BAYFIELD RESIDENT RECOGNIZED BY HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ONTARIO
Eugene Dufour (Submitted photo)
Eugene Dufour was recently recognized as the 2022 recipient of the Dr. Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence in Hospice Palliative Care by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.
Dufour, a Bayfield resident, retired Apr. 1st after a 42-year career in Hospice Palliative Care. He is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. At the time of his retirement, he was working as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.
Dufour said, “I am very honored and humbled to receive this award.”
The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding achievement in the true spirit of hospice palliative care. This award is presented annually in recognition of an individual or team effort to advance and improve the quality of palliative and end-of-life care. The late Dorothy Ley was one of Canada’s first champions for quality care at the end-of-life. She brought a unique individuality to the field of hospice and palliative care and maintained a highly visible and vocal presence during her distinguished career until her death in 1994. Dr. Ley was a pioneer, and she broke new ground in fields of medicine and health care in general. The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence was established in 1996 as a perennial reminder of her truly great legacy.
His award nomination indicated:
Dufour has dedicated his career to the provision of excellence in hospice palliative care. From coast to coast in Canada on a national, provincial, and regional level, as well as extending abroad to the US and Ireland, he is highly respected as he shares his expertise and passion. Through education, advocacy, best practices and direct service, Dufour has and continues to be, a pillar in the provision of psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement support with individuals, families and formal and informal caregivers.
Among the various awards and recognitions, he has received throughout his career are the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in Hospice Palliative Care. He has also been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for his involvement in establishing Rotary Hospice of Stratford Perth.
Whether being deployed to ground zero at 9-11, assisting First Responders involved in Canada’s worst mass murders, supporting Long-Term-Care staff through the multiple COVID-19 deaths, advocating for hospice palliative best practices, creating and facilitating literally hundreds of Hospice Palliative Care seminars, webinars and workshops, attending and tending to individuals and families through the emotional and ambiguous journey of end of life, to holding a space of grace for a young child having to say goodbye to her daddy, Dufour approaches all he is called to do from a place of being called. A place he enters with the utmost compassion, dignity, humility and respect for the sacredness of the human spirit.
Dufour dives deeply into the messiness of dying, death and bereavement all the while ensuring individuals are felt, heard, seen and honored. That is not only the very core of hospice palliative care but also the very core of Eugene Dufour.
MUSICAL AMBITION HELPS SPROUT A FOREST
L-r: Alex Shevchuk, Gary Mayell, Dale Shantz and Peter Berkley planted over 300 seedlings and native plants at Bayfield River Flats natural area on Apr. 28. The project was funded from a campaign by singer-songwriter Trevor Lewington. (Submitted photos)
The Wilderness Club, a new album by Trevor Lewington, is available now.
When Trevor Lewington started working on his latest solo album, “The Wilderness Club”, he wanted to connect the process with the environment and it was while soliciting funds through Indiegogo to create the album that he was able to make that connection: “Plant a tree and grow an indie musician: win-win!”
And thanks to his parents, Pat and Roger Lewington, of Bayfield, he knew precisely where he wanted these young trees and plants to grow – the Bayfield River Flats.
Due to the success of this campaign, the singer-songwriter has donated 331 seedlings and other native plants to the natural area and a team of volunteers from the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA): Alex Shevchuk, Gary Mayell, Dale Shantz and Peter Berkley planted them on Apr. 28. It was Roger’s involvement with the BRVTA that inspired Trevor. With every purchase of a CD, t-shirt, water bottle or digital download of his new album supporters also contributed to the planting.
Based in London, ON, Trevor has released 10 albums with the Celtic rock band “Enter The Haggis” as well as a prior solo album, “Lion of Grace”, in 2016. His 23-year career has taken him across Canada to Scotland and Las Vegas, Nevada. He also has roots in the Bayfield community, having spent childhood summers at a family cottage and several of the songs he’s penned, including, “Mrs Elliott”, “Salonika”, “The Last of The Great Lake Schooners”, and “First Defenders” are inspired by true Bayfield stories.
