creativity evolves into fundraiser for huron hospice
The Huron Hospice will be auctioning off a random selection of donated quilts as a fundraiser for the facility. (Submitted photo)
With so much talent, busy hands and love in the community during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Huron Hospice has been pleasantly overwhelmed with donations of afghans and quilts.
“We are extremely thankful for every one of these and hope you keep them coming,” said Volunteer Coordinator, Suzanne Simpson.
In order to put every single one to good use, the Huron Hospice team has come up with a creative solution.
“So far, every patient in our residence and our home care program has received a blanket, which was donated to the family after passing. We are now also able to give a blanket to a family member who is spending the night at the residence with their loved one, which will be a beautiful memory of a special time,” said Simpson.
Additionally - with so many fundraising events being cancelled this spring and the need being higher than ever - they will be selling a random selection of handmade quilts. These are made by members of the local community and truly are pieces of art, and they believe the donors would be honored to see a quilt being used for this purpose.
“We will virtually sell one quilt on the first day of the month, starting in July,” said Simpson. “Please watch our Facebook page for the details every month -www.facebook.com/HuronResidentialHospice/. The first person sending an email to the Hospice with a response, will be the successful buyer of the quilt. These will be a wonderful treasure to have or a great gift to someone special, while supporting Huron Hospice!”
“Rest assured that the patients will not go without blankets and that the money raised from quilt sales will go directly toward patient care. We thank every one of you for your continued support; we are so blessed to be part of such a wonderful community,” said Manager of Fundraising, Christopher Walker.
Gateway's summer students work from home on research
Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is a local, Goderich based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of rural residents. A major part of their work and fundraising is to provide summer research positions to students who will share their talents, learn and contribute to Gateway’s continued research efforts to improve rural life.
Even though things look different in 2020 with students working remotely from home, the research continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We miss meeting with the students in person but with technology we are managing to move several projects forward” said Gwen Devereaux, president at Gateway.
This summer Gateway has four students working on projects helping to advance rural health across Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties.
"The students we employ at Gateway each summer, bring such tremendous energy to the organization. I am consistently impressed with their enthusiasm and dedication to improving the community in which they live," said Jay McFarlan, chair of Rural Nutrition and Exercise.
Four projects the students will work on include investigating Food Insecurity among rural seniors, developing a business plan for Gateway, improving Farmers Mental Health and investigating how COVID-19 has impacted the rural healthcare system.
“I am entering my fourth year at the University of Guelph studying Human Kinetics. This summer I will be working alongside Dr. Al Lauzon researching food insecurity among seniors living independently in rural areas,” said Jenna Schade, one of Gateway’s new summer students.
“As a lifelong resident of Huron County, the opportunity to contribute to research that benefits rural seniors is an excellent learning opportunity and experience. Once I finish my undergraduate degree, I hope to further my education through graduate studies in human kinetics/kinesiology or attending professional school for physiotherapy. I plan to return to rural southwestern Ontario after my schooling to contribute to the health and well-being of others.”
As mentioned above, Schade will be partnering with Gateway and the University of Guelph to explore food insecurity among rural seniors living independently.
“Last summer we interviewed service providers and this summer had hoped to interview seniors in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. We have had to delay these interviews due to COVID-19. However, we are still moving forward by updating our literature review, mapping the food ecosystem in the four counties and hopefully will work on publishing previous results of the study” said Dr. Lauzon, Gateway’s chair of Rural Change and Development.
In addition, Gateway also welcomes Meghan Wild-Denys to the team.
“Meghan will be advancing our Farmers Mental Health and Resiliency Project this summer with a focus on COVID-19 and the additional stress this can place on our agriculture community,” said Gwen Devereaux, project lead. “How fortunate we are to have a student living on a farm and realizing first-hand the challenges in operating an agriculture business.”
Wild-Denys is going into her third year at Brock University and is majoring in Medical Science.
“I am passionate about empowering others to make our health care system the best it can be. In September 2020, a club that I co-founded called “Women in Medicine” will be launching at Brock University to empower and inspire women looking to pursue a career in the health care field. My plan is to become a Naturopathic Doctor where I can help people live their healthiest lives through preventative, natural medicine. Having grown up on a farm in Huron County, I have great interest in rural health and supporting residents of our community, especially farmers. I am excited to have the opportunity to be supporting local farmers’ mental, and therefore physical, health through the Farmer’s Mental Health project with Gateway,” said Wild-Denys.
