clarke newest member of aBCA's Foundation board of diretors
Janet Clarke (Submitted photo)
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of local volunteer Janet Clarke as the newest member of the ABCF Board of Directors.
Dave Frayne, ABCF chair, said Clarke’s dedication and enthusiasm will benefit the work of the Foundation and benefit the entire community.
“On behalf of the Conservation Foundation, I would like to welcome Janet to our board and I know we will be stronger for her contributions,” he said. “I have had the honor of working closely with Janet on the Conservation Dinner fundraising committee where she is a long-time volunteer and a hard-working, diligent, and enthusiastic member.”
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) approved her appointment, to the Foundation Board, at the ABCA’s regular Board meeting on Dec. 16.
“I am pleased and honored to be appointed as a member of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s Board of Directors,” Clarke said. “The Conservation Foundation has funded many worthwhile projects in local communities throughout the watershed and I look forward to supporting the work of the Foundation.”
She has volunteered with the Conservation Dinner Committee for a decade and is a Past Chair. She tutors students and she has been involved in many other local activities including volunteering with the charity golf tournament for the South Huron Trail, Owl Prowls, and the turtle program.
“I feel very fortunate to live close to the South Huron Trail and I often hike in the watershed,” she said. “I feel being a member of the Foundation board will help me to continue to learn more about the role the Foundation plays in the watershed area.”
A native of Toronto, Clarke has lived in Exeter since 1986. She said it was a lifelong dream to live in a small town and she said she is thrilled to have lived in South Huron for more than 30 years. A retired secondary school teacher, Clarke taught in Moosonee, Clinton, and Exeter before retirement.
Coldest night of the year walk coming in February
Those who participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk. that raise over $150 - $75 for youth under 18 - will receive a CNOY toque. (Submitted photo)
United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is encouraging residents to bundle up and raise money for the third annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk in Goderich, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for local individuals experiencing homelessness, hunger and hurt.
“We’re very happy to welcome CNOY back again this year,” said UWPH Goderich & Area Community Committee Chair Beth Blowes. “Funds raised address real challenges in Goderich and area around the issue of chronic homelessness. Based on the success of the past two walks, our community truly understands how important this issue is. We invite everyone to join us in working to raise $94,000 in support of our most vulnerable residents.”
By walking, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter while raising funds to aid UWPH’s local work in support of the Huron Homelessness Initiative in Goderich. The initiative includes programs such as the Huron supportive housing worker, shelter for women, children and youth and temporary emergency shelter during the cold months.
This year’s Goderich walk includes a COVID-safe, outdoor event on Saturday, Feb. 26, and a virtual option to walk any time, any distance during the month of February. The in-person walk begins at 5 p.m. and features a two or five km circuit around Courthouse Square. Participants raising over $150 — $75 for youth under 18— receive a CNOY toque. To register as an individual or team, visit cnoy.org.
Last year’s all-virtual CNOY raised $92,492 during the month of February thanks to the efforts of 232 walkers, 44 teams and 1,421 donors.
adults 84 days out since second shot can now get booster
On Friday, Dec. 17, the Ontario government announced additional measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. These measures will help to safeguard Ontario’s hospitals and ICU capacity as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses accelerates.
Omicron is highly transmissible and is spreading quickly across the province, now accounting for about half of cases. To learn more, visit the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table Fourth Wave dashboard at covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/
“Huron Perth Public Health has investigated more than 150 confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks and we expect numbers will continue to rise,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Dr. Miriam Klassen. “We believe the additional provincial measures will help to curb virus spread in our region and protect our local healthcare capacity.”
As a result of the expected surge in Omicron cases, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is implementing new case and contact management processes. Theye are relying on the public to help control virus transmission. Confirmed cases and their close contacts will be required to do the following:
• If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date your symptoms started or from the date you were tested, regardless of your vaccination status. Self-isolate means staying on your property, not interacting with anyone within your household (unless you are the primary caregiver of a young child) and not leaving unless you need medical attention. Arrange for someone else to drop off supplies (e.g. groceries) at your doorstep if needed.
• Tell your close contacts so that they know to self-isolate as well. A close contact is someone you have been within two metres (6 ft) for 15 minutes or more, within the two days before your symptoms started, or two days before you got tested.
• If you or your child are a close contact to a confirmed case, book a PCR test right away and again on or after day seven. Self-isolate for 10 days since the last time you interacted with the case, regardless of your vaccination status.
• If you are a close contact of a confirmed case and test negative for COVID-19, you must still self-isolate for a full 10 days since your last interaction with the case. A 10-day isolation applies regardless of your vaccination status.
Although COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide some protection against severe illness and death, there is waning immunity against Omicron compared to other variants. It is important for everyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose as soon as they are able.
As of Dec. 20, adults aged 18 and older are eligible to book a COVID-19 booster at a mass vaccination clinic or select pharmacies as long as enough time has passed since their second dose. The interval between second and third doses has been shorted to three months (84 days). Use the dose calculator at www.hpph.ca/thirddose to find out the earliest date you can receive the third dose.
HPPH is adding as many vaccine appointments and clinics as they can staff. Visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call 1-833-753-2098 to book. They also continue to provide paediatric vaccines for those ages 5-11, and first and second doses for those aged 12 and older.
Visit the HPPH “Get a Vaccination” page for information on available clinics and other vaccination opportunities. Many partners are working together to provide as many vaccination opportunities as possible across the two counties.
