open Data website launched
Huron County has launched a new open data website giving residents and businesses better access to a wealth of information and data. This site will allow people to search various data sets including boundaries, planning information, environmental data, recreation and tourism, points of interest, transportation and more. Huron County is committed to being an open and transparent government, with values in making public, County data open and accessible to all.
The Open Data Website offers a variety of searching options including eight categories of data, and over 25 data sets available for public viewing and downloading in various forms. The information available on the site can be downloaded and then analyzed with software such as Microsoft Excel and viewed in charts and on maps.
“It has been a long term goal for the County of Huron to be able to get this information online and available to the public” said Karri Sonke, County of Huron Business analyst & GIS coordinator. “This data is for anyone to use. For example, if a user wants to create their own trail guide they are able to go on to the site and download all of the trail information and then use the data to make a guide for themselves!”
Huron County’s Open Data site can be accessed at www.huroncounty.ca, click on ‘Online Resources’ and choose ‘Open Data’. Public users can also view this information using Huron County’s interactive Mapping Portal, which is located at gis.huroncounty.ca. Over the coming months, the list of open data sets will continue to grow as a variety of pertinent data and information for public consumption is added.
Evening facilitated discussion on mental health
Speak LOUD Seaforth was held on Bell Let’s Talk day, Jan. 31. The event was designed to facilitate discussion and reduce the stigma surrounding Mental Health and Addictions. (Submitted photo)
A large crowd packed the gym at Seaforth Public School last on Jan. 31 to attend Speak LOUD Seaforth on Bell Let’s Talk day.
The event drew Huron and Perth County providers of Mental Health and Addictions Services as well as the OPP and the Superintendent of Education, Jodie Baker, from the Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB). Designed to facilitate discussion and reduce the stigma surrounding Mental Health and Addictions, the night featured speakers sharing their stories as Service Providers in Huron and Perth as well as personal stories by John and Heather Steffler regarding their son Tanner and his struggles with Addiction and Mental Health. Alex Wreford from Choices for Change also spoke regarding his own personal struggles with Mental Health and Addiction.
With the mission that collectively we must do better to help our Youth in Huron County and surrounding areas, the Tanner Steffler Foundation hopes that events such as these will draw much needed attention and resources to Mental Health and Addictions in the area.
The Tanner Steffler Foundation (TSF) wishes to thank the Seaforth Public School Parent Council for hosting such a well organized and attended event. The TSF would also like to thank the following Service Providers for taking the time to come, speak, share and be a presence at such a collaborative event: Victim Services of Huron County, OPP, Choices for Change, Huron Perth Centre, Huron County Health Unit, Healthy Kids, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Avon Maitland District School Board. Thank you for helping to end the stigma.
Three Bayfield area residents honored by MPP
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson recognized 40 residents from across Huron and Bruce Counties during the sixth Annual Remarkable Citizens Awards held at the Teeswater-Culross Community Centre on Jan. 25.
The event, which featured a recognition ceremony and musical entertainment performed by Mark Willms, celebrated the contributions of local volunteers and community champions.
"Each of the people recognized this evening have worked tirelessly to make their communities the friendly and vibrant places that they are. Their selflessness and dedication is truly remarkable," said Thompson. "It is my hope that their positive leadership will continue to inspire others to become involved locally as well."
Those recognized included: Jane McQuarrie, Agnes Bregman, Susan Riley Teeswater; Marlene Gibson, Point Clark; Carolyn Day, Southampton; Joan Borho, Mary Keip, Formosa; Ted and Jean Dunn, Dave Gillians, Bayfield; Trevor Bazinet, Kimberly Payne, Goderich; Jamie McCallum, Belgrave; Marg Moffat, Bluevale; Janet Cameron, Clinton; Grant Sparling, Wendy Hutton, Blyth; Doug McArtur, Yvonne Kitchen, Gerry Wheeler, Brussels; Susanne Cutting, Dungannon; Doug McBurney, Wingham; Pat O'Rourke, Ada Dinney, Exeter; Rosie Laidler, Linda Stanley, Brooklyn Lampi Dom Jackson, Patt Lowry, John Farrell, Kincardine; Byron Monk, Alishia Oberle, Joseph and Diane Rys, Walkerton; Dorne Fitzsimmons, Tiverton; Shirley Dinsmore, Seaforth; Matt Townsend, Huron East; George and Barb Marklevitz, Wingham and Donna Inglis, Belmore.
"Each one of the people nominated this evening have given selflessly of their time and talents. I cannot thank them enough for making Huron-Bruce such a wonderful place to live. I look forward to all the remarkable things they will achieve as they continue to be helping hands in their communities," concluded Thompson.
food bank open house
The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) wishes to invite members of the community to their Open House and Ontario Trillium Foundation Recognition on Feb. 10.
The Open House will start at 10:30 a.m. followed by speeches at 11 a.m. The HCFBDC Warehouse is located at 39978 Crediton Road, Centralia, ON at the corner of Hwy 4 and Crediton Road. Cake and coffee will be served.
The event is being held to recognize the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in funding the SEED grant project, “Tracking, Assessing & Improving the Distribution of Food Aid in Rural Huron County”. Cake and coffee will be served.
Grief Support Group
Whether someone’s loss results from death, divorce, loss of job or childhood issues, both recent or in the past, recovery is possible. People are encouraged to register for the eight-week Action Program for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses.
Hosted by the Grief Support Group the program will deal with myths concerning grief including: time heals wounds, replace the loss, grieve alone, be strong for others and bury your feelings.
It wil be held from Feb. 21 to Apr. 11 on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. at 10 Nelson Street East in Goderich.
Participants must pre-register. The cost is $35 for the resource manual. To register please call Huron Hospice at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301.
Bowl for Kids Sake
It’s almost time for Bowl for Kids Sake a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Huron. Goderich Little Bowl will be the location of this Rock N’ Roll themed party on March 23.
The event will run from 7-9:30 p.m. and bowling is free with $50 or more in pledges. All are welcome to take part with team and individual prizes being offered.
For more information contact Goderich Little Bowl at 519 524-2695 or Big Brothers Big Sisters at 519 524-4361. Download the pledge forms at northhuron.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event
huron Shores Transit
The Huron Shores Transit initiative is surveying the level of interest and need for a community transportation service, covering Bluewater, Kettle and Stony Point, Lambton Shores, North Middlesex and South Huron with possible links to Sarnia and London. The types of service may include regular-route service, call-in service, accessible vans, tourist service and connecting links to taxi, health care and other service provider services.
Community members are invited to complete a 10-minute (approx.) survey. The survey is anonymous. If you would like your name entered into a draw to win a $25 grocery gift card, please complete the contest entry form at the end of the survey by Feb. 10.
To visit the survey link go to: survey.constantcontact.com
The Home4Good Info Hub operates on Monday afternoons at the Bayfield Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
The Hub helps seniors in the Bayfield area find local community services, resources and supports. Volunteers will assist in finding relevant information for daily living, overall health and wellbeing. To learn more visit: www.home4goodbayfield.ca.