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The Bayfield BreezeIssue 764 Week 10 Vol 15

February 28, 2024

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Issue 764 Week 10 Vol 15
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TIME HAS ARRIVED FOR BAYFIELD READS

Bayfield Reads slate of Defenders for 2023 were l-r: Tyler Hessel, Kristin Strang, Tina Bax, Judy Whittaker and Dave MacLaren. A new slate of Defenders will present at Bayfield Reads 2024 this Sunday, March 3rd. (Photos by Catherine Tillmann)

The time has arrived for Bayfield Reads! It is set for this Sunday, March 3rd!  Just as CBC is doing on the National level, The Village Bookshop is hosting Bayfield Reads 2024 on a local scale. CBC has again developed a theme that allows the review of five Canadian books and allows people to decide the “one book to carry us forward”.

According to the CBC, “When we are at a crossroads, when uncertainty is upon us, when we have faced challenges and are ready for the future, how do we know where to go next? This collection of books is about finding the resilience and the hope needed to carry on and keep moving forward.”

This year the village’s local defenders are: Madison Thornton, Paula Brent, Catherine Tillmann, Faith Wyant and Peter Ferguson. They are all excited and ready defend their book. The judges this year include: Tyler Hessel, Dave MacLaren and Rachael Rishworth.

The 2024 Bayfield Reads Books are: “Meet Me at the Lake”, by Carley Fortune; “Bad Cree”, by Jessica Johns; “The Future”, by Catherine Leroux; “Shut Up You’re Pretty” by Tea Mutonji; and “Denison Avenue” illustrated by Daniel Innes with text by Christina Wong.

Peter Ferguson will defend Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune. In this breathtaking new novel from the number one bestselling author of “Every Summer After”, a random connection sends two strangers on a daylong adventure where they make a promise one keeps and the other breaks, with life-changing effects.

Bad Cree by Jessica Johns is a national bestseller that will be defended by Catherine Tillmann. Mackenzie, a Cree millennial, wakes up in her one-bedroom Vancouver apartment clutching a pine bough she had been holding in her dream just moments earlier. When she blinks, it disappears. But she can still smell the sharp pine scent in the air, the nearest pine tree a thousand kilometres away in the far reaches of Treaty 8. In this haunting debut novel, dreams, family and spirits collide.

The Future by Catherine Leroux will be defended by Madison Thornton. One of CBC’s best books for 2024, readers encounter an alternate history of Detroit as the Motor City was never surrendered to the United States. Its residents deal with pollution, poverty, and the legacy of racism—and strange and magical things are happening: children rule over their own kingdom in the trees and burned houses regenerate themselves. When Gloria arrives looking for answers and her missing granddaughters, at first she finds only a hungry mouse in the derelict home where her daughter was murdered. But the neighbors take pity on her and she turns to their resilience and impressive gardens for sustenance.

The Globe and Mail’s Best Book of the Year, Shut Up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji will be defended by Paula Brent. In Mutonji’s disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic. These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator’s experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humor, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.

Defended by Faith Wyant, Denison Avenue brings together ink artwork and fiction. Illustrated by by Daniel Innes with text by Christina Wong, the book follows the elderly Wong Cho Sum, who, living in Toronto’s gentrifying Chinatown–Kensington Market, begins to collect bottles and cans after the sudden loss of her husband as a way to fill her days and keep grief and loneliness at bay. In her long walks around the city, Cho Sum meets new friends, confronts classism and racism, and learns how to build a life as a widow in a neighborhood that is being destroyed and rebuilt, leaving elders like her behind.

Bayfield Reads will be held this Sunday, March 3rd at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Those who attend will get to watch Bayfield’s “own” defending great Canadian Literature and have a chance to mark a ballot for the People’s Choice Award.

This year’s Bayfield Reads book selection, and so many more, are available at The Village Bookshop located at 24 Bayfield Main Street North in Bayfield. People can also shop online by visiting: village bookshop.ca.


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO BE CELEBRATED ALONG HERITAGE TRAIL

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 7, 2022 by hosting a stress-free, beautiful hike on Bayfield’s Woodland Trail. For 2024 this themed hike will take place on the Heritage Trail in the village. (Photo by Jack Pal)

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will celebrate International Women’s Day with a village walk along the Heritage Trail on Friday, March 8. This year marks the 113th International Women’s Day, and the fifth annual BRVTA hike honoring the day and celebrating women.

The late afternoon walk, with a start time of 4 p.m., will conclude on Main Street in time for a happy hour gathering at one of Bayfield’s local establishments for those so inclined.

Hike leaders Annerieke VanBeets, Nancy McHardy, and Ralph Blasting will stop along the way with stories of how Canadian women have contributed to greater equality for women.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join.  The walk will start at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square and proceed through the village for 2 km, lasting about an hour.

For more information contact Ralph Blasting at rjblastingjr@gmail.com or 519 525-3205.

THIRD ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL WALK SET FOR EARLY APRIL

In its third annual Candlelight Memorial Walk, Huron Hospice invites families and friends to remember loved ones who have passed by donating to light a memorial candle that will line the Taylor Trail by Varna’s Community Centre.

“This event is both celebratory and soulful. The candlelight walk through Taylor Trail offers time for pause and shared memories, while the event provides an opportunity for everyone to gather in remembrance,” said Roger Mather, who is chairing the walk.

This year, the event will feature an opening procession led by the Clinton Legion Pipe Band followed by reflections on Huron Hospice’s impact in serving families, and the memorial reading of names of people who have passed and have a candle lit in their honor.

“Our volunteers have included additional elements this year including stations along the walk to pause and reflect, as well as hand crafted tables and warming quilts for guests to huddle with during the reflection ceremony while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. We are once again appreciative of the support of the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association for their volunteerism in preparing the trail and lighting candles,” he said.

Each candle represents a remembered family member or friend.

The event will take place on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Taylor Trail located at 38572 Mill Road, Varna.

The Memorial Candlelight Walk welcomes sponsors in support of the event. Funds raised will be directed to Huron Hospice’s capital campaign to expand to a six-bed hospice facility.

People may donate online at: 2024 Candlelight Memorial Walk — Huron Hospice to have a candle lit in remembrance of a loved one. Anyone who may wish to support through sponsorship is asked to please reach out to Roger Mather at 905 630-3571.

For almost 30 years Huron Hospice has provided compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. Care can be provided in a home, a hospital, a long-term care setting or at the hospice residence. Volunteers offer relief to enable primary caregivers to feel comfortable to take time away or rest. Support is also provided to caregivers and families who are grieving the loss of their loved one.

MICROSCOPE LENDING PROGRAM YOUTH IN ACTION GRANT RECIPIENT

Bayfield resident Sam Robinson recently won a Youth in Action grant sponsored by the Perth Huron United Way to create a microscope lending program through the Huron County Library.

To celebrate the start of the program Sam will help youngsters discover the magic of the unseen by leading activities at six Huron County Libraries over the course of March Break.

Designed for curious minds, aged six and up, this interactive adventure introduces kids to the wonders of microscopy through easy-to-follow lessons and exciting activities, making science fun and accessible for budding young scientists.

Microscope 101 will be touring to the following:  Alice Munro Branch, Wingham, Tuesday, March 5, 3:45-4:45 p.m.; Brussels Branch Monday, March 11, 2-3 p.m.; Bayfield Branch, Tuesday, March 12, 12-1 p.m.; Goderich Branch, Wednesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m.; Clinton Branch, Thursday, March 14, 4-5 p.m.; Exeter Branch, Friday, March 15, 3-4 p.m.

Those who wish to participate are asked to please register by calling the branch they wish to attend.

For branch contact information visit: Huron County locations.

SOME CATS ARE EASIER TO RESCUE THAN OTHERS

Bertrand (Submitted photo)

Volunteers with Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines (BFF) are sometimes called to live trap cats and kittens that have found themselves out on the streets.  This can require a great deal of patience. Such was the case for this week’s featured cat who took about two months to rescue.

Bertrand is the Adopt a BFF cat of the week.

“Bertrand was pretty upset when first trapped. He had been chased by several other area cats,” said Deb Penhale, representing BFF. “Once he was brought into the shelter, released into a kennel and experienced some privacy, he calmed down fairly quickly.”

Penhale shared that Bertrand was watchful but exhausted.

“He ate several times and then curled up in his hammock and slept for two days,” she said.

Although still cautious Penhale indicated that Bertrand does now allow pets and ear rubs.

“Again we believe he may have known people because feral cats are normally fairly well groomed as they are used to taking care of themselves. Lost, stray or abandoned cats will often present as dirty, scruffy or unkempt as they are struggling to adapt to their new life which involves fending for themselves,” said Penhale.

Bertrand is a reminder that ensuring these cats are happy and healthy comes at a financial cost.

Financial donations may be sent via E-transfer to bayfieldsforgottenfelines@gmail.com or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. The adoption fee is $250. Adopted cats are vetted, shots are up-to-date and they are also spayed or neutered.

In addition to accepting monetary donations, BFF has an Amazon wish list. This list contains items they need for the day-to-day care of their cats and kittens as well as some truly “wish” items. Items are marked as to their priority, number needed, and many explain what their use will be. There is a wide variety of prices and BFF appreciates whatever you can supply. Items need not be purchased through Amazon, the list is merely a guideline.

To view the items on the list please visit:  BFF Wish List.

Pet Valu in Goderich is another location where donations can be made or items purchased for the benefit of BFF. The business is located at 35400 Huron Road.

BFF has a Facebook group dedicated to adoptions known as “Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines ADOPTION Group” so people can view more of the fur babies ready for homes. Adoption inquiries may also be made to the BFF’s email address above.

SKATING CLUB

“Skating into the Cinema” is the theme of the Bayfield Skating Club’s Skating Carnival and Showcase to be held on Saturday, March 2nd at the Bayfield Community Centre. All are welcome to witness the magic of movies come to life on ice and applaud the talent of these dedicated skaters.

This year’s carnival is being organized to showcase the many talented skaters in the Learn to Skate, Can Skate and Intro to Star programs that are offered by the club.

The skaters will take to the ice at 1 p.m. providing attendees with two hours of great entertainment. Remember to dress warmly and don’t miss out on this captivating event!

Admission is $5 per person with kids 12 and under admitted for free.

The Bayfield Community Centre is located at 4 Jane Street in the village.

OPTIMIST CLUB

People often ask if they can add an engraved brick to the path around the Splash Pad in Clan Gregor Square and members of the Optimist Club of Bayfield are pleased to announce that there is further opportunity to have a name added to the circle in 2024.

The engraved pavers in Clan Gregor Square are a reminder of how great area residents and visitors are when it comes to supporting such projects as the Playground and the Splash Pad.

“In Memoriam” stones for loved ones as well as “just because” stones can be ordered with the work being done on site later in 2024 using the same two brick sizes that are already installed around the Splash Pad. The cost of these engraved bricks will be medium, $90; and large, $120. The plan is to have the bricks engraved in late May just prior to opening the Splash Pad.

Anyone with an interest in adding a brick can contact Mike Dixon via email at mikedixon@tcc.on.ca or by calling 519 955-5254 for further information.

BAYFIELD LIBRARY

An Arts & Craft Supply Swap will be happening at the Goderich Branch Library on Saturday, March 2nd and Bayfield residents are invited to contribute as well as participate.

People are encouraged to clean out their stash of craft supplies and swap them for supplies they can use! They can drop off these unwanted supplies in clean, usable condition to the Bayfield Branch Library during regular open hours and receive an Early Bird ticket.

Early Bird ticket holders will be allowed to “shop” the donations from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will open to the general public from noon until 2 p.m.

The Goderich Branch Library is located at 52 Montreal Street in Goderich.

COUNCILOR’S CORNER

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone will host his next Councilor’s Corner on March 6 at the Bayfield Community Centre.

“Unfortunately with meetings and vacation and other commitments I am passed due having a meeting and there is lots going on to talk about,” said Whetstone.

The public is invited to attend the session that will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Items on the agenda for discussion will include such topics as: budget, sewage capacity, ROMA Ministry delegations, STR Stats update and a Bedrock update.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF TREES

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) is hosting an evening with Lambton area naturalist and author Larry Cornelis to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Forests on Tuesday, March 19.

Cornelis’ passion is trees and he will be giving a presentation on trees and the local natural environment. People can also learn more about the BRVTA and the development of the local trails at this event.

This two-hour program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall. Sponsored by the BRVTA, admission will be by donation.

For more information on BRVTA and the Bayfield Trails please visit: bayfieldtrails.com.

FOOD BANK

“Thanks to everyone in the Bayfield area for your generosity over the holidays.  We are blessed to have a community that cares and is able to support others in need,” said Claire Trepanier, president of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).

