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Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-a-life-19-10-22.aspx10/22/2019 7:58:50 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst/October 22, 2019 </strong>– In celebration of CPR Month in November, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Township of Springwater, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation certification course on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Elmvale Community Hall.</p><p>Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session (space is limited):</p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-4">EVENT:</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" style="width:63%;height:279px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:50%;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​<strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">What</strong></span></td><td><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​<strong>Save-A-Life CPR Certification</strong></span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​<strong>Elmvale Community Hall</strong><br>33 Queen Street West<br>Elmvale, Ontario</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><strong>November 16, 2019</strong><br>9 a.m. to noon</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​Cost</strong></td><td><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><strong>​</strong><strong>Free</strong></span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​Registration</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">​</span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/cpr"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</span></a><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1">705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Participants will receive instruction in a Level A course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank.</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;"> <strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Get in the spirit at the Simcoe County Museum’s An Evening of Halloweenhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/get-in-the-spirit-at-the-simcoe-county-museums-an-evening-of-halloween.aspx10/18/2019 6:46:48 PMGet in the spirit at the Simcoe County Museum’s An Evening of Halloween<p>​<strong>Minesing/</strong><strong>October 18,</strong><strong> 2019 </strong>– Sneak out to your favourite haunt, the Simcoe County Museum, for <em>An Evening of Halloween - </em>perfect for all ages. Join us to celebrate Halloween, as ghosts, goblins and ghouls come alive from Monday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 30, between 6 and 8:30 p.m. </p><p>Games, activities and treats for everyone to enjoy. Get up close and personal with live creepy, crawly and slithery animals from Zootek, or play a round of Halloween Trivia<strong> </strong>before you venture outside. For braver souls, join us on the Terror Trail<em> </em>for an experience that is sure to raise the hair on the back of your neck. If you're too cute to spook, take a run around the Straw Bale Maze or walk along the Pumpkin Trail to enjoy some hot chocolate. Our Boo Barn<em> </em>is perfect for younger trick-or-treaters, or those not quite as brave. Be sure to dress for the weather and enjoy some great Halloween fun!</p><p>Museum Event Rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Students and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. Group bookings are available and pre-registration is required for groups of 10 or more. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, please visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.<br> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p><strong>An Evening of Halloween at the <br><strong>Simcoe County Museum </strong></strong></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>October 28, 29 and 30, 2019 <br>6 to 8:30 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">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;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1304<br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br> <a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Last Blast at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/last-blast-at-the-simcoe-county-museum-19-10-10.aspx10/10/2019 8:20:34 PMLast Blast at the Simcoe County Museum<p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Minesing/October 10, 2019</strong> – The Simcoe County Museum and the Historical Construction Equipment Association (H.C.E.A) of Canada present <strong>Last Blast</strong> on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the Museum's most popular events, Last Blast brings to life vintage construction equipment, tractors, classic trucks, steam-powered rollers, shovels, road-building equipment, and much more with demonstrations for visitors of all ages. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">In addition to machinery displays and demonstrations, visitors can stroll the Museum grounds, take in the permanent displays, and visit the indoor vendor area along with the Mecanno® display and hands-on Mecanno® area.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Stay for the day and purchase lunch at the concession stand, or pack your own lunch to enjoy at one of our covered picnic areas. If you missed Wheels and Tracks in the spring, Last Blast will be your last chance to catch the area's antique machines in action before the snow flies. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Event rates apply for Last Blast: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Youth and Seniors $6; and Children are $5.