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Local Immigration Partnership shows support for Operation Ukrainian Safe Havenhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Local-Immigration-Partnership-shows-support-for-Operation-Ukrainian-Safe-Haven.aspx5/20/2022 3:23:23 PMLocal Immigration Partnership shows support for Operation Ukrainian Safe Haven<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">May 20, 2022 – </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership is pleased to show its support for Operation Ukrainian Safe Haven through a series of Information Sessions. The information sessions for community organizations and volunteers will discuss existing community resources and supports, as well as challenges and opportunities.</span></p><p>The online information sessions will be offered on May 26<sup>th</sup> and June 2<sup>nd</sup>. Details for participants are listed below.</p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-0" style="width:72%;height:345px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>SESSION 1:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;text-align:left;"><strong>​Date</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;"><strong>Thursday, May 26, 2022</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">2 p.m. – 4 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>Location</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">online<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>Details</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">Participants may register by e-mailing <a href="mailto:sclip@simcoe.ca">sclip@simcoe.ca</a> to receive the meeting link​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>SESSION 2:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>​Date</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;"><strong>Thursday, June 2, 2022</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>Location</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">online</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:100px;"><strong>Details</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:403px;">Participants may register by e-mailing <a href="mailto:sclip@simcoe.ca">sclip@simcoe.ca</a> to receive the meeting link</td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership</strong></p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit <strong>immigration.simcoe.ca</strong> for more information.  </p><p><strong>About the 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. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Andrea Walasek<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe commemorates National Paramedic Services Weekhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/cos-commemorates-national-paramedic-services-week-22-5-19.aspx5/19/2022 6:52:47 PMCounty of Simcoe commemorates National Paramedic Services Week<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/May 19, 2022 – </strong>May 22 to 28 is National Paramedic Services week, a time to reflect on the dedication and resilience of these exceptional first responders serving our communities. This year's theme, “Faces of Paramedicine" will focus on the diverse and growing range of specialties within the profession.</p><p>In addition to responding to approximately 80,000 calls annually, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services is evolving its programs and services to meet the needs of our growing communities, ageing population, and increased demands. Advancements include investments into strategically located facilities in Springwater, Bradford, Barrie, and Wasaga Beach. The County continues to invest in modern equipment and medical initiatives, including the procurement of Power Lift-Assist devices, increased Community Paramedicine coverage, and medical devices.</p><p>Understanding their role as community mentors, County of Simcoe Paramedics have also continued to provide support to the community through volunteer-based opportunities including the annual Toy Drive, community education through public relations programming at camps, schools and events, along with the United Way Simcoe Muskoka drives and epaulette programs. </p><p>“During my time as Warden and as a County Councillor, I have had the opportunity to speak with many Paramedics and celebrate milestones and various announcements," said Warden George Cornell. “The one thing that always strikes me is the passion our paramedics have to serve our communities and residents. After all the changes and challenges the past two years have presented; their commitment, compassion and resilience are truly inspiring."</p><p>Throughout the week of May 22 to 28, the County will utilize social media to showcase the many specialties that exist within paramedicine, including Community Paramedics, logistics, fleet, educators and Incident Response Unit members who play a pivotal role in responding to major emergencies. </p><p><strong>Paramedic for a Day (</strong><strong>May 24, 2022 ~ 9 a.m.)</strong><br><strong> </strong>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will also recognize the Paramedic for a Day contest winner, whose video submission will have best demonstrated what to do when the first responder is you.</p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>­</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></span></p><p><strong>CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Jen Straw<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County services reminderhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-services-reminder-Victoria-Day-2022.aspx5/19/2022 2:58:39 PMCounty services reminder<p><span style="font-size:1em;">The County of Simcoe reminds residents of the following schedule changes during this Victoria Day long weekend.