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Waverly Uplands – Teeden Pit

Messrs. Ford, and also Yakabushi, Yurek, Downey and Mrs. Dunlop, I read in the Springwater News of January 21 that the Conservative Government has granted CRH Canada a 10 year permit to take water from the Waverley Uplands/Teeden Pit and I have scanned the article for attention. I understand there is an appeal period of 15 days beyond the date the decision was posted of January 15, so January 30.

 I am objecting within the 15 days by this email.  Also I am disillusioned by your Governments mixed messages on this topic. 

 The other notes I sent on this topic, last September and January, have evidently been ignored along with the other 5,245 submissions your Government received from citizens, the vast majority objecting to any threat to the purest aquifer on earth, and the vast majority of authors from rural surrounding areas….our area.

 Mr. Premier, you were quoted on July 27 in Milton, also regarding an aggregate issue “when the people don’t want something you don’t do it”. It is clear the people don’t want any asphalt company to mess with this water. This is a rural area, primarily on wells. There has been clear indications that local wells have been negatively impacted by activity going on with existing permits.  Your decision to put a hold on the Milton aggregate request, and grant the go-ahead here is an inconsistent practice.

 In addition a group of scientists have a 4 year financial grant to study the movement of the ground water affected by this 10 year grant. These are not your average people, they are water experts.

This is special water they want to study. They don’t want to study the Milton water aquifer, or any other…this one is the one they want to study, because the water is unique. They want to know why.

 This issue, and others that are environmentally sensitive, such as your protecting expensive, and potentially dangerous, ancient nuclear plants, the general degrading of environmental protections shouts out to me and many other rural people, that you don’t care. You say you do, but actions speak louder. Rural people gave you your majority, not the cities. Your ‘voting base’ is getting disillusioned if I am typical.

 I urge you in Government to collectively reconsider the decision. Pulling this off in January in a serious Pandemic where people cannot gather to object is unconscionable and is not in the peoples best interests. You are proud to exclaim, and rightfully so,  ‘we follow the science’ on pandemic issues…perhaps you should do the same in environmental matters as well.

 Yours truly,   Ray Nason, Tiny

Tiny Township appeals province’s Teedon Pit approval 

By Kate Harries AWARE News Network

Tiny Township Council last week voted unanimously to appeal the provincial government decision to renew a permit to take water at the Teedon Pit on the Waverley Uplands.

“In my opinion we need to appeal every single step in the process,” Councillor Tony Mintoff said, noting “the overwhelming resistance from our residents.”  “I have no confidence that the provincial ministries have the ability or even desire to monitor operations such as these,” he added. “I’m tired of hearing that these ministries are understaffed, or under-resourced and that they don’t have the wherewithal to operate effectively. They cannot be in my opinion trusted to protect our most valuable resources.”

The resource in question is groundwater that has been found to be the cleanest on record. First Nations, cottagers, local residents and supporters from across the province fought to protect it, resulting in the 2009 cancellation of Dump Site 41. Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks gave CRH Canada a 10-year permit to take water, despite 5,346 emails and comments – overwhelmingly in opposition – that were sent in to the Environmental Registry of Ontario. Council discussed various options at two special meetings last week – including purchasing or expropriating the land or setting up a township well-monitoring system. Initially Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma opposed an appeal. He said that CRH Canada has worked hard to address the concerns raised by the township’s consultants and he wants to maintain a good working relationship with the company. But in the end, after an in-camera discussion, the vote to appeal was unanimous. 

Councillors were not impressed that they had not been notified of the January 14 2021 decision, posted on the ERO on January 15, and had to learn about it from a residents’ organization. This was particularly galling because the government set a tight 15-day deadline for an appeal and the filing requirements were stringent. Clearly, the government is doing everything it can to discourage an appeal, Mintoff said. Along with other members of council, he expressed disappointment that the decision gave no regard to the two principles expressed by the township in its comments to the province more than a year ago – that Tiny does not want aggregate washing in an environmentally sensitive area, and that no further licenses to be granted until a study of the groundwater is completed by a team led by eminent hydrogeologist Dr. John Cherry.

