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The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Skate and Sweetshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/friends-of-the-scm-present-skate-and-sweets-20-1-22.aspx1/22/2020 7:46:19 PMThe Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Skate and Sweets<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>​Minesing/January 22, 2020 </strong>– The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum invite residents to enjoy a romantic evening under the stars on February 14, 2020. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., glide around our lamp-lit skate trail, then indulge in delicious treats and a cup of hot chocolate. Tickets are $20 per person and we recommend that guests pre-purchase online to avoid disappointment. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate date of Tuesday, February 18 has been selected.</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​To purchase tickets in advance or for more information on the Simcoe County Museum, visit museum.simcoe.ca or call the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong>Event:    Skate and Sweets at the Simcoe County Museum</strong></span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Where:</strong>     Simcoe County Museum</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">                 1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>When:</strong>      Friday, February 14, 2020</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">                 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.</span><br></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">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 museum.simcoe.ca for further details.​<br></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>- 30 - </strong></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></span><br></p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Museum</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">705-728-3721 ext. 1304</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​</span><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"></span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Forrest Patenaude or Meredith Patterson<br> Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement <br>Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><a href="mailto:%20education@simcoe.ca">education@simcoe.ca​​</a><br><br></div>
Lace up your skates! The Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail opens todayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/lace-up-your-skates!-the-scm-skate-trail-opens-today-20-1-17.aspx1/17/2020 5:35:39 PMLace up your skates! The Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail opens today<p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>M</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>dhu</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>st</strong><strong> </strong><strong>/</strong><strong> </strong><strong>January 17, 2020</strong><strong> </strong>– The scenic Simcoe County Museum Skate Trail, which travels around the Museum's heritage buildings, historic equipment displays, and forest pathways, officially opens today for the 2020 winter season.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Spanning more than one kilometre in length, the outdoor Skating Trail is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (<em>weather permitting</em>).  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Please visit the Museum website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest updates on Skate Trail operations. Rates can be found on the website and include admission to the Museum. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</span></p><ul><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Website: museum.simcoe.ca</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Facebook: @SimcoeCountyMuseum</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Twitter: @SimcoeCountyMUS</span></li><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Telephone: (705) 728-3721</span></li></ul> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:6pt;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2" style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;">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.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">- 30 -</strong><br></p><p></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Meredith Patterson </span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> Events Programmer </span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-728-3721</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca</span></div><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Forrest Patenaude</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2" style="font-family:"times new roman", serif;"><br></span></span></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</span><br></div>
County accepting applications for its 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-accepting-applications-for-its-2020-tourism-culture-and-sport-grant-program.aspx1/17/2020 5:01:02 PMCounty accepting applications for its 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program<p>​</p><p><strong>Midhurst/January 17, 2020 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program. Grants will be awarded to qualified organizations that cultivate collaborations to develop tourism, culture and sport programs and initiatives.</p><p>“The County is pleased to give a boost to arts, culture and sports initiatives through our 2020 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program," said Warden George Cornell. “Supporting local talent, entrepreneurs and organizations helps to enhance our local communities and grow regional tourism."</p><p>The new Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program is the result of a merger between the Simcoe County Tourism Development Fund (SCTDF) and the Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant, and is accessible to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations within Simcoe County.