</span><br></p><p><strong>County Administration Centre (Midhurst)</strong></p><ul><li>The Administration Centre will be closed to the public on Monday, May 23, 2022</li><li>The Service Simcoe Contact Centre will be closed on Monday, May 23, 2022</li></ul><p><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong></p><ul><li>The museum is open regular operating hours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. <br>(including Monday, May 23, 2022)</li><li>For information, visit <a href="file:///C:/Users/agreenwood/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/G2S5C2Z3/museum.simcoe.ca">museum.simcoe.ca</a></li></ul><p><strong>Landfills and Curbside Waste Collection </strong></p><ul><li>There will be no changes to your regular curbside waste collection schedule. Ensure you have your materials curbside by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day</li><li>All landfills are closed on Monday, May 23, 2022, with the exception of Matchedash</li></ul><p><strong>LINX Transit</strong></p><ul><li>LINX Transit services are <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>not</strong></span> in operation on Monday, May 23, 2022</li><li>All LINX Transit services will be operating on their regular schedules on Tuesday, May 24, 2022</li><li>Please go to <a href="https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/">https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/</a> to check our schedules</li></ul><p><strong>Ontario Works Offices</strong></p><ul><li>All Ontario Works offices are closed on Monday, May 23, 2022</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>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Andrea Walasek<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​<br></p>
County of Simcoe donates ambulance to Hamlet of Pangnirtung in Nunavuthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-donates-ambulance-to-Hamlet-of-Pangnirtung-in-Nunavut.aspx5/18/2022 7:16:06 PMCounty of Simcoe donates ambulance to Hamlet of Pangnirtung in Nunavut<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/May 18, 2022 – </strong>In the lead-up to National Paramedic Services Week, the County of Simcoe has donated a refurbished ambulance to the Hamlet of Pangnirtung in Nunavut for critical use in Canada's northern communities. </p><div style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-donates-ambulance-to-Hamlet-of-Pangnirtung-in-Nunavut/Ambulance%20donation%20001.jpg" alt="Ambulance donation 001.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:625px;height:490px;" />"</span><span style="font-size:1em;">Canada's North serves as an important reminder of the natural beauty and resilience of the citizens of our country,"</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> said Deputy Warden Lynn Dollin. “</span><span style="font-size:1em;">We know that the need in the North is great and costs are often out of reach for smaller communities. It is our hope that this refurbished ambulance from our fleet will continue to serve Canadians in their times of need. Our sincere thanks is owed to retired Chief of the Region of Waterloo Emergency Service, John Prno, for the volunteer co-ordination of this donation and delivery."</span></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><br><span style="font-size:1em;">As the County of Simcoe's Paramedic vehicle fleet continues to grow and expand, some ambulances are taken out of commission and repurposed, sold (so proceeds can be invested), or donated (to support communities and organizations in need). The refurbished ambulance will be shipped to the Hamlet of Pangnirtung, Nunavut on June 13, 2022 to help communities provide critical care to those who require assistance.</span><p> <img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-donates-ambulance-to-Hamlet-of-Pangnirtung-in-Nunavut/Hamlet%20of%20Pangnirtung.png" alt="Hamlet of Pangnirtung.png" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:246px;" />“Thank you to the County of Simcoe for getting in touch with the Hamlet of Pangnirtung to donate an ambulance and stretcher to our community," said Jamie Evic, Senior Administrative Officer for the Hamlet of Pangnirtung. “The ambulance will be very useful for our emergency response team. We really appreciate your help and contribution to the Hamlet of Pangnirtung with this piece of critical infrastructure."</p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Andrea Walasek<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p></div>
Ask an Expert Series on Corporate Inclusivityhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/ask-an-expert-series-on-corporate-inclusivity.aspx5/17/2022 6:13:56 PMAsk an Expert Series on Corporate Inclusivity<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/May 17, 2022 </strong>– Join us on May 26 between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to get advice and guidance on how businesses can break down prejudice, promote unity, and foster compassion in our communities. Experts Monica Henao and Jonas Stark from Get REAL will provide insights on ways that leaders can combat 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, and bullying.</p><p>Through this Ask an Expert session, participants will gain:</p><ul><li>Increased knowledge of 2SLGBTQ+ identities, terminology, and language to help avoid costly PR missteps externally with clients, customers, and partners</li><li>Practical steps and creative ideas on how to improve company culture internally to increase staff retention and performance</li><li>A chance to work through realistic and customized workplace scenarios</li><li>The opportunity to ask questions anonymously and get advice from two highly experienced “Get REAL" speakers, including a transgender speaker</li></ul><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><strong>Virtual Ask an Expert Speaker Series - </strong><br><strong>Corporate Inclusivity</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;">Virtual – details to be provided upon registration</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;">Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Register:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>This is a FREE event, but registration is required. To register, visit </p><p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ask-an-expert-corporate-inclusivity-tickets-336571834417">https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ask-an-expert-corporate-inclusivity-tickets-336571834417</a> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About the Speakers</strong></p><p><strong>Monica Henao</strong> is Get REAL's Content Manager and Lead Speaker. She is a Media Communications graduate from the University of Guelph-Humber and has brought her multifaceted experience to Get REAL. Born in Colombia, and raised in Canada, Monica embraces all parts of her identity and wants youth to do the same. Her passion for human beings - hearing their stories, their experiences, their struggles, and their triumphs gives her the drive to continue to create and amplify content that highlight the voices we don't hear everyday.