Anyone who would like to purchase a copy of The Wilderness Club album is invited to contact Trevor at email@example.com.
The Bayfield River Flats is owned by the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy and maintained by the BRVTA. For more information, to donate or to become a member of BRVTA, please visit www.bayfieldtrails.com.
The BRVTA next hike will be with special guest Robert Tremain who will take participants on a guided wildflower hike on Saturday, May 7.
Tremain, former director of the Lambton Heritage Museum as well as a wildflower enthusiast, will point out some of the wide variety of forest plants and flowers in the diverse environment known as Naftel’s Creek Conservation Area. Hikers are asked to meet at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area, located off Hwy 21 just north of Kitchigami Road, at 11 a.m. A map is available here for Naftel’s Creek . The trail is an easy natural path with some bridges and boardwalks. Participants are asked to dress according to the weather and wear sturdy shoes. This hike will be about 3 km and last about two hours. No pre-registration necessary and no dogs please.
Looking ahead, Avid birder George Ebers will lead a Birdwatching Hike at Windmill Lake Farm in search of spring birds at this unique area surrounding a 40-acre lake. This hike set for Sunday, May 15 is open to BRVTA Members only and there is a limit of 20 participants. No dogs please. Those who take part are reminded to bring their binoculars on the hike that will commence at 8:30 a.m.
Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Windmill Lake Farm parking lot, 35957 Bayfield River Road. The hike will cover about 3-4 km and last about 90 min. This is a natural trail with gentle inclines; participants are advised to watch the weather and dress accordingly.
To pre-register for the Birdwatching Hike please contact Ralph Blasting by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519 525-3205.
For more information on any event, contact hike coordinator Blasting using the contact info listed above.
And a reminder, hikers should be aware that the Woodland Trail will be closed from now to May 31 for turkey hunting season. For the safety of all please do not use the Woodland Trail during this time!
CONSTRUCTION ALONG STREET PROGRESSES
This image of work being conducted along Catherine Street was taken on Apr. 20. (Photo courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)
The Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project (BMSR) continues to progress along the street.
The Municipality of Bluewater Council awarded the tender for the BMSR construction to Lavis Contracting Co. Limited during the council meeting held on Jan. 24th and following some site prep work the project commenced on Apr. 7.
As the calendar turns to May, the road work continues full steam ahead with little delay. Over the last two weeks Catherine Street has seen work on the storm sewer heading East from Chiniquy Street to Main Street. Once the work on the storm sewer is finished within the intersection of Main and Catherine Street, the electrical conduits will be installed. Catherine Street from Chiniquy to Main Street will be excavated and new granulars placed. Once this is completed it may open to traffic and parking, it should be noted that the road surface will remain as gravel until the fall when it will be paved.
Construction will then proceed south down Main St. toward Charles with road closures and work completion one segment at a time. The electrical contractor will be on-site installing hydro vaults and duct work. No planned hydro service interruption is anticipated at this time. East Link will be scheduling work for private businesses over the summer.
There will be a break in construction activities in July and August. During which, the Main Street roadway will be open to two lanes of traffic. Parking spaces will also be available. The road will remain gravel. The Municipality of Bluewater will take care of maintenance, such as, dust control and grading. The existing sidewalk will remain functional. During the summer shut down, the metal fencing that is currently around the active construction area will be removed. There will be a few holes and areas around hydro-poles that will remain fenced off with orange mesh fencing. Signage will be posted on the mesh fencing to communicate construction info to visitors.
The Municipality of Bluewater will be posting signage for visitors and patrons in mid-May. These signs will help direct road traffic to parking and pedestrian traffic for sidewalks.
Communication with the community as the project evolves is a key component and the Municipality of Bluewater will endeavor to provide updates in the Bayfield Breeze on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.
They also welcome people to sign up for the municipality’s “Beautifying Bayfield” newsletter to get all the latest updates! This bi-weekly construction newsletter will continue to be issued with construction schedule, info and updates. Share the subscription link above with friends and neighbors who may also want to receive the latest information!
