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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Corporate Communications Department works with the media to ensure information presented to the public is reliable and precise, while assisting internal departments to effectively communicate with the community. Following, please view recent news releases, advisories and public notices.

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County welcomes Great Waterfront Trail Adventure riders to the Simcoe County trail systemhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-welcomes-Great-Waterfront-Trail-Adventure-riders-to-the-Simcoe-County-trail-system.aspx8/2/2022 1:24:54 PMCounty welcomes Great Waterfront Trail Adventure riders to the Simcoe County trail system<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/July 26, 2022 </strong>– On Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 1:45 p.m., the County of Simcoe and Tourism Simcoe County are pleased to welcome representatives from the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA) riders as we celebrate the launch of a new connecting trail system in Simcoe County. </p><p>Media and residents are invited to cheer riders on as they depart Penetanguishene during their 500 kilometre tour of the region as part of the <a href="https://cyclesimcoe.ca/great-lakes-waterfront-trail/">Great Lakes Waterfront Trail</a>.​<br><br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-2"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:15%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" style="width:50%;"><strong>Great Waterfront Trail Adventure welcome </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:15%;"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">Penetanguishene Rotary Champlain Wendat Park<br> corner of Main Street and Brock Street<br> Penetanguishene, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:15%;"><strong>When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 1:45 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:15%;"><strong>About:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">Join dignitaries as they celebrate the connection of the Simcoe County Loop with the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in the County of Simcoe. Cyclists on the 2022 GWTA, who range in age from 31 to 83, will ride the <a href="/InformationTechnology/Pages/TrailMaps.aspx">Simcoe County trail system</a> including the Thunder Beach Loop, Big Chute Loop, and <a href="https://cyclesimcoe.ca/simcoe-county-loop/">Simcoe County Loop</a> over six days, travelling between 30 to 90 km daily at their own pace.</td></tr></tbody></table><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>.<span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></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 and area partners continue to address area homelessness needshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-and-area-partners-continue-to-address-area-homelessness-needs.aspx7/29/2022 12:54:36 PMCounty and area partners continue to address area homelessness needs<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/July 29, 2022 –</strong> With the temporary emergency motel shelter model ending on July 31, 2022, the County is reporting that appropriate temporary and permanent housing options have been identified for individuals willing to be housed within the homelessness prevention services system.  ​<br></p><p>Through intensive on-site services and engagement by County staff and shelter providers, individuals sheltering in the temporary motel model have identified their needs and preferences. Of the 106 individuals using the model in Barrie (as of July 6), more than 76 per cent have been connected with other housing/shelter options including more permanent housing, regular homeless shelter settings, reunification with family, residential seniors' services, supportive housing and repatriation to home communities where employment and housing were available. Of the individuals who chose not to exercise any of these options, outreach teams will continue to work with unsheltered individuals to strengthen connections to the wide-range of homelessness prevention services and supports throughout the region.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>“We appreciate the efforts and cooperation of our service providers to work with County staff during this period of transition to support the needs of homeless individuals," said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “We recognize that the needs are growing across Ontario and Canada. By working collaboratively and utilizing funds, resources and knowledge of federal, provincial, regional and municipal governments, combined with support from community partners, we can and have made a difference. We know more needs to be done and the County is committed to building sustainable solutions to further address the growing impacts of homelessness within our region."