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County celebrates local immigrant employment success stories through Recognition Eventhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/employer-event.aspx4/24/2018 1:30:37 PMCounty celebrates local immigrant employment success stories through Recognition Event<p><strong>Midhurst/ April 17, 2018 </strong><strong>–</strong> The County of Simcoe held a gathering on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Gibson Centre in Alliston to speak about the work being done as a result of receiving a Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF) grant from the Government of Ontario. </p><p>The Poverty to Employment project is supported by $230,000 in funding delivered through the Government of Ontario's Local Poverty Reduction Fund. The grant, funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by its agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is helping the County of Simcoe's Local Immigration Partnership to support and serve the increasing immigrant residency in Simcoe County.</p><p>The funding supported the development and delivery of seven modules of training for 10 Employment Ontario agency staff, a marketing and outreach component, and the Community Connections events in Barrie on April 11<sup>th</sup>, Alliston on April 17<sup>th</sup>, and Bradford on May 1<sup>st</sup>. The data collected will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province, including a comprehensive evaluation component, provided by Georgian College through their Research Analyst Program.  </p><p><strong>Success Stories:</strong></p><p>Khaled and Mohammad are Syrian refugees that have been employed at Black Bear Flooring in Alliston for almost two years. Their placement was supported by Focus Employment an Employment Ontario agency. Through their assessment, Focus determined that Mohammad and Khaled both qualified for the Employment Incentive Program. The program allowed Mohammad and Khaled to earn a wage while training, and provided them with the necessary funds to cover the cost of needed work-related clothing such as safety boots, work pants and durable winter jackets for outdoor work. Focus assessment gave Khaled and Mohammad the necessary tools to successfully start their career in Canada. </p><p>The event was held in conjunction with the Community Connections fair occurring at the Gibson Centre on Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. where immigrant residents had an opportunity to connect with area employment and community support services. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of 16-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><strong>Quotes: </strong></p><p>“Ontario is investing in programs that will measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty. The County of Simcoe serves as an excellent example—through their innovative employment programming, the County is helping us learn more about what approaches are making a difference for their growing immigrant community. In turn, this will help government, communities and all of our partners design and deliver more effective programs to combat poverty as we continue making Ontario the best place to call home." –Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing, Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy</p><p>“This is a tremendous program that supports our newcomers and helps our businesses fill labour needs," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “With a growing immigrant population in Simcoe County of more than 61,600 newcomers making up 13 per cent of our population, the County with tremendous support from the province and area employment agencies are stepping up in a big way to make our communities as welcoming as possible for newcomers." </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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> </p>
Simcoe County Museum remains closed due to small firehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-County-Museum-remains-closed-due-to-small-fire.aspx4/23/2018 9:52:46 PMSimcoe County Museum remains closed due to small fire<p>​</p><p><strong>Midhurst/ April 23, 2018 </strong>– The Simcoe County Museum will remain closed early this week (April 23-24) for remediation following a small fire that occurred at the facility on Saturday afternoon. </p><p>Due to the quick efforts of staff and first responders, the fire was contained to a small section of the Living and Working gallery (Military section) located in the north east corner of the main building. While this section of the building requires repairs, damage to artifacts was minimal with water damage to only one WWI Billboard, an original linen backed paper billboard that depicts a soldier standing at a grave, with the words “If ye break faith – we shall not sleep". This billboard features prominently in the Military section of the gallery. A handful of other artifacts within the gallery also received minor smoke damage. </p><p>The Museum will remain closed to the public until later in the week. This includes cancellation of any conference/meeting room functions, school groups and general admission. The facility will be assessed again on Tuesday, April 24 and a status update will follow.  </p><p>The County thanks everyone for their understanding and it is truly grateful that the Museum and the unique County history it contains have been preserved for future generations. </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="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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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 of Simcoe launches new website to help address the current opioid crisis in Simcoe Muskokahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/prevent-od-2018-04-20.aspx4/20/2018 7:46:16 PMCounty of Simcoe launches new website to help address the current opioid crisis in Simcoe Muskoka<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 20, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe, as part of the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) partnership, has launched a new online resource called <a title="link to site" href="http://www.preventod.ca/" target="_blank">www.preventOD.ca</a> to help those struggling with addiction, their family and friends, primary care practitioners, emergency managers, and other residents who want to know more about what they can do to prevent the opioid crisis from worsening. The site provides helpful information about safe opioid use, area harm reduction services, and local treatment and support services. It also offers an area for professionals to access tools related to the treatment and management of pain and addictions.</p><p>The site also features an anonymous area to report bad drugs. The Report Bad Drugs form allows a person who has consumed street drugs, or someone who supports them, to report a bad or unexpected reaction to a street drug to help others know about bad drugs that may be circulating in our communities. This Report Bad Drugs form is completely anonymous and no interaction with law enforcement will result. Once a Report Bad Drugs form is completed, it will immediately be available for others to view. The form can be accessed directly through <a title="link to site" href="http://www.reportbaddrugssimcoe.ca/" target="_blank">www.reportbaddrugssimcoe.ca</a> or <a title="Link to site" href="http://www.reportbaddrugsmuskoka.ca/" target="_blank">www.reportbaddrugsmuskoka.ca</a>. </p><p>Since 2016, the rates of opioid addiction and misuse have been rising rapidly across the country.  Simcoe Muskoka is not immune to this crisis.  SMOS is a multi-sector collaboration formed to address the opioid crisis in Simcoe and Muskoka, and the harms it is causing to individuals, families and communities.</p><p><strong>Local stats*</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Year</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Emergency Department Visits</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Hospitalizations</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Deaths</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2008</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">121</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">86</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">19</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2016</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">271</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">126</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">46</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Jan-Sept 2017</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">346</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">87</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">36</td></tr></tbody></table><p>“The crisis related to opioid overdose and addiction is sweeping across Canada and we know our region is seeing a significant spike in reported cases with the impacts being felt by growing demand on our paramedics, emergency departments and community programs," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services. “Together, with area partners, we are building a local strategy and are hopeful that this new website and anonymous reporting tool will support with greater safety and awareness 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>.<br><em class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><br>*Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Interactive Opioid Tool. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2018. Available from: </em><a href="http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/DataAndAnalytics/Opioids/Opioids.aspx"><em class="ms-rteFontSize-1">http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/DataAndAnalytics/Opioids/Opioids.aspx</em></a></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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> </p>
#ITSTARTS campaign kicks off for a second year April 23 to May 4https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/itstarts-campaign-kicks-off-april-23-to-may-4-2018-4-18.aspx4/18/2018 1:24:24 PM#ITSTARTS campaign kicks off for a second year April 23 to May 4<p>​<strong>Midhurst/April 18, 2018 –</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership kicks off its second year of the #ITSTARTS campaign to raise awareness about multiculturalism and reduce racism and discrimination in our communities. The campaign runs for two weeks April 23 to May 4.</p><p>The #ITSTARTS initiative is an educational campaign and a social movement where participants are asked to complete an #ITSTARTS card and share a photo or video through social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTS. Residents are encouraged to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @ExperienceSimcoeCounty (Instagram) in their messages. </p><p>“With a growing immigrant population in Simcoe County of more than 61,600 newcomers making up 13 per cent of our population, this is a great initiative to demonstrate just how open and welcoming our communities are," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “I encourage our residents to join the movement and share their support of multiculturalism and acceptance as we continue to promote our welcoming communities." </p><p>#ITSTARTS cards, available in both English and French, are available through local libraries. It can also be downloaded through <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts">www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts</a> which hosts resources, tips, and tools on taking safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. Videos and photos throughout the month will be shared and promoted through the County's website and social media channels. </p><p>The 2017 campaign was the first year running the initiative in Simcoe County and residents embraced the movement with 8,000 pledge cards distributed and a reported social media reach of 1.5 million. The initiative is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including Barrie Public Library, City of Barrie, Georgian College, the Ethnic Mosaic Partnership, Lakehead University, OPP, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, South Simcoe County, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services (mobile unit), YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.   </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="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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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 of Simcoe ranks second in province in residential waste diversionhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/second-in-province-2018-04-17.aspx4/17/2018 7:22:54 PMCounty of Simcoe ranks second in province in residential waste diversion<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 17, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe continues to be among the very best in the province when it comes to residential waste diversion. The County received second place out of all Ontario municipalities in the annual Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority Datacall (Ontario's standardized waste reporting and calculation process) with a 60.7 per cent residential diversion rate for 2016. The County also placed first for diversion in the Urban Regional category.</p><p>"Our residents deserve credit for their continued participation in our diversion programs," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "It's clear that our entire region is becoming better at separating their waste and utilizing our existing County diversion programs both at curbside and at our Waste Management Facilities. We always have room for improvement, and greater use of our green bins will help us achieve even stronger results moving forward."</p><p>The diversion rate of 60.7 per cent is the County's highest in 10 years of recording. The County has also seen great success in its annual curbside collection of batteries and 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 drop-off materials.</p><p>The County continues to demonstrate leadership in waste diversion practices, including recommendations to add additional material to its green bin program later this year, introduce new curbside collections during designated weeks for textiles in June and electronics in September, as well as ongoing work on the development of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre. Due to changes in contracted recycling services, the County expects to see fluctuations in its 2017 Datacall result.</p><p>The full report is available at <a title="Link to report" href="https://rpra.ca/datacall/" target="_blank">https://rpra.ca/datacall/</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;">-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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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 local immigrant employment success stories through recognition eventhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-celebrates-local-immigrant-employment-success-stories-through-recognition-event-.aspx4/16/2018 4:39:41 PMCounty celebrates local immigrant employment success stories through recognition event<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 16, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe, with funding from the Government of Ontario and administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is hosting an Immigrant Recognition Event in Alliston at the Gibson Centre, on April 17 at 4 p.m. Media and guests attending the event will hear two immigrant employment success stories, including their employment training journey, that resulted from The Poverty to Employment project. </p><p>The event is being held in conjunction with the Community Connections fair occurring at the Gibson Centre on Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. where immigrant residents will have an opportunity to connect with area employment and community support services. </p><p> </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:69%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:277px;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:55%;"><strong>Poverty to Employment Project Recognition Event</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:277px;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:55%;"><p>The Gibson Centre<br> 63 Tupper St West<br> Alliston, ON</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:277px;"><p><strong>When</strong></p><p><strong>Who</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:55%;"><p>Tuesday, April 17, 2018<br> 4 p.m.</p><p>Media and guests will hear from Warden Gerry Marshall, representatives from Black Bear Flooring, Focus Employment Services and have an opportunity to speak with two newcomers about the impact of the project on their employment journey</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>
11th Annual Simcoe County Tri-Service Public Safety Communications Awards honour Public Safety Communicatorshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/11th-sc-tri-service-public-safety-communications-awards-honour-public-safety-communicators-2018-04-10.aspx4/10/2018 6:06:28 PM11th Annual Simcoe County Tri-Service Public Safety Communications Awards honour Public Safety Communicators<p><strong>Midhurst/April 10, 2018 </strong>– The Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Communicator of the Year and Team Award winners will be recognized at the 11<sup>th</sup> annual ceremony on April 12, 2018.</p><p>This ceremony will recognize the exceptional work of the unsung but essential call-takers, dispatchers, and supervisors in our emergency response system. These are the men and women who provide a vital link to callers in distress and provide a communications safety net to emergency responders on scene. Since its inception, seven Communicators-of-the-Year, 281 individual and team communicators, and nine brave youth have been recognized. </p><p>“For more than a decade, we have had the honour of recognizing this group of committed individuals for their exemplary work under challenging, and sometimes traumatic conditions," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “On behalf of Simcoe County's more than 460,000 residents and nine million annual visitors who all depend on you, it is my honour to say thank you for your commitment to serve and your strength to persevere."</p><p>Mystyslaw Litwin, representing Georgian Central Ambulance Communication Centre (CACC), is the recipient of the <strong>2017 Simcoe County Public Safety Communicator-of-the-Year Award</strong>.  With more than seven years of service, Litwin is regarded by both his supervisors and his peers who note that he is “credible, trusted, respected, empathetic and authentic". Known for his support and encouragement of others, he acts as a Peer Supporter, providing emotional support to colleagues experiencing compassion fatigue and occupational stress. Technically proficient, with a fine attention to detail and thriving on challenge, he generously mentors others and willingly takes on acting supervisory roles.   </p><p>The <strong>2017 Simcoe County Public Safety Communications Joint Team Award</strong> is being presented Barrie Fire & Emergency Service and Georgian CACC for their response to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 400 on Halloween. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a fully loaded tanker truck exploded in an accident on Highway 400 in the northbound lanes. Both communication centres were short staff, when calls unlike any that the communicators had heard before began to come in.  The scene was described by frantic callers as absolute devastation, with screams and explosions heard in the background. Ten fire services were engaged from both Simcoe County and York Region, along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS), Toronto Emergency Medical Services and York Regional Police Services. There two multiple fatalities, and critical injuries, along with a diesel spill, which all led to the highway remaining closed in both directions for hours. On a call that lasted for six hours, while other calls continued to come in, these communicators remained steadfast and never wavered.</p><p>Seven teams are also being recognized in the Team Recognition category:</p><ul><li>Barrie Fire & Emergency Service and Georgian CACC for their response to a fallen rock climber in Clearview Township on October 8, 2017</li><li>Barrie Police Service for their response to multiple calls reporting a suicidal male</li><li>South Simcoe Police for their work in reuniting a toddler with their family after the child had left their home in the middle of the night</li><li>South Simcoe Police for coordinating multiple fire services, hydro, transit, public works and police along with an evacuation in response to a call reporting a massive fire involving multiple homes</li><li>South Simcoe Police in coordinating four police services in response to a police pursuit on Highway 400 with an active shooter</li><li>South Simcoe Police for their work in locating an overturned kayaker on Lake Simcoe</li></ul><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>11th Annual Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Awards</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26<br>Minesing, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Thursday, April 12, 2018<br>2 p.m.  Ceremony and interviews with recipients</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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</p></span>
County helps connect newcomers through Community Connections fairshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-helps-connect-newcomers-through-Community-Connections-fairs.aspx4/4/2018 1:08:00 PMCounty helps connect newcomers through Community Connections fairs<p>​<strong>Midhurst/April 4, 2018 –</strong> County of Simcoe, with funding from the Government of Ontario and administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is hosting three Community Connections fairs in Barrie, New Tecumseth (Alliston), and Bradford West Gwillimbury this spring to help connect immigrant residents with community supports and services.  </p><p>The fairs will focus on connecting newcomers with Employment Ontario agencies which assist immigrants in finding work in local communities and support area businesses to attract skilled labour. The events will also provide information about various community services including libraries, municipal programs, English language training, settlement supports, and other human and social resources.  </p><p>Admission is free of charge and the fairs are being held in the following communities:</p><p><strong>Barrie<br></strong>Southshore Community Centre<br>205 Lakeshore Drive<br>Wednesday, April 11, 2018<br>4 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p><strong>New Tecumseth (Alliston)<br></strong>Gibson Centre<br>63 Tupper Street West<br>Tuesday, April 17, 2018<br>4 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p><strong>Bradford West Gwillimbury<br></strong>Bradford Leisure Centre<strong> </strong>(Multipurpose Room, West) <br>471 West Park Avenue<br>Tuesday, May 1, 2018<br>4 p.m. to 8 p.m.</p><p>Simcoe County's population is growing and diversifying. In 2016, Statistics Canada reported 61,605 foreign born residents living in Simcoe County, representing approximately 13 per cent of the regional population (480,000). Individuals reporting a non-official mother tongue increased by more than 24 per cent since 2011.</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;">-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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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><br> </p>
County receives increased funding to support growing needs in long term carehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-receives-increased-funding-to-support-growing-needs-in-long-term-care.aspx4/3/2018 6:22:35 PMCounty receives increased funding to support growing needs in long term care<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ April 3, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is receiving a needed $1.4 million annual boost from the Province to support increased levels of care needs at each of its four long term care homes.</p><p>The funding is the result of the 2017 Level of Care assessments completed at each home which indicated a significant increase in the levels of care requirements related to the County's nursing and personal care programming and supports. </p><p>“We thank the province for recognizing the urgent need for additional funding and stepping up to help us address the changing complexity in the levels of care our residents now require," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Our staff do a tremendous job with the resources and supports they have available to them, however we must stress that more funding and resources are needed to address our aging population and the critical care needs of our seniors."</p><p>This additional funding will be allocated to provide support to both residents and staff at the County's four long term care homes and will address four key areas:</p><ul><li><em>Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) Training Program</em> – GPA is evidence-based training that focuses on understanding the individual within dementia and identifying patterns and triggers that will help the care provider provide person-centred and compassionate care. The County will incorporate GPA training as part of our mandatory education for all long term care staff and provide a two hour recertification program every two years.</li><li><em>Program and Support Services (PSS)</em><strong> – </strong>Increase hours of Program and Support Services on evenings to address increased behavioural needs in the “Memory Care" units in each County home. </li><li><em>Registered Nurse Supervision</em> – Increase Registered Nurse coverage at select homes where needs are greatest</li><li><em>Personal Support Worker Hours</em> – Provide more direct care for residents to help address increases in levels of care requirements </li></ul><p><em><a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/LTC%20funding%202018%20General%20-%20FINAL.pdf">View the fact sheet. </a></em></p><p><em>Long Term Care and Seniors Services in Simcoe County</em><em>                                                                                                           </em></p><ul><li>Simcoe County has a regional seniors' population above the provincial average (16.7% Ontario vs.18% in Simcoe County aged 65+)</li><li>The number of residents 55 and older is expected to double in the next 20 years  </li><li>In Ontario, one in 10 individuals over the age of 65 is living with dementia (Alzheimer Society of Ontario, 2012). </li><li>Approximately 65% of the 78,000 residents in Ontario's Long-Term Homes suffer from some type of dementia (Advantage Ontario).</li><li>Acuity levels of long-term care residents have risen significantly since 2012 with increases noted in new admissions in the Very High and High needs categories, MAPLe Scores of 5 and 4, respectively (Advantage Ontario)</li></ul><p>The County of Simcoe operates four Long Term Care homes across our growing region: Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene; Simcoe Manor in Beeton; Trillium Manor in Orillia; and Sunset Manor in Collingwood. We are steadily recognized as a leader in managing Long Term Care homes both in terms of providing exceptional care, and for the efficient management of these facilities. The County's long term care and seniors services program is “Accredited with Exemplary Standing" by Accreditation Canada.</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;">-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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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> </p>
County of Simcoe to make significant investment in regional healthcarehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/hospital-funding-2018-03-21.aspx3/21/2018 2:18:06 PMCounty of Simcoe to make significant investment in regional healthcare<p><strong>Midhurst/March 21, 2018 –</strong> Media are invited to attend an official cheque presentation as the County of Simcoe makes a significant funding contribution to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance (SCHA). The event will be held following County Council at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Simcoe County Administration Centre in Midhurst, Ontario.  </p><p>This cheque presentation reflects a new 15-year financial commitment. Since 1994, the County has provided $62 million to the hospitals in Simcoe County and Southlake.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>County of Simcoe Hospital Funding Announcement </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe <br>Administration Centre Atrium<br>1110 Highway 26<br>Midhurst, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, March 27, 2018<br>9:30 a.m. cheque presentation with Warden Gerry Marshall, <br>County Councillors and representatives from the SCHA</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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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>