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County marks National Multiculturalism Dayhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/national-multiculturalism-day-2017-06-23.aspx6/23/2017 6:46:46 PMCounty marks National Multiculturalism Day<p>​<strong>Midhurst/June 23, 2017 –</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership invites residents and media to celebrate National Multiculturalism Day on June 27, 2017. This year's event incorporates a Canada 150 theme and features an educational exhibit highlighting Simcoe County's unique multicultural history.</p><p>The exhibit will be held in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre Atrium area from 12 to 4 p.m. on June 27. A video highlighting the successful #ITSTARTS Pledge campaign run by the County throughout the month of June will be included in the exhibit. To-date, the County has distributed more than 8,000 Pledge cards and received extraordinary response from residents and partners through social media. Visit <a href="http://www.immigration.simcoe.ca/itstarts">www.immigration.simcoe.ca/itstarts</a> to learn more. </p><p>"Simcoe County is truly becoming a popular destination for new Canadians, with more than 50,000 newcomers living in Simcoe County from a variety of ethnic backgrounds," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The success of the Pledge campaign and the support and participation we've received demonstrates just how welcoming and diverse our communities are becoming. Join us to celebrate National Multiculturalism Day."  </p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.   </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>National Multiculturalism Day Exhibit </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre (Atrium area)<br>1110 Highway 26, <br>Midhurst, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, June 27, 2017<br>12 to 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p>
Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail on June 28, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Hickling-Recreational-Trail-2017-06-19.aspx6/19/2017 1:19:33 PMGrand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail on June 28, 2017<p><strong>Midhurst / June 19, 2017</strong> – The County of Simcoe, in partnership with the City of Barrie, Township of Springwater and the Trans Canada Trail organization, invites media to attend the Grand Opening of the Hickling Recreational Trail. The ceremony will occur on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the trail entrance located at 1246 Snow Valley Road, Springwater. </p><p>The Hickling Recreational Trail is the first multi-use trail that directly connects Barrie to Springwater and is one of four additional trail connections being constructed over the summer that will allow residents using non-motorized means of transportation to move between the two municipalities. These five sections of new trails will also complete an 11 kilometre gap in the Trans Canada Trail between Springwater and Barrie and help form part of the 165 km Simcoe County Loop Trail which will launch later this summer. </p><p>In addition to financial support from the County of Simcoe, the project received funding from the Trans Canada Trail; the Government of Canada through the <a href="http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02195.html">Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program</a> (CIP 150); and Hydro One.</p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><p><strong>Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail</strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>1246 Snow Valley Road, Springwater Township<br>Entrance to Hickling Recreational Trail </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, June 28, 2017 <br>10 a.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Commitment to Forestry and Active Communities:</strong></p><p>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. The County continues to invest in strategic forestry acquisitions and within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Through its <em>Trails Connecting Communities Program</em>, the County makes $250,000 in annual funding available to local municipalities to construct and improve active transportation infrastructure, which often include, but not limited to, recreational trails. Since 2009, the County has provided more than $1.5 million to local municipalities towards the completion of 61 trail and active transportation projects. Furthermore, our County-owned forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational purposes. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br> </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span><p><br></p>
Summer Sundays at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Summer-Sundays-2017-06-15.aspx6/15/2017 2:19:07 PMSummer Sundays at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Minesing/June 15, 2017 </strong>– Spend your summer stay-cation at the Simcoe County Museum every Sunday afternoon in July and August. Your family will love this one of a kind experience, as you explore our history and take in food-inspired activities. </p><p>Summer Sundays run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Themes include:</p><ul><li><strong>July 2 - Happy Birthday Canada: </strong>Celebrate Canada's 150 Birthday with cake, games and more </li><li><strong>July 9 and 30 – Time for Tea: </strong>Make your own tea, and pair it with homemade scones fresh from the bread oven </li><li><strong>July 16 and August 6, 2017 – Jam Session: </strong>We will use berries of the season to make the sweetest homemade jam </li><li><strong>July 23 – Trades Day: </strong>Learn about some of those forgotten trades from the early 19<sup>th</sup> century </li><li><strong>August 13 – All About the Grains: </strong>What's better than homemade bread baked in the bread oven? How about homemade butter made with your own two hands </li><li><strong>August 20 – HCEA Building Simcoe County: </strong>The Museum grounds come alive with dozers, land movers, crushers and more </li><li><strong>August 27 – Butterfly Paradise:</strong> Help these threatened species by learning how to create a paradise of your own </li></ul><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $6; Student and Seniors $5; and Children $4. Pre-registration is not required. </p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:22%;"><strong>EVENT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Summer Sundays</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:22%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:22%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Sunday afternoons from July 2 to August 27<br>1 to 4:30 p.m. </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Meredith Patterson<br>Events, Programmer, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<br><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Donna Goodwin<br>Acting Education Director, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br>Donna.Goodwin<a href="mailto:Donna.Goodwin@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">@simcoe.ca</a>  </p>
Local partners host food security forumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/food-forum-2017-.aspx6/8/2017 1:04:39 PMLocal partners host food security forum<p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Midhurst/June 8, 2017 –</strong> Join local partners, service providers and community leaders for an upcoming Food Security Forum being held Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum. The forum is intended to identify action-oriented opportunities towards improving community and household food security in Simcoe County.  </p><p>The forum builds on public awareness generated through the Karma Project's 2016 Eat the Math campaign, which had volunteer participants experience what a person with limited access to food could expect to survive on for five days, through food kits similar to ones assembled at local Food Banks. </p><p>"Ensuring that our most vulnerable residents and families have sustainable access to nutritious and appropriate quantities of food is vital," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Having participated in the Eat the Math campaign, I can tell you first hand that proper nourishment directly impacts ones health and ability to perform well in day to day tasks. The purpose of the forum is to identify solutions and take meaningful action to address hunger and food security."</p><p>The event is being hosted by the County of Simcoe, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, United Way – Simcoe Muskoka, The Karma Project and the Simcoe County Food Partners Alliance. Registration is required. To RSVP please contact 705.735.6901. </p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Food Security Forum</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, June 14, 2017<br>9 a.m. – 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span><p> </p>
Donald A. Stuart | Designer | Craftsman: 50 Years of Creative Excellence at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Donald-A--Stuart-2017-06-07.aspx6/7/2017 8:15:36 PMDonald A. Stuart | Designer | Craftsman: 50 Years of Creative Excellence at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/June 7,</strong><strong><sup> </sup></strong><strong>2017 – </strong>In celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial, the Simcoe County Museum is pleased to announce our latest and uniquely innovative exhibition: <em>Donald A. Stuart / Designer / Craftsman / 50 Years of Creative Excellence. </em> </p><p>The exhibition features a cross-section of 50 years of artistic works, gathered together for the first time, by one of Canada's and Simcoe County's most acclaimed craftsmen, Donald A. Stuart. This retrospective showcases work from across the last five decades. The earliest piece is a sterling silver demitasse coffee service from 1967 which won two major awards in the Canadian Guild of Crafts exhibition of that year – Best Design and Best Hollowware.  Also included are many other national and international award winning pieces. </p><p>In time for the<strong> </strong>formal opening on June 20<sup>th</sup>,<strong> </strong>the <em>Homage Collection</em>, which includes 40 necklaces inspired by outstanding Canadian women and currently on tour at the Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery in Whitehorse, will be added to the exhibition. <em>Homage</em> celebrates contributions to Canada by women from all walks of life, across the centuries, from coast to coast. </p><p>Mr. Stuart was born in Toronto, graduated from The Ontario College of Art and is a long term resident of Simcoe County (Midhurst).  Mr. Stuart is a recipient of both the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.</p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0 "><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>EXHIBIT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Donald A. Stuart Exhibition</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum</p><p>1151 Highway 26 </p><p>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">May 20 to September 4, 2017 </td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p>-30-</p><p><br></p>
Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall re-elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directorshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/fcm-2017-06-06.aspx6/6/2017 4:35:27 PMDeputy Warden Terry Dowdall re-elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors<p>​<strong>Midhurst/June 6, 2017 </strong>– County of Simcoe Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall was re-elected for a second time to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors during its annual conference in Ottawa this past weekend.</p><p>FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Its Board of Directors is comprised of elected municipal officials and affiliate members from all regions and various-sized communities throughout Canada. FCM forms a broad base of support and carries the municipal message to the Government of Canada. </p><p>"I look forward to once again working alongside my fellow Ontario delegates on the FCM Board of Directors to ensure every community's voice is heard at the federal level," said Deputy Warden Dowdall, who has more than 17 years of government experience working at both the municipal and regional levels. "My seat on the board affords me the opportunity to champion the issues facing not only the County of Simcoe, but many Canadian municipalities." </p><p>Dowdall has forged strong partnerships with representatives from the public and private sectors to advance key inter-municipal initiatives, including infrastructure and development projects, area transportation systems, policing models, housing strategies, and budgetary and funding issues.</p><p>"With a national population of just under 36 million, many of which live in smaller municipalities, all levels of government are responsible for a ensuring our country remains healthy, strong and vibrant," said Warden Gerry Marshall.  "Terry's role on the FCM Board of Directors helps us to expand our audience beyond Ontario, to the federal government, which helps us strengthen our communities for the betterment of residents, our county, and our nation." </p><p>With Dowdall's representation federally at FCM, Lynn Dollin's representation provincially at the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) and Warden Gerry Marshall's representation at Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC), the County is well positioned to influence, share our experiences, and learn of other best practices across the region, the province, and Canada. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
Simcoe County Forestry setting traps to monitor spread of Emerald Ash Borerhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/forestry-setting-traps-to-monitor-spread-of-eab-17-6-6.aspx6/6/2017 1:00:26 PMSimcoe County Forestry setting traps to monitor spread of Emerald Ash Borer<p><strong>Midhurst/ June 6, 2017 </strong>– Simcoe County Forestry reminds residents, municipalities and stakeholders about steps they can take to manage the impact from the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).</p><p>The EAB is a wood boring beetle that is 8-14mm long (5/16" to 9/16"). It is bright metallic green with a coppery-reddish or purple colour to the abdomen. The insect attacks and kills Ash trees. Emerald Ash Borer attacks all true Ash trees including White, Black and Green Ash (Mountain-Ash is not true ash and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">NOT</span> a host for EAB) and kills more than 99 per cent of infected trees. EAB was first discovered in Simcoe County in 2013, and has been found in 11 of the 16 municipalities within the County of Simcoe, along with the City of Barrie.</p><p>"Invasive insects like the EAB remain costly issues for property owners, including municipalities, and continue to have a negative impact on our environment and forests," said Graeme Davis, Forester, County of Simcoe. "It is important that all landowners become aware of this issue and what options are available to them, so that they can make informed decisions before it is too late."</p><p>Simcoe County Forestry is setting traps in strategic locations throughout the County this summer to continue monitoring the spread of EAB. Monitoring reports will be provided to County Council and member municipalities later this summer. </p><p>"Our County Forests and history of stewardship remain a great source of pride for all our residents," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "With more than 33,000 acres of County Forests, it is vital that we continue our work with residents and area partners to share information."</p><p><strong>How EAB Infects Ash Trees:<br></strong>The larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer feed on the living tissue below the bark of an ash tree called the cambium. These feeding cavities stop the flow of nutrients and water within the tree causing the crown to die back, peeling bark and death in sometimes as little as two years. </p><p><strong>Treatment Options: <br></strong>It is the responsibility of the landowner to manage or remove trees on their own property. Most landowners will have two choices when considering the future of an Ash tree. The tree can usually be given protection against the insect by treating with a pesticide. Otherwise trees which are not protected will eventually die and need to be removed. </p><p>There are several pesticides available to treat Ash trees and increase survival. Trees should be treated before infection and during the growing season (late spring to late summer). The treatment of Ash trees can be a financially sound option for many landowners who wish to maintain landscape trees especially when considering the many benefits and values of these trees including aesthetics, home heating and cooling, land value appreciation and privacy. If trees are not treated to protect against the insect they can die quickly and become a safety hazard.</p><p>For more information about treatment options and full details about the EAB education campaign, please visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=5ff72b2d-02e7-4c8b-954c-8ce843a94abd">www.simcoe.ca/eab</a>.</p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