<br> <br>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum's website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>EVENT:    </strong><strong>Last Blast</strong></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Where: </span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">      Simcoe County Museum<br>                   1151 Highway 26</span>, <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Minesing, Ontario</span></span></p><div><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">When:        October 19, 2019</span><span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:"arial", sans-serif;"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">                     10 a.m. – 4 p.m.</span></span></div><div><br>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.</div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">- 30 –</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Contacts:<br></strong></p><div style="text-align:left;"> </div><p class="Default" style="text-align:left;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Shaughna Crew, <br> Events Programmer</span><br><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Museum</span><br><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-728-3721 ext. 1304</span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="color:blue;"><br>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</span></span></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> </span></p><p class="Default" style="text-align:left;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement</span><br><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Museum<br><span style="color:windowtext;">705-728-3721 ext. 1320</span></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br>forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</span></a></span></p>
County of Simcoe hosts 2019 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-hosts-2019-newcomer-recognition-awards.aspx10/15/2019 6:07:46 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts 2019 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p>​<strong>Midhurst/October 15, 2019 –</strong> Media are invited to attend the seventh annual Newcomer Recognition Awards on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Thornton.  </p><p>The Newcomer Recognition Awards ceremony was created by the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership to recognize community leaders and champions who take decisive action to enhance the lives of newcomers in Simcoe County. At this year's event, the County of Simcoe will also highlight the successful integration of many newcomers to Simcoe County, and celebrate our diversity and its positive impacts on our communities.   </p><p>Award recipients are nominated by their peers through an open nomination process. This year, the County received 44 total submissions, which were reviewed by a committee of community stakeholders, reflective of the award categories. Awards will be handed out for the following categories: Immigrant Youth; Immigrant Mentor; Immigrant Artist; Immigrant Entrepreneur; Culturally Diverse Workforce; Welcoming Work Environment; Marketing and Outreach; Multiculturalism through Education; Service Excellence Award; Youth Community Champion; Community Champion.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><strong>County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awards</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club<br>4730 Sideroad #25 <br>Thornton, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Thursday, October 24, 2019<br>6 p.m. to 10 p.m.<br><em>Note: Media are asked to contact County of Simcoe Communications and Events Department to confirm attendance.</em></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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> </p>
Community partners open Lucy’s Placehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/community-partners-open-lucys-place.aspx10/10/2019 5:22:44 PMCommunity partners open Lucy’s Place<p>​<strong>Midhurst/October 10, 2019 </strong>– The County of Simcoe today, in partnership with Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre and the City of Barrie, celebrated the grand opening of Lucy’s Place, an innovative approach to addressing affordable housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness. </p><p> Lucy’s Place is an 18-unit supportive housing complex located in Barrie, Ontario. Two properties consisting of an old motel and adjacent home, were purchased by the County of Simcoe in 2017, with funding support from the Government of Ontario, and converted into Lucy’s Place through a unique, innovative and collaborative partnership between the County, Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre and the City of Barrie. </p><p> In 2018, the County entered into a 25-year ground lease agreement with Redwood Park Communities, a non-profit organization with a mandate to build safe, affordable, and hopeful housing in a supportive environment. Redwood Park Communities oversaw the conversion, and the David Busby Centre is providing case management and 24/7 supports to the residents of the project through their Housing First philosophy and program. </p><p>In an effort to identify creative solutions to reach its 10-Year Affordable Housing targets, of creating 2,685 new affordable housing units and preventing homelessness in our communities between 2014-2024, the County hosted an Affordable Housing Innovations Forum in February 2017. The Forum brought together stakeholders from across the social housing system to learn about innovative new approaches to tackling affordable housing shortages in Simcoe County. The input received at this Forum served as the impetus for Simcoe County Council’s approval of the purchase of the properties for conversion. To-date, the