From 9 a.m. Saturday March 2, until 3 p.m. Sunday March 3, 70 year old Elsie Knight laid outside the back door of her home with a broken leg, unable to move.
She laid there until the keen ears of a 10 year old boy heard her calls for help.
Tyler Barkley, Elsie’s neighbour, heard her calls from his County Road 18 home, which is about 100 meters away.
“I was outside shovelling the ditch, looking for some ice,” said Tyler. “I thought I heard her calling her dog, but then I heard it better. I heard ‘Help me please!’”
Hearing that call for help, Tyler got his dad, Rick. The two listened and heard the calls for help. It was then that Rick went to Elsie’s and found her outside on the ground.
“My dad threw his coat over her. She was soaked because she was right under the eavestrough,” said Tyler.
It was Rick who called the ambulance.
Elsie has slipped while shovelling the snow off the back stoop and broke her leg just above the knee.
Elsie was taken to Ottawa Hospital, but is likely to be moved to Winchester Hospital soon. Tyler is planning to visit Elsie there on Sunday.
Tyler credits his ears with making it possible for his dad to find Elsie. “I hunt,” said Tyler. That hobby has obviously allowed him to develop very strong listening skills.
The whole experience hasn’t changed Tyler at all, according to his dad.
Tyler is not sure what to think of all the attention and of seeing himself on the television news. “We got lots of phone calls,” said Tyler.
His friends at school thought what he did was pretty cool though.
Tyler is in grade four at St. Mary- St. Cecilia Catholic School in Morrisburg.
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Monday September 29th 2014, the Honorable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, alongside the Honorable Ted McMeekin and MPP Bob Bailey announced the launch of the new Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers.
This tax credit is the first and only one of its kind in Canada, making this a historic week for farmers, food banks, and the provincial government. Farmers in Ontario are now eligible to claim a 25 per cent tax credit for all agricultural product that they donate to the province’s community food banks.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy local food, and we applaud the Ontario government for introducing a tax credit that will encourage more farmers to make that food available to families and individuals who need it most,” says Bill Laidlaw, Executive Director at the Ontario Association of Food Banks.
“Many food bank clients do not receive the recommended daily servings of fruit, vegetables, and protein, which can cause additional strains on one’s health and well-being,” says Laidlaw. “A balanced diet with local, fresh, and nutritious foods will help improve the health of food bank clients as well as the health of communities across Ontario.”
There are over 500 individuals, 227 of which are children, relying on food banks in Morrisburg and Winchester each and every month. It is only with the generous support from farmers and local community members that the Dundas County Food Bank is able to provide meals and provisions for those in need. It is without a doubt that the Food Donation Tax Credit for Farmers will help stock local food bank fridges and freezers, and provide members of this community with fresh, healthy, and local foods that they otherwise would not receive.
Farmers in the area who want to learn more about the tax credit can email Ian McKelvie, Dundas County Food Bank Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ontario Association of Food Banks is a network of 125 food banks and over 1,100 hunger-relief agencies.
Together, we serve 375,789 individuals, including 131,734 children every month, through a number of food programs and services. This includes: breakfast clubs, school meal programs, community kitchens, emergency shelters, community food centres, seniors’ centres, and small neighbourhood food banks. For more information please visit www.oafb.ca