Parrott family and Clinton Lions' Club donate to CPH
Attending the presentation of a financial donation to Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) in memory of Dr. Parrott were l-r: Ian Fleming, Clinton Raceway Inc; Linda Dunford and Jane Groves, CPH Foundation Directors; Donna Wood-Parrott, Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation Chair;, Nancy Hawkins, Sharron Parrott, Craig Parrott, Lori Ripley and Steve Brown, CPH Foundation Treasurer. (Submitted photos)
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation received two very generous donations, the first from the Parrott family in memory of their father, and the second from the Clinton Lions’ Club.
The Parrott family attended CPH to present the Foundation with a $5,000 cheque in memory of their father Dr. Harry Parrott.
Dr. Parrott’s son, Craig, explained to the CPH Foundation members present, “There are three reasons our family wanted to make this donation. Firstly, we know that Donna had been very involved in keeping this hospital in the community years ago. Secondly, we know that Ian works directly with the Foundation through Legends Day at Clinton Raceway to fundraise for the hospital. But more importantly, is how important this hospital became to Dad. In fact, he wanted to come here to die…there was no question. Because of the care, and the nurturing, he received, he just felt so comfortable here. Every time he was here, he knew that he would get the best possible care. So, we are really delighted to make this donation to the Foundation today.”
The donation from the Parrott family will be used towards the accessible shower room on the in-patient unit at the hospital. This project was also funded by both Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in June and more recently the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon, which took place Oct. 19. This year’s Legends Day raised $50,691 toward the project, while preliminary numbers from the CKNX Radiothon show that more than $27,000 has been received in donations.
The CPH Foundation is truly grateful to the Parrott family for making this very generous donation in memory of Dr. Parrott. This is such a wonderful way to honor their father’s memory and to ensure that our hospital has the necessary equipment for future patients at CPH.
Attending the Clinton Lions' Club's donation for the Radiothon were l-r: Linda Dunford, CPH Foundation Director; Steve Brown, CPH Foundation Treasurer; Merv Kumm, Clinton Lions Club Treasurer; Jane Groves, CPH Foundation Director; Clayton Groves, Clinton Lions' Club President and Darren Stevenson, CPH Foundation Chair.
Members of the Clinton Lions’ Club presented the CPH Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $6,000. The donation from the Clinton Club comes from their portion of funds raised from their most recent Catch the Ace Lottery, in which they partnered with Clinton’s Royal Canadian Legion. The donation has been made towards this year’s Radiothon project goal, in an effort to raise $40,000 towards the new accessible shower room on the in-patient unit at the hospital. Last December, the Lions Club had donated $4,000 to the Foundation from their previous Catch the Ace Lottery, bringing their total donations from this lottery to $10,000 for CPH.
“It is wonderful to have such supportive community organizations, raising funds for our local hospital, to help ensure that our hospital has necessary private financial support to reinforce the existing strengths of our hospital and to keep pace with future technology,” said Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation coordinator. “We truly appreciate those who participated by purchasing tickets and are very grateful to the Clinton Lions’ Club, for their continued support of the hospital.”
Radiothon supports ten area hospital foundations
On Oct. 19, the 18th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon raised $323,714 for ten local hospitals.
The CKNX Radiothon event has a strong tradition of generating fundraising dollars in support of purchasing medical equipment for the ten participating hospitals in Mid-Western Ontario.
During the all-day broadcast on AM920, donations were accepted while local artists performed live. Special gifts directed to support several hospitals came from major philanthropic businesses and organizations including Bruce Power, Germania Mutual Insurance, Howick Mutual Insurance, Hay Mutual Insurance and the Lucknow Kinsmen.
The broadcast featured heartwarming stories from patients who described the care they received, and interviews with Health care professionals and volunteers outlining the urgent medical equipment needs at each hospital. Some of the projects funded this year are a portable x-ray machine, a laparoscopic tower, lab renovations, security system updates and multi-year capital projects.
When the Radiothon went off air at 4 p.m., the grand total for the day was $323,714. This total is expected to grow as the ten hospital foundations continue to accept contributions for their projects until the end of the year.
To find out how to contribute to your favorite hospital’s Radiothon goal, visit cknx.ca/health-care-heroes-radiothon.
The ten hospital foundations benefitting from the 2019 CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon are: Chesley and District Health Services Foundation, Clinton Hospital Foundation, Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation, Goderich; Hanover and District Hospital Foundation, Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation, Mount Forest Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation, Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation, Walkerton and District Hospital Foundation and Wingham & District Hospital Foundation.
Since its inception in 2002, the CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon has now raised over $11.6 million to sustain quality health care throughout rural communities in mid-western Ontario. The continued success of the Radiothon would not be possible without its generous donors and dedicated volunteers – all of whom deserve a heartfelt thank you.