County, in collaboration with area partners, has created more than 1,500 new affordable housing units, inclusive of the 18 units at Lucy’s Place. <br><br> <strong>Fast Facts: </strong><br><br> <em>Funding: </em></p> <ul><li><p>The project was made possible due to the generosity of a number of levels of government, local businesses, organizations and individuals </p></li><li><p>The County of Simcoe purchased the properties in 2017 for $1,563,750 (including land transfer tax). The project was funded with a combination of Government of Ontario and County funds </p></li><ul><li><p>The Government of Ontario approved up to $1,812,829 in capital funds for the project under the Home for Good program (HFG). HFG capital funds are provided as quarterly payments over twenty years </p></li><li><p>$853,000 was approved from the County of Simcoe’s Social Housing Reserve of which $248,000 will be reimbursed by the Home for Good (HFG) capital funds, leaving a net County of Simcoe investment of $605,000 </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font face="Courier New,Courier New PSMT" size="3"><font face="Courier New,Courier New PSMT" size="3"></font></font><li><p>The Government of Ontario is also providing HFG operating funds of $184,000 per year for support services, and approximately $140,000 in annual rent subsidies </p></li></ul><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>The City of Barrie is contributing $152,115 to the project as a redevelopment grant from its 2018 Community Improvement Plan funds </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>Five of the units in the home are also funded through HFG and County funds with an additional sixth unit being made possible by a private donation </p></li></ul><p> <em>Services: </em> </p><ul><li><p>Lucy’s Place consists of a converted motel which now has 12 self-contained bachelor units, a common area, communal kitchen, and office/programming space. The adjacent home provides six additional units in a congregate style living arrangement where residents have their own bedroom and share kitchen and bathroom facilities </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>Clients residing at Lucy's Place have been experiencing extreme chronic homelessness </p></li><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial,Arial" size="3"></font></font><font size="3"></font><li><p>Redwood Park Communities and David Busby Centre collaborate to create a supportive community, with on-site supports provided 24/7 </p></li></ul><p> <strong>Quotes: </strong><br><br> "Lucy’s Place is made possible due to opportunities created through community partnerships. Together we’re making an impact in our communities, and Lucy’s Place is a shining example of how collaborative efforts can lead to life-changing solutions. Thank you to Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre, the Government of Ontario and the City of Barrie for working with us and making Lucy’s Place a reality." <br><br> ~ Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe <br><br> "Lucy's Place represents hope. It is a perfect example of what we can achieve when government and community work together. This is the type of innovation and collaboration that is needed to help address the complex social challenges we are facing." <br><br> ~ Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie <br><br> "It has been an absolute honour to be part of this housing project, and we couldn't have done it without our donors, volunteers, and the trades, many of whom donated their skills or materials. It took us almost 18 months to build Lucy's Place, and the residents made it into a community within a matter of days - a true testament to the impact of safe, affordable, hopeful housing." <br><br> ~ Tim Kent, Executive Director, Redwood Park Communities <br><br> "Busby Centre is honoured and proud to be a partner in this very important project. We believe that ending chronic homelessness in our community is possible and this project is a significant step toward our community effort to do so. Every person we meet has value and has a right to a safe and affordable home." <br><br> ~ Sara Peddle, Executive Director, David Busby Centre <br><br> <strong>About County of Simcoe</strong><br>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 simcoe.ca. </p><p><strong>About Redwood Park Communities</strong><br> Redwood Park Communities is building safe, affordable, hopeful housing in a supportive community. To learn more visit <strong>https://www.redwoodparkcommunities.com. </strong></p><p><strong>About David Busby Centre </strong><br>The David Busby Centre is one of the lead organizations participating in actively bringing those solutions based and housing first best practices to our community. Visit <strong>https://www.busbycentre.ca. </strong></p><p><strong>About City of Barrie </strong><br>Barrie is an exciting, caring and progressive community that 147,000 people call home. Situated 90 km north of the Greater Toronto Area on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie offers an excellent life style and multitude of recreational opportunities. We are committed to the growth of prosperity of Central Ontario’s leading City and most dynamic waterfront community. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 - </strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-734-8386 (mobile) <br><span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> <br><br>Jennifer van Gennip <br>Director of Communications <br>Redwood Park Communities <br>705-881-1890 <br><a href="mailto:jennifer@redwoodparkcommunities.com">jennifer@redwoodparkcommunities.com</a>  </span></span></p>
