retired teachers of ontario donate to camp klahanie
RTO “Service to Others” Chair, Jean Weigand, presented a $2,000 cheque to Lion Doug Bundy (centre right) recently. Also present were RTO District 9 President, Gary Jewitt, and Lion Bill Black (far right). All are members of District 9 RTO. (Photo by Hugh Fitzmorris)
Recently, the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO) District 9 donated $2,000 to the Lions Club of Goderich, for improvements at Camp Klahanie.
Under the umbrella of the RTO/ERO organization, a “Service to Others” committee had received a request from one of its members, also a Lions Club member, for support for the camp which caters to Youth Groups like the Scouts and Girl Guides. The “Service to Others” mandate, in part, is “to provide a means, via financial assistance, by which RTO/ERO members can participate in education, social and community projects”.
The property that the camp exists on was once owned by the Hindmarsh family, who donated it to the Girl Guides of Canada in the early 1970s. Girl Guides of Canada closed the camp in 2009 and it was later put up for sale. The Goderich Lions Club purchased the camp in the summer of 2013 and has since built several bunkies, improved the kitchen and washrooms, and has made the Camp available to youth groups as well as family gatherings ever since.
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions this past summer, the camp saw limited use, but the Lions Club needed some financial help to improve and complete some of the buildings and facilities. Several Lions are also retired teachers, thus the request from the RTO/ERO “Service to Others” request, was made by Lion Doug Bundy, member of the Local RTO/ERO, District 9.
The Cheque was presented to Lion Doug Bundy, out at Camp Klahanie, recently and the RTO President and some of the executive, were given a tour of the camp and its facilities, by Lion Bob Murray. They were very impressed and commented on the cleanliness and suitability of the improvements.
District 9 RTO represents over 1,100 retired teachers and education workers in Huron and Perth counties and beyond.
united way helps public health fund fresh food box program
Parent Resource Visitor, Susan Young, is shown outside of The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford preparing to deliver fresh food boxes to families in Huron and Perth. (Submitted photo)
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) recently received funding from United Way Perth Huron to support the Fresh Food Box program.
The Fresh Food Box program aims to provide families living with food insecurity access to fresh produce, which may not be consistently available to them. Food insecurity is experienced by families who have an inadequate income to afford food after paying rent, bills and other living expenses. Food insecurity concerns are being amplified by COVID-19.
HPPH has partnered with The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford to provide Huron and Perth families connected to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program with a monthly food box. Over 100 fresh food boxes are distributed each month to HBHC families.
“Delivering the food boxes is also a great opportunity to provide parents with recipe suggestions and tips on feeding children to support healthy growth and development,” said Susan Young, Parent Resource visitor.
CPH Auxiliary supports hospital during challenging times
Marsha Taylor (front right), president of the Auxiliary to Clinton Public Hospital (CPH), presents a cheque for $20,000 to the CPH Foundation for the purchase of an ECG Machine, trolley and cart. Joining Taylor at the presentation were CPH Foundation Nominating and Bylaw Chair, Jane Muegge (front left); Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Williams (back left); and Anne Newington (back right), CPH Foundation director. (Submitted photo)
On Tuesday, Oct. 6th, the Auxiliary to the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) presented the CPH Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $20,000 for the purchase of an ECG machine, trolley and cart for the hospital.
The Auxiliary hosts several fundraising events throughout the year in support of
purchasing equipment for the CPH, though due to COVID-19 restrictions many of these events had to be cancelled this year. Traditionally, the Auxiliary hosts an Irish Stew Luncheon, Tag Day, Card Cavalcades, Hot Dog Days, a Penny Sale, a Gift of Light Celebration and a 50/50 Raffle as their fundraising events throughout the year.
The Auxiliary to the CPH and the CPH Foundation would like to extend their sincere appreciation to those who support these fundraising events and who support fundraising efforts through donations, which help to ensure quality local healthcare through the purchase of new equipment for the hospital. Everyone is lucky to live in such a kind and generous community.