Watershed champion grants available for area schools
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) invites local schools to help their community and to become Watershed Champions. The local conservation authority offers four grants of up to $500 each. The grants are for local schools to complete projects that: improve surface and groundwater quality, forest cover, and overall watershed health; and may also include a public educational event or activity.
The 2019-2020 school year is the third year of the grant program. An application form and guidelines are available online at abca.ca. You may email completed applications to email@example.com by Dec. 16. All schools with funded projects will be notified by the end of January 2020.
“We know that schools want to improve their student outdoor learning spaces and we are excited to offer Watershed Champions Grants again for local schools through our continued partnership with NextEra Energy Canada,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “We have been impressed with the projects that have been completed by schools and we are looking forward to reviewing applications which help to improve soil, water and living things in our watershed.”
Past Watershed Champions include: Precious Blood Catholic School, Exeter; Stephen Central Public School, Crediton; East Williams Memorial Public School, Ailsa Craig; and Wilberforce Public School, Lucan.
Watershed Champions Grant projects provide solutions to environmental challenges (such as water quality; forest conditions; soil health; and habitat for species; etc.) with measurable and manageable actions. The projects need to be completed by June 2020.
Schools can apply for one of two categories: 1) Creating Awareness; and 2) Taking Action.
The Taking Action category is a hands-on positive action for a project which monitors, implements, or researches water, soil, and living things: such as clean water diversion including rain gardens; controlling erosion; enhancing wildlife habitat; grassland restoration and enhancement; improving streams; planting native trees and shrubs; wetland restoration and enhancement; creating a living snow fence; cleanups; and collecting and reporting on environmental features including performing a tree inventory.
The Creating Awareness category recognizes an educational project which promotes and encourages positive action – such as being a community ambassador for actions that protect water, soil, and living things; promoting responsible practices such as water conservation or proper disposal of harmful chemicals and household hazardous waste; raising awareness through the Yellow Fish Road™ program; creating education and/or recreational opportunities; developing a school carbon offset program or a school Conservation Strategy; or sponsoring a guest speaker.
These Ausable Bayfield watershed schools are eligible to take part in the contest: Huron Centennial; Seaforth; St. Columban; St. James; St. Patrick’s (Dublin); Bluewater Coast; St. Boniface; Wilberforce; Grand Bend; Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Central Huron Secondary School; Clinton; Huron Christian; St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School; St. Joseph’s (Clinton); Adelaide W.G MacDonald; Bosanquet Central; East Williams; Exeter Elementary; Precious Blood; South Huron District High School; McGillivray Central; North Middlesex District Secondary School; Parkhill West Williams; Sacred Heart; and Stephen Central.
The Watershed Champion Grant is possible thanks to funding support by NextEra Energy Canada, LP. Information about the Watershed Champion Grant is on ABCA’s website (abca.ca).
Naftel's Creek Conservation Area site of HASAR training
Visitors to Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on the weekend of Nov. 9-10 should be aware that teams of HASAR searchers will be running training exercises there during that time period. (Submitted photo)
Visitors to Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area on the weekend of Nov. 9-10 will notice teams of searchers combing the wooded area in a training exercise that’s the final step in their certification to provincial standards for search and rescue.
The conservation area will remain open to the public while approximately 15 volunteers in red hats, grey uniforms and safety vests work through a search scenario, responding to new and changed information. It tests what they’ve learned in six months of classroom training and field exercises.
“It’s important that our volunteers undergo a rigorous certification process established by the Ontario Search and Rescue Association. They need to be prepared when we’re called in by the Ontario Provincial Police to assist in searching for missing persons,” said Heather Boa, who is the public relations officer for the newly established non-profit organization that includes professional trained volunteers available for deployment for methodical land and water searches for lost people in Huron, South Bruce, Perth and Lambton Counties.
The training exercise takes place Nov. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to HASAR may find more information by visiting online at www.hasar.ca
Huron Perth applies to be one of first Ontario Health Teams
The proposed Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team (HPA-OHT) submitted their Full Application to become one of the first Ontario Health Teams. On Oct. 9, – 61 health service organizations signed off on the application detailing how they would collaborate to provide a vision of “sustainable people-driven system that strives to provide a positive experience for all”.
If approved by the Ministry of Health, Year 1 for the HPA-OHT would integrate a full suite of healthcare services across a geography of 147,500+ in Huron Perth and Area. The team would start by strengthening navigation, care coordination and communication for three target populations: complex, palliative and mental health and addiction patients. The HPA-OHT comprises 61 members from various health sectors, including: Community Support Services, Home Care, Hospitals, Long-Term Care, Mental Health and Addictions, Primary Care Providers and includes Emergency Medical Services, Palliative and Midwifery Services.
