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Canadian Food Grains Bank

It has been said that a farmer must be an optimist or they wouldn’t still be a farmer.  This is true of a group of farmers in the Elmvale area who continue to raise crops in support of the North Simcoe G.R.A.I.N. Project.  GRAIN stands for Grain Raised Aiding International Needs and all the money raised goes to help hungry people around the world through the Canadian Food Grains Bank.

The 2021 growing season brought its challenges with a dry spring but the timely rains in July filled out the crops and we had a successful year.


Personal donations  $12,650.00, Church donations  $5,211.75, Sale of Wheat   $46,827.41, Sale of Corn    $14,313.34, Corporate donation  $3,302.64


Land Rent  $5,750.00, Fertilizer and Spray  $9,052.75

Money Raised to Relieve Hunger in 2021  $67,502.39

A huge THANK YOU to all of our supporters.  BJS Farm Supply provided all the crop care spray and Veolia Water donated three loads of fertilizer pellets.  David Spring planted the wheat, Justin Jarick spread the fertilizer, Langcrest Farms had land in the project and harvested the wheat, and Addis Grain trucked the wheat to market.  The Kapetyn family donated one load of corn through Floridale Feed.  Our treasurer Morley Minty continues to crunch the numbers and help organize.  Roger Spence is our production manager who continues to plan and farm the crops including plowing, spraying and fertilizing.

We bring the sad news of the passing of our founder, coordinator and promoter of this project Sam Langman.  He brought much energy and passion to this hunger relief effort through church visits, the interactive booths at the Elmvale Fall Fair and the donuts at harvest.  As the need arises, we will continue to build on the past.  In it’s 22 years the North Simcoe GRAIN Project has raised $1,431,000 and with a 4:1 match by the government this number means that $ 7,155,000 has gone to increase food security around the world.

Please contact us if you would like to contribute. Luke Langman 705 716 7744


Simcoe County to Participate in

Provincial Point-in-Time Homelessness Count

In January 2022, Simcoe County will take part in a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Ontario. The homelessness enumeration project is delivered locally in partnership between the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH) and the County of Simcoe.

Over three days, service providers will count and survey individuals who are staying in shelters, short-term housing, temporary accommodations, and sleeping rough (without shelter). The Point-in-Time Homelessness Count (PiT Count) will provide a “snapshot” of homelessness in Simcoe County.

The survey will indicate the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Other forms of homelessness, such as people staying temporarily with friends, are difficult to count in a PiT Count.

The PiT Count will improve the community’s understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people who are affected by homelessness in the region. The survey will provide key data on gender, age, ethnicity, veteran status, and more.

Results from the PiT Count will be made publically available at www.simcoe.ca/enumeration and www.scateh.com/enumeration. The County of Simcoe and SCATEH will use the results of the PiT Count to improve local response to homelessness. In the future, successive counts will allow the County of Simcoe and SCATEH to measure progress towards the shared goal of ending homelessness in Simcoe County.


The Point-in-Time Homelessness Count goes a long way to gauging where we are in our communities as we continue to build additional affordable rental units across the County. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of 2,685 new units between 2014-2024 under Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy. This is an important tool to ensure that we are providing the vital support required where it is needed the most. – Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe

Through this Point in Time Count, we are able to collect key data that helps us better understand those experiencing homelessness. This information moves us one step closer to finding solutions together for those who need one. – Jen Fleury, Chair, Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH)

About homelessness enumerations in the County of Simcoe

Additional information about homelessness enumerations in Simcoe County is available at: www.simcoe.ca/enumeration and www.scateh.com/enumeration

About the County of Simcoe

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.


Submitted by Jenn Rebidoux

The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the backbone of our Foundation. It’s recognition of a commitment to humanitarian work. (It is not an award in the tradition of Lions awards presented for specific accomplishments.) The fellowship is an honour given to individuals who contribute the equivalent of US$1000 to LCIF, Lions Club International Foundation, and persons for whom such donations are made by others.

Recently (Elmvale Lions Club) made a donation to LCIF to help those effected by the flooding and landslides in BC. This donation was made in the honour of Lion Fred Eros.

The fellowship is the foundation’s highest honour and represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate.

No better way to commemorate the birthday of the original Lion, Melvin Jones who founded Lions Club international over 100 years ago . Today Lion President Jim Elliott presented Lion Fred Eros with this fellowship.

Congratulations Lion Fred for receiving this well deserved honour, thank you for your commitment to serve others.

It is so sad to see an icon of our lives being destroyed. So many of us remember this store. It was filled with beach toys, beach towels and inflatable floating toys of all sorts. It was a joy to go to this store for a treat. Many locals would use this store as a reference for directions. It was easy to meet up at Osborne’s before finding a good stop at the beach for the day. We can wonder what will be happening with this spot next. Please report any updates to the Springwater News.


Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie: Local women’s non-profit Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie is holding their popular annual Power of the Purse fundraiser virtually, on Saturday, January 29th, 2022.

The 6th annual Power of the Purse features Layne “The Auctionista”, hosts Dale and Charlie from Kool FM, and musical performances from local singer-songwriter SAMMY, who was honoured recently as the top emerging artist at the Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards.

Guests will get the chance to bid on designer and one-of-a-kind handbags, as well as unique experiences and prizes- all from the comfort of their homes. Many of the 80+ online auction items have been generously donated by independent businesses; and from purses to Sephora to a gift certificate for sporting goods, there will truly be something for everyone. During the live event, there will be five live auction items to bid on, including exciting experiences and a gorgeous limited edition Strathberry bag.

The proceeds from the Power of the Purse fundraiser will go towards running Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie’s three programs that provide a network of support to women who are entering or re-entering the workforce. The organization’s aim is to help local women thrive in work and in life. As they put it, “Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.”

Registration for the event can only be done online at www.dfspowerofthepurse.com. Limited VIP tickets are available, with many perks courtesy of local businesses. The VIP experience for two includes a bottle of red wine (can be substituted for white) from PICNIC in Orillia, a handcrafted charcuterie board made by Innisfil artisan RM83 Designs, and delicious charcuterie for two from Eclectic Cafe by Melanie Robinson Catering. Plus, VIP ticketholders get a $31 charitable tax receipt and will be entered to win a beautiful designer handbag.

The silent auction bidding and the live auction viewing open this weekend, on Saturday, January 15th. During the live event on January 29th, it is highly recommended that guests have two devices for participating: a phone/tablet/laptop for bidding on auction items on the website, and an additional screen to watch the event live via a Zoom link.

Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie hopes to hit their fundraising goal of $40,000, to help them continue supporting their clients through their Professional Clothing Assistance, Breakfast Club, and Professional Women’s Group programs. The organization will also be launching a new mentorship program in 2022.

Pre-event day

Silent auction opens on Jan 15 at 8AM and closes on Jan 29 at 9PM

Premium live auction viewing opens on Jan 15, with bidding only taking place on Jan 29

Event day

Virtual event: 7-8PM

For more information please visit www.dfspowerofthepurse.com or contact kim@dfsorilliabarrie.org.

To follow Dress for Success Orillia and Barrie news and Power of the Purse updates, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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