There are currently 35 households accessing the food bank for a total of 80 people on a monthly basis, with 23 of these people in need of food being children and teens.

Since last Autumn, the BAFB has been providing snack packs for children in their distribution. These packs consist of granola bars, crackers, tuna/cracker packages, juice boxes, oatmeal packets, hot chocolate, and fruit.

“We have now run out of these snacks and would appreciate your support in helping children in our community,” said Trepanier.

People can contact the BAFB at 519 525-8286 or email bayfieldareafoodbank@gmail.com.

Collection boxes for donations can be found at the Bayfield Public Library on Main Street as well as Trinity St. James Anglican Church (outside the entrance to the Parish Hall off the parking lot).

For anyone who would like to support BAFB with a monetary gift, there are a few options available. Cheques can be mailed to: Bayfield Area Food Bank, 10 Keith Cres., Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. An e-transfer can be made through BAFBs gmail account listed above or a donation can be received on-line through the www.canadahelps.org website.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Bayfield Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Apr. 15 at the Bayfield Lions Club building.

The business portion will start at 11 a.m. and conclude with a short presentation by guest speaker Ben Woodward, a University of Waterloo student who has been studying the history of lake levels and bluff erosion between Grand Bend and Goderich. A light lunch will follow.

Only paid-up members can vote on BHS business. BHS membership runs from January to December; people are encouraged to renew (or sign up) before the end of February. The membership fees are as follows: individual $20 or family $30. Cheques can be sent to the Bayfield Historical Society, 20 Main Street North, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0; or e-transfer to etransfers.bhs@gmail.com.

GARDEN CLUB

Spring is in the air and this often gets people thinking about their garden.  Communities in Bloom has announced that their color of the year is orange, so for those who choose to support the theme, this color is sure to brighten up people’s flowerpots.

The Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) has another exciting year planned with several garden tours and speakers.  Purchasing a $10 membership will provide people a discount at most garden centres…as well as helping to beautify the village.  The BCG maintains several gardens in town and is now looking for more volunteers. Anyone who feels they could spare an hour or two a week to assist, is asked to please call Lori Hill at 519 565-5278.

Stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for more information about the BGC coming soon.

PILATES

Coming in March, Pilates by The Wellness Potion will be offered for all levels at the Bayfield Community Centre over a period of six weeks.

The classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. starting on March 4th and 7.  The classes will then run on subsequent Mondays and Thursdays, concluding on Apr. 8 and 11.

The Wellness Potion’s signature Pilates class is a meticulously curated and well-planned Pilates workout designed to provide a comprehensive and challenging exercise routine.  The class is centred around a wide range of classical and creative Pilates exercises and sequences designed to target every muscle group.  This class is perfect for both beginners or  an experienced Pilates enthusiast.  It aims to improve a person’s overall strength, flexibility and balance while also helping to tone and sculpt.

All attendees should bring an exercise mat and a water bottle.  They can also bring a yoga blanket and strap for support during certain poses.  These optional items will help participants get the most out of their practice.  Participants are asked to please wear comfortable clothes to sweat in and arrive at least five minutes before the class begins.

Those who wish to participate are asked to please register online at The Wellness Potion. The exchange is $60 HST for all six weeks.

For more information, please call Maria at 416 587-9913 or email maria@thewellnesspotion.com.

ANGLICAN CHURCH

The congregation of Trinity St. James Anglican Church invites those in the community to worship with them on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Wednesday services are held starting at 10:30 a.m. while Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.

The next Men’s Breakfast at Trinity St. James will be held on Saturday, March 2 and men in the community are invited to attend. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m. with breakfast following at about 9:30 a.m. This is a pay what you are able event. To ensure enough food is available anyone planning to attend is asked to please email John Pounder at bvi@tcc.on.ca prior to tomorrow (Feb. 29).

On Sunday, March 3, the church family will welcome Rev’d Dr. Justin Comber, from St. George’s Anglican Church in Goderich as their special guest. Dates and times for additional special services at Trinity St. James include: Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.; Good Friday, March 29, 2 p.m. and Easter Sunday, March 31 at 11 a.m.

Trinity St. James Anglican church is located at 10 Keith Crescent in Bayfield.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The congregation of Knox Presbyterian Church in Bayfield welcome all to join in weekly services at Knox Bayfield on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Knox Bayfield generally holds their Book Study on Mondays at noon (excluding holidays) on the lower level of the church. The reading is a launching point for their discussions.

Their current focus is “Shalom Sistas – Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World” by Osheta Moore. All are welcome to join. For those who wish to take part, the book can be purchased at: The Village Bookshop.

Members of the congregation are currently gathering items for re-use and upcycling. Upcycling takes something no longer in use and gives it a second life with new functions, for example, the outer milk bag can be upcycled into sleeping mats. These mats are distributed to people in need throughout the world. Knox Bayfield gathers clean outer milk bags that have been previously washed and dried, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  Items can be dropped off at the church from 10 a.m, to  2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday (excluding holidays). People’s generous contributions are warmly accepted and will change lives.

“The congregation would like to sincerely thank the community for their ongoing generous donations of clean outer milk bags, used stamps, empty egg cartons and eyeglasses.  It truly is appreciated. You are making a difference in the lives of others.  From our big hearts to yours, we say thank you!” said Teresa Steel representing Knox Church, Bayfield.

Prayer requests can be shared in several ways. Please contact the minister by emailing revlisa.knoxbayfield@icloud.com for more information.

Knox Presbyterian Church Bayfield is located at 2 Bayfield Main Street North. To learn more visit knoxbayfield.ca or follow them on YouTube – Knox, Bayfield.

2000 FERRARI WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT LIVERY FILM FEST TOMORROW

This race car originally driven in the Ferrari Challenge series by team Ferrari Quebec will be on view at the opening of the Livery Film Fest presentation of “Ferrari” on Feb. 29. (Submitted photo)

Fasten your seatbelts! The Livery Film Fest presents the next film “Ferrari” tomorrow night, (Feb. 29), at the Park Theatre, Goderich.

Car enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn there will be a special guest on view prior to the film thanks to Jamie McDougall of The Little Inn of Bayfield. McDougall will trailer his 2000 FERRARI to the Park Theatre on Thursday for viewers to enjoy a close up look and photo opportunities. The race car was originally driven in the Ferrari Challenge series by team Ferrari Quebec.