National Manufacturing Day kicks off new series of Made in Simcoe County success storieshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/national-manufacturing-day-kicks-off-new-series-of-made-in-simcoe-county-success-stories-.aspx10/4/2019 4:53:12 PMNational Manufacturing Day kicks off new series of Made in Simcoe County success stories<p><strong>Midhurst/October 4, 2019 – </strong>The<strong> </strong>County of Simcoe is recognizing October 4 as National Manufacturing Day­ ­­– a day dedicated to highlighting the benefits of modern manufacturing careers and inspiring the next generation of manufacturers across Simcoe County. </p><p>Simcoe County is home to more than 1,000 businesses that employ approximately 23,000 people to manufacture medical equipment, build vehicles for global export, develop infrastructure, and impact lives well beyond our borders. This week signals the launch of more success stories through the County's <em>Made in Simcoe County</em> campaign, including Creemore Springs Brewery, Kumi Canada Corporation, Molded Precision Components and Napoleon. These manufacturers are all using cutting-edge technologies and providing unique work cultures. </p><p>“Offering first-class education, health care, recreation and community supports, Simcoe County is becoming a major player in attracting business investment and job opportunities," said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “Our manufacturing sector is alive and well. Through initiatives such as the <em>Made in Simcoe County</em> campaign and investments in infrastructure like the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, the County continues to support our economy, businesses and workers."</p><p>Through the work of the Economic Development office, the County of Simcoe aims to promote local businesses offering innovative and rewarding job opportunities, and to inspire workers to explore careers in Simcoe County's manufacturing industry. For more information, visit <strong>madein.simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p><strong>About Made in Simcoe County Initiative</strong></p><p>Since its launch in November 2018, the <em>Made in Simcoe County</em> campaign has promoted the world-class products, services and job opportunities created in our region. <em>Made in Simcoe County</em> offers residents and commuters a backstage pass into innovative companies within Simcoe County, showcasing the breadth of available career opportunities, helping to bridge the gap between job seekers, the general public and industry. The County encourages local businesses to share their manufacturing success stories on Twitter using #MadeinSimcoeCounty. </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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS </strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> </p>
Warden’s Gala raises $55,000 for United Way Simcoe Muskokahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/wardens-gala-raises-$55,000-for-united-way-simcoe-muskoka.aspx10/4/2019 2:26:30 PMWarden’s Gala raises $55,000 for United Way Simcoe Muskoka<p><strong>Midhurst/October 4, 2019 – </strong>Simcoe County Warden George Cornell hosted the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Simcoe County Warden's Gala at The Club at Bond Head on October 3, 2019. Thanks to the sponsorship of numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, the event raised $55,000 in support of United Way Simcoe Muskoka.  </p><p>“I would like to thank all our generous sponsors who attended the 13<sup>th</sup> annual Warden's Gala," said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “Over the past 60 years, United Way Simcoe Muskoka has provided supports to our residents in need and helped equip our partners with resources to implement life-changing programs. We are proud to continue to support United Way Simcoe Muskoka through our Gala, which has raised more than $755,000 to-date."</p><p>This year's speakeasy-themed Warden's Gala highlighted the Saints and Sinners Bootleggers' Run Trail, which brings together 17 beer, wine and cider producers from across the Counties of Simcoe, Grey and Bruce. The evening also included a musical performance by the Sean Stanley Quintet and Miss Dior and the outstanding work of 104.1 FM The Dock's Meg Whitton as the evening's emcee. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is a proud partner of United Way Simcoe Muskoka in part because of the shared missions. Through the Children and Community Services, Social Housing, and Ontario Works departments, the County administers essential social services programs for close to 500,000 residents throughout the region including the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. </p><p>“We are thankful for the relationship that we have with the County," said United Way Simcoe Muskoka CEO Dale Biddell. “It's a relationship that extends far beyond workplace philanthropy. By sharing knowledge and data and by working together, we are able to make the deepest investment and impact on the social issues that limit opportunities for a full life for too many of our residents."</p><p><strong>About United Way Simcoe Muskoka</strong></p><p>United Way Simcoe Muskoka invests grants, research and expertise to address high-priority social challenges across Simcoe County. These life-changing resources highlight entrenched issues caused by poverty and help drive lasting change in our communities.</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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS </strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Douglas Landsborough<br>Marketing and Communications Specialist<br>United Way Simcoe Muskoka <br>705-726-2301 ext. 2025<br>905-716-9294 (mobile)<br> DLandsborough@UWSimcoeMuskoka.ca </p>