</p><p>Through this grant program, the County will support and enhance tourism, culture and sport in Simcoe County by:</p><ul><li>Investing in tourism, culture and sport activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of the distinct, diverse offerings within the County of Simcoe</li><li>Building organizational capacity in local existing and new organizations</li><li>Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships</li><li>Contributing to the County of Simcoe's overall economic health and sense of place</li><li>Enhancing participants' experiences by supporting innovative and accessible programming</li></ul><p>Interested applicants are asked to submit their forms by Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Applications will be accepted under two category streams: Capacity-Building; and Project/Campaign.</p><p>All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe's Grant Program Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors with support from County staff. The grant program will provide up to $300,000 in funding, which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region. Details and application guidelines can be found at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants"><strong>http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants</strong></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;"><strong>​- 30 -</strong>​<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-726-9300 ext. 1030​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
County receives grant to purchase trio bike for long-term care and supportive housing residents at Simcoe Manorhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-receives-grant-to-purchase-trio-bike-for-long-term-care-and-supportive-housing-residents-at-simcoe-manor.aspx1/15/2020 9:26:19 PMCounty receives grant to purchase trio bike for long-term care and supportive housing residents at Simcoe Manor<p><strong>​Midhurst/January 15, 2020 – </strong>Thanks to the generosity of the Cowan Home Town Program grant, the County of Simcoe is purchasing another rickshaw​ to help residents stay connected with the great outdoors. The $5,000 donation from Frank Cowan Company Ltd. will fund the purchase of the County's third trio bike, which will serve residents at the Simcoe Manor Long Term Care Home and Supportive Housing Complex in Beeton.</p><p>In 2019, the County received a grant from the Government of Canada – New Horizons for Seniors Program, which enabled the Simcoe Cycling Without Age (SCWA) program to be established at Sunset Village in Collingwood and Georgian Village in Penetanguishene. The SCWA program involves a specialized trio bike used to take up to two residents for a ride to experience the surrounding Simcoe County trails and connect to their communities. </p><p>The SCWA program relies on community members to volunteer their time to pilot the trio bikes. Volunteers can register to take part in this program at <strong>simcoe.ca/dpt/ltc/volunteer</strong>, or by calling 1-800-263-3199 to be connected to the Program and Support Services Supervisor or Community Programs Supervisor at a local County owned and operated long-term care facility.   </p><p><strong>About the Cowan Home Town Program<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">The Home Town Program provides financial support to municipal-related community focused, grassroots initiatives across Canada that help to improve the safety and quality of life in your home town. The Frank Cowan Company does this in collaboration with business partners and The Cowan Foundation. Learn more at </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">frankcowan.com</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>Quotes<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">“Thanks to the Cowan Home Town Program grant and our local volunteers, more residents will benefit from the Simcoe Cycling Without Age program, and experience the joy of getting back out into their communities. We are grateful to the Frank Cowan Company Ltd., for supporting our residents helping us deliver this popular and impactful activity at Simcoe Manor." – </span><em style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell </em><em style="font-size:1em;"> </em><strong><br></strong></p><p>“The County of Simcoe and Frank Cowan Company have had a partnership that spans decades. We're proud to be able to assist the County, through our Home Town Program, with funding that enables senior members of the community to be active with the assistance of special bicycles. Innovative ideas such a Simcoe Cycling Without Age provide opportunities for social interaction and physical activity in a safe and creative way especially in smaller towns and rural areas." <em>– Larry Ryan, President, Frank Cowan Company</em></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<br></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> <br></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> <br></p><p>​<br></p>
Change is coming to restore consistency of curbside waste collection in the County of Simcoehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/change-is-coming-to-curbside-waste-collection-in-the-county-of-simcoe.aspx1/13/2020 8:47:43 PMChange is coming to restore consistency of curbside waste collection in the County of Simcoe<p>​</p><p><strong>​​​Midhurst/December 11, 2019</strong> – The County of Simcoe is changing curbside waste collections to bring consistency and predictability back to pick-up schedules and support the growth of the County's green bin program. Starting February 3, 2020, garbage and recycling collection will occur on alternating weeks, while green bin collection will continue every week.</p><p>During the week of February 3 to 7, residents will receive garbage and green bin collection only. The following week (February 10 to 14), residents will receive recycling and green bin collection only. Collections will alternate on this schedule moving forward. Collection days are not changing; however, collection times will be adjusted. Residents are reminded to have materials out to their curb by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day.</p><p>“Resolving the impacts to waste collections and restoring consistency and predictability to pick-up schedules are top priorities for County Council and our staff," said Warden George Cornell. “We sincerely apologize for the delays that our residents have experienced for the last few months and these changes will assist our contractor with their staffing challenges by reducing the number of drivers required each day. This transition will also mitigate the need to increase our costs for alternate solutions, benefit the environment and help restore confidence that your waste materials will be collected on schedule."