The Iroquois Matilda Lions Club made a $500 donation to the Dundas County Food Bank on November 17th at the Morrisburg Food Bank location. The Food Bank services those in need in Dundas County all year long. The Food Bank has locations in Morrisburg (613-543-0065) and Winchester (613-774-0188.)
Members of Love South Dundas hosted a two-hour free car wash and free barbecue in the parking lot of the Iroquois Fire Hall on June 16th. The group, consisting of volunteers of all ages, was fast and efficient as a succession of cars made their way through the ‘hands-on’ car wash on Saturday morning. Love South Dundas is an annual two-week long event hosted by the churches of South Dundas. Members of the many congregations perform random acts of kindness throughout the event. This year, Love South Dundas kicked off on June 10th. It will end on June 24th with a large (and free) celebration at Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg.
As we head into the Christmas season, traditionally a season of giving, South Dundas council has been offered a rather unique gift.
A strong proponent for public washrooms in the Morrisburg Plaza has offered to gift a property to the municipality for that purpose.South Dundas council discussed the offer made by Douglas Grenkie at the November 6 council meeting.
Grenkie, who owns a property in the Morrisburg Plaza, south of Bo’s Barber Shop, is prepared to donate the property to the township for the main purpose of public washrooms in return for a receipt for income tax purposes for the appraised value of the property taking into account monies paid out for the ongoing interior renovations to the building.
“Although there is one bathroom facility now, the township or its agents would be responsible for the installation and costs of more toilet facilities including wheelchair accessibility,” wrote Grenkie.
“There’s a desire for a public washroom. Mr. Grenkie has offered the property, so we should pursue this opportunity if it’s a suitable location,” said South Dundas councillor Evonne Delegarde.
“I’d like to see a lot of documentation to see how we would operate a public washroom,” said South Dundas deputy mayor Jim Locke.
“A public washroom for the Morrisburg Plaza has always been an issue since I’ve been on council,” said South Dundas councillor Jim Graham. “I think we should explore this proposal a little more.”
“There are still some unknowns, so I would need to see some more information,” said South Dundas councillor Archie Mellan.
“It’s a generous offer,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds, saying that the municipality should at least entertain it as an option.
Staff will do some research and provide input before council makes a decision.
On January 17th, South Dundas council was visited by Marie-Eve LaRocque of The Economic Development and Employability Network of Ontario (RDEE Ontario) and Danika Bourgeois-Desnoyers of Place aux Jeunes Ontario – SDG.
LaRocque and Bourgeois-Desnoyers introduced council to their “newest project” called Place aux Jeunes Ontario – SDG, which means Make-Way-for-Youth SDG. The project “aims to promote and facilitate the integration of bilingual post-secondary graduates in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.”
As Bourgeois-Desnoyers pointed out, “studies and statistics show youth have the tendency to leave after high school and they don’t come back.”
She went on to explain that the project, Make-Way-for-Youth SDG, has two components: Discovery Days for youth aged 18 to 35; and, Teens Place aux Jeunes for youth aged 14 to 17.
Discovery Days provides young adult professionals with several opportunities: “training workshops, meetings with potential employers, and discover of different attractions in the area.”
Teens Place aux Jeunes provides bilingual teens to take part in activities that reinforce their “feeling of belonging to their native region.”
The objective behind the project is to strengthen rural communities by preventing “out-migration of youth,” as well as by “attracting young professionals to settle in the region,” and by promoting “the integration of bilingual young graduates in the region.”
According to LaRocque’s presentation, RDEE “is the only national network which specifically supports economic development of francophone minorities in Canada.”
Funding for the shared project, Make-Way-for-Youth SDG, comes from the Fondation franco-ontarienne and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Following the presentation, Mayor Steven Byvelds thanked both LaRocque and Bourgeois-Desnoyers for coming.
“There’s not a lot of francophone in the region,” he said.
“It’s certainly interesting,” he added.