Those who wish to view the car are asked to meet at the Park Theatre at 5:30 p.m. The film itself will begin at 7 p.m.

This biographical film covers Enzo Ferrari’s life in 1957, as the company is facing bankruptcy, his marriage is crumbling and his only legitimate son has recently passed away. Penelope Cruz, in what is described as one of her best performances, plays Ferrari’s wife and business partner, Laura. The film also stars Shailene Woodley as Ferrari’s mistress and mother of his other son. Ferrari tries to hold onto both relationships while coping with his grief.

In a plan to revive the company and retain his “crown”, Ferrari (played by Adam Driver) plans to enter – and win – the Mille Miglia, an open road, endurance-based race running one thousand miles across Italy.

This film is perfect for director Michael Mann. He specializes in high energy films with personal conflict at their core. While the dynamics between the cast are intense to watch, the real action is in the cars.

Mann knows just where to place a camera, whether it’s in the car, on the car, or beside the car, he captures the speed and danger. The actors who play the race car drivers include Patrick Dempsey, who is also a professional racer, having competed at the LeMans 24 hour race.

This film has been selected by many critics as one of the top 10 films of the year for 2023, coming out right at the end of the year.

The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $8 for Livery members. To become a Livery Member, visit the website www.thelivery.ca  Annual memberships go on sale August 2024 for the 2024/25 season. Sorry, advance Livery Film Fest tickets are not available at this time.

The Park Theatre is located at 30 Courthouse Square in Goderich.

INCREASE IN NEWCOMERS TO COUNTY ANTICIPATED THIS MARCH

A March 31 deadline looms for Ukrainians escaping the country’s conflict.

March 31 is the date the Canadian government has issued for all Ukrainians entering the country on a special temporary three-year open work visa to be eligible for various support.

Local groups are anticipating an increase of newcomers arriving in Huron County in March.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in January 2022, dozens of Ukrainian families have arrived in Canada and settled in Huron County. The Ukrainian families have been supported by volunteers who have welcomed new arrivals into their homes for short-term stays and were supported by a number of local service providers to find work, acquire official documents and enrol in schools.

Upon finding jobs in the manufacturing, agriculture, education, engineering and banking sectors, Ukrainian families transitioned into longer-term housing.

Many organizations have played important roles in supporting Ukrainian newcomers as they have arrived in Huron County.

Volunteers at the Goderich Lions Club set up the Huron Area Newcomer Fund (HANF) to provide newcomers with financial assistance for unforeseen or emergency needs. Since the HANF was formed, more than $25,000 has been distributed to support 79 individuals – helping families pay dental bills, purchase eye glasses, cover the cost of getting a driver’s licence, and fund medical appointments required to meet immigration requirements, among other needs.

“While our fund started with the intention of meeting the financial needs of newcomers from Ukraine, we were intentional in ensuring that any newcomer who had settled in Huron County could apply for funds within their first 18 months in Canada,” explained John Maaskant, the chair of the HANF. “We established a process that identified what costs could be covered through our fund, how much a single family could apply for, set up an application system and a group of seven volunteers reviewed applications as they arrived.”

The HANF has been able to operate due to donations from private individuals, other service clubs, faith organizations and the Sunset Foundation.

“We continue to seek donations to ensure that newcomers transitioning to life in Huron County are supported and their settlement is as smooth as possible,” Maaskant said.

More information about the Huron Area Newcomer Fund can be found on the Goderich Lions Club website at Goderich Lions Donate.

VOLUNTEER STORYTELLERS NEEDED FOR JANE’S WALK HURON

Jane’s Walk Huron is looking for passionate local volunteer storytellers to lead community walks across Huron County this spring as part of the Jane’s Walk Festival, held worldwide the first weekend in May. 

Named after the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk is a global movement that organizes free, citizen-led walking tours in communities around the world. These walks offer an intimate glimpse into the heart of neighborhoods, highlighting the stories, histories, and issues that define them. From hidden gems and historical landmarks to local legends and grassroots initiatives, each walk offers a unique perspective on a community and its inhabitants. 

Jacobs was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city-building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities”, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail that have become conceptual pillars for today’s architects, planners, policymakers, activists and other city builders. 

Huron County Cultural Services will be hosting Jane’s Walks across the County May 4-5 and is seeking storytellers to lead walks in a community or neighborhood anywhere in Huron County. Volunteers from all ages and all walks of life are welcome. Whether someone has a passion for local architecture, planning, social justice, or simply loves sharing anecdotes about favorite local spots, there’s a place for all to join this diverse community of storytellers. 

“Everyone has a story to tell about their neighborhood,” said Cultural Development Officer for the County of Huron, Karen Stewart. “Through the power of storytelling, we can foster a deeper connection to our communities and celebrate all that makes them vibrant and resilient.” 

As a walk leader, volunteers will have the opportunity to: 

  • Lead a walking tour that showcases the unique character of their neighborhood 
  • Share personal stories, historical anecdotes and local insights with their community
  • Connect with like-minded people who share a passion for community engagement
  • Contribute to a global movement that celebrates community vitality 

No prior experience is needed to become a Jane’s Walk Huron storyteller – all that’s needed is a love for community and a willingness to share local stories with others. Each walk is between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours long, and will be scheduled on May 4 or 5. Training and support will be provided to help storytellers craft engaging narratives and lead memorable walking tours. To join Jane’s Walk Huron as a volunteer storyteller visit: Jane’s Walk Huron – Huron County Connects or contact Karen Stewart  at kstewart@huroncounty.ca or 519 524-8394 Ext. 2730. Submission deadline is March 7. 

SUMMER NATURE DAY CAMPS RETURNING TO AUSABLE BAYFIELD WATERSHED

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is bringing back Summer Nature Day Camps in 2024. (Submitted photo)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) is bringing back Summer Nature Day Camps in 2024. This year there are even more sites throughout the watershed where young people may attend the day camps.

There will be WILD (Wonder, Investigate, Learn, Discover) day camps at Rock Glen and Morrison Dam conservation areas. There will also be one-day camps at five other locations: Warner Preserve in Grand Bend; Clinton Conservation Area; Lucan Conservation Area; Bannockburn Conservation Area (near Varna); and Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (Port Franks).

Cassie Greidanus is ABCA Conservation Education Coordinator. She said the return of popular summer nature day camps is exciting. She said it’s also exciting that day camps will take place at seven different locations across the watershed.

