cPH foundation receives two donations from area events
The Huron County Wedding Show Committee presented the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation (CPHF) with a cheque in the amount of $1,500 recently. Taking part in the presentation were l-r: Nancy Snell, committee member; Linda Dunford, CPHF director; Heather Dietz and Tricia Robinson, committee members; Darren Stevenson, CPHF Board chair; Shauna Van Osch and Luann Taylor, committee members. (Submitted photo)
The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation recently received two generous donations, the first from the Huron County Wedding Show Committee and the second from the Huron Pioneer Thresher & Hobby Association.
The 13th Annual Huron County Wedding Show took place on Sunday, Oct. 27th at the Central Huron Community Complex, which consisted of local vendors ready to help couples plan the wedding of their dreams. Two volunteer CPH Foundation Directors attended the show to assist the committee with the collection of admission fees at the front door. The entrance fee was $10 per person, with proceeds to be donated to the CPH Foundation, to support the purchase of new equipment for the hospital. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, members of the Huron County Wedding Show Committee visited CPH and presented the Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $1,500.
The CPH Foundation Board of Directors and staff expressed their sincere appreciation to the Huron County Wedding Show Committee for their continued community partnership and generous donation.
On Nov. 23, Huron Pioneer Thresher & Hobby Association President Doug McCann presents a cheque in the amount of $1,000 to Clinton Public Hospital Foundation Coordinator Darlene McCowan. (Submitted photo)
On Saturday, Nov. 23rd, the Huron Pioneer Thresher & Hobby Association showed their support of local health care in their community, as they made donations to two organizations at their annual meeting, one of the recipients being the CPH Foundation.
President Doug McCann presented Foundation Coordinator Darlene McCowan with a donation in the amount of $1,000 from the Association. McCowan spoke briefly, thanking the association for their contribution and explained the benefits of receiving such financial donations.
“Community financial support for our hospital assists with the purchase of new equipment and costs associated with upgrades to the infrastructure at Clinton Public Hospital. We are truly grateful for the generosity we receive from community organizations such as the Threshers,” said McCowan. She then went on to explain recent projects that have been funded through donations and future projects that the Foundation plans to support.
New executive director welcomed to Huron Hospice
Willy Van Klooster (left) took on the position of executive director for Huron Hospice on Nov. 25 from the retiring Shirley Dinsmore. (Submitted photo)
The Board of Directors for Huron Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director to follow Shirley Dinsmore who is retiring after serving in that role for 25 years. Willy Van Klooster took on the position Nov. 25.
Van Klooster was raised on a dairy farm in Perth County before completing a Masters Degree at Western University in London. In the years since, he has held a number of leadership roles with various organizations primarily in the healthcare sector. He has been the executive director of non-profit organizations supporting children’s and adult mental health, addiction treatment, primary care and developmental services. Recently he has led organizations in home care and long-term care. Most of his work has been in the London area. He and his wife plan to move to Huron County in the spring.
Huron Hospice Board Chair, Jay McFarlan, said, “The board of directors undertook a comprehensive search and really did their homework to ensure Huron Hospice will have the right leader in the coming years. It is important to us that we have confidence in someone who will serve Huron Hospice and the Huron County community well.”
Van Klooster said, “I am looking forward to working with the Huron Hospice board, staff and volunteers - as well as other organizations and people in the county - to ensure the best end-of-life and bereavement services are in place for the community.”
With the opening in May last year of the residential hospice on a quiet rural estate on Hwy 8 just west of Clinton, Huron Hospice continues to expand its services. The board has just completed a new Strategic Plan covering the period 2019-2023. It contains a number of new priorities and initiatives to become a Centre of Excellence.
report recognizes critical role played by authorities
The Province of Ontario’s Special Advisor on Flooding, Doug McNeil, released his report on Nov. 28. Conservation Ontario said, in a news release, they are pleased the report “recognizes the critical role that conservation authorities play in Ontario’s flood management.”
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), one of Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities, echoes the Conservation Ontario response.
After damaging 2019 floods, and a flood season that stretched into the summer, the Province appointed McNeil as Special Advisor on Flooding to conduct an independent review of flood management in Ontario and provide advice to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. The new report from the Special Advisor on Flooding provides 66 recommendations for flood management in Ontario. The Special Advisor examined Ontario’s flood management framework, exploring the various roles of agencies, such as conservation authorities, which are involved in reducing flood risk. The report also reviewed policies and technical guidance which makes up the policy framework for flood management in Ontario.
“Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority is pleased the report recognizes the important role of conservation authorities in flood management in Ontario,” said Geoffrey Cade, ABCA Water and Planning manager. “We are also pleased the report recognizes the challenges smaller conservation authorities face.”