Taylor Pratt (Submitted photos)
Also joining Gateway is Taylor Pratt. She said, “As a compassionate individual interested in improving health care and health-related factors that affect our everyday lives, I am looking forward to gaining knowledge and contributing to Gateway’s research in health care delivery. During my time at Gateway, I am investigating the impact of COVID-19 on our rural healthcare system and the well-being of healthcare workers both professionally and personally – working alongside Dr. Lauzon, Nancy Simpson, project lead; and one of Gateway’s Research Associates, Casandra Bryant.”
Pratt added, “I am a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario where I completed my BA Honors Specialization in Psychology. During my time at Western, I achieved a high academic standing while participating in activities and organizations that contributed significantly to the community. I dedicated my time as a student leader, mentor, and research assistant to enrich academic education at the university. Over the years, I have gained solid research knowledge and experience by working under the supervision of four professors on five different research-related projects. I hope to gain new insights into the research field and have a positive impact on the surrounding rural communities. This summer, I am studying for and writing the Medical Colleges Admissions Test. In the future, I hope to study medicine at a Canadian Medical School.”
Simpson, board member of Gateway, shared how Pratt will be an excellent addition to Gateway’s team: “Taylor has solid research knowledge and experience having worked on a number of research-related projects. She was a co-founder of the first annual Recovery Addictions Awareness Day at the University of Western Ontario. Taylor is a compassionate individual interested in improving health care and health-related factors that affect our everyday lives.”
The research Pratt is working on will help benefit the lives of many rural residents.
“Taylor Pratt is involved in a Gateway research project funded by the Perth Huron United Way. During this time of rapid change, Gateway would like to better understand how the health and well-being of health-care workers is impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic in Huron County. Understanding the main stressors will be vital in identifying the impact of the pandemic on health-care workers, help us to better understand the types of support available to them and identify key needs moving forward,” said Simpson.
Finally, Joel Hordijk has joined Gateway this summer.
“I am a second-year student enrolled in the Honors Bachelor of Health Sciences program at the University of Ottawa. Through my studies, I became aware of many challenges the rural communities face with personal health and access to care. With the opportunity to work at Gateway, I hope to use the research and resources available to develop an effective business plan further promoting the challenges faced by those in rural communities. In the future, I hope to study for a Medical Degree and later pursue a career in rural health,” said Hordijk.
McFarlan said, "Under the guidance of several board members, Joel is collating a business plan for our not for profit organization. This project has been on the roster for several years now, just waiting for the student with the right combination of skills. Joel's experience with various businesses in the agricultural sector, as well as his knowledge of health sciences has made him an ideal candidate to take on this very important project for Gateway. The business plan will be a useful tool when we approach funding agencies or government contacts."
Gateway is a community-driven centre for rural health research and is successful through their collaboration with many community partners.
To learn more about past and present research projects and the work of Gateway please visit their website at www.gatewayruralhealth.ca. Alternatively, for more information call 519 612-1053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impact of Covid-19 on rural healthcare to be researched
Casandra Bryant (Submitted photo)
Gateway is excited to have a new research associate join their team, Casandra Bryant.
Alongside the Gateway team, Bryant is advising on a research project investigating the impact of COVID-19 on the rural healthcare system with a focus on the well-being of healthcare workers and others employed in a healthcare setting. This research aims to clearly identify the impact of COVID-19 on rural healthcare workers and inform future support initiatives and resources for the immediate future and post-pandemic. This project is funded by Huron-Perth United Way.
The recent appointment of Jane Philpott as a special advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Health with a mandate to design and implement a health-data platform aimed to assist researchers and health-system workers, indicates the importance of gathering pandemic data. While it is unknown how and where this data will be gathered, most studies and reports have been urban-centric. Bryant is excited to be a part of a research initiative that solely focuses on the rural healthcare system in Huron county. She is advising on the research design and data analysis stages of the project.
“I am a first year PhD student in Rural Studies at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. My MSc in Capacity Development and Extension focused on rural connectivity, and communication media with rural radio broadcasters, extension workers and community development officers in Latin America, and Africa. I completed a consultancy at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy and conducted additional communication-focused research in rural Central America before returning to Canada.” said Bryant.
In addition to her academic work, Bryant brings 15 plus years of professional experience as a non-profit organization consultant, working with a number of national health-related organizations such as, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, MS Society of Canada, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Renascent Foundation and Rethink Breast Cancer. One of her recent roles as a Strategy Lead in Program Development helped to create a leadership-coaching program for nurses and healthcare executives centred on creating leadership cultures that embrace relationship-centred care and personal development.
