Community News

 

Warmer temperatures and rain could cause unsafe conditions on rivers and lakes throughout Rideau watershed

   Significant rainfall forecast for Monday and Tuesday along with melting snow can be expected to cause river flows and lake levels to rise.
  Going on iced over waterbodies is not advisable for the next several days until levels decline and colder temperatures can restore the integrity of the ice. As the snowmelt and rain runoff moves through the Rideau system, the ice cover can be expected to shift and, in some places, break up. This could lead to ice jamming at culverts and bridges which could cause localized flooding. Ponding water on the surface will make walking on the ice treacherous.
Parents should ensure that children understand the hazards of playing around watercourses in the winter and all watershed residents are advised to stay off of the ice on rivers and streams and avoid icy and snow covered streambanks where footing can be unpredictable.
Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and issue further statements as conditions warrant.

 

 

 


Cynthia Tupper (right) made a donation to the House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank on Feb. 6. The food items were collected during her 12th birthday party in lieu of gifts. Tupper is pictured with HOL client services coordinator Kim Merkley.
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Winchester youth collects food items in lieu of gifts during recent birthday party

  To give is better than to receive.
  Cynthia Tupper, Winchester youth, celebrated her 12th birthday on Jan. 27. The invitation to her party read: ‘please no presents. Instead, Cynthia is collecting food for the House of Lazarus.’
  The donation of over 100 food items – totaling 122 pounds – and $70 in cash and gift cards was delivered to the House of Lazarus (HOL) on Feb. 6.
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hen asked why she gave up birthday gifts to collect food items for the HOL, Tupper replied simply “because it’s a nice thing to do.”
  Four of Tupper’s friends attended the birthday party, held at a bowling alley.
  “This is the first time Cynthia has personally donated to the food bank,” noted Heather Tupper, Cynthia’s mother. “Cynthia met Kim (Merkley, HOL client services coordinator) through the (Dundas Youth Centre) youth group. She has visited the House of Lazarus in the past and helped out in the (community) gardens. She learned about how many cans each family gets when they visit the food bank and I think that was a big eye-opener for her.”
  “Cynthia is an amazing kid for doing this,” said Merkley. “Her support means a lot to us and I can’t thank her enough.”
  The HOL Food Bank currently serves over 100 local families each month. Approximately 40 per cent of food bank clients are children and 10 per cent are seniors.
  For more information about the HOL, visit www.houseoflazarus.com or call 613-989-3830. You can also check out the HOL on Facebook.

 


Caring for our patients – night and day

 

Kim Campbell has been a nurse for 44 years.

Kim Campbell has been a nurse for 44 years and has spent 32 of those years at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH).
For the past decade, she has worked the night shift as a Charge Nurse – literally being ‘in charge’ of the hospital overnight. “We do everything,” she laughs. “People assume it’s quieter at night, but it’s definitely not.” This month, Kim begins her well-earned retirement, but says she will always remember her colleagues and how everyone comes together to care for patients – at any time of the day or night. “I love nursing so much, and I love my colleagues.
We are a real team and we care about our patients.” Recent satisfaction surveys back up Kim’s sentiments. WDMH is a ‘high performer’ in four key patient areas – according to the results of a provincial report on patient satisfaction.

Kim Campbell at her nursing graduation in 1974.

The report is based on patient surveys from July to September 2017. The survey asked patients about their overall care and if they would recommend the hospital to their family and friends. For WDMH’s maternity program, 100 per cent of the respondents said they would recommend this service to family.

That is higher than the provincial average of 93 per cent. Likewise, 100 per cent of Day Surgery patients would recommend WDMH’s service, where the provincial average was 98.7 per cent. In Emergency, 93 per cent of patients would recommend it, above the provincial average of 87 per cent. And on the Medical/Surgical Unit, it’s 99 per cent, above the provincial average of 93 per cent. The data is collected by National Research Corporation Canada (NRCC), an independent research institute.
“It’s a team effort and we should be very proud,” sums up Cholly Boland, CEO. “Patient satisfaction is a result of the patient’s entire experience and involves every person the patient had contact with – from our volunteers at the front door to support staff that work behind the scenes.” Kim says she has mixed feelings about retiring from a profession she loves. In fact, she plans to return on a casual basis, which is good news for WDMH – and our patients. Best of luck Kim!

 

 

 

 


SNC’s Woodlot Advisory Service now offered in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

 

South Nation Conservation (SNC) works with municipalities, partner organizations, and woodlot owners to promote the sustainable management of local forest cover across its 4,384 km2 jurisdiction.
Since 2009, SNC has worked with partners like Ontario Power Generation to offer free site visits and advice to property owners interested in learning more about their woodlots.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) has dedicated funding support since 2013 to the program to help offer grants for woodlot owners, and now the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) have partnered with SNC to offer this popular free service to woodlot owners throughout SDG.
“Through our Woodlot Advisory Service, a Forestry Technician will visit your property and suggest management options based on a preliminary site evaluation,” said Cheyene Brunet, SNC’s Forestry Technician. “The program can also assist landowners looking to learn more about their woodlot and tree identification.”
The technician will provide a report including aerial photography, general tree health, species identification, potential uses, economic value, and how a landowner might improve management approaches to make it more sustainable.
To be eligible for the free advisory service, landowners must reside or own land within SDG or UCPR and have 10 acres or more of forested land.
“Property owners will also receive information about programs, such as the Ontario Managed Forest Tax Program, which can provide a tax reduction of up to 75% on privately-owned residential land in Ontario,” added Brunet.
Landowners who complete a Forest Management Plan through the Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program are eligible for a subsidy of up to $500 through SNC’s partner-funded program.
To learn more about SNC’s Woodlot Advisory Service visit: www.nation.on.ca/land/forestry-services/woodlot-advisory-service.

In addition to SNC’s Woodlot Advisory Service, residents can also benefit from a variety of tree planting subsidies and programs for idle land, stream banks, and buffer strips. Over-the-counter tree sales are also available for smaller orders and are accepted year-round!

 


Ottawa photographer donates print to HOL

Sandy Sharkey, Ottawa photographer, donated a beautiful print of one of her photos to the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain for fundraising purposes. Sharkey posted a picture of the print on Facebook and asked her followers to nominate a charitable recipient of the print, which is valued at nearly $500. The print is of a wild horse on Sable Island in Nova Scotia. Mandy Ayotte nominated HOL, the winner of the print. HOL will launch an online auction of the photo during its February 24 Ladies’ Night Out.
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HOL’s 2nd annual Ladies’ Night Out is shaping up to be twice the fun

MOUNTAIN—Tickets are selling like hot cakes, vendors are lining up, and House of Lazarus (HOL) has had a generous amount of donors and sponsors step forward to help make the second annual Ladies’ Night Out better than ever.
  “It’s coming up fast,” event organizer and HOL client services manager Kim Merkley said. “Last year, we sold out early so it’s important for people to get their tickets as soon as possible.”
  Set for Saturday, February 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners, the fundraising event will include an assortment of vendors, a silent auction, door prizes, refreshments, and, the highlight of the evening, a fashion show courtesy of Juli Fashion Essentials in Morrisburg and Main Street Clothing Company in Winchester.
  Ladies’ Night Out will also see the launch of the online auctioning of a 24-by-36 inch mounted black and white photograph of a wild horse on Sable Island, taken by photographer Sandy Sharkey and donated to HOL in late 2017.
  Merkley is still gratefully accepting offers from vendors, donors and sponsors. Tickets ($10) to attend the event are available only at Scotiabank South Mountain. As a diamond-level sponsor, the bank will be matching the total raised in ticket sales.
  “The support we’ve received so far has been phenomenal,” Merkley said. “We are surrounded by such generous people, organizations, and businesses and we just want to say, ‘thank you,’ for your support and for helping us to help others.”
  Proceeds from this event will go directly toward funding various outreach programs, such as Dinner ON the House, our weekly community dinner, Project Warmth and Heat for the Holidays. A full list of the many services HOL provides, aside from its food bank program, is available on the website (www.houseoflazarus.com). For more information, contact the office by phone at 613-989-3830 or by email at kmerkley@houseoflazarus.com.

 


Ursula Lamoureux, Director of Care, Dundas Manor.

A passion for caring for the elderly

A chance meeting with two Dundas Manor staff members led to a new role for Ursula Lamoureux. She has recently joined the Dundas Manor team as the new Director of Care.
“I met Jennifer Hill and Kerrie Charlebois at a leadership course and was really intrigued by the passion they showed when talking about Dundas Manor and its residents,” explains Ursula. “I was very excited to hear all about it.”
In her first few weeks on the job, Ursula says she is seeing that passion throughout the home. “Everyone is living the Commitment Statement value of ‘one family’. You feel it when you walk into a room.” Ursula’s career has focused exclusively on care of the elderly.
She has worked in long-term care and geriatric psychiatry. She also has a certification in gerontological nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association. Most recently, Ursula was a manager at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, responsible for four units caring for 160 residents.
“My passion is long-term care because I get to use all of my skills as a clinician, but I also get to build relationships that aren’t always possible in acute care. It’s wonderful to provide holistic care for residents.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Ursula to Dundas Manor,” says Administrator Susan Poirier. “She is a professional leader dedicated to quality and brings a wealth of experience to the role. We are excited to see her vision bring new initiatives to the residents in our home.” Ursula says she is very impressed with what she has seen so far; “Dundas Manor has an excellent reputation for quality and caring. Susan has done a great job leading the team.”
For now, Ursula says her first job is to get to know the residents and their families. “I want to put a face to a name,” she says. “I’m honoured to be in their home.” Ursula Lamoureux, Director of Care, Dundas Manor

 


Dr. Crystal Doyle, Chief of Emergency, WDMH ,

Busy emergency feels like home for Chief of Emergency

  As Chief of Emergency Department at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), Dr. Crystal Doyle knows a bit about handling a crisis. But she says a lot of her multi-tasking training has happened at home – looking after her four kids under the age of 11.
“Things are always a bit crazy, especially when I’m coaching baseball,” Dr. Doyle laughs. “Now I have three kids in hockey.” Dr. Doyle has been Chief of Emergency for about a year. Her family moved to Greely three years ago from the east coast where she completed medical school in Halifax. She did her residency in Kingston.
“I chose Winchester Hospital because of the sense of community,” Dr. Doyle says. “It’s a nice place to work and the nursing team has makes me feel more like family.” In her new role, Dr. Doyle has been instrumental in supporting several projects to help improve care: “We want to improve processes, so we can treat patients as quickly as possible and reduce the number of patients who may need to return to the Emergency.”
For example, a new program is helping identify people with subtle signs of a serious infection at triage so that the entire team can work together to get the best care sooner. The ER team is also partnering with CHEO on a surveillance project to help youth with mental health challenges access appropriate community services. The other major challenge that all staff are working to address is wait times. There were close to 24,000 visits to the WDMH Emergency last year and wait times vary, and can change quickly, depending on who else arrives and what their needs are.
Every Emergency patient is assessed by a Registered Nurse who is trained to triage or prioritize each patient’s problem on a nationally standardized scale of one to five – one is the most urgent and five is non-urgent. Patients that are classified as one and two usually go straight inside for a more thorough examination.
Those triaged as three to five may be asked to sit in the waiting room until their name is called. Patients arriving by ambulance are treated the exact same way. “The wait time may change if patients with more urgent needs arrive,” explains Dr. Doyle. “Sometimes it seems like others who come later are being treated before you, but it is only because their needs require sooner action. We appreciate everyone being a patient patient.”

 

 


 

Left to right are: Vice Chair Jennifer Murphy, past chair Robert Quaiff and new Chair Robin Jones.
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EOWC elects Chair, Vice-Chair and sets priorities for 2018

  Kingston, January 15, 2018 – The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), at its annual inaugural meeting held last week in Kingston, elected Warden Robin Jones as the 2018 Chair and Warden Jennifer Murphy as the 2018 Vice-Chair.
  Robin Jones is the Warden of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and the Mayor of the Village of Westport. Jennifer Murphy is the Warden of the County of Renfrew, and Mayor of the Township of Bonnechere Valley.
  The role of the Chair and Vice-Chair, elected on an annual basis, is to provide the main point of focus and contact for the Caucus and ensure that the established key priorities move forward.
  “I am honoured to chair the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus in 2018, alongside my colleagues, and to advocate for this year’s priorities in support of the 750,000 property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario,” stated Chair Jones, elected as the EOWC’s first female chair since its incorporation in 2008. Jones added,“ As we are aware, 2018 is a critical year for both the Province of Ontario and the municipal sector, with elections scheduled for both orders of government. That being said, the EOWC has restructured its focus and made its priorities very clear, and intends to send a loud and clear message to its partners at Queen’s Park.”
  EOWC Chair Jones stated: “For this critical election year, the EOWC has kept its focus simple and identified the two most important projects for Eastern Ontario. The rest of the year – and specifically the next few months – will be spent on advocating at the provincial and federal government levels for multi-stakeholder solutions to these proposals.. “It is the primordial role and objective of the EOWC to use research and facts to influence positive changes, improve service delivery, remove financial burdens, and encourage growth and economic development opportunities in our region.”
  Vice-Chair Murphy said, “As always, the EOWC and its partners have done the necessary research before submitting their proposals. Not only is the cellular and public safety broadband network project essential for businesses and economic development, it would absolutely increase public safety for our residents and our first responders – such as police, fire and paramedics – during emergencies.”

2018 Priorities

  Two priorities were established for the Caucus in the coming year:

  1. Building the EORN Cellular and Public Safety Broadband Network: The EOWC will continue to support the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) on its $299-million business case to the Provincial and Federal governments, which would close the many cellular network gaps, boost mobile broadband service across Eastern Ontario, and increase public safety for residents and first responders during emergencies.

  2. Implementing the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy: The EOWC will continue to support the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council (EOLC) in its ongoing implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Regional Economic Development Strategy – the first regional plan of its kind across Ontario. By helping securing financial support from the Province, the strategy’s implementation would address Eastern Ontario’s future economic development needs, being a) workforce development and deployment, b) technology integration and innovation, and c) integrated, intelligent transportation systems.


 

House of Lazarus (HOL) executive assistant Janet Carkner and HOL client services coordinator Kim Merkley hold up some of the gifts donated for the Adopt-A-Family program. This year over 120 families, couples, individuals and seniors in need were adopted through the program.
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HOL adopted out over 120 families, seniors and couples for Christmas

   Impossible without the support of the community.
  This year, the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain adopted out over 120 families, couples, individuals and seniors for Christmas. We couldn’t have done any of this without our amazing community,” said Kim Merkley, HOL client services coordinator.
  The Adopt-A-Family program, created to ensure all HOL Food Bank clients are able to celebrate the holidays with gifts and a meal, has been running for several years but grew exponentially in 2016. In 2016, we adopted out over 70 families, seniors and couples,” said Merkley. “That was our biggest year yet for the adoption program. This Christmas we managed to adopt out over 120 families, couples, individuals and seniors. It was an incredible year for the program.”
  Many groups, individuals and organizations stepped up to provide Christmas hampers for all those in need of adoption, noted Merkley.
  “Thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the adoption program,” she said. “You have all made such a huge difference in our client’s lives and your generosity has been amazing. The response this Christmas has blown me away. We adopted out everyone and still had people bringing baskets of food, gift cards and blankets to add to the Christmas hampers. It has been phenomenal.”
  Each month, the HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families. Of those clients, 40 per cent are children and 10 per cent are seniors.
  “Our community has made all this possible,” said Merkley. “We couldn’t do any of the work we do without your support.”
  For more information about the HOL, visit www.houseoflazarus.com or check out the HOL Facebook page. To donate or volunteer, call (613)-989-3830 or email hol@houseoflazarus.com.

 


Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute donates $404 to HOL

The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute (BMWI) donated $404 to House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank on Jan. 15. Each month, the HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families in need. Thanks go out to the organization for their support! Pictured are HOL executive director Cathy Ashby (left) and BMWI president Sheryl McKim.
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Heather Cronin (left) and Jeannie Barkley (right), Personal Support Workers at Dundas Manor

Understanding Dementia

  When caring for residents with dementia, we ask many questions: what do they understand? what causes them to become upset? what makes life more enjoyable? Personal Support Workers (PSW) Jeannie Barkley and Heather Cronin are helping their colleagues find answers to these types of questions – and helping to provide better care for our residents. Additional provincial funding has allowed Jeannie and Heather to take additional training to learn more about dementia and other behavioural challenges. As champions, they are sharing their expertise with co-workers.
“We spend one-on-one time with residents, learning more details about their lives and how the disease is affecting their understanding of their care,” explains Heather. “That information is then shared with the entire care team. The program benefits everyone.” “This is their home,” adds Jeannie. “We want to help alleviate their stress and meet their needs.” It’s all about understanding the disease, being patient and accepting who the person is in the moment.
“The person can’t change. We must do the changing and often the simplest things can make a difference,” says Heather. Jeannie and Heather share examples of residents who exhibit behaviours of agitation, aggression or wandering. By learning more about their history and what causes them stress, plans can be put in place to help. It can be as simple as reducing noise levels in certain rooms or putting safety supports in place for a resident who wants to walk up and down the hallways. The team also support families, learning about their concerns as well as hopes for their loved ones.
“It’s very rewarding to know we can make a difference and make things better for a resident,” notes Jeannie. “I strongly support this program in long-term care,” sums up Administrator Susan Poirier. “The additional one-on-one support is so important to enhance the lives of our residents living with dementia and to support their families and our staff.


 

 

SENSational raffle brings in over $1,600 for HOL

  The recent SENSational raffle run by the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain has netted the organization over $1,600! All funds brought in through the raffle will benefit the HOL Food Bank, which serves over 100 local families each month, and outreach programs, such as starting over kits for fire victims.
  The SENSational raffle was launched on Nov. 3 during the For the Love of the Game sports event hosted by the HOL. The winners of all three prizes (pictured) were drawn on Dec. 21. Thanks go out to all those who purchase tickets! Submitted Photos

Mark Gauthier, of Winchester, was the lucky first prize winner and took home a hockey stick used by Ottawa Senators player Fredrik Claesson and signed by the whole team. Gauthier is pictured with HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult.

 

Joyce Krencisz, of Embrun, was the lucky second prize winner and took home three Ottawa Senators tickets. Krencisz is pictured with partner Pierre Lefebvre (left) and HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult.

 

Tony Easter, of Iroquois, was the lucky third prize winner and took home an antique sleigh packed with over $500 worth of Ottawa Senators merchandise. Easter is pictured with HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult.

 

 

 

 


 

Winchester RBC holds sock drive for HOL

  The Winchester branch of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) held a sock drive in support of the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain prior to Christmas. Pictured, RBC staff members Lorrie Munro and Lindsay Schoeni holding a box full of socks destined for HOL Food Bank clients. Thanks go out to all those who contributed to the sock drive!
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Otia Bates, Senior Farm Underwriter at Grenville Mutual Insurance (left) presents the $1,025 cheque to Kristen Casselman, Managing Director, WDMH Foundation.

 

Grenville Mutual aspires to help

  For 125 years, Grenville Mutual has enhanced people’s lives by contributing to local causes where employees live and do business. It promotes the spirit of neighbour helping neighbour, and is a meaningful opportunity to give back and to do something special.
Grenville is proud to support what it believes in; being a strong community minded company and having respect and empathy for others. The company encourages pitching in when needed, not caring who gets the credit. This spirit was demonstrated when the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation received a gift of $1,025 from Grenville Mutual Insurance.
The donation has been directed to the Foundation’s Family Care Fund – supporting care for families just like yours. In celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary, each staff member was provided the opportunity to donate $1,025 to a single charity, or divide between two charities of their choice within the Eastern Ontario Region. “We were so excited to find out that each staff member had the opportunity to donate dollars to a charity of our own choosing,” said Otia Bates, a staff member with Grenville Mutual. “It feels good giving something back to local organizations in this way.”
Otia says she chose WDMH to be the beneficiary of her gift because of the care she received at the hospital. “I had a tonsillectomy at WDMH and the staff did a great job taking care of me.” Ross Lincoln, President/CEO says that a large part of the community work that the company undertakes is planned and coordinated at the grassroots level: “What better way to appreciate our people, and provide a rare and exciting opportunity for them to give back to a cause that means the most to them.”
WDMH Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman agrees. “We are so grateful to Otia for choosing WDMH, and to Grenville Mutual for their community spirit and support.”

 


Congratulations to Evan Jebur and Talib Al-Taie on the arrival of Ayah!

Happy New Year! Happy Baby Girl


  The first baby born at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) in 2018 arrived at 1:59 pm on January 1st. Welcome to Ayah Al-Taie, a daughter for Evan Jebur and her husband Talib Al-Taie. Ayah weighed 7 pounds and 6 ounces.
“I’m very happy,” said Dad Talib. “Everything is perfect. We have been trying to have a baby for nine years and now we do.”
Evan and Talib came to Canada three years ago and live in Ottawa. They chose to deliver their baby at WDMH on the recommendation of their obstetrician Dr. Shamsa Deeb.
“Happy New Year to all of the Canadian people,” summed up Talib. “We are very happy today.”
If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.


Governments of Canada and Ontario providing housing support for human trafficking survivors 

OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ – The Governments of Canada and Ontario have announced more than $7 million to help survivors of human trafficking in Ontario through new transitional housing and rent assistance. This will help ensure that survivors have a safe place to live while they access services and supports to help them heal from trauma and rebuild their lives.
Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation said, “The peace of mind that comes with having a secure and stable home is invaluable. These investments demonstrate our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that survivors of human trafficking are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
  Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services said, “Ontario is committed to working with survivors, and with communities and agencies that provide critical supports to those who have been trafficked. It is so vital that survivors of human trafficking have access to the services they need, including housing so that they can heal from the trauma after leaving a life of violence and exploitation.”
This funding will be delivered through the joint federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement. It will allow for partners and community agencies receiving funding through 
Ontario’s Anti-Human Trafficking Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund to help survivors of human trafficking access safe housing. For example:

  • The City of Toronto, in partnership with Covenant House, will create a transition home for women and girls, with comprehensive, on-site services such as mental health and addictions treatment, education, legal and income supports.
  • Survivors of human trafficking will be able to get help paying rent while they also receive culturally respectful wraparound supports from Native Women’s Inc. Hamilton Wentworth.
  • Centre Passerelle pour femmes du Nord de l’Ontario will help French-speaking survivors of human trafficking access rent assistance in addition to providing transitional supports such as legal assistance, counselling and other services.
  • Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia Lambton will help survivors access rent assistance while also offering targeted supports through a dedicated human trafficking worker and enhanced coordination through a community response protocol.

Quick Facts:

  • The following organizations are approved for funding to create a residence or transition home for survivors of human trafficking:
    • Huronia Transition Homes (Midland) – $600,000
    • City of Toronto (Toronto) – $885,000.
  • The following organizations are approved for funding to help survivors of human trafficking pay their rent:
    • Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton (Halton) – $413,910
    • Native Women’s Inc. Hamilton Wentworth (Hamilton) – $188,000
    • Addiction Services of Thames Valley (London) – $209,760
    • London Abused Women’s Centre (London) – $393,750
    • Huronia Transition Homes (Midland) – $226,800
    • A New Day Youth and Adult Services (Ottawa) – $79,350
    • Voice Found (Ottawa) – $478,800
    • Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia Lambton (Sarnia) – $236,250
    • Centre Passerelle pour femmes du Nord de l’Ontario (Timmins) – $409,500
    • City of Toronto (Toronto) – $297,750
    • East Metro Youth Services (Toronto) – $598,500
    • FCJ Refugee Centre (Toronto) – $75,180
    • Native Child and Family Services Toronto (Toronto) – $411,075
    • Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo (Kitchener-Waterloo) – $171,160
    • Legal Assistance of Windsor (Windsor) – $598,500
    • Women’s Support Network of York Region (York) – $393,120
    • 360˚ Kids (York) – $378,000
  • On September 28, 2017, Ontario announced $18.6 million in program funding for 45 projects that focus on prevention and improving services and supports for survivors of human trafficking, through the Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund. Today’s funding announcement will provide further support to many of those projects.
  • Canada’s first ever National Housing Strategy is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will give more Canadians a place to call home. Under the National Housing Strategy, the federal government will recognize and progressively implement every Canadian’s right to access housing that meets their needs and that they can afford.
  • Through the IAH, the Government of Canada is also providing to Ontario over two years: 
    • More than $67 million to support the construction, repair and adaptation of affordable housing for seniors;
    • Close to $28 million to support the construction and renovation of shelters and transition houses for victims of family violence;
    • More than $209 million to help address the increasing demand for repairs as social housing units age, and to improve efficiency and reduce energy and water use

 


 

École élémentaire et secondaire Rivière-Rideau holds food drive for HOL

The students and staff at École élémentaire et secondaire Rivière-Rideau in Kemptville recently held a food drive for the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain. The food items were dropped off at the HOL on Dec. 19. Thanks go out to the students and staff for their generous donation. Each month, the HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families. Approximately 40 per cent of the food bank clients are children and 10 per cent are seniors. Pictured, HOL Food Bank assistant Marianne Villemaire and HOL manager of client services Kim Merkley.
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Judy Lannin’s family at dedication of a plaque in her honour. From left to right: Aaron Lannin, Brian Lannin and Andrea Lannin.