“We are really excited to expand our current day camp offerings across the watershed this year,” Greidanus said. “After hearing feedback from kids, staff and guest speakers, we are doing what we can to offer the children of our watershed a chance to see areas they do not normally get the chance to see. This is all while learning, playing and creating memories they will never forget. We look forward to learning about topics such as: water, forests, habitats, invertebrates and all forms of wildlife.”

The Summer Nature Day Camps take place in July and August.

The first two camps are at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter: Week One will run from July 8-12 for ages six to nine; while Week Two will be held July 15-19 for ages nine to 12.

Camp weeks three and four are at Rock Glen Conservation Area near Arkona: Week Three will run from  July 29 to Aug. 2nd for ages nine to 12; and Week Four will be held  Aug. 12-16 for ages six to nine.

Day camps between Aug. 19-23, will be for ages six to 12 and will take place at five different locations. They include the following dates, locations and themes: Aug. 19, Warner Preserve in Grand Bend with the theme of Harmonious Habitats; Aug. 20, takes place at Clinton Conservation Area with the theme Wonderful Water; Aug. 21, Lucan Conservation Area with the theme Amazing Adaptations; Aug. 22, Bannockburn Conservation Area (near Varna) with the theme Into the Woods; Aug. 23, Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (Port Franks) with the theme Natural Curiosity.

To learn more visit the web page: WILD Summer Nature Day Camps. To register for Summer Nature Day Camp click on the Google Forms link: Register Here.

BLUEWATER NEWS

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Feb. 20 as well as their budget meeting held on Feb. 21.

  • Approved the Sanitary Infiltration Inspection program for Bayfield. More details on this program will be available on the Bluewater website: www.municipality of bluewater.ca.
  • Directed the Manager of Facilities to renegotiate the lease with the Bayfield Agricultural Society to remove the lands proposed for the community garden and that the 2024 flat rate water consumption usage fee of approximately $99.95 be included in the 2024 Facilities Department budget.
  • Authorized write-offs in the amount of $10,946.12 as per section 357 of the Municipal Act for the 2023 Taxation Year.
  • Appointed Hoffmans PTL to provide interment services for a three year term, and delegated authority to the Manager of Corporate Services to enter into the agreement.
  • Approved the planting of trees along Crest Road where practicable, with a quantity at the discretion of the Manager of Public Works and that the tree planting takes place after the improvements to Crest Road are implemented.
  • Directed Staff to apply to the Rural Economic Development Fund (RED) for holiday streetlight features in the amount of $30,000.
  • Directed Staff to apply to My Main Street for decorative streetlights for King Street, Hensall if the project meets eligibility requirements.
  • Directed Staff to apply to the Ontario Trillium Fund capital project stream for replacement of the Zurich Playground up to the maximum amount of $200,000.
  • Delegated authority to the Manager of Public Works to execute agreements for private culvert installations for the purpose of manure dragline pass-throughs on municipally owned right of ways.
  • Approved the 2024 Capital and Operating budgets as amended and directed that notice be given for the adoption of the 2024 budget by-law at the March 4  meeting. (Feb. 21 budget meeting)

HURON WOMEN’S SHELTER

International Women’s Day is just around the corner on March 8 and the Huron Women’s Shelter (HWS) and McDonald’s locations in Exeter, Grand Bend, Goderich and Wingham are joining together to celebrate.

On Friday, March 8, these four McDonald’s locations will generously donate $1 from every coffee sold to support the HWS.

People are encouraged to bring their mom, sister, aunt, cousin, bestie – all the incredible women who have shaped their lives – and treat them to a cup of coffee to raise funds and celebrate. HWS staff will be participating at the restaurants and support from the public will mean the world to them.

Let’s make this International Women’s Day memorable at McDonald’s!

COUNTRY CONCERT

Bayfield resident Richard Marier will be performing as part of the Nashville Opry Country Hits Concert on March 10 in Wingham. (Submitted photo)

Two Bayfield residents will be performing in Wingham on Sunday, March 10 as part of the Nashville Opry Country Hits Concert.

Bayfield residents, Richard Marier and his son, Memphis Aaron, will join performers Sue Weber and Randy Satchell on stage at the Wingham Columbus Centre at 3:30 p.m.

Richard was a member of the house band at the Ranch House Saloon in Exeter for 15 years and has been mentoring his son Memphis, aged 10, since he was four.

Doors to the centre will open at 3 p.m. with a roast beef buffet being served at 4:30 p.m. This is a general seating event but tables of six can be reserved by calling Sue at 519 357-1270 (if ordering online).

Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at the centre or online at www.danitix.com

The Wingham Columbus Centre is located at 99 Kerr Drive in Wingham.

SOUTH HURON COMMUNITY CHOIRS

The South Huron Community Choirs will be holding a Take-out Turkey Dinner fundraiser on Sunday, March 17 at the South Huron Recreation Centre.

Those who purchase dinners can pick up their meals between 4:30-6 p.m. at the centre’s South entrance.

Tickets are cash only or orders can be made online using E-transfer: Orders@TurkeyDinner.ca. Tickets are adults, $27; kids 12 and under, $10; kids five and under, free. The deadline to order meals is Thursday, March 14.

Visit www.TurkeyDinner.ca or order online or call Ruth at 519 235-1778 for tickets.

PARTNER APPRECIATION EVENING

Eco Exeter students, from South Huron District High School, planted 500 plants and shrubs around some newly constructed wetlands at Triebner Tract in November 2022 as part of the first phase of the Triebner Tract Forest and Wetland Restoration Project. (Submitted photo)

Students from Eco Exeter are presenting at Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Partner Appreciation Evening. The event will take place on Thursday, March 21 at Ironwood Golf Club near Exeter.

The Partner Appreciation Evening will run from 5-7:30 p.m.

The topic of the presentation by Eco Exeter is “Away from Pollution, Towards Solutions: Keeping plastics and other contaminants out of our water”.  The Eco Exeter students are from South Huron District High School.

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Conservationist of the Year Award, by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), for the 41st consecutive year.

Marissa Vaughan is Chair of the ABCA Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled and honored to welcome the Eco Exeter students to present on moving from pollution to solutions, and protecting local watercourses from plastics and other contaminants, at our annual Partner Appreciation Evening,” she said. “These young people are truly inspiring and they show the promise of the next generation of watershed stewards. We look forward to this evening where we will announce the Conservationist of the Year Award winner, honor our valued community partners, and present years of service awards to directors and staff.”