The township reiterated its stance in a resolution passed January 27 2021. Its application for leave to appeal was filed January 29 despite the tight deadline.

The Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations (FoTTSA), represented by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), has also sought leave to appeal the PTTW. FoTTSA had already retained CELA to oppose CRH’s application for an expansion of its operation. That is working its way through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal process. Taking on a legal challenge of this nature is not for an organization that’s faint of heart. FoTTSA estimates it will need $100,000. To date, it has raised over $33,000. To donate, go to saveourwatertiny.wordpress.com. 

Several organizations – AWARE Simcoe, Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, Green Party of Ontario, Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and FoTTSA  – appeared before council (virtually) or provided submissions urging an appeal. Local residents Bonnie Pauze, Jake Pigeon, Peter Anderson, Dave Barkey, John Nahuis and Anne Ritchie Nahuis also expressed their views that the PTTW should be revoked 

In an earlier statement, Ritchie Nahuis noted that wells in the area have been tested for 30 years by Dr William Shotyk of the University of Alberta and found to produce the cleanest water on record, cleaner than 4,000-year-old Arctic ice.

“The world needs to know what it is about the trees, the soil, the sediment – the geology that contributes to this amazing natural filtration system,” Ritchie Nahuis said. That is what the Cherry study aims to do. “We can learn from what nature has built here,” she added. “But the province is prepared to allow its destruction.” 

Wellington Water Watchers has devised an expression of support for Tiny Township that has gone across the province. See the “Stand Up With Tiny Township” post on the AWARE Simcoe website – it allows you to send a message to the provincial government via the ERO, and also to your MPP.

Tiny council’s consideration of  the matter took place over two special meetings, on January 26 and 27 2021. Go to the township’s YouTube channel to watch the discussion. For further reports, go to www.aware-simcoe.ca.

Student-Led Climate Action Comes to Simcoe County   By: Kaitlyn Phillips

The Simcoe County Environmental Youth Alliance (SCEYA), is a student-led environmental advocacy group. The aim is to bring awareness to issues that our environment is facing, and more importantly, what can be done. In October 2020, a group of about 15 students from our area gathered with masks and shovels to help plant over 60 trees and shrubs at Highland Park in Barrie! We were given the opportunity by Living Green Barrie, for which we were very grateful. We also volunteered our time to assist with Living Green’s holiday tree sale.  This recent initiative was called “Green Your Holidays”. We demonstrated ways that holiday decorations and gifts could be made more eco-friendly. Members of the community participated via Instagram to show us how they “greened their holiday”. We are currently working on a project to raise awareness about water issues all around the world as well as right here in Simcoe County. We are passionate about the future of our planet and environment!

Being a member of SCEYA means attending weekly virtual meetings and helping to plan and participate in our projects and initiatives. SCEYA is open to all high school students.

Anyone who is interested in learning more can contact scenvironmentalyouthalliance@gmail.com. Feel free to check out our Instagram page @sceyalliance.

A Tiny Senior Moment…

Hi There!  Wait, come closer. This is a      brand-new column for the Springwater Newspaper.  It is an initiative started by the Township of Tiny’s Senior Advisory Committee (SAC).

Yes, you guessed it…this column is dedicated to Seniors. To stay connected, especially, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Discover events, educational seminars, provide a few tips when needed, and act as a resource for Seniors when they have questions.

The Senior Advisory Committee has been around for a number of years and have introduced multiple Senior Speaker Series Workshops, as well as hosted three Symposiums, all for local Seniors.  Still do not know who SAC is?

The SAC is an Advisory Committee to the Township of Tiny, advising Council on matters related to the  well-being and quality of life of seniors.  The SAC continues to consult and collaborate with seniors, gather information and when needed, provide advice regarding senior needs and services.

SAC is guided by the Local Aging Plan, which was completed in 2017, and identifies the needs and opportunities of seniors and older adults.