Long-term care partnerships working for residentshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/long-term-care-partnerships-working-for-residents.aspx10/1/2019 5:59:27 PMLong-term care partnerships working for residents<p><strong>Midhurst/October 1, 2019 –</strong> Improvements to long-term care delivery in Simcoe County are coming due to advocacy efforts by Simcoe County Council and industry partners, including AdvantAge Ontario. </p><p>Staffing in long-term care is at a crisis point for most homes throughout Ontario and this places a significant burden on the system for the province as a whole. However, new policy directions in long-term care funding are expected to provide needed stability for long-term care homes over the next year while the sector continues to work collaboratively with the province to ensure residents' needs are at the forefront. The province announced, after consultation with stakeholders, that it will continue the Structural Compliance Premium (SCP) to March 31, 2020 while it launches consultations this fall on what a new minor capital program might look like. The province is also continuing the High Wage Transition Fund (HWTF) to December 31, 2020 as it works diligently to develop a long-term care staffing strategy. Both programs, previously cancelled, left municipalities and operators struggling to find funding avenues. The province has recognized funding gaps and is now working to come up with more comprehensive solutions.</p><p>Virtually all long-term care homes throughout Ontario are struggling to retain qualified staff. This means Ontarians are greatly affected by these province-wide challenges in long-term care. As our communities age, in Simcoe County seniors represent the fastest growing age-demographic. New funding and new thinking around solutions for long-term care are at a critical point in Ontario. The government has recognized that retention and recruitment strategies around workers in this industry are key factors towards its survival and success. It is anticipated that this new direction taken by the Government of Ontario will support the industry in creating a better work environment to retain necessary staff. </p><p>At an August meeting, County Council approved recommendations to employ an annual funding stabilization payment to bridge the gap that would have resulted from the original cancellation announced by the province. As a result of the recent provincial announcements, the County of Simcoe will maintain $846,777 in provincial funding for HWTF and SCP in 2019/20 to ensure care levels and facilities are maintained for the continued safety, quality and security of this vulnerable population.</p><p>“This is great news for our residents, our four homes and all long-term care operators in Ontario," said Jane Sinclair, County of Simcoe General Manager of Health and Emergency Services as well as board chair for AdvantAge Ontario. “We continue to face funding pressures that impact staffing, programs and ultimately the level of care we can provide. We thank the province for this major direction in funding and for listening to our concerns while supporting long-term care residents across the province."  </p><p>“Simcoe County Council was ready to step up to the plate and help fill the funding gap with a short-term solution for our four long-term care homes," said Warden George Cornell. “It's encouraging that this government continues to listen to municipal service providers and work with us to find both short- and long-term solutions that are efficient and sustainable and ultimately keeps in mind the care of residents and resource needs of our long-term care homes. We thank the Government of Ontario for this important funding announcement." </p><p><strong>Quick Facts: </strong></p><ul><li>The County owns and operates four long-term care facilities, including Simcoe Manor in Beeton, Sunset Manor in Collingwood, Trillium Manor in Orillia and Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene, housing 541 residents in total</li><li>The County provides state-of-the-art adult lifestyle communities, offering an entire continuum of housing and services combined with a unique opportunity to age in place</li><li>To support resident safety and continuous quality improvement, all four County long-term care homes participated in a voluntary accreditation process conducted by Accreditation Canada </li><li>County staff provide a number of direct services to older adults through adult day programs, assisted living programs, transportation, paramedic services and coordination of programs through the Simcoe County Age-Friendly Initiative </li><li>More than 18 per cent of Simcoe County residents are 65+ years of age. Seniors represent the fastest growing age demographic in Simcoe County, outpacing the average provincial growth rate</li></ul><p><strong>AdvantAge Ontario </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.advantageontario.ca/">AdvantAge Ontario</a> represents and supports the critical work of not-for-profits in the provision of seniors care in Ontario. For 100 years, as the association of not-for-profit long term care, housing, and services for seniors, AdvantAge Ontario has connected stakeholders to deliver the best possible care for seniors in an efficient, respectful way.  </p><p><strong>County of Simcoe</strong></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 <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> </p>
