over $800,000 distributed through Urgent needs fund
On Sept. 15, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) announced the organization distributed $800,225 to support vulnerable and newly vulnerable people across Perth and Huron during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 is a global crisis, but it affected so many individuals right here in Perth and Huron,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “We were able to utilize UWPH’s organizational strength as a communicator, collaborator and facilitator to bring people together and address urgent local challenges. Our community partners have been pivotal in helping us. We were inspired by their creativity, commitment and resilience.”
On Apr. 7, UWPH launched a call to non-profits and other qualified applicants working to adapt services and support the local community. A volunteer-led committee reviewed applications. Funded programs addressed issues including food insecurity, mental health and addictions, housing, domestic violence, seniors and social isolation. In total, 41 grants were issued through the COVID-19 Urgent Need Fund, the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and Emergency Community Support Fund and the Social Service Relief Fund. For a full list of projects and other initiatives, visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
UWPH’s efforts went beyond financial support. The organization facilitated weekly virtual meetings with social service agencies, administered a Facebook group alongside local librarians to share information and connect people, submitted over 1,000 updates to the Ontario 2-1-1 helpline database to reflect service changes and held four workshops on topics relevant to non-profit agencies to survive in a state of disruption.
UWPH also created an Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals (UNFI), designed to support local residents in a time of crisis by helping with essentials like rent, groceries and medication. Since the UNFI’s launch, over $70,000 has been distributed by social services in Perth and Huron, helping almost 550 people.
Acknowledging many vulnerable people and populations will be dealing with fallout from the pandemic for months to come, UWPH is continuing to raise funds for the UNFI; keeping those in need from slipping deeper into poverty, shame and despair. Applications by individuals in need are still open. Download the form from the UWPH website.
“The effects of this pandemic have been devastating and unequalled, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized communities,” added Erb. “We want to make sure everyone is lifted up. If we continue working together through coordinated local action, we can build a brighter future for everyone.”
Work continues to address homelessness in Huron county
The County of Huron continues to work diligently in addressing the challenges associated with homelessness, poverty and housing instability in Huron County. To properly address the complexities of homelessness, both immediate action and long-term solutions are required.
“Individual people, each with unique experiences and challenges, require an individualized response,’ said Warden Jim Ginn. “Responding to homelessness is not just about providing housing, it requires relationship and trust building and often means addressing complex issues including past traumas, mental illness or addiction. For these reasons, addressing homelessness takes both immediate action as well as time and commitment.”
Immediate actions being taken by the County of Huron to address homelessness include:
• A Homelessness Task Force was developed to advocate for and address immediate needs.
• Supporting and coordinating diversion from shelter and/or emergency shelter solutions. Rigorous work continues towards securing suitable accommodations for vulnerable populations, especially in the nearing cold months.
• Partnership with Huron-Perth United Way to deliver Urgent Needs Funding.
• Using Social Services Relief Funding to support those most vulnerable with a variety of services, including temporary accommodations, housing allowances, food and supplies, and more.
• A variety of communication pieces drafted to provide education at the local level and advocate for increased support at the provincial level.
In addition to addressing immediate needs, the County recognizes that addressing homelessness requires long-term commitment. To this end, work on the Long-term Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan, 2014-2024 continues with the goal of preventing homelessness, providing appropriate housing and supports to those who require it, and creating an absence of need for emergency shelters. Details of this progress can be found in the Long-term Affordable Housing and Homelessness Plan five-year review.
Long-term actions being taken to address homelessness by the County of Huron include:
• A homelessness enumeration project was completed in 2018 to better understand the scope of homelessness within the County.
• Ownership and management of rent-geared to income properties and additional tenant supports.
• Supplement programs for private landlords offering social housing.
• Financial support to a variety of supportive and preventative programs, including transitional housing services, ASH Housing (Addiction Supportive Housing), CMHA housing programs (both Middlesex and Huron-Perth CMHA) and youth homelessness prevention programs.
• Local agency co-ordination for support services to those in need.
“It’s important for our communities to recognize that destructive behaviours and homelessness do not always go hand-in-hand, in fact many homeless do not cause a disturbance,” said Barbara Hall, director of Social and Property Services. “There are many complexities to homelessness and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We’ve seen some individuals choose not to participate in services offered to them and instead follow their own journey. Regardless, the Social and Property Services department and our community partner agencies are dedicated to helping everyone that we can.”
There are many factors which can put an individual at risk for homelessness and every experience of homelessness is unique. The County is committed to improving the quality of life for all people of Huron, including those facing multiple barriers so that they may live independently.
Community members can be part of the solution. Here’s how:
• As a Landlord, consider participating with the County of Huron in offering rentals to the most vulnerable in our community knowing the County would continue to support these individuals when housed.
• As a private citizen, consider a secondary unit in homes - low vacancy rates make it difficult to obtain affordable housing.
• Work with community partners to support those in emergency housing situations by volunteering or making donations.
• Support housing initiatives in local communities.
• Become an ambassador for those most vulnerable in the community by breaking down stigmas.
Individuals in need of access to Social Housing can contact the Huron County Social and Property Services department at 519 482-8505.
help to parents struggling over pandemic screentime use
A Huron County program to teach parents how to manage kids’ screen time during COVID-19 will be available soon.
Struggling with kids about screen time? Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will host a must-see documentary screening for parents and grandparents – “Screenagers: Growing up in a digital world” from now to Oct. 1. Zoom panel discussions and Q and A sessions providing tips for parents will be held on Oct. 1 only.
Gateway’s 2020 Speaker Series continues virtually this September and October, featuring on-line viewings of “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter”, two important documentaries about the impact of excessive screen time on today’s children and teens.
Gateway Board member, Nancy Simpson believes that screen time is an integral part of all kids’ lives especially during COVID-19 times. During the lock down period, there is also a good chance that some bad habits were developed with respect to screen time.
“Finding that balance between living in a digital world and the real world is key. For example, face-to-face interactions within your ‘bubble’ or class cohort to develop good social skills, exercise and positive health choices, as well as enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors,” said Simpson.
There are multiple screenings happening daily of “Screenagers” in communities across the globe. It is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offers parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into an international movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens. The themes include use of screens in school, boys and video games, girls and social media and the risk of addiction.
Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor on-line homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.
As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. We meet Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.
Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. “Screenagers” goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.
Gateway has purchased the licencing rights to “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter” which allows the organization to offer these documentaries to registering participants. Registrants will watch these documentaries on their own time during a two-week period, then opt to participate in a moderated Q and A session on Zoom, led by a facilitator and a panel of local experts coordinated by Gateway.
Screenagers will be available from now to Oct. 1 on demand. The panel discussion and Q and A Zoom session will be offered the evening of Oct. 1 only starting at 7 p.m.
For trailers and more information about this documentary, visit www.screenagersmovie.com
To register for “Screenagers” go to www.eventbrite.ca/e/116129493441
And be sure to watch for more details about the second documentary, “Next Chapter” coming soon.
Gateway would like to acknowledge and thank Larry Otten, of Larry Otten Contracting, for sponsoring this upcoming Gateway Virtual Speaker Series event. Gateway also received a Community Grant from the Town of Goderich to support their 2020 Speaker Series fundraising initiative for which they are truly grateful.
Unwanted shoes to make a statement on climate change
Unwanted and unused shoes are being collected in Goderich for Global Day of Action on Sept. 25. These shoes will later be donated to area charities. (Submitted photo)
Fridays For Future International has declared a Global Day of Action on Sept. 25. It is almost one year since over one million, Canadians joined millions of others around the world in the 2019 Global Climate Strike. The Global Day of Action is a youth inspired event.
The coming months and years will be crucial in ensuring a safe pathway below 1.5 °C increase in global mean temperature, a target stated in the Paris Agreement. If people are to minimize the risks of triggering irreversible chain reactions beyond human control, people need to act now. It is therefore vital that the climate crisis doesn’t get forgotten in the shadow of COVID-19 but is regarded as the utmost priority.
Goderich’s own Climate Strike action last year was very successful but members of Green Goderich feel there is more progress to be made. That is why members of Green Goderich invite people’s “shoes” to attend a Fridays for Future event in Goderich on Sept. 25.
The public is asked to participate by leaving a pair of shoes and a poster at Dr. Jim
Hollingworth’s garage at his residence at 66 Waterloo St. North, in Goderich prior to Sept. 25. Shoes may be left in a bag or box, for ease of handling, a blue bin is provided to place them in. Posters may also be left to accompany these shoes. The shoes will be gathered and donated to local charities after the event.
Participants unable to drop off a pair of shoes are asked to post a photo to Social Media of themselves and a poster on Sept. 25. Use hashtags #Fridaysforfuture #Goderich #HuronCounty
COVID-19 conditions make this creative solution necessary. The shoes represent people who are unable to attend or be present due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Dr. Jim Hollingworth of Goderich and a member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is dedicating much of his retirement life to warn people of the danger in not heeding Climate Science.
