food bank distribution centre hosts golf tournament
The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) held a golf tournament at the White Squirrel Golf Club recently. From l-r are: HCFBDC volunteers Barry Southcott, Lanna O'Leary, Carolyn Southcott, Karen Hodgins, HCFBDC Executive Director, Mary Ellen Zielman; and HCFBDC Board Member/Volunteer, Dave O'Reilly. (Submitted photo)
Friday, Oct. 1st proved to be a beautiful afternoon, for the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) to host the inaugural HCFBDC Golf Tournament at the White Squirrel Golf Club.
Forty-one area golfers took to the links to play 18 holes followed by a delicious teriyaki turkey steak dinner.
The foursome from Exeter Chrysler comprised of Mike Clarke, Steve Clarke, Justin Horner and Matt Sherk had the low score of the day. Prizes were also given for both women’s and men’s longest drive and closest to the pin as well as the popular putting contest.
HCFBDC extends thanks to all the tournament sponsors, volunteers and golfers who made the first annual golf tournament a great success. Thank you to the management and staff at the White Squirrel Golf Club who worked with the HCFBDC team to ensure a great experience for their guests.
HCFBDC’s purpose is to source and supply food and related products for the food banks and other food-aid agencies in Huron County as well as providing a mobile food bank service in four rural Huron County villages. HCFBDC relies on the generous donations of area growers to supply fresh fruit and vegetables (seasonal) and meat products. Financial donations to purchase eggs, dairy, fresh produce and other nutritious foods in addition to the donated foods are always needed.
Stay tuned to their website and Facebook page for information on the 2022 HCFBDC Golf Tournament. For more information, please visit their website at www.huroncountyfoodbank.org or contact their office at 519 913-2362.
Number of vaccinated residents in huron perth slowly rising
It was noted on Oct. 8 that Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) continues to see a steady number of COVID-19 cases, especially among those who are not vaccinated. There have also been several outbreaks recently.
“We cannot let our guard down,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “The Delta variant spreads quickly and easily, and will find those who are most susceptible.”
The number of people fully vaccinated in Huron Perth is slowly rising. As of Oct. 4, almost 78 per cent of residents aged 12 and older have had both doses. Vaccination rates are lowest among 18 to 39-year-olds.
“I urge everyone eligible, who is not yet vaccinated, to do so as soon as possible,” said Dr. Klassen. “Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19, especially the Delta variant.”
There are several vaccination options in Huron and Perth. Anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older, is eligible.
Walk-ins are accepted at most clinics. Appointments can be booked for some clinics, either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or by calling 1-833-753-2098. Please visit the HPPH website to learn more: www.hpph.ca/WalkIn
Primary care providers, and many local pharmacies, also offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies can be found at: covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
HPPH is receiving many inquiries from people who want a copy of their vaccination receipt. People can download or print their vaccination receipt from the provincial portal at covid19.ontariohealth.ca/. If someone needs help getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt, they should call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Individuals who just need help to print their receipt can visit a public library or Centre for Employment in Huron Perth.
If a person doesn’t have a health card or still needs assistance after calling the Provincial Contact Centre, they can call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133. Please do not come to an HPPH office as the offices are closed to the public.
cardiac monitors clinton hospital's radiothon goal
The past year, and a half, has served to remind everyone just how important it is to have access to quality, local health care. On Saturday, Oct. 16, CKNX AM920 will be hosting the 20th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for twelve area hospital foundations.
Listen 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. Don’t forget to listen for the two Power Hours throughout the day for a chance to win some fabulous prizes from local businesses.
The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation aims to raise $54,000 towards the purchase of two Cardiac Monitors, one for the emergency department and one for the inpatient unit at CPH.
Support towards this goal may be made by mail, by telephone, in person or online at www.cphfoundation.ca. On Oct. 16, people can phone in their pledge during the broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They may also text to donate $10 by simply texting HERO CLINTON to 45678 throughout the month of October.
Also taking place on Oct. 16, the Clinton & District Kinsmen are once again hosting their annual breakfast in support of the CPH Foundation’s Radiothon goal. The breakfast will take place at the Central Huron Community Complex Libro Hall from 7:30-11 a.m. The breakfast will be take-out only and the cost is by donation. The CPH Foundation member wish to express their sincere appreciation to the Kinsmen for their generosity in hosting this event.