A festive tradition – With a new name

  Every Christmas ball tells a story – and the annual Wish Tree Lighting Ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate each one. The event was held in the Winchester District Memorial Hospital lobby on December 12, 2017.
The Christmas Wish Tree program provides an opportunity to make a donation in memory, or in honour, of someone near and dear to your heart. “The simple act of writing your loved one’s name down on a piece of paper, can be overwhelming. You want to use your best penmanship and be sure that it’s just perfect. In that ten seconds it takes to write out that name, memories might come flooding back, a faint smile might cross your face and you might feel happy because it happened or sad because it’s over,” explained Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman at the event.
“Your love, memories and commitment are what make this program special and successful. Thank you.” This year, the program has extra special meaning, as it has been renamed “The Judy Lannin Christmas Wish Tree”. Judy Lannin, a kind-hearted and determined WDMH team member, started the program 20 years ago. A granite memorial stone was unveiled in her honour, to be placed at the foot of the tree in the roundabout at the front of the hospital. Judy’s family attended the event and noted that staff at WDMH were Judy’s second family.
“They worked together – not for her, but with her. She knew everyone. She knew their families and she took an interest in their lives,” noted husband Brian Lannin. Judy’s daughter Andrea spoke of her generosity. “She always instilled the gift of giving. That was important to her. Not necessarily the giving of material items, but giving of yourself.” Thank you to the Seaway Valley Singers who were so enthusiastic to sing O Christmas Tree, among other carols. Unfortunately, due to weather, the students from Morrisburg Public School were unable to make it, but they’re sending their 200 empathy cards to the hospital next week to be distributed to patients. We look forward to welcoming them back next year.
Another highlight of the evening was having Gaye Benoit and her three children in attendance. Gaye wrote the Wish Tree direct mail letter this year, sharing her connection with WDMH since 1955. She lives in Crysler. Special thanks to Scotiabank, our Presenting Sponsor. Local branches in Chesterville, Morrisburg, Osgoode, Russell, and South Mountain are accepting Christmas Wish Tree donations on the Foundation’s behalf. Already, more than 40 donations have been made at the branches.
Gold sponsors include Boom 101.9FM/Fresh Radio 104.5FM, Third High Farms. Our Silver Sponsors this year include JED Express, Pommier Jewellers, WC Robinson and Sons, and Traiteur la Bonne Bouffe. At the Bronze level, Ault & Ault Law Offices, Collins Barrow WCM LLP, HomeTown TV12, Louis’ Restaurant in Chesterville, Ontario Power Generation, Ted Moran & sons, Wells Ford, and Udder Comfort have chosen to sponsor, many as repeat sponsors. Please consider supporting these generous and community-minded businesses with your holiday shopping needs. Wish Tree proceeds go to the Family Care Fund to help ensure that WDMH can continue to provide compassionate, excellent health care – close to home.


 

 

Ottawa photographer donates print to HOL

Sandy Sharkey, Ottawa photographer, donated a beautiful print of one of her photo’s to the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain for fundraising purposes. Sharkey posted a picture of the print on Facebook and asked her followers to nominate a charitable recipient of the print, which is valued at nearly $500. The print is of a wild horse on Sable Island in Nova Scotia. Mandy Ayotte nominated the HOL and the winner was announced on Dec. 12. Sharkey dropped the print off at the HOL on Dec. 15. Pictured, from left, Sharkey, HOL executive director Cathy Ashby and Catherine Landry. Thanks go out to Sharkey for this wonderful donation and Ayotte for the nomination!
Submitted photo


 

 

 

Sheila Kennedy and her family members line up for a photo following a shopping spree at Jonsson’s Independent in Kemptville on Dec. 2. Every single item, totalling approximately $2,000 worth of food and goods, was donated to the House of Lazarus in Mountain. Pictured, front row left to right: Sheila Kennedy, Ken Beck, Barbara Beck, Ron Jacques, Paul Telfer, Ann Heide, Harrison O’Reilly, Steve Poll, Christine Poll, Carol Bell-Smith and Madee Jacques. Second row, left to right: Amy Bell and Tatum O’Reilly. 
Submitted photo

 

 

Local family shops till they drop for the House of Lazarus

  Tis the season of giving.
But local woman Sheila Kennedy took that sentiment one step further by organizing a family shopping spree on behalf of the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain.
“Losing all three of my big dogs shortly before Christmas hurt a lot,” explained Kennedy, via email. “I decided that focusing on Christmas would be my therapy. Then I realized that buying gift cards and writing cheques really wasn’t rewarding or much fun.”
Kennedy organized a family gathering that included breakfast at a diner, followed by the shopping spree at Jonsson’s Independent in Kemptville on Dec. 2.
“Because I know my family and friends well, there were a few competitive contests with rewards to ramp up the whole concept,” noted Kennedy. “With input from the House of Lazarus, I decided we would pair off into teams of two for the shopping spree. We all planned and we managed to cover off all age groups from babies to seniors. My family members ranged in age from 15 to 86. The game was on. Of course festive dress was required and I thank my family and friends for being adorable about this.”
Steve and Sylvie Jonsson, owners of Jonsson’s Independent, were very supportive and provided Kennedy’s family with a dedicated cash register on Dec. 2 to keep track of each team’s totals.
“We certainly were delighted when they boxed our groceries themselves and put up with our group’s nonsense,” said Kennedy. “We look forward to having them participate with us next year. The shopping was hilarious fun and watching the group work together, learn and honestly focus on the needs of others was amazing and very touching for all of us. An eye-opener for sure.”
The shopping spree resulted in just over $2,000 worth of food and goods for the HOL, which will be added to Christmas hampers for food bank clients.
“It was unanimously voted as our latest and possibly best family tradition,” concluded Kennedy. “All of us grew as a close group and within ourselves. The smiles say it all. My bottom line…best money ever spent and best time with these wonderful people. Absolutely nothing compares to being hugged by your loved ones and told ‘best Christmas gift ever, thanks.’ The dogs would be proud and we were all certainly thrilled and noticeably humbled. Merry Christmas all and please join us in our efforts any way you can. The reward is amazing.”
The HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families each month. Of those food bank clients, 40 per cent are children and 10 per cent are seniors.
“What Sheila and her family did for us was absolutely incredible,” said Kim Merkley, HOL client services manager. “They have touched so many of our clients this holiday season. We couldn’t be more grateful for their contribution and giving spirits. It’s truly inspiring.”
For more information about the HOL, visit www.houseoflazarus.com or check out the House of Lazarus on Facebook. To donate or volunteer, call (613)-989-3830 or emai:  hol@houseoflazarus.com.

 


 

 

Smiles all around!

Shown at the presentation in Winchester are (l-r): Kristen Casselman (Managing Director, WDMH
Foundation); Elly Trudeau (Tim Hortons Manager); Andrea Carmichael (Baker); and Cholly Boland, WDMH
CEO.

  It seems like everyone loves the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign, held every fall across Canada. And here in our region, it’s no different. In fact, this year, $10,257 was donated to the WDMH Foundation’s Family Care Fund – supporting care for families just like yours. That’s 10,257 smile cookies!
“Our staff really enjoy it,” says Robert St. Denis, who owns the stores in Winchester, Morrisburg and Long Sault. “They are motivated to bake and decorate the Smile Cookies because they know the money is staying locally.”
Customers seem to agree. “Weeks before it starts, customers are asking for the cookies and often ask once the week-long campaign is over,” adds Robert.
And it’s smiles all around at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation too. “We’re very grateful for this support to help WDMH continue to provide compassionate, excellent health care for all families that need it,” notes Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director.
Since 2007, these local Tim Hortons stores have donated $100,059 to the Foundation. “My sincere thanks to Robert St. Denis for his commitment to WDMH and to all his staff for their hard work in baking and decorating the 10,257 cookies,” sums up Kristen. “And thank you as well to the generous customers who buy the cookies and take a smile home!”

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

An NRC glycochemistry expert observes polysaccharides isolated from the Hia bacterium. (CNW Group/National Research Council Canada)

Vaccine to prevent deadly infections in Canada’s North reaches manufacturing milestone

OTTAWA, Dec. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Children and immunocompromised adults at risk of Haemophilus influenzae type a (Hia) bacterial infections are one step closer to having access to a vaccine that will help protect them from the potentially deadly infection. The vaccine developed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has been licensed to InventVacc Biologicals Inc. for manufacturing in preparation for clinical trials.
Each year in Canada, especially in the North and in Indigenous communities, hundreds of infants and immunocompromised adults are at risk of Hia. The bacterial infection can result in pneumonia, lethal meningitis, septic arthritis, and bloodstream infections.
PHAC scientists at the National Microbiology Laboratory studied the epidemiology and microbiology of Hia infection, and identified the need for a vaccine for Canada’s northern populations. These scientists, in collaboration with NRC researchers, developed a vaccine solution. PHAC scientists developed the seed strain of the bacterium needed for the clinical production of the vaccine, while NRC researchers developed the process to grow the bacterium inside a steel fermentation tank, isolated the portion of the bacterium needed for the vaccine, and attached it to a carrier protein that enables it to be recognized by the immune system of infants.
“As part of our collaborative approach to solving big challenges and facilitating the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada, the NRC is proud to be working with InventVacc Biologicals Inc. and the Public Health Agency of Canada to bring such a critical vaccine to market,” says Mr. Iain Stewart, President of the National Research Council of Canada. “This important collaboration will help children in Canada’s northernmost communities.”
The National Research Council, Public Health Agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Health Canada are participating in workshops held annually to discuss and engage in the vaccine’s development and eventual implementation. Representatives from First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations have outlined their respective engagement processes. Clinical trials are expected to begin in 2019, and if successful, the vaccine could be made available by 2022.
“This vaccine, which we have been developing over the last five years, can contribute to preventing deadly infections for infants at risk of Hia in Canada,” says Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada “We are pleased to see the vaccine progress to the next stage in development.”

Quick Facts

  • Since the late 1990s, there has been an emergence of Hia infections, especially in Indigenous communities in the northern regions of Canada and Alaska associated with significant morbidity and approximately a 10 per cent mortality rate.
  • A total of 102 Hia cases have been observed since 2007, an average of 12.5 cases per year, with territorial referrals representing one-third of the cases.
  • Most Hia cases were observed in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Montréal hospitals, which serve as referral centres for Canada’s territories.
  • InventVacc Biologics Inc. and its parent company Inventprise specialize in developing and manufacturing vaccines for unmet needs. The president of the firm, Dr. Subhash Kapre, led the development of the MenAfrivac vaccine to prevent Meningococcal A epidemics in Africa.

 

 


Heartfelt Matching Gift Response to a Generous Anonymous Donor

  The WDMH Foundation’s Thanksgiving Matching Gift program began in 2015 as the result of a generous anonymous donor who wanted to encourage giving by offering to double the impact of donors’ gifts by providing a matching gift opportunity within a set time-frame. Since then, over $151,000 has been raised as a result of the initial three gifts – and the 195 matching gifts.
“After three years of facilitating this program, we can safely say that our existing donors – and quite a few new donors – are inspired and motivated by the opportunity to give gifts that are matched dollarfor-dollar,” shared Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director. Awareness has spread as well.
Twenty-two new donors have made their first gifts to the matching gift program over the years, many of whom made substantial first-time gifts, and/or have been loyal donors ever since. There have also been several donors who have recalled the program and stopped in to give to it, before even seeing it advertised. Over the years, a lot of equipment has been purchased with funds raised from this program.
In 2015, for example, the program was not designated to support a specific piece or pieces of equipment, but 17 new pieces of equipment were purchased that year, including stretchers, scopes, blood pressure monitors and more. In 2016, the matching gift program was designated to support the purchase of equipment like the Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs).
This equipment has now all been purchased, and is currently in the initial testing phase of a several months-long process. It is hoped that these medication dispensing cabinets will be operational in the spring of 2018. This year, the matching gift program supported the purchase of equipment again, for things like a replacement Echocardiogram. We all know our hearts are what keep us going, so having the best diagnostic imaging tools to be able to clearly diagnose and create treatment plans is so important.
This year, the program was very well supported, inspiring almost a third of what will be required to replace WDMH’s aging Echocardiogram. Kristen offered: “I would like to say thank you very much on behalf of the Foundation Board and staff to all of the donors who continue to support this program, and through it, Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). We are so grateful and encouraged by your loyalty and thoughtfulness. It’s only because of our donors that we are able to fund this much-needed medical equipment for WDMH patients.”


Over 4 Million Canadians do not take advantage of prescription drug plans available to them 

“While prescription drug coverage across the country varies from one province to the next, most Canadians are eligible for either public or private coverage making the uninsured gap very small,” said Thy Dinh, Director of Health Economics and Policy, The Conference Board of Canada. “Where the gaps in prescription drug coverage may exist in Canada are among those who are not accessing insurance coverage programs when they need them and are eligible. The reasons might include a lack of awareness of their eligibility or out-of-pocket costs.”

Highlights

  • 95 per cent of Canadians are eligible for some form of prescription drug coverage (more than 34 million).
  • An estimated 1.2 million Ontarians age 24 and younger without any coverage will be eligible for public coverage when the expanded Ontario Health Insurance Program comes into effect on January 1st, 2018. This will lower the province’s uninsured population to 4 per cent and to 1.8 per cent across the country.
  • Approximately 4.1 million Canadians are not enrolled for either public or private prescription drug insurance plan.

The report, Understanding the Gap: A Pan-Canadian Analysis of Prescription Drug Insurance Coverage, finds that 95 per cent of Canadians (more than 34 million) are eligible for some form of prescription drug coverage. Approximately 5 per cent of the total population (1.9 million) are not eligible for enrolment in either a public or private plan. Ontario residents represent a significant share of Canadians without insurance coverage, with just over 13 per cent of Ontario’s population considered uninsured. However, once the expanded Ontario Health Insurance Program comes into effect on January 2018, an estimated 1.2 million Ontarians under the age of 24 currently without any coverage will be eligible for public coverage. This will lower the province’s uninsured population to 4 per cent and to 1.8 per cent across the country.
The report estimates that there are 4.1 million Canadians across the country who are not enrolled in a program for which they are eligible. Reasons for not enrolling in a public program include lack of awareness of the existence of the program and whether they are eligible for the program. According to a recent survey conducted by Nanos Research for this report, of the 7 per cent of Canadians who did not take their medications as prescribed, roughly 60 per cent of them were either unaware or unsure that there might be a public program to help pay for prescription drugs. Another reason may be that the cost of enrolment outweighs the benefit of enrolling, although according to the Nanos survey, only 7 per cent of those who did not take their medications as prescribed cited cost as being the reason (represents less than 1 per cent of the Canadian population).
The report also takes a closer look at out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs. Relying solely on public programs can pose a significant financial cost, especially for lower-income Canadians, as they require deductibles or premiums paid out-of-pocket before coverage kicks in. For example, the deductible can total up to $600 annually for an individual making $30,000 per year in British Columbia, while in Nova Scotia and Manitoba the deductibles are $900 and $1,410 per year, respectively. Some provinces impose premiums, such as Alberta, where residents under the age of 65 pay between $760 to $1,400 per year. Lower income Albertans are eligible to receive a subsidized rate that is 30 per cent of the full premium. Nearly two-thirds of Canadian households paid out-of-pocket on at least a portion of their prescription drug in 2015.
While most provinces try to limit the financial burden by using a sliding scale for deductibles based on household income, this can represent a disadvantage for lower income working Canadians. Those on income assistance programs normally have access to public coverage free of charge.
This research was funded by Innovative Medicines Canada and The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, with additional support from the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care.

The Prescription Drug Insurance Gap in Canada and the Provinces (CNW Group/Conference Board of Canada)

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Government sets timelines for pre-budget meetings

 

(QUEEN’S PARK) – The provincial government has set the key dates for this year’s pre-budget consultations.
The first pre-budget hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in Toronto is December 14 and the deadline to apply to appear in person is this Friday, December 8 at 9 a.m.
Hearings are also scheduled for the following locations during the week of January 15, 2018: Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Ottawa, Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor. The deadline to request a presentation at these hearings is Monday, January 8 at 5 p.m.
  Written submissions may be sent to the committee until Friday, January 19 at 5 p.m.
  Requests to appear in person, written submissions to the committee or any questions should be directed to Clerk Eric Rennie at:

Room 1405, Whitney Block
Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2
Telephone: (416) 325-3506
Facsimile: (416) 325-3505
TTY: (416) 325-3538
E-mail: comm-financeaffairs@ola.org

 


SNC accepting applications for Community Environmental Grants Program

  Are you planning an environmental or recreational event for your community? You may be eligible for a grant to help offset your costs through South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) Community Environmental Grants Program!
  Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply to receive a grant of up to $300 for their event or activity. The program has four categories: River Grants, Heritage Grants, Agri-Environmental Grants, and Community Outreach Grants.
  “The Community Environmental Grants Program supports events and projects within SNC’s jurisdiction that promote recreational use of our river, protect the environment or celebrate the natural heritage of the area,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Team Lead, Communications and Outreach.
  This year, 20 projects and $6,000 have been approved so far.
  Some of the supported events included Boisés Est’s Wood Fair, the Russell Historical Society’s Heritage Festival, the Crysler Citizen Committee’s Fun Run, the Cardinal Legion’s Poker Run, the Kin Club of Russell’s Poutmaster Fishing Derby and the Spencerville Mill Poker Run.
  “We believe in supporting opportunities for the public to enjoy, to learn from, and to experience the river and their local environment,” added Mesman. “We accept applications for event support year-round and we can help community groups and individuals in planning and supporting their events too.”
  There’s something for landowners too! For over 20 years the SNC Clean Water Program has funded $2.2 million in grants to over 720 projects. If you have a project on your property that improves water quality you may be eligible.
To download a copy of the Community Environmental Grants application form, visit: www.nation.on.ca/water/grant-programs/community-environmental-grants.
For more information contact John Mesman, Team Lead, Communications and Outreach, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 302jmesman@nation.on.ca.


Improving Forest Cover Through Land Acquisition

  South Nation Conservation (SNC) works closely with property owners, municipalities and partner organizations to acquire land of environmental, social, geographical or economic value for conservation.
  As a non-profit land trust, SNC acquires property to protect through purchase or donation. As a registered charitable organization, SNC is also able to receive ecological gifts through Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program, which offers significant tax benefits to property owners who donate their land.
  On November 28, SNC participated in a public forum on forests, farming and their relationship in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) hosted by the Ontario Woodlot Association. Information was provided on SNC’s Land Securement Strategy and Land Donation Program.
  In any given year, SNC adds an additional two-properties to its portfolio of over 12,000 acres of public land, to help offset the loss of local forest cover in the jurisdiction. SNC is also the management partner of the SDG County Forest.
  “Since 2000, SNC has secured over 3,000 acres of forested land through purchase,” John Mesman, SNC Team Lead, Communications and Outreach explained. “Acquired lands help ensure a healthy environment, support outdoor public recreation, and protect habitat.”
  Each year, approximately 50 acres of land is also donated to SNC. Residents interested in leaving a natural heritage legacy are encouraged to contact SNC, a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. The Oschmann Forest, an 18-acre forest near the town of Ormond is an example of a recent land donation, which is available for the public to explore and enjoy.
  With development and land conversion increasing across Eastern Ontario, gifts of forested land are one of the ways that SNC can help preserve forests for the future.
  “Any land turned over is protected and managed and it provides donors and sellers comfort in knowing that their land will be cared for by an organization that shares their values for conservation,” Mesman commented. “We accept woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, and other ecologically sensitive habitats year-round.”    Residents can also contribute to increasing local forest cover by planting trees. Thanks to provincial funding, SNC continues to offer coniferous and deciduous trees at a reduced rate to residents of SNC’s jurisdiction. Tree orders are already being accepted for spring 2018! 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: John Mesman, Team Lead, Communications and Outreach, 1-877-984-2948 ext. 302jmesman@nation.on.ca.

 


Ron Ashby

Meet Our Garlic Aficionado

  As we get ready for the first big snowstorm, Dundas Manor resident Ron Ashby can relax. His work is done. Ron has spent the fall getting ready and now his garlic is planted. We just need to wait for it to grow. “The Activity Team regularly asks residents about their favourite things and I told them about my passion for gardening,” explains Ron.
  “They made a big commitment of time and money, helping helping me create raised beds for garlic, taking me to the garden centre for supplies, and even building a shed to keep the tools and fertilizer.” Other staff also contributed to the project, bringing in leaves and manure to create layers for the garlic beds. About 160 cloves of garlic were planted. Red and white flowers in honour of Canada’s 150th were grown and enjoyed by all the residents. We also cultivated spinach, kale, tomatoes and other vegetables which Ron helped grow.
Ron has been a resident at Dundas Manor for just over a year and says gardening has been a lifesaver for him. “I’m very motivated to see it through and to see the results in the spring. I appreciate the staff for their support in this endeavour.” “It’s all part of our Dreams Come True program,” says Activity Director Jennifer Hill. “We want to make every day special for our residents by setting person-centred goals for each resident. We were happy to make this dream come true for Ron.”


 

Dr. Gerry Rosenquist and Dr. Wendy Zhang.

First Recipient Chosen for the Dr. Gerrard E. Swensson-Rosenquist Emeritus Scholarship

  Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Zhang who is the first recipient of the Dr. Gerrard E. Swensson-Rosenquist Emeritus Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in 2010 by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) in celebration of Dr. Rosenquist’ s long term commitment to medicine, the community and WDMH. Now retired, Dr. Rosenquist provided exemplary care to the communities that WDMH serves for over 50 years.
The scholarship is awarded to a family medicine resident who commits to supporting WDMH and the surrounding community. Dr. Wendy Zhang embodies this community spirit. Dr. Zhang completed her two-year family medicine residency at WDMH in June.
Since then, we continue to see her providing back-up coverage at the hospital and in the community. “I am so honoured to be the first recipient of the Dr. Gerrard E. Swensson-Rosenquist Emeritus Scholarship,” noted Dr. Wendy Zhang. “Having completed my family medicine residency at WDMH, I have experienced the collegiality of the staff and seen their passion for delivering high quality patient care. I am proud to join the Winchester team and to uphold this commitment to compassionate excellence for our community.”
Dr. Rosenquist says he was pleased to present the scholarship to Dr. Zhang: “And I hope to be able to present quite a few more. I recently had my own ‘patient’ experience at WDMH, which demonstrated to me the quality of care and empathy that was shown by the nurses, lab staff, floor workers and doctors of ‘my’ hospital. I expect – no, I demand – that it stays that way. Perhaps this scholarship will help a little, to ensure that dream.”
“The WDMH Foundation was honoured to be asked to accept donations to the scholarship on the committee’s behalf and to steward these donations through the endowment fund,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director of the WDMH Foundation. “It’s wonderful to see those funds being put to such appropriate use – to support the next generation of medical students.” For more information, please visit https://www.wdmhfoundation.ca/scholarshipfund
Congratulations Dr. Zhang!


Celebrating at the ceremony are left to right: Susan Vice, Jody Simzer, Sandra Ouderkirk, Kimberly Holmes, Rose Ormsby, Laurie Dojeiji and Cholly Boland.

 

Bye, Bye Bacon – Hello Silver!

Farewell dear bacon
Our friend and our foe
We love you in moderation
But you still have to go!

  In early November, staff, physicians and volunteers said farewell to bacon in the hospital cafeteria. At the same time, they said hello to healthier options such as homemade hamburgers with leaner beef and less salt and new snacks with grains, nuts and seeds. “It’s all part of the Healthy Foods in Champlain Hospitals program,” explains Cholly Boland, CEO.
“We want the healthy choice to be the easy choice by providing better food options in the cafeteria, vending machines and the Gift Shoppe.” At a recent ceremony, dietary staff were applauded for leading this initiative. WDMH has been awarded silver status in the program. “Overall, our focus is not on reducing or removing items – it’s about introducing nutritional information and new options that are healthier for all of our customers. However, some things do have to go and that includes bacon, sugary pop and larger muffins and baked goods,” adds Alan Archer, Corporate Manager, Building and Support Services.
Dr. Andrew Pipe, Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; and Chair, Champlain Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Network, congratulated the team for their leadership, “WDMH is among a small but growing number of hospitals to reach this impressive milestone in our region. Reaching the Silver benchmark is a clear reflection of WDMH’s commitment to investing in the long-term health of staff, physicians, volunteers, and the hospital community at large.”
WDMH Board Chair Marieke vanNoppen echoed Dr. Pipe’s comments, “Congratulations on the Healthy Foods achievement! Leading by example is one of the best ways we can inspire change in our communities. Thank you for caring about the long-term health of our WDMH team and the broader community.”
If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.

 


The Workshop Dance Studio holds food drive for HOL

The Workshop Dance Studio in Kemptville recently held a food drive for the House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank. Thanks go out to the studio’s owners, Nancy and Chris Morgan, who are big supporters of the HOL. Each month, the food bank serves over 100 local families. Approximately 40 per cent of food bank clients are children and 10 per cent are seniors. The items gathered during the food drive were dropped off on Nov. 28. From left, HOL client services manager Kim Merkley, Morgan and HOL executive assistant Janet Carkner.

Submitted photo

 


Partners from the Upper Canada Health Link, AROW Health Link, Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Aetonix, Samsung Canada, Boehringer Ingelheim, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Priority Business Services (Bell Canada) and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care were on hand for the event.

Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist enables better care for patients 
Right at home in eastern Ontario

  A select group of complex-care patients in eastern Ontario will be cared for using new technology right in their own homes. Today, William Charnetski, the Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario (OCHIS), is kicking off the deployment of aTouchAway by Aetonix Systems, in the Arnprior Region and West Ottawa (AROW) and Upper Canada (UC) Health Links.
This project is one of 15 that received funding in the first round of Ontario’s $20-million Health Technologies Fund (HTF). Administered on behalf of OCHIS by Ontario Centres of Excellence, the HTF is part of the OCHIS mandate to strengthen Ontario’s health innovation ecosystem.
“The Health Technologies Fund is already having an impact in the health system because of the collaborations it has created between health service providers, health technology innovators and patients,” says William Charnetski, Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist. “We are finding new ways to solve our greatest challenges by harnessing the power of innovation to provide better care while creating jobs in Ontario.”
The AROW and UC Health Links are partnering with both private and public organizations to deploy the innovative telehealth technology developed by Aetonix. aTouchAway is a communication platform designed for seniors and others with complex healthcare needs. It connects all of their healthcare providers and caregivers, including family members, on one secure, easy-to-use digital platform.
Members of a patient’s circle of care can see, speak with, assess and support the patient directly through a tablet or smartphone application. aTouchAway provides one-touch secure video conferencing and treatment / care plan information-sharing. In Ontario, five per cent of patients account for two-thirds of all healthcare costs.1 These are most often patients with multiple, complex conditions. There are 90 Health Links across Ontario that are providing a new service delivery model focused on coordinated care planning.
Care coordinators work with each patient to develop individualized care plans. When the hospital, family doctors, community organizations, informal caregivers and others work as a team, patients receive better, more coordinated care. “Health Links have allowed me to create, and enjoy, a new life,” notes one AROW Health Link client. “Everyone has been fantastic and I now have someone who looks after me where it’s most comfortable – my home. My care coordinator is my ambassador.” The AROW and Upper Canada Health Links connect patients with more than 50 agencies, including hospitals, primary care teams and community service agencies. “Enhanced connectivity will significantly improve the flexibility and capacity of our Care Coordinators.
They can work with the care team to address each patient’s unique healthcare goals,” says Cholly Boland, CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, which is the lead partner for the Upper Canada Health Link. “Minister Hoskins is committed to integrated, accessible care closer to home and this is a great example of what is possible. Health Links focus on the most complex and vulnerable patients and this type of coordinated care will support them right in their own homes,” adds Eric Hanna, President & CEO of Arnprior Regional Health, which is a lead partner for the AROW Health Link.
The program is further enabled through financial and in-kind contributions by partners, including: Samsung Canada, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI). The Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) is also leading the evaluation to see how effective the tool is at improving access to care for patients with complex needs. Total funding for the program is $1.2 million. “Aetonix is so proud to be working with these health and technology partners to innovate in home healthcare and help Ontarians receive better care at home,” explains Michel Paquet, CEO and Founder at Aetonix. “We are offering Ontario’s Health Links a truly unique solution that will improve patient outcomes and experiences, while enabling efficiency.” Based in Ottawa, Aetonix is an Ontario-born virtual home care technology company whose mission is to revolutionize how families, healthcare professionals and caregivers connect a patient’s circle of care. PARTNER VOICES “We’re pleased to be among the group of partners selected to implement the Aetonix aTouchAway solution, an innovative model that will empower health care providers to bring coordinated care into the homes of patients. As an organization committed to the development of solutions that will improve healthcare delivery for patients, we are excited to witness the positive impact this model will have on Ontarians living with chronic and complex conditions.” – Richard Mole, President and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. www.boehringer-ingelheim.ca “Samsung is proud to partner with Aetonix on this milestone achievement in healthcare technology. Together with the Aetonix aTouchAway application, our innovative mobile solutions are keeping healthcare practitioners and patients more connected and impacting patient care across Canada.”
Paul Brannen, Executive Vice President, Mobile Solutions at Samsung Canada www.samsung.com/ca/ “WIHV is committed to finding new ways of keeping seniors and all patients with complex care needs closer to home. We’re excited to evaluate the aTouchAway solution to look at the potential it has to help patients and the healthcare system overcome some of the biggest barriers to care and create better outcomes for everyone.”
Dr. Sacha Bhatia, WIHV Foundation Director, The WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care www.wchwihv.ca


 

Clark calls on Attorney General to press play on video demands 

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is welcoming a commitment by Ontario’s Attorney General to investigate why requests to install equipment at the Brockville Court House to enable video remands have been ignored by his ministry for five years.
Clark raised the issue in Question Period on Tuesday, November 28, asking Attorney General Yasir Naqvi to explain why Brockville is one of the only court houses in Eastern Ontario without video technology.
“I’m pleased the Attorney General appeared to understand the serious concerns I brought forward on behalf of the Brockville Police and everyone who works at the court house,” said Clark. “But I won’t be satisfied until we finally get some action by having the Attorney General press play on a video remand system.”
Clark explained while the Brockville Jail is equipped for prisoners to make video appearances, the court is not. This means two Brockville Police officers must transfer offenders around the building to a holding cell where they are monitored by a third officer.
“It makes no sense to be doing this for remand appearances that last about one minute when courts across the province have video technology in place,” said Clark, who noted there have been more than 800 such transfers to date in 2017.
“These unnecessary transfers are a safety concern and they’re wasting city taxpayer dollars. I agree with the police and all of the court officials who support their request that the Attorney General needs to get with the times,” said Clark.
The MPP added that having the video technology in place would have other benefits, including allowing out-of-town witnesses to testify without the Crown incurring their expenses for travel and accommodation.
“This is a simple step to use technology to make the administration of justice in Brockville more efficient and effective,” said Clark.


Erosion control mats and coconut coir logs were placed along Shield’s Creek.

SNC completes stream restoration projects
within the city of Ottawa

   Two streams have been restored by South Nation Conservation (SNC) in an effort to improve water quality, biodiversity and fish habitat with the help of local residents and partner organizations.
  Improvements took place on a dairy farm along the South Castor River near Vernon and at Shield’s Creek in Greely.
  Support was provided through the City of Ottawa’s Water Environment Strategy, a program designed to protect the health of city waterways, wetlands and groundwater.
  The City of Ottawa is a major municipal partner of SNC and undertakes regular environmental improvement programs within the rural south-
east sector of Ottawa.
  Over 2,000 native trees, shrubs and perennials were planted and nearly 560 metres of degraded streambanks were restored.
  The South Castor River project also included the creation of a 20-acre grass buffer to reduce soil erosion, and the installation of sediment controls through coconut matting.
  “This area will act as a demonstration site to showcase the benefits of using Best Management Practices on the farm,” said Katherine Watson, SNC’s Water Resources Specialist.Additional support for this project was provided through the Alternative Land Use Services program for Ontario-East, the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program and the City of Ottawa’s Municipal Drainage Program.
Along Shield’s Creek, erosion control mats and coconut coir logs were added in areas where high sedimentation levels where causing localized flooding and decreased habitat for local fish and aquatic species.
This work will restore the natural stream functions and flow to Shield’s Creek and increase instream and upland biodiversity,” added Brent Harbers, SNC’s Stewardship Technician.
  SNC staff will closely monitor both sites in 2018 to ensure that the restoration work is functioning as intended and that the planted vegetation thrives.

 


Susan Poirier with Dundas Manor resident Shirley Billings.

New administrator at
Dundas Manor
is a familiar face

  Susan Poirier will be Dundas Manor’s new Administrator as of January 1, 2018. Susan has been the Director of Care at Dundas Manor for the past 11 years and brings a wealth of experience to her new position.
“As our Director of Care, we have all seen Susan’s compassion, professionalism and unswerving dedication to the high-quality care of our residents and their families,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO, Dundas Manor. “She truly embodies Dundas Manor’s Commitment Statement and our home will benefit from all her skills in her work as Administrator. Please join me in congratulating Susan in her new role.”
Susan became a Registered Nurse in 1992 and worked in several different nursing roles before joining Dundas Manor as Director of Care in 2006. Susan also has a certificate as a Long-Term Care Administrator. Susan says she is excited about her new role: “I am dedicated to the well-being of our residents, our families, and our staff. I look forward to seeing every aspect of Dundas Manor reach the next level of excellence. It is truly a privilege to be chosen for this role.”
Susan takes over for Norm Slatter who has served as Administrator since 2014. “The past three years at Dundas Manor have been a wonderful experience for me and getting to know our residents, staff and family members has been the most rewarding aspect of my position here,” explains Norm. “Unfortunately, for lifestyle reasons, I am resigning my position to pursue employment opportunities closer to my home in Stittsville.”
“Everyone has benefitted from Norm’s leadership and experience, especially with his focus on quality improvement,” says Cholly. “I want to thank Norm for all his contributions to Dundas Manor and the care of our residents. He will be missed, and we wish him all the best.”


Morrisburg Artisans Give Back

  The weather may not have been festive, but the artisans and shoppers certainly were!
The 41st annual Morrisburg and District Arts and Craft Association Sale was held in mid-November at the Royal Canadian Legion in Morrisburg.
Homemade treasures included baked goods, knitted items, pottery and preserves. The Association generously donated part of the proceeds to four local charities, including the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation. A cheque for $350 was presented at the event.
“The Morrisburg and District Arts and Crafts Association has been supporting WDMH since 1998 and have donated $9,150 in all!” noted Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “We are so grateful to them, and the many local groups and businesses that support our local hospital.”


Nominations now open for Leading Women/Leading Girls awards 

  (BROCKVILLE) – A provincial awards program that recognizes girls and women whose volunteerism and leadership makes a difference in their communities is now accepting nominations.
Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is encouraging schools, organizations and individuals to participate in the 2018 Leading Women/Leading Girls Building Communities recognition program by submitting a nomination.
“It has been an honour in past years to present these special awards to several deserving women and girls in Leeds-Grenville,” said Clark. “The program gives recipients a well-deserved moment in the spotlight and is our chance to thank them for their efforts. It’s also a great way to use their stories to inspire more women and girls to get involved in their community.”
Nominations to recognize outstanding women and girls for their work to improve the lives of others are being accepted until January 20, 2018. The nominations are submitted to the Minister of the Status of Women by local MPPs.
A nomination package with detailed instructions can be found on MPP Clark’s website here:http://www.steveclarkmpp.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Leading_Women_Leading_Girls_18.pdf. The form can also be sent on request by emailing:info@steveclarkmpp.com.
All nominations must include two letters of support from community members and be submitted to MPP Clark prior to the January 20, 2018 deadline.
The Leading Women/Leading Girls program was established in 2006 and recognizes women (nominees 18 years of age and older) and girls (nominees under 18) who have “demonstrated exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of others and have made substantial contributions through volunteer work.”


Students and staff from NDDHS pose by one of the planted trees with Mayor Eric Duncan, Township of North Dundas; Bill Smirle, SNC Board of Directors; Cheyene Brunet, SNC Forestry Technician; and Chris Craig, SNC Senior Forestry Technician.

SNC delivers hands-on learning experiences at NDDHS

  On November 17, South Nation Conservation (SNC) partnered with North Dundas District High School (NDDHS), Badger Excavating Limited and the Township of North Dundas to help students plant 3 Sugar maples as part of the school’s ongoing beautification initiative.
Funding for this project was provided through SNC’s Community Environmental Grants Program, which supports projects that promote the protection of our local environment.
Six students enrolled in the agricultural Specialist High Skills Major program at NDDHS were taught how to properly plant and care for trees by SNC staff. Students also learned about the importance of planting trees to improve local forest cover.
In any given year, SNC reaches over 4,000 youth through hands-on environmental education programs in Eastern Ontario. Guided by SNC’s environmental specialists, youth learn about a range of conservation topics including, forestry, water protection and fisheries.


St. Mark High School donates over 2,000 pounds of food to HOL

The students and staff at St. Mark High School in Manotick pulled off a Christmas miracle recently by collecting over 2,000 pounds of food for the House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank in Mountain. The food items – two full trailer loads worth – were collected by HOL staff on Nov. 13. Thanks go out to St. Mark for their incredible generosity! The HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families each month. Approximately 40 per cent of food bank clients are children and 10 per cent are seniors. Pictured, HOL staff members Janet Carkner, Ralph Pulfer and Kim Merkley with a portion of the items from St. Mark.

Submitted photo

 

 

 


HOL seeks people to
adopt families,
couples this Christmas

  Christmas can be a tough time for those living in rural poverty.
  The House of Lazarus (HOL) is seeking generous people to adopt families, couples and individuals this holiday season.
  “The Adopt-A-Family program has been around for quite a few years,” noted Kim Merkley, client services coordinator. “It’s a great program for our food bank clients.”
  Last year, the HOL adopted out over 70 families, seniors and couples.
  “The way it works is you can choose whether to provide gifts, a Christmas meal or both for the family, couple or individual,” noted Merkley. “It’s entirely up to you. There is no dollar value set for the adoption program, so it’s whatever your budget allows.”
  There are still approximately 30 families and 20 couples/individuals in need of adoption.
  “Without the adoption program in place for our food bank clients, many would go without for the holidays. Roughly 40 per cent of our clients are children and without this program they likely wouldn’t have presents to open Christmas morning. Being adopted during the holidays means a lot to our clients. I feel blessed every year because I am the one that gets to see the reactions when they come in to get their baskets. Our clients are always overwhelmed by how generous people are.”
  To adopt a family, couple or individual, contact Merkley directly by emailing kmerkley@houseoflazarus.com.
  “Let me know whether you’d like to adopt a family, couple or individual, and if you do select a family, please let me know the size of family you’re looking to adopt. I’ll send you back a wish list from them, including the genders and sizes.”
  The HOL also runs the Angel Tree program, for children aged one to 18.
  “We have about 40 children left for that program, if people would prefer providing a gift for one child.”
  The deadline for returning the Christmas baskets to the HOL for the adoption program is Dec. 18, so clients have time to pick them up prior to the holidays. The Angel Tree gifts need to be back the first week of December.
  “The gifts don’t have to be wrapped and the meal can be a gift card, so you don’t have to go out and buy all the food yourself.”
  Each month, over 100 local families access the HOL Food Bank.
  “Every year, the need for our services continues to grow and programs like Adopt-A-Family make a huge difference in our client’s lives.”
  For more information about the House of Lazarus, visit www.houseoflazarus.com or check out the HOL Facebook page.



Brewed Awakenings donates
$322 to 
House of Lazarus

Brewed Awakenings in Kemptville donated $322 to the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain on Nov. 7. The funds were generated through Brewed Awakenings October heart-shaped cookies by donation campaign, which runs every month of the year for designated charities. The donation will go towards the HOL Food Bank, which serves over 100 local families each month, and outreach programs, that touch an additional 1,200 people annually. Pictured, Brewed Awakenings owner Kika Smith and HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult.                                     Submitted photo

 

 

 


Photo Credit: Jim deVette

The Spirit of Christmas in Oxford Mills

  Get into the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at some festive events hosted by the Oxford Mills Community Association. The weekend starts with carolling at 6:30 on Friday evening in front of the historic town hall led by the Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding. Bring your best voice, your youngsters and a flashlight to sing in the season.
  The Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m., after which everyone is welcome to make their way to Maplewood Hall to meet with Santa and enjoy a hot chocolate and home-baked treats. This is a time to meet with friends and neighbours, to socialize and appreciate the community we live in. At around 8 p.m., judges will tour the hamlet and surrounding area to chose the most beautifully decorated homes.
 Come back on Saturday morning at 9:00 for a free pancake breakfast with Santa at the United Church on Water Street. This event is sponsored by Gerry Van Gurp and will be served by the North Grenville Scouts. Sausages generously donated by Erick Le Pors of Dial-a-Chef. Santa Claus will meet with children and adults alike and review the notes he has been making all year! Get your picture taken with him and earn extra ‘Santa Points’.
  Local craftspeople will display their wares both inside and outside Maplewood Hall at the Christmas Craft Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can keep warm around the fire barrels that will be ablaze outside and by purchasing a delicious bowl of soup from the Brigadoon Restaurant. Keep up to date by visiting our Facebook Event page.

 


A look at the new WDMH website.

 

Google Us!

The Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that our new website is now live. Check it out at www.wdmhfoundation.ca. “We have been working on the new website for several months.
It provides us with a new way to connect with our donors and local communities,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “The new site is user friendly and we hope that visitors can easily find the information they are looking for.”
In addition to ongoing Foundation updates, the new website features information on WDMH’s greatest needs. It has donor resources on everything from organzing a fundraising event to information on planning the best future gift for both you and WDMH. One of the more robust sections is on gift planning, including printable resources like a fact sheet to take to your lawyer when planning an estate gift, an FAQ on gift planning, and an executor’s guide.         Chelsea McIntyre, Manager of Major, Planned and Sponsorship Giving, shares that “there are in-depth information sheets on four types of planned gifts: estate gifts, gifts of life insurance, gifts of RRSPs or RRIFs, and gifts of shares or mutual funds.
We also wanted to ensure professional advisors are well supported, as we consider them partners in our donors’ philanthropic journey. They have their own page of resources.” Another interesting addition to the site is an illustrative online tool, kind of like a calculator. It looks at your financial situation and the gift you are considering and determines an approximate tax credit and resulting “actual donation cost”. The site has an easy-to-use online giving section as well as printable donation forms.
“In both cases, donors can choose what type of gift they would like to make such as a one-time or monthly gift, a donation to honour a caregiver, or a gift in memory or honour of a friend or loved one,” adds Kristen. “We’ve been in need of a new site for a few years now, so it’s been an exciting week here. I hope that everyone will take a moment to have a look around,” sums up Kristen.

 


For the Love of the Game’ event
brings in over $6,100 for HOL

Submitted by House of Lazarus

  A night to remember.
  The Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester played host to Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson during the ‘For the Love of the Game’ sports merchandise sale on Nov. 3.
  Claesson arrived at 6 p.m. to sign autographs and greet fans, who were already lined up to meet him. Sporting his Sens jersey and a big smile, Claesson was a hit with the crowd.
  Claesson signed shirts, jerseys, hats and everything in between, and posed for photos with fans.
  The ‘For the Love of the Game’ sports merchandise sale was organized by the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain, with all proceeds benefiting the HOL Food bank and outreach programs. The event ran Nov. 3 and 4 and merchandise sales alone totaled over $6,100.

Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson poses for a photo with siblings Cameron and Nick Cavanagh.

  “We are absolutely thrilled by the turnout we had for Claesson on Friday night,” said Jennifer Tenbult, HOL operations manager. “The volume of sales we had that night reflected his presence and contribution to our cause. We are very grateful to Claesson, who took the time out of his busy schedule to help us. And the fans were so happy to meet him. He was very nice – many people commented on that – and he clearly cares about giving back to the community.”

HOL staff members posed with Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson during the ‘For the Love of the Game’ sports merchandise sale on Nov. 3. From left, HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult, HOL executive assistant Janet Carkner, HOL executive director Cathy Ashby, Claesson, HOL team member Jacob Gagnon and HOL director of client services Kim Merkley.


  Claesson stuck around until 7 p.m. to greet two Atom B House teams coming off the ice downstairs at the arena. The North Dundas Demons and Brockville Braves were greeted by Claesson as they headed to the change rooms and then posed for team photos with the Sens player.
  “It was really nice that Claesson stuck around to say hello to the kids downstairs because we had parents coming upstairs to our event asking if he would still be around when their kids came off the ice,” said Tenbult. “He didn’t have to go that extra mile, but he did, which was wonderful to see.”

Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson stuck around to greet the next generation of NHL players, who didn’t come off the ice until 7 p.m. He posed with both the Brockville Braves Atom B House team (pictured) and the North Dundas Demons Atom B House team, then signed autographs for players on each team.

 


  Ticket sales for the SENsational raffle also brought in funds for the HOL during the event. Raffle tickets will continue to be sold until the draw date on Dec. 21. First prize for the raffle is a hockey stick Claesson used in an actual game signed by the entire Sens team; second prize is three tickets and a parking pass for the Sens game on Dec. 29; third prize is an antique sleigh stuffed with over $500 worth of brand new Sens merchandise.
  Tickets are $2 each and three for $5 and can be purchased at the HOL (2245 Simms Street). All proceeds from the raffle will also benefit the HOL Food Bank and outreach programs.
  “We sold nearly 300 raffle tickets during the sports sale, which brought in significant funds,” noted Tenbult. “Overall, it was a great event and we want to thank everyone who made it out to support us!”

Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson stuck around to greet the next generation of NHL players, who didn’t come off the ice until 7 p.m. He posed with both the Brockville Braves Atom B House team and the North Dundas Demons Atom B House team (pictured), then signed autographs for players on each team.


  The brand new trademarked NHL, NFL, MLB and NASCAR merchandise leftover from the sale will be available for purchase at the HOL Boutique and Mountain Treasures (2245 Simms Street) starting next week.
  “If you missed the sale over the weekend, you still have a chance to snag some incredible deals by stopping by our thrift stores,” explained Tenbult.

Hendrick Westendorp is all smiles after getting his hat signed by Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson.
Ashby gets his photo taken with Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson during the ‘For the Love of the Game’ sports merchandise sale on Nov. 3.
Ottawa Senators defensemen Fredrik Claesson poses for a photo with Jameson Summers after signing his jersey.

For more information about the HOL, visit www.houseoflazarus.com or check out the HOL on Facebook. To contact the HOL, email hol@houseoflazarus.com or call (613)-989-3830.

 

 


 

 

 

30 + 30 + 3 = Dedication

  At the presentation of the WDMH Commitment Awards this week, one word was used over and over – dedication. Each of the three recipients was recognized for their commitment to both Winchester District Memorial Hospital and the patients we serve.

Dr. Beth Rivington and Registered Nurse John Arnold.

Registered Nurse John Arnold has worked at WDMH for almost 33 years. He works in the Enhanced Care Unit and his colleagues can’t say enough about his dedication. “His patients love him, and he makes them feel special and cared for. He is an excellent patient advocate and takes the time to listen to patients and their families.
He takes his time explaining health issues in a way that patients can understand and relate to. John strives to incorporate his knowledge, skills and abilities in his day to day work so that his patients benefit from his excellent nursing background.”
For almost 30 years, Dr. Beth Rivington has delivered babies at WDMH – in fact, several thousand in her distinguished career. She has played a major role in the success of WDMH’s obstetrical program. “Dr. Rivington is a dedicated physician and definitely a team player. She is respectful of colleagues, staff and patients. Her dedication to WDMH is obvious with her regular attendance at galas, golf tournaments and any other fundraising functions for the hospital,” explain her nominators.

Brenda Pascoe

And even though Brenda Pascoe has only been volunteering at WDMH for three years, her commitment is clearly evident too.
She works in the chemotherapy department and at the information desk. “Brenda displays her compassion in the kind, friendly way she approaches our patients,” note her nominators. “Brenda is committed to helping others whether it be getting a refreshment or pillow/blanket for patient comfort or helping a family member find their way in the hospital. She is always helping out our team, even recruiting others to volunteer!”
These awards shine a light on individuals or teams who exemplify the values represented by WDMH’s Commitment Statement: Compassion, Excellence, One Team, Respect, Accountability, Innovation and Learning.
Congratulations to all of the nominees. If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.


Time for minister to take stand on E-19 approvals: Clark

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Today in Question Period, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark called on the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to get off the sidelines and confirm no landfill will open at the ED-19 site using environmental approvals granted two decades ago.

The minister’s predecessor committed in writing that a ‘change in circumstances or new information that wasn’t presented at the time of approval’ would allow for reconsideration,” Clark said in his question. “The minister now has both, so will he commit to revoking those stale-dated approvals or to sending this matter to the Environmental Review Tribunal?”

Clark expressed disappointment that Minister Chris Ballard refused to make that commitment despite the compelling reasons that have been presented to him. These include:

  • Changes to site conditions documented in three expert reports filed with the ministry by the Canadian Environmental Law Association.
  • The Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal has declared itself an unwilling host.
  • The minister has been contacted by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, who weren’t consulted during the environmental review 20 years ago, reminding him of the Constitutional duty to do so.
  • The approvals were granted on the basis of a municipally operated landfill for waste from Leeds and Grenville Counties, not a private facility that could accept garbage from across Ontario.

Allowing a private operator to use 20-year-old environmental approvals to open a mega-dump is unprecedented and it would be against the wishes of the public and the elected council of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal,” stressed Clark.

The minister has the authority to scrap those historic approvals and order a new environmental assessment. It’s now time for him to tell me and my constituents if he will take that necessary action.”

Clark’s question comes as the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville is exploring the sale of the ED-19 site. Clark has written to United Counties council requesting any sale include a condition that no waste from outside Leeds-Grenville could be accepted.


Take a Hike Year-Round on SNC Lands!

  While the dog days of summer are behind us, there are still many great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors this fall and winter!
  South Nation Conservation (SNC) owns and manages over 12,000 acres of public natural space across a 4,384 square-km jurisdiction, including a network of 14 day-use Conservation Areas accessible free of charge.
  Within the upcoming weeks, staff will be closing some of SNC’s Conservation Areas for winter, including the removal of docks along SNC’s waterfront properties.
  “Although some of the day-use parks are being closed for winter, we offer 30 km of groomed trails for your winter enjoyment,” said Philip Duncan, SNC’s Property and Approvals Assistant.
  W.E Burton and J. Henry Tweed in Russell, Two Creeks Forest in Morrisburg, and Warwick Forest in Berwick are SNC’s Conservation Areas available for your winter excursions.
  Additionally, SNC works with municipal partners to keep a number of parks and trails groomed, helping to increase winter recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.  Nokomis Park in Limoges, Russell Recreational Trail, and a hydro corridor multiuse pathway in Orleans (from Dorima/Du Plateau pathway to the end of Demeter St./Old Trim Rd.) are also available year-round.
 “We work with many partners to ensure that our natural spaces remain accessible and provide countless recreational opportunities to enjoy the outdoor landscape and everything it has to offer, Duncan added.
  Visitors are reminded that non-day use areas may have multiple users at any given time; wearing high visibility clothing is recommended to help identify you to other users.
  Plan your next adventure at www.nation.on.ca/recreation/winter-recreation.