</p><p>What this means <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">starting February 3, 2020</span>:                                      </p><ul><li>No change to your regular collection day. Collection times will change, so have your materials out by 7 a.m. on your collection day</li><li>Green bin collection will continue to occur every week</li><li>Garbage and recycling collection will alternate every other week (one week garbage the next week recycling)</li><li>Residents can set out <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">two</span> bags/containers of garbage every other week (weight and size restrictions still apply)</li><li>Recycling no longer needs to be separated into different bins. Materials will be sorted later in the process</li><li>Excess recyclables can be placed in bins, cardboard boxes or see-through plastic bags</li></ul><p>In addition to restoring predictability to curbside waste collections, this change will help lead to long-term environmental benefits, encourage residents to positively adjust their waste habits, and control costs, since it:</p><ul><li>Encourages use of green bins and promotes increased diversion (40 per cent of the average garbage bag consists of items that should go in the green bin)<br></li><li>Helps keep organic materials out of landfills and thereby extends the lifespan of landfills</li><li>Encourages reduction of single-use plastics, cans and containers</li><li>Lowers greenhouse gas emissions produced by collection vehicles by reducing the number of trucks on the road each day</li><li>Helps control contractual costs</li></ul><p>While many Ontario municipalities have already transitioned successfully to bi-weekly collection services, the County recognizes that this is a significant change for residents. To support this change, a voucher for a FREE Blue Bin will be mailed to County residents to help store recyclables. One voucher per household can be redeemed at County Waste Management Facilities until February 28, 2020, while quantities last. Broad marketing and communication to residents will occur, including the annual waste calendar, which will be mailed to households in January. The best way to track your collection week is through the Simcoe County Collects App. You can also call 1-800-263-3199 to sign up for weekly phone reminders and alerts.</p><p>For full details about this change to curbside waste collections and why it is happening now, please visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/collectionschange"><strong>simcoe.ca/collectionschange</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p><em>These changes do not apply to the cities of Barrie and Orillia.</em></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><strong style="font-size:1em;">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><br><strong style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><br></strong></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>​​<br></p><p><br></p>
Change is coming to restore consistency of curbside waste collection in the County of Simcoehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/change-is-coming-to-restore-consistency-of-curbside-waste-collection-in-the-county-of-simcoe.aspx12/11/2019 3:45:57 PMChange is coming to restore consistency of curbside waste collection in the County of Simcoe<p><strong>​​​​​​​Midhurst/December 11, 2019</strong> – The County of Simcoe is changing curbside waste collections to bring consistency and predictability back to pick-up schedules and support the growth of the County's green bin program. Starting February 3, 2020, garbage and recycling collection will occur on alternating weeks, while green bin collection will continue every week. </p><p>During the week of February 3 to 7, residents will receive garbage and green bin collection only. The following week (February 10 to 14), residents will receive recycling and green bin collection only. Collections will alternate on this schedule moving forward. Collection days are not changing; however, collection times will be adjusted. Residents are reminded to have materials out to their curb by 7 a.m. on their regular collection day. </p><p>“Resolving the impacts to waste collections and restoring consistency and predictability to pick-up schedules are top priorities for County Council and our staff," said Warden George Cornell. “We sincerely apologize for the delays that our residents have experienced for the last few months and these changes will assist our contractor with their staffing challenges by reducing the number of drivers required each day. This transition will also mitigate the need to increase our costs for alternate solutions, benefit the environment and help restore confidence that your waste materials will be collected on schedule." </p><p>What this means <span style="text-decoration:underline;">starting February 3, 2020</span>:                                       </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>No change to your regular collection day. Collection times will change, so have your materials out by 7 a.m. on your collection day</li><li>Green bin collection will continue to occur every week</li><li>Garbage and recycling collection will alternate every other week (one week garbage the next week recycling)</li><li>Residents can set out <span style="text-decoration:underline;">two</span> bags/containers of garbage every other week (weight and size restrictions still apply)</li><li>Recycling no longer needs to be separated into different bins. Materials will be sorted later in the process</li><li>Excess recyclables can be placed in bins, cardboard boxes or see-through plastic bags </li></ul><p>In addition to restoring predictability to curbside waste collections, this change will help lead to long-term environmental benefits, encourage residents to positively adjust their waste habits, and control costs, since it:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Encourages use of green bins and promotes increased diversion (40 per cent of the average garbage bag consists of items that should go in the green bin)<br></li><li>Helps keep organic