geriatrician newest doctor serving huron county
Alexandra Marine and General Hospital staff in Goderich recently welcomed Geriatrician, Dr. Alexandrea Peel (far right) from l-r: Jimmy Trieu, VP Corporate Services/CIO; Sulav Pant, CFO; and Dr Hilary Watson. (Submitted photo)
Huron County is thrilled to announce a new service for the communities of this region: Geriatrician, Dr. Alexandrea Peel has opened clinics at Goderich, Clinton and Wingham Hospitals.
Dr. Peel grew up on a farm near Wingham and has returned with her husband Andy, originally from the Lucknow area, and new son Cohen. After completing medical school, a residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in Geriatrics, all leading her to several communities across Ontario, she chose to come home.
She is also a clinical teacher who hosts other prospective Geriatricians and Care of the Elderly Resident Doctors from Western University. Her first resident arrived this fall. She hopes to attract more Geriatricians, Geriatric Psychiatrists, and Care of the Elderly Physicians to practice in rural areas.
“I am so lucky to be warmly welcomed back to the community I grew up in. Caring for older people and their caregiver requires a village of supporters. All of the family doctors and family health teams, hospitals, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, Alzheimer’s societies, senior’s mental health services, geriatric nurses have been so helpful in setting up my practice. There is lots of work to be done and I have the best team around me,” said Dr. Peel.
Huron County has an aging population. This region has a higher proportion of elderly residents than similar communities in Ontario. An influx of retiring seniors from urban areas attracted to the beauty of the region and the strong medical services contributes to the need for specialized services of this nature.
A Geriatrician is an internal medicine physician with additional training in caring for older adults with complex health care needs and assisting their caregivers with their care. Geriatricians provide a comprehensive consultation and treatment plan as well as follow up visits in collaboration with family doctors or nurse practitioners. Examples of common reasons to see a Geriatrician include multiple health problems, hospitalizations or emergency visits, multiple medication side effects, falls, memory problems, or trouble managing at home. Dr. Peel also provides home visits and visits to long-term care or retirement home or to hospital inpatients when required. A referral from your family doctor or nurse practitioner is required.
Huron County is very fortunate to have a tremendous health care system with hospitals, family health teams, long term care facilities, home care, a rural health research centre and retirement communities and now an opportunity to deliver advanced specialized care to more individuals. Adding a Geriatrician is an important step for the community. Dr. Peel hopes to secure funding from the community and the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care to develop a specialized interdisciplinary team who can respond to urgent health concerns of frail older adults and their caregivers. The goal is to provide the system navigation and medical intervention to prevent reliance on the emergency department and hospital system for issues that can be managed in the community. This team would be closely supported by Geriatricians, Geriatric Psychiatrists, and Care of the Elderly Physicians.
“It is our goal to establish excellent accessible senior care in this region and we look forward to communicating with key stakeholders in our community,” said Gwen Devereaux, Business Innovation & Recruitment leader for Goderich Alexandra Marine & General Hospital (AMGH).
To determine the older patient’s state of health Dr. Peel does a comprehensive geriatric assessment. Her new consultations are usually 1.5-2 hours in length. Evidence has shown this intervention improves quality of life and health outcomes for older adults.
Across Canada there are only approximately 300 physicians specifically trained in geriatrics.
Newly elected Mayor of Goderich John Grace said, “Welcome Dr. Peel! Your arrival means so much to the delivery of healthcare to rural Ontario and in particular within our region. With the demographic shift in rural Ontario, it is absolutely essential to have a Geriatrician as one of our healthcare providers to complement the growing need. This is welcome news. As Mayor of Goderich, I couldn’t be happier.”
Tickets now available for Conservation dinner
Conservation Dinner Publicity Committee member Tim Cumming would like everyone to know that Dinner tickets are now available and would make terrific holiday gifts for that hard to buy for person. (Submitted photo)
A community committee invites people to consider giving ‘the gift of community’ this Christmas holiday season by buying tickets for the 30th Conservation Dinner. The charitable auction on Apr. 11 will be a very special one as this local success story celebrates three decades of helping local communities, according to Co-Chairs Jim Beckett and Larry Taylor.
“If you are thinking of getting a present for the ‘person who has everything’ this year, consider giving a gift of a Conservation Dinner ticket this Christmas season,” said Taylor. “You will give someone a night of fellowship and entertainment and great food and you will also be helping programs that benefit local communities.”
To buy a ticket as a present, or for yourself, or to donate to the 2019 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Hwy 83) or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 30th Conservation Dinner takes place on Apr. 11, at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount.
This popular Conservation Dinner charitable fundraiser supports projects in local communities. These local projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education programs; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at ABCA for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other community projects like fishing derby, Owl Prowl, nature day camps, and parks and conservation areas.
This dinner and auction started in 1990 and the Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. Net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The auction event has raised more than $1.1 million over 29 years. The annual charitable fundraiser features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal.
The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the year in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.
For more information visit: abca.ca and conservationdinner.com.
Bluewater patients can access a respiratory therapist
Registered Respiratory Therapist Mike Callihoo (Submitted photo)
Patients of the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) now have access to a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Anyone who have issues with breathing should plan to meet with Michael Callihoo, RRT. Visits are open to anyone complaining of regular shortness of breath, a sensation of heaviness or tightness in the chest, or a chronic cough.
Callihoo works out of the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre and now facilitates a monthly spirometry clinic in Zurich.
Spirometry testing measures lung function and helps in the diagnosis of chronic lung disease such as asthma and COPD. Testing also helps to determine a course of treatment such as inhaler therapy.
Callihoo graduated from the Fanshawe College Respiratory Therapy program in 2011 and became a Certified Respiratory Educator the following year. He is trained in smoking cessation counseling and is also a Certified Tobacco Educator.
He is part of a multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation team providing education and exercise to patients with various lung impairments. He is committed to professional development and his current continuing education objective is to learn more about the effects of cannabis on respiratory health.
Call 519 236-4413 to set up an appointment with Callihoo. He is available at the Zurich clinic on the third Tuesday of every month.
Huron County and Bluewater receive provincial funding
Under the provincial government’s “Open for Business” plan Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson announced more than $205,000 in Rural Economic Development grants for the riding on Dec. 7. Attending the announcement made at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall were l-r: Patrick Donnelly, Economic Development, County of Huron; MPP for Huron-Bruce Thompson; Amy Zoethout, Blyth Arts & Cultural Initiative; Georgia Athanasiou, manager, Exeter BIA; and Jim Ginn, warden of Huron County. (Submitted photo)
Under the provincial government’s “Open for Business” plan Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson has announced more than $205,000 in Rural Economic Development grants for the riding.
Thompson made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman.
“Our government is proud to support projects that help to grow jobs and open the doors to economic development in rural communities,” Thompson said. “I am pleased to be able to help local communities identify their economic strengths and develop strategies that can attract business and investment.”
The list of Huron-Bruce projects approved include:
The Municipality of Brockton: $40,000 to develop a branding strategy and update its website to create employment opportunities, attract business, tourists, and investment in the community;
Municipality of Kincardine: $42,500 to create a user-friendly website that will foster current economic development strategies to ensure the municipality is situated to attract investments, cultivate economic growth, and promote job creation;
The County of Huron: $10,000 to contract the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance to conduct the Huron Culinary Tourism Readiness Initiative;
South Huron Chamber of Commerce: $38,600 to enhance the online presence of the municipality through the development of workplace and business feature videos, virtual tours, community profile, ambassador program, and marketing activities;
Blyth Arts & Cultural Initiative: $46,250 to conduct multi-pronged initiatives that include market activities in the newly renovated Blyth Memorial Community Hall, programming for new pilot events, and marketing/promotional initiatives; and
Municipality of Bluewater: $30,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for the Bayfield Community Centre.
The projects announced are part of the over 80 approved Rural Economic Development projects from across the province that are helping to create jobs and prosperity in rural and Indigenous communities.
MPP Thompson made the announcements at two separate events on Dec. 7 – one at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall and a second one in the Municipality of Brockton council chambers.
The fall interim report for the Huron County Wind Turbine Study about Noise, Vibration, and Light is now available.
The report provides background on purpose, methods and recruitment efforts, as well as the number of residents who have participated in different aspects of the study as of November 2018.
For a copy of the report, please visit www.huronhealthunit.ca/wind or contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.
The final report for the study will be released in late 2019.
“Seriously Festive – A Christmas Cabaret” directed by Jenna Ujiye comes to the stage at the Goderich Livery this Thursday night through to Sunday.
Performances will be held Dec. 13-15 at 8 p.m. closing with an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16.
Help make the holidays even more magical with a festival variety show for fans of all ages. Celebrate the season with song and entertainment, while sipping warm apple cider and singing along to your favorite Christmas carols. Treat the whole family to a pre-Christmas present that everyone will enjoy.
To book your seats call 519 524-6262 or go to thelivery.ca.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
The members of the Goderich Little Theatre are inviting those in the community to a “Light Up the Night in Black & White Party” to be held at The Livery in Goderich on Dec. 31.
Those who attend are encouraged to deck themselves out in black and white and get ready to dance the night away from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
As the bells chime midnight and people say goodbye to 2018 guests can enjoy a glass of champagne to help ring in 2019! Also included in the night are music by a DJ, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 519 524-6262 or by visiting https://www.thelivery.ca/buy-tickets and clicking on the “Purchase Tickets” button.
Proceeds from this New Year’s Eve event will go towards a new lighting board for The Livery.
How do you reach potential volunteers when your organization doesn’t have many resources? The answer is iVolunteer Perth-Huron (iVPH).
“iVolunteer is a tremendous resource,” said Jane Larkworthy, Community coordinator and Data administrator for Special Olympics Ontario serving Stratford and area. “When we were looking for a volunteer, we used iVPH.