Rotary Club of Kemptville hosts Dinner on the House

The Rotary Club of Kemptville hosted the Dinner on the House free community meal on Oct. 26. Dinner on the House, a program of the House of Lazarus (HOL), is held every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Mountain (2227 Simms Street). Everyone is welcome to attend Dinner on the House, which provides socializing opportunities and a nutritous meal free of charge. Approximately 15 members of the Rotary helped make the most recent Dinner on the House a success by preparing the meal, serving attendees and cleaning up afterwards. Nearly 80 people attended the event, which featured shipwreck stew, spaghetti, meatballs, baked beans, salad and so much more! Mountain Orchard, which recently donated six bushels of apples and apple chips to the HOL, gave the Rotary a significant discount on the apples used to make dessert for the meal. Grahame’s Bakery in Kemptville donated all the buns and the North Grenville Times sponsored the dinner. Thanks goes out to the Rotary (members pictured) for putting on such a great meal
Submitted photo


HOL Book Sale brings in $1,100 for food bank, outreach programs

  The inaugural House of Lazarus (HOL) Book Sale brought in $1,100 for the HOL Food Bank and outreach programs.

  The book sale was held on Oct. 20 and 21, at the Winchester United Church. The event featured CD’s and DVD’s, in addition to the thousands of books that were available. The sale was well attended and many book lovers made it out to support the HOL.

  Over 100 local families access the HOL Food Bank each month and the HOL outreach programs touch an additional 1,200 individuals annually.

  The HOL is a great place to find all kinds of amazing deals. This week there is a buy two, get two free sale on all books, DVD’s and CD’s! Stop by and check out the great selection of household goods, clothing and everything in between at the HOL. By shopping here, you are supporting the community!

  The HOL is located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain. For more information about the HOL, call (613)-989-3830 or email hol@houseoflazarus.com.

  The next big fundraising event hosted by the HOL is ‘For the Love of the Game’ sports merchandise sale set for Nov. 3 and 4 at the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester. Thousands of brand new trademarked sports items will be available, at significantly discounted prices. Come check out all the great stuff featuring your favourite NHL, NFL, MLB and NASCAR teams! All proceeds from the event will go towards the HOL Food Bank and outreach programs. This is a sale you don’t want to miss, just in time for Christmas!

  Ottawa Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson will be on hand Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. to sign autographs for fans. The HOL is also raffling off a hockey stick signed by the entire Sens team, Sens tickets and an amazing basket of Sens merchandise! Spread the word and help make this event the HOL’s biggest fundraiser to date! O’Farrell Financial Services has generously agreed to donate a pair of Sens tickets to the HOL to give away as a prize for those who purchase merchandise at our sale!

  ‘For the Love of the Game’ runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 4. Mark the dates in your calendar and see you there!

 


Golf Committee member Chelsea McIntyre and Treasurer Diane Levesque hold the giant cheque for $7,005.00. Missing committee members include Ken Warner (Chair), Dwayne Holmes, Vicki Johnston and Audrey May (Cloverdale Links Manager).

A force to be reckoned with!

  The Cloverdale Golf Classic is an annual tradition that combines fun with raising funds. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the event and almost 80 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the course.
Together, they raised $7,005 for the WDMH Foundation’s General Equipment Fund. The proceeds from the event have been used to purchase a Force FX Generator for the minor procedure room at WDMH.
A Force FX Generator is a small tool used by surgeons to control bleeding during surgical procedure. It cauterizes blood vessels. “The old generator was at the end of its life, so we are very grateful to the WDMH Golf Association and Cloverdale Links for their hard work in raising the funds needed for this essential piece of equipment.
A big thank you as well to the golfers, sponsors and volunteers for supporting the event,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director at the WDMH Foundation. “Many patients at WDMH will benefit from this new equipment and that’s what it’s all about.”


SNC accepting tree orders for 2018

  With fall upon us, it’s time to start planning your yard beautification projects for next year! South Nation Conservation (SNC) is now accepting tree orders for 2018.
  Residents of SNC’s jurisdiction can place their orders for a selection of conifer and deciduous seedlings and shrubs at a reduced rate, through SNC’s 2018 Tree Planting Program. “Trees provide us with many unique benefits; they increase property value, add aesthetic appeal, reduce erosion, and enhance local wildlife habitat,” stated Cheyene Brunet, SNC’s Forestry Technician.
  A minimum of 100 seedlings in multiples of 50 per species can be ordered. Red maple, Balsam fir, and White and Red pine are just some of the many species available. Price per seedling can be as low as $0.58 depending on the species.
  “This year, we have planted an impressive 99,620 trees in Eastern Ontario to date. Private landowners, municipalities, and various organizations have benefited from our increasingly popular program,” added Brunet.
  All seedlings are sourced from SNC’s seed zone and are native stock to Ontario. Saplings are locally sourced from Ferguson Forest Center in Kemptville, Ontario.
  Since 1990, SNC in partnership with landowners, municipalities and other organization have planted over 2.8 million trees, contributing to forest cover in the region. With the continued decline of forest cover throughout the region the need for tree planting is high.
  Brunet also urges residents to learn more about the different forestry programs available to landowners. “There is something for everyone – we can suggest management options for larger woodlots and coordinate tree planting on your property if there is more than 2.5 acres of open land, through our free Woodlot Advisory Service.”
  Tree and shrub orders will be accepted until March 1, 2018. Residents are encouraged to place their orders early, as supplies are limited.  Visit http://www.nation.on.ca/land/forestry-services/tree-planting-services to find additional details about SNC’s forestry services and to access the 2018 Order Form.


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Examples of the merchandise that will be available at the upcoming ‘For the Love of the Game’ event, benefitting the House of Lazarus, set for Nov. 3 and 4 at the Joel Steele Community Centre.

Winchester to play host to Sens player during ‘For the Love of the Game’ event Nov. 3 and 4

  Roll out the welcome mat!
  Fredrik Claesson – Ottawa Senators defenseman – is coming to town!
  The House of Lazarus (HOL) is hosting a sports merchandise sale, titled ‘For the Love of the Game,’ at the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester on Nov. 3 and 4.
 

Ottawa Senators team photo
Fredrik Claesson.

Claesson, who played 33 regular-season games and 14 more in the playoffs for the Sens last season, will be on site to sign autographs on Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to meet a local hockey hero!
  “We are absolutely thrilled that Fredrik Claesson is volunteering his time to help make our event a success,” said Jennifer Tenbult, HOL operations manager. “We could not be more grateful to him for contributing to this great cause.”
  Claesson will also be bringing a hockey stick signed by the whole team, which will be raffled off to raise funds for the HOL Food Bank and outreach programs, including starting over kits for fire victims and Naomi Resource Centre clients and youth food programs, benefitting the Kemptville Youth Centre, Dundas Youth Centre and nutrition programs in local schools. Sens tickets and a Sens basket will also be raffled off to raise funds. Raffle tickets – available during the event and at the HOL (2245 Simms Street, Mountain) – will be $2 each, or three for $5. The draw is set for Dec. 21.
  “We are hoping this event will bring in considerable funds, so please tell your friends and family and help spread the word,” said Tenbult.
  Thousands of brand new trademarked sports items featuring teams from the NHL, NFL, MLB and NASCAR will be available for purchase – all at significantly discounted prices. The ‘For the Love of the Game’ event will be a great opportunity to stock up on gifts for any sports’ lover in your life just in time for Christmas!
  Come check out the incredible selection of hats, shirts, jerseys, lamps, baby clothes, touques, socks, picture frames, bags, steering wheel covers, posters, wallets, notepads, pens, pencils, freezer mugs, bottle holders, lanyards, decals, magnets, piggy banks, hoodies, ministicks, mini-gloves, night lights, bracelets, keychains and many more collector’s items. There will be something for everyone!
  “We received a significant donation of brand new sports merchandise a few months ago and that’s where the idea for this event stems from,” explained Tenbult. “We are hoping to sell out of merchandise.”
  All proceeds from the sale of sports merchandise will also go towards the HOL Food Bank and outreach programs. Currently, over 100 local families access the food bank each month and 40 per cent of clients are children.
  Great door prizes will be available as well.
  Cash, debit and credit will be accepted at the event and there will be no tax on any of the merchandise.
  The ‘For the Love of the Game’ event will kick off at 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 and run until 9 p.m. Doors open the following day, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Joel Steel Community Centre is located at 577 Main Street in Winchester.
  “Mark the dates in your calender and come out to support this great cause!”
  For more information about the event, or if you wish to volunteer, contact the HOL directly by calling (613)-989-3830 or emailing hol@houseoflazarus.com.

About the HOL

The HOL opened its doors in 1986. For over 30 years, the HOL has supported individuals and families in the community through outreach programs and other essential services. Each month, over 100 local families are served through the food bank. By supporting the HOL, you are supporting people in your own community. The HOL is also supported by their own Household Goods Store and Thrift Store, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, where treasures are recycled. Stop by and check out the selection of discounted clothing, home décor, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, movies and more! There is something for everyone! Every cent that comes in through both stores goes towards supporting local people in need.

Submitted by The House of Lazarus

 


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Pictured, some of the books available at the House of Lazarus in Mountain.

Book lovers take note – HOL Book Sale
coming up Oct. 20 and 21

  Books, books and more books!
  The House of Lazarus (HOL) Book Sale is set for Oct. 20 and 21, at the Winchester United Church.
  The sale runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday. There will be something for every book lover, with over 15,000 books to choose from! The books will all be reasonably priced and there will be tons of great deals to be found.
  “This is a great opportunity to stock up on some great reads,” noted Jennifer Tenbult, HOL operations manager. The books that will be available at the sale are all in excellent condition – free of mold, rips and tears.
  CD’s and DVD’s will also be available at the HOL Book Sale. Only cash will be accepted during the sale.
  “Come on down to the book sale – you never know what great new author you may discover!” said Tenbult.
  All proceeds from the book fair will benefit the HOL Food Bank, which serves over 100 local families each month, and HOL outreach programs, such as youth food programs and Dinner on the House community meal.
  Books will be sold by the bag, for $2.50, starting at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 21.
  The Winchester United Church is located at 519 St. Lawrence Street in Winchester. For more information about the HOL Book Sale, please contact the HOL directly by calling 613-989-3830 or emailing hol@houseoflazarus.com
  Volunteers are still needed for the sale, so if anyone is interested in helping out please contact the HOL.

Submitted by the House of Lazarus


Celebrating at the event are (l-r): Catherine O’Neill, Lindsay Snell, Naomi Thick, Adria MacMartin, Deanna VandenBosch, Samantha Claxton, Lynn Hall, Tammy Ridge and Alison Sainsbury.

Proud to be named top employer

  Winchester District Memorial Hospital has received the 2017 Employer Award of Excellence from the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO) – and both staff and leaders at WDMH couldn’t be prouder.
“It is such an honour to work with our 42 Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) every day. They are an amazing group of professionals who are truly committed to caring for our patients,” notes Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services.
“At WDMH, instead of hearing ‘Can an RPN do that?’, you are more likely to hear ‘Why can’t an RPN do that?’. They are an integral part of our health care team.” In its award presentation video, RPNAO noted that “WDMH fosters a culture of inclusivity for multidisciplinary staff as part of quality teams. Their patient-centred approach is central to the hospital’s success. RPNs are represented on quality teams and are actively involved in supporting research.”
An RPN at WDMH noted: “The organization values and embraces the RPN and allows us to utilize our knowledge. skills and judgement to the fullest in multiple practice settings.” Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) are community college graduates who complete a national certification examination. They are registered to practice as a nurse by the College of Nurses of Ontario and must renew their registration annually to maintain up-to-date skills and knowledge of current practices.
“On behalf of WDMH and our local communities, thank you to our Registered Practical Nurses for everything you do,” summed up Lynn Hall. Watch the RPNAO award video: https://youtu.be/4EWBupMX


 

 

 


Kemptville Snowmobile Klub raises over
$400, 200 pounds of food for HOL

  The Kemptville Snowmobile Klub (KSK) held a Tracks and Tires Charity Show on Sunday, Oct. 1. The entry fee for the event was a monetary donation or non-perishable food items. A total of $408 and 216 pounds of food was raised for the House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank in Mountain. Pictured, Bruce and Liz Robinson – both members of the KSK – with the cartload of food for HOL. Thanks goes out to the KSK for holding such a great event!
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Model Parliament program
accepting applications until Oct. 30

(BROCKVILLE) – If you’re a high-school student interested in politics or want an inside look at how legislation is passed at Queen’s Park, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is encouraging you to apply for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Model Parliament program.
Applications for the three-day program that’s open to Ontario students in grades 10 to 12 are being accepted until October 30.
 Students selected to participate will be at Queen’s Park from February 21-23, 2018.
It’s important to give young people an opportunity to get engaged in the political process, to see the impact it has on their day-to-day lives and develop a better understanding of how the system works,” said Clark. “The Model Parliament program is a great way to gain that insight and I know students who have represented Leeds-Grenville in previous years really valued the experience.”
During the program, students have an opportunity to meet the key officials in the legislature, tour the building, learn about its history and study the province’s legislative process.
The highlight of the three days is when students take their seats in the Legislative Assembly Chamber to participate in a debate as the ‘MPP’ for their home riding.
Clark has been honoured in past years to participate by serving as the Speaker for the simulated session of the Assembly.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program or applying can do so by visiting:http://discoveryportal.ontla.on.ca/en/youth-programs/model-parliament.

 


Hearts for the House of Lazarus

   Brewed Awakenings in Kemptville has heart-shaped cookies available by donation throughout the month of October and all funds generated will go to the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain. The HOL Food Bank currently serves over 100 local families per month and nearly 20 per cent of food bank clients live in North Grenville. The HOL outreach programs, such as starting over kits for fire victims/Naomi Resource Centre clients and youth food programs (supporting Kemptville Youth Centre and Dundas Youth Centre), touch an additional 1,200 people annually. Hurry in to Brewed Awakenings for your heart-shaped cookie today! Pictured, Brewed Awakenings owner Kika Smith and HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult.
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Back to school learning for
WDMH board members too

  Fall is here and kids aren’t the only ones who are back at school.
The Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s (WDMH) Board of Directors has welcomed two new members – Bruce Millar and Michelle Perry. Both are busy learning more about the hospital, as well as what is involved in being a member of its governing body – even travelling to Toronto for education sessions with the Ontario Hospital Association.

Bruce Millar

Bruce Millar has lived in Metcalfe for 23 years, raising his family in a house that he and his wife Lucille built, following his retirement from the military. They are now helping to raise their grandson in the same house. Bruce’s background is in finance and accounting.
“Our family has benefited from the services of both WDMH and CHEO over the years. I felt I could contribute by sitting on the WDMH Board,” he explains. “For me, the big selling point for WDMH is the level of service and the tranquility. The care is wonderful. It also helps that there is only one traffic light between our house and the hospital!”

 

Michelle Perry

 

Michelle Perry is a lawyer and a lunch date with a client led to her involvement at WDMH. She says she didn’t know much about the hospital until then. “The opportunity came at a good time in my life and I have been awed with the incredibly caring, positive environment at
WDMH,” notes Michelle.
Both Bruce and Michelle say they are impressed with the level of professionalism on the Board. “It is very well organized and there is high value placed on the governance role,” says Bruce.
“I particularly like how we start every meeting with a patient story,” adds Michelle. “Everyone has a common goal and is always trying to do things even better. I’m really looking forward to my experience on the Board.”

 


Gov’t funding shortfall has victims
services facing crisis: Clark

  (QUEEN’S PARK) – They help people experiencing the worst times in their lives, but now thanks to a lack of government funding, staff at Victims Services of Leeds and Grenville find themselves facing a crisis.
  The situation had Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark using a Member’s Statement at Queen’s Park today to call for urgent action from Ontario’s Attorney General.
  “Speaker, the role of Victims Services isn’t limited to the few hours after an incident. They’re mandated to provide ongoing support,” said Clark. “This includes developing safety plans for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.”
  However, under the province’s funding formula, the agency is only funded for initial contact with victims, while the outdated formula is based on 849 new victims annually.
  Clark said statistics show how dramatically shortchanged Victims Services is as staff assisted 1,175 new victims last year and are on pace to reach 2,000 in 2017/18.
  “You can imagine how this is affecting staff. The stress of doing the impossible day after day has them overwhelmed,” said Clark, adding, “I fear they’re at the breaking point.”
  The situation shouldn’t be a surprise to the Attorney General as it was raised by the Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville board chair in a November 2016 letter.
  Warning about the impact chronic under-funding was having on the agency, the letter states: “We have been creative and resourceful and are well supported by our communities, however there is a tremendous concern shared by our board in regards to the impact this is having on our staff’s mental health and our ability to continue service delivery in a rural environment.”
  Instead of acting on the serious issues raised, Clark said the government shamefully waited eight months to respond and deferred any review of funding for another year.
  “The Attorney General asks Victims Services to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community and the agency’s staff does remarkable work in extremely difficult situations,” stressed Clark. “I find it absolutely unacceptable for this government to put them under even more pressure by refusing to provide the funding necessary for them to do their jobs.”


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Pictured, House of Lazarus (HOL) and Community Food Share staff with some of the Hunger Awareness Champions following a debrief for the challenge, held Sept. 27. Back row, from left, HOL executive director Cathy Ashby, HOL client services manager Kim Merkley, South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde, Merrickville-Wolford Mayor David Nash, North Grenville Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin, Linking Hands (program of HOL) Coordinator Sandy Casselman and Community Food Share administrator Ian McKelvie. Front row, from left, North Dundas Councillor Tony Fraser, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan and Winchester District Memorial Hospital CEO Cholly Boland. Missing from the photo are community activist Kim Sheldrick, North Grenville Councillor Frank Onasanya, North Dundas Good Neighbour Mike Barkley and Kemptville District Hospital Foundation Chair/Westerra Homes owner Robert Noseworthy.

Champions find recent Hunger Awareness Challenge
“eye-opening”

  A new perspective.
  The House of Lazarus (HOL) and Community Food Share held a Hunger Awareness Challenge, which ran from Sept. 18 to 22. The challenge involved Hunger Awareness Champions living solely off the items provided by the food bank for five days. The purpose of the challenge was to raise awareness about the issue of hunger faced by those living in rural poverty.
  A total of 12 champions participated in the challenge: Merrickville-Wolford Mayor David Nash, Linking Hands Coordinator Sandy Casselman, community activist Kim Sheldrick, Winchester District Memorial Hospital CEO Cholly Boland, North Grenville Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin, North Grenville Councillor Frank Onasanya, North Dundas Good Neighbour Mike Barkley, North Dundas Councillor Tony Fraser, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation Chair/Westerra Homes owner Robert Noseworthy, South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde and one who chose to remain anonymous.
  Each champion paid $25 to participate in the challenge – to cover the cost of the food items they took from the food banks – and were allotted an additional $10 of their own money to spend on food during the week.
  The HOL hosted a debrief session for the challenge on Sept. 27. Each champion was presented a certificate of appreciation for participating.
  “As part of Hunger Awareness Week, I was challenged to participate in the Hunger Awareness Challenge as a client of our local food bank,” explained Noseworthy. “As a regular donor to the House of Lazarus Food Bank for a few years now, I said an enthusiastic yes because I was personally very interested to see how clients of the food bank are dealt with and what the process was from the receiving end.”
  Each champion was offered 23 items from the food bank, as well as cheese, meat, eggs, milk and fresh produce.
  “I had enough food for the entire week however I witnessed two critical things; because I was eating so much bread and pasta, I gained a couple of pounds,” noted Noseworthy. “Also because I was eating so many canned goods, my left ankle was swollen up like I had not ever seen before and I was told it was likely because of the high amount of refined salt in canned goods. Also, because I was not thinking as I should have, I managed to spend my $10 inappropriately. I bought a two litre container of milk, for $4.29, and twice – early in the week – I bought tea and a muffin from McDonald’s and voila – the remainder of my $10 spent the wrong way.
  “Here I am whining about gaining a few pounds and a swollen ankle, but I know at the end of this week I have more food in both my pantry and my fridge, but that is not the reality for the real clients of our food banks … those people have to stretch out their food allocation for much longer than I did and they have to live with what they have (or don’t have) and what they are given. It sincerely opened my eyes… and made me realize how truly fortunate I am and gave me valuable insights into how difficult living with hunger can be.”
  “My week was hungry,” said Duncan. “It was an eye-opening experience for sure.”
  He explained cooking is not his forte and he normally eats out, as he spends so much time on the road.
  “I baked a cake and nearly wrecked my oven,” joked Duncan. “I’m so used to grabbing food when I’m out and about and that’s something I took for granted.”
  Tobin commented the challenge gave her a new perspective on what can be donated to a food bank, as it is a common misconception food banks give out only canned goods.
  “Mentally I wasn’t prepared to see fresh food at a food bank,” said Tobin. “It was an awakening for me. The challenge showed me what it was like to be in someone else’s shoes.”
  “I commented to some of the others participating in this challenge that it’s (living off solely food bank goods) okay for a week, but there are people who do this for years and years…live off an energy depleting diet,” said Fraser.
  He said coming up with creative ideas for meals when you only have the items from the food bank to work with was a challenge unto itself.
  “I do cook a lot and I had a tough time with that,” noted Fraser. “I stretched a can of lentils into four meals, which is good, but I very quickly ran out of ideas.”
  Boland commented this is the time of year community members have a surplus of fresh produce in their gardens and getting the message out there that food banks do accept fresh food could equate an increase in donations.
  “I enjoyed the challenge,” said Nash. “My wife cheered me on because she didn’t have to cook.”
  The thing he missed most during the challenge were treats, such as brownies and ice cream – the little things often taken for granted.
The only other thing I missed was having a selection of different meats,” noted Nash, who only received chicken legs from the food bank.
  “I have been in the construction field my whole life, which is made up of a lot of working poor people,” explained Barkley. “I see it every day – the struggles they have – even myself at times have been there; not being able to eat that day or that week.”
  Barkley noted he has seen many accidents in his line of work that never should have happened because workers haven’t eaten anything all day.
  “I truly feel there is a huge need for people to donate to their local food banks,” said Barkley.
  Ashby explained to the champions that 40 per cent of the clients served through the HOL Food Bank are children.
  The Hunger Awareness Champions posted regular updates on their experience throughout the week, which can still be found on the House of Lazarus and Community Food Share Facebook pages.
  The Hunger Awareness Challenge was part of Food Bank Canada’s Hunger Awareness Week.

 


Rebecca Rotenberg, on the left and Elya Korylak of the Hunter Public House in Findlay Creek. The restaurant is giving Rebecca a gift card in support of the Homeless Cats of South Keys.

 Making a difference one rescue at a time

When confronted by an overwhelming challenge the only response, is to take it on, one small piece at a time.
South Keys resident, Rebecca Rotenberg, has always had a soft spot for those in need.
Even as a child, she served as a volunteer at hospitals, helping whenever she could. The desire to help others has remained a central value in her life.
Helping the homeless, those who need food or shelter, helping charitable organizations and fundraising for those in need, have all become woven into Rebecca’s way of life.
Her tendency to try to help those in need, kicked in when in July, a year ago, she heard about a feline nursing mother that needed help. “Someone told me about a nursing mom and her kittens. With food and water in hand, I drove to their location, and proceeded to feed them and asses the situation. Not long after, I had rescued the mom and her babies, and a little kitten that the mother had adopted into their family. I rescued the dad and another little boy who had raised himself and was extremely sick. A friend who was familiar with the rescue process, on whom I leaned for this rescue and I, named this family the Silvermoon Colony. One by one we rescued them, vetted them and found homes.”
  Out of that experience came the determination to help as much as she could. This was the beginning of an idea that would later crystallize into the Homeless Cats of South Keys and Surrounding Areas.
  Their Facebook page explains who the group is. “Who is Homeless Cats of South Keys? Just a few ladies, with limited resources, trying to alleviate suffering amongst Ottawa’s stray and abandoned cat population. We started out in one neighborhood specifically, but because the need is so vast throughout the Region, we now try to help all where we can. We do not have a network of foster homes that we can call on. We do not have any special arrangements with any veterinary hospital in the region. We do our own fundraising for the cases we are able to take on and are able to occasionally donate to rescues for special cases that touch our hearts. With your generous support we hope to continue this valuable work. Saving one cat will not change the world. But it will change the world for that one cat.”
  When asked why this particular moment triggered her determination to help, Rebecca said, “Ultimately it is to stop the suffering.”
One cat she rescued was from the Carlingwood area. “I came home one day at six o’clock. Someone had tagged me on a post about an emaciated cat. I could see that no one else was able to go, so off I went. Either a trip to the humane society or a veterinary hospital to check for a microchip is a must. The first step in rescue is to attempt to asses if the cat is truly homeless. In this case our little Carlingwood kitty proved to be homeless. He had no meat on his body.”
Rebecca named him Mr Carlingwood, gave him all the medical attention he required and found him, what she called the best home.
To date, Rebecca has been able to rescue 50 cats. Most of whom were abandoned.
  She has been fortunate enough to acquire a small group of supporters and cover the cost of food and medical attention for each of these cats. She explained that in an ideal world more people would be able to help in some way. Her goal is to give each cat a chance to survive, one rescue at a time.
  “One unspayed cat and one unneutered cat can produce 450,000 descendants over just seven years,” she said. A formidable number from just two cats that otherwise could have been rescued. The only way to deal with the numbers is for everyone to do their share: be it fostering, donating, educating, sharing on Facebook, and adopting.
  “It is important that people know, that we in rescue, are doing a public service,” she said. “We are helping these cats and the city at the same time.”
  Even cats that have gone feral can be rehabilitated she says. “They can become tender and caring if given love.”
Rebecca sees herself as simply a grandmother who does good. “Every day I educate people on the subject of strays. My mandate is to stop abandonment and stop the suffering these cats endure when they are left out on their own.”
She knows of cases where stray cats have been scooped up and used in dog fights as well as horror stories about kittens being used for food for some pet snakes.
“When you see a cat wondering around your neighbourhood do not assume it has a home and is just out and about. Assume it may be homeless and is looking for refuge, especially if it comes to your door. It will seek you out for a reason,” she said. “They will come to a person because they need help.”
“If you are confronted with a cat or kitten needing help there are simple steps you can take. You can take them to the Ottawa humane Society and have them scanned for a chip. They will tell you if the cat is fixed or not and whether it is female or male. Finally, you will be asked to fill out a brief report of how you came to find the cat. The humane society will take a photo of the cat. If you decide to take the kitty home with you, after three days and if the owner has not claimed it you can return it to the humane society as a lost or abandoned cat or adopt it yourself or find it a home.”
Rebecca fundraises and hosts auctions to get the funds she needs to help cats through the adoption process.
“That’s why I talk and talk and talk,” she said. “Homeless cats are really helpless. People think that they are just fine and can survive our winters, with their fur coats. This is not true. How easy is to to hunt for mice in four feet of snow,”
Rebecca has a soft spot for humanity at large, keeping spare coats in her car for the homeless in winter. Providing food for those in need and shopping and visiting the elderly and those alone. “I was not looking for cats to help. These cats found me.”
Rebecca is determined that no cat that comes to her will face a dismal future or die a horrible death. Her urge to help is shared by many, but in her case she found a way to make a difference.
If you find a stray cat or dog and want to help or donate please visit the Ottawa Humane Society. You can also donate to Homeless Cats of South Keys and Surrounding Areas at flyingsoloagain@live.com
A simple search on the Internet for animal rescue in Ottawa will turn up several first class organizations that can help.