</p><p><strong>Jonas Stark</strong> (he/him) has been a Get REAL speaker since his graduating year of high school. Inspired by seeing a Get REAL workshop when he was a student himself, Jonas joined Get REAL as its youngest facilitator. His work ethic, skill as a public speaker and ability to relate to audiences across Canada has led to him being a leader within the organization, speaking to tens of thousands of youth in BC, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia over the years. Born and raised in Toronto, Jonas is passionate about mental and physical health within the trans community, and overall, young queer folks as a whole.</p><p>As a trans man, Jonas is passionate about being a speaker because he believes that everyone deserves to feel valid and accepted, no matter how they express themselves. Passionate about systemic inequalities, Jonas is working to complete his undergraduate degree in Politics and Public Policy.</p><p><strong>About Get REAL</strong><br> Get REAL began as a small student project in 2011, at Western University. As O-Week volunteer leaders, we saw excellent results combatting homophobic, transphobic, and racist language and attitudes one-to-one with our first year students: countless students changing their language within a matter of days, and countless others coming out to us and telling us they felt comfortable being themselves. We wanted to see if our approach – friendly, honest, diverse, and personal-story driven – could be translated into a workshop for some of our old high schools, and the idea for Get REAL was born.</p><p><strong>About the Ask an Expert series</strong><br><strong> </strong>This session is part of the “Ask an Expert" series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, Community Futures South Georgian Bay, Sandbox Centre and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre - Georgian College.</p><p>To view recordings of past sessions, please visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/askanexpert">www.simcoe.ca/askanexpert</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></p><p><strong> CONTACTS</strong></p><p><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</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services teams up with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Paramedic-Services-teams-up-with-St--John-Ambulance-Therapy-Dog-Program.aspx5/13/2022 2:54:37 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services teams up with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program<p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="font-size:16px;">​​</span><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="font-size:16px;">Midhurst/May 13, 2022 –</strong><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="font-size:16px;"> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) is proud to support the St. John Ambulance (SJA) Therapy Dog Program through a donation of $2,500 and a partnership supporting the mental health of CSPS paramedics.</span></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-size:16px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1" style="font-size:16px;"></span><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Paramedic-Services-teams-up-with-St--John-Ambulance-Therapy-Dog-Program/St%20John%20Ambulance%20Donation%202022b.jpg" alt="St John Ambulance Donation 2022b.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:322px;" />​<br></span></p><p>This St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program (also known as Support Dogs) is another component of the Mental Health program that will be available to all County of Simcoe Paramedics Services staff. The program will assist Paramedics in real time, and through scheduled visits for continued support for the mental health of CSPS Paramedics. The SJA Therapy Dog Program will begin with a therapy dog and their handler (teams) to visit Stations starting May 23 during Paramedic Services Week. Visits will be scheduled to coincide with evening shift changes, allowing Paramedics to have a short visit to support their mental health.</p><p><strong>About the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program</strong></p><p>It is the mission of this Support Dog Initiative to use the unique skill set of the program volunteers and their dogs as leaders in service delivery excellence through a professional, knowledgeable, compassionate and inclusive approach to support the CSPS staff's mental health. Every staff member experiences the challenges and impacts of the profession of paramedicine in a unique way. Each person needs a safe, secure, caring, inclusive, supportive and nonjudgmental environment to understand these experiences and feelings. Research suggests that Support Dogs can have positive benefits for individuals who have experienced trauma. As such, CSPS and SJA have agreed to this Support Dog Initiative to offer CSPS Staff an opportunity to have access to mental health support of Support Dogs from SJA Therapy Dog Program.</p><p><strong>About the 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. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Andrea Walasek<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​​<br></p>