The ABCA looks forward to continuing to work with the Province and other conservation authorities to provide effective flood management in Ontario and to build upon and improve the flood management program, Cade said.
Flood management in Ontario is a shared responsibility of the Province, municipalities, emergency management officials, and conservation authorities. Conservation Ontario represents the 36 conservation authorities. Kim Gavine, General Manager of Conservation Ontario, said the report shows that “Mr. McNeil appreciates the collaborative nature of flood management in Ontario.”
Conservation Ontario said they were “very pleased” to see that the Special Advisor appreciates Ontario’s “collaborative approach.” On the other hand, Gavine said adequate funding for programs is needed.
“Maintaining and making improvements in Ontario’s flood management programs requires resources that include appropriate policy and program support,” she said. “For example, the 50 per cent reduction to conservation authorities’ provincial transfer payments for the natural hazards program affected all conservation authorities and erodes our ability to effectively address issues raised by the Flood Advisor.”
Conservation authorities reduce flood risk through a watershed management approach. The Special Advisor’s report recognizes the value of the watershed-based conservation authority model. The new report recommends the Province “consult with the conservation authorities on their application of the natural hazards-based approach and risk-based approach to managing flooding.”
Conservation Ontario says it will work with conservation authorities to review the report in more detail and looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Province to reduce the risk of flooding in Ontario. Conservation authorities have worked well with the Province of Ontario, said Gavine, and “we look forward to continuing to develop improvements,” to the flood management program, in partnership with the Province.
“The mandate of conservation authorities is the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources,” Gavine said. “Using a watershed-based approach has effectively protected Ontarians for years and helped to avoid many more millions of dollars in damages and business disruptions. It also helps to build resiliency in local watersheds helping our communities to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change.”
In addition to operating $3.8 billion worth of flood control infrastructure, conservation authorities also bring added protection and benefits through various watershed management programs and activities such as:
• Watershed-scale monitoring, data collection/management and modelling,
• Watershed-scale studies, plans, assessments and/or strategies,
• Watershed-wide actions including stewardship, communication, and education and outreach activities.
Conservation authorities are recommending to the Province that these kinds of foundational watershed management activities be captured in the Conservation Authorities Act regulations which are being developed.
source protection committee honored five retiring members
The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC) honored five members who are retiring from the committee.
Retiring from the SPC are Karen Galbraith, Maitland Valley Public-at-Large; Gerry Rupke, Ausable Bayfield Public-at-Large; Keith Black, Agriculture; Kerri Ann O’Rourke, Property Owner and Residents’ Associations; and Bruce Godkin, P. Eng.,Industry.
Chair Matt Pearson presented the retiring members with thank you gifts (books by Bonnie Sitter) during the Nov. 22 committee meeting at the White Carnation Banquet Hall in Holmesville. He said the SPC fulfills its mandate to protect source water through the guidance it provides to develop policies.
“We have been well-represented over the years by a diversified and involved membership and we will miss the participation of the retiring members,” he said. “We thank them for their dedicated service and contributions.”
Three of the five members, Black, Galbraith, and Rupke, have served on the committee since it was formed in 2007. The SPC has worked to create assessment reports and source protection plans that have been in effect in the region since April of 2015. The plan policies reduce risk to municipal drinking water systems from 22 activities that could contaminate the source of water. They achieve this through education, risk management plans, and restrictions on some land uses in some vulnerable areas. The source protection work was required by the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006, with funding support from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).
With the evolution of the source protection program, the local Source Protection Authority (SPA) recently decided to reduce the SPC from 15 to 12 members to reflect the current work requirements. There was a call for applications, from Sept. 30 to Nov. 4, to replace retiring members and for renewing positions. New and returning members will be appointed/reappointed by Jan. 1 but the Source Protection Authority is still seeking an industry representative.
Find out more about the source protection region, plans, and how to protect drinking water at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca.
the kingdom choir
Huron Waves Music Festival presents direct from London, England, “The Kingdom Choir” who recently earned international acclaim for their performance of “Stand by Me” at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.
The Kingdom Choir will be performing in Goderich and Exeter in May of 2020. Tickets are available now. (Submitted photo)
The Kingdom Choir will give two Canadian performances to inaugurate Huron County’s newest music festival on May 7-8, 2020.
They will perform in Goderich at the Trinity Christian Reformed Church on May 7 followed by a concert at Trivitt Memorial Church in Exeter on May 8. Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now from the Blyth Festival Box Office by calling 1-877-862-5984 or online at tickets.blythfestival.ca General seating is $65 per person while limited reserved seating, along with a pre-show reception, tickets are $95.
The Hensall Heritage Hall “Hall-y-Day Bazaar” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 and promises something for everyone on those Christmas lists.
The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a Bake Sale, Silent Auction and Lunch.