 


Wasps are turned loose in an attempt to keep Emerald Ash Borer at bay.

 

Wasps turned loose against Emerald Ash Borer

  South Nation Conservation (SNC) is helping do battle against the destructive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) by basically fighting fire with fire by unleashing one insect against another.

In this case, two-types of parasitic wasps, harmless to humans, will attack the borer before it emerges. It’s the latest EAB management project that SNC has been involved in.

Led by the Canadian Forest Service with funding support from Natural Resources Canada. The EAB is an invasive beetle, native to Asia, which was first detected in North America in 2002. Since its arrival, it has killed tens of millions of ash trees.

“Despite best efforts, this invasive species continues to spread, causing considerable economic and ecological damage,” stated Pat Piitz, Team Lead, Property. “Our region has already seen the loss of thousands of trees.”

As part of control efforts, these 1mm non-stinging wasps have been released within a controlled area on one of SNC’s properties along Highway 138, near Moose Creek. Wasps are released every two weeks and work to combat the spread of EAB; one type of wasp is known to go after the borer eggs and the other the larvae.

Both types have a high affinity for the invader. Two Creeks Conservation Area along Highway 2 near Iroquois, will serve as an additional release point next year. The wasps are reared at a facility in Michigan who provide wasps to 26 states, Ontario and Quebec.

These insects are now being raised at a laboratory in Sault Ste. Marie. Piitz indicated that SNC will receive a population estimate on the wasps and the target beetle after two years; after three years, some ash trees will be cut down to examine for parasitized larvae.

“Invasive species management actions such as these help us protect the natural ecology of ecosystems and biodiversity within our jurisdiction,” added Piitz. “We are hopeful that this effort will serve as another means of pushing back against the EAB.”


Government sits on much needed infrastructure funds leaving projects stalled

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is calling on the Wynne government to explain why it is sitting on nearly $3.3 billion in infrastructure funding, while shovel-ready projects like the expansion of County Road 43 in North Grenville remain stalled.

  “It’s shocking and completely unacceptable that our $30-million project is ready to roll, but we can’t get started because this government can’t figure out how to get $3.3 billion in funding earmarked for infrastructure out the door,” said Clark.

  “Our infrastructure is crumbling, holding back economic growth and putting public safety at risk. Yet one in every five dollars committed to fix our roads, bridges, water and wastewater systems, and hospitals is in limbo.”

  Clark made the comments after public accounts documents released this month revealed the Wynne government failed to spend nearly $3.3 billion in infrastructure funding during the 2016-17 fiscal year.

  Clark’s Ontario PC colleague, MPP Sylvia Jones (Dufferin-Caledon), raised the issue during Question Period this week.

  Ontario has a massive infrastructure deficit and the government has a responsibility to ensure projects that meet the eligibility criteria and are shovel-ready receive funding without unnecessary delays, stressed Clark.

  “The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and Municipality of North Grenville have completed the environmental assessment and design work for the County Road 43 expansion,” said Clark. “If the Wynne government is serious about rebuilding Ontario’s infrastructure, they must take immediate action to live up to their funding commitments by giving the green light to these essential projects.”


HOL contributes to KYC programming

The House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain dropped off a $500 contribution to the Kemptville Youth Centre (KYC) on Sept. 19. The funds, which support the KYC bake nights, cook nights and snack shack, stem from the Rural Kids grant (Ontario Association of Food Banks) and Gifts with Vision (United Church of Canada). The HOL also supports food-based programming at the Dundas Youth Centre. Pictured, KYC operations manager Pat Henderson accepts the $500 cheque from HOL operations manager Jennifer Tenbult, surrounding by some of the youth the funds will benefit.                                                                                               Submitted Photo


Local food banks kick-off Hunger Awareness Challenge

  Walking a mile in another’s shoes.

  The House of Lazarus (HOL) and Community Food Share have launched the Hunger Awareness Challenge.

  The challenge, which runs from Sept. 18 to 22, involves Hunger Awareness Champions living solely off the items provided by the food bank for five days. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness about the issue of hunger faced by those living in rural poverty. The champions will have to be creative when it comes to meal planning and preparation, to ensure their supplies do not run out before the five days is up. Each champion is permitted only $10 to spend on food throughout the week.

  A total of 10 champions have risen to the challenge: Merrickville-Wolford Mayor David Nash, Linking Hands Coordinator Sandy Casselman, community activist Kim Sheldrick, Winchester District Memorial Hospital CEO Cholly Boland, North Grenville Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin, North Grenville Councillor Frank Onasanya, North Dundas Good Neighbour Mike Barkley, North Dundas Councillor Tony Fraser, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan and Kemptville District Hospital Foundation Chair/Westerra Homes owner Robert Noseworthy.

  The champions visited the food bank on Sept. 14 and 15 to pick-up their food for the week. Each champion was asked why they agreed to participate in the challenge.

  “I agreed to participate to raise awareness of the importance of the food banks in our communities,” noted Nash. “Although the (CP) Holiday Train fills them for a couple of months it is up to us to share when we can to help our neighbors in need.The number of users are increasing and many of our seniors are going without food as they struggle to stay in their homes due to rising costs.”

  When asked what he thought the hardest part of the challenge would be, Nash commented “I eat to live, not live to eat and often forget to eat when I’m busy. I love beans, KD (Kraft Dinner) and porridge or cereal.  I don’t know what I will be given to eat but expect the hardest part will be doing without the treats and maybe having to ration the coffee or getting used to smaller portions. If you had asked my wife Linda (Nash) that question I’m sure she would say doing without ice cream and brownies will kill him.”

  Duncan said he wanted to be a champion because it’s something different that will offer a new perspective when it comes to the local food banks.

  The hardest part for him will be meal planning and preparation, as he spends so much time on the road and eats out often.

  “My biggest thing is being out and about all the time, so planning ahead will be tricky,” noted Duncan.

  Tobin said the reason she wanted to participate is to walk another person’s journey.

“We get very comfortable in our own lives, habits and patterns and I think it is important to be aware of others and their realities and challenges,” said Tobin. “Gaining insight and respect for someone’s path for me is an important part of being a community member.”

Onasanya said he was nervous about taking on the challenge because he did rely on a food bank to eat for about six months, a few years after moving to Kemptville, and the memories are difficult ones to dig up. He explained he lost his job and after the savings were depleted, he turned to the food bank to eat.

“My wife and I used to share a small can of beans for dinner,” said Onasanya. “We used to count the brocolli on each head to plan for meals. It was tough.”

  Eventually, Onasanya found a new job and things improved.

  “You get through it and I am still here today, but I wanted to do this because I had forgotten what it was like.”

  He shared a story from his childhood, when himself and his four siblings would have to share a single can of sardines and make it last three days.

  “We each got one little fish for three days and we had to make sure it lasted; if a mouse gets to it, that’s your problem.”

  A single loaf of bread would have to last his family an entire month.

  “If it got moldy, you just picked it off.”

Every month, the HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families. Approximately 40 per cent of those clients are children and 10 per cent are seniors.

  To follow the journeys of all 10 Hunger Awareness Champions, visit the House of Lazarus and Community Food Share Facebook pages for frequent updates throughout the week.

  The Hunger Awareness Challenge is part of Food Bank Canada’s Hunger Awareness Week.


Downtown Kemptville opens first Pop-Up shop location

The first location of a Pop-Up Shop has been secured at 9 Clothier Street in Downtown Kemptville.  Businesses looking for help to grow or expand at this location should have their applications to participate in the Kemptville Pop-Up Shop Program in no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29th. Applications can be downloaded from: www.OldTownKemptville.Com
In the photo, celebrating the opening of the Pop-Up shop in Kemptville are: left to right Rod Wallace, representing the Grenville Community Futures Development Corp., one of the funders of the Program through EODP (FedDev Ontario); Robert Noseworthy of Westerra Homes, one of the sponsors of the Program; Deb Wilson, Chair of the Old Town Kemptville BIA; Rob Thompson, of Rob Thompson Realty, owner of 9 Clothier.

Photo courtesy of John Barclay


Linking Hands joins Winchester’s BMR in launching

Project Warmth Dundas County

MOUNTAIN—A recent Linking Hands Housing Survey has shown a definite need in Dundas County for assistance in combatting energy poverty.

Out of 162 respondents, 69 per cent said their housing costs exceed the recommended 35 per cent of their income, while 77 per cent listed lower Hydro costs as their biggest housing issue right now. While much needs to be done to address this growing provincial issue, there is one small thing that can easily be done right now: provide window insulation kits for Dundas County’s vulnerable sector.

To do this, Linking Hands is partnering with Winchester BMR.

Ken and Trish Boje, owners of BMR, will supply the kits at cost ($4 per window). Linking Hands needs the community’s help to raise the funds to purchase the kits. Individuals or agencies that would like to donate are asked to contact Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman at 613-989-3830 or by email at scasselman@houseoflazarus.com. The project’s success also relies on the community to spread the word so those in need are aware of its availability.

Kits will be distributed to eligible Dundas County residents through local foodbanks—Community Food Share and The House of Lazarus. For those residents who are not food bank clients, but still cannot afford to buy a kit themselves, they are encouraged to contact Casselman . “The housing concerns in Dundas County are real and many, from homelessness to substandard living conditions to insufficient affordable rental options and more,” Casselman said. “At Linking Hands, we believe everyone should have a warm, safe, and healthy place to live.”

This project, along with the aforementioned survey, is an initiative of Linking Hands’ Housing Working Group. This group includes a host of representatives from community agencies, the public, and the Municipality of South Dundas. “While there is much to be done on the housing front in Dundas County, and much of this will take significant time and effort to accomplish, there are things we can do right now, beginning with the free distribution of window insulation kits to those in need,” Casselman said.

“Together, we can tackle our county’s housing concerns one step at a time.” About the Housing Survey and Linking Hands The Linking Hands Housing Survey polled Dundas County food bank clients, local childcare clients, and the general population through paper surveys at open events, as well as an online survey. The results from this informal survey can be found on the Linking Hands website at linkinghandsdundas.ca. An outreach initiative of The House of Lazarus, Linking Hands is dedicated to reducing poverty in Dundas County.

It is directed by a community-led steering committee, with sub-committees called working groups, focusing on a variety of projects from the Green Food Box, Lunch and Learn, Tea and Talk, and more


You can make a difference – become a donor

The Kemptville Farmers Market on Sunday, September 17 was the perfect opportunity for volunteers to promote kidney health and organ donor awareness. Here volunteers take a break from talking to visitors to the market. Left to right are Lynn Davidson, Lyn Presley, Suzanne Laniel, volunteer co-ordinator for the Kidney Foundation of Eastern Ontario and Dave Presley a kidney recipient and volunteer.


        Tim Aubin has farmed his entire life, including more than two decades in Africa.                   

                          Aubin Farm a frontrunner in organic farming

Story and photo courtesy of the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office

SPENCERVILLE – Aubin Farm owners Roshan and Tim Aubin are famous in this area for bringing organic products into the mainstream and onto dinner tables.

  “We have no regrets – farming has been a beautiful, rewarding and healthy life,” says Roshan of their 20 years of working the land, raising chickens, turkeys, sheep and cattle.

“The appreciation from our customers is so heart warming. They’ve driven what we do and it’s how our farm has evolved.”

Moving here from England, via Kenya, with their daughters in 1997, Tim and Roshan wanted to create a “real, old-fashioned farm” with organic products through a no-waste, closed-loop farming practice. They bought the 1840 Smail homestead on County Road 21 and soon became a certified organic farm.

They reviewed their business plan yearly to ensure they were on the right track. It paid off. Sales grew about 10 per cent or more each year. They sent out annual surveys to their up to 40 CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) customers to keep informed.

Roshan is recognized by many as being the first person to sell organic produce at the Brockville Farmers’ Market. She was also a frontrunner in serving specialty foods, samosas, pakoras and curries. Her roses are a mainstay on her market table as well as her chutneys, Indian pickles and woolen blankets.

The Aubins are believers in environmental stewardship. “Everything we produce, we use. We have a no waste policy,” says Tim. This means they use all livestock manure and garden waste to eliminate the need for chemical fertilizer. They are original members of Savour Ontario and long-standing members of Canadian Organic Growers (COG).

They enjoy tickling your tastebuds with everything from Roshan’s peppery arugula to their organic meat and poultry. There are plans to retire soon but Roshan and Tim are concentrating on a busy fall market season, which will include sales of their grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range chickens, Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys.

The Aubins say their business success is due to hard work along with customer loyalty and support of their natural, sustainable and organic farming style. Learn more about Aubin Farm and product sales on their website. Call them at 613-658-5721 or send an email.


           Advonex International President and CEO Dr. Chad Joshi, third from left, cuts the ribbon with, from left, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, United Counties Warden Robin Jones, Leeds-Grenville 1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown Elizabethtown-Kitley Mayor Jim Pickard, Councillor Earl Brayton, and Brockville Mayor David Henderson.                                                                                                                

Advonex International opens its doors

Story and photo courtesy of the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office

ELIZABETHTOWN-KITLEY – Leading-edge cleantech firm Advonex International celebrated its grand opening of a new, state-of-the-art production facility just outside of Brockville on September 6th.

  Formerly headquartered in Kingston, Advonex opened the doors of its 12,000-square-foot location on Coon’s Road, the site where the company is planning a major production expansion which will double its employee base.

  “We’re looking forward to working with everyone here to expand our business,” said Founder and CEO Dr. Chad Joshi to a crowd of about 100 people at the opening.

  Poised to be a leader in transitioning from a fossil fuel-based economy to sustainable, biologically-based economy, Advonex transforms plant oils, fats and greases into high-performance lubricants, waxes, mineral oils and petrolatum that have been traditionally made from crude oil. These renewable ingredients, called Entrada®, will be formulated to use in engine and machining lubricants, surface coatings, cosmetics and personal care, inks, paints and many other products.

  Last year it received $4.2-million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a federally-funded foundation. Advonex’s strategic partners include Valvoline Inc. and Minnesota Soybean Processors and Queen’s University. 

  “We’re excited to have this innovative company relocate to our area,” said Ann Weir, Economic Development Manager with the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. She noted, “Advonex builds upon the already established bio-industrial companies in the region. Counties worked closely with the staff from Elizabethtown-Kitley and various agencies to provide a welcoming business environment for Advonex.”

  The company is looking to provide new employment opportunities in Eastern Ontario and create additional revenue streams for local farmers.

  Learn more about this new Leeds Grenville company on their website, send an email or call 613-767-9285, ext. 105.

Courtesy of UCLG


 

Clark tables petitions in support of County Road 43 expansion

    Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark tabled the petitions at Queen’s Park today to press the Wynne government to provide infrastructure funding necessary to expand the busy two-lane roadway to four lanes.

  “I was proud to stand today on behalf of area residents, the Municipality of North Grenville and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville to demand our fair share of infrastructure funding in Eastern Ontario,” said Clark. “The province must stop stalling and give the green light to this critical project to enhance public safety and support economic growth.”

  The government now has 24 sitting days to respond in writing to Clark’s petition.

  Clark launched the petition earlier in the summer in response to frustration and concern expressed by the public and local elected officials over the province’s failure to support the shovel-ready, $30-million project.

  “The need to get this work done and relieve congestion on this vital connecting link to Highway 416 is obvious to anyone who has travelled the busy roadway,” said Clark. “For five years the United Counties has listed the 43 expansion as their No. 1 infrastructure priority, yet Premier Wynne made no commitment to fund the project when she was in Kemptville a few weeks ago.”

  While the Premier and her government focus on funding for road projects and other infrastructure in the GTA, Clark said he’s frustrated that needs in rural Ontario are overlooked.

 “Our future economic development opportunities depend on us safely moving people and products on our roadways. Local municipalities have done their part by identifying this as a key project and committing their share of the cost,” stressed Clark.

 “It’s time for the province to step forward as a partner so we can get on with the work.”

  While the Premier and her government focus on funding for road projects and other infrastructure in the GTA, Clark said he’s frustrated that needs in rural Ontario are overlooked.

 “Our future economic development opportunities depend on us safely moving people and products on our roadways. Local municipalities have done their part by identifying this as a key project and committing their share of the cost,” stressed Clark.

 “It’s time for the province to step forward as a partner so we can get on with the work.”

 



South Nation sampling confirms healthy fishery

  It may be narrow, shallow and turbid over most of its 120-km course, but the South Nation River lures anglers from across the jurisdiction with a wide variety of finned species populating its course.
  The waterway’s vibrant fishery is confirmed every summer when South Nation Conservation (SNC) monitors and reports on activity within one of the six River reaches: Plantagenet, Lemieux, St. Albert, Berwick, Hyndman and Spencerville, spanning from the headwaters north of Brockville to the Ottawa River near Plantagenet.
  Sampling is done with hoop nets. After 24 hours, the nets are retrieved and the number, weight, measurement and age of species caught are recorded. This summer, the Plantagenet reach was sampled, with a total of 107 fish caught, logged and released.
  The most abundant fish in the reach were Pumpkinseed, Black crappie, Smallmouth bass and Channel catfish.  The largest fish recorded was a 560 mm-long Channel catfish that weighed in at 3.175 kg; the smallest fish was a 20-gram Pumpkinseed.
  “Our regular monitoring provides insight into the health of our waterways and local fish populations,” said Michelle Cavanagh, SNC’s Team Lead, Stewardship. “Data recorded helps guide long-term management decisions to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.”
  While the River isn’t widely recognized as a fishing retreat, licensed anglers in the know frequent neighboring Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area where species are abundant and well fed. Each reach provides different fishing opportunities.
  “SNC also hosts an annual fishing derby and youth fish camps in July to promote local angling and safe fishing techniques,” Cavanagh added. SNC’s Community Environmental Grants Program also offers sponsorship to local community events, including fishing derbies and ice fishing in the winter.
  Through a TackleShare partnership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Ontario Power Generation, SNC is a loaner site where residents are able to borrow fishing rods, reels and tackle boxes for free.


At the presentation are: left to right, Paul Doré, General Manager Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon, David Bizier, Business Development Advisor for Desjardins Financial Insurance, Kristen Casselman, Managing Director WDMH Foundation, Richard Labelle, President, Board of Council of the Caisse populaire NouvelHorizon and David Rijstenbil, WDMH Foundation Volunteer Board Member.

A wonderful partnership

  Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon in Embrun and Desjardins Insurance have teamed up to support local health care – and patients at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will benefit from this generous partnership.
On August 28th, representatives visited WDMH to present the giant cheque for $4,000 to the WDMH Foundation. The money will go to the Foundation’s Family Care Fund – supporting care for families just like yours.
Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon participated in a program with Desjardins Insurance based on increasing insurance sales. Not only were they successful in meeting their target, they exceeded it by five per cent. As a result, they were awarded with a $2,000 gift from Desjardins Insurance. Caisse populaire then matched it which resulted in the $4,000 gift.
“We are so grateful to both Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon and Desjardins Insurance for this generous gift,” noted Kristen Casselman, WDMH Foundation Managing Director at the presentation. “In fact, Caisse populaire Nouvel-Horizon has been giving to WDMH since 2003 and with this gift, the grand total is more than $17,000!”


They’ve arrived – and we can’t thank our donors enough!

  August 31st was an exciting day at Winchester District Memorial Hospital as a big truck rolled up to deliver ten new Automated Dispensing Cabinets – or ADCs.
“This delivery was a direct result of the generous spirit of our local communities,” noted Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director. “The Foundation originally set out to fundraise for five ADC units and a pill packager, but our donors stepped up once again.
Because of that, we were able to fund the second phase of the project much sooner than anticipated, funding all 10 ADC units and the pill packager.” The new ADCs, and accompanying pill packager, ensure the right drug or drugs are dispensed to the right patient at the right time. They are like a vending machine that dispenses pre-packaged medication.
Only one medication drawer can be unlocked at a time – both when stocking the machine and when a nurse is getting a patient’s medication. This simplifies the process and increases patient safety. WDMH staff are now working on a detailed implementation and training plan.
The new machines are expected to be up and running by next spring. Thank you to everyone who gave to the Foundation’s General Equipment Fund in support of the ADC project.


Celebrating at the cheque presentation ceremony are: (back row left to right) : Jim Wert, Councillor; Bill McGimpsey, Deputy Mayor; François Landry, Councillor; Randy Douglas, Councillor and (front row left to right Kristen Casselman, Managing Director, WDMHF; Cindy Peters, Vice Chair, WDMHF; and David Rijstenbil, Board Member, WDMHF.

North Stormont Council supports safer care at WDMH

  It seemed fitting that the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation had a giant cheque on hand to celebrate the giant donation from the Township of North Stormont.

At its meeting on August 29, 2017, the Council presented a gift for $15,000 for the Foundation’s General Equipment Fund. The money will be used to help purchase new Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs) for medication.

“The Township of North Stormont is excited to continue their support of the Winchester District and Memorial Hospital. Many residents of North Stormont rely upon the Winchester Hospital to provide primary and emergency care. Supporting the purchase of Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs) will help to improve the level of service at WDMH at the point of care,” said Mayor Dennis Fife.

“Council is proud to be a supporter of the WDMH and applauds the efforts of the hospital to continue to provide excellent health care services to the residents of North Stormont.”

At WDMH, delivering 15,000 medications to patients each year is a complex task. The new ADCs ensure the right drug or drugs are dispensed to the right patient at the right time. They are like a vending machine that dispenses pre-packaged medication. Only one medication drawer can be unlocked at a time – both when stocking the machine and when a nurse is getting a patient’s medication. This simplifies the process and increases patient safety.

“We are very fortunate to be able to bring 10 ADC units and a pill packager to WDMH for our patients,” noted Kristen Casselman, WDMH Foundation Managing Director at the presentation. “Time and time again, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Eastern Ontario and how many times people go above and beyond to support WDMH and the patients we care for. It’s only because of donors like the North Stormont Council that we are able to support WDMH in providing compassionate, excellent, health care, close to home. Thank you!”

The Township of North Stormont has been supporting the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation since 2002 and has given $165,350 to date.


80th birthday party brings in over $1,000 for HOL

  Oxford Mills resident Cecile Prodonick recently celebrated her 80th birthday during a party held Aug. 27 at Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills. In lieu of gifts, Prodonick asked her guests to make a donation to the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain. Prodonick is an avid supporter of the HOL, which serves over 100 local families through it’s food bank each month and touches an additional 1,200 people through outreach programs annually. Over $1,000 in donations were presented to the HOL on Sept. 1. Pictured, Prodonick and HOL executive assistant Janet Carkner.


OAFB rep visits the HOL

  The House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain hosted a special visitor from the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) on Aug. 23. Amanda King, OAFB director of membership and communications, was provided a tour of the HOL and brought up to speed on some of the exciting new programs, including Food With Friends (gift cards to purchase food for the Dundas Youth Centre and Kemptville Youth Centre). King referred to the HOL food bank operation as “wonderful.” The HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families each month and the OAFB is an essential partner, providing food and funding to the operation. From left, HOL Food Bank assistant Marianne Villemaire, HOL client service coordinator Kim Merkley, HOL executive director Cathy Ashby, King and HOL board director Ross Bennett.


From left to right: Sandra Mancini, Team Lead, Engineering, SNC; Katherine Watson, Water Resources Specialist, SNC; Bill Smirle, Board Member, SNC; Tony Fraser, Councillor, Township of North Dundas; Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry – Prescott – Russell; André Brisson, Councillor, Russell Township; Doug Thompson, Past-Chair, SNC; Cindy Saucier, Councillor, Russell Township; and Gerry Boyce, Deputy Mayor, Township of North Dundas.

Investing in technology to help farmers Manage risks

 Submitted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key contributor to the Canadian economy and the Government of Canada is committed to working with private sector partners in developing new risk management tools that help farmers manage risk.

  Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Francis Drouin, on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Winchester today to announce a $997,654 investment for the South Nation Conservation Authority to develop a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.