materials out of landfills and thereby extends the lifespan of landfills</li><li>Encourages reduction of single-use plastics, cans and containers </li><li>Lowers greenhouse gas emissions produced by collection vehicles by reducing the number of trucks on the road each day </li><li>Helps control contractual costs </li></ul><p>While many Ontario municipalities have already transitioned successfully to bi-weekly collection services, the County recognizes that this is a significant change for residents. To support this change, a voucher for a FREE Blue Bin will be mailed to County residents to help store recyclables. One voucher per household can be redeemed at County Waste Management Facilities until February 28, 2020, while quantities last. Broad marketing and communication to residents will occur, including the annual waste calendar, which will be mailed to households in January. The best way to track your collection week is through the Simcoe County Collects App. You can also call 1-800-263-3199 to sign up for weekly phone reminders and alerts. </p><p>For full details about this change to curbside waste collections and why it is happening now, please visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/collectionschange"><strong>simcoe.ca/collectionschange</strong></a><strong>.</strong> </p><p><em>These changes do not apply to the cities of Barrie and Orillia. </em></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 style="font-size:1em;">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><br><strong style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><br></strong></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>​<br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedics wrap-up the 2019 Toy Drivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedics-wrap-up-the-2019-toy-drive.aspx12/24/2019 4:51:11 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedics wrap-up the 2019 Toy Drive<p><strong>Midhurst/December 24, 2019</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services is wrapping-up its 17<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive having collected 5,806 toys, 5,776 lbs of food, and $13,352 in cash and gift cards.</p><p>“Thank you to all those who have contributed their time and money to the 17<sup>th</sup> annual County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive," said Warden George Cornell. “Thanks to the generosity of Simcoe County residents and the amazing efforts of our Paramedics who volunteered their time to make the Toy Drive possible, hundreds more families will experience joy and holiday cheer across our region this year."</p><p>With this year's totals, the Toy Drive has collected 84,265 toys, 37,180 lbs of food, and approximately $172,257 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 17 years.<br></p><p>“I am extremely proud of our County of Simcoe Paramedics, their families and friends, and the students from the Paramedic programs at Georgian College and CTS Canadian Career College, who volunteered more than 1,000 hours to make this year's campaign such a success," said Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “Thanks to their efforts and our incredibly generous community, this will be a Christmas to remember for many more local children and families."<br></p><p>All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Salvation Army, Wasaga Beach Kinettes, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, Barrie Christmas Cheer, a number of local food banks and Innisfil Community Church.</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><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-726-9300 ext. 1030<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a>​​​​​​​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
Local law firm supports County’s Give a Lift campaignhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/local-law-firm-supports-countys-give-a-lift-campaign-.aspx12/19/2019 9:30:59 PMLocal law firm supports County’s Give a Lift campaign<p><strong>Midhurst/December 19, 2019 – </strong>HGR Graham, a local law firm operating throughout Simcoe County, is continuing its long-standing support of the County's Long Term Care (LTC) and Seniors Services Department through its generous contribution to the Give a Lift campaign to fund new resident buses at four facilities. </p><p>The Give a Lift campaign was launched at each of the County-run facilities in early 2019. In total, the County of Simcoe aims to raise $450,000 to purchase four accessible buses that will service LTC facilities in Beeton, Penetanguishene, Collingwood and Orillia. </p><p>Public donations will go towards replacing buses from 2006, which provide around 20 outings at each facility every month for LTC residents and help seniors maintain connections with their local communities. HGR Graham is contributing $5,000 to the purchase of a new resident bus for Georgian Village in Penetanguishene. The County is grateful to many local donors that support our fundraising efforts, including HGR Graham which has donated more than $25,000 over the last five years to various LTC and Seniors Services initiatives.</p><p>So far, Georgian Village has raised $21,500 towards the cost of a new accessible vehicle through a variety of fundraisers, including cook-offs, a Classic Car show, and cookbook and craft sales. Donations to each of the four County-operated facilities can be made in-person or online at <strong>simcoe.ca/givealift</strong>.    </p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe LTC and Seniors Services</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe provides a broad range of LTC and seniors services to residents living throughout the region, supporting more than 1,000 seniors. These include four long-term care homes accredited with “Exemplary Standing" by Accreditation Canada, retirement living, assisted living, adult-day programming, and an entire suite of home support services. LTC and Seniors Services supports a wide spectrum of needs, helps residents to age in place, and assists in a seamless transition as individuals move across the continuum of care. </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>