#GreenBintoWin contest encourages residents to feed your green bin not your garbagehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/GreenBintoWin-2017-06-05.aspx6/5/2017 6:11:55 PM#GreenBintoWin contest encourages residents to feed your green bin not your garbage<p>​<strong>Midhurst/June 5, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe wants residents to feed your green bin not your garbage. To encourage greater participation in its green bin program and raise awareness about proper waste disposal techniques, the County launched its #GreenBintoWin contest running June 1 through August 21, 2017. The social media contest offer green bin "feeders" a chance to win prize packs and a grand prize consisting of a weekend for two adults and two children at Fern Resort. </p><p>How do you enter?</p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Simply take a photo showing "How You Feed Your Green Bin"</li><li>Post/share it and follow/tag us on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecounty">@SimcoeCounty</a> and/or Facebook <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe">@CountyofSimcoe</a></li><li>Use the hashtag #GreenBintoWin</li></ol><p>In addition to the social media contest, County staff are hitting the road with the #GreenBintoWin tour in neighbourhoods across the County in search of some of the region's best green bin users. A happy green bin is a full green bin and some of the area's most generous "feeders" will receive County merchandise in recognition of their efforts. Staff will also offer friendly tips and advice for residents who may not participate in the green bin program or those who could use guidance to improve their waste disposal habits.  </p><p>"Our Council sought out a positive avenue to motivate our residents to participate in our organics program while rewarding residents who are already doing a great job," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Everyone loves contests and prizes and we're hopeful that with some encouragement and education about the program that our participation rates will increase and that more households will take steps to feed their green bin not their garbage." </p><p>For full contest rules, information and eligibility requirements please visit: <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=266fb593-2137-47eb-b70b-e7096510385c">www.simcoe.ca/greenbintowin</a>. </p><p>Did you know that County participation studies indicate that 65 per cent of Simcoe County residents use their green bin, but that 40 per cent of the materials being placed in our garbage should be put in green bins instead? In addition to all food scraps, here are other common items that should be added as snacks for your green bin:</p><ul><li>Tissues</li><li>Coffee cups (not lids)</li><li>Paper materials contaminated with food such as paper plates or used pizza boxes</li><li>Paper towels/napkins</li><li>Wax paper</li><li>Small wooden items contaminated with food such as stir sticks </li><li>Plants</li></ul><p>There are many benefits to using the green bin organics program:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Separation of materials into a green bin helps save landfill capacity for other materials which cannot be recycled or composted</li><li>Processing organics produces valuable compost or fertilizer</li><li>Keeping organics out of garbage reduces harmful greenhouse gas production in our landfills </li><li>Diverting organics through the green bin program helps protect our groundwater resources</li></ul><p>Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=f55d0cdd-9723-4470-8b1d-05642438d076">www.simcoe.ca/greenbin</a> to learn more about the green bin program or <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=ae857544-17dc-45d3-869c-5fe2901daf43">www.simcoe.ca/errc</a> to learn about how we plan to manage your waste differently in the future. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
County celebrates World Environment Day on June 5http://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-celebrates-world-environment-Day-june-5-16-6-5.aspx6/5/2017 1:45:02 PMCounty celebrates World Environment Day on June 5<p><strong>Midhurst/ June 5, 2017 </strong>– June 5, 2017 is World Environment Day (WED) and the County of Simcoe is joining communities across the globe to embrace the beauty of our natural environment. </p><p>"We welcome more than 9 million visitors each year who travel here to experience the natural beauty of Simcoe County—as residents we're so fortunate to live it each and every day," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We embrace our active, outdoor lifestyle and are committed to being sound environmental stewards by continuing to acquire new forest properties, plant trees, protect our land and water and invest in initiatives that reduce our footprint on our habitat." </p><p>WED is the United Nations' most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach. Join the global album and promote our beautiful region by sharing a photo or video of your favorite outdoor place in #SimcoeCounty using #WorldEnvironmentDay or #WithNature and tell the world why it's special to you. </p><p>From tree planting to planning policies to active trails to waste diversion and sustainable operations, the County is a leader in environmental stewardship. Did you know…</p><p><strong>Forestry and Tree Planting:<br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. Through our forestry program, and in partnership with local organizations, more than 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception. This season ranked as the third most productive tree planting season since 1977 with 85,450 trees being planted through our program across the County. A special thanks goes out to partners across the region including the North Simcoe Anglers and Hunters Conservation Club and Forests Ontario for working with us to advance our tree planting initiatives. </p><p>County of Simcoe Forestry received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) re-certification by the Rainforest Alliance in 2015 (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards. The County first achieved FSC certification in July 2010. Learn more about the FSC certification program at <a href="https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm">https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm</a>  </p><p><strong>Planning:<br></strong>Land use planning is about finding balance in perspectives and opinions on all sides. Through the County's updated Official Plan (which will guide growth through 2031), we have increased the amount of designated Greenlands in Simcoe County from 36 per cent to 40 per cent. That means that Simcoe County has 190,495 hectares of designated Greenlands which include some of our natural heritage areas such as forests, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and significant valleylands. </p><p><strong>Trails: <br></strong>The County has developed a detailed Trails Strategy, as well as a Transportation Master Plan, which both contain goals to increase connectivity of Active Transportation routes within the County. Through the Trails Connecting Communities Program, the County has $250,000 in annual funding available to local municipalities to construct and improve active transportation infrastructure. Since 2009, the County has provided more than $1.5 million to local municipalities towards the completion of 61 trail and active transportation projects. Furthermore, our County-owned forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational pursuits. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p><strong>Waste Management:<br></strong>The County of Simcoe continues to be among the very best in the province when it comes to diverting waste from landfills. The County ranked fifth out of 243 Ontario municipalities with a 60.5 per cent diversion rate for 2015. The County has also seen great success at its waste drop-off facilities, where innovative programs for over 20 different materials, including asphalt shingles and window glass, have diverted more than 70 per cent of waste materials dropped-off from being landfilled. In 2018, the County will be implementing new curbside collections for textiles and electronics during dedicated weeks in the spring and fall, adding to its many innovative programs aimed at increasing diversion.</p><p><strong>Sustainable Operations:<br></strong>As part of the County's Sustainable Operations Program, staff evaluate energy use and operations, and engrain new, innovative and efficient systems, products and practices into new buildings and vehicles. Examples of projects include: the Administration Centre's LEED Gold designation and Georgian Village's LEED Silver designation, an award recognizing a building's commitment to energy efficiency, functionality and environmentally-minded building materials; renewable energy systems to harness free power from Mother Earth - solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays and geothermal heating/cooling at the Administration Centre; corporate-wide purchasing of FSC-certified paper, committing to responsibly managed forests; an adopted best practice to install high efficiency and high ROI LED lights into buildings and parking lots; and one of the top-rated environmental vehicle fleets in Canada as rated by Fleet Challenge Ontario in 2014.</p><p>Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=7c5f8000-0f56-47a1-bf9e-89522b82f404">www.simcoe.ca/goodstewards</a> to learn more about the County's strong environmental initiatives. Or explore our beautiful landscape by visiting <a href="http://www.maps.simcoe.ca/">www.maps.simcoe.ca</a>.  </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County celebrates June as Seniors’ Monthhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Seniors-Month-2017-06-01.aspx6/1/2017 1:14:32 PMCounty celebrates June as Seniors’ Month<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ June 1, 2017 </strong>– Warden Gerry Marshall has proclaimed June as Seniors' Month in Simcoe County, marking the 32<sup>nd</sup> annual Seniors' Month in Ontario. The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat has dubbed this year's theme as "<strong><em>Living Your Best Life"</em></strong>. </p><p>By observing the month, the County of Simcoe hopes to emphasize the significance of supporting seniors living in our communities in achieving better health and a better quality of life for many years to come. In support of this commitment, the County recently released the first phase of its Age-Friendly Needs Assessment, a foundational document that includes priorities and key areas of focus to assist in the development of our Positive Aging Strategy. For full details, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=b4f9fb01-b431-4afa-81a9-023c32b7d644" target="_blank">www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>. </p><p>"Seniors play such an important role as key contributors to our communities and local economy," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our population ages over the coming decades we're taking a proactive approach now by continuing to invest in our seniors' facilities and advance our Positive Aging Strategy to ensure that all our residents can continue to <em>"live their best life" </em>right here in Simcoe County." </p><p>The County's Long Term Care and Seniors Services department are hosting a variety of events to <br>celebrate seniors at our various sites, culminating in a Resident BBQ bringing residents from all four long term care homes together at Sunset Manor in Collingwood on June 19 from noon to 2 p.m.</p><p>The County of Simcoe provides seniors services through several programs across the County, including Simcoe Village supportive housing in Beeton, Life Lease Seniors Living at Sunset Village in Collingwood, Adult Day Programs in Penetanguishene and Elmvale, and long term care services in four nursing homes located in Penetanguishene, Beeton, Collingwood, and Orillia. </p><p><strong>About the Age-Friendly Community Initiative</strong><br> The Age-Friendly initiative is guided by funding through the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat and supports local governments and community organizations to undertake strategic planning and develop local plans to address aging demographics and further enable people of all ages to fully participate in community life. After completing extensive public and stakeholder consultation, the County recently issued its Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Executive Summary and will release the full Needs Assessment Report this summer followed by the launch of the <em>Positive Aging Strategy</em> by the end of 2017. For full details, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=b4f9fb01-b431-4afa-81a9-023c32b7d644" target="_blank">www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>.  </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>