Other Community News

ST. LOUIS SPRING BAZAAR – submitted by Debbie Kennedy 
After a two year hiatus, Mt. St. Louis Parish had a successful ‘Spring into Summer’ bazaar on Sat. May 28. It sure was nice to see so many friends and family out to support our parish. It was very enjoyable seeing everyone out, once again! Congratulations to Pat Tumber who won the wonderful summer basket draw and to Randall R. who won the 50-50 draw. Thanks to all for supporting our bake/garage and plant sale and supporting our little church in Mt. St. Louis

5th Sunday Celebration at Midhurst United Church!
On May 29, Midhurst United Church welcomed the community to a ‘5th Sunday Celebration’ during the regular hour of worship. There was a lot more music than usual accompanied by guitars, drums, ukuleles, tambourine, flute and piano. The reflection on biblical story was shared by whoever wanted to add to the conversation.  There were comfy chairs and couches in the sanctuary along with regular seating for those who prefer routine!

Did you know that there are only 4 months in the year that have five Sundays?  At Midhurst United Church, we pretty much consider every Sunday special – great music, awesome community, down-to-earth talk about the Bible. But when there’s a 5th Sunday in the month, we want to make it extra special! If regular church on a Sunday isn’t normally your thing, you might be interested in checking out our next 5th Sunday Celebration at the end of October. (We will miss the 5th Sunday in July as there is no in-building worship for three weeks at the end of July.)  Of course, you don’t need to wait until then; you are welcome at any of our worship services.

EMHA Golf Tournament
Perfect day to get back in the swing of things. Elmvale minor hockey hosted their annual golf tournament on May 28th, at the Orr Lake Golf and Country Club. We had 23 teams battling for a number of prizes.

Best dressed team when the fabulous 4 of Rick Barlett, Mike Galvin, Sandy Manzone, and Nathan McChops McLaren. Longest drive went to Garret Wilson (yes THAT Garrett Wilson), closest to the pin went to Guilo DiDiodato. All funds received support this great local organization. EMHA would like to thank all of our sponsors, including Currie Trucking Center who offered a corporate sponsorship. Local business sponsors included BMR, Foodland, Ryan Holt contrustion, DV Bell foundation, Remedy Medica, Hardship Acres, YR North Firearms, Century Masonary, Northern Automotive, Minnings Electric, Arbonne Consultant Stefanie Archer and Carquest. Hope to see everyone again next year!

May Court Club of Barrie Presents $30,000 in Donations
May Court Club of Barrie Presents $30,000 in Donatio On May 26, 2022 the May Court Club of Barrie RRC presented $30,000 worth of cheques to charitable organizations in our community including: Empower Simcoe ($3,000), Redwood Park Communities ($5,000), Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe ($5,000), Seasons Centre for Grieving Children ($3,000), Women and Children’s Shelter ($5,000), and Samaritan House Community ($6,000).  Representing Barrie City Council was our VIP – Jim Harris of Ward 8.  Councillor Harris stated that, “Many of the charities are close to my heart with previous positions or interactions with them.”   These funds were creatively raised by volunteers during the opening and closures of COVID-19 by the May Court Shop and the Makers Market held last year.

National Association of Federal Retirees
The National Association of Federal Retirees promotes retirees’ financial security, health, and well-being. We are the largest advocacy group in Canada for current and future federal retirees. We have roughly 170,000 members and 79 branches across the country representing members of the federal public service, Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, federally appointed judges, and their partners and survivors.

Our advocacy focus is the protection of pension, health, and dental benefits. We also aim to improve government policies and income security to make retirement better for all Canadians and ensure a strong, sustainable health-care system. We represent pensioners on various government boards and committees and promote a national seniors’ strategy focused on homecare, housing, and community life. One important priority is ensuring Canada’s veterans have the support and dignity they deserve.

Advocacy successes:
Pensions increased with full indexation
Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan (PDSP) created
Survivor benefits continued and expanded
Death benefit improved and increased
Pension surplus protected

Member information:
Get answers from our staff on pensions, and health and dental benefits
Stay current with Sage, our quarterly magazine
Take part in branch activities

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Joshua Strange’s Ukraine Aid, Local Helps Out Ukrainians
Everything changes the first time hearing an air raid siren. There is a sudden jarring and absolutely physical reaction, coming with waves of panic, excitement and paranoia. Panic because of the sense of instant danger, excitement from the rush of adrenaline, and paranoia knowing that the sky is literally falling with explosive and deadly intent.

I was in Kyiv when I found myself in my first air raid. It was just after dark and luckily I had downloaded an app that guided me to the nearest shelter.

When I arrived, men, women, and children were shuffling down the stairs. Some had supplies and luggage, others just what they had when the sirens sounded. People paused to help others get to the safety of the underground, helping carry bags, strollers, and pet carriers down the stairs and into the shelter.