“The work that we must individually and collectively do to avoid a cascading climate catastrophe in 10 or 11 years hence is huge. But do the work we must if we wish to protect the well-being of our children, grandchildren, the beauty and diversity of the natural world and to preserve civilization as we enjoy it today. Against all odds, we should remain hopeful and proactive by doing that which we know to be right for the sake of the whole of humanity,” said Hollingworth.
Millions of people young and old from around the World will be making their voices heard on Sept. 25.
FFF is a global climate strike movement that started in August 2018, when 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a school strike for climate. In the three weeks leading up to the Swedish election, she sat outside Swedish Parliament every school day, demanding urgent action on the climate crisis. She was tired of society’s unwillingness to see the climate crisis for what it is: a crisis. To begin with, she was alone, but she was soon joined by others. Their call for action sparked an international awakening, with students and activists uniting around the globe to protest outside their local parliaments and city halls. Along with other groups across the world, FFF is part of a hopeful new wave of change, inspiring millions of people to act on the climate crisis. To learn more visit fridaysforfuture.org/.
Fridays for Future Goderich is a local Huron County grassroots group existing to organize events and communication for this movement. It is sponsored by Green Goderich. They can be found on Facebook at “Fridays for Future Goderich”.
Green Goderich is a local Huron County grassroots environmental action group that inspires and unites people to protect and support ecosystems. They love natural resources and wish to protect them through action to eliminate plastic pollution and both the causes and effects of climate change. They build community through education, action, and advocacy. To discover more visit: www.greengoderich.com/.
society provides options to keep the brain active while at home
Anyone looking for ways to keep their brain active while at home? The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is here to help people stay engaged and connected.
The Society is offing three programs this fall: Dementia Education, Memory and Aging Program and a Ukulele Group. All of these programs are available for anyone in the general public to attend – they do not have to be clients of the Alzheimer Society.
Dementia Education covers the topics addressed most frequently: Ten Warning Signs, Brain Changes and Dementia, Types of Dementia, and Communication Changes. These one hour ZOOM sessions are on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please contact the office to register and confirm specific dates and times.
The Memory and Aging Program was developed for anyone interested in finding out more about age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and to practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Sessions will be held over ZOOM from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Oct. 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5.
The Ukulele Group is for anyone who wants to challenge their musical skills? Ukulele lessons will be hosted on ZOOM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Laurie from the Bayfield Ukulele Society. The lessons are open to those 55 years old and over. The $20 program fee includes ZOOM group lessons - and a ukulele!
Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office at 519 482-1482 to register for the fall programs. Please register by Oct. 1 to ensure a spot.
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is rebranding the traditional fall fundraiser, Coffee Break, to “Social with a Purpose”. Social with a Purpose is a do-it-yourself fundraiser that promotes the importance of socializing, staying in touch and building a strong positive relationship with friends, family and community.
The Society has got people covered with easy to use digital kits to host their own Social with a Purpose fundraisers that they can invite their friends and family to join! Available kits Include: Paint Night, Sing-a-long concert, Date Night with cooking lessons, Wine Tasting with your own Sommelier, Game Nights, host a board game or card tournament with the family for ultimate bragging rights; and more!
The power of coming together and hosting a Social with a Purpose fundraiser will provide those living with dementia and their care partners needed social recreation programming. Social recreation programs have been proven to improve life quality and reduce isolation, something everyone has experienced over the last few months.
By fundraising just $40, a person living with dementia and their care partner will be able to attend eight sessions of Minds in Motion — a vital program that provides physical exercise, social interaction, and brain stimulation activities with other clients, volunteers, and staff. Minds in Motion has been offered virtually during the pandemic; this is one example of the excellent work happening in social recreation at the Alzheimer Society.
View the kits or sign up to host a Social with a Purpose fundraiser at on.alz.to/socialwithapurpose. Once registered participants will immediately receive a customized web page with a unique link to share and promote their Social with a Purpose fundraiser. Make connections matter!
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
COVID-19 may have changed how people connect, but United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) isn’t going to let COVID-19 stop the organization from launching this year’s annual campaign and highlighting pressing needs across the region.
“This year has challenged our communities in many ways,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “More than ever, vulnerable and newly vulnerable people in our region need help. The annual campaign works to address unignorable local issues like poverty, homelessness and social isolation. With the generosity of local donors, and support from our partners, we can help ensure more people have a brighter future.”