We want to stay connected with you. Our Seniors. Come back here every time this paper comes out.  We will be offering new virtual workshops coming up in February and March, looking at the easiest ways to navigate the internet.  At the same time, if you need assistance now, you can always call 211 (Ontario’s Service Helpline) or go to the Tiny website, www.tiny.ca/seniors. There is a wealth of information there, including the Directory of Senior Services. Register with ‘Tiny Connect’, to stay up to date on happenings within the Township… 

Until next time! I will leave you with a few things to ponder.

If Fed Ex and UPS merged, would they call it Fed Up?   

or

You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake!

And finally,

I believe the only time the world beats a path to my door is when I’m in the bathroom.

Written by Chris Greer, Chair,

Township of Tiny, Senior Advisory Committee

Who Murdered Michael Kent?

Another year has almost passed since I first wrote this article many years ago on the murder of Michael Kent and his death has still not been solved almost 55 years after his body was discovered in the arena parking lot in 1966.

I will continue to republish this article every February until hopefully someone will finally come forward to police with information to finally punish the person(s) involved in this crime.    Mike Townes

Everyone has events and dates that have taken place in their lifetime that they will never forget. If you are around my age, born in 1953, you will remember Elvis and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon and yes, even the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup.

The above events were all seen on television and were many miles away, but closer to home, most people my age in our area will remember February 11, 1966. That is the date that Elmvale went from a sleepy, innocent small town to the place where six-year old Michael Kent was murdered.

February 11th was a normal busy Friday night at the Elmvale Arena and Curling Club. The weather was a little snowy but the parking lot was full of cars as teams from Midland came to play hockey against Elmvale.

Michael came to the arena with his father and mother to watch his older brother play against Elmvale. At some point, he became separated from his parents. Investigators are not sure if Michael was taken from the arena or if he had followed his father outside. The family’s car had become stuck in the parking lot, so, after getting the family inside, his father had gone outside to try to get the car out of the snowbank.

After a quick look inside the arena, a search party moved outside in the hope of finding Michael. At about 8:40 pm, he was found outside lying near the hydro pole on the west side of the Curling Club. (The addition to the Curling Club was not there in 1966.)

Michael was rushed to the office of the late Doctor Douglas Patchell located were Superior Cleaning is now situated. At the time, the search party had thought Michael had been hit by a car, but after removing his snowsuit, Dr. Patchell soon realized that the young boy had been stabbed several times. Doctor John McKenzie was called to rush down to the office to assist, but it was too late to save the six-year old.

Almost instantly, the Ontario Provincial Police were everywhere in Elmvale, especially at the Arena. Everyone leaving or coming had their cars searched for the murder weapon or clues that would help find the murderer. Eventually, the knife was found on the roof of the Curling Club. The knife had no fingerprints and could not be traced to any stores or owners in the area.

I can remember being at the Arena that night. I had refereed my youngest brother’s hockey game at approximately 6:00 p.m. and had stayed around the rink because I played at roughly 8:00 p.m. I played goal, so halfway through the game I was called to the bench for a goalie change. That is when I first heard about the murder of Michael Kent. I will never forget that. Life in Elmvale changed that night.

Kids that walked to the arena or any other place in town were now driven or accompanied by an adult. Neighbours looked at each other differently as rumours ran rampant on who was being investigated for the murder.

All the kids and adults that were at the arena that night were interviewed by the O.P.P. We were mostly asked if we had seen anything unusual in the lobby or outside. I remember, after telling the officers that I had arrived at the arena 2 ½ hours before my game, why I was there so early.

After fifty-five years, the murder case of Michael Kent is still an open investigation. Over that time span, numerous leads have been followed up, but these did not lead to any arrests. Officers involved in the investigation over the years have met to see if anything has been missed. A few years ago, an officer traveled to the east coast to interview the family just in case any new facts about the case surfaced. I was told that any new investigation tools that were not around in the 60’s also were not of any help in solving the murder of Michael Kent.

Police still cannot reveal details of the case because the investigation is still open and the case is being looked at periodically when new information becomes available. I had a chance to talk to police several years ago about my memories, the rumors, and the weapon used but, again, since it is still an open investigation, understandably, they could not confirm or deny any of my questions.

