The Dundas Seed, Forage & Agricultural Show was held on March 9th at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. Exhibitors and visitors filled the hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Francis Henderson of Terrdale Farms won this year’s top spot, the Premier Exhibitor. His daughter, Tracy Porteous, accepted the award on his behalf. Kelly Fawcett-Mathers, a representative for TD Canada Trust, sponsor of the award, presented the award to Porteous. The second award, Reserve Premier Exhibitor, and the third award, Premier Forage Exhibitor, both went to Ian and Tracy Porteous of Ayrporte Farm.
All three fire stations in the South Dundas Fire Department held open houses on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. complete with tours, free souvenirs and barbecue munchies. Fire Chief Chris McDonough said the open houses were a a great success and that he’s “looking forward to doing it again next year.” At the Williamsburg location the local children were having fun climbing into, out of, and on the fire trucks. From all appearances, they were loving every minute of it.
The building that has long been called ‘The Old High School’ or the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute is going to need a new name.
“It would be appropriate for that building to have a name,” said South Dundas CAO Stephen McDonald at the April 16, South Dundas council meeting.
He asked council to give some consideration to potential names and provide them to South Dundas staff. “We are open to suggestions,” he told council.
According to McDonald, staff have discussed ideas about a new name for the building currently undergoing a $4 million renovation that will bring South Dundas administration, the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic’s Morrisburg location and the Morrisburg library branch together under the same roof.
Staff have been kicking around the idea of trying to incorporate the Morrisburg Collegiate Institute initials into the new name. Early suggestions have included Medical and Community Integrated Facility or Medical and Civic Integrated Facility.
After council input is provided to staff, a report will be prepared for discussion at a future council meeting.
September 8th marked Cholly Boland’s third day as Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Boland took time to introduce himself to local press late that afternoon where he confirmed that he “couldn’t be more excited to be here.”
Boland admitted that his professional background, while definitely in healthcare, has not been all about hospitals.
During a placement in British Columbia, Boland worked at bringing homecare, long-term care and in-house care together. He said that the “focus has always been on integration.”
Boland has worn several different hats in the healthcare system, his most recent being CEO of Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario.
WDMH’s reputation is one of the main inspirations for Boland’s move to the area. He referred to the hospital as a “centre of excellence” and remarked on its being at the “forefront of senior care, education and research in this area.”
In addition to providing the best senior care possible, Boland also affirms that WDMH is focussed on “developing best practices” and answering the question of “how do you best provide care in a rural environment?”
With respect to his predecessor, Trudy Reid, Boland said that he is “fortunate to be taking over from someone whose done such great work.”
He went on to say that his plans include “taking that work and moving it forward.”
In terms of the upcoming election, Boland stated: “I can’t foresee any type of future that would not see this hospital in full operation.”
He believes that any government would have to recognize “the investment that’s been made – the good work that’s been done here and will continue to be done.”
CEO of WDMH is a “great opportunity” for Boland not only because of its “track record in senior care” and its “leading edge research,” but also because of its geographical location.
In addition to his history in Eastern Ontario, he also has senior family members in the area.
Boland was CEO of Arnprior and District Hospital for almost 5 years, between 2003 and 2008. He also spent time in Kingston and Ottawa.
He received a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from Queen’s University in 1984. From the University of Ottawa, he received a Masters in Health Administration in 1992 and a Masters in Business Aministration in 2000.
He got started in his career at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
The new CEO is married with two children, a 13 year old son and 9 year old daughter.
His wife and children are still living in Orangeville, but they will be joining him. They are presently looking for a new home in the area. On that note, he stated: “we’re not moving anymore.”
In meeting Boland, his positive energy, strong commitment and seemingly limitless enthusiasm for WDMH come through loud and clear.