County of Simcoe recognizes age-friendly businesses and organizationshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-recognizes-age-friendly-businesses-and-organizations.aspx12/13/2019 8:44:23 PMCounty of Simcoe recognizes age-friendly businesses and organizations<p><strong>Midhurst/December 13, 2019 – </strong>The County of Simcoe is congratulating 17 local businesses and organizations for taking action to become more age-friendly. In honour of their dedicated and committed efforts, the County is awarding partners with certificates that recognize their leadership in creating welcoming environments for older adults. </p><p>The Age-Friendly Business Guide and Award program increases awareness of the County's aging population and helps businesses or organizations evaluate their business environment and service delivery. Over the past year, the County has provided resources and assessment tools to help them implement age-friendly goals and strategies and adapt to our aging population. <br></p><p>“On behalf of County Council, I would like to congratulate and thank all our businesses and organizations that have supported this County initiative and taken action to adapt to the needs of our aging population," said Warden George Cornell. “Our region is home to a growing number of seniors and it's important that our communities, services and businesses offer accessible opportunities for all our residents."</p><p>The businesses and organizations receiving recognition for their participation in the 2019 Age-Friendly Businesses and Organization Guide and Award Program are:<br></p><ul><li>​Advanced Foot & Orthotic Clinic – Midland<br></li><li>Bradford Wellness Centre – Bradford</li><li>Coordinated Senior Services – Barrie</li><li>Discount Luxury – Barrie</li><li>Elder Mediation & Advocacy – Alliston </li><li>Georgian Bay Integrative Medicine – Collingwood </li><li>Georgian Family Chiropractic – Wasaga Beach </li><li>HearingLife – Bradford </li><li>Holland Gardens Retirement Residence – Bradford</li><li>Hunt Family Movers – Innisfil</li><li>Javelin Cooperative Homes Inc – Midland </li><li>J. Scott Thomson, Barrister & Solicitor – Collingwood</li><li>Orillia Museum of Art and History – Orillia</li><li>Right at Home Canada, Georgian Triangle – Collingwood </li><li>RBA Financial Group – Wasaga Beach</li><li>The Elden of Bradford Retirement Residence – Bradford</li></ul><span style="font-size:1em;">The Yoga House – Penetanguishene</span><br style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he Canadian population aged 65 and over is predicted to double to 10.4 million during the next 20 years. In Simcoe County, the proportion of adults aged 65 plus is 18 per cent of the population compared to 16.7 per cent in Ontario. As our population ages, it makes viable business sense to adapt to meet changing needs.</span><br><p><strong>About the Age-Friendly Community Initiative<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">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 “Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" and the County's “Positive Aging Strategy". Both documents can be found at http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly. The Age-Friendly Business/Organization and Recognition program is one of the recommendations included in the aging strategy.</span><strong><br></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>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><br></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> <br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-wk-3.aspx12/5/2019 7:54:11 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update<p>​<strong>Midhurst/December 5, 2019 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 17<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 13, 2019, so far collecting 10,26 toys, 730 lbs of food and almost $1,500 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 13, 2019.</p><p>Over the next week, Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations: </p><p><strong>December 6, 2019</strong><br><strong> </strong>Alliston Zehrs Collection – 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 7, 2019</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie Bayfield Toys R Us Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Bayfield Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Mapleview Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Beeton Foodland Collection – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br> Beeton Santa Claus Parade – 2 p.m.<br> Coldwater Foodland Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br> Coldwater Santa Claus Parade – 5:30 p.m. <br>Craighurst Foodland Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br> Creemore Santa Claus Parade – 1:30 p.m.<br> Stayner Santa Claus Parade – 10 a.m.</p><p><strong>December 8, 2019</strong><br><strong> </strong>Alliston Walmart Collection – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.<br> Anten Mills Santa Claus Parade – 1 p.m.<br> Barrie Bayfield Toys R Us Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Bayfield Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Mapleview Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Moonstone Santa Claus Parade – 12:30 p.m.<br> Orillia Metro Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic Services stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).</p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway, Alliston</li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street, Angus</li><li><strong>Barrie North – </strong>667 Bayfield Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin – </strong>113 Tiffin Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Beeton – </strong>51 Main Street East, Beeton</li><li><strong>Bradford – </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7, Bradford</li><li><strong>Coldwater – </strong>1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater</li><li><strong>Craighurst – </strong>2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale – </strong>17 Allenwood Road, Elmvale</li><li><strong>Midland – </strong>395 Cranston Crescent, Midland</li><li><strong>Orillia – </strong>68 West Street, Orillia</li><li><strong>Stayner – </strong>6993 Highway 26, Stayner</li><li><strong>Stroud – </strong>2394 Victoria Street West, Stroud</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach – </strong>23 Oxbow Park Road, Wasaga Beach</li><li><strong>Washago – </strong>401 Anchor Drive, Severn</li></ul><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>