In order to attend the evening, guests must RSVP in advance, by March 14, to Sharon Pavkeje via email at spavkeje@abca.ca or by calling 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

To learn more about the Conservationist of the Year Award, and the Partner Appreciation Evening, visit the web page: Conservationist of the Year.

Ironwood Golf Club is located at 70969 Morrison Line, 2 km east of Exeter.

CONSERVATION DINNER

The Conservation Dinner community fundraiser and auction takes place on Thursday, Apr. 11 at the South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter.

The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) and the watershed community, on the Dinner, since 1991.

Tickets are available now for the Conservation Dinner. To buy tickets to the Conservation Dinner, or to donate, phone 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.ca or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Hwy 83). Tickets are $100 each and patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount.

People can buy their tickets from a Conservation Dinner Committee member or from the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) office. People can pay for their tickets by cheque, cash or credit card. They can even pay by e-Transfer. Anyone who is buying their ticket by e-Transfer, is asked to use the dinner@abca.ca email address and include their mailing address and/or email address in the e-Transfer message box and specify if the payment is for a Conservation Dinner ticket or if the payment is a donation to the Dinner.

Find out more at conservationdinner.com or visit the ABCF’s webpage: Conservation Dinner.

The South Huron Recreation Centre is located at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter.

SOUTH HURON CLINIC

The South Huron Medical Centre Walk-in Clinic is open on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays (except for Christmas Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. and closes at 1:45 p.m. or earlier if capacity is reached.

No appointment is needed. Please bring your health card.

BAYFIELD ACTIVITIES

Looking for what is happening now in the village? Look no further than the Bayfield Activities Calendar . People are invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.

Remember This

The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich. But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 6,700 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at huroncountymuseum.pastperfectonline.com.

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

With the mild temperatures of late the Maple sap is running so in anticipation of upcoming area festivals we highlight a Museum artifact from a very popular longtime event…

BASEBALL CAP

This is a baseball cap style with a shortened brim. It is made of blue fabric with white net sections of crown. It has white stitching around the brim and crown sections and a white pompom on top. There is a circular crest on the front. It has a white background with a gold printed Maple leaf in the background and a gold stitched border with the words: “BELMORE MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL” stamped on it. The cap has white plastic straps at the back to allow adjustment for head size.

This cap was worn by volunteers at the Belmore Maple Syrup Festival held annually in Belmore, ON.  It was one of 25 ordered and belonged to Myrtle (Cathers) Metcalfe. The Festival began in 1968 as a fundraiser for the Belmore Community Centre.

NEW BOOK

“FIRST OVERTIME” SEQUEL TO “HURON COUNTY HOCKEY HEROES” NOW AVAILABLE

David W Scott

Seaforth author David Scott has published a sequel to his 2020 book “Huron County Hockey Heroes”. The original 300-page publication was a reference book that featured more than 200 profiles of hockey players and professionals from Junior B and up, including semi-pros and pros, university hockey (USports, NCAA, etc.), and international hockey – like those who played in the World Juniors and other global competitions, as well as those playing and coaching in different countries. The common tie was all were either raised in Huron County or had a parent who lived and played in local communities in their youth. The book featured four Hockey Hall of Fame inductees: two players and two in the “Builders” category.

His latest publication is more of a magazine-style format with a mix of new interviews with current players and coaches, following the same criteria as the first book, and new historical highlights not covered in the first edition. While trying to keep things capped at 100 pages, Scott ended up with a 136-page follow-up called “First Overtime”. He jokes that he was so rushed with the first book that he didn’t include an index of profiles. So, he corrected that oversight and included that feature for his original book in the new publication, which he says is more reader friendly with many photos again, original images, detailed table of contents, timely interviews and a lot of surprises for local hockey fans.

He maintains a Facebook page where he posts updates of interest throughout the year. This page can be found here: Huron County Hockey Heroes” . Book orders can be placed through the site or purchased in person at the following locations. In Seaforth, at Seaforth Sewing Centre and Pete’s Office Pros, both on Main Street. In Goderich, at Square Brew on Parson’s Court. And in Blyth, at the North Huron Citizen office.

Seaforth author David Scott has published a sequel to his 2020 book “Huron County Hockey Heroes” entitled, “First Overtime”.

KATHY MCILWAIN IS IN DEMAND AS SKATING COACH 

BY DAVID W SCOTT 

Kathy McLlwain (nee Merner) doesn’t have to look for work. Work finds her. And that includes working with teams like the London Devilettes, Windsor Spitfires, Huron-Perth Lakers AAA, and Elgin-Middlesex Canucks AAA to name a few. She coaches several NHL players starting in June. Then there are individual OHL and minor midget player coaching to fill up the rest of the summer. It’s a year-round busy schedule. If she’s lucky she might have some free time in April and May. 

“I retired from Skate Canada after 29 years last September. I loved it and have no regrets.” The long-time coach of the Exeter Figure Skating Club made the decision to just concentrate on coaching hockey players. She no longer coaches figure skaters but has easily worked with hundreds over the decades. 

“I loved doing what I did with the skaters. I loved the relationships with the skaters but I just knew I had enough,” said McLlwain, who was juggling an extremely busy schedule for years. 

From minor to pro, she’s now focusing solely on hockey: men’s, women’s, boys’, girls.

“It’s a journey,” McLlwain says of her career. She sometimes has moments of disbelief when NHL players are fully engaged and respect everything she says and asks them to do in their intense one-hour on-ice sessions, which are truly workouts. 

“Then my NHL guys in the summer, the respect I get… like Corey Perry and Bo Horvat look at me like I’m still coaching a nine-year-old…it’s crazy. I love it.”   

McLlwain has earned and deserves that respect. NHL players have credited her on Hockey Night in Canada interviews for their improved skating and play. Yes, there are the professional certifications: 

  •       National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Certified Level 3 Skate Canada
  •       NCCP Certified Level 1 Hockey Canada
  •       Skate Canada and CanPower Certified

But it’s the approach you take with people that make a difference. And Kathy’s approach has always been from the heart. That doesn’t mean she’s going to take it easy on you. She has a talent for getting skaters to see and reach their full potential. 

“Are we coaching athletes? Are we coaching good human beings? Are we learning life skills from being an athlete? Oh my, so many of my skaters are now doctors, lawyers and they will say I wouldn’t be where I am without skating. Well, was it the coaching or was it me pushing them or was it the time management or was it life skills in general?”

