GATEWAY CENTER WELCOMES THREE NEW TEAM MEMBERS
Gateway Center of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) takes pride in their volunteers and team members. They would like to take the time to give a warm welcome to the newest members of their family.
Jenn Evans (Submitted photos)
Jenn Evans is very excited to join the Gateway team. She has had the pleasure of supporting Gateway in the past with the Hometown Heroes: Raise a Little Health fundraising event. Her background is a little bit of everything from fund development, advocating for our community’s most vulnerable people, managing projects, grants, and leading volunteers. Evans is looking forward to growing her skills and working with a strong and passionate team that is leading the way in rural health research as the Fundraising Coordinator.
Michael Luba is a pharmacy student at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy where he has been studying since January 2020. He has volunteered for several healthcare-related avenues including several hospitals, long-term care homes, and as an assistant in vaccine education for youth. He has also worked in several pharmacies spanning the Waterloo Kitchener and Oshawa Whitby areas. Other areas of interest for him include reading, creative writing, and playing musical instruments with a focus on brass and French horn. He hopes to contribute to better research, health outcomes, and practices for geriatric patients working with Gateway.
Summer Osborne has joined Gateway as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Osbourne has an educational background in Behavioral Neuroscience and Business Marketing. She brings a variety of experiences and knowledge to the team. In her spare time, Osbourne enjoys fitness, outdoor exploring, and spending time with her small family. Summer is very excited to join Gateway.
PERSONAL RESILIENCE SUBJECT OF WINTER VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS
People are invited to start their New Year by enhancing their personal resilience, and discovering how to lead and support others on their own journey to rediscover their resilience.
The Connectedness Coaching team, in partnership with the McKay Centre for Seniors, would like to announce a sponsored virtual workshop series, “Reconnecting Seniors with Resilience in Huron County”, with a choice of offerings in January, February or March 2022. The workshop should equip older adult Huron County residents, service providers and community volunteers with the knowledge and tools they need to enhance their resilience. This educational offering is also the level one training required to become a Resiliency Trainer.
The schedule is as follows:
January Workshop Offering – Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Jan. 10-12, 17-19, 24-26)
February Workshop Offering – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. (Feb 1-3, 8-10, 15-17)
March Workshop Offering – Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Feb 21-23, Feb. 28-March 2, March 7-9)
Additional benefits to attending the workshop series include: a three-month subscription to an online knowledge hub, a journal to capture the participant’s learning journey, access to a facilitator guidebook and additional resiliency training (free admission to a Connectedness Coaching Workshop Series). Please visit empowerresilience.eventbrite.ca to register. Call-in options, technology mentorship and tablets are available to support participants in their journey with us. For more information contact Sarah Versteeg, Connectedness Coaching’s Program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reconnecting Seniors with Resilience in Huron County (RSR) is a train-the-trainer adaptation that engages and empowers resilience through a modified version of Seniors Action Quebec’s resilience education and Connectedness Coaching. RSR is hosted in collaboration with the MacKay Centre for Seniors, Connectedness Coaching Service Providers, and Seniors Action Quebec, and is funded by the Seniors Community Grant Program 2021-22.
COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WALK RETURNING TO GODERICH
Those who participate in the Coldest Night of the Year Walk that raise over $150 – $75 for youth under 18 – will receive a CNOY toque. (Submitted photo)
United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is encouraging residents to bundle up and raise money for the third annual Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) walk in Goderich, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for local individuals experiencing homelessness, hunger and hurt.
“We’re very happy to welcome CNOY back again this year,” said UWPH Goderich & Area Community Committee Chair Beth Blowes. “Funds raised address real challenges in Goderich and area around the issue of chronic homelessness. Based on the success of the past two walks, our community truly understands how important this issue is. We invite everyone to join us in working to raise $94,000 in support of our most vulnerable residents.”
By walking, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter while raising funds to aid UWPH’s local work in support of the Huron Homelessness Initiative in Goderich. The initiative includes programs such as the Huron supportive housing worker, shelter for women, children and youth and temporary emergency shelter during the cold months.
This year’s Goderich walk includes a COVID-safe, outdoor event on Saturday, Feb. 26, and a virtual option to walk any time, any distance during the month of February. The in-person walk begins at 5 p.m. and features a two or five km circuit around Courthouse Square. Participants raising over $150 — $75 for youth under 18— receive a CNOY toque. To register as an individual or team, visit cnoy.org.
Last year’s all-virtual CNOY raised $92,492 during the month of February thanks to the efforts of 232 walkers, 44 teams and 1,421 donors.