has information relating to this topic, or would like to stay informed on the status of the study, email Dr. Al Lauzon at email@example.com or visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca.
Bluewater area youth invited to enter community challenge
Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) is joining the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, making up to $15,000 available to youth-led projects that address urgent local priorities.
“This is incredibly exciting,” said Bre Thompson, 29, a member of the GBCF Community Challenge review team. “Our communities are facing challenges on many fronts. Youth want to be part of creative solutions that enhance equity, sustainability and fairness and help lay the groundwork for a brighter future.”
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will enable youth to apply for funding to support their bold ideas to address urgent community priorities. It is an opportunity for young people to lead, learn new skills, gain experience, and build relationships in their local communities -- all things that will help them prepare for the future of work. Later this year, GBCF will also bring youth and community members together for “Vital Conversations”, a community dialogue focused on creating a better future together.
This Community Challenge goes far beyond the communities of Lambton Shores, South Huron and Bluewater. Participating community foundations will make grants and learning opportunities available to youth-led initiatives in 150 communities from coast to coast to coast. As a whole, the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge aims to empower Canadian youth for the jobs and community realities of the future.
“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to connect with the youth in our communities,” said Penny Nelligan, GBCF chair. “Although all applications will be considered, we hope the focus will be on environmental issues, especially plastic pollution and climate change – major challenges in our communities and across Canada. I can’t wait to see what creative ideas our young people come up with!”
“Young people are already demonstrating tremendous leadership in communities in Canada and across the world. Look no further than the massive youth-led initiatives such as global student marches against climate change. The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge is an exciting opportunity to help shift power into their hands further, by bringing them to the decision-making table where they can lead in developing solutions for the future,” said Andrew Chunilall, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC).
“RBC believes strongly in the power, vision and potential of youth, and the influence they can have in their communities,” said Mark Beckles, Senior director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with CFC to help young people make a difference in communities across Canada while building the 21st century skills needed to prepare for the future of work."
Grant applications will be accepted from now until Sept. 18. Contact the GBCF firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 619-8630 for more information on how to apply, or visit grandbendcommunityfoundation.ca.
The GBCF works to make our community stronger, smarter and more caring. They support local organizations that have innovative ideas to improve Grand Bend and area, provide thoughtful community leadership and attract and manage permanent endowment funds.
The Foundation is home to the South Huron Community Fund, which is focused on supporting charities and projects in the South Huron area.
Since GBCF was founded in 2001, they have supported dozens of organizations in fields from health and education to recreation and the environment, making grants totaling some $1.5 million.
Participating in the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge builds on GBCF’s commitment to support local youth and youth leadership.
The RBC Future Launch Community Challenge will be hosted by Community Foundations of Canada and participating community foundations and is made possible thanks to a $5M donation from RBC Foundation. It is part of RBC Future Launch, a commitment by RBC and the RBC Foundation to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Over the next 10 years, RBC Future Launch is dedicating $500 million to help young people access meaningful employment through practical work experience, skills development opportunities, networking solutions and mental well-being supports and services.
Huron Multicultural Festival now in its eighth year
The Huron Multicultural Festival returns to Goderich for its eighth year on June 23.
The free annual festival will be held in the Courthouse Square. It is a celebration of diversity and community spirit and aims to bring together the people of Huron County to celebrate their rich medley of cultures. The event will run from noon to 7 p.m.
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto's original guerrilla-folk, party-punk ensemble will headline this year’s festival on June 23. (Submitted photo)
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto's original guerrilla-folk, party-punk ensemble will headline this year’s festival. The multi-award-winning group has been heralded as a ground-breaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past eight years have performed all over the world.
The day also features a variety of global performances including: KIREZI Rwandan Performing Group, Puro Mexico Ballet, a traditional Mexican Folk dance group; Whakatipu Kotahi, a Kapa Haka Group (Maori Dance); Bollywood performance by Neeti Dreams & Dance; a six-piece traditional Colombian band; and a demonstration of Dabke, Syrian dance.
The Global Food Market will offer tastes from around the world, including, Exeter Thai Cuisine, RoRo’s a la Carte, East Indian and Caribbean: Howling Moon, Canadian Indigenous; West Sushi, Sweet Love Eats, Wicked Witches of West Street food truck and more. In addition, the licensed Beer Garden features local brews by Bayfield Brewing Company and Square Brew, as well as Sangria and Limonada de Coco, a traditional Colombian beverage.
Interactive activities throughout the day include, yoga, Mahjongg, Tai Chi, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Hands on Harps, as well as a variety of children’s activities facilitated by the Huron County Museum and Huron County Library.
The Festival is presented by The County of Huron, Huron Arts & Heritage Network, Town of Goderich, Capital Power, Compass Minerals and Goderich BIA.
For more information about the festival, visit www.creativehuron.ca/huron-multicultural-festival or Huron Multicultural Festival on Facebook.
free entry to museum and gaol for historic places day
The National Trust for Canada’s annual Historic Places Day is on July 6 and the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol is celebrating with not one but two amazing events!
Visit the Huron County Museum between 1-4 p.m. for the S.T.E.A.M. Expo. Explore hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning interactives with visiting STEAM experts including: Ingenium: Canada Museum of Science and Innovation, Earth Science Museum: University of Waterloo, Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Nick Bastian, St. Thomas STEAM Centre, Huron County Library Maker Technology, Avon Maitland District School Board and much more.
Visit the Huron Historic Gaol between 1-4 p.m. for the Crimes and Escapes event to investigate true crimes, real escapes and modern police technologies. Activities include: Meet a real police officer, see a modern police car, take your mug shot, try prison rations, investigate true crimes and real escapes, try exercise yard activities (provided by Highland Strength) and much more.
Both events offer interactive activities that are fun and exciting for kids of all ages plus admission is free all day!
Those who attend are asked not to forget to enter the #HistoricPlacesDay’s selfie contest for a chance to WIN $1,000 for you and $1,000 for the Huron County Museum! To learn more about this exciting contest visit: www.historicplacesday.ca
For more information visit www.HuronCountyMuseum.ca
huron county included in study of faith building usage
How many not-for-profit and community groups currently operate programming out of faith buildings?
There are 27,000 faith buildings (defined as a church, temple, synagogue, mosque or gurdwara) in Canada, one third are set to close in the next ten years. Fully half of these are expected to be in rural Ontario.
In rural communities, these buildings operate as community gathering places, providing affordable spaces for the not-for-profit sector to deliver community programs. What will happen to these communities when these faith buildings are closed? How many not-for-profits and community groups will be left without a place to gather?
The Ontario Trillium Foundation Partnership Study of Faith Building Usage has launched in an effort to determine the extent of the risk to these communities and the non-profit sector. The four areas being studied are: Peterborough, Toronto, Sudbury, and Huron County.
Until today (June 19) there is a ten-minute survey available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communityspacesinfaithplaces
“I am asking for your help in notifying all the groups that use a church for anything (besides the actual worship service), and encouraging their participation in the survey. This would include your service groups, not-for-profit uses, community showers, families who have reunions and Christmas parties etc. The more data that shows faith buildings are our rural community hubs, the more opportunity there will be to influence future provincial policies that affect our communities,” said Jennifer Miltenburg.
“Please share as widely as possible, through print and word of mouth. It is imperative that as much information as possible is gathered from our Huron County faith buildings; we are the only rural representation in this study, the first of its kind in Ontario. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have,” Miltenburg added.
Miltenburg can be reach by email at email@example.com.
Three doctors receive awards
Three of the Goderich Medical Team doctors recently received awards: Dr. Patrick Conlon, Dr. Don Neal and Dr. Sam Appavoo were congratulated by MPP Lisa Thompson. (Submitted photo)
“Recognizing the excellent Goderich Medical Team (GMT) is easy because there are so many true leaders!” said Gwen Devereaux RN and Business Innovation and Recruitment leader at Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (AMGH). “Goderich has successfully recruited 28 doctors to the community and we wanted to let all the doctors know we appreciate their excellence in providing healthcare!”
For this reason, the Town of Goderich, AMGH and the Maitland Valley Family Health Team hosted a reception in their honor on Thursday, June 13.