A list of local pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations is available at covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
Committee working toward in-person conservation dinner
The Conservation Dinner Committee held the community fundraiser as an online event, in 2021, for the first time. The Dinner Committee hopes guests will be able to gather in person again in 2022. The Conservation Dinner has supported projects in local communities for more than 30 years. The Dinner Committee has scheduled the fundraising event for Thursday, Apr. 7, 2022. The committee invites people to mark this date in their calendar and to watch for more information in the new year.
Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee, Dave Frayne said. “We will work towards an in-person gathering. We also want to keep everyone safe so we will follow public health and municipal direction and have the Dinner in person only if and when it is safe to do so."
Personal donations made now, this year, can be made and charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes provided for the 2021 tax year.
“We encourage people to donate to the work of the Dinner,” he said. “The Conservation Dinner supports parks and trails and conservation areas; conservation education for local youth; job experience and bursary programs for youth; turtle habitat and much more.”
The 2022 Conservation Dinner is scheduled to take place at the South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Holding the event in person will require pandemic adaptations and it will depend on the status of public health rules in 2022 and will also depend on municipal rules at that time. The Dinner Committee will post information at conservationdinner.com and abca.ca in the new year, closer to the date, as more details are confirmed.
The Conservation Dinner fundraiser supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.
This dinner and auction started in 1990. The Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The event has raised more than $1.255 million over more than 30 years.
To find out more visit abca.ca and conservationdinner.com or phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
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
Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, Ben Lobb invites local businesses and organizations to apply for funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applications close on Jan. 25th. Those interested can apply online through Service Canada: www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html
This past year saw over 300 summer employment positions created by 224 successful applicants in Huron-Bruce. Applicants for 2022 should receive word about their funding starting in April.
United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is working to bring about their long-term vision of addressing significant local housing and community service infrastructure needs by incubating a planned Community Renewal Company (CRC).
“This is a large project that will have a lasting impact on Perth-Huron,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “After more than a year collaborating with existing agencies, government and other stakeholders, and with support from the Pillar Nonprofit Network, we are pleased to take our first steps. We’re very excited to share our vision with the community and start working on building the CRC so we can address issues such as access to affordable housing and social services across the region.”
The CRC’s initial focus will be on developing and operating affordable rental supply, supportive housing options and innovation in social service access and delivery, including the creation of community hubs to address the challenges some face finding social services where they live. The aim is to have a positive impact on pressing needs such as housing shortages, social isolation and challenges facing vulnerable populations such as mental health, addiction and poverty. The CRC will also play a critical role in the community development ecosystem, working to support and build relationships between local non-profit service providers and their supporters and advocates within the public, private and philanthropic sectors.
“We want to fill a void in the development of high need projects in our communities,” added Erb. “Of course, there are challenges involved in this kind of undertaking, but UWPH, through the CRC, is willing to do the work because it reinforces our strong belief as an organization that everyone is worth investing in. Imagine communities where everyone lives in an affordable, adequate, reliable and safe home. Communities where everyone has access to the social services they need. That’s a big goal, but we feel there is an appetite locally for this kind of endeavor and we want to do everything possible to build a brighter future for our entire region.”
For more information, visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
OAKS AND ACORNS
Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) are hosting a Winter Open House tomorrow (Dec. 23).
“The event is free of charge and families are invited to drop in when they can,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with ABCA. “The event offers something for families to do before Christmas Day while their children are not at school.”
These events are a chance to get outside at beautiful nature areas and to get active, she said.
The Winter Open House – with games, crafts, snowshoeing and “family fun" will take place on Thursday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 71108 Morrison Line, east of Exeter. Conservation education staff invite teachers to stop by with their children to find out more about new hands-on winter programs for the schoolyard, which don’t require snow.
Staff and participants follow public health pandemic protocols to help keep everyone safe. To learn more contact ABCA at 1-888-286-2610 or through the abca.ca staff contacts web page at this link: www.abca.ca/contact/staff/
The conservation educators also invite caregivers to register for the 2022 Oaks and Acorns program, for ages 2-4 with caregiver. Oaks and Acorns is an inquiry-based education program. It has an emergent curriculum based on children’s evolving interests and the season designed to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to explore nature with guidance and knowledge from ABCA education staff. Registration closes on Dec. 27 for Oaks and Acorns on Tuesdays in 2022: Jan. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Caregivers can also register for 2022 sessions in February (1, 8, 15, 22); March (1, 8, 22, 29); April (5, 12, 19, 26); May (3, 10, 17, 24); and June (7, 14, 21, 28).
Looking for an important way to serve the community? The Board of Directors for the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT), located in Zurich, is inviting people to consider becoming a member and serving as a Director.
They are looking for a team player with an enthusiastic interest in sustaining and enhancing primary health services in the community, with a willingness to:
- Be committed to a vibrant future of the Bluewater Area Family Health Centre
- Set aside time to prepare for regular Board meetings and sub-committee meetings
- Actively participate in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
Orientation and basic governance training are provided to make sure Directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role. Previous Board experience is an asset, but not required.
- Become knowledgeable about BAFHT’s values, mission, programs and performance
- Be an ambassador for BAFHT and promote its work in the community
- Ensure financial accountability on behalf of the community and funders
- Be available to meet once a month, for one to two hours
The Board is comprised of a maximum of nine members. Board members typically serve a term of three years, with the possibility to serve up to two consecutive terms. The BAFHT are currently looking for individuals to replace Directors whose term has ended. A formal election will take place in June at the Annual and General Meeting.
To explore the opportunity to join this knowledgeable and dedicated Board of Directors, please contact: Francine Vanasse, Chair at email@example.com OR Sandra Shaw, Vice-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of bayfieldactivities.info have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Majong, are happening and when.