CPH Foundation to Participate in CKNX Radiothon this Saturday
In an unprecedented year for health care, people are encouraged to please tune in to CKNX am920 or cknx.ca on Oct. 17 for the 19th Annual CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for their local hospital. This year, ten area hospitals will be participating in this fundraising event.
The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation aims to raise $40,000 towards a refresh of the Medical Devices Reprocessing Department and Operating Room. This project had previously been identified as the project to raise funds for at the 2020 Gala, which had to be cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Renovations are planned for the operating room later this year. The purchase of equipment and instrumentation is also required to support various surgical procedures provided at CPH, including orthopedic, ENT (Ears, Nose, Throat), cataract, urology and endoscopy. The anticipated cost for this project is approximately $607,000.
Support towards this goal can be made by donating online (www.cphfoundation.ca), by calling the office, 519 482-3440 Ext: 6297 or by mailing a cheque to Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, 98 Shipley Street, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0 anytime between now and the end of the year. On Oct. 17, people can phone in their pledge during the live broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. They can also text a gift of $10, by texting "HERO CLINTON" to 41010 between now and Oct. 31.
People are invited to tune in to the broadcast all day on AM920 and cknx.ca, or catch updates on the hour on 101.7 The One and Cool 94.5. Listeners will hear heartwarming patient stories and descriptions of equipment needed at each participating hospital.
The Clinton and District Kinsmen are hosting a Take-Out Breakfast on Oct. 17 at the Libro Community Hall, 239 Bill Fleming Drive in Clinton, in support of the Foundation’s fundraising goal. The Kinsmen will be serving breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. for people to take home and enjoy in the comfort of their own home.
More information about the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon can be found at cknx.ca. Be part of local healthcare in the community and support CPH through the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon. Organizers would like to thank everyone for their continued support!
DEB Talk to examine how pandemic has impacted women
COVID-19 has had profound effects on vulnerable populations across Perth-Huron and beyond. Among those who have been impacted the most are women. That’s the topic of United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH)’s first-ever virtual Women United event — and inaugural TED-style DEB talk — by Dr. Laura Morlock entitled, “She-Cession and How Women Lost 30 Years in Six Months”, on Friday, Nov. 6.
This one-hour event will begin at 8 p.m.
“Twenty-one amazing volunteers are working with us from across all regions in Perth and Huron Counties to bring this important virtual event to our community,” said Campaign Co-chair Kathryn Ritsma. “We’re inviting anyone who’s interested in this important issue to join us. We hope Dr. Morlock’s talk will start a conversation and inspire local women to make a difference in the communities they live in.”
Dr. Morlock’s talk will build on Women United’s goals of shining a light on women’s challenges and supporting local women. Dr. Morlock will examine the effects COVID-19 has had on women in the workforce, along with the long-standing social norms that put women in a vulnerable position in the first place. Dr. Morlock will also offer ideas on rebuilding toward a new, gender-equal model and answer any questions. Three-time Juno nominated Canadian recording artist Emm Gryner will also perform.
Join women from Goderich, Exeter, Wingham, St. Marys, Perth East, North Perth, Stratford and the rest of Perth and Huron for UWPH’s first-ever virtual Women United fundraising event. The $35 ticket includes a link to the online event and a #LocalLove swag bag including a Junction 56 cocktail, something sweet, something savory and something to set the mood; all safely delivered to the doors of participants. Women from outside the area can arrange to pick up their swag bag in one of the above regions or purchase an event-only ticket for $25. Proceeds raised over the weekend of the event will help support counselling for women and youth in Perth and Huron, including early intervention counselling, women’s and youth shelters and counselling for children who witnessed domestic violence.
Dr. Morlock is a scholar and advocate for gender equity, human rights, and religious diversity. She speaks and writes on public debates over gender and cultural identity, and the ways these shape North American human rights laws and policies. Her forthcoming book “Seaming Canadian: Religious Dress, Multiculturalism, and Identity Performance” looks at public battles over women’s bodies through Muslim, Sikh, and Mennonite head covering controversies. Far from being the threat to gender equity many imagine these communities to be, she shows how they in fact consistently advance human rights for all Canadians.
Dr. Morlock holds a PhD in Religious Diversity in North America from the University of Waterloo and is a lecturer at Ryerson University’s School of Fashion and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Anthropology Department.
Gryner is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, vocal coach and occasional CBC radio host. She has been nominated three times for a Juno Award, twice for Pop Album of The Year. Gryner toured the world with David Bowie, and appears on the recordings “Bowie at The Beeb” and “Glastonbury 2000”. In 2013, she collaborated with astronaut Chris Hadfield on his version of “Space Oddity” recorded partially aboard the International Space Station. The Hadfield-Gryner version has received over 200 million views worldwide and is celebrated as the first music video recorded in outer space.
UWPH would like to thank event sponsors Jennifer Anderson, Real Estate broker, Royal LePage/Hiller Realty; Kathy Dawson, Real Estate broker, Royal LePage/Homefield Group; Stacey Clarkson, Real Estate broker, Kempston & Werth; Operation Organize, Royal Homes, and Junction 56 Distillery.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca or call 877-818-8867 or 519-271-7730.
Gateway presents "Screenagers Next Chapter" on demand
As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”. One part of the village is Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) offering an on-line screening of a documentary “Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience”. Join the community conversation in a follow-up Zoom Q and A session about strategies to help kids and teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in the digital age.
Remote learning is a reality for many students this Fall, requiring much more screen time than they are used to. It’s so important to make the most of their time outside school hours to enjoy the outdoors and get lots of exercise for their general well being. Safe distancing interaction with peers within their bubble or class cohort is also beneficial for their mental health. Social skills are learned and like any skill, they require practice.
The documentary, follows filmmaker and physician, Dr. Delaney Ruston as she finds herself at a loss as to how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in this current screen-filled society, and how parents, grandparents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience. The viewers will witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. They will follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers Next Chapter, how it may be impacting teen mental health, and what can be done to help foster youth in the face of these struggles.
Gateway would like to acknowledge and thank the Town of Goderich and Larry Otten Contracting, sponsors of these virtual Speaker Series events.
Gateway has purchased the licencing rights which allows this organization to offer this documentary to registering participants. Registrants will watch Next Chapter on their own time during a two-week on demand viewing period from Oct. 8-22, then opt to participate in a moderated Q and A session on ZOOM Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. led by a facilitator and a panel of local experts coordinated by Gateway. The cost is $20.
Register for this documentary online:www.eventbrite.ca/e/116131706059
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
ABCA Outdoor Family Experiences
The traditional one-night Owl Prowl is cancelled for 2020, as part of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) response during the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the conservation authority is offering activities for the entire month of November to replace the popular event this year.
ABCA is making November, Birds of Prey Month.
Raptors are meat-eating birds of prey and include owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons and they play a very important role in the local ecosystem, according to ABCA.
During the month of November, people may find out more about birds of prey including owls through Outdoor Family Experiences offered by ABCA, through social media posts, and webinars on ZOOM and YouTube.
Interested parties may book a ‘COVID-friendly’ Owl Prowl for their family at Morrison Dam Conservation Area for dates starting in November until Feb. 27, 2021. Staff at ABCA ask everyone to please note that conservation area trails are closed to the public from sunset to sunrise. The public can only use trails at night when a program is booked and they are accompanied by ABCA staff.
Weekend outdoor family experiences can be booked through Eventbrite.ca and include owl prowls; autumn hikes at Bannockburn Conservation Area; pond studies at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA); fossil hunts at Rock Glen Conservation Area; a nature awareness hike at any conservation area; or ‘Christmas in the Forest’ at MDCA. The Eventbrite.ca website has the available dates and times to register for one of these experiences.