  “We’re pleased to have this opportunity to develop state-of-the-art technology in predictive modelling. This tool will enhance SNC’s Flood Forecasting and Warning and Low Water Response programs. Supplying the model with real-time data strengthens the reliability of the forecasted watershed conditions and allows SNC to provide advance notice for flood events and drought so farmers can prepare accordingly,” said Doug Thompson, SNC Past Chair.

 The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using “HydroGeoSphere”, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.

  The platform will become a support to help guide producers’ with water management practices by predicting water events and providing an array of potential mitigation practices.

  Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell said,“Our Government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing their businesses. This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector’s sustainable growth, good for farmers’ bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy.”

Quick facts

 

  • South Nation Conservation is an agency established under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario in 1947. It is one of Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities, with the mandate to protect and restore regional ecosystems. The authority manages 4,384 km2 of land in Eastern Ontario.
  • This investment is being made through Growing Forward 2‘s, AgriRisk Program. The AgriRisk Program supports the research and development as well as the implementation and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector.

 


RVCA invites public to review hazard maps 

  Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review hazard maps.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed two hazard mapping studies for the Rideau River: Hogs Back to Kars and Kars to Burritts Rapids. These studies update existing mapping in some areas and new mapping in others.

  Both Rideau River studies look at identifying two main types of hazards along these stretches of the watercourse: flooding and slope stability. 

   The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa and the Municipality of North Grenville when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

  The goal of this mapping is to help ensure that sound planning decisions are made — keeping people and property safe. Accurate engineered hazard mapping is the foundation of effective floodplain and resource management.

  Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca.


Rideau River Mapping Public Open House
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rideau Valley Conservation Centre
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, ON

These studies are being done through a collaboration involving the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities.  The City recognized a need to update its zoning schedules based on up-to-date flood risk mapping, and has provided contributions enabling the Conservation Authorities to move ahead with these studies sooner than would otherwise be possible. The RVCA is currently working on several studies in the Ottawa area. For a complete list on ongoing work, please visi

Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review hazard maps.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed two hazard mapping studies for the Rideau River: Hogs Back to Kars and Kars to Burritts Rapids. These studies update existing mapping in some areas and new mapping in others.

Both Rideau River studies look at identifying two main types of hazards along these stretches of the watercourse: flooding and slope stability. 

 

The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa and the Municipality of North Grenville when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

 

The goal of this mapping is to help ensure that sound planning decisions are made — keeping people and property safe. Accurate engineered hazard mapping is the foundation of effective floodplain and resource management.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca.


Rideau River Mapping Public Open House
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rideau Valley Conservation Centre
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, ON

These studies are being done through a collaboration involving the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities.  The City recognized a need to update its zoning schedules based on up-to-date flood risk mapping, and has provided contributions enabling the Conservation Authorities to move ahead with these studies sooner than would otherwise be possible. The RVCA is currently working on several studies in the Ottawa area. For a complete list on ongoing work, please visit www.rvca.ca.

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Just a sample of the brand new sports merchandise the House of Lazarus will be selling at their inaugural Sports Night fundraiser this November.

HOL seeks sport celebrity for upcoming Sports Night fundraiser in Winchester

Know anyone famous?

The House of Lazarus (HOL) is looking for a celebrity from the sports world to attend a fundraising event this November.

The goal is to draw a big crowd for the innaugural Sports Night in Winchester. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the HOL, which serves over 100 local families each month through its food bank alone. The HOL also supports nearly 1,200 families and individuals each year through outreach programs, such as Food with Friends (gift cards to purchase food for the Kemptville Youth Centre and Dundas Youth Centre) and starting over kits for fire victims.

The Sports Night fundraiser idea stems from a recent significant donation of brand new sports merchandise, featuring teams from the NHL, MLB, NFL and NBA. The donation includes hats, shirts, pyjamas, pillows, wallets, sleepers, ornaments, hoodies, jackets, socks, bags, toddler jerseys, mittens and so much more.

We will have everything you could ever need or want for your sport-loving loved one just before Christmas rolls around,” said Jennifer Westendorp, HOL operations manager. “But we need someone from the sports world to draw people in to the event. We haven’t had any luck reaching out to various atheltic organizations and teams in the region, so we thought putting the call out to the community might help us make a connection.”

Having a celebrity, like a retired Ottawa Senators player, make an appearance and sign some autographs for fans could mean the difference between selling some of the merchandise and selling out of it, Westendorp noted.

Having a celebrity at our event will bring in significant funds for the House of Lazarus and all the money we raise goes right back into the community.”

If you know of any sport celebrity who may be willing to help out with the event, please contact the HOL by calling (613)-989-3830 or email Westendorp directly at hol@houseoflazarus.com.

About the HOL

The HOL opened its doors in 1986. For over 30 years, the HOL has supported individuals and families in the community through outreach programs and other essential services. Each month, over 100 local families are served through the food bank. By supporting the HOL, you are supporting people in your own community. The HOL is also supported by their own Household Goods Store and Thrift Store, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, where treasures are recycled. Stop by and check out the selection of discounted clothing, home décor, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, movies and more! There is something for everyone! Every cent that comes in through both stores goes towards supporting local people in need.


Pictured, HOL Food Bank assistant Marianne Villemaire and HOL manager of client services Kim Merkley.

 

Third annual Fill-The-Bus comes to Kemptville Aug. 25

  Every can counts!
  The third annual Fill-The-Bus event, in support of the House of Lazarus (HOL), is coming to Kemptville Friday, Aug. 25.
  From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., two buses will be stationed outside Jonsson’s Independent Grocer and the Kemptville Walmart collecting food for HOL. Usage of the buses was donated by Lannin Bus Line and Wubs Transit.
  “We’re hoping to fill every seat of both buses,” said Kim Merkley, manager of client services at HOL.
  Each month, the HOL Food Bank supports between 100 and 110 local families. The HOL also supports nearly 1,200 families and individuals each year through outreach programs, such as Food with Friends (gift cards to purchase food for the Kemptville Youth Centre and Dundas Youth Centre) and starting over kits for fire victims.
  Over 40 per cent of the clients served at the HOL Food Bank are children.
  The summer months are typically difficult for food banks, explained Merkley.
  “During the summer, we run low on a lot of items.”
  Items currently in low supply include canned vegetables and fruit, canned meat, pasta sauce, pork and beans, crackers and fruit cups.
  Each month, between 1,800 and 2,000 kilograms of food are given out by the HOL Food Bank.
  “We’d like to bring in about 1,000 kilograms of food this year through Fill-The-Bus,” noted Merkley. “That would be amazing.”
  Last year, the event brought in nearly 800 kilograms of food and approximately $1,000 in monetary donations.
  “We couldn’t do the work we do without the community supporting us,” said Merkley. “Thanks go out to Jonsson’s Independent, Walmart and both the bus lines for supporting this event year-over-year. We’d also like to thank the youth from the Dundas Youth Centre for helping out with Fill-The-Bus again this year.”
  For more information about upcoming events, or to donate, visit the House of Lazarus at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain or call (613)-989-3830. You can also visit the HOL website at www.houseoflazarus.com

About the HOL

The HOL opened its doors in 1986. For over 30 years, the HOL has supported individuals and families in the community through outreach programs and other essential services. Each month, over 100 local families are served through the food bank. By supporting the HOL, you are supporting people in your own community. The HOL is also supported by their own Household Goods Store and Thrift Store, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, where treasures are recycled. Stop by and check out the selection of discounted clothing, home décor, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, movies and more! There is something for everyone! Every cent that comes in through both stores goes towards supporting local people in need.


Company of Fools comes to Oxford Mills

  The Company of Fools is returning to Maplewood Park for the Oxford Mills Community Association’s sixth annual Theatre in the Park event. Don’t miss this year’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream on
Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m in Oxford Mills. 
  The Company of Fools makes Shakespeare accessible to audiences of all ages, whether you read his plays many years ago or are a young student still working through the Robert Munsch collection. 
  What better venue to enchant an audience with a story of love, magic and humour than under the majestic maples of Maplewood Park and next to the newly installed gazebo? All are welcome. 
  There is no fixed admission fee as The Company of Fools will pass the hat at the end of the production. So invite a friend, bring visiting family or contact your former English teacher. Come and enjoy!


Christmas in July ‘Dinner on the House’ brings in nearly 100 people

The House of Lazarus (HOL) hosted a ‘Christmas in July’ themed Dinner on the House on Thursday, July 27 at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Mountain. Nearly 100 people attended the free community meal, which is held every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees were served a traditional Christmas meal, complete with turkey and pie. The Dinner on the House initiative was launched back in May, following a survey that found 49 per cent of food bank clients were going entire days without eating. Everyone is welcome to attend the weekly Dinner on the House event, which aims to bring the community together to share a completely free, homemade and nutritious meal. The menu for each dinner can be found at www.houseoflazarus.com or on the House of Lazarus Facebook page. Pictured, HOL volunteer Joyce Lamont and HOL board director Ross Bennett serving up the turkey dinner.

 


 

United Counties deals with recent rainfall

  The Leeds and Grenville Municipal Emergency Control Group met on Thursday, July 27th in the Counties Council Chambers to discuss the recent flooding as a result of near record breaking rainfall experienced in the Counties this week. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Counties’ resources, assets, and accountability, and to create an action plan if conditions deteriorate.
Robin Jones, Warden of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville said she “appreciates the foresight to call the core group together to review our plan and discuss any incidents that are the result of the significant rainfall in our communities”.
Due to the heavy rain, there were a number of culverts that were impacted. Staff have started to replace and repair them and there are no current road closures.
Maple View Lodge, the Counties long-term care facility experienced some water damage in its public spaces. Roof repairs were already underway and the additional rainfall required staff to act quickly to ensure the situation was under control. At no time was there any threat to the residents’ well-being or safety.
Chris Lloyd, the Counties Community Emergency Management Coordinator said “we will continue to monitor the situation in the area and will keep the public informed of any updates as they occur.” Updated information will also be provided on the Counties website (leedsgrenville.com) and through Twitter @Leeds_Grenville.
No further meetings of the Municipal Emergency Control Group have been scheduled at this
time.
For information related to flooding, septic systems, and water quality visit the Lanark, Leeds and
Grenville website at http://www.healthunit.org/emergency/flooding.html


Hit squad members in a community near you!

 Media release courtesy of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

    Be on the lookout for a Hit Squad member in a community near you this summer as the Invading Species Awareness Program has 30 students working at partner locations across the province to spread the word about invasive species. One member of the Squad is stationed at South Nation Conservation in Finch this summer.
 

Brent Holmes – OFAH Student at SNC

Invasive species pose a growing threat to Ontario’s biodiversity and cause millions of dollars in damage annually. There are more invasive species in Ontario than anywhere else in Canada, so it’s important to have the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP) Hit Squad working across the province again this summer to spread awareness about the impacts invasive species are having on our environment, economy, and society.
  “The Hit Squad is an important part of our outreach strategy as they are delivering community-based outreach on invasive species” says Sophie Monfette, OFAH Invading Species Awareness Program Coordinator. “Our team of students allows us to connect with communities on a more local scale to address issues relevant to each community – something that we would not be able to do without them”.
  Over the course of the summer, the Hit Squad will be out at community events educating the public on how to identify and report invasive species. Students will also have the opportunity to monitor local rivers, waterways and forests, looking for invasive species such as zebra mussels, spiny water flea, round goby, giant hogweed, garlic mustard, and other invaders in their geographical area.  They are partnered with host organizations including Conservation Authorities, Provincial Parks, non-profit organizations, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) district offices that go as far north as Kenora and as far south as Windsor.  Funding is being provided by the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program.
  The OFAH partners with the MNRF to deliver the Invading Species Awareness Program.  This program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, uses public education to prevent the introduction of new invasive species, and to stop the spread of those already here.
  To report a sighting or for more information about invasive species, please contact the toll-free Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, visitwww.invadingspecies.com, or www.EDDMapS.org/Ontario.

 


Donations to the new gazebo in Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills continue. On Friday, July 21, Ben Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning donated $500 to the gazebo costs. Left to right, front row are: Ben Sauve and Marc Nadeau. Second row: Bryanna Mitchell-Massey, Isabelle Nadeau, Hailey Mitchell-Massey, Lilly Johnston. Third row: Darlene McMartin, Marguerite Boyer, John Barclay, Jennifer
Charles and Lyn Hunt.

Contributions continue to pour in for the Oxford Mills gazebo in Maplewood Park 

  Ben Sauve, Sauve Heating & Air Conditioning is just the latest North Grenville resident and business to help contribute to the gazebo campaign.
Over the past two years, the Oxford Mills Cpommunity Associatio, (OMCA) has been trying to come up with a plan to build a new gazebo in Maplewood Park in Oxford Mills.
Their original gazebo, stood for years in the picturest and quiete park, quickly becooming the centerpiece for enjoying the best the rural village had to offer.
When the gazebo had to be taken down a new one was immediatly proposed. The price tag for a new gazebo was pegged at $10,000, and the Oxford Mills Community Association felt the the greater North Grenville community would want to help them pay for it.
Two years into the project the Association realized they were on their own.
A crowdfunding campaign was started up and continues to invite generous reaisdents to donate to the cause. In the meantime, the gazebo was installed two days before Canada Day by Timely Touchups of Oxford Station. Lockwood Brothers Construction and Cruickshank Construction donated the excavation and crushed stone base for the gazebo.
OMCA media spokesperson John Barclay said, “The OMCA’s fundraising efforts to cover 100 per cent of the construction and installation of the Gazebo continues. A recent crowdfunding campaign, brought them within 85 per cent of their goal of raising approximately $10,000.”
To donate to the Oxford Mills gazebo project go to: Https://igg.me/at/Gazebo-in-Oxford-Mills


Tiger team’s roar heard throughout WDMH!

 

A new kind of selfie! Look closely. Tiger team member and Family Physician Dr. Sarah Dello Sbarba becomes part of the presentation at the celebration event.

It seems fitting that a group of tigers is known as a ‘pride’ because a group of Winchester District Memorial Hospital staff has a lot to be proud of. For the past 18 months, the WDMH Tiger Team – as they call themselves – has been working on an ambitious action plan to improve obstetrical services.
The group has tackled close to 50 different projects related to standardization, communication, innovation and staffing. “According to Wikipedia, a Tiger Team is a diversified group brought together for a single project.
It’s all about working together to identify best practices and determine how we can change things to make every experience better for Moms and their families,” explains Clinical Manager Naomi Thick. Projects range from a streamlined process for Moms coming for an ultrasound to a brand-new section on the hospital website devoted to Obstetrics.
Families can now access online resources about what to expect during pregnancy, at the hospital and after they go home. Other projects focus on patient resources, minor procedures and even research projects. “The Tiger Team included staff from several departments as well as patient and family representatives,” notes Naomi.
“Everyone’s input is important.” The bulk of the Tiger Team’s work is now done and the team recently hosted a hospital-wide celebration, complete with tiger cupcakes. Poster presentations highlighted their successes.
Definitely a reason to roar!


A petition was launched on Friday, July 14 to ask the province of Ontario to come through with funding for the County Road 43 expansion project. The project would see a kilometre – long stretch of the two – lane highway expanded into a four – lane highway. The area has become the focus of increasing development in North Grenville with more than 18,000 cars using it each day. Left to right are: North Grenville Deputy Mayor Barb Tobin, Councillor Donovan Arnaud, MPP Steve Clark, Councillor Frank Onasanya, MP Gord Brown, Mayor David Gordon and Councillor Jim Bertram.

Let’s get on with it

Joseph Morin
Upper Canada Business News

North Grenville Mayor David Gordon has had enough.

Gordon, MP Gord Brown and MPP Steve Clark gathered along side County Road 43 on Friday, July 14 to announce a petition designed to get the province and federal government to finally put up their share of the money needed for the much anticipated County Road expansion project.

The project has been waiting for five years, for both levels of government to agree to hand their share of the funds needed.

“It is all about getting a commitment,” said Mayor Gordon. “There does not seem to be the focus on our rural communities we have come to expect.”

“Let’s get on with it,” said Clark. “I am 100 per cent in favour of the expansion of County Road 43

I am done talking, I want a commitment from the province.”

The idea behind the petition is to get the North Grenville community involved, sending a clear message to the province that the project transcends politics and instead is an obvious good decision for the good of the entire area.

County Road 43 is a critical link between the Town of Kemptville and Highway 416. The stretch of highway, roughly a kilometre long has become the focus of unprecedented growth. The stretch of road features two large commercial malls, a Walmart, a truck centre, Canadian Tire, grocery store as well as a retirement home under construction and hotel, a Rona store, as well as and several,other smaller businesses and restaurants. All are located along a kilometre stretch of County Road 43 which is a two lane highway.

The road sees up to 18,500 vehicles per day travel on the two lane highway, creating congestion and increasingly putting the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians at risk.

The municipality of North Grenville is one of the fastest growing communities in eastern Ontario and expanding County Road 43 to four lanes is essential to support current and future economic development and residential growth.

The expansion project was set out five years ago and is shovel ready. The cost is estimated at $25 to $30 million. The funding formula for this kind of project features an equal contribution from three partners. The United Counties Leeds and Grenville, and the federal and provincial government.

Mayor Gordon, MP Brown and MP Clark all agreed that this particular infrastructure project is long overdue. “It is the most important project in Leeds and Grenville,” said Gordon.

The mayor of the fastest growing area in eastern Ontario was frustrated with the notion that urban centres like Ottawa and Toronto have little trouble getting the province and the federal government to help them with their various transit projects to the tune of billions of dollars. “But they cannot give us two cents,” he said.

Over the past five years the United counties and North Grenville along with Clark and Brown have have made repeated requests to several ministers and senior government officials for provincial funding to offset the $25 to $30 million cost of the expansion.

Although the provincial government is aware the expansion is not feasible without its support funding, criteria for provincial infrastructure programs has excluded the project for the past five years.

The petition is asking the province to find a way to make the languishing project eligible for funding.

“They have always encouraged us to have shovel ready projects and this one has been waiting for five years,” said Clark.

MP Brown was as frustrated as his counterparts. He suggested part of the problem was the way the federal government and the province communicate with each other. He explained that when his Conservative government was in power, they regularly communicated with the municipalities. “We had money designated for rural municipalities but now the province makes all these decisions.”

Now this project is needed more than ever before Brown said. “This is why we are all here today.”

Signatures will be collected throughout the summer and Clark will present the petition at Queens Park when the Legislative Assembly’s fall session in September.

“We’ve seen from the success of the Say No to the Close petition that helped keep Kemptville’s Service Ontario Centre open, that petitions can make a difference. Having thousands of signatures supporting the expansion of County Road 43 will definitely get Premier Wynne’s attention, “ said Clark.

The petition will be available at the North Grenville Municipal Centre and various businesses throughout the North Grenville community. It can also be downloaded from MPP Clark’s website at www.steveclarkmpp.com


MPP Clark, MP Brown to launch
County Road 43 petition

  Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark will join Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown to launch a petition regarding the County Road 43 expansion project on Friday, July 14 at 2 p.m.
The launch will take place at the traffic circle adjacent to the Giant Tiger parking lot, (2970 County Road. 43, Kemptville).


Jensen Contracting Co. lends a helping hand

Jensen Contracting Co., based in Spencerville, lent the House of Lazarus (HOL) a helping hand on July 6. Adam Jensen, owner of Jensen Contracting, spent the whole day putting together a garden shed free of charge. The HOL gardens provide food bank clients with fresh produce throughout the summer months. Over 100 local families rely on the HOL Food Bank every single month. Pictured, Jensen with HOL operations manager Jennifer Westendorp.


 

Jonsson’s Independent raises $240 for HOL

Jonsson’s Independent held a fundraising barbecue for the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain on June 29. The barbecue brought in $240 for the HOL, which serves over 100 local families each month through its food bank. From left, owner of Jonsson’s Independent Steve Jonsson, HOL executive assistant Janet Carkner and HOL food bank assistant Ralph Pulfer.


The WDMH Board of Directors at the AGM on June 27, 2017. Front row (l-r): John Trickett, Bruce Millar, Lynn Hall, Mike Villeneuve, Robin Varughese and Dr. Marilyn Crabtree. Back row (l-r): James Pitruniak, Michelle Perry, Cholly Boland, Shawn Sutton, Andy Barrett, Peter Sorby, Stephen McClellan and Marieke vanNoppen. Missing: Renée Belhumeur, Tom Dawson, Dr. Darren Tse and David Wattie.

Year end reports focus on patients

At Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), patients and families are at the centre of everything we do. So, it made sense to feature them prominently in this year’s Report to the Community and at the Annual General Meeting held on June 27th at the hospital.

The written report profiled six patients and/or family members who used WDMH services in the past year and took the time to write a letter or post a social media comment to share their experience.

For example, Amber Carty had surgery at WDMH and says she is glad she did. “I was anxious but everyone took the time to listen to my concerns and make my entire experience less stressful. From the amazing anesthetist, to the nurse who held my hand, to Dr. Oberoi’s calm and confident manner, I knew I was in good hands. Thank you!”

David Jackson has lived in Embrun for three years but had never been to Winchester – until a minor accident at work required a trip to the ER. “I expected to wait as I understand the sickest patients are treated first. But it wasn’t too bad and the doctors and nurses were professional, warm and compassionate. I want to ensure the staff know how much I appreciate their phenomenal service.”

The Annual General Meeting also provided an opportunity to reflect on the past year and share good news. “This past year, we have much to be proud of as we ensure the best care for patients and families; support our staff, physicians and volunteers; and work alongside our community partners,” noted Cholly Boland, CEO.

Here are just a few highlights:

  • Our care team is now more than 700 strong with staff, physicians, midwives and volunteers. Plus, we welcomed another 250 trainees this past year.
  • We continue to be proud of our patient satisfaction results, including 98.9 per cent satisfaction with our surgery program and 82 per cent with our maternity program. Our patient satisfaction remains high.
  • Our Patient and Family Engagement Committee – or PFEC as it is known – continues to provide a unique perspective on many aspects of care. This year, they worked on a wide range of projects from Medical Assistance in Dying to our annual Quality Improvement Plan.
  • New services include an Outpatient Respiratory Clinic and Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Our Research program is growing with additional published articles, projects and external funding.
  • External reviews provide a welcome assessment and this year several departments participated in accreditation processes including Mammography, Bone Mineral Density, the Family Medicine Residency Program and Pharmacy. As well, WDMH recently had a successful hospital-wide survey by Accreditation Canada.
  • We continue to be fiscally responsible, maintaining a balanced budget.
  • We saw great examples of WDMH spirit in activities like the annual Service Awards, recreation events, the Commitment Awards and our generous support of the Christmas angels.
  • Our WDMH Auxiliary includes 175 dedicated volunteers who contributed more than 11,100 hours of service last year. Their fundraising efforts should also be applauded, as they come close to fulfilling their commitment of $200,000 for a new General Ultrasound Machine.
  • Thank you to our generous donors who helped the WMDH Foundation purchase 10 new pieces of equipment for patient care. But that’s not all.
  • The Foundation has also earmarked half a million dollars toward WDMH’s new Automated Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs). The ADCs will ensure the right drugs are dispensed to the right patient at the right time. A highlight of the evening was the announcement that WDMH had received Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada, with 99.2 per cent of requirements met. “Underlying all of our work is our Commitment Statement – three short statements that put into words how we care for our patients and each other. We call it compassionate excellence,” summed up Marieke vanNoppen.

Strawberry goodness

Ovens Berry Farm in Osgoode generously allowed House of Lazarus (HOL) staff and volunteers to pick their hearts out on June 27. All the strawberries picked went straight to the HOL food bank, which serves over 100 local families each month. Pictured, HOL volunteer Jack Hicks, HOL operations manager Jennifer Westendorp and HOL thrift store clerk June Lamoureux with the 15 baskets of strawberries they managed to pick in two hours!


Moratorium comes after final bell
has rung for local schools

   Eight months after he stood in the Legislative Assembly and called for a moratorium on school closures, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark expressed mixed emotions today that the Wynne government has finally taken action.
“The Minister of Education today admitted that parents, municipal leaders and I were right – the existing accommodation review process is a disaster that ignored school communities,” said Clark. “While I welcome the moratorium on future school closures until a review is complete, we’ve paid a heavy price for her failure to show leadership earlier. It’s too late for the communities in Leeds-Grenville devastated when Upper Canada District School Board trustees voted to shutter seven schools in the riding.”
Although, Ministry of Education staff indicated the moratorium does not apply to decisions previously made by boards, Clark urged the Upper Canada board to review the fate of at least some schools targeted for closure.
“Many closures won’t happen for a year or more from now, so I believe this provides an opportunity to reconsider them under whatever new guidelines are developed during the ministry’s review process,” stressed Clark.
Clark praised those who fought valiantly to keep their schools open and preserve an opportunity for future generations of students to learn closer to where they live.
“I can’t say enough about the passion they have for the value of rural education and the innovative ideas they presented to the board,” said Clark. “However, as I warned the minister from the start of the Accommodation Review process, the deck was stacked against them. I’m just so disheartened that the outcome could have been different if the minister had only listened to me eight months ago.”
Clark pledged to continue holding the Wynne government to account by ensuring the review leads to the reinstatement of funding for rural schools cut by the government and ensuring community impact is considered before a board can shut down schools.
“I’m skeptical we’ve actually seen a change of heart today from a government that has closed over 700 schools since 2004,” said Clark. “Their actions clearly demonstrate that rural Ontario is just an afterthought to them and I suspect today’s announcement is motivated by next June’s election rather than a true commitment to rural education.”


Nature’s Way donates food, funds to HOL

Nature’s Way Select Food in Kemptville recently held a food drive in support of the House of Lazarus’ (HOL) Every Plate Full campaign. About 100 food items, and $500 – all generous donations from customers and staff at Nature’s Way – were presented to the HOL on June 22. Pictured, Nature’s Way owner Gerty Tenbult and HOL operations manager Jennifer Westendorp.

 

 


Wave the flag! $82,485.70 raised at
The Red & White Gala!

Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman tries out Crokinole, a quintessential Canadian game.

We’re celebrating Canada Day early at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation. The final tally is in and The Red & White Gala raised $82,485.70 to support patient care at WDMH.
“We can’t thank our local communities enough for supporting this year’s gala,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “Everyone made a difference – our sponsors, our volunteers, all those who donated auction items and everyone who attended the event on June 3rd. I hope everyone had a great time as we really consider the guest experience when planning each gala.”
Funds raised will be directed to the WDMH Foundation Family Care Fund. “WDMH has been caring for families in our communities for decades and our new Family Care Fund recognizes that commitment. Donations to the Family Care Fund will be used where your gift is needed most – to buy new medical equipment, upgrade existing equipment and meet other urgent needs at WDMH,” explains Kristen. The Family Care Fund is designed to simplify the giving process for donors, providing one main fund for donations.
However, donors are still welcome to choose from any of our funds such as the General Equipment Fund or Cancer Care Fund. “The Family Care Fund is just that – a fund to support families just like yours,” sums up Kristen.
“We want to work with our donors to ensure compassionate, excellent health care. Thank you again to everyone who was part of The Red & White Gala.” Planning for next year’s gala will begin in October. Anyone with ideas, or an interest in being on the planning committee, is encouraged to contact Kristen at 613.774.2422 ext. 6169 or kcasselman@wdmh.on.ca


RVCA Plants over 275,000 Trees This Spring!

  The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is excited to announce that over 275,000 trees were planted this spring. RVCA and partners are well on the way to planting 6.5 million trees by 2020!
  RVCA’s private landowner tree planting program available throughout eastern Ontario, is the perfect way to get the direction, planting plan and any available incentive funding for reforesting projects. In cases where landowners plant over 2,000 trees, RVCA works with a number of partners (Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, City of Ottawa, Forests Ontario and local business) to keep costs as low as $0.15 per tree. Landowners with at least one acre of land who are willing to plant 500 or more trees are encouraged to call 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 and speak with Forestry staff to book a site visit or get more information.
  We have numerous community-minded partners who support our tree planting program and reduce landowner costs,” says Scott Danford, RVCA Forestry Program Manager. “Simply, we need enthusiastic landowners to partner and plant with throughout the Rideau watershed.”
  Tree planting is one the most practical ways to take care of our watershed and the wider environment. Trees improve local biodiversity by providing shelter for birds and wildlife, while at the same time providing us with windbreaks, screening and shade. Forests act as a major filter and cleansing system for water that soaks into the ground and feeds our wells and underground water systems. The newly planted trees take a little tender loving care in their early years, but once they are “free-growing,” they provide all of these advantages for up to 80 years or more. Trees are vital for a healthy and sustainable future; start planning now for planting next spring.
  Trees improve our land and air by acting as miniature environmental cleaning stations. Rootlets help hold the soil in place to protect against erosion and improve water retention. Leaves absorb CO2 and release oxygen helping to reduce the effects of climate change. In one year, an acre of trees absorbs as much carbon as is produced by a car driven 14,000 kilometres. They also act like natural air conditioners; the evaporation from one tree has the same cooling effects as 10 room size air conditioners working 20 hours a day.


Auction brings in nearly $5,000 for House of Lazarus

The second annual House of Lazarus (HOL) Auction brought in nearly $5,000 for the organization, which supports hundreds of local families each month through their food bank and outreach programs. The auction was held on June 15 and attended by nearly 100 bargain hunters. Peter Ross Auction Services donated their time to make the event possible and the Knights of Columbus ran a barbecue that brought in nearly $500 for the HOL. Special thanks goes out to Michel and Carol Sabourin who donated drinks and manned the barbecue and to Peter and Helen Ross who ran the auction.

 

 


Dundas Manor’s new Nurse Practitioner Joelle Regnier (right) collaborates with Susan Poirier, Director of Care (left).

Nurse practitioner joins the Dundas Manor Team

  “It feels like home,” says Joelle Regnier, Dundas Manor’s new Nurse Practitioner. Joelle joined the team at Dundas Manor on May 29th and says she couldn’t feel more welcome. “My offer on employment actually included a ‘welcome to our family’ message. How great is that?” she recalls.
“It is a privilege to be here. Everyone is committed to optimal care for each resident.” Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses with advanced university education and authority to perform additional controlled acts such as diagnosing, ordering tests and prescribing medications including narcotics and controlled substances. They work collaboratively with family physicians and other care providers. Having a Nurse Practitioner on staff in a long-term care home is a growing trend and supports timelier, quality care.
“We are thrilled to have Joelle join our care team three days a week,” says Susan Poirier, Director of Care. “Joelle will help us save a lot of phone calls to doctors who are also very busy. Her expertise will be such a value-added service to the exemplary care provided every day to our residents. And she will provide hands-on teaching for our staff, helping us provide the very best care.”
For example, if a Personal Support Worker notices something out of the ordinary with a resident, she can immediately talk to Joelle and get a consultation. This intervention could help avoid a visit to Emergency or even a hospital stay. “Residents will be able to stay in their own home where I can monitor their symptoms,” explains Joelle. “I’m really an extra set of eyes, working closely with staff, as well as the 12 physicians who come to Dundas Manor.” Joelle has been a Nurse Practitioner for 17 years.
She has worked in long-term care, acute care and most recently in northwest Ontario. Joelle grew up in Avonmore and now lives in Willamstown. “We need to treat people the same way that we want to be treated. I’m excited to be part of the Dundas Manor team,” sums up Joelle.


Clark urges participation in upcoming committee hearings

MPPs seek input on labour reforms, including minimum wage

   Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is encouraging area businesses with concerns about proposed changes to Ontario’s labour laws, including increasing Ontario’s minimum hourly wage to $15, to present at upcoming committee hearings.
Clark said the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will hold two weeks of public hearings next month on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.
“I’ve heard from businesses of all sizes in every corner of the riding who are concerned about how this legislation will impact their operations,” said Clark. “It’s important that they appear before the committee and speak directly to MPPs at this point in the legislative process before Bill 148 is debated in the Legislature for the first time this fall.”
Week one of the committee hearings will take place in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston and Windsor-  Essex during the week of July 10-14. Week two has hearings scheduled in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto between July 17 and 21.
Details for the time and location of the hearings are yet to be announced, but Clark stressed it’s important to register to appear as a presenter now. Presenters can arrange to appear via teleconference.
The deadline to request a presentation during the first week, which includes hearings in Ottawa and Kingston, is 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4 and the deadline for week two is 10 a.m. on Monday, July 10.
To register, contact Eric Rennie, clerk of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs by telephone at: 416-325-3506, fax: 416-325-3505, TTY: 416-325-3538 or email: erennie@ola.org.


Come on out for a Day of Family Fun in Berwick on June 25!

 

South Nation Conservation (SNC), McIntosh Park Committee, and Chalmers United Church invite you to Berwick on June 25 for a fun-filled day for the family!
The day’s events begin at 10:30 am and will wrap up at 3:00 pm.  There will be a free lunch with music and children’s games at the McIntosh Park Conservation Area located at 6 Cockburn Street, Berwick, Ontario.
“The park is a natural gathering spot,” said Holly Nyenkamp, SNC’s Communications and Outreach Assistant. “Families can enjoy a picnic, a stroll along the walking trail, and the beautiful gazebo… a monument to the pioneers and founding families of the area.”
Promoted by retired Berwick farmer Floyd Dingwall, past SNC Board member and committee member, the park began to take shape after the MacLeod Family donated about four acres of land just south of now the Township of North Stormont office.
The McIntosh Park Committee, composed of community volunteers and SNC staff, has been instrumental in assisting with care and maintenance of the park.
“McIntosh Park is a great example of how a community can come together to create something wonderful and lasting,” Nyenkamp observed.  Loved ones can be remembered at the park through SNC’s Tree Dedication Program.  For a $300 donation, a tree will be planted in memory of your loved one and their name will be placed on the park’s memorial wall.
The McIntosh Park Conservation Area is part of SNC’s network of 14 Conservation Areas available free of charge to residents, providing countless recreational opportunities to discover wildlife and their habitat in Eastern Ontario.  Visit www.nation.on.ca to learn more about a Conservation Area near you.


The Oschmann Forest in the Township of North Dundas was officially welcomed into the fold of SNC public lands during a ceremony at the site that took place Saturday, June 3.

SNC celebrates new forested land acquisition

  The Oschmann Family recently donated an 18 acre forest near the town of Ormond to South Nation Conservation (SNC) to be preserved for posterity.
  The Oschmann Forest in the Township of North Dundas was officially welcomed into the fold of SNC public lands during a ceremony at the site that took place Saturday, June 3. The event included a few words from the Oschmann family, a ribbon cutting, tour of the property, refreshments and cake.
  The Forest was donated in Gertrude Oschmann’s memory.  According to the family, Gertude was a very outdoorsy woman who left many footprints scattered all throughout the Forest; a woman who had a deep connection with nature.
  “We are honored the Oshmann Family chose SNC to preserve the Forest that means so much to them,” said Philip Duncan, SNC Property and Approvals Assistant. “Selling or donating forested land to SNC is becoming a popular option among residents in the jurisdiction.”
  Duncan described the treed site as having maple, oak, ash, and even butternut trees.  A sugar shack can be found on the property that was functional until the early 2000’s.
  “The Forest was obtained as part of the SNC Land Securement Strategy,” Pat Piitz, SNC Team Lead, Property explained. “It’s an ecologically significant property which will benefit from active management and protection of its natural history features.”
  As a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA), SNC is approved to accept donations of land through Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program.
  SNC received funding from the OLTA to offset property acquisition and management costs.  “The Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program (OLTAP) assists eligible recipients with costs associated with land securement and management to help conserve Ontario’s biodiversity.  OLTAP is an initiative of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance Inc.  This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada.”
  The Oschmann Forest and similar sites are open to the public. “Family members appreciate that their favorite pieces of land will be maintained in their natural state. We always recognize and value their contribution in creating a lasting legacy.”


 Oxford Mills Gazebo crowdfunding
campaign is off like a rocket

 

Lockwood Brothers Construction donated construction of the gazebo’s pad with material supplied by Cruickshank Construction free
of charge. Photo: John Barclay

The Oxford Mills Community Association’s,(OMCA), month long crowdfunding campaign to replace the gazebo in Maplewood Park hit the ground running on Wednesday, June 7th with over $2,000 raised in the first three days.
The OMCA hopes to raise a total of $5,000 to cover the cost of the new gazebo by July 6th. If community support continues at this pace they may have the gazebo installed by Canada Day.
The enthusiastic response from the community took place during a busy week of fundraising events in North Grenville.
Backers of the project can easily support the project at home or work from their computers or mobile devices by going to: https://igg.me/at/Gazebo-in-Oxford-Mills or by mailing a cheque to “Oxford Mills Community Association”, 100 Maplewood, Avenue, Oxford Mills ON  K0G 1S0.

 


The Oxford Mills community rallys around gazebo

Lockwood Brothers Construction recently installed the gravel pad for the gazebo free of charge.
Photo by: David Habberjam

  The Oxford Mills Community Association will be launching it’s Gazebo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday, June 7th. Donors will be offered a range of “perks” in appreciation for their contribution to cover the cost of a new gazebo in Maplewood Park.
Items on offer range from a simple Thank You note signed by members of the OMCA to a $100 gift certificate to the Brigadoon Restaurant in Oxford Mills.

  The OMCA has raised $2600 to date towards replacing the old gazebo. With in-kind contributions from Lockwood Brothers Construction and Cruickshank Construction, there remains $5,000 to raise in order to complete the project. Community-minded individuals and businesses are invited to donate online on June 7th at: https://igg.me/at/Gazebo-in-Oxford-Mills
  The OMCA will also gratefully receive donations by mail. Cheques should be made out to the “Oxford Mills Community Association”, 100 Maplewood Avenue, Oxford Mills ON K0G 1S0


Justin Bieber has left the arena!

The Weagant Family was well-represented at the Gala, including our Honourary Chairs Bob (at far right) and Sandra (in the middle).
The arena was decorated to represent Canada’s four seasons, including summers on the lake in a canoe. Guests got right into the Canadian spirit! From left to right: Tara Whelan, Colleen Szeifried, Vanessa McRostie, Liz Sharpley, Ida Bell and Rosemary Parisien.

And so has Wayne Gretzky, Laura Secord, Alexander Graham Bell and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They were all at The Red & White Gala for WDMH – in spirit at least!
They joined close to 300 guests at the Winchester Community Centre on June 3rd, 2017 to support the Winchester District Memorial Hospital. It was a truly Canadian evening with guests being turned into famous Canadians, a coast-to-coast buffet, Canadian coins and diamonds, an all-Canadian set list by The Boland Family and The Fundamentals and much more. Auctioneer prodigy Brandon Scheepers got things off with bang – taking the highest bid for guests to go first in the buffet line.
For the record, the winning table paid $120 for the honour. Later in the evening, Brandon’s winning style helped raise more than $10,000 more during the live auction. WDMH Foundation Board Chair Tom Dawson welcomed guests and noted that the Foundation is all about relationships.
“We are honoured to work with our local communities to raise much-needed funds for hospital equipment. You provide incredible support to us – and, in turn – you also support the hospital and the patients and families that are cared for every day.”
Guests were riveted by a story shared by patient Ida Bell and her midwife Rosemarie Parisien. Having WDMH close to home made all the difference when Ida’s son Ethan was born. “Ethan’s birth story is truly a beautiful example of how the Family Care Fund benefits patients at WDMH. By having donors to support the purchase of proper equipment, WDMH is better equipped to recruit and retain the best staff – who are so needed in a situation like this, where it’s a big team of people coming together to help during an urgent and scary situation,” summed up Rosemarie.
At the end of the evening, honourary co-chairs Bob and Sandra Weagant shared their thoughts. “We were honoured to be asked to be part of tonight’s event because WDMH is our hospital and we are pleased to support it. We are all so fortunate to have it right here in Winchester so close to home,” noted The Weagants. “Many people are not aware that our tax dollars do not fund everything that a hospital needs. That’s where we all come in. If we don’t support it, we won’t have the wonderful services and equipment and doctors and staff that we all need.”
To wrap things up, WDMH Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman thanked everyone for coming: “Please give yourselves a round of applause for the amazing generosity you have provided to our local hospital here tonight. You make my job so much fun and so rewarding and we can’t thank you enough for your support.”
The final tally is still being calculated but funds raised will support the WDMH Foundation Family Care Fund, supporting care for families just like yours.

 


Second annual HOL walk-a-thon pushes Every Plate Full campaign over $3,000

The second annual Mountain Family Fun Market Day, hosted by the House of Lazarus (HOL), was held on May 27 at Mountain Memorial Park. The HOL’s Every Plate Full campaign, through Food Banks Canada, has now surpassed the $3,000 mark thanks to pledges from those who participated in the walk-a-thon during the event. Attendees brought hundreds of items of food for the HOL Food Bank and monetary donations to assist with outreach programming. Every single month, over 100 local families access the HOL Food Bank. Thanks to all those who make it possible for the HOL to continue doing essential work in the community!


The WDMH chemo team is thankful for this generous donation. From left to right: members of the chemo team Penny Webster, Jacqueline McMillan and Michelle Renaud with donor Marilyne Kelly.

Supporting women with cancer

   Marilyne Kelly likes to give back. She has been supporting women with cancer through her business, volunteer work and as a mastectomy prosthetic fitter.
Now she is donating supplies to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) chemotherapy program. Marilyne is temporarily closing her business – Marilyne’s Wigs N Things – and has generously donated some of her stock for WDMH’s chemotherapy patients and others in the community who can benefit from these supplies.
The donation includes wigs, turbans, bangs for turbans, mastectomy prosthetics, surgical bras, bathing suits, and wig care products. “Not everyone has insurance,” explains Marilyne. “Some people have to choose between a wig and putting food on the table. I started my business to offer quality wigs so people wouldn’t have to choose. My goal is to help women look and feel better during their cancer journey.
That’s why I chose to donate a portion of my inventory to WDMH.” Marilyne is an esthetician, hair dresser, mastectomy fitter and hairstyling and esthetics instructor. “Marilyne has been an avid volunteer for the breast cancer population, having donated her time and expertise at the Look Good Feel Better sessions.
We are grateful for her generosity,” notes Jackie MacMillan, Chemotherapy Team Leader.


At the donation ceremony are (l-r): Tom Clapp, Eastern Ontario Prostate Cancer Awareness
Committee, Kristen Casselman, Managing Director, WDMH Foundation, Doug Nugent, Black Walnut Group, Michelle Renaud, Cancer Care Coach, WDMH, Ted Ceelen, Black Walnut Group, Gerry Boyce, Black Walnut Group and Dave Black, Black Walnut Group.

Working together for support and awareness

  The Black Walnut Group is a support group for men and their families dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis. They know the importance of a simple PSA test to screen for cancer. And they know that patients and families need a helping hand during their cancer journey.
Recently, at a Black Walnut Group meeting, the Eastern Ontario Prostate Cancer Awareness Committee made a $3,000 donation to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation to support WDMH’s cancer coach program.
As WDMH’s Cancer Coach, Michelle Renaud works with patients to identify their needs throughout the cancer journey and to help them develop a plan to meet their specific goals. She can answer questions about care, provide education and link to local community resources.
This service is open to all cancer patients in our area and no referral is required. “We want to promote the cancer care coach program at WDMH and Michelle Renaud’s work with patient and families,” explains Tom Clapp of the Eastern Ontario Prostate Cancer Awareness Committee.
“The treatment and support go hand in hand,” adds Dave Black of the Black Walnut Group. “The support of friends, family and Michelle, the cancer care coach, is just as important as the treatment.” At the presentation ceremony, WDMH Foundation Managing Director Kristen Casselman thanked the group: “As requested, your $3000 donation has been directed to our cancer care navigator fund. Thank you so much for this generous and thoughtful gift to help people through their cancer journey. Thank you as well for the efforts and hard work that were put into raising these funds.”



Michael Qaqish, Councillor for Gloucester – South Nepean Ward (front row, center) planting trees at Findlay Creek with South Nation Conservation staff and students from Notre Dame and Mother Theresa High Schools. / Michael Qaqish, conseiller du quartier Gloucester – Nepean Sud (première rangée, centre) plante des arbres le long du ruisseau Findlay avec le personnel de la Conservation de la Nation Sud et les élèves des écoles secondaires Notre Dame et Mother Theresa.

Hands-on learning experiences for
youth delivered by SNC

  In any given year, SNC reaches over 4,000 youth through hands-on environmental education programs.  Guided by SNC’s environmental specialists, youth learn about water protection and conservation, fisheries, forestry, insects, and even Ontario’s sweet maple industry.
Over the last 2 weeks alone, SNC hosted nearly 500 local students during various events.  On May 11, local grade 3-6 students were invited to SNC’s office in Finch for an Eco-Adventure Day, a special event organized in celebration of SNC’s 70th anniversary.  “In addition to visiting 15 Eco-Stations throughout the day, the students helped us create our 70th anniversary legacy project – a beautiful Stream of Dreams mural that is now on display on our office fence,” said Lisa Van De Ligt, Communications Specialist.
On May 23, SNC partnered with the Ottawa Catholic School Board to host grade 11 and 12 students from the Notre Dame and Mother Theresa High Schools enrolled in the environmental and energy Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program.
Students completed their Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Training (ICE) with SNC.  “ICE training is a component of the SHSM Program where students work with a community partner to get real-world experience, and help solve a challenge that the community partner is faced with,” explained Katherine Watson, Water Resources Specialist.
The students spent the day in the Findlay Creek Community, learning about the importance of green infrastructure in an urban environment. After a hike through Leitrim Wetland, the students and SNC staff planted trees along Findlay Creek.
“We challenged the students to assess the value of natural features, such as wetlands and forests, in an urban area and propose ways to increase green infrastructure,” added Watson.
Visit nation.on.ca to learn more about SNC’s education programs and upcoming events, such as SNC’s Youth Fish Camps and Family Fun Fishing Derby coming up in July.


WDMH dietitian named Outstanding Healthcare Professional in Eastern Ontario

WDMH dietitian named Outstanding Healthcare Professional in Eastern Ontario

Deirdre Cooke’s colleagues describe her as a ‘fireball’ because of her passion, energy and red hair.
Every day, Deirdre brings that passion to Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) where she has worked for more than 20 years. Deirdre is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, and she played a key role in bringing the Diabetes Education Program to Winchester.
Now Deirdre is being honoured as the Outstanding  Healthcare Professional in Eastern Ontario by Diabetes Canada. The award is presented to a healthcare professional who has made a difference in improving the lives of individuals living with diabetes in a specific region.
“Deirdre has worked with Diabetes Canada in many capacities over the years to support health promotion, is a Diabetes Canada professional member and is an active member of several committees with the Champlain LIHN where she represents diabetes educators who work for individuals living with diabetes,” noted Linda Rodgers, Manager of Community Health Promotion (Eastern & Southern Ontario) for Diabetes Canada. Deirdre was quick to thank her colleagues at WDMH when accepting the award: “I am very grateful for the award and very fortunate to work with a team – Rachelle, Nancy and Rachel – that support me and challenge me both professionally and personally.
We all operate with the guiding principle ‘what does this person living with diabetes or pre-diabetes need from us and how can we best provide it?’.
When everyone is on the same page it makes all the difference!” WDMH’s Diabetes Education Program provides support and education for individuals living with diabetes and pre-diabetes. More than a dozen programs are offered. All of the programs are provided free of charge and a physician referral is not required. For more details, visit www.wdmh.on.ca/diabetes.
“We are pleased for Deirdre and definitely not surprised,” sums up Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services. “Deidre has been a driving force in the development and expansion of our diabetes program. Her commitment to our patients and their well-being is evident in everything she does. Congratulations Deirdre.”


All FORE a Good Cause

  The rain has finally (hopefully) stopped and golf season is officially here. And that means the annual Cloverdale Golf Classic is coming soon. The event takes place on Saturday, June 10th at Cloverdale Links Golf Course, rain or shine. Ken Warner is the new Chair of the event and is no stranger to golf tournaments, having organized the successful Chris “Cookie” Thompson event for many years.
“I joined the Cloverdale Golf Classic Committee as Chair this year to help as much as I can. The Chris “Cookie” Thompson Tournament gave portions of its proceeds to WDMH over the years, so it was a good transition because I already knew the importance of the cause.”
Ken notes that this year’s tournament will be lots of fun with a few surprises thrown in: “It’s a great scramble tournament with fun games, including a timed speed hole which everyone either loves or hates. On top of that, this group has a great reputation for raising as much as possible for the cause, WDMH, which I really admire. I hope people will call Cloverdale Links to book their foursome today, because it’s going to be another great day, with both lunch and dinner, fundraising and prizes – it’s hard to beat for just another Saturday!”
Proceeds from the event will be directed to the WDMH Foundation’s general equipment fund for the purchase of medical equipment like a Force FX Generator. A Force FX Generator is a small tool used by surgeons to control bleeding during surgical procedures. It cauterizes blood vessels. “This is an annual event that we really look forward to and we can’t thank the organizers enough,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director of the WDMH Foundation. Tickets are $100 per person and include 18 holes of golf (scramble format), lunch, cart and your choice of a steak or chicken dinner. Dinner only is $40. Prizes and awards to follow dinner. For details, call 613.774.0076 or email proshop@cloverdalelinks.com

 


MPP Clark statement on closure of P&G Brockville plant

 

Today, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark released the following statement on the announcement Brockville’s Procter and Gamble plant will cease operations as early as 2020.
“My thoughts today are with the 480 employees and their families who are affected by this devastating announcement. The suddenness of the news and the uncertainty it has cast on their futures places an enormous strain on these families and our first commitment must be to ensure they have the supports they need to cope with that burden,” said Clark.
“I’m committed to working with the City of Brockville and Mayor David Henderson, MP Gord Brown, local economic development officials and the federal and provincial governments to explore every possibility of reversing the company’s regrettable decision to close a profitable plant.”
Clark said today’s announcement is also yet another example of the crippling effect, years of hydro rate increases, under the Wynne government, have had on Ontario’s manufacturing sector. Regardless of the tremendous work done by employees at the Brockville P&G plant, the soaring cost of electricity thanks to the mismanagement of the Wynne government undermined its competitiveness.
“P&G stated its Brockville production is moving to West Virginia where the average price of electricity for industrial users was 8.8 cents per kilowatt hour in 2016. In Ontario, that figure was approximately 13 cents. These 480 lost jobs in Brockville now join the more than 300,000 manufacturing-sector positions that have been wiped out on this government’s watch. P&G and other major manufacturers who have left the province like Heinz and Kellogg’s will continue to make products, but they aren’t doing it in Ontario.”