<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>Through the commitment and under the direction of County of Simcoe Council, staff continue to work with partners to build upon sustainable options and solutions, including:</p><ul><li>New 14-room supportive housing program in the City of Barrie (anticipated completion: late 2022-early 2023)</li><li>Increase of six supportive housing units at Lucy's Place in the City of Barrie (anticipated completion: late summer-early fall 2022)</li><li>Funded an additional 41 shelter beds in regular and temporary shelter settings, bringing the number of shelter beds in the City of Barrie to 152 </li><li>Simcoe County Housing Corporation build at 20 Rose Street in the City of Barrie (in pre-development)</li><li>Recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to initiate a new temporary homeless shelter facility on County-owned property in the City of Barrie, with a potential completion date of mid-November 2022 </li><li>Immediately issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Warming Centre Operations for winter 2022-2023 </li></ul><p>Additionally, County staff will be engaging the services of a consultant through an upcoming procurement process to assist with a comprehensive review of the system of homelessness services and supports in Simcoe County, with recommendations to Council planned for the first quarter of 2023. This review will identify current needs to best position the system to assist homeless individuals and families. </p><p></p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong></strong>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>
County services reminderhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-services-reminder-civic-day.aspx7/28/2022 1:17:41 PMCounty services reminder<p> <strong>Midhurst/July 28, 2022 </strong> <strong>–</strong>The County of Simcoe reminds residents of the following schedule changes during this Simcoe/Civic Day long weekend. </p><p> <strong>County Administration Centre (Midhurst)</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The Administration Centre will be closed to the public on Monday, August 1, 2022</li></ul><p> <strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The Museum is operating on its regular schedule (10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)</li><li>For information, visit <a href="https://museum.simcoe.ca/" target="_blank">museum.simcoe.ca</a></li></ul><p> <strong>Simcoe County Archives</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The Archives are closed on Monday, August 1, 2022 </li></ul><p> <strong>Waste Facilities and Curbside Waste Collection </strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>There will be no changes to your regular curbside waste collection schedule on the holiday. Please ensure you have your materials curbside by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day</li><li>All waste facilities closed on Monday, August 1, 2022, returning to normal schedule on Tuesday</li></ul><p> <strong>LINX Transit</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>LINX Transit services are not in operation on Monday, August 1, 2022</li><li>The regular schedules will resume on Tuesday, August 2, 2022</li><li>Please visit <a href="https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/" target="_blank">https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/</a> to check our schedules</li></ul><p> <strong>Ontario Works Offices</strong> </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>All Ontario Works offices are closed on Monday, August 2, 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 <a href="/" target="_blank"> <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </a> </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>- 30 -</strong> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> <strong>CONTACTS</strong> </p><p 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>
Georgian Village opens Behavioural Support Transition Unithttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Georgian-Village-opens-Behavioural-Support-Transition-Unit.aspx7/26/2022 5:50:07 PMGeorgian Village opens Behavioural Support Transition Unit<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/July 26, 2022 – </strong>The County of Simcoe and the Georgian Village Campus of Care are pleased to announce the opening of the new Behavioural Support Transition Unit (BSTU) as an addition to its offerings at Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene. Georgian Manor also hosts Respite and Convalescent Care Support in addition to Long-Term Care services. The first patient was welcomed today at the site. </p><span style="font-size:1em;">“The new BSTU is a welcome addition to the Georgian Village Campus of Care, giving more support to those who need it the most," said Warden George Cornell. “These new </span><span style="font-size:1em;">specialized beds at Georgian Manor will help patients receive the care, planning, and treatment that they need to return to their place of residence in the community or long-term care setting in our region. This means that more </span><span style="font-size:1em;">patients and families are able to access the specialized care they need close to home." </span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/Georgian-Village-opens-Behavioural-Support-Transition-Unit/Hallway5.jpeg" alt="Hallway5.jpeg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:225px;" />As the regional provider of specialized Behavioural Support Services to all 26 long-term care homes in the North Simcoe Muskoka catchment area since 2012, and as a member of the Specialized Geriatric Services program led by Waypoint Centre for Mental Health, the County has been engaged in ongoing planning discussions for over a decade to bring a BSTU to the region. <br></p><p>This new unit ensures that strong partnerships among community care providers deliver valuable resources to patients and work to create the building blocks for successful transitions to the next level of care that may be required. The beds are accessible to all residents of the Province of Ontario.<br></p><p>In addition to the BSTU, the County has also been approved by the Province to add an additional 16 long-term care beds at Georgian Manor to maintain capacity for those needing regular long-term care services.  <br></p><p>“We are thankful to our all partners for helping to make this important and truly life-altering specialized care unit a reality for residents in need," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services for the County of Simcoe. “Operating four of the region's top LTC and Seniors Living facilities, we're proud of our continued leadership in providing excellent care and support to residents and families throughout the region." <br></p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>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>
