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Craighurst Community is Cardiac Safe

This is Jamie Massie of Georgian Communities, who sponsored the Save Station located on the south west corner of the plaza   on the Craighurst Guardian Pharmacy, owned and operated by Brad and Rhonda Bochek.

The Save Station is weather proof, being heated in winter and cooled in summer.

After witnessing a sudden cardiac arrest, call 911, start CPR, and use the defibrillator.

The machine will prompt you, and delivers the shocks necessary to disrupt the chaotic heart rhythm and allow the heart to begin it’s organized rhythm  again.

Upon calling 911, police, fire, and ambulance will be immediately dispatched.

By the placement and use of these defibrillators, and the quick actions of bystanders, you will give the victim the best chance of survival.

The units are equipped with a GPS.

We are all grateful for this gift from Mr. Jamie Massie…and at the same time… hope it never has to be used.


Final Service at ST. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale

May 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

In 1851 (16 years before Confederation) a church work was established by the early settlers in Hillsdale.

For over the next 171 years the church has connected our community of Hillsdale as a hub of fellowship, community life and greatest of all worship.

In the past few years there has been an exodus away from church attendance in Hillsdale and across our communities.  This has resulted in dwindling leadership.  Prayerful thought and discussion has preceeded this difficult decision, made on April 25th, 2022 to dissolve the congregation at St. Andrew’s Hillsdale.

The closing service will be held Sunday, May 29th, 2022 at 2 pm.  We warmly invite anyone interested to attend this ‘Celebration of 171 plus years of life’ at St. Andrew’s Hillsdale, 6 Mill Street West, Hillsdale.


Local artisan Jennifer St. John

Founder of Social Enterprise Marnie & Michael
submitted by Anne-Marie Hardie

When Jennifer St. John, founder of Marnie & Michael, envisioned building her business, there was no way that she could have anticipated the hurdles she would face.  In hindsight, the significance of creating a social enterprise focused on mental health had never been more important.

It was January 2020 and Jennifer had just secured a studio in Penetanguishene to craft her artisan purses, with the first round of renovations completed in March 2020.  The purses and bags would be handsewn by local seamstresses and sold both online and in local shops.  The online shop would be the bridge to providing mental health resources, including a blog that shares her own personal journey with the hopes of aiding others who faced similar experiences in their own families.

“The pandemic has changed everything with launching a business from production team hires to supply chain issues,” said Jennifer St. John.  “It has been a constant dance of trying to build and grow when it feels like the ground beneath you is uncertain and unstable.”

The impacts of the pandemic were not only felt in the business, but within her household, with two children struggling to navigate in this unpredictable new world.  “Each child had a different reaction to this new normal and adjusted on their own terms -or never adjusted at all,” shared Jennifer.  “My oldest is on the spectrum which added a few more obstacles, and the mental health of both my children were at a low point during the lockdowns.”

Adapting was a necessity, there was no script or mentor that could instruct launching a business and supporting a family during a pandemic, and so Jennifer needed to carve out a new path.  Along the way, she encountered several individuals within the community who provided both guidance and support.

“Ask for help-don’t feel like you should have all the answers,” Jennifer advised.  For Jennifer, this has included connecting with the resources in her children’s school Seven Oak Academy, Barrie,  enrolling in the HBEC program to learn about launching a product-based business and joining The Social Focus, a course run by Barrie based female business owners.\


The Joyce Family Foundation Grants $1.5M

to Establish Endowment for Future Nurses at Georgian

The Joyce Family Foundation announced today that it is committing $1.5 million to establish an endowment at Georgian College, which will fund a new bursary program for Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing (BScN) students.

It is the largest gift in support of financial aid that the college has ever received, as well as the largest endowment.

Georgian and the Joyce Family Foundation are united in their shared values around improving access to education and strongly believe the power of education is transformational.

Dr. Sandy McDonald, a member of the Board of Trustees and a local cardiovascular surgeon was at Georgian’s Barrie Campus to make the announcement.

“It brings the Board great pleasure to establish a bursary program for Georgian’s nursing students, in support of those who are dedicating their career to caring for others,” said Dr. McDonald.

Georgian will welcome the first cohort of students into the new four-year nursing degree program launching this September at both the Barrie and Owen Sound campuses.

Four bursaries, with a value of approximately $4,500 each, will be awarded every year to new full-time students entering the first year of the BScN program, who have demonstrated financial need and have overcome obstacles and adversity. One of the bursaries will be directed to a student who self‐identifies as a person with Indigenous ancestry.

Each bursary is renewable each year assuming students remain eligible. By year four, it’s anticipated that the endowment will be distributing up to $72,000 every year to support nursing students.

“We are very grateful to the Joyce Family Foundation for recognizing the importance of supporting those who choose to enter the nursing profession,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College. “The need for nurses in our communities is acute and this very generous and transformational investment will go a long way to ensuring that financial need is not a barrier for any future nurses who study in our new degree program. It is critical to preparing the next generation of nurses for our region.”

This donation, which is part of Georgian’s Frontline Support: Health-Care Heroes Closer to Home campaign will help ensure that financial hardship does not prevent aspiring nurses from pursuing a nursing degree at the college.

For more information on Georgian’s Frontline Support campaign and how to give, visit GCHeroes.ca/front-line-support.

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