Third Work in Simcoe County Job Fair connects hundreds of local employers and job seekershttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/third-work-in-simcoe-county-job-fair-connects-hundreds-of-local-employers-and-job-seekers.aspx5/12/2022 5:21:57 PMThird Work in Simcoe County Job Fair connects hundreds of local employers and job seekers<p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong>May 12</strong><strong>, 2022 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>On April 26, the County and area partners collaborated on a third online Work in Simcoe County job fair connecting more job seekers to active and available employment opportunities in Simcoe County. </p><p>“As the number of available jobs within Simcoe County increases, our Council is focused on assisting businesses with their labour needs, while helping our residents find strong employment opportunities," said Warden George Cornell. “There's opportunity within a variety of trades, careers and professions, as the County is home to thousands of well-paid, high-quality jobs across many sectors. Building on our past successes, our third session generated more than 1,000 conversations between local employers and active job seekers."</p><p>Data collected from the County of Simcoe's <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a> website shows that in the month of March there were 11,074 active job openings in our region. The most in-demand skills were in sales and services, business, finance, administration, education, law, social, community and government services, and trades, transport and equipment operations. </p><p>This Virtual Job Fair was a collaborative effort involving several key partners, including member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Employment Ontario, Province of Ontario, RTO7 and the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board and Literacy Network.  </p><p>The County Job Fair hosted 433 job seekers and 92 employers in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, government and public administration, agriculture and food processing, hospitality and tourism, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare and social assistance, construction and the trades, education and training and more. This virtual event helped to increase awareness of local programs and services, including Employment Ontario programs available to both job seekers and employers and career exploration tools such as the Edge Factor community hub.  </p><p><strong>Job Seeker Testimonials</strong><br><strong> </strong>“I made more employment connections during the job fair then I have been able to make in the last month on my own."</p><p>“The virtual job fair was a definite success! The process was easy, user friendly and I landed some interviews! All while being able to complete other tasks while at home. Will definitely attend again if I ever need it!"</p><p>“It was a great event! The site was very easy to use and organized. I also enjoyed and found the live webinars for job seekers really helpful."<br></p><p><strong>About </strong><strong>Work in Simcoe County </strong><br>The <em>Work in Simcoe County </em>site includes local resources and job opportunities, as well as vital information to empower and inspire residents. Using an automated fetching tool to aggregate job listings from over 20 popular job boards and career sites and new user-friendly features, the portal provides services for job seekers, students, parents and local government and helps to link residents with local opportunities. To learn more, visit: <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a> </p><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. Visit our website at <strong>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>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;"><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 Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong></p>
County acknowledges the contributions of Healthcare Providers throughout the month of Mayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-acknowledges-the-contributions-of-healthcare-providers-throughout-the-month-of-may.aspx5/9/2022 3:49:59 PMCounty acknowledges the contributions of Healthcare Providers throughout the month of May<p></p><p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong> May 9,</strong><strong> 2022 </strong><strong>– </strong>In May, the County is proclaiming a series of recognition days and weeks to pay tribute to their hard work, skill and commitment of health care workers, paramedics and support staff in Long-term Care and Seniors Services that keep our communities, homes and residents safe and healthy. This month, the County asks residents to join us as we recognize healthcare workers in our Health and Emergency Services Division, which include Seniors Services, Long-Term Care and Paramedic Services. </p><p>“The County cannot thank our healthcare workers enough for the tremendous work of our men and women working on the frontlines day-in and day-out to save lives and keep us safe," said Warden George Cornell. “The pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on these professionals for so many things, from day-to-day care in our long-term care and seniors services homes to Paramedic Services who reach out to those vulnerable citizens in our communities. This May, in a series of proclamations, we pay tribute to the outstanding service of our PSWs, nurses, doctors, dieticians, maintenance teams, assistants and paramedics and many other support staff who keep our Health and Emergency Services running."<br></p><p><strong>About Healthcare Providers Recognition Month </strong></p><p>Operating four long-term care homes and two seniors' services facilities requires more than 1,000 staff who care for residents both directly and indirectly. Long-Term Care and Seniors Services Staff Appreciation Month this May recognizes all our employees who keep our facilities going, including around 50 Home Services Assistants and 15 Home Support Workers, more than 100 dietary staff, around 40 recreationists and activationists, and approximately 70 laundry and housekeeping staff, who work alongside numerous maintenance and administrative staff, putting our residents first each and every day. The County also oversees regional Paramedic Services, employing more than 370 Paramedics who respond to more than 79,000 calls annually. </p><p>Recognition includes: <br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>National Physician's Day</li><li>Dietary and Program and Support Services </li><li>National Nurses Week </li><li>Personal Support Worker Day</li><li>Home Services Assistants </li><li>LTCSS Administrative and Leadership teams </li><li>Maintenance and Environmental Services</li><li>Performance, Quality and Development Support Services</li></ul><p>The County is also recognizing Paramedic Services Week (May 22 and 28). Full details on public events and activities for Paramedic Services Week will be communicated throughout May. This week the County is also promoting Nurses Week (May 9-15).<br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">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 </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">s</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">i</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">mco</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">e</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">.</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p><p style="text-align:center;">  <strong style="text-align:center;font-size:1em;">- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="text-align:center;font-size:1em;">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, Services Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">715-7654 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