It is good to know that the investigation of this case is still active, even after such a long time. It is a day I will never forget. Michael Kent will always be part of my life. Hopefully, if still alive, the person responsible will come forward, or anyone who has information leading to that person(s) will contact the authorities for further investigation. You can call 24-Hour Police Services at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 with information on this case or any other case that is still open. If you can help, make the call.

Today, we still do not know who murdered Michael Kent. I hope the person responsible for this crime is still not walking among us. If they are, they must have been living their life with a guilty conscience eating away at them for over fifty years. The family of Michael Kent needs closure. Elmvale needs closure. I know I do.

Over the years, I have hashed over that night thousands of times.

Was the murderer local or from the Midland area?

I feel that whoever committed this crime had to return to inside of the arena and that is why the knife was thrown on top of the Curling Club. They did not want to be caught with the murder weapon. This makes me lean more towards an out-of- towner, as a local would just leave the area with the weapon. This seems like a planned crime as the murderer brought the knife, and if a local, they would not have planned to return to inside the arena.

Why commit the crime on the west side of the arena?

There was a street light next to the curling club near where the body was found on the west side. If the murderer went to the east side, there was less chance of someone exiting the curling club or arena and catching them in the act or being seen. The east side was very dark with lots of room to commit the crime and a lot less chance of being caught. This again, would make me lean towards a non-resident who did not know the lay of the land around the arena. But a resident could have used the curling club to lure Michael to the west and then pull him around the west side when they realized there were no witnesses. A person taking a child around the corner on the east side would not have an explanation for their actions if caught.

Why pick Michael Kent?

Any given night at the arena, kids were everywhere. If the murder was planned by bringing the knife, I think the chances the murderer had picked Michael in advance would not be reasonable. The murderer likely waited until the right opportunity and Michael was in the wrong place at the wrong time. A local that would have stood out at the arena would be less likely to commit this crime, but a visitor would be less visible to the crowd.

There are lots of questions that I cannot answer about this crime. If you know anything, please call Crime Stoppers right away. It may be just a little thing that solves this case.   

Georgian Bay General Hospital receives single largest gift in North Simcoe from Marco Mancini to transform the care experience

A $5-million gift will provide critical funding to transform the care experience for thousands of patients at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in Midland, ON. The Marco Mancini Family Foundation is making this historic gift to address some of the highest priority projects for the hospital in the coming year.

“I would like to thank Marco Mancini for this incredible investment in our vision of exceptional care, for every person, every time”, says Gail Hunt, president and CEO, GBGH. “The Marco Mancini Family Foundation is lifting up our whole community with this extraordinary donation, providing our residents, patients and staff with hope and excitement for the future at GBGH.”

A seasonal resident in Tiny for more than 20 years, Marco Mancini, has supported GBGH as the principal benefactor for local golf tournaments, contributing close to $1 million for critical equipment and enhancements to the surgical services at the hospital. His generosity over the years has inspired many local businesses and individuals to join him in investing in local healthcare, and his latest gift is no exception.

“Our hospital is the heart of this community, and we all have a role to play in its future,” shares Mancini. “GBGH has cared for my family many times over the years, and I want to make sure they will be there for years to come. It was deeply important to me that amidst a global pandemic the ongoing needs outside of a COVID-19 response were still a top priority”.

The investment will be made over the next few years, starting with the renovation of inpatient rooms; building a new café in the hospital’s main lobby; and helping with the electronic medical record project. GBGH and The Marco Mancini Family Foundation will continue to work together to identify other priority projects that will positively impact patient care.

“Transformational change happens when visionary community members step up to make it possible”, says David Turner, chair, GBGH Foundation Board of Directors. “We are deeply grateful to the Marco Mancini Family Foundation for their incredible leadership. Marco’s generosity continues to improve health care for all the residents of North Simcoe, and for every patient who will benefit from exceptional care at Georgian Bay General Hospital.”