More information about the CKNX Healthcare Heroes Radiothon can be found at cknx.ca.
Understanding drinking water protection zones via signage
A new drinking water source protection song, featured in a new drinking water source protection video, is just one of the ways Conservation Ontario hopes to engage the public in knowing more about "Drinking Water Protection Zone" signs and about protecting the water sources around municipal wells and intakes. (Submitted photo)
Conservation Ontario and local source protection authorities and regions will launch a three-week public information campaign, starting on Oct. 7, about drinking water protection zone signs. New education tools include a song, music video, social media posts and an online mapping application about signs across Ontario.
“If you’ve happened to see signs along your local highways saying ‘drinking water protection zone’ and you don’t know what they mean, our campaign will help (to explain)”, said Conservation Ontario’s Source Water Protection Lead, Deborah Balika.
Protecting Ontario’s water sources is a critical step in bringing safe municipal drinking water to Ontario residents, according to Conservation Ontario. There are approximately 1,700 drinking water protection zone signs across Ontario. These signs are the most visible way for Ontarians to know where their municipal drinking water sources are most vulnerable and most in need of protection.
“This outreach program is a fun way to bring attention to the signs and spread the word about the importance of source water protection,” Balika said. “The Drinking Water Source Protection Road Sign Working Group, which includes multiple conservation authority staff, enjoyed creating fun, dynamic, and interactive new ways for Ontarians to find out about drinking water source protection and vulnerable areas around municipal wells and intakes. By the end of this campaign, we hope people will know more about these signs, about source water protection, actions that have taken place since 2006 to keep their water safe and clean, and how they can be part of this important work to protect public health.”
Drinking water protection zones are areas, around municipal drinking water sources, where extra protective measures help to reduce risk and keep drinking water safe and clean. Ontario’s municipal drinking water sources include groundwater (underneath our feet in aquifers, drawn through municipal wells); and surface water (such as Great Lakes and rivers).
Drinking water source protection is one of several barriers, or ‘lines of defence,’ that help to protect drinking water in the Province. Other barriers of protection include monitoring, distribution, and the Three Ts: treatment, testing, and training of water operators.
Drinking water source protection is possible in Ontario through the Clean Water Act, 2006. Local source protection committees include representatives of many interests. These committees have developed source protection plans at the local level and the plans have been approved by the Province of Ontario. The source protection plans include policies that reduce risk to municipal drinking water sources in order to keep drinking water safe and clean for Ontarians.
To learn more about drinking water source protection in Ontario, please visit the Conservation Ontario source water protection web page: www.protectingwatermatters.ca/ and the Province of Ontario source protection web page: www.ontario.ca/page/source-protection.
vaccination proof for all who enter sports facilities needed
Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health announced additional proof of vaccination requirements on Oct. 6 for recreational facilities used for organized sports. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will now be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport. The requirement will come into effect on Oct. 31.
The decision to extend the proof of vaccination requirement to all those attending these facilities and to a younger age group involved in organized sport was made due to the nature of sport and fitness activities, which can create opportunities for COVID-19 to spread more easily. These factors include close contact between participants, forceful exhalation and increased respiratory rate, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and the removal of masks/face coverings during physical activity. It was also made in part because everyone 12 years of age and older is currently eligible to receive the vaccine.
“Indoor sports increase the risk of spreading COVID-19,” said Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Dr. Chris Mackie. “We have seen outbreaks in these settings across Ontario, and immunization is the solution if we want sports to continue.”
“The goal of this instruction is to reduce the risk of serious illness transmitted between players, coaches, and their families cheering them on from the stands. Organized sports are community events – we need to balance protecting our community, while finding ways to safely enjoy the activities we are passionate about,” said Medical Officer of Health at Southwestern Public Health, Dr. Joyce Lock.
“These additional protective measures will make it safer for everyone entering a facility for organized sports, whether to play, practice, coach, volunteer, or watch,” said Medical Officer of Health, HPPH, Dr. Miriam Klassen,
The three health units will issue Letters of Instruction shortly to the owners and operators of facilities in the communities they serve, where organized sports are played or practised. The letters were created by the Medical Officers of Health under their authority outlined in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c.17 and extend the provisions of O.Reg 364/20, which requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination and identification for all those 18 years of age and older who actively participate in organized sports or recreational fitness programs. In addition to players, the provisions of the Letters of Instruction apply to coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators aged 12 and over.