At the age of 16, she was already touring with Rhapsody on Ice, a precision skating team based in Brantford, that performed internationally in places like Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. Then Kathy turned pro and joined Ice Capades in their East, West and Continental companies. Highlights included a tour of China and skating at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland. For five years, from age 18 to 22, she had a grueling schedule with the company. Obviously, she had to stay in top shape to perform so many shows. Everything was spelled out in the contract.

“We traveled to a new city every Monday. Tuesday off. Wednesday’s rehearsals. Two shows Thursday, two shows Friday, three shows Saturday, three shows Sunday. Travel to a new city Monday,” and that schedule repeated over and over again. It’s exhausting just hearing it. 

“You had a contract with weigh-ins. Probably not allowed to do that anymore…and I did that for five years,” reflects McLlwain. 

Whether it’s from family or personal skating experience, learning from past coaches (good or bad), she approaches her coaching from a very insightful, empathetic, and almost philosophical perspective. 

“It doesn’t matter what sport it is: these are young inspiring athletes that just want to continue to get better. I don’t have a hockey background. I’m not a hockey player.   I’m a figure skater or I was an athlete. So, every athlete, no matter what sport you’re training in, it’s the same regimen or same mental health or same nutrition.”     

McLlwain started coaching power skating with Zurich minor hockey concurrently with her figure skating coaching in Exeter. Then her sons Carter and Jackson got into hockey and she worked with South Huron minor hockey. Triple-A was on the rise, so then she became involved with those teams: Huron-Perth Lakers and Elgin-Middlesex Canucks (formerly the Chiefs when future NHLer Bo Horvat, of London, was playing his minor hockey). Two other future NHLers she worked with in Elgin-Middlesex AAA were Travis Konecny (Philadelphia Flyers) and Lawson Crouse (Arizona Coyotes). Coincidentally, Konecny is a second cousin of Horvat. 

It was Horvat’s father, Tim, who approached Kathy about working one-on-one with his son, Bo. 

“I started with him when he got drafted to the London Knights and he came to Hensall (arena)… I have not quit. I have seen him every summer now for 13 years.” 

Last year Horvat moved from London to Muskoka. And invited Kathy up there to coach him. 

The first future NHL player McLlwain worked with was Ryan O’Reilly. His father, Brian, is a counsellor and culture coach and held many summer camps and clinics for players. She worked eight years at those camps. In turn, Brian worked with some of her figure skaters in Exeter. Now the two see each other weekly throughout the hockey season working for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires; Brian as the team’s Culture/High Performance Coach, and McLlwain as the team’s Skating Coach. 

Ryan has returned when time permits before NHL training camp to work with Kathy. Over the years, she has spent the most time with Horvat and Boone Jenner (Columbus Blue Jackets). Coincidentally, the three aforementioned players have all been captains in the NHL. 

McLlwain is now in her fourth season with the Windsor Spitfires. Prior to that, she worked with the Sarnia Sting. Her knowledge of the game increases every year. “My experience with Windsor so far is outstanding. I am grateful to work with Brian O’Reilly again like I did at his camps years ago.” 

O’Reilly has been coaching athletes in many sports for years. He spoke in St. Louis in 2022 with his son Ryan and how his approach helped the Blues captain with his career and leadership on the team. “I’ve got over 200 athletes on my personal caseload that are professional athletes, and I would say half of them suffer major problems emotionally because of how they’ve been coached and what coaches have done to them. Their lives are a mess after they’re done with hockey, and some are a mess in hockey,” O’Reilly said at the seminar that was covered by Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. 

“I’m talking about helping people learn a new coaching psychology: coaching that’s inquiry-based,” he said. “I’m trying to educate people on what a good culture looks like and how to shift your psychology. It’s all about creating relationships that look at how to bring about quality, how to coach people from a very internal perspective, removing authority-based coaching and really trying to navigate the success based on how well they get along.”

McLlwain’s approach with skaters overlaps with many of O’Reilly’s approaches of dealing with athletes as individuals with potential. 

Like O’Reilly, Kathy has helped athletes who have had negative experiences with bad coaches. She also finds a lot of people from large cities seek out her services for their children in sports. Some of that might be the culture of small towns that still exists that includes a good work ethic and caring about each other. 

And what does an NHL player’s session look like? Are they suited up in game gear with sticks and pucks?

“Full gear, full game situations, basic fundamentals. I do the same basic fundamentals with a 7-year-old that I do with these guys. I just make it a little bit more game-like. I analyze their game before they come. I look at video. They send me stuff and then we set goals every week. I say, ‘What’s your goal this year? Quick starts. Puck protection?’ Then I look at the skill that I need to develop or help them develop.”

In the summer, she only works with OHL-level players and up.  “I love the level. I like working with OHL guys. They’re 17 to 20. They’re babies, they’re young adults. My list of NHL clientele is age 25 and up. They’re not babies.” 

Why would NHL players feel they need to improve their play or skills? They’ve already made it to the top.

“Because the game has changed. The guys are more skilled, faster… you’ve got these young guys coming up with an amazing skill set. And the older guys I think lose their contracts sooner if they don’t keep training. So, I see them every summer. This year I had 15 guys, 15 NHLers and they all do private lessons.”

Hensall native Cara (Gardner) Morey, coach of the Princeton women’s hockey team, said her campus is close to where the Philadelphia Flyers skate and she’s been invited to work with their prospects camp since the pandemic. The observation she made is that the NHL seems to be moving to a faster, more skilled, and less hitting game which is what she’s been teaching for years in NCAA Division 1 women’s hockey. 

In recent years, McLlwain has taken on more women hockey players in addition to working with the London Devilettes U22 (formerly Junior) team. 

Among others, Kathy has been coaching Natalie Spooner, who now lives in Komoka, for two years. Spooner has won three Olympic medals in women’s hockey for Team Canada: Gold in Sochi in 2014; Silver in PyeongChang in 2018; and Gold in Beijing in 2022. She also has two World Championship gold medals. Not only that, but the Scarborough native was also selected 23rd overall in September 2023 in the historic PWHL Draft by Toronto. In international competition, Spooner has been one of Canada’s most consistent contributors for more than a decade, twice earning World Championship all-star honours in 2015 and 2021, according to The Hockey News.  