“As we look to the future of GBGH we know that this remarkable gift will have a profound impact on the hospital, the healthcare teams and the patients,” says Nicole Kraftscik,executive director, GBGH Foundation. “We are so grateful to have Marco Mancini and the Marco Mancini Family Foundation invest in these significant projects, and his hope,our hope, is that it will further inspire our community and seasonal community to stand with us and help accelerate our impact.”

Experience Elmvale! 

Elmvale – in the Heart of The Township of Springwater 

#SupportLocal #SupportElmvale

– by shopping in shop (with COVID precautions in place, some businesses require pre-booking times) – Always wearing a mask

– by utilizing curbside pick-up or take out options

– by utilizing online shops for local businesses

– by leaving a great review on social media or online platforms

– by purchasing gift certificates for future use

– by spreading the word about the AMAZING products and services that can be found in Elmvale!

Check out the complete listing of our businesses

www.elmvalebia.ca

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Huronia Community Foundation finished 2020 with a BANG!

HCF were downright excited to close 2020 with a bang as we launched two new endowment funds.

     The Jones Family Endowment Fund is one of those additions.  Ian Jones is a lifelong resident of Tay Township, having grown up on the family farm that he now shares with his wife Barbara. The family has been farming in North Simcoe since the late 1800s and Ian continues to be passionate about agriculture and the environment. 
     Both Ian and Barbara feel strongly about giving back to the community and trying to make a difference in the place they call home. By establishing The Jones Family Endowment Fund together with their children, Charlotte and Joshua, they plan to support programs, impact change and provide a positive impact to organizations across the North Simcoe area forever.

     Also new to the HCF family of funds in December was the Harold and Audrey Curry Endowment Fund.  Harold and Audrey Curry were both born and raised in the Penetanguishene area.  Although they spent much of their work lives in Toronto, they always maintained a connection to the area and returned to live here upon retirement.  They both lived well into their 90’s, were active in the community and were supporters of the Royal Canadian Legion as well as other organizations in Penetang.  This donation was very important to them as it was their way to make a difference and to express gratitude for all they were given in life.

HCF now stewards over 80 funds which give back $250,000 to $300,000 every year to North Simcoe charities supporting services in the areas of youth & scholarships, seniors, the environment, health care and mental health, community services, sports and recreation and arts and culture.

The LabX Media Group, through the LabX Charity Fund at the Huronia Community Foundation, has made donations totaling $13,000 to 13 local organizations:   
Friends of the Wye Marsh, the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre,  Hospice Huronia,  Mikey’s Place for Autism,  Waypoint Centre for Mental Health, Junior Achievement,  Scientists in School, We Are the Villagers, 
Sistema Huronia Music Academy, Ontario Early Years Centre, Rosewood Shelter (Operation Grow), The Guesthouse Shelter, and the OSPCA.

Midhurst Community Internet Project Receives Motion of Support from Springwater Council

Midhurst, Ontario– The Hillview Broadband Project passed another milestone today by receiving a motion of support from the Township of Springwater. The project is proposed by a numbered company that emerged from a small community in the northern part of Midhurst, in the Township of Springwater. The company is proposing a plan that will bring broadband to the residents of this community by running their own fibre optic cable from downtown Midhurst, up County Road 27, across Horseshoe Valley Road and down Gill St to the northern part of Midhurst. It will pass approximately 160 residents and run fibre directly into these homes- known as Fibre-to-the-Home or FTTH.Jeff Kerk, a local healthcare administrator, represents the community and company and provided a delegation to Springwater Council this evening. He outlined the project and the grant funding that the company is seeking from the Universal Broadband Fund. At one-point Kerk showed members of Council a plain white t-shirt that his company was selling for $10,000.00 as a means to raise funds.

“The shirt was a joke and a way to lighten the mood.” Said Kerk. “Our community isn’t a bunch of Network Engineers or Internet Providers- but we have grit, real perseverance to see this project through and improve our own situation. I am realistic, that the funding may not materialize because there are many worthy projects, but know we will just keep trying. Getting to know my neighbors and community has made this experience worthwhile and has proven to be a beacon of light during these dark times. An ounce of hope and a whole lot of hard work.”

The corporation was formed in the summer of 2020 and has worked diligently at acquiring the proper approvals, insurance and CRTC designations. It has successfully negotiated an agreement to utilize existing hydro line infrastructure, secured a wholesale broadband connection, partnered with an established ISP to assist with the operation of the business, submitted a grant application for funding and now obtained a motion of support from the Township of Springwater.

If all goes to plan the Hillview Broadband Project will be providing service to customer this fall.

Dog Licensing Made Easy as Springwater Launches Partnership with DocuPet

Township of Springwater / February 1, 2021 – Licensing just got faster, easier and more convenient for dog owners in Springwater. The Township of Springwater has officially launched their partnership with DocuPet, a world-leading pet profile, lost pet and licensing platforms.

DocuPet’s simplified, online experience is especially welcomed as the municipality looks for digital solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to a contactless license application and delivery platform, DocuPet also offers dog owners a secure online profile linked to their pet, the 24/7 HomeSafe™ lost pet service to safely reunite lost pets with their owners and over 170 colourful designer tags to choose from. Each tag comes with a pet identification number that is linked to that pet’s online profile, making happy reunions easier.

Additionally, the Township has worked with DocuPet to update the licensing window from a calendar year approach, to the new 365 days model. Previously, all dog owners were required to obtain their licence by January 1 of each year. Moving forward, all licences will be valid for a full 365 days, beginning on the date of purchase.

“Dog licences are important because they help us get lost dogs home much faster, reducing the time they may spend in a shelter,” says Brittany Kellington, Senior By-law Enforcement Officer, Township of Springwater. “By partnering with DocuPet, we have simplified the process for our residents to ensure they can obtain their licence in a convenient, easy and time efficient manner.”

“Running an effective pet identification program is incredibly important for the welfare of pets. Keeping lost pets out of shelters and returning them to their parents is our priority at DocuPet. Over the past six years, we have helped thousands of lost pets get home, but there is still the same joy in the office every time we get the news that we have another success story. We are really looking forward to helping pets in Springwater get home safely,” says Grant Goodwin, CEO of DocuPet.

Licensing your dog in Springwater is mandatory. The following fees apply to dog licensing:

Altered (spayed or neutered): $20.00

Unaltered: $25.00

Dangerous dog (under section 5): $200.00

Replacement tags: $7.00

Pet owners can license or renew their dog’s licence online at springwater.docupet.com or over the phone at 1-855-249-1370. In person licensing is not currently available due to the closure of the Township Administration Centre as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tomkins House Executive Director honoured with the “Brenda Smith Leadership Award” for opening during a Global Pandemic!

It was this time last year that Hospice Huronia brought on Debbie Kesheshian as the Executive Director who would open Tomkins House. Her business sense and knowledge of Hospice would provide the leadership needed to make sure community donations and tax dollars were used in the best possible manner. More importantly it was her compassion and understanding of what families go through when their loved one is dying that made her the ideal fit.  Then, COVID hit!

“I remember one board meeting in particular where we actually discussed holding off our opening until the pandemic was over and I am so glad we decided to forge ahead.” Said Marthe Scott, Chair of the Board. “Knowing that Debbie was at the helm made our decision easier. In fact, it’s thanks to Debbie’s leadership that we are open and serving our community in these challenging times. The staff team that Debbie pulled together has made our vision of a Hospice Home in our community a reality and when they told us they were nominating Debbie for an award, our board of directors agreed fully!”

The Brenda Smith Leadership Award is given to an exemplary palliative care provider in the North Simcoe Muskoka area. Brenda Smith was instrumental in bringing exceptional hospice palliative care to our region but her life was cut short due to cancer. This award goes to an individual who shares Brenda’s special characteristics such as:

a mentor, teacher, listener, leader

a passion for palliative care

Intuition and vision

Personal warmth, strength of character

Courageous, determined, tenacious

Ability to unite people to a common goal or outcome

Ability to recruit the right people

Sees potential in people and nourishes that

Displays and understanding of all modalities associated with illness and bereavement

Displays patient-centered care http://nsmhpcn.ca/brenda-smith-award/

Kate Cook, Tomkins House Social Worker & Christine Preston. RN nominated Debbie for this award. “Debbie has gone above and beyond to make this happen for our community. She has spent countless hours making our house a home, works diligently to ensure our staff feel protected and supported and still somehow finds time to sit down and connect with each family that walks through our front door. She has created a safe, inclusive and welcoming home and families can feel it the moment they meet the team she has built at Tomkins House” said Kate.

Tomkins House has cared for 70 patients and their families since opening in April of 2020. Many families have told us they had no idea what a Hospice offered. They were surprised to know that we have 5 private rooms with Murphy Beds for loved ones to spend the night or go home knowing we provide exceptional end of life medical care. There is no cost for any Hospice service as the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care funds 50% of the operating budget and 50% comes from generous supporters in our community. Grief & bereavement programs are ongoing for groups and one-to-one sessions are also available. Visit www.hospicehuronia.ca for further details.

Conrad & Donna Huber match Kickstart Your Heart donations* to GBGH Foundation

Local businesses dig in to help GBGH raise funds this Valentine’s Day for defibrillators & crash carts

February 1, 2021 – For the first two weeks of February, the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation is raising funds for defibrillators and crash carts, inspired by a $20,000 match gift from Conrad and Donna Huber.  The ‘Kickstart Your Heart’ campaign has a goal to raise a total of $50,000 to purchase two crash carts equipped with defibrillators for GBGH.

Crash carts allow the care teams to deliver critical medication and transport life-saving equipment to the site of a medical emergency quickly and efficiently within the hospital.  After many years of use and replacements, the crash carts across the organization are no longer standardized, which is important when care team members from across the organization could be called to an emergency. By having the same carts throughout the hospital, it ensures all team members are trained on the same equipment which improves quality and safety. The defibrillators, which accompany the carts, are also at the end of life and must be replaced. 

The goal of Kickstart Your Heart is to purchase two new carts with defibrillators, but 11 new carts and defibrillators are needed, at a cost of $25,000 each.  

“Searching for an IV, suction catheter, defibrillator pads, airway equipment, or even gauze, really makes an already stressful environment even more stressful,” says Tyler Pilon, manager, ICU and Surgical Services, GBGH.  “These precious minutes truly make a difference. Through the years, I have seen many life-saving stories and knowing that you can trust the equipment to function the way it was intended, and have everything readily available, truly makes the job easier.”

The campaign was inspired by a generous match gift of $20,000 from Port Severn couple, Conrad and Donna Huber.  They share a great love story, so a campaign to celebrate love, hearts and community was the ideal way to encourage others to join them in supporting GBGH. 

“We enjoy being together and doing things together,” share the Hubers. “We have been so fortunate in life and it makes us both happy to be able to give back to our community.  It is our gift to each other.”

Nine local businesses are also digging in to help raise funds for the campaign.  Arbour’s Flower Shoppe, Splash Floral & Events, Pier 21 Restaurant, World Famous Dock Lunch, Phil’s Casual Dining, Phil’s Pub & Eatery, Georgian Bakery, Saturday Afternoons and Café Kittyhawk have committed a portion of Valentine’s Day sales, or a portion of sales from a particular Valentine’s item, to support GBGH. 

“This campaign is all about keeping hearts beating – in the hospital, with the purchase of critically important defibrillators, but also throughout the community,” shares Christine Baguley, philanthropy officer, GBGH Foundation.  “We are proud to recognize and elevate the businesses who continue to give back in the midst of their toughest times, and are excited to see the community come together to support them with love for Valentine’s Day.”

Those interested can get involved by joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, supporting our local business partners, sharing posts on social media, making a donation at www.trellis.org/gbgh-kickstart-your-heart, or call 705-526-GIVE (4483).

*Donations will be matched up to a total of $20,000.