Her doctorate work will focus on rural women social entrepreneurs at both the community and policy level. She feels the role of social enterprise has been and will continue to play a role in addressing social issues such as gender inequality, mental and physical health, healthcare access, economic empowerment and community resilience. Bryant’s research will specifically explore female social entrepreneurs with the hope to learn more about the opportunities and challenges they face as women.
“We continue to attract and strengthen Gateway. We are delighted to welcome Casandra to our team,” said Gwen Devereaux, president, Board of Directors.
Gateway is a not-for-profit organization located in Goderich. Gateway works towards improving the quality of life of rural residents among Huron, Perth, Bruce and Grey County. Gateway works towards their mission through employing university students to encourage them to become practicing health care professionals in rural communities.
Through their partnerships with community health centres, rural health professionals, academic institutions and university students, Gateway works towards their vision to build a centre of excellence dedicated to advancing rural health. To learn more about Gateway go to their website: www.gatewayruralhealth.ca.
Conservation Dinner postponed until April of next year
The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced the 2020 charitable auction is postponed until Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021. The committee made the decision on June 15 at a video conference meeting.
The Chair of the Dinner Committee is Dave Frayne.
“It is a tough decision to postpone this wonderful event but it is the right thing to do,” he said. “More than 400 people attend the Dinner each year. It is not feasible to practise social physical distancing, at this time, with that many people. We plan to return in 2021 with another great Conservation Dinner and continue our support of needed projects in our local communities.”
The Conservation Dinner Committee will contact those who have already donated money or items in 2020 to the charitable auction. The committee hopes to carry forward 2020 donations of auction items to the rescheduled event in 2021. The Chair thanked all who have donated auction items already. The committee will also contact people who had already purchased their ticket for the Conservation Dinner.
“We look forward to 2021 and hope we can once again share fellowship together, in support of our community, at the Conservation Dinner,” said Frayne. “I thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to prepare for the event planned for this year. I also want to thank everyone who has donated and are donating to this important community fundraiser. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.”
Donations are still needed to support community projects. Anyone who would like to donate to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) or Exeter Lions Club, can contact them directly.
In the month of June, anyone who donates to ABCF at givingchallenge.ca (or go directly to this web page: www.canadahelps.org/en/gcgc/13580) can mention the projects they want to support. They may donate to “Conservation Dinner 2020” to support projects of the Exeter Lions Club and the ABCF.
This is the first time in the event’s three-decade history that it has been postponed to the next year. The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of Exeter Lions Club, ABCFand other community partners. It has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities over 30 years.
broadband service expansion in County moves to next stage
On June 19, Bill Walker, MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, and Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce on behalf of Ernie Hardeman, minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced a major step in the expanding of broadband internet in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties with the Request for Proposals (RFP) by Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Inc. This program is part of the government’s commitment to expanding access to broadband internet in rural areas and makes way for up to $36.8 million in broadband infrastructure expansion.
“This is indeed welcome news to rural residents in Huron-Bruce, especially during the pandemic,” said Thompson. “Minister Hardeman and his team have been working hard to bring high speed internet to our area and we are seeing the fruits of that work.”
“This is terrific news for residents in the rural areas of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. Through this investment, we can continue to take steps to bridge the digital divide and improve quality of life for our local residents,” said Walker. “COVID-19 has reminded us how critical broadband is to work, learn and connect with friends and family.”
“Without a doubt, this is a difficult time for all Canadians. Access to services, opportunities to connect in isolation and telework depend on access to high speed internet. That’s why our government’s investments to date are connecting a million households in Canada. SWIFT is one of hundreds of our partner organizations that are working hard to connect Canadians. We are proud of partnerships like these that allow for this work to move ahead,” said the Honorable Maryam Monsef, minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.
“At a time when people have become more dependent than ever on broadband, having access to high-speed internet is critical,” said Allan Thompson, SWIFT Board Member and the chair of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association. “SWIFT, together with our community leaders and local service providers, is committed to bringing Southwestern Ontario’s underserviced communities online and high-speed internet access to thousands. Today, as result of our public-private partnerships, SWIFT is proud to announce that many more homes and businesses in Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties will soon have greater access to reliable internet services.”
The RFP for Grey County closes on July 10, Bruce County closes on Aug. 21 and Huron County is to close on Dec. 4. Contracts will be awarded, and service provider agreements put in place shortly after the RFPs close.
