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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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Warden's Golf Tournament raises funds for the County’s “Give-a-Lift” campaignhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden's-golf-tournament-raises-funds-for-the-county’s-give-a-Lift-campaign-21-9-17.aspx9/17/2021 1:46:48 PMWarden's Golf Tournament raises funds for the County’s “Give-a-Lift” campaign<p><strong>​Midhurst/September 17, 2021</strong> – On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, Warden George Cornell hosted the County's 16<sup>th</sup> Warden's Golf Tournament at the Nottawasaga Golf Course in Alliston. Funds raised through the tournament support the County's <em>Give-a-Lift </em>Long-Term Care and Seniors Services Bus<em> </em>fundraising campaign supporting the purchase of accessible buses used to provide programming for residents in the County's four long-term care homes. </p><p>The tournament, which followed COVID-19 safety procedures,​ raised nearly $23,000 towards the purchase of three new accessible buses. </p><p>During the tournament, the County also unveiled the first of four buses purchased through various fundraising initiatives to-date. Simcoe Manor in Beeton achieved their fundraising goals, and recently introduced the new accessible bus which provides valuable connections for long-term care residents to their community during outings, activities and social interactions. </p><p>“On behalf of the County, I thank all our golfers, sponsors and our host venue, the Nottawasaga Inn Resort, for supporting this great cause," said Warden George Cornell. “These buses serve the residents in our homes as a safe connection to the communities they have lived in their entire lives. With the help of our generous donors, we've recently purchased one accessible bus and have three to go as we look to replace our aging fleet at our four long-term care homes." </p><p>The Warden's Golf Tournament, thanks to community supporters and local businesses, has raised more than $523,000 since it began in 2004. Community sponsors and supporters for the 2021 event included:</p><ul><li><strong>Gold Sponsors: </strong>RJ Burnside and Associates Limited, Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Intact Public Entities, Geranium </li><li><strong>Silver Sponsors:</strong> Ainley Group, Scargall Owen-King LLP </li><li><strong>Bronze Sponsors: </strong>San Diego Homes, DECAST Ltd., Georgian College</li><li><strong>Special Challenge Sponsors: </strong>Lakehead University, Hemson Consulting, Waste Connections Canada</li><li><strong>Hole Sponsors:</strong> Promotional Source, Schaeffer and Associates Ltd., OPSEU Local 303, Tatham Engineering Ltd. </li><li>And many other community partners</li></ul><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>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTA​CTS</strong></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><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>Andrea Walasek<br> Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br>249-535-3511 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a>​<br></p>
Fall Yard Waste Collection 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Fall-Yard-Waste-Collection-2021.aspx9/15/2021 1:27:20 PMFall Yard Waste Collection 2021<p>Fall leaf and yard waste collection begins<strong> October 4 (Zone 1) </strong>and <strong>October 11 (Zone 2)</strong> and runs biweekly until December 10. To determine your yard waste collection schedule, download the free Simcoe County Collects app:<br></p><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a 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></strong> ​​<img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><p>Alternatively, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6">click here </a>to view/print your full, customized collection schedule and sign up for reminders.</p><p>Place material out on the Monday of your collection week. Use Kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes, or open-ended rigid containers. Brush must be bundled and tied. Bundles must be no larger than 30 cm in width and no longer than 2 metres. Individual branches cannot exceed 7 cm in diameter. <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/leaf.aspx">Click here ​</a>for more information on yard waste.<br></p><p>To ensure collection, leaf bags, rigid containers and bundles of brush must be visible and fall within the County's weight limit of 20 kgs per container. </p><p>For more information please contact Customer Service at service@simcoe.ca or <br> call 1-800-263-3199.<br><br></p><p><br></p>
County of Simcoe to Receive National Forestry Awardhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-to-receive-national-forestry-award.aspx9/14/2021 1:41:06 PMCounty of Simcoe to Receive National Forestry Award<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/September 14, 2021</strong> – On September 17 at 3:30 p.m., media partners are invited to join Warden George Cornell, Deputy Warden Lynn Dollin, and County of Simcoe Forestry staff at the Simcoe County Museum as the County is presented with a prestigious national award from Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF).  </p><p>This event kicks off National Forest Week, which runs September 19 to 25, and coincides with Simcoe County Forests' 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary celebrations, which will occur in 2022. </p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><strong>Photo/Video Opportunity</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Simcoe County Museum – Parking Area (entrance to Warbler Way Trail)<br></p><p>1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Friday, September 17, 2021 - <span style="font-size:1em;">3:30 p.m.</span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><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 style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTA​CTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><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><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Jen Straw<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<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;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
New waste collection days and a new cart system: Changes roll out November 1https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/new-waste-collection-days-and-a-new-cart-system-changes-roll-out-november-1.aspx9/13/2021 6:08:20 PMNew waste collection days and a new cart system: Changes roll out November 1<p><strong>Midhurst/September 13, 2021</strong> – On November 1, the County will implement automated cart collection and move to a new four-day curbside waste collection schedule. The change will mean that the majority of residents will have a new collection day and time when they roll their two carts to the curb for the first time this November. </p><p><strong>Helpful resources to confirm your new waste collection day as of November 1:</strong></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=14f153f4-36eb-4915-8d7f-47756e9095e9"><strong>carts.simcoe.ca</strong></a> and click on the <em>New Collection Schedule</em> tab</li><li>Download our <strong>free Simcoe County Collects app </strong>on your mobile device to receive reminders and alerts</li><li>A printable <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/CollectionDayMap_June3Updated%20-FINAL%20(002).pdf"><strong>map</strong></a> that shows the collection days for residents as of November 1</li><li>Collection day change details and the map will be included in your new <strong>Solid Waste Management Calendar</strong> arriving to all County households in mid-September and will also be included in our fall edition of our <strong>Managing Your Waste mailer</strong> </li><li><a