Innovative approach to supportive housing officially openshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/innovative-approach-to-supportive-housing-officially-opens-19-10-1.aspx10/1/2019 3:34:55 PMInnovative approach to supportive housing officially opens<strong>Midhurst/October 1, 2019</strong> – The County of Simcoe, in partnership with Redwood Park Communities, the David Busby Centre and the City of Barrie, will formally celebrate the grand opening of Lucy's Place on October 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. <br><br><div>Lucy's Place is an 18-unit supportive housing complex that was converted from an old motel and adjacent house. The property was purchased in 2017 by the County of Simcoe, thanks in part to the provincial Home for Good (HFG) funding program, which is aimed at assisting those who are chronically homeless in securing and maintaining housing with the appropriate supports. Additional funding was provided by the County of Simcoe through the Social Housing Reserve Fund and by the City of Barrie through a grant from the 2018 Community Improvement Plan. Through a leasing agreement, Redwood Park Communities renovated and continues to operate the facility. Through a support service agreement, David Busby Centre staff are onsite 24/7 to provide a supportive housing program to the residents.</div><div><br class="ms-rteFontSize-3"></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>EVENT:     Grand Opening of Lucy’s Place</strong><br></span></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>Where:     </strong>170 Essa Road, Barrie, Ontario<br></span></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>When:</strong>      Thursday, October 10, 2019 ~ 10 a.m.</span></div><div><p><strong>About County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>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. </p><p><strong>About Redwood Park Communities</strong><br><strong> </strong>Redwood Park Communities created safe, affordable, hopeful housing in supportive community to meet the growing need in Simcoe County. To learn more visit <strong>https://www.redwoodparkcommunities.com</strong>.</p><p><strong>About David Busby Centre</strong><br><strong> </strong>The David Busby Centre is one of the lead organizations participating in actively bringing those solutions based and housing first best practices to our community. Visit <strong>https://www.busbycentre.ca </strong>for more information.</p><p><strong>About City of Barrie </strong><br>Barrie is an exciting, caring and progressive community that 147,000 people call home. Situated 90 km north of the Greater Toronto Area on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie offers an excellent life style and multitude of recreational opportunities. We are committed to the growth of prosperity of Central Ontario's leading City and most dynamic waterfront community.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 - </strong><br></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong><br></p><p><strong>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)</strong><br><strong> </strong><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca"><strong>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Jennifer van Gennip<br>Director of Communications<br>Redwood Park Communities<br>705-881-1890</strong><br><a href="mailto:jennifer@redwoodparkcommunities.com"><strong>jennifer@redwoodparkcommunities.com</strong></a><br></p></div><br>
County of Simcoe Warden proclaims October 1, 2019 National Seniors Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-warden-proclaims-october-1-2019-national-seniors-day.aspx10/1/2019 1:30:09 PMCounty of Simcoe Warden proclaims October 1, 2019 National Seniors Day<p><strong>Midhurst/October 1, 2019 –</strong> County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell proclaims October 1, 2019 as National Seniors Day. By observing National Seniors Day, the County of Simcoe hopes to emphasize the importance of supporting our seniors with improved health, community and social services, to celebrate their tremendous contributions to our vibrant communities, and to ensure a high quality of life for aging residents for many years to come. </p><p>“The County is proud to support and provide important services to all our residents," said Warden George Cornell. “Our region has become a very popular destination for seniors to live, work and retire in and we thank all our seniors for their continued contributions to our communities."</p><p>Simcoe County continues to experience rapid aging above both national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is 18 per cent of the population compared to 16.7 per cent in Ontario and 16.9 per cent in Canada, with the population aged 65 and over expected to more than double over the next 20 years.</p><p>Through County-led initiatives and strong partnerships with local, regional and provincial organizations, the County of Simcoe works to improve the quality of life for senior residents. From the management of four County-operated long-term care homes, to Paramedic Services programs, to improved transportation through LINX transit, to our County-run Age-friendly Community Initiative, to County representation at key healthcare-related work-groups, the County of Simcoe is actively engaged on a variety of crucial services that impact seniors in Simcoe County.  </p><p><strong>Age-Friendly Community Initiative</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario of as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. The funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County's age-friendliness and to determine the recommendations for action according to scope of community responsibility. A variety of community engagement processes were used to collect feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers of older adults to produce the <em>Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment</em>, annual progress reports and the County's <em>Positive Aging Strategy</em>. All these documents can be found at <strong>simcoe.ca/age-friendly</strong>.</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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>