In addition to the added risks of virus spread associated with sport, the three health units continue to see new COVID-19 infections, particularly among people who are unvaccinated, including those under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. The provisions contained within the Letters of Instruction come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Alzheimer Society offering online education programs
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is back at it with their Fall 2021 Online Education Programs. Interested in learning ways to improve brain health? Want to learn more about dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment? These online education programs offer these topics and more in free, one-hour online programs. Interested parties can find the dates and times and register for these programs at //bit.ly/3Fvrois. These programs are always just a click away on the “Education Hour” banner on the Alzheimer Society’s website.
The Dementia Basics series covers the topics addressed most frequently: Ten Warning Signs, Brain Changes and Dementia, Types of Dementia, and Communication Changes. These programs start soon on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
The Brain Health 101 session covers lifestyle choices to keep a brain functioning at its best. “What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?” will help clarify what this diagnosis means and what resources are available. These education programs are offered at various times in the upcoming months. Please check the “Education Hour” page on the website for upcoming dates.
The Memory and Aging Program is an enjoyable and engaging series that describes those common age-related memory changes everyone can relate to – as well as brain health lifestyle choices and a chance to practice new memory strategies. Participants will be meeting on ZOOM from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17. There is a $25 workbook fee for this course.
See more details and sign up for any of these courses by clicking “Learn More” on the Education Hour banner at www.alzheimer.ca/huroncounty. People can also register by contacting the office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca
The Huron Hospice October 50/50 raffle is on now and it is the third opportunity for peole to win and do something great for their community. The raffle runs from now until Oct. 29. According to organizers, the raffle is a win-win as people have the chance to win the pot and help Huron Hospice at the same time.
“The Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations and pays for salaries and benefits of nursing staff. Donors cover the other half of our costs, including Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement support for adults and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them," said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive Director.
“Throughout the COVID pandemic, interest in our raffles has grown. They have become an important part of our revenue during the pandemic. We do understand that playing a raffle is not for everyone,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker. “If the raffle is not for you, there are other ways in which people can support Huron Hospice. They can support our Wings of a Dove Christmas program or make donations in memory of family or friends who have died. Whatever way people choose to give, we know all gifts come from the heart, and all the money raised stays here in Huron County and helps us provide services for families close to home.”
Buying tickets is simple. Just log on to www.huronhospice5050.ca and follow the links. People can purchase 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.
Anyone with questions is asked to please get in touch with Christopher Walker, manager, Fund Development, at 519 525-7352 or by email at email@example.com Licence No.: RAF1201150
Youth in Action
After a year away, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is re-launching their Youth in Action Grants initiative for 14 to 25-year-olds who have ideas to address youth issues in Perth and/or Huron County. The grants are an opportunity for youth to access up to $1,000 to develop and implement projects addressing important issues in their community and help their peers.
“UWPH is happy to be able to offer Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact, Megan Partridge. “It’s inspiring to see the projects local youth create to support their peers. We’re looking forward to reading the proposals and seeing the creative ways young people address important local issues.”
Previous Youth in Action Grant recipients have addressed a wide range of issues and challenges including mental health awareness, increased social connection, anti-bullying awareness and peer mentoring. To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14 to 25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Applications opened Sept. 13. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) top priority is keeping our patients, families, caregivers, staff and physicians safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective Nov. 1, family and caregivers must provide government issued photo identification and proof of full vaccination before entering any of the HPHA hospital sites. Acceptable proof is the Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate provided by the Ministry of Health (in paper or electronic form). Full vaccination is achieved 14 days after the second dose.
“In making this decision we are adopting a recommendation from our Patient & Caregiver Partner Steering Committee,” said President and CEO, Andrew Williams. “Our primary responsibility to those needing our hospitals for care and to our team is to provide as safe an environment as possible. Requiring full vaccination against COVID-19 is one of the best ways of achieving this.”
Family and caregivers who have a valid medical exemption, signed by a doctor or nurse practitioner will be required to show their documentation.
HPHA recognizes the importance of family and caregiver presence for the health and wellbeing of our patients. Clinical exceptions that would permit the presence of non-vaccinated family and caregivers will apply for patients who are children or infants, palliative and those who need to enter the hospital in order to support patients during an unpredictable or urgent circumstance, including end of life, a mental health crisis or to support an individual giving birth. Clinical exceptions will also apply to those patients who require support due to a cognitive impairment, developmental or intellectual disability or language barrier.