In addition, it should be acknowledged that three of the GMT doctors recently received awards: Dr. Patrick Conlon, Dr. Don Neal and Dr. Sam Appavoo.
Dr. Donald Neal and Dr. Samuel Appavoo received a Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Community/Distributed Sites. This award recognizes outstanding faculty educators who have displayed exceptional interest and enthusiasm for the learning needs of their trainees. The award considers contributions in the areas of superior leadership, teaching ability, willingness to help trainees beyond the norm, the ability to serve as an exemplary role model and other important traits such as research. Winners are chosen by the Schulich Awards Committee from nominations put forward by students, department chairs, and peers.
Dr. Patrick Conlon received an award as a Distinguished Fellow at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in San Francisco in May. Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement, as well as for clinical excellence. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members. Their slogan being: “Excellence, not mere competence, is the hallmark of an APA Distinguished Fellow."
horticultural society - clinton
The Clinton Horticultural Society are planning a Show and Tell meeting tonight (June 19).
Those who attend are invited to bring a plant and tell the group about it. After that a plant exchange will take place. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.
The meeting will be held at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton.
Looking ahead, interested people are invited to take part in the society’s Garden Tour on July 17 – details to follow.
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on June 3 .
• Authorized an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation for the construction of a new sidewalk from Short Hill Road to Jowett’s Grove Road, for pedestrians travelling along Hwy 21 at the Bayfield River
• Authorized an agreement with the Ministry of Transportation for the removal and replacement of existing streetlights leading to and from the bridge along Hwy 21
• Passed a by-law to adopt a Strategic Asset Management Policy
• Awarded the Reservoir Outlet – Zurich - Tender to A. Van Egmond Construction (2005) Ltd. for a total contract price of $152,550
• Gave a resolution of support for the Alzheimer Society of Huron County Tag Day activities within the Municipality of Bluewater
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is advising the public that the Main Entrance at the Clinton Public Hospital site will be closed from now until June 29. This is due to replacement of exterior doors.
Patients and visitors are asked to use the Admitting Entrance during this closure.
The HPHA would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and cooperation as the work is completed.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday, June 20 at the Mitchell Golf & Country Club.
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting that will begin at 7 p.m. The HPHA Awards of Excellence will be presented at the AGM. Please note that only members of the hospital corporation are entitled to vote.
The HPHA is comprised of Clinton Public Hospital, St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Seaforth Community Hospital and Stratford General Hospital.
Central Huron will host their seventh annual Mayor’s Mingle at the Clinton Community Park on June 24.
Mayor Jim Ginn, Deputy Mayor Dave Jewitt and councilors, Mike Russo, Alison Lobb, May Anderson, Adam Robinson, Dan Colquhoun and Alex Westerhout will be on hand to socialize with attendees starting at 5 p.m.
At 6 p.m. a complimentary BBQ dinner will be served under the Grandstand at 129 Beech Street in Clinton. All are welcome to share in a meal, hear what is happening in Central Huron and get a first-hand look at the improved park.
The event is sponsored by 101.7 The One and Chicken Farmers of Ontario.
What does it take to be a first-time entrepreneur?
Not sure how to start up a business? Perhaps you have an idea for a business, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you don't have an idea yet, but know you want to work for yourself!
People are invited to attend a free “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” event sponsored by the Huron County Economic Development department at FauxPop Station in Goderich on Thursday, June 27. Then sign up for additional workshops offered in a 12-part series, to find out what it takes to start up a business, from concept to commercialization.
Come solo, with a business partner, or a friend for an evening of inspiration starting at 6 p.m. To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-entrepreneurship-tickets-62928197934
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Award scholarship for 2019. The Conservation Foundation awards this bursary to the winner of an application process.
The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28 by 4:30 p.m. For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the abca.ca website at this link: https://www.abca.ca/foundation/awards/
The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related (environmental) course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture or outdoor education.
Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.
Eligible students must be between the ages of 17 and 25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide Metcalfe; Bluewater; Central Huron; Huron East; Lambton Shores; Lucan Biddulph; Perth South; Middlesex Centre; North Middlesex; South Huron; Warwick; and West Perth.