After Ministry approval was received in July 2019, the OHT logged over 2,000 engagement hours with all member organizations to determine a proposed way forward, including decisions around, for example: governance, transformation plans, home care and digital health changes.
The HPA-OHT development process involved patients, clients, caregiver representatives and as indicated by Anne Marie Heckman, Patient Partner: “Anything that has the potential to cut red tape and make healthcare more user-friendly is a welcome benefit. ‘No wrong door’ and one intake process across agencies with inter-agency sharing of client information is welcome.”
Barbara Fewster, another Patient Partner involved in the HPA-OHT development process states: “It has been a great learning experience and I have met so many wonderful people because of my involvement. I am also impressed with the dedication and commitment of all the members of the team.”
The HPA-OHT includes local primary care physicians and the Team looks forward to collaborating further with all physicians and healthcare providers.
“The benefits of the OHT structure will be streamlined access to, and high satisfaction with, excellent quality health care,” says Dr. Sean Blaine, Family Doctor with the STAR Family Health Team. “Care will be provided by the right provider, at the right time and in the right places. OHTs will allow patients, families and caregivers to know what has happened regarding care as they navigate with confidence through a comprehensive and fully integrated array of multi-tiered health services and programs.”
The Ministry of Health is expected to announce the first round of Ontario Health Teams later this fall. The HPA-OHT is waiting anxiously for these results, however, in the meantime will continue work to streamline and integrate for the many patients, families and caregivers using the healthcare system in our region.
Livery film Fest
Many thanks to the over 100 film enthusiasts who came to the first of three films in this fall's Livery Film Series. From past audience surveys, we know that some of you travel from as far as Belgrave, Brussels, Blyth and Bayfield. You won't want to miss the upcoming film for November.
Nov. 21 brings Bill Nighy and Sam Riley in the comedy/drama/mystery film “Sometimes, Always, Never”.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Park Theatre in Goderich. Tickets at the door are $12. Mark your calendars and check the Livery Facebook page or website before you set out: www.thelivery.ca.
The MacKay Centre for Seniors in Goderich will be the location for Sgt. Wilson’s Airforce Show as they present, “The Vintage Sound of the 40s and 50s” on Dec. 6.
From Almelo-The Netherlands Music at the Hangar will feature music by the Andrew Sisters, Glenn Miller, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe and others.
There will be two shows at the centre, located at 10 Nelson St E. in Goderich, the first at 2 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please call 519 524-6660 for tickets. The production is sponsored by the ABC Investments.
Ontario is taking further action to end hallway health care by making increased investments in the province’s hospitals.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced more than $880,000 in additional funding for six hospitals in her riding including: Seaforth Community Hospital, $74,000; Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, $175,000; South Bruce Grey Health Centre, $327,000 (which includes Kincardine and Walkerton sites); South Huron Hospital Association, $77,000; Wingham and District Hospital, $131,000; Clinton Public Hospital, $100,000; and Grey Bruce Health Services, $6.1 million (which includes Southampton hospital).
“Access to rural health care close to home is vital to residents in our smaller communities,” Thompson said. “I am pleased to see the support the government is providing to local hospitals, which will help ensure they have the resources they need to meet today’s challenges.
“This new investment is another example of how Ontario is supporting high-quality and timely access to health care, while delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care.”
Across Ontario, the government is investing an additional $68 million to support small and medium-sized hospitals. This new investment is on top of the $384 million more that Ontario’s hospitals received this year as part of the province’s 2019 budget.
“Ontario has a comprehensive plan to end hallway health care,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott. “Working with our hospital partners, we are fixing long-standing issues with how hospitals are funded that disadvantaged small and medium-sized hospitals. We have listened to patients, frontline staff and key stakeholders to determine how we can fix historical inequities to provide financial stability and relief to hospitals, regardless of their size.”
This funding includes a province-wide increase in funding of one per cent for 66 small-sized hospitals, 1.5 per cent for 23 medium-sized and multi-site hospitals and targeted funding to assist with unique situations and historical funding challenges.
Furthermore, Ontario will invest $27 billion over the next 10 years in hospital infrastructure projects across Ontario, including adding 3,000 new hospital beds.
municipal partnership funds
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced that more than $15.5 million in municipal partnership funds has been awarded to local municipalities for the 2020 fiscal year.
"We listened to our municipal partners and respect that they need time to plan their capital and operating budgets, so I am pleased that we are announcing next year’s allocations well ahead of their budget deliberations,” Thompson said.
This is the earliest ever that the Province has announced its Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) which will see approximately $500 million being distributed to 389 municipalities.
“We have maintained the existing structure and formula for the OMPF, and we continue to review it to ensure it is sustainable and better focused on northern and rural municipalities,” she added.