County of Simcoe kicks off Fierté Simcoe Pridehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-kicks-off-fierte-simcoe-pride-22-07-25.aspx7/25/2022 3:35:34 PMCounty of Simcoe kicks off Fierté Simcoe Pride<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/July 25, 2022 – </strong>In recognition of the County's commitment to diversity and inclusion, earlier today Warden George Cornell raised the Progress Pride flag, kicking off two weeks of Fierté Simcoe Pride celebrations.</p><p>“Over the past few years, we at the County have embraced the motto “Stronger Together", which embodies the importance of events like today," said Warden George Cornell. “When we stand together, we help to ensure equality, acceptance, and safe and inclusive communities for all."</p><p>In honour of this year's theme, “Progress and Pride", the County raised the intersex inclusive progress pride flag which was created by Valentino Vecchietti and combines Daniel Quasar's 2018 pride progress flag, with Morgan Carpenter's 2013 intersex flag. This new design celebrates the diversity of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, placing a greater emphasis on inclusion and progression.</p><p>Fierté Simcoe Pride celebrations run July 25 to August 7, 2022. </p><p><b>About Fierté Simcoe Pride<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;">Fierté Simcoe Pride (FSP) formed in May of 2012 as a small grassroots volunteer group aiming to unite people in Pride across the County. As an organization, FSP continues a long tradition of LGBT organizing in Simcoe while working with other organizations, groups, and partners to build community. Visit </span><a href="https://www.simcoepride.com/" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>simcoepride.com</strong></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">to learn more.</span></p><p><b>About County of Simcoe<br></b><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;">simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></p><p><strong>Jennifer Straw</strong><br><strong> Public Relations Consultant<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></strong><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Collin Matanowitsch<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></strong><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</strong></a><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong></p>
County provides record investment in trails connecting communitieshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-provides-record-investment-in-trails-connecting-communities.aspx7/21/2022 4:44:51 PMCounty provides record investment in trails connecting communities<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>July 21</strong><strong>, 2022 </strong><strong>–</strong> This year, the County is investing almost $350,000 to help fund 13 projects throughout Simcoe County under the Trails Connecting Communities Program (TCCP). This 50/50 cost sharing scheme provides up to $30,000 per project, to expand, create, and/or enhance the extensive network of trails across Simcoe County.</p><p>“Since 2009, when the Trails Connecting Communities Program was established, the County has provided approximately $2.7 million in funding to assist in the completion of 119 trail and active transportation projects across all 16 member municipalities," said Warden George Cornell. “These funds will enhance and expand our developing multi-use trails network to promote environmentally friendly links between our communities, as well as providing safe and accessible ways for residents and visitors to relax, unwind and exercise."</p><p>To qualify for County TCCP funding, projects must enhance an existing trail or establish a key trail linkage to improve network connectivity and improve trail accessibility for people with disabilities in accordance with applicable provincial standards. Projects in the following municipalities are eligible to receive 2022 TCCP funding:</p><ul><li>Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury<br></li><li>Township of Clearview</li><li>Town of Collingwood</li><li>Township of Essa</li><li>Town of Innisfil</li><li>Town of Midland</li><li>Town of New Tecumseth</li><li>Township of Oro-Medonte</li><li>Township of Ramara</li><li>Township of Severn</li><li>Township of Springwater</li><li>Township of Tay</li><li>Township of Tiny</li><li>Town of Wasaga Beach</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 style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">​CONTACTS</strong><br></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 Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 </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><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Collection Times May Vary by Seasonhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Collection-Times-May-Vary.aspx7/21/2022 12:46:47 PMCollection Times May Vary by Season<p>Throughout the County of Si​mcoe, there is a significant population of seasonal residents. This means that during the summer months, curbside waste volumes increase. This, along with other factor such as weather, construction and traffic, may impact the time of day that your waste is collected. To ensure collection, always have your material to the curb by 7:00 am on your collection day.