Other ways of keeping up with Public Works construction news and updates in the Municipality of Bluewater can be found by visiting:
TOWN HALL CONCERT LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
After a long hiatus and depleted resources, the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society will be hosting several concerts this year to raise funds to continue in their efforts to maintain and enjoy the Bayfield Town Hall. Music lovers can look forward to concerts from June to December with the first event featuring folk music sensations Ken Yates and Jadea Kelly on June 18.
Yates, who was born and raised in London, ON, has gained a reputation as one of this country’s brightest rising singer-songwriters. The winner of two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year, Yates has spent recent years expanding his sound and touring North America and Europe. The Bayfield Town Hall concert occurs days before the launch of his upcoming album “Cerulean”.
Kelly, described by CBC’s Tom Power as “one of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters”, has performed and showcased her music across the United States and Europe and in Canada at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Metal Toronto and Peterborough Folk Festival. Kelly was also a recipient of the Contemporary Singer of the Year award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The concert, which will feature Yates and Kelly performing separately, will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25.
The She Wolves are next on the docket on Saturday, July 2nd. This group of talented musicians are returning to the village to perform an outdoor concert. The She Wolves is composed of some of the best female musicians in Southwestern Ontario and includes, singer-songwriter Sarah Smith, blues-rock singer Cheryl Lescom, keyboardist and Rhythm and Blues artist, Chuckee Zehr, singer-songwriter Laurie McColeman and drummer Dale Anne Brendon.
Each of these women have recorded their own albums, or recorded for other artists during the years and each has their own style. Be prepared for a mix of great original music and covers from artists including, Amy Winehouse, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bonnie Rait, Aretha Franklin (Zehr a specialty), Etta James, Melissa Ethridge and even a little Joe Cocker.
Lazo will take to the outdoor stage at the town hall on Saturday, July 30. This Juno award winning artist exudes a “feel-good” Reggae vibe whenever he hits the stage with his “Exodus Show tribute to Bob Marley”. With his combination of reggae rhythms, beautiful melodies, and conscious lyrics, audience goers say he has the uncanny ability to connect with any crowd.
The Bayfield Town Hall and the Bayfield Agricultural Society are joining forces to host a Rock Revival at the Bayfield Fairgrounds during the Bayfield Community Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20th. This concert will feature two bands. The Stones Tribute Show will bring to life favorite Rolling Stones songs and Thunderstruck will take the stage in tribute to AC/DC.
For all three of these outdoor shows, tickets cost $30 and participants are asked to bring their own chair. The gates will open at 6 pm. and the performers will take to the stage at 7 p.m.
There will be a cash bar at all of the shows. Tickets for all four of these concerts are available now (or coming soon) online at www.bayfieldtownhall.com. Please note there are no additional surcharges.
Looking ahead, Sunset on Summer Revisited is set for Saturday, Sept. 3.
“We’re still working on a slightly different version of this ‘end of summer’ celebration. There will be an outdoor concert and a beer/wine tent. This will also be a ‘bring your own chair’ outdoor event and a place to catch up with friends and family,” said Diane Snell, president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society. “We also have another great concert coming in October, however, we are still working out the details. Visit our website to find out who it will be!”
Snell also noted that there are plans to bring back the Salvation Army Citadel Band to kick off the Christmas season but the date for this favorite holiday event has yet to be confirmed. Again, keep an eye on the Bayfield Town Hall website to learn more as the events grow closer.
Ken Yates (Submitted photos)
Sarah Smith of the She Wolves
The Stones Tribute Show
Thunderstruck - AC/DC Tribute Band
FOOD BANK REMEMBERED AT HOME SHOW
On May 1, Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers l-r: Gayle Beuermann, Nora Dowler and Kevin Burton prepared to wheel the groceries donated during the Bayfield Lions Club’s Home and Garden Show from the arena to the BAFB’s home location at Trinity St James Anglican Church. (Submitted photos)
Visitors to the Bayfield Lions Home and Garden Show held Apr. 29-May 1st were encouraged to donate to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) either through a cash gift or with non-perishables. Five carts of groceries and a generous amount of cash was collected from the event for which the BAFB are very grateful.