Happening Friday, Sept. 25 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., this year’s UWPH Kick-Off is a video featuring Campaign Co-chairs Martin and Kathryn Ritsma. The presentation highlights local stories and reveals the 2020 fundraising goal; a goal reflecting the need across Perth-Huron. People from across the region — from Stratford and St. Marys to Listowel and North Perth, Exeter, Goderich and the rest of Perth and Huron — are encouraged to support businesses in their community by purchasing lunch at their favorite local restaurant. Then, tune in to UWPH’s Facebook event (@UnitedWayPH). Sponsors include Sun Life Financial at the Gold level, as well as Bronze sponsors Susan Molenhuis, Sales Rep., Sutton Group and Ward & Uptigrove Chartered Professional Accountants.
A key part of the 2020 UWPH annual campaign is an effort to continue raising money for the Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals (UNFI). Started during the pandemic, the UNFI supports local residents in a time of crisis by helping with essentials like rent, groceries and medication. Since the UNFI’s launch, almost 550 people have received support.
“The pandemic has created added challenges for non-profits in our region,” added Erb. “We need support more than ever to continue addressing local needs. I hope everyone joins us for the launch of our campaign. Together, we can do incredible things across Perth-Huron.”
UWPH is a 100 per cent local organization working to address unigonorable issues like poverty, homelessness and social isolation in local communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 39,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To donate or volunteer, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
The Ontario government is providing more than $3.8 million to hospitals in Huron-Bruce to address critical upgrades, repairs and maintenance.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson said that the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund will help hospitals maintain their infrastructure and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for patients to receive care.
“Every year these funds play a vital role in making sure our hospitals are kept up to date and safe,” Thompson said. “With today’s challenging times, this money is especially important.”
Hospitals receiving money include: South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $2,165,017, including hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham; South Huron Hospital in Exeter, $446,012; Wingham and District Hospital, $497,793; Seaforth Community Hospital, $365,478; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital in Goderich, $146,332; and Clinton Public Hospital, $223,880.
“Maintaining hospital infrastructure is another example of how our government is ensuring that Ontarians have access to health care services they can depend on, especially during these unprecedented times,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “Our ongoing investments to support essential projects like repairing roofs and windows and adding more isolation spaces can make a big difference to a patient's experience. It’s part of our plan to build the capacity we need to end hallway health care in Ontario.”
Projects will also support the hospitals in their ongoing response to COVID-19, such as updating HVAC systems to enhance patient and staff safety, creating additional isolation space and negative air pressure flow rooms to increase capacity and enhancing infection prevention and control measures.
Ontario is investing an additional $7.4 million to address ongoing urgent and/or emergent infrastructure renewal needs for community health service providers who met specific criteria on a priority basis, through the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.
abca OUtdoor learning programs
Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have developed three new outdoor learning programs to reach preschoolers, remote learners, and homeschoolers. The new programs are among adaptations to conservation education programming this autumn to deliver education in new ways during the current pandemic.
These programs take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) east of Exeter. The programs include exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, and sensory awareness to help children gain curriculum-based knowledge and develop a deep respect for nature and taking care of soil, water and living things in the watershed.
“We feel these programs will maintain a child’s connection to nature throughout the current school year and in all types of weather,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator. “Those taking part will spend lots of time in direct experience with the outdoors in all conditions.”
The new programs are Oaks and Acorns (preschoolers with caregiver); Science Outdoors (primary, junior, intermediate, half-day program); and Outdoor School (all day; ages nine to 13).
Oaks and Acorns is a program for children ages two to five years accompanied by an adult caregiver. It will start on Oct. 9 and will run on Fridays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., over eight weeks, until Nov. 27. Outdoor play and inquiry are part of this program. There is a maximum of ten children per session so space is limited.
Science Outdoors is a program for remote learners and homeschoolers looking for outdoor learning beyond the classroom. It takes place on Wednesdays, over eight weeks. It will start on Oct. 7. Junior students attend from 9 a.m. to noon and Primary students attend from 1-4 p.m. Science Outdoors for the Intermediate students will start on Oct. 9 and take place on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. The participants will have ‘hands-on’ exploration and activities to learn grade-specific science concepts from the Ontario Curriculum. There is a maximum of ten students per divisional time slot so space is limited.
The Outdoor School is an inquiry and curriculum based outdoor program for ages nine to 13. The program starts on Oct. 6 and will run, over 30 weeks, on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Outdoor School does not run on Dec. 24 or 31 or on March 18). There is a maximum of 14 students so space is limited.