For more information contact conservation education staff at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
The education programs adhere to the pandemic protocols for gathering sizes and social physical distancing, etc. from public health authorities.
ABCA Outdoor learning programs
Parents and guardians now have an extra two weeks to register for the new outdoor learning programs for students, remote learners, and homeschoolers. The new programs are among adaptations, by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), 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.”
Science Outdoors is a program for students, remote learners and homeschoolers looking for outdoor learning beyond the classroom. It takes place on Wednesdays, over six weeks. It starts on Oct. 21. 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. 23 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 9-13. The program starts on Oct. 20 and will run on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until November 24. There is a maximum of 14 students so space is limited.
ABCA’s conservation educators 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, is asked to please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or 262. To register or to find out more visit the abca.ca website’s education web page at this link at: www.abca.ca/education/
GET OUTDOORS BINGO
Local people can get active, experience nature, and maybe win a prize through a new local Get Outdoors Bingo contest. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is hosting the fun activity and contest on its website, at abca.ca, from now until Oct. 29.
To download a PDF of the Get Outdoors Bingo visit the abca.ca website at this web page: www.abca.ca/post/?ID=1106. The bingo card, as well as contest rules, are posted on that page.
Anyone can play the Get Outdoors Bingo game but the contest is open to residents of any municipality of the ABCA watershed. The contest’s prize winner is to win a prize that includes an outdoor experience, delivered by ABCA staff, worth $70, as well as a Dragonfly Field Guide (or similar) and a 17-ounce Chilly Moose Kearney Traveller.
Entrants must date and check off the activities as they complete them and they need to follow all locally-applicable COVID-19 public health protocols. They are challenged to complete five activities in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal on the Bingo card) and then scan or take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into the draw.
The Bingo card includes 25 different outdoor nature activities including a beach cleanup, visits to trails and conservation areas, taking photos of autumn colors, a demonstration farm visit, outdoor education, birdwatching, tree planting, geocaching, paddling, bicycling, and more.
“This new spin on a classic game is a fun way for individuals and families to learn about plants, animals, and local nature areas and to safely enjoy activity and education in the great outdoors,” said Hope Brock, ABCA Healthy Watersheds technician.
The Huron County Museum and the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) are pleased to announce the opening of the much-anticipated exhibit “Reflections: The Life and Work of J.W. (Jack) McLaren” on Oct. 8. While there won’t be an event scheduled to celebrate the opening as organizers had hoped people are invited to pre-arrange their visit at their convenience to catch the exhibit, which is on until Apr. 30, 2021.
From mirth and mud at Ypres Salient and Vimy Ridge to the vibrancy of landscapes from Huron County and the Maitland Valley, the exhibit explores McLaren's prolific career as an artist, illustrator, and performer. Reflections is presented in partnership with the HCHS and features close to 100 works on loan from the community.
At this time, the Museum is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. To pre-arrange a visit, please call 519 524-2686 and be sure to review the latest guidelines for visiting the Museum on their website.
Reflections is included with regular admission or free for Museum Members and Huron County Library card holders. Please call the Museum at 519 524-2686 to pre-arrange a visit today.
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is looking for a dog involved in an incident at Point Farms Provincial Park north of Goderich to complete an investigation. The incident took place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at approximately 5:30 p.m., on the beach area.
The dog involved in the incident is described as possibly a golden retriever, golden to brown in color. A man was walking the dog at the time, possibly with his daughter.
HPPH is investigating this incident to check if the dog has up-to-date rabies shots. If the dog is not found, the person who was bitten may need to complete a series of rabies shots.
HPPH reminds people to always obtain the contact information of the owners of the animals involved in a biting incident.
Anyone who has any information about this dog should contact HPPH at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 2069. For after hours or over the weekend, call the main number and follow the prompts to reach their answering service.
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.
Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.
Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link pccweb.ca/knoxbayfieldpc/weekly-sermon/.
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.