The Ontario government recognizes how important rural broadband access is for individuals, families and businesses. Work continues toward bridging the gaps in broadband access in Southwestern Ontario, as part of a combined $190 million investment to bring fast, reliable internet to thousands of homes and businesses.
Creating more ways to strengthen rural economies is part of the government's plan to build Ontario together. Reliable and affordable broadband internet will allow communities to attract new development, strengthen local economies and create more well-paying jobs and opportunities in rural Ontario.
Americans can make deductible gifts to local conservation
There are friends of Canadian conservation in Canada and in the United States (US). A new partnership, between American Friends of Canadian Conservation (American Friends) and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), offers a new opportunity for US taxpayers to protect the natural beauty of this unique area in Canada. This partnership makes it possible for people in the US to make tax-deductible gifts to leave a lasting local nature legacy in this distinctive part of Canada. Gifts of land, conservation easements, cash or securities to American Friends can help the ABCF preserve what makes this region unique. This partnership makes it possible for US taxpayers to donate land or funds to support preservation of important natural areas in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and throughout the historic Huron Tract.
The Chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF), Dave Frayne, said it is exciting American Friends has approved ABCF as a qualified grantee.
“Many people in the United States have a strong relationship with Canada and have an interest in preserving important natural areas in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and throughout the area of the historic Huron Tract,” he said. “This exciting partnership with American Friends gives US taxpayers a new way to make this happen.”
American Friends accomplishes its land and water preservation mission through innovative and effective partnerships with Canadian conservation organizations. Together, they protect Canada’s magnificent natural legacy through cross-border conservation. Conservation-minded landowners from the US donate natural lands, or a conservation easement, or funds to American Friends. Those donations are tax-deductible against US income and can reduce US estate taxes and Canadian capital gains taxes thereby helping landowners accomplish their preservation, estate planning, and financial goals. Canadian partners of American Friends steward properties that have been donated and protected.
Sandra Tassel, American Friends’ Program Coordinator, said, “ABCF is dedicated to protecting and restoring the open spaces, scenery, and recreation opportunities that define the southeastern coast of Lake Huron. We look forward to partnering with ABCF and the many Americans who care about the future of this special part of the Great Lakes.”
Anyone who would like to find out more or anyone who is an US taxpayer wanting to donate, is invited to visit this web page: conservecanada.org/portfolio-item/ausable-bayfield-conservation-foundation/.
Find out more at abca.ca on this new local web page: www.abca.ca/foundation/american-friends.
Donations will support permanent preservation of nature areas in Ausable Bayfield watersheds and in the historic Huron Tract. Conservation in this historic area within Huron, Lambton, Middlesex, and Perth counties stretching from Goderich in the north to Arkona and Parkhill in the south, east to Stratford and including many communities in between will benefit from contributions to American Friends.
ABCF acquires and retains lands for conservation purposes and supports water quality protection and improvement projects, habitat enhancement and stewardship, and other conservation projects, through successful community partnerships. Preserving natural areas, improving forest conditions and soil health, protecting water quality, and creating habitat for living things are essential for the health of everyone and everything in the watershed.
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/en/health-matters/covid-19-in-huron-and-perth.aspx
HPPH is aligning with public health across the province and will return to their usual practice of not reporting on their website the number of people who test negative. They will be reporting the province’s estimate of the total number of tests taken in Huron and Perth counties. This number will include repeat tests on the same individual.
They will continue to report positive cases, including demographics such as age, gender and municipality.
As well, they will no longer be updating the numbers on the web page “COVID-19 in Huron and Perth” on weekends. They will revisit this in the event of an increase in community transmission and cases.
Huron Perth Public Heath (HPPH) has received many questions and concerns from people and organizations about how to stay safe, and keep others safe, during this time of loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
“Even as services and businesses re-open, and as we form social circles, it’s important to remember that things will not go back to how they were before COVID-19,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen. “We are in a new normal. Kindness and understanding will be vital to moving safely into our new normal. We must work together to stay healthy while resuming our businesses, services and activities in a new way. Huron Perth residents have done a great job so far of helping reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
There are many public health measures every individual can continue to do to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19: stay home if you are sick; wash hands frequently with soap and water; keep your physical distance from people outside of your household/social circle and do not share food or drinks; wear a cloth mask if you are not able to physically distance.
HPPH strongly recommends that residents use a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask) when it is not possible to keep two-metres’ distance from those not in your social circle.
“Wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, is a way to protect others,” said Dr. Klassen. “For those of us who can wear a mask, it’s a way to be kind and protect your community. We want to see as many people as possible wearing masks in situations where physical distancing is a challenge, such as, public indoor spaces.”
Some services and retail establishments currently require you to wear a mask in order to receive services or shop in their stores. Please follow these requirements.
“We also recognize that it’s not possible for some people to wear masks for a variety of reasons, or it’s a challenge for families to afford masks,” she added. “I encourage everyone to focus on what part we as individuals can play in following public health measures and reducing the risk of COVID-19.”
HPPH would also like to recognize the hard work of individuals and community groups in Huron-Perth who have been making non-medical face coverings. Wearing masks will likely become part of our “new normal”, and the efforts of these individuals and groups is greatly appreciated.
“Because we are strongly recommending masks, some people ask why Huron Perth Public Health is currently not making it mandatory to wear masks,” said Dr. Klassen.
Here are some important things to know:
• Masks can provide protection to others when physical distancing is not possible. However, masks do not replace other important public health measures. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.
• To be effective, masks also require proper use: put the mask on properly, take it off properly, not contaminate the mask while wearing it, and then clean it properly.
“I believe that the current evidence on the use of masks does not allow us to meet the criteria to issue an order mandating people to wear masks in Huron Perth,” said Dr. Klassen. “The number of cases in Huron Perth have been low and sporadic and it has been our experience that people, for the most part, have been adhering to public health advice. However, we are constantly monitoring the research on masks and transmission of COVID-19, and are always prepared to respond as necessary.”
Dr. Klassen said adjusting to the “new normal” will require politeness, kindness and patience from everyone. Everyone must work together to stay healthy while resuming their businesses, services and activities in a new way.
For more information, visit www.hpph.ca/coronavirus or call the HPPH Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) continues to review their Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the recent memorandum issued from the Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding visitors to acute care settings and the low prevalence of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth, HPHA is taking a careful, staged approach to relaxing family and caregiver presence restrictions.
The health and safety of everyone will continue to be priority with each phase carefully monitored over time. As the pandemic evolves, HPHA will determine if it is necessary to change course, at any time, to maintain the safety of staff, patients and the community. HPHA also looks to support from the community to adhere to these guidelines.
“At HPHA, we understand that loved ones, families and caregivers are essential to the health, well-being and quality of life of our patients and we are committed to supporting this,” said Andrew Williams, president and CEO. “The updates to our Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines keep public health measures in place to protect our patients and staff and will be carefully monitored.”
Effective immediately, inpatients will be permitted one visitor per day who will be allowed to visit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presence out of these times will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Patients who are in isolation precautions will not be allowed family or caregiver presence at this time but staff will help assist these patients with virtual and telephone visits.
Some other updates to HPHA’s Family and Caregiver Guidelines include, one family member, caregiver or guardian accompanying a patient:
• who is giving birth
• who is an infant or child attending for an outpatient procedure
• who is an infant or child attending for an emergency department visit
• who requires assistance to manage their condition, disability or language barrier
• to an outpatient appointment
• to one of the Emergency Departments
• undergoing a surgical procedure
It is important to note for outpatient, surgical and emergency department accompaniment, the amily member or caregiver may be asked to wait outside or in their car while the patient receives care and treatment to facilitate physical distancing.
Patients who are critically ill or receiving end-of-life care will be allowed support by multiple family members and/or caregivers, however, only one person will be permitted at a time with the patient.
Family and caregivers must be 16 years or older. Younger individuals will be considered on a case-by-case visit.
As is the current practice, all those entering HPHA hospital sites will be screened at the designated entrances which are as follows: Clinton Public Hospital, Emergency Department; St. Marys Memorial Hospital and Seaforth Public Hospital, Main Entrance; Stratford General Hospital Main Entrances at Cambria and West Gore Streets from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the Emergency Department, for emergency care and after hours 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Family and caregivers will be given a mask after passing screening and must wear the mask throughout their visit, along with wearing any other personal protective equipment as required. The HPHA encourages frequent hand-washing and visiting can only take place in the patient’s room.
There are times when family and caregivers should not visit their loved ones in the hospital, especially if they are not feeling well.
“To keep our patients safe, we ask that family members and caregivers not visit if they are feeling unwell, have been outside of Canada in the last 14 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, or if they have had close contact with a confirmed or suspect case of COVID-19,” added Williams.
To see the full updates made to the Family and Caregiver Presence Guidelines, please visit HPHA’s website at www.hpha.ca.
garbage bag tags
The Bluewater Recycling Association has now launched their Wheelie Bin program in the municipality.