Another high-profile player Kathy works with is Lexie Adzija of St. Thomas, who recently signed with Ottawa in the PWHL. A third new player with the PWHL is Ella Shelton of Ingersoll who inked a 3-year contract with the New York team. Shelton won gold on the 2022 Canadian Women’s Olympic team with Spooner. 

In addition, McLlwain coaches five young girls from Lucan, who were on Team Canada this year (15-year-olds). 

“I’m so interested in getting into women’s hockey.” Working with female players at that calibre in the new professional women’s league will be exciting work for the Exeter coach.  

Can you teach inspiration? Or just try to inspire or motivate athletes?

“So many parents say what you’ve done for my child’s confidence is amazing. There’s so much more than coaching…and some kid comes to me, and they’ve lost their confidence because of something a coach said.” Unfortunately, it happens too often. 

Inspiring kids, motivating them, and helping get their confidence back is something she does on a regular basis. Even though there are lots of examples to the contrary, her oldest son Carter was told he wasn’t going to get a pro contract from playing Junior B. 

“He was the captain of Komoka, leading scorer of his team. Well, Carter played in Germany last year now he’s in Abu Dhabi. But don’t let someone tell you, ‘you can’t do this’… Don’t take no for an answer and surround yourself with good, positive people.”   

Kathy’s tenacity, along with her ability to inspire others to reach further than they thought they could has created a wave of successful skaters and hockey players who take those positive lessons to the next level. 

It’s rewarding for her to see many of her former skaters and players recognized for their skills and reach new personal heights. The London Devilettes U22 team (formerly Junior) members seem to regularly progress to USports or NCAA.

“Yeah, the Devilettes are one of the top teams. The Junior girls all get drafted.” Kathy named Joceyln Amos from Strathroy as a recent example, who was a Devilette for four seasons and played on Canada’s U18 team. She was drafted by Ohio State and plays NCAA-1 (W) hockey this season. Amos is a two-time gold medal winner at the U18 Women’s World Championship – WJC (W).

After her work with NHL players in the summer, McLlwain heads to Toronto to work with the Windsor Spitfires prospects or draft picks (many in the GTA). Then she spends the month of September in Windsor with the whole training camp. The season usually starts at the end of September. Then she works with the team once a week. In addition to the Devilettes and Spitfires, Kathy coaches different age groups in the Huron-Perth Lakers AAA organization and Elgin-Middlesex Canucks AAA. 

“And then in the winter I’m in Exeter Arena every morning. Six to nine. So, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday morning and the sessions are full.” 

Sometimes if her boys are home, they come to the rink and help her when she has groups of kids. She usually caps those groups at 20. She’s also never had an assistant. But Carter and Jackson help when they can.

“They know the puck, the skill set and more game situations. The parents love watching them and the kids. That is so nice for me because I’m really strict about skating and so when my boys work with me, when they’re on the ice, it adds to that use of the puck. They now teach the shot. They add more of the skill. So, I’ve got the skating and the skill when they’re here. I love it.” 

“Being on the ice with my Mom is great,” said Jackson. “I have learned a lot from her over my whole career as I have skated with her since I was a child. Skating is a big part of today’s game and definitely a difference maker in my game. Now being able to teach and help her out alongside as much as I can seeing a smile on the kids’ faces really brings me joy. It feels great to me that I am able to give back my knowledge of the game to the youth as I have had many top-notch coaches and played with many high-end players over my career thus far. Can’t thank my Mom, Dad, Brother, and family members enough as they have had such a positive impact throughout my career,” wrote Jackson in an email interview. 

Kathy McLlwain said throughout her years of coaching, she’s never wanted to miss her own kids’ hockey for her job. She’s worked with so many interesting people and athletes over the years. While she does love the openness of her schedule, she says it’s probably still a goal or aspiration to work with an NHL team at some point. 

“I’ve never applied, I’ve never sent a resume. It’s all been word of mouth. People say ‘Can you send me your resume?’ I don’t have one (or at least an up to date one). The best way, I think, is word of mouth.”

When the time is right, who knows. She’s already been told by an NHL head coach that she’s “over certified and could get an NHL job whenever you want.”

It’s still something she’s pondering. She likes her one-on-one NHL player summer schedule right now. Kathy likes the openness and variety. And in her skating career, she travelled a lot. She spent a year coaching skating in Finland. She’s been to China four times to teach skating. 

“I’d like to go to Abu Dhabi, Carter’s there. I would like to expand for travel purposes. I would like to go to more countries to provide skating development: Singapore, Japan or Hong Kong.”

What’s most important to her right now? Her accomplishments…Meaning she loves seeing the success of, and the goals reached by, the athletes she coached for decades. “Right now, I feel like my goals are over. My goals then became my kids’ goals and the athletes I coached.”

I say it in all my interviews: “Coaching, I think it’s a gift, I think it’s a passion and you can never underestimate the impact that you make on these kids.” 

And those success stories keep coming and will continue to build for years to come.

Sources: McLlwain family interview, Coaching Association of Canada, Exeter Lakeshore Advance-Times, Skate Canada, Kathy McLlwain Power Blades web page, hudl.com, London Devilettes, Sportsnet dot ca, Wikipedia, Windsor Spitfires, The Athletic dot com, and The Hockey News. 

PIXILATED

 IMAGE OF THE WEEK

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Family Day…By Sally Leitch

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Email your photo in Jpeg format to hello@bayfield-breeze.com with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or…Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued.

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Jeremy Welsh (Photo from Nottingham Panthers)

If his two hockey themed books are any indication David Scott could be considered an ultimate hockey fan – especially championing local success stories. I love to promote local authors in the Bayfield Breeze, especially those with a historical bent, so I am delighted to share an excerpt from his book, “First Overtime” in this week’s issue (scroll up to the Photo Story section). He was also kind enough to share an update on a Bayfield resident that didn’t fit in with the feature but was too good not to share with all of you.

“Former NHL player, 35-year-old Jeremy Welsh of Bayfield who played minor hockey with HP Lakers is now playing pro in Romania.

“Jeremy played with the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL (British Elite League). Following a Covid-shortened 2020-21 season where he played just 12 games in Poland with Cracovia Krakow, he spent two seasons with the Panthers, the second with an ‘A’ on his jersey. This season, 2023-24, he is playing in Romania with SC (Sport Club) Csíkszereda, founded in 1929.”

Heartfelt congratulations to Jeremy from the folks who “knew him when” back in Bayfield. May there be a lot of successful overtimes in your future!. – Melody

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.