The ABCF has presented this annual $1,000 bursary since 2010. Past winners have included: Ryan Finnie (2010); Raina Vingerhoeds (2011); Greg Urquhart (2012); Ryan Carlow (2013); Connor Devereaux (2014); Barb Alber (2015); Samantha Bycraft (2016); Marina Lather (2017); and Ethan Quenneville (2018).
Full details on eligibility are included on the application form available online at abca.ca.
SUMMER READING CLUB
Anyone looking for a summer program that exhilarates, engages, and educates their children over the summer months? The Huron County Library may have the perfect program: The TD Summer Reading Club!
The TD Summer Reading Club is a program for youth between the ages of four and twelve that encourages readers to have fun while learning through exciting crafts, activities, games, and of course, reading! Through the TD Summer Reading Club, children improve their listening skills, share with others in a team environment, and stimulate their creative capacity through arts and crafts, active play and reading. Programs such as this introduce children to the library as a source of pleasure and information which encourages them to use the library as a lifelong resource for learning.
The reading club will meet once a week at each of the twelve Huron County Library branches starting on Tuesday, July 2nd and will run until Friday, Aug. 23.
All participants will receive a reading club notebook, a pack of twelve stickers, a top summer reads list, as well as a bookmark with a web-access code that can be used on the http://tdsummerreadingclub.ca website to track reading progress and receive additional club benefits! This year’s theme is “Natural World” so get ready to unplug and take a moment to explore the stories and science of nature through adventure and play, as participants trek through the wilderness, real or imagined, and let their playful curiosity give rise to questions about the world!
Registration is now open so head to a local library to sign up and reserve a place in the program as space is limited!
This local program is sponsored by the Toronto Dominion Financial Group and partially funded by Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations, Department of Canadian Heritage.
Call or visit a local library branch for more information and to register for the TD Summer Reading Club.
Contact Lydia Kim or Faith Sebastian, Summer Literacy coordinators for the Huron County Library at 519 482-5457 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Back Packs for kids
Every child should experience the delight of having a new back pack for school. Volunteers with the Huron County Back Packs for Kids wants to make that happen.
Children in need of a new back pack for the 2019-20 school year must be registered between July 2 and Aug. 16. At the time of registration, a pick-up location will be determined in one of five locations: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham and Zurich. Those who registered will be contacted when a back pack becomes available.
To register for a back pack please call after July 2: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387.
Maitland El Camino
The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.
The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.
The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.
Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”
Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.
A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.
“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.
Registration is now open at www.maitlandtrail.ca and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.
Visit the MTA’s website or contact email@example.com for more information about this exciting event.
Cowbell Brewing Co. in partnership with Great Lakes Helicopter (GLH), is pleased to announce the launch of a new helicopter transportation service to Cowbell Brewing. Beginning Saturday, June 22, guests will be able to travel from Grand Bend to the Cowbell Farm by helicopter every Wednesday to Sunday.
Great Lakes Helicopter, of Breslau, is a Transport Canada approved, Ontario Private Career College Flight Training School and a charter company. With their operation based at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, in the heart of southern Ontario, GLH is a perfect match to showcase the beauty of Huron County.
“The Great Lakes Helicopter team is excited to announce this new and unique service, in cooperation with Cowbell,” said Bill Leyburne, owner of Great Lakes Helicopter. “Our two local companies are working together to create memorable experiences for every Cowbell Guest, whether they live down the road, or half-way around the world!”
Flights depart from Grand Bend and travel along the beautiful Lake Huron coastline. Once guests arrive at Cowbell Brewing, Canada’s first Destination Brewery, they are invited to take a VIP Guided Tour of the brewery, enjoy a local farm-to-table meal and award-winning craft beer. The return flight will showcase the rolling fields of Huron County, a bountiful agricultural area, dotted with small towns and villages.
Helicopter flights will be available for custom charters, and scheduled flights. Helicopters will vary from three passenger to six passenger machines, with custom flight packages beginning at $75 per person. Tickets from Grand Bend to Cowbell and return will start at $299 per person.