ABCAs conservation educators will strive to be dynamic, caring and creative natural leaders while facilitating these outdoor learning programs. In addition, educators are following local health unit recommendations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s COVID-19 guidelines for day camps. Anyone who would like to chat with educators about these programs, should please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or Ext. 262.
To register or to find out more visit the abca.ca website’s education web page at this link: www.abca.ca/education/.
Paint Ontario is open, with all appropriate COVID-19 precautions and adjustments in place to ensure physical distancing and the full safety of visitors, volunteers and staff at all times. The final day for the show is Sept. 27.
Show hours are Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with evening extensions to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
To ensure a safe environment for everyone, building capacity at Lambton Heritage Museum has been reduced, and only 20 visitors per hour will be allowed to view the Paint Ontario show at a time to maintain physical distancing. Visitors are required to pre-register a time to visit and those attending the show without registering in advance may be required to wait, or return when space is available. Please call ahead at 519 243-2600 Ext. 0 to book a space or visit www.heritagemuseum.ca to register online.
The judges assure Grand Bend Art Centre organisers that artists’ work in the 2020 show will delight and inspire visitors, and art collectors will enjoy a wide variety of subjects and styles from which to choose.
Artists’ demonstrations and workshops have been pre-recorded and will be played on a rotating basis during the run of the show as well as being available on-line. Additionally, look for free, live outdoor demonstrations that will add a new element to the Paint Ontario visitor experience this year.
Thursday evenings promise to be a special time for viewers and purchasers who have busy weekday schedules, with a bonus of outdoor performances by popular local musician Tom Taylor. People are asked to bring their own deck chair.
Paint Ontario, including its show-within-a-show “Faces of Ontario”, continues to be Ontario’s largest Show and Sale of original artwork, a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work and an unmatched opportunity for buyers to view and acquire it.
For more information, go to www.paintontario.com or call Teresa Marie Phillips at 519-859-1662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) annual community grants program makes funds available to local charities and community groups to support a wide range of activities, from education and recreation, to the environment and the arts. The GBCF serves the municipalities of Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron. Deadline for applications is Sept. 30.
This year, the GBCF is encouraging grant applications from groups adapting to the new normal created by the pandemic.
“We know that charities are facing a big challenge right now,” said Grants Committee Chair Jim Jean. “They must continue to offer much-needed services while reimagining their organizations in a totally new context. We believe there’s an opportunity to help them ‘build back better’ in our communities.”
Applicants are encouraged to contact Pat Morden, Executive director of the GBCF, to discuss their plans before starting an application. More information and application forms are available online at grandbendcommunityfoundation.ca/wp-gbcf/applying-for-a-grant/.
For more information, call Morden at 519 619-8630 or email email@example.com.
COVID-19 IMPACT Survey
COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on communities. While the recovery will be long and difficult for everyone, small and rural communities face particular challenges. A partnership between the University of Guelph (U of G), United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC), the County of Huron, the Huron Arts and Heritage Network and the Listowel Salvation Army aims to ensure rural voices are heard.
“Fifteen per cent of Ontarians live in small communities and rural environments and these areas have a unique voice,” said Leith Deacon, assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. “We want to make sure that voice is heard. We’re looking forward to working in Perth and Huron Counties to learn about the concerns and anxieties of local people as communities look for ways to recover from the pandemic.”
The U of G survey aims to determine not only what planning is required to best support ongoing recovery in Perth and Huron but also how to best increase resilience and well-being over the longer term. Researchers aim to identify vulnerable populations, determine priority programs including mental health, income and food security, and education specifically to support those populations during and after COVID-19, explore opportunities for the non-profit sector and identify emergent mental health and economic concerns. The project is funded through Mitacs, a non-profit research organization that, through partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training in fields related to social and industrial innovation.
The research team is encouraging all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey in an effort to capture the most accurate data that reflects the experiences of people from across Huron and Perth Counties. The survey takes roughly half an hour to complete and is now open to people in Huron. Residents can visit linktr.ee/RURAL_RESPONSE to complete the online version of the survey. All households within Huron County will receive a paper copy in the mail, including a prepaid return envelope.
“We’re looking forward to the results of this important survey,” said SRPC Director of Planning, Susanna Reid. “This research will form the basis of our future research and planning efforts in Perth and Huron Counties. Everyone’s voice is important. What we learn from this research will help shape programs and policies that will be tailored to local needs.”"
The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.