Vendors will include: Hill St. Bears, Choices, Dress It Up, Cozy Home and Accessories, Sweetlegs, Smitties, Jen V Glass Designs, Crafty Sue Wreaths, and Decor, Creations by Karen, Whimsicals, Crafts by Rita, Style n Silver, JMR Collections, Brookyn's Bedding and Bath, Epicure with Pat Pryde, Crafts by the Heritage Hall and Urn Drop-Ins.
Huron Ridge Greenhouses is offering people one more opportunity to experience their annual Poinsettia Festival and Candlelight Event.
This year, the event named one of the Top Eight Christmas Light Shows in Canada by Wheels.ca, will finish Dec. 5-7.
The greenhouse is open from noon to 9 p.m. during the festival. The candles are lit starting at 5 p.m.
Huron Ridge Acres is located at 74101 Bronson Line, Zurich.
In a ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Nov. 28, Honorary Major General Richard Rohmer, accompanied by The Honorable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, awarded recognition from the Governor General to 68 Ontario Paramedics whom have provided pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public in an exemplary manner for a minimum of thirty years.
These paramedics who have all previously received the Exemplary Service Medal will be presented with their First, Second, or Third Bar for the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, which was created in 1994 by the late Governor General Romeo LeBlanc as a component of the Canadian Honors System. This recognition is for professional paramedic service provided in a demonstrable meritorious manner, characterized by the highest standards of good conduct, industry and efficiency. To qualify, at least ten of these years of service must have been street level (or air) duty involving potential risk to the individual.
Each Bar to the Exemplary Service Medal represents an additional award of the ESM. Paramedics who have served for at least thirty years receive their First Bar, forty years their Second Bar, and for fifty years their Third Bar.
This year the organization was pleased to specially recognize Ian Phythian, recently retired from York Region, as the fifth Canadian recipient in the history of this award of the Third Bar representing 50 years of full time exemplary professional paramedic service.
There were two recipients representing Huron County: Elizabeth Petrie and Cynthia Strickland, who both received their First Bar.
Lonely no more
With the season of snow and ice having arrived it can be quite difficult for seniors to get out and about. The Lonely No More program can help bring social connections indoors.
The Lonely No More program, initiated earlier this year by Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) and the University of Waterloo, consisted of weekly Elder Circles, a teleconference call between isolated seniors, facilitated by trained community members (volunteers). The topics discussed at these calls were selected by the call participants. These circles were a great place for seniors to develop social networks without having to face the weather. These circles also empowered community members to become peer advocates for isolated and at-risk seniors.
Due to the pilot’s success, Gateway would like to offer this program again this winter. Anyone who is interested in participating in the program, becoming a volunteer or donating financially please contact 519 612-1053. Anyone who would like to learn about the other programs Gateway offers, visit their website at: www.gatewayruralhealth.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.
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.
“Handel’s Messiah for our Community” will be presented by the South Huron Community Choir’s “Messiah Singers” with soloists and orchestra on Dec. 13.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Exeter United Church, 42 Jane Street in Exeter. For tickets call Ruth at 519 235-1778. They are on sale now for $25 or $30 at the door.
The Huron County Museum is embracing the festive spirit!
Visit the Museum and Gaol for their Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1- 4 p.m. Take a photo with Santa and enjoy crafts and a hot chocolate bar at the Museum. At the Gaol, learn about the life for the prisoners housed behind the stone walls during these seasons of celebration and enjoy the Governor’s home decorated in Edwardian splendor.
A Multilingual Movie Night is scheduled on Dec. 19, Saudia Arabia’s “Wadjda” will be shown with baba ganoush and Arabic tea snacks.
The final temporary exhibit of the year is currently on display as well at the Museum. The Huron County Art Show and Sale featuring artworks by Huron County artists and their impressions of Huron County continues until Dec. 8 Stop in, enjoy the art and maybe purchase one to take home or give as a gift this season.
And don’t forget that regular admission to the Museum is always free with a Huron County Library Card.
For more information about programs, events and exhibits visit huroncountymuseum.ca or call 519 524-2686.
Green Gift Ideas
Are you struggling to find gift ideas for that someone special this holiday season? A present doesn’t have to have wrapping paper, bows and ribbons to be a gift. A local charity asks you to consider some ‘green’ gifts this year.
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Foundation (ABCAF) offers a number of ideas ranging from donations in the name of someone towards your favorite nature trail, tree planting to green the watershed, education programs for youth, the South Huron Trail Mobile making nature accessible, or tickets to a fun-filled evening at the Conservation Dinner. Other ideas include snowshoe rentals or purchasing trees for someone to plant on their property – that’s a “gift that keeps on giving.”
To find out more about giving a gift to nature, visit abca.ca online or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office at 71108 Morrison Line, Exeter or call 519 235-2610; toll free 1-888-286-2610.