href="https://opengis.simcoe.ca/?MAP_ID=new_4_day_schedule"><strong>Our interactive map</strong></a> allows you to zoom in and search by your address to find your new collection day</li><li><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Cart%20Collection/New-Collection-Schedule.aspx"><strong>Our interactive waste collection widget</strong> </a>is available on our website and allows you to search by your address to generate a personalized collection calendar</li></ol><p>​Residents are reminded to have their materials at the road/curb by 7 a.m. of their new collection day, according to the instructions provided on the carts and available on carts.simcoe.ca. Collection times may continue to change for some time while new routes are optimized. <br></p><p>After November 1, Fridays will be reserved for any missed areas due to weather or service impacts to support with customer service and provide greater predictability to weekly waste collection services. The frequency of weekly collection of organics and alternating collection weeks for recycling and garbage will continue. The week of November 1-5 will be organics and recycling (green and blue lid carts). </p><p>The needs of our diverse and growing communities have been taken into consideration, with many seasonal areas being prioritized for collection early in the week, and many larger downtown business districts scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays to avoid extended set-out periods. </p><p>We know you're spinning your wheels to begin the new program, but please remember to continue with your current scheduled collection day until November and that waste in carts cannot be collected by the existing collection vehicles until that time.   </p><p><strong>Delivery of carts continues…</strong><br><strong> </strong>The delivery of a trio of carts to all eligible County of Simcoe households continues to ramp up in preparation for the roll-out of the new automated cart collection system starting November 1. Approximately 170,000 carts have already been delivered in our region. Once received, residents should store their new carts and continue to use current containers or bags until the launch of the new collection system in November. Delivery of carts will continue until late October. If you have not received a trio of carts by October 22, please email <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca">service@simcoe.ca</a> or call 1-800-263-3199. </p><ul><li>Residents who have downloaded the free Simcoe County Collects app will receive a notification when delivery is occurring in their area</li><li>For the majority of residents, carts will be left at the end of your driveway. For our rural residents, where possible, carts will be delivered to the end of individual driveways, but some seasonal locations or other areas that have common neighbourhood collection points may have their carts dropped at their designated pick-up locations if crews are unable to access roads </li><li>Carts have serial numbers and are assigned to the location where they are dropped off. Residents are reminded not to exchange carts with others. They are encouraged to write their address in the space provided and if they move, carts must stay with the property</li><li>Delivered carts will include information on how to properly set out for collection. Watch for additional information, including upcoming changes to collection days, in the waste management calendar coming to your mailbox in September</li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">If you believe extra carts have been dropped off in error or your location has been missed by October 22, please contact our Service Simcoe Contact Centre at </span><a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">service@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or 1-800-263-3199.</span>​</li></ul><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Benefits of Cart Collection<br></strong><ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Carts are commonly used across North America and bring many benefits to residents, including:</span></li><li>Carts provide added vertical storage </li><li>Consolidate a variety of smaller bins, bags and containers into three  carts </li><li>Good for the environment with more room for organics </li><li>Lids on all carts protect against windblown litter and impacts from critters</li><li>Cut down on lifting and trips to the curb! With wheels and ergonomic handles, just roll out two carts each week</li><li>Safer for everyone with touchless automated collection </li><li>Carts will also ensure continuity of collection service and help to reduce potential for widespread collection impacts previously experienced</li></ul><p>For further information on our new cart program, including videos, cart delivery information, storage suggestions and answers to frequently asked questions, visit <strong>carts.simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p><strong>Quote<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">“Our new automated </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">art system will provide residents with a reliable and sustainable collection service for years to come. We are confident that the automated system will address labour shortages previously experienced under the manual collection program, but weather impacts in the winter and during periods of extreme heat do occur in Simcoe County. Our new four-day collection schedule is another way that we can help ensure a more consistent service, with the flexibility for our vehicles to return to any missed areas on Fridays so residents no longer have to store their materials for an extra week if missed on their regular collection day." ~ County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p><em>This program does 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>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><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 of Simcoe implements mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-implements-mandatory-COVID-19-Vaccination-Policy.aspx9/10/2021 1:19:27 PMCounty of Simcoe implements mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​​Mi</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">d</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">h</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">u</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">r</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">s</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">t</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">/</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">September 10</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">, 2021 </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">–</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Municipalities and organizations across Ontario are beginning to implement various vaccination protocols and policies. Recent recommendations from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit have also urged employers to establish a workplace COVID-19 vaccination policy in order to protect employees, residents, customers, and clients.</span><br></p><p>The County of Simcoe is firmly committed to providing a safe working environment for all of our employees and members of the public. We have also shown leadership in encouraging and providing access to vaccinations. With the health and safety of those who work within our organization or who interact with us as our main priority, leaders at the County have approved the introduction of a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all employees, students, and volunteers.</p><p>The COVID-19 Vaccination Policy ensures mandatory vaccinations for all employees, students, and volunteers at the County of Simcoe, while providing exemptions for grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code and confirