The Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger Tour made its first stop ever in Morrisburg, October 10, thanks to St. Mary – St. Cecilia School.
Teacher at the school, Karin MacPherson learned about the Hunger Tour, which is a unique food drive whereby FCC travels through communities collecting food and cash donations and delivering them to local food banks, and decided to get her school involved.
MacPherson learned of the drive through the participation of St. Mary’s in Chesterville, since her mom (Maryanne Verhoeven)works at that school.
In St. Mary’s-St. Cecilia’s first time collecting for this food drive they were able to contribute 340 pounds of food to the Morrisburg location of the Dundas County Food Bank.
MacPherson is challenging her students to a friendly competition with her mom’s school for next year’s FCC Drive Away Hunger event. St. Mary’s Chesterville collected 455 pounds of food this year.
Since 2004, the FCC Drive Away Hunger has delivered more than 11 million pounds of food to food banks across the country.
“On behalf of Dundas County Hospice, we thank our volunteers for over 1,900 hours that have been donated to our organization over this past year,” said director of client services, Catheryn Mulder at the annual Hospice Volunteer Appreciation night, held last Wednesday night, April 22.
It was a night, that would not only thank the volunteers, but an evening to remember the late Diane Annable of Winchester, whose family was on hand to unveil a Memorial Award for Volunteer Service to Dundas County Hospice. Annable, a dedicated volunteer with Hospice for seven plus years, passed away in February, 2014.
Named as the first recipient of the Diane Annable Memorial was Sandra Jennings, who, like Annable, has served the Dundas County Hospice in various volunteer/ board positions, for many years.
“I enjoy my work, it’s a good cause, but we miss our Diane who was an all-round good person,” said Jennings, following the presentation made by Annable’s husband Gary and son Thomas. Also on hand were Diane’s mother and father, Vance and Audrey Mcleese.
“It was Diane who got us going on fundraising, she was a special person,” said Jennings.
“Diane enjoyed the volunteer work she did for Dundas County Hospice very much,” said Gary. He explained that she first volunteered when she was high school age and worked with children’s camps in Toronto. “She loved to organize.”
“The year’s 1,900 volunteer hours for Hospice included hours provided for direct client involvement, board hours, equipment cleaning, public awareness and fundraising,” said Mulder, following the presentation.
“Thank you to those of you who gave comfort and kind words and a listening ear for the clients you visited so faithfully,” said Mulder. “Thank you to those of you who provided activities and assisted with the Day Hospice and Men’s Breakfast. Thank you for the many hours you spent on fundraising for Hoedown, for golf, for the annual newsletter and now the upcoming Hike for Hospice.”
Mulder told the volunteers that it had been an exciting year for Dundas County Hospice.
“This has definitely been a time for exciting growth, and we could not have accomplished this without you our volunteers.”
“Our board, as well as our executive director, Lisa Casselman, have gone above and beyond. They have made our dreams of expanding our day hospice program and locating in a new facility, realities.”
The board of directors for Dundas County Hospice includes chair Bob Pitruniak, vice-chair, Paul Renaud, past chair, Sandra Jennings, treasurer Janet Moorhouse, secretary Arlene Nesbitt. Directors are Betty Guy, Mary Gibson, Kathy Spruit and Bob Sisson.
Introduced was Lynn Gee, who is the new program assistant with the day hospice program.
Dundas County Hospice offers a variety of services to anyone suffering from a terminal or life-threatening illness. Hospice supports clients and their caregivers through all stages of their illness including bereavement support after the death of the client. All of our services are free
The hospice offers an equipment loan program which helps clients maintain some independence, comfort and mobility.
Hospice also assists with in-home complimentary therapies for clients that can no longer get out.
Coming up on May 3, is a Hike for Hospice (2.5 or 5 km. hikes) fundraiser. Folks are invited to join Hospice for a hike along the beautiful St. Lawrence in Morrisburg. A donation to Dundas County Hospice will get you registered (9:30-10:30 a.m.) and participants can get hiking at 10:30 a.m. A barbecue at noon will complete the event.
The Hike for Hospice will be part of a busy spring as Dundas County Hospice prepare to relocate to its new home in Williamsburg this coming summer.
The Volunteer Appreciation guest speaker was certified relaxation therapist Kim Hutt owner of Souly Reconnected located north of Iroquois.
“It is a pleasure for me to be here, celebrating your community service,” Hutt told the volunteers.
Hutt explained how she turned a hobby, “into a profession, when I began studying relaxation therapies. She shared some exercises and demos on how one can self care and explained the various therapies available including Reiki and Quantum Touch.
Twenty community members joined in the conversation about tourism that took place at the McIntosh Country Inn, November 29.
Our Passport to the Future: A Tourism Stakeholder Discussion Forum provided the opportunity for interested community members to speak one on one with the community members who helped identify initiatives to strengthen South Dundas’ tourism sector.
As part of the session, those who attended were asked to rank five sectors on their potential to increase the number of visits, length of stay, repeat business and overall economic benefit in South Dundas. The sectors included; arts and culture, cycling, fishing and boating, history and motorcycling.
Although the question was very definitive, the answer provided by the participants was not.
“In terms of ranking, there is almost an even spread between the sectors,” said South Dundas Economic Development Officer Nicole Sullivan.
“Attendees generally agreed with the sectors and initiatives identified. Much of the feedback spoke to different ideas on applying the initiatives or ways to enhance them which can easily be applied to the implementation plan,” she said.
A common theme noted by the discussion facilitators was the desire to focus activity to the waterfront.
“The need for Lakeshore Drive to be paved was mentioned by several participants,” said Linda Wilson, who was facilitating discussions about cycling and motorcycling.
“The waterfront being a hub of activity is being talked about by a lot of people,” said Donnie Bowes who was facilitating discussions about arts and culture. “People see the waterfront as the place for farmers markets and markets where artisans can showcase their produce and crafts, the place for festivals, the place for people and artists to congregate.”
Susan Le Clair was facilitating discussions about history and noted that people, in the context of history, also believe the focus should be the waterfront.
“What people are talking about is a critical mass of different activities along the waterfront. These are things that we can probably accomplish,” she said pointing to examples of historical plaques and walking tours. “Things we can accomplish are as important as anything, because anything you can accomplish fuels the community’s enthusiasm.”
“The next step, and one of our most challenging given how many assets our community has to build on, is narrowing down to two or three areas of focus,” said Sullivan.
Information from this meeting will contribute to the final tourism development strategy. It will be presented to council in the new year.