“We’d like to hugely thank the members of the Bayfield Lions for their kind inclusion of the food bank in their planning for the Home and Garden Show this past weekend and for the resulting wonderfully generous response from the community, with both monetary and abundant grocery donations,” said Terry Henderson, president of the BAFB. “The food bank team is very, very grateful for this opportunity to restock our shelves at a time of year when we are running low on basic supplies. Many, many thanks to the Lions for the food and fundraising on behalf of BAFB.”
Henderson also offered thanks to BAFB volunteer Nora Dowler, and her team, for overseeing the event on behalf of the food bank.
On May 2, Bayfield Area Food Bank volunteers were busy sorting and weighing the generous donations of non-perishables collected at the Home and Garden Show.
BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED FOR ARTS CENTRE
“Are you looking for a way to connect with the Bayfield community? Did you recently move to Bayfield, Goderich or Huron County and want to join an organization to create new connections while contributing to the community? Or have you recently decided to change (things) up a bit and do something new?” asked Leslee Squirrell, president of the Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA).
The BCA is a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to education and participation in the visual arts for the general public – through the power of creative workshops and classes, public events, exhibitions, fundraisers, art installations and more.
There is currently an exciting opportunity to become part of this newly established arts organization as the BCA is recruiting Board members.
The organization is looking for members from across Huron County with diverse backgrounds and perspectives (business, teaching, politics, health, arts, trades, sciences, financial, legal etc) who are interested in volunteering their time and sharing their expertise to help the BCA.
Applicants need not be from the arts community but only possess a willingness to actively participate and help organize, ideate for new events and utilize their personal community connections. Being a part of the BCA Board will allow individuals to experience the opportunity to shape the future of visual arts and culture in the region.
“Help us tell the story of our community’s evolution through art and contribute in creating a positive vision for the future,” said Squirrell. “As a Board member you will experience a welcoming engagement with art that you will want to share with friends and family. A shared sense of pride in the cultural contributions of artists from our region. A convivial and professional group of Board colleagues who are passionate about the BCA and the arts in our region.”
Applicants should possess the following qualities and skills:
- Willingness to promote the Arts in the community
- Ability to access local knowledge, skills, resources, organizations, and networks
- Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Progressive values of social inclusion, diversity
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to initiate and maintain effective partnerships
Successful applicants will be asked to participate in nine monthly Board meetings of 1.5 hours in length (in-person and virtual) and to sit on one working Board Committee addressing BCA operational needs.
Want to know more before applying? Email at email@example.com. Interested applicants are asked to please contact John Rishworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING KITTEN EXPLOSION HAS ARRIVED
Mama Meg with kittens Cayenne and Nutmeg. (Submitted photos)
Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.
The Adopt-a-BFF cat and kittens of the week are Meg and her babies, Nutmeg and Cayenne.
Mama Meg is a beautiful Torti that was found wandering the streets in distress and obviously very pregnant. Some kind people took her in and brought her directly to a vet for assessment. Her rescuers were unable to take care of Meg due to two very territorial cats of their own so she was brought to BFF. Meg is super sweet and makes Volunteers wonder if she’s known people before; if she is a stray or if she was dumped? After a few days at the Rescue Meg delivered one kitten that did not survive. Two days later (Apr. 29) she birthed two adorable kittens who have been named Nutmeg and Cayenne. Meg is very proud of her babies and is happy to let people have a peek at them. At this point she is a little protective of her kittens, although you can touch her, pet her, and cuddle her, she prefers you to look at her babies from a distance.
“Meg and the kittens are being fostered and their Foster Mom is currently referring to this little family of three as the Spice Girls,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “We are not 100 per cent certain of the sex of the kittens just yet – there is a very good chance the orange one is a boy!”
If you have been waiting to adopt a kitten or a cat, now is the perfect time! Please email email@example.com for more information.
“We currently have 28 kittens ranging in age from one month to newborn and we have three expectant mamas who still have yet to deliver and it’s still early in the season,” said Deb Penhale. “It’s actually a kitten explosion the likes of which we have not seen before!”
The adoption fee is now $200. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered. Donations are also always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the Rescue’s email or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.