​<br></p><p><span lang="EN-US">To receive direct notifications and view your collection schedule we encourage you to download free Simcoe County Collects app:</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a title="get it on Google play" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span> <a title="Download on the app store " href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:134px;height:40px;" /></a></span></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p>​<br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br><br></p>
Paramedics from across the Region receive Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medalhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/paramedics-from-across-region-receive-governor-generals-ems-exemplary-service-medal-22-7-20.aspx7/20/2022 2:38:53 PMParamedics from across the Region receive Governor General’s EMS Exemplary Service Medal<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Muskoka/July 20, 2022 – </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">24 Paramedics from across the District of Muskoka, County of Simcoe and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation were awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medals, recognizing their years of exceptional service. The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon was represented by Lt. Col Jean-Martin Brault from Canadian Forces Base Borden at a special ceremony held July 19.</span><br></p><p>Those honoured at this event were part of a group of Ontario-based paramedics who received this medal in 2020 and 2021, and due to COVID-19 restrictions, the traditional ceremony was delayed. The special awards ceremony was held in Gravenhurst, joined by partners and fellow award recipients from the District of Muskoka, ​County of Simcoe and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation Paramedic Services.</p><p>The Governor General's Medal recipients have achieved 20 years of exemplary service in emergency medical services – at least 10 of those years performing duties with potential risk. The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on July 7, 1994, recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public, who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. For more details, visit <a href="https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/canadian-honours/directory-honours/exemplary-service-medals/emergency-medical-services-exemplary-service-medal">www.gg.ca</a>.<br>​<br></p><p><b>Quotes:<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;">“We are very proud of the work that Carrie Hassberger accomplished in her time with Rama Paramedic Services. She served as both a paramedic and Chief, and always worked with dedication, determination, and a commitment to the community. We are better because of her, and we are happy to see her recognized with this medal." ~ Jeremy Parkin, Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Chippewas of Rama First Nation</span></p><p>“Today's honourees have served with distinction, acting as tremendous ambassadors for not only their service, but for paramedicine as a whole. Their compassion and commitment has left an indelible mark, and on behalf of the residents and visitors to the County of Simcoe, thank you and congratulations." <br>~ Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe</p><p> “I am proud that the District of Muskoka is served by such amazing Paramedics, and I am very pleased to be part of this special recognition ceremony. Our community is well served by such outstanding paramedics." ~ District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck<br><br></p><p><strong>About</strong> <strong>Chippewas of Rama First Nation:</strong><br><strong> </strong>Rama Paramedic Services provides assistance for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and surrounding area. This covers a total population of approximately 10,500 people and generates approximately 1,200 calls annually.<br></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 <a href="/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p><p><strong>About the District of Muskoka:</strong><br><strong> </strong>The District of Muskoka is made up of six area municipalities and is responsible for delivering critical public services and programs to residents in our community. To learn more about the District and Muskoka Paramedic Services, please our website at <a href="http://www.muskoka.on.ca/"><strong>muskoka.on.ca</strong></a><strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Cathy Edney<br> Communications and Strategic Relations Manager <br>Chippewas of Rama First Nation<br> (ph) 705-325-3611,1416 <br>(fax) 705-325-0879 <br>(url) <a href="http://www.ramafirstnation.ca/">www.ramafirstnation.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>​Molly Ross<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Communications<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">The District Municipality of Muskoka<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-644-1055 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:molly.ross@muskoka.on.ca" style="font-size:1em;">molly.ross@muskoka.on.ca</a><br></p>