 


SNC extended office hours and parks opening for spring

Just in time for the Victoria Day long-weekend, South Nation Conservation (SNC) will be re-opening its parks and docks for day-use!
SNC’s network of 14 Conservation Areas are available free of charge to residents, providing countless recreational opportunities to discover wildlife and their habitat in Eastern Ontario. Due to high water levels, Jessup’s Falls Conservation Area will remain closed for the next few weeks.
Beginning May 25 until Thanksgiving, SNC’s administration office in Finch will stay open on Thursday evenings until 7 p.m. to provide clients seeking permits and approvals with an extended-service option.
“The extended hours allow us to provide services to residents at a time that is convenient for them,” explained Carl Bickerdike, Team Lead, Corporate Services.
SNC continues to support our municipal partners by arranging for staff to be available once a month at municipal offices. This will give clients an option of submitting applications or meeting to discuss projects closer to their home instead of having to drive to SNC’s headquarters in Finch. Applicants can contact us to find out more about this option. During our late night Thursdays, residents can also pick up information on SNC programs or book events in the SNC meeting rooms.
Fully equipped and featuring state-of-the-art technology, the comfortable rooms are available free of charge for not-for-profit groups. To book a room, call 1-877-984-2948 or contact info@nation.on.ca.


 

2017 Nursing Awards honour professionalism and a commitment to our patients

    The annual WDMH Nursing Awards provide an opportunity to highlight just some of the incredible work being done by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) nurses every day.
The awards were presented as part of the Nursing Week celebrations in May. Michelle Renaud is the recipient of the Nursing Lifelong Learner award, recognizing a nurse’s commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. Michelle is WDMH’s Cancer Coach, providing support to cancer patients throughout their journey. Her nominators noted: “Michelle has always pursued new knowledge, skills and roles through courses, workshops, and actively reading nursing journals. She has always shared her learning with her peers.
My favourite thing about Michelle is her friendly, easy-going nature. I don’t feel the least bit intimidated to ask her for help or for her to explain something to me. To me that is the sign of a good teacher.”
The Nursing Leadership Award recognizes a nurse who is an excellent role model; someone who others follow, either by example or by action. Jackie Imrie is this year’s recipient. “Jackie is an advocate for patients, peers and students. She encourages others to strive to be better and practice 200 per cent accountability. She treats her patients like they are family, providing excellent, evidence-based care,” say her nominators.
Nurses work together to care for patients and this year’s Team Collaboration Award honours WDMH’s Medical/Surgical Team. Nominators describe the unit as one that “exemplifies compassionate care and navigates a busy, busy system in a friendly and professional manner. Their modest disposition makes them easy to interact with individually and as a group. And many new initiatives are trialed and introduced on Med/Surg. It’s hard not to value their contribution to the WDMH team!” “The theme of this year’s Nursing Week is #YESThisIsNursing and we want to congratulate Michelle, Jackie and the Med/Surg team, as well as the other nominees. Together, they demonstrate professionalism and a commitment to continuous learning,” notes Lynn Hall, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive. “The result is better, more compassionate care for our patients.”

Team Collaboration Award honours WDMH’s Medical/Surgical Team.

TLC Ministries gives ‘Dinner on the House’ a boost
The House of Lazarus (HOL) hosted its first ever free community meal, known as ‘Dinner on the House’, at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Mountain on May 18. During a recent survey of HOL food bank clients, approximately 40 per cent of the people accessing the food bank are going entire days without eating. The ‘Dinner on the House’ initiative, which is being held every Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. in Mountain, hopes to fill that need. Volunteers are needed each week to help make ‘Dinner on the House’ a success. If you would like to volunteer, or help out in some way, contact HOL directly by calling (613)-989-3830. Pictured, Lynn Ford of TLC (True Love in Christ) Ministries donates $200 towards the ‘Dinner on the House’ during the inaugural meal. From left, Ross Bennett (HOL board member), Kim Merkley (HOL client services coordinator), Ford, Cathy Ashby (HOL exectuive director) and Ralph Pulfer (HOL food bank assistant).

 

 


Junior Optimist Club lends a helping hand

Members of the Spencerville Junior Optomist Club stopped by the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain on May 13 to lend a helping hand. The club members were given a tour of the HOL Food Bank and facilities. Following the tour, the members helped out in the HOL community garden by weeding, preparing the soil and adding topsoil. The vegetables grown in the community garden help support the HOL Food Bank through the summer months by providing clients with fresh produce.


 

Keller Williams RED Day benefits HOL

Got food? On May 11, representatives from the local branch of Keller Williams Realty held a food drive at Jonsson’s Independent in Kemptville. All food gathered was donated to the House of Lazarus (HOL) Food Bank in Mountain, which serves over 100 local families each month. The food drive was part of RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate), which is Keller Williams annual day of service. Since 2009, Keller Williams representatives have spent RED Day giving back to the community. Thanks to everyone who donated!

 

Pioneer Nursery donates seeds for HOL Community Garden
Pioneer Nursery in Kemptville donated seeds and seedlings to the House of Lazarus (HOL) Community Garden on May 11. The garden provides fresh produce for the HOL Food Bank, which supports over 100 local families each month. Pictured, Pioneer Nursery owner Alf Semenuk and HOL operations manager Jennifer Westendorp.

Flood warning latest: Ottawa River 

May 6, 2017- 12:00 p.m.

This statement is an update to South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) Flood Warning: Ottawa River issued on May 5, 2017.
SNC continues to caution residents that water levels in the Ottawa River are currently significantly high and will continue to increase.
The South Nation jurisdiction received 25 to 40 mm of rain on Friday. Environment and Climate Change Canada forecasted further 15 to 25 mm for today which will contribute to high water levels and major flooding along the Ottawa River.
On May 6, 2017, the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board stated: “Forecast rainfall is expected to produce major flooding in vulnerable areas along the main stem of the Ottawa River between Pembroke down to the Montreal area. Historic record conditions are expected in many locations with levels expected to peak on Sunday or Monday into Tuesday May 9th. Property owners at risk of flooding are encouraged to contact their local municipality for support”.  Therefore, water levels are expected to continue to increase by another 10 to 15 cm which will cause significant flooding between Gatineau and Hawkesbury.
  Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable.  Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
  Staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.
The public is encouraged to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also report changes in water-related conditions, soil stress fractures (i.e. cracks in soil), abrupt changes in streambanks, or sudden leaning of trees in their local areas. All feedback and photos can be sent to waterwatch@nation.on.ca, posted on our Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweeted to us (@SouthNationCA).

Additional information on Ottawa River levels can be found at www.ottawariver.ca.

For more information during the weekend (May 6-7, 2017) please contact the Flood Duty Officers: Geoff Owens at 613-551-9170 or Sandra Mancini at 613-551-3242.


Flooding of low-lying areas
expected on Rideau system

  May 5, 2017 Flooding is expected in the Rideau River watershed today and through the weekend.
Previous rain from the beginning of the week has increased water levels throughout the watershed. Parks Canada staff have been making adjustments at all dams to reduce the water levels with some success. However, there is still excess water in the Rideau Canal reservoir lakes. Christie Lake on the Tay River, is expected to have further flood issues as water is released from Bobs Lake to relieve ongoing high water there.
Releases from Big Rideau Lake will have to be made today which will increase flows downstream. Dams downstream will all be opened as much as possible to pass through the maximum flows. However, some flooding can be expected starting on the Long Reach between Manotick and Kemptville, in particular Hilly Lane, where access roads are expected to be submerged today.
Windsor and Brantwood Parks in Ottawa South and East that were under water previously in April are expected to be flooded again.
As the flood waters rise, so too does the hazard level. Flooded roads are dangerous to drive and walk on and moving water and slippery streambanks are not good places for anyone to be. Parents need to inform children about the dangers.
The rain is forecast to end on Sunday and a peak can be expected late Sunday or Monday.
Conservation Authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and will issue updates as warranted.
For water level and flow information in the Rideau system as well as the Ottawa River, visit the RVCA Streamflows and Water Levels webpage at http://his.rvca.ca/rvcafwl/ .

For more information about conditions on the Ottawa River, also check the webpage of the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board athttp://ottawariver.ca/river-levels-flows.php#river-levels-flows-7-days .

 


FLOOD WARNING: OTTAWA RIVER – UPDATE

 

May 5, 2017

This statement is an update to South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) Flood Warning: Ottawa River issued on May 4, 2017.
SNC continues to caution residents that water levels in the Ottawa River continue to increase significantly. Environment and Climate Change Canada continues to forecast high precipitation from tonight until Sunday which will contribute to high water levels and localized flooding along the Ottawa River.
On May 5, 2017, the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board stated: “Water levels along the main stem of the Ottawa River from Pembroke down to the Montreal area remain very high. With further rainfall forecast (20 to 60 mm) over most of the basin by the end of Saturday, significant increases in levels between Pembroke and the Montreal Region are expected. Given current forecasts and depending on location, flood levels are expected to peak on Sunday or Monday into Tuesday May 9th”.  Therefore, water levels are expected to continue to increase this week and may cause significant flooding between Gatineau and Hawkesbury.
Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable.  Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
Staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.
The public is encouraged to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also report changes in water-related conditions, soil stress fractures (i.e. cracks in soil), abrupt changes in streambanks, or sudden leaning of trees in their local areas. All feedback and photos can be sent to waterwatch@nation.on.ca, posted on our Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation), or Tweeted to us (@SouthNationCA).
Additional information on Ottawa River levels can be found at www.ottawariver.ca.
For more information during the weekend (May 5-7, 2017) please contact the Flood Duty Officers: Geoff Owens at 613-551-9170 or Sandra Mancini at 613-551-3242.

This statement is in effect until May 11, 2017.

 


Submitted photo
From left, House of Lazarus (HOL) client service coordinator Kim Merkley, HOL food bank assistant Ralph Pulfer and HOL food bank assistant Marianne Villemaire.

House of Lazarus to launch free weekly
community meal on May 18

Be hungry no more.
The House of Lazarus (HOL) has seen a need in the community and is stepping up to fill it.
A free weekly community meal initiative, known as ‘Dinner on the House,’ will kick-off on May 18. The free meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday evening, at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Mountain, located at 2227 Simms Street.
Everyone and anyone are welcome to come join in the free community meal.
“We conducted a survey back in November and found that 49 per cent of our clients were going entire days without eating because they didn’t have enough money for food,” explained Cathy Ashby, HOL executive director. “The survey also showed that 53 per cent of the people we serve rated their health as fair or poor. And 58 per cent said their lives were quite stressful.”
She noted poor health stems from not eating well and being unwell leads to greater stress in life.
“It’s a cycle – all these factors are linked together,” said Ashby.
The ‘Dinner on the House’ community meal will alleviate some of that stress for people and also provide them an opportunity to access healthy food once a week.
“This initiative was made possible by generous donations from the community, geared specifically towards providing food to our clients,” explained Ashby.
Last year alone, over 600 people accessed the House of Lazarus Food Bank. Each month, over 100 families rely on the food bank to eat.
“The purpose is to provide people with a nutritous meal they may not be able to afford. Again, in the survey, many people indicated they were not able to buy meat on a regular basis, so this community meal will ensure they are getting their nutritional needs met.”
“This free community meal is an initiative I have been passionate about for years,” said Kim Merkley, HOL client services coordinator.
For more information about ‘Dinner on the House,’ contact the HOL directly by calling (613)-989-3830.

About the HOL

The HOL opened its doors in 1986. For over 30 years, the HOL has supported individuals and families in the community through outreach programs and other essential services. Each month, over 100 local families are served through the food bank. By supporting the HOL, you are supporting people in your own community. The HOL is also supported by their own Household Goods Store and Thrift Store, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, where treasures are recycled. Stop by and check out the selection of discounted clothing, home décor, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, movies and more! There is something for everyone! Every cent that comes in through both stores goes towards supporting local people in need.

 


 

Every year, the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon provides a special opportunity to say thank you to our amazing volunteers.

Providing much, much more than just smiles!

  At Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH), our volunteers do it all – they even help save lives!
That was one the messages shared at the WDMH Auxiliary Luncheon, held on April 27th at the Chesterville Legion. Lynne Waytowich, Registered Medical Radiation Technologist and Clinical Instructor, was on hand to thank the volunteers for their ongoing support. “Volunteers for always helping us care for our patients by doing odd jobs that take the pressure off us which makes our jobs easier,” Lynne noted.
“But they also raised $191,675.47 for the new mobile x-ray machine. The image appears instantly on the screen right at the patient’s bedside which saves precious time when seconds count. It also allows us to see the placement of life-saving tubes and lines within the patient; we can see if these lines are in the desired location instantly.
Caring for our patients with compassion and pursuing excellence just got a lot easier and more efficient thanks to our amazing volunteers. They are helping us to save lives!” WDMH CEO Cholly Boland also thanked the volunteers for everything they do: “We can’t thank our volunteers often enough. Whether it’s the thousands of hours they work at WDMH or the thousands of dollars they raise for WDMH, we couldn’t operate a hospital without our volunteers.
They are truly priceless!” At the luncheon, volunteers were also recognized by both WDMH and the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario (HAAO) for milestone anniversaries.
The need for more volunteers always exists. If you are interested in volunteering at WDMH, please contact Alan Archer at aarcher@wdmh.on.ca or 613-774-2420 ext. 6323.


Participants in the Girls Government program offered by MPP Clark and Girls Inc. of Upper Canada pose for a photo in the Queen’s Park media studio on Thursday, April 27. The girls held a press conference as part of the program’s annual visit to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Girl’s Government participants travel to Queen’s Park

  Budget day in Ontario was one to remember for 13 local girls who travelled to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, April 27 for the culmination of Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark’s Girls Government program.
This is the third year for the program, which MPP Clark offers in partnership with Girls Inc. of Upper Canada. Program participants this year are: Sahaana Ranganathan, Emma Lindsay, Claire Eastwood, Sammy Wilhelm, Annie Dowd, Katie Gunn, Larissa Bell, Hannah Doyle, Bridget Sanger-VanderMeer, Vanessa Martin, Brooklyn Patrick, Grace Cowan, Christina Bi and Bushra Khadra.
  Prior to visiting Queen’s Park, participants held sessions with MPP Clark over the past few months to gain insight into the political and legislative process as well as how to effectively use their voices to shape public policy.
  “I’m so impressed with this group of young women and how eager they are to make a difference in the world,” said Clark, noting the fact this year’s visit coincided with the tabling of the 2017 Ontario budget added to the excitement.
  “I’m a huge proponent of the Girls Government program because it is a great way to encourage more women to consider a career in politics,” said Clark. “It’s also an opportunity to stress the importance of women and girls being active in public affairs at every level of government.”
  This year, participants made women’s rights the focus of their advocacy as they prepared for their day in Toronto.
At Queen’s Park, the girls raised gender equality issues during a press conference in the Legislative Assembly media studio and directly in meetings with Speaker Dave Levac, Minister for the Status of Women Indira Naidoo-Harris, NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo and Ontario PC MPPs Lisa MacLeod, Julia Munro, Lisa Thompson, Sylvia Jones and Gila Martow.
  They recommended a focus on equal opportunities for all with suggestions such as mandates for equal pay, affordable childcare, equal recognition for accomplishments in education, athletics and career choices.
In addition, the group stressed the need for increased education within schools regarding gender studies and women in history as well as increased education for the public that addresses gender stereotypes, persistent discrimination and the sexualization of women and girls.
  Girls’ Government is an MPP-led program designed to open doors for girls interested in public office and policy initiatives. The program is affiliated with Equal Voice, an organization dedicated to electing more women at every level of political office in Canada.
The program also gives participants a chance to meet with local female role models. This year’s guests included United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Warden and Westport Mayor Robin Jones, Gananoque Mayor Erika Demchuk, Brockville Councillor Jane Fullarton and Michaela Rutherford-Blouin, a local Queen’s University student who recently participated in the Daughters of the Vote summit at Queen’s Park.
Clark thanked Bev Heuving, Kelly Cole and Lori Kidd Velkova from Girls Inc. for making the program’s third year such a success.
  “Girls Inc. does tremendous work in our community to empower girls and young women and I’m proud to be working with them on this initiative,” said Clark.
Participants in the Girls Government program offered by MPP Clark and Girls Inc. of Upper Canada pose for a photo in the Queen’s Park media studio on Thursday, April 27. The girls held a press conference as part of the program’s annual visit to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.


Government’s so-called balanced budget does not add up: MPP Steve Clark

Hydro One sale, carbon tax grab hiding $5 billion hole in budget  

  Long on promises they can’t be trusted to keep and short on the truth about why the so-called balanced budget is a one-hit wonder designed to fool Ontarians ahead of next year’s election.
  Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark offered that frank assessment of the Wynne government’s 2017 provincial budget, which was delivered today at Queen’s Park.
 “The reviews of the Wynne government’s so-called balanced budget are already in,” said Clark. “And I agree with the Auditor General and Financial Accountability Officer, who have said the government’s numbers simply don’t add up.”
 Clark said the only reason the government can claim to have balanced the books is the massive influx of one-time funds by selling off assets like the Hydro One fire sale, using over $500 million in unauthorized pension assets or their $1.8-billion cap-and-trade tax grab.
  Add it all up and there’s a $5-billion hole in their spending plan – they’ve just cooked the books to hide it, said Clark.
 “It’s a one-off that’s not sustainable and at the same time they clearly have no plan to deal with our provincial debt that they’ve doubled to over $300 billion today on its way to $336 billion by 2019-20,” stressed Clark.
 “That’s a number that should concern all Ontarians because interest payments on the debt will grow to $11.6 billion this year from $11.4 billion.”
 Clark said rising interest payments are eroding the ability to provide services to our most vulnerable citizens, our seniors and our children.
 That’s particularly true in rural and small-town Ontario where the hardships under the current government have been most acutely felt by families here in Leeds-Grenville.
   That trend continues as he noted the budget:

  •  Contains no new funding for the redevelopment of badly needed long-term care beds.
  •  Cuts the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs budget by $47 million.
  •  Forecasts a decline in economic growth, job creation and new housing starts.

   “Regardless of how the government spins this budget, Ontarians see through it. They know life is harder for families in Ontario after 14 years of hydro rate increases, cuts to health care services, school closures, and increased taxes and service fees,” said Clark. “The last thing they are going to do is trust this Premier to fix the problems her government’s legacy of scandal, mismanagement and waste has left behind.”


Mountain Family Fun Market Day set for May 27

  The second annual Mountain Family Fun Market Day puts the F-U-N in fundraising!
Come on out and enjoy children`s games,  Vanderland – The Barnyard Zoo,  barbecue and vendors, all in support of the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain. 

  The event will also feature a walk-a-thon, where participants will come across fun activity centers along the way. You can pledge for the walk-a-thon with cash or cans. All proceeds from the Mountain Family Fun Market Day will go towards essential programming at the HOL, such as the food bank. The event is set for May 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be held at Mountain Memorial Park, located at 10480 Clark Road in Mountain. 

  Spaces are still available for vendors and interested parties are asked to contact Kim Merkley, client services coordinator with HOL, by calling (613)-989-3830 or emailing kmerkley@houseoflazarus.com. The cost is $20 to set-up a table, with all funds going towards the HOL.
“Come out and support the community and have fun while you do it,” said Merkley. “The Mountain Family Fun Market Day is the kick-off for our Every Plate Full campaign. The fundraising goal is $3,000 and 3,000 cans.”
This year, the Every Plate Full campaign runs from May 23 to June 9. To donate to the campaign, visit everyplatefull.ca and select the HOL as the recipient of your funds or food.

  Nationview Public School in South Mountain is helping the HOL reach their goal by holding a food drive. Other area schools are encouraged to hold their own food drives to help keep `Every Plate Full` in the community.
For more information about the Mountain Family Fun Market Day or the Every Plate Full campaign, visit the HOL website at www.houseoflazarus.com.

About the House of Lazarus

  The HOL opened its doors in 1986. For over 30 years, the HOL has supported individuals and families in the community through outreach programs and other essential services. Each month, over 100 local families are served through the food bank. By supporting the HOL, you are supporting people in your own community. The HOL is also supported by their own Household Goods Store and Thrift Store, located at 2245 Simms Street in Mountain, where treasures are recycled. Stop by and check out the selection of discounted clothing, home décor, furniture, sporting goods, toys, books, movies and more! There is something for everyone! Every cent that comes in through both stores goes towards supporting local people in need.


Beans, beans the magical fruit!

  The second annual chilli supper fundraiser for the House of Lazarus in Mountain was held at the Joel Steele Community Hall in Winchester on April 22. The event featured a silent auction, cake raffle and live entertainment courtesy the Ktown Trio. Homemade chilli was enjoyed by all for a good cause. The proceeds from the event went to essential services at the House of Lazarus, such as the food bank.

Brad Pinch serves up some grub to Hendrick Westendorp during the fundraiser.
Brad Pinch and Beth Pinch serve up some tasty chilli during the fundraiser.


Bob and Sandra Weagant They are happy to serve as the honourary co-chairs of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala.

We’re Going! Are You?

Meet the Honourary Co-Chairs of The Red & White Gala Bob and Sandra Weagant don’t sit around much.
They like to be where the action is. That’s why they are happy to serve as the honourary co-chairs of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala.
And they are hoping that friends, family, colleagues and neighbours will join them to support health care close to home. “How fortunate we are to have this hospital in our community,” says Bob. “If people don’t support the hospital, we won’t have the wonderful services and equipment we all need,” adds Sandra. Bob and Sandra – along with the WDMH Foundation Board and the 2017 Gala Committee – invite everyone to attend The Red & White Gala – Celebrating Canada 150 and WDMH on Saturday, June 3rd at the Winchester Community Centre.
It will be an evening of fun, great music and dancing and delicious Canadian food. The evening will also include live and silent auctions, a 50/50 contest, a photo booth, ‘panning for gold’, 150 trivia and much more. “We are so excited to have Bob and Sandra on board,” notes Kristen Casselman, Managing Director.
“As the recipients of the 2016 North Dundas Community Builder Award, they are truly committed to their community and their local hospital.” In fact, the Weagants have been to almost every hospital gala held in Winchester. “I was born the same year as the hospital was built,” notes Bob. “Today, it is a state-of-the-art facility with wonderful doctors and nurses providing excellent care. We all need to celebrate that. Sandra and I look forward to seeing everyone at the gala. And I’ve got tickets for sale! Proceeds from the event go to the Family Care Fund, supporting care for families just like yours.
“Many people are not aware that our tax dollars do not fund everything that a hospital needs. This event is one of the many ways we are raising money to help ensure compassionate, excellent health care at WDMH,” adds Kristen. Tickets are now on sale for $125 each. Contact the Foundation Office at 613-774-2422, ext. 6162 to purchase your tickets.


SNC spring cleanup event: South Nation Cache In Trash Out April 29

 With the last little bit of snow cover long gone, a winter’s worth of garbage accumulation is now revealed, just in time for the 8th annual South Nation Cache-In, Trash-Out (SNCITO) event hosted by South Nation Conservation (SNC) and the Geocachers of Eastern Ontario.
This year’s rain-or-shine event will be held Saturday, April 29th beginning at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at the Navan Fairground to register and to dress according to the weather with good working clothes, footwear and gloves. Garbage bags and other supplies will be provided.
Holly Stemberger, SNC Community Lands Assistant, says “This event is particularly special as we celebrate SNC’s 70th anniversary, and the 150th anniversary of Canada. With the volunteer support from all parts of Eastern Ontario, we expect an especially successful community event that garners appreciation for our local environment.”
The cleanup will focus on pre-selected sites at nearby parks, trails and other public spaces. Participants will be separated into groups to tackle the various locations. Everyone involved will regroup at the Navan Fairground by 12:30 p.m. for a free lunch, group photo and prizes.
Over the years, CITO has been held at Conservation Areas and communities throughout South Nation’s jurisdiction extending from the Ottawa River near Plantagenet, to the St. Lawrence River east of Prescott. Everyone is encouraged to attend; the event is not limited to geocachers.
A surprising amount of trash and “odd relics from the woods” are amassed every year. Perhaps among the most memorable items recovered were a Volkswagen Beetle, and a discarded porcelain toilet.
“We expect to have another tremendous volunteer turnout from the geocaching community,” said Tim Jackson who has been coordinating the event from its inception. A former SNC employee, Jackson is an award-winning member of the Geocachers of Eastern Ontario.
For those not yet in the loop, the basic idea of geocaching is to locate containers hidden outdoors, examine the contents, and share discoveries online.
For more information contact Holly Stemberger, SNC, 1-877-984-2948, ext. 288, or hstemberger@nation.on.ca.


Announcement on status of Kemptville
Campus acquisition postponed

 The Municipality of North Grenville is at an important stage in its negotiations with the Province to acquire the former Kemptville College Campus. Progress is being made and as a result, the timing for the Municipality to make an announcement has been extended past March 31. At this time, no specific time frame has been established for a future announcement.


Celebrating at the WDMH Commitment Award ceremonies are (l-r): Sabina de Stecher, Jannie, vanNoppen, Dr. Mary Naciuk and Joanne Wicks. Missing is Elva Patterson-Rutters.

The theme of compassion

Every few months, the Commitment Awards are presented at Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH). The awards shine a light on individuals or teams that demonstrate the values that result in compassionate excellence. On March 30th, we recognized a group who exemplify the word compassion. Joanne Wicks is a housekeeper at WDMH who takes pride in her work and is dedicated to patient safety. “Her compassion and concern for patients and their environment is evident in all her work,” note her nominators. WDMH’s Spiritual Care Team is a compassionate group. Elva Patterson-Rutters, Jannie vanNoppen and Sabina de Stecher provide a connection to faith or a friendly visit – always being respectful of individual needs and boundaries. “They are truly a gift to our organization,” sum up their nominators. For over five years, Dr. Mary Naciuk has provided excellent leadership and compassionate patient advocacy as Chief of the Emergency Department. “Dr Naciuk has elevated the emergency department in our rural community to a high regard; both internally amongst patients, staff and volunteers; and, externally, with first responders, tertiary healthcare providers and surrounding communities,” explain her nominators. “This month’s nominees and recipients truly demonstrate compassionate excellence,” says Cholly Boland, CEO. “We are proud to work with them every day.” If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at cboland@wdmh.on.ca.