At night shelters become small communities. Inside, people spread out into little circles and groups. Thermoses of tea and coffee appear, or a table from World Central Kitchen may appear with food made fresh that day. Electrical outlets are quickly turned into adhoc charging stations. Even a small play centers, nurseries, and a small classroom for children pop up. Mats and sleeping bags are spread out in various rooms, privacy sheets are raised and something approximating a bedroom appears.

One woman I spoke with said she had spent almost every night down in her shelter for nearly the full 100 days of the Russian invasion. She worked as a city administrator during the day, and by night she was a babysitter for shelter families.

Some nights a band or other entertainers might arrive to put on a show, or more permanent members of the shelter might organize a movie night at an improvised theatre.

Tonight, it’s movie night, they will show the Spongebob Movie followed by a short break to get the children to bed then Such Beautiful People (2013) for the adults.

And that’s the part that shocked me the most about the shelters. If I looked past the fact these people have been forced underground by a war of aggression, and the bombs, rockets, and missiles sent to kill them, I found snap shots of a better humanity. Glimpses behind a veil that reveals simple kindnesses, acts of charity and generosity. Maintaining the community in the face of overwhelming adversity is the tie that binds the Ukrainian People stronger with each passing day. Where most would break, every day and night these people work to make things just a bit better, a bit more like the home that others have come to take.

Finding a spot to sleep for the night I allow myself to wonder how I can make things better, specially when I come back to Canada. I decide my best option is to share the stories of what I have seen here in Ukraine, and tell of the things I did and the amazing people I’ve met along the way. Maybe I can help others to see behind the veil that I have looked behind.

GBGH Celebrates Legacy of Service and Love at the Penetanguishene General Hospital
May 26, 2022 – Members of the community and representatives of Georgian Bay General Hospital gathered today to remember and celebrate the legacy of the Penetanguishene General Hospital (PGH). The event, held at the PGH site, included a smudging ceremony, prayer to pay homage to the hospital’s Catholic history, a historical summary, remarks from Penetanguishene Mayor Doug Leroux and stories from retired staff about what it was like to work at PGH.

PGH has held a special place within the Penetanguishene community for more than 110 years (see historical timeline below). Beginning in a small home in 1911, the hospital has changed and grown over time to meet the needs of those it served. This growth and change would not have been possible without the exceptional support of the community, including the hospital’s Auxiliary, which dates back to 1920.

“I am so thankful to have been a part of PGH, which whole-heartedly embodied its motto of To Serve, To Love, and honoured to have played a role in caring for this community,” says Doris Shirriff, former CEO of PGH. “Change is constant and inevitable, but I can tell you that at any point during its long history, working at PGH was a special experience. It was like a family and it always will be, no matter what the future holds for this site. Everything that PGH was is still in the hearts, minds and hands of the people who worked here, not in the bricks and mortar. The spirit of PGH will continue to live on within this community.”

As PGH and Huronia District Hospital in Midland eventually entered a formal partnership to become the North Simcoe Hospital Alliance in the 1990s, planning occurred to divide some services between the two sites due to their close proximity. Within that same decade, the focus of PGH became on complex continuing care and rehabilitation while acute services were concentrated in Midland.

“Recognizing the close proximity of the two hospitals, the decision was made to concentrate specific programs between the two sites, ensuring similar care was not being duplicated just a few kilometres away,” says Gail Hunt, president and CEO, GBGH. “As a hospital administrator though you can appreciate that it’s about more than just numbers. You can never discount the feelings a community has toward foundational institutions like its hometown hospital. Residents of Penetanguishene embraced PGH and steadfastly supported it in every aspect. As we’ve noted in reviewing and preparing for this legacy event, there is a rich and fascinating history to this hospital which has been evident since I first arrived in this community.”

Six years after formally amalgamating HDH and PGH (2008) into what is now GBGH, the Board of Directors made the decision to move complex continuing care and rehabilitation services to the Midland site. Since that relocation in 2014, Dialysis services and the hospital’s Finance department remained in the Penetanguishene site. The building was also been home to tenants including the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre and Hospice Huronia, prior to both organizations relocating. Finance and Dialysis moved out of the building in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

The hospital anticipates the building will be on the real estate market this summer.

To view a slideshow video recapping some moments in PGH history, please visit:



Historical Timeline

  • 1910 – 1911: PGH opens in a house as the first hospital in Penetanguishene with 19 beds, a School of Nursing and an Auxiliary to fundraise for hospital operations. According to the deed, it was purchased for $4,000 from the Firstbrook family.

o Previous to PGH, the Marine hospital located in Sunnyside, near Midland, served both Midland and Penetanguishene.

o In the early 1900s there had been a diphtheria epidemic which is thought to have brought more attention to the need for Penetanguishene to have its own hospital.