Funding details announced include: Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, $752,200; Bluewater, $1,211,600; Brockton, $1,536,600; Central Huron, $1,409,500; Goderich, $1,570,000; Howick Twp, $515,900; Huron County, $1,249,000; Huron East, $1,156,100; Huron-Kinloss, $1,055,600; Kincardine, $1,192,400; Morris-Turnberry, $508,600; North Huron Twp, $1,287,900; Saugeen Shores, $1,308,400; South Bruce, $817,700 and South Huron $1,391,700.
Food bank distribution centre
Did you know: That the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) has been in operation for over 11 years? That in addition to serving the food banks and other food-aid agencies in Huron County, HCFBDC operates a mobile food bank in four communities? That HCFBDC focuses on providing nutritious foods including milk, eggs, meat and fresh fruits and vegetables to the food-aid agencies? That in 2018, there were over 17,600 visits to the Huron County food banks with 30 per cent serving children and 10 per cent serving seniors (60+) – two of the most vulnerable populations?
The need to provide nutritious food for those who are food insecure continues to be great. More seniors are accessing services from the food banks as their pensions and other resources no longer cover all living expenses. The working poor have difficulty making ends meet as they try to support their households on minimum wage and/or part-time jobs. People who have physical or mental disabilities as well as those who suddenly get a serious illness or lose their job are people in our communities who need assistance from a local food bank.
And this is where HCFBDC is able to help.
The HCFBDC warehouse is a “food safety inspected” facility. It is equipped with both a walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler to safely store the purchased and donated perishable foods. There is sufficient warehouse space for the dry goods as well as personal hygiene products that are available in addition to the nutritious foods that have been identified as priority foods by food bank clients (http://www.huroncountyfoodbank.org/study-of-needs-in-huron-county.html).
With the many contacts in the agricultural community, various wholesalers and relationships with other food distribution centres, HCFBDC is able to receive large donations of foods and also take advantage of a high purchasing power.
HCFBDC is equipped with refrigerated delivery trucks to safely deliver the perishable foods to the food banks and aid agencies. Food orders are sent to the food-aid agency clients and they are able to pick the items needed by their individual needs. A team of dedicated volunteers prepare and pack the orders which are then delivered by the HCFBDC volunteer drivers.
Volunteers are the backbone of HCFBDC. They give generously of their time – over 100 hours per week. In additional to the warehouse work, they perform website maintenance, act as ambassadors, volunteer at HCFBDC events, and operate the mobile food bank truck. They are the bookkeeper, the warehouse manager and the list goes on. HCFBDC is very grateful for all the hours that are donated each week.
HCFBDC relies on donations from the community in order to carry out its operations. Particularly, regular monthly donations are needed to purchase food products, keep the delivery vehicles on the road, pay the rent and other administrative expenses. Two fundraisers are held each year. In June, there is the Better Together Ride to End Hunger and in August, HCFBDC hosts the Annual Better Together Gala. In addition to these signature fundraisers, other organizations in the community organize fundraisers on HCFBDC’s behalf as well as numerous food drives by area groups.
Food insecurity hits all demographics. Young and old, single and married. Families have to decide who gets to eat tonight, seniors forgo medical tests in order to purchase food and children go to school without lunches are just some examples of what is happening in Huron County. Hunger, it could be you, but why should it be anyone!
Learn about amazing local nocturnal animals at the annual Owl Prowl east of Exeter on Saturday, Nov. 2. It’s a hoot.
People can learn about owls and even meet them at the “fun, local” Owl Prowl. This event will be held at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, just two kilometres east of Exeter, south of Hwy 83.
Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) said, “The guided hike portion will take place on fairly flat trails and cover a distance of less than 500 metres. Families can use this event as a chance to get outside and get active.”
Those who attend can meet live owls from Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. The live owl presentation is sponsored by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10 per family. Net proceeds from this year’s event will be used to purchase new education equipment to support ABCA’s in-school water safety program.
The Owl Prowl has three sessions. Families with children under six years of age are invited to come for a half-hour stroll starting at 5:30 p.m. The next two sessions are 90 minutes in length starting at 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Each 90-minute session begins with a short talk on owls by conservation educators from ABCA. After the talk, staff sort attendees into two groups. One group stays in the workshop to meet live owls with Conservation Halton staff, or dissect a pellet, or have their picture taken with Otis the Owl (a human-sized costumed owl). The second group ventures on a night hike, with conservation educators, to call in and look for owls that live in the conservation area near Exeter. After 30 minutes, the groups switch.
Space for seating is limited. Organizers ask attendees to dress for the weather and to leave pets at home. Event hosts ask participants to please ‘Lug-a-Mug’ to enjoy a warm hot chocolate.
To learn more, visit the ABCA website at abca.ca at this link: https://www.abca.ca/events/owlprowl/ or contact ABCA at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.