“Within a day or two of connecting through iVPH, the volunteer had submitted all the necessary paperwork and since then has done everything we’ve asked and more. He’s well liked and highly respected by our athletes and constantly demonstrates incredible dedication, organization and dependability. We couldn’t be happier with our volunteer recruitment experience through iVPH.”
iVPH is a United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) supported service that has been gaining momentum over the past year. With a mission to deliver positive, rewarding volunteer experiences for both member organizations and potential volunteers in Perth and Huron Counties, iVPH has seen monthly searches grow from 125 in January of 2017 to between 400 and 600 per month currently the norm.
Currently, there’s a push to make iVPH even more accessible to organizations in the community. In addition to the $50 and $100 membership levels for non-profit and for-profit organizations respectively, iVPH is introducing an Affiliate level membership. Meant for non-profits without paid staff, an Affiliate level membership allows organizations to access the benefits of iVPH – minus social media posts about available volunteer positions – free of charge.
As an online hub for volunteer activity in the region, iVolunteer is in a strong position to understand the needs of volunteers and organizations in their communities. Members can utilize this knowledge when they create opportunities for potential volunteers to engage with their organizations.
For those interested in volunteering, iVPH offers many different, easy-to-use ways of discovering opportunities they would like to pursue. When searching, potential volunteers can search by organization, area of interest or simply look at all available listings if someone knows they want to volunteer but doesn’t know where.
“iVPH is like a job bank, but with a huge difference,” added Susan Faber, director of Community Information in charge of iVPH. “People looking to help their community, who may be intimidated by the number of choices available, should look to iVPH to narrow down their search and discover an opportunity that fits their passion.”
iVPH is an online volunteer delivering positive, rewarding volunteer experiences for individuals and members across Perth and Huron Counties. It strives to increase volunteerism by providing enhanced access to volunteer opportunities and innovative tools for attraction, engagement, retention and recognition of volunteers. Visit them today at ivolunteerperthhuron.ca.
UWPH is 100 per cent local and supports 48 organizations and services that address “#unignorable” issues like poverty, isolation and youth mental health in communities across Perth and Huron Counties. To donate, please call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867 or drop in to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
Smoke-Free Act Update
Laws around smoking cannabis and vaping are outlined in the recently updated Smoke-Free Ontario Act.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) now regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion and use of tobacco and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes), as well as the smoking of cannabis for medical or non-medical purposes.
“Any place where smoking tobacco is prohibited, smoking cannabis and the vaping of any substance, are also prohibited,” said Angela Willert, Senior Public Health promoter with the Huron County Health Unit (HCHU).
Prohibitions on smoking tobacco or cannabis, or vaping any substance, include:
- enclosed public spaces
- enclosed workplaces (including workplace vehicles)
- hospital grounds
- childcare centres
- public areas within 20 metres of playgrounds and sport fields
In addition, the following areas are now also included in the SFOA, 2017:
- Public areas within 9 metres of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios
- On recreation facility property and public areas within 20 metres perimeter of their ground
- Public areas within 20 metres of the perimeter of school grounds
To help the community adjust to the new smoking and vaping regulations, the HCHU is providing signage, educational materials and policy development support to community stakeholders, including municipal partners, schools and workplaces.
Tobacco Enforcement Officers at the HCHU are designated to enforce the SFOA, 2017, and will continue to work with partners to ensure compliance.
The HCHU reminds residents that driving impaired, whether under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, or other drugs, is illegal. Cannabis affects your motor skills, alertness, decision making skills, and reaction time, making it dangerous to drive. Always plan a safe ride and never drive high.
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is encouraging all local festival and event organizers to apply for a Celebrate Ontario grant for next year.
Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario. The deadline to apply for the Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m.
“From the many, many events and festivals I attend each year across the riding, I’m well aware that we are fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers and committees working hard to put on fantastic events that celebrate the amazing spirit of our local communities and help bring in local tourism,” Thompson said. “I encourage them to reach out and apply for much needed funds that could help existing events expand and new ones to get off the ground.”
Existing events that feature programming improvements, and new events requiring programming support may be eligible for funding. Applications must demonstrate how the Celebrate Ontario project or new event programming will:
• Increase community economic development and business partnerships
• Increase tourist attendance and expenditures
• Meet visitor demand and interests by creating engaging experiences
• Attract overnight stays and out-of-province tourists to a community.
“This is a marvelous opportunity for local groups and organizations to get financial assistance to help them Celebrate Ontario,” Thompson said.
Applications are made online. For more information visit ontario.ca/celebrateontario or in Huron County contact the Tourism Advisor, Nancy Fallis at 1-800-265-4730 or 519 873-4482 or by email at Nancy.Fallis@ontario.ca.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) would like to invite all in the community to join them in a lively discussion on a variety of social topics over a cup of a hot brew.
“Coffee & Conversation” will be held at the Bayfield Public Library every Wednesday until March from 2-3:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for people to meet their neighbors, learn about the village and share their know how with others.