For the full list of clinical exceptions please visit the HPHA website and review the Family & Caregiver Presence Guidelines.
Please note these guidelines apply only to family and caregivers, not to patients. Please do not delay seeking medical care if needed.
long-term care home funding
The Ontario government will provide more than $3 million for long-term care homes in Huron-Bruce. The money is part of the $270 million the province is investing this year to long-term care homes to increase staffing levels, leading to more direct care for residents.
This is part of the province’s commitment to ensure long-term care residents receive—on average—four hours of direct care per day by 2024-25. It was also announced that as part of the government’s plan to fix long-term care, it will bring forward legislation that will enshrine its commitment to four hours of care into law.
“Our government is fixing a broken system and we are committed to making long-term care a better place for residents to live, and a better place for staff to work,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.
The announced funding for additional staffing this year to increase the hours of direct care for residents across the region includes:
- Brucelea Haven, in Walkerton, will receive up to $512,950. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $3,141,744 annually more than their current funding.
- Huronview, in Clinton, will receive up to $427,462. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $2,618,124 annually more than their current funding.
- Huronlea Home for the Aged, in Brussels, will receive up to $227,978. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,396,332 annually more than their current funding.
- Bluewater Rest Home, in Zurich, will receive up to $231,539. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,418,148 annually more than their current funding.
- Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, in Lucknow, will receive up to $188,793. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,156,332 annually more than their current funding.
- Southampton Care Centre, in Southampton, will receive up to $292,098. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,789,044 annually more than their current funding.
- Fordwich Village Nursing Home, in Fordwich, will receive up to $92,614. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $567,264 annually more than their current funding.
- Maitland Manor, in Goderich, will receive up to $260,033. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,592,688 annually more than their current funding.
- Queensway Long Term Care Home, in Hensall, will receive up to $181,677. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,112,700 annually more than their current funding.
- Seaforth Long Term Care Home, in Seaforth, will receive up to $167,419. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,025,436 annually more than their current funding.
- Exeter Villa Nursing Home, in Exeter, will receive up to $156,738. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $959,976 annually more than their current funding.
- Trillium Court, in Kincardine, will receive up to $121,113. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $741,804 annually more than their current funding.
Braemar Retirement Centre, in Wingham, will receive up to $185,232. By the year 2024-2025, the home will receive $1,134,528 annually more than their current funding.
“This funding will allow homes in our community to hire and retain more staff so they can provide more care to residents, every day,” Thompson added. “This is part of our government’s plan to hire thousands of new staff over the next four years to ensure those living in long-term care get the high-quality care they need and deserve.”
“We know that more qualified staff means more daily care for residents,” said Rod Phillips, minister of Long-Term Care. “Hiring more staff is part of our government’s plan to fix long-term care and to improve the quality of care residents receive and the quality of life they experience.”
Currently, residents receive an average of two hours and 45 minutes of direct care from nurses and personal support workers. This funding will increase the daily average to three hours, per resident per day by the end of this fiscal year. This funding also includes $42.8 million to homes to increase care by allied health care professionals, such as, physiotherapists and social workers, by 10 per cent this year.
The government is investing $4.9 billion over four years to boost direct resident care to an average of four hours daily by increasing care staff by more than 27,000 people. Hiring thousands of new staff at long-term homes and increasing the amount of care they deliver each year will be made possible by annual funding increases to homes: $270 million in 2021-22; $673 million in 2022-23; $1.25 billion in 2023-24; and $1.82 billion in 2024-25.
United Way - LCBO
The LCBO believes there’s no place to support like home and once again this year they have joined forces with United Way to help sustain communities and address unignorable issues such as poverty, mental health and homelessness.
“We’re grateful to the LCBO for their ongoing support of United Way,” said United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) Executive Director Ryan Erb. “All donations from the 17 LCBO locations in Perth-Huron stay in Perth-Huron, so when customers say yes to giving at the till they’re helping ensure vulnerable people in our communities have the chance for a brighter future.”
During the No Place to Support Like Home campaign, from now through Oct. 17, LCBO employees across Perth-Huron are asking customers if they would like to donate $10, $5 or $2 in support of UWPH’s 100 per cent local work. Last year, LCBO raised $34,869 for UWPH.