As a result, the Municipality of Bluewater will issue a refund for unused Municipality of Bluewater garbage bag tags from now until Dec. 15. Tags returned after Dec. 15, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. will not be refunded. Any tags purchased prior to amalgamation have expired and will not be refunded.
Please note that refunds must be requested from the Municipal Office directly, not from tag distributors in the community or from the Stanley Landfill. Email requests will not be accepted as the physical tag(s) must be handed in to the office.
Tags may be returned in-person at the Municipal Office when it is open to the public. In person requests between $3-30 will be reimbursed cash. Tag returns totalling more than $30 will be reimbursed via cheque in the next scheduled cheque run.
Tags may also be returned by mail to: Municipality of Bluewater, 14 Mill Ave, P.O. Box 250, Zurich ON, N0M 2T0. Mail-in requests will be reimbursed by cheque in the next scheduled cheque run.
The Municipality will not mail cash. Mail in requests must be accompanied by the following information:
• Mailing Address
• Tax Roll#
• Phone number
Known vendors who purchased tags from the Municipality will be refunded $2.75 per tag providing vendor accounts are current. Reimbursement to vendors will be processed in the same manner as noted above for individuals.
Questions may be directed to: Rebecca Hawkins, Administrative assistant for Public Works and Facilities, by calling 519 236-4351 Ext. 238 or via email at email@example.com
Landowners in the Main Bayfield watershed are now eligible for an enhanced cost-share program that offers $30 per acre, up to 100 acres, for planting cover crops.
“If you have been wanting to try cover crops, this is a great opportunity,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).
The grant is thanks to the enhanced Main Bayfield Cover Crop Boost Program. Agricultural producers in the Main Bayfield watershed can receive a total of up to $40 per acre, when the Cover Crop Boost grant program is paired with funding from the Huron County Clean Water Project.
To find out more about grants to plant cover crops contact Brock via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nathan Schoelier at email@example.com, or by phone at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Funding is limited and some restrictions apply. Application intake deadlines are June 30, July 31, and Aug. 31.
Cover crops have many benefits to the farmer and the community. They help to protect water quality and build soil health. Cover crops help to reduce loss of nutrients and topsoil, reduce the amount and speed of water running off of land, and reduce wind speed at ground level which reduces wind and water erosion and the speed of water runoff. Those are just some of the benefits.
Anyone who may need some help to decide what to plant should contact their local cover crop seed supplier, talk to a neighbor, or contact their certified crop advisor. People may also want to use the cover crop decision tool here: decision-tool.incovercrops.ca.
The Main Bayfield watershed stretches from Varna west to Bayfield east to Vanastra and north to Clinton. For Main Bayfield Watershed boundaries consult the Watershed Report Cards at abca.ca at this web page: www.abca.ca/watershedreportcard.
The Cover Crop Boost program in the Bayfield area is made possible thanks to funding from Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.
Coping through Covid-19
Bayfield resident, Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.
Dufour received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. He has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
In 2002 Dufour was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.
Dufour was approached by several organizations to provide them with “Reflections” to offer coping techniques through the COVID-19 crisis. He was kind enough to submit these to the Bayfield Breeze and we hope to share them here as space allows.
This week we include one that provides insights into improving communication during a crisis.
Do you need to eat…sleep...or talk?
Whenever I am asked to do an educational event about work stress to First Responders, I insist that one of the events include their partners. When their First Responder partner comes home from a call, I suggest that they ask them three questions. What do you need to do first? Eat? Sleep? Or talk? I insist that the couple make a strong policy in their home that all three questions will eventually need to be answered.
The reason I stress this way of processing a critical event is that it breaks the unspoken message of do not talk, trust, or feel and completes the vital step of closing the feedback loop in the communication process. This model of direct and clear communication about events, thoughts and feelings allow the First Responders and their partners to be informed and then united in what needs to take place next.
This is a great model for all of us to use during the COVID-19 crisis. This life changing, long term, event has affected all of us in profound ways. A tool that is used in this model is “Deep Listening” this occurs when you are listening without judgment, without forming a response while the person is talking and focusing on being totally present.
Deep listening also:
• allows you to engage without assumptions
• establishes trust by demonstrating that you value what others say and take them seriously
• cultivates authentic connection with others - the quality of your attention influences the quality of the conversation
• helps clarify what is really going on
• enables new possibilities to surface
Eat? Sleep? Or talk? What do you need to do first?