  • 1942: The Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception arrive from Pembroke to oversee the hospital, bringing 300 years of experience and a new level of healthcare sophistication.
  • 1946: Planning for a new hospital begins.
  • 1954: A new PGH is built and becomes a model for community hospitals with expanded services. The support of the community is a major factor in the construction and equipping of the building.
  • 1963: The Grey Sisters purchase PGH from the town.
  • 1970s: PGH opens new Emergency (1973) and Physiotherapy departments and launches a capital campaign to fundraise to make up for funding shortfalls from the government. During this time, approval was also granted to turn 10 acute care beds into rehabilitation and chronic care beds. This later becomes the Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation Unit.
  • 1981: PGH undergoes a major renovation and a continuing care unit is added.
  • 1980s: Construction begins to convert acute beds to rehabilitation and chronic care beds. A Rehab day hospital and diabetes education programs are opened. The Grey Sisters invite greater community participation and Board leadership, as well as begin the strategic planning process. The hospital’s motto ‘To Serve, To Love’ is launched.
  • 1992: PGH is approved by the Ministry of Health to operate as a regional rehabilitation centre. Obstetrical services transfer to Huronia District Hospital (HDH) in Midland.
  • 1992 – 1996: The North Simcoe Hospital Alliance is created between PGH and HDH to determine how the hospitals can best serve their communities.  PGH and HDH work together to divide services between the two sites. The PGH site ceases acute care services.
  • 2000: The Grey Sisters turn their sponsorship of PGH over to the Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario.
  • 2008: PGH and Huronia District Hospital (Midland) merge and later become Georgian Bay General Hospital, a name selected by the North Simcoe community.
  • 2014: Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation inpatient unit at the Penetanguishene site moves to the Midland site (to the current 1 North). Dialysis and Finance remain in Penetanguishene. GBGH Board of Directors votes to eventually close Penetanguishene site.
  • 2021 – 2022: GBGH Finance department relocates to the Midland site (existing building in parking lot) and Dialysis services relocate to a community location in Midland (Prospect Boulevard).


Georgian College Golf Classic Raises More than $155,000 for Students
Georgian College is celebrating the return of the organization’s longest-running fundraiser in a big way.

The 32nd Georgian College Golf Classic, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, sold out more than two months ahead of schedule this year, welcoming nearly 300 golfers and seeing sponsorship revenue increase more than 20 per cent over the previously held tournament. More than $155,000 was raised.

“Year after year, our sponsors and golfers support this event because they know how important financial support is to our students and their success,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian President and CEO. “The success of this tournament is a testament to the impact that our students have throughout the region and beyond.”

This year’s tournament, hosted at the Club at Bond Head, provided golfers with a uniquely Georgian experience. Golfers began the day at a massage station, hosted by Georgian’s Massage Therapy students, and accessed pro tips from Bill Wogden, the college’s Head Golf Coach and PGA of Canada Life Member.

Golfers competed in hole-in-one contests, which included $90,000 in on-course cash prizes and two vehicles sponsored by Moffatt’s Mazda, as well as a $20,000 putting challenge.

The post-tournament cocktail reception featured live entertainment by Georgian alumnus Robb Tomkinson (class of 2012), and closed with an auction and gourmet dinner emceed by KOOL FM’s Dale Smith.

Ishaan Sachdeva, Georgian College Students’ Association – Barrie president, spoke at the event thanking tournament sponsors and players for continuing to support the college’s student community. He shared that in June, more than 3,400 students will graduate from the college and shared that, “It’s not an exaggeration when I tell you that without donor support, many of these students never would have been able to finish their programs. Thank you for always being here when our students have needed you, and thank you for being here today.”

Funds raised from the Golf Classic support the college’s awards and scholarships programs and the Frontline Support: Health-care Heroes Closer to Home campaign, which is raising money to support the launch of the Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing program at the Barrie and Owen Sound campuses this September.

The Golf Classic was supported by a volunteer committee, which included community members Ray Duhamel (Chair), Sheila Delaney, Graham Ferguson, Bryan Howcroft, Louise Jackson, Beth Lawton, Joshua Valler, Addison Wallwin and Bill Wogden.

For more information and a full list of event sponsors, visit GeorgianCollege.ca/golfclassic.

Georgian is MORE than an education – it’s an experience. The college offers 130+ market-driven programs, from degrees and diplomas, to certificates, apprenticeships, corporate training and more. A recognized leader in co-operative education, we have one of the highest graduate employment rates among Ontario colleges. We’re the first – and only – college in Canada designated a changemaker college by Ashoka U for our role as a leader in social innovation and changemaking in higher education.

Future Community Leaders
Over 20 enthusiastic young men & women attended the second meeting of the Youth Involvement Program, hosted by the Flos Agricultural Society. Mentors Linda Murray and Adrianna McGinnis led them in ice-breaker games, a presentation about how an organization works, & how to elect an Executive. They have brain-stormed some wonderful ideas about events that they would like to see at the Elmvale Fair – and will be developing budgets, business plans and eventually learning how to run their chosen event(s) at the 2022 Fair. Developing leadership skills that will help them throughout their lives is one of the main goals of this program. Volunteer hours, required for graduation, are also awarded to those who participate.

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