County of Simcoe breaks ground on Simcoe Village Campus Redevelopmenthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-breaks-ground-on-simcoe-village-campus-redevelopment.aspx5/4/2022 6:52:24 PMCounty of Simcoe breaks ground on Simcoe Village Campus Redevelopment<p><strong>Midhurst/May 4, 2022 – </strong>Earlier today, the County of Simcoe and area partners celebrated the groundbreaking for its Simcoe Village Campus redevelopment. This important project is expected to provide 160 long-term care beds (including an additional 34 beds), and more than 180 seniors housing units and homes (including over 140 new spaces). The range of housing aligns with the innovative continuum of living and care approach, allowing residents to live on one campus as their care needs evolve and change. </p><p>The 20.6-acre property, which is directly adjacent to the current Simcoe Manor facility in Beeton, was purchased in April 2020 with plans to develop a nearly 500,000 square foot campus including a wide range of amenities geared toward seniors in the community. The campus will provide additional long-term care beds, supportive seniors housing units and programs, and an expanded continuum of care and living options. The services to be offered at the new Simcoe Village Campus are expected to include health/medical services, pharmacy, dental, dining, retail, salon, exercise area, and outdoor recreational options. </p><p>With an estimated total cost of $177 million, the redeveloped Simcoe Village Campus will replicate the highly successful, provincially recognized and awarded Georgian Village Campus model, which was opened by the County of Simcoe in 2013 in the Town of Penetanguishene. The Simcoe Village Campus is anticipated to open in the 2024/2025 timeframe (<em>subject to change</em>). </p><p style="text-align:center;"><em><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/county-of-simcoe-breaks-ground-on-simcoe-village-campus-redevelopment/COS02118.jpg" alt="COS02118.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:359px;" /><br>Photo caption: County councillors joined with County staff, Simcoe Village residents and partners for the groundbreaking event at Simcoe Village.</em></p><p><strong>About the 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 <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p><strong>Quotes </strong><br>“Today is an extremely exciting and important day. With an ageing population, and heightened focus on long-term care and seniors services, County Council is committed to ensuring we have the very best care and living opportunities for our seniors and those in need. We thank the Province for their support and the Township of New Tecumseth for working with us to redevelop Simcoe Manor right next to where the home has resided for over 120 years in Beeton." – Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe </p><p>“The new Simcoe Village Campus will allow seniors to age in place while they receive supports and services geared directly to them and their changing needs. From our work at Georgian Village, we know that the campus model is extremely successful. I'm so thrilled for our staff working at Simcoe Manor, our residents, their families, and future Simcoe Village Campus residents who will benefit from this important undertaking for generations to come." –  Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe</p><p>“Our government has a plan to fix long-term care and a key part of that plan is building modern, safe, and comfortable homes for our seniors. When the new building for Simcoe Manor home is completed at Simcoe Village Campus in Beeton, 160 residents will have a new place to call home, near their family and friends." – Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Andrea Walasek<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Compost available for purchase at County of Simcoe waste facilities May 9 to May 28, 2022https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/compost-available-for-purchase-at-county-of-simcoe-waste-facilities-may-9-to-may-28-2022.aspx5/6/2022 1:26:52 PMCompost available for purchase at County of Simcoe waste facilities May 9 to May 28, 2022<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/May 6, 2022 –</strong> Between May 9 and May 28, the County is once again offering its popular compost sale at all <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/locations.aspx">County waste facilities</a> for County of Simcoe residents only (excluding the Cities of Barrie and Orillia).</p><p>While quantities last, for $5 per carload, or $20 per truck or trailer load, residents can purchase compost produced in-house using leaf and yard waste material generated throughout the County of Simcoe.</p><p>Compost is a soil amendment used in gardens to add nutrients, or as a top dressing for lawns to help retain moisture. Compost sales are self-service, and residents should bring their shovels to load bins, truck beds, or trailers.  COVID-19 restrictions and public health measures are still in effect at County waste facilities. Please remember to distance yourself from others, and, where applicable, we encourage visitors to wear a mask.  </p><p>Mulch is also available at County waste facilities. Mulch can be applied to soil surfaces, around trees, paths, flower beds, slopes and erosion prone areas, and as top dressing for flower and vegetable gardens. Mulch retains moisture, regulates soil temperatures, and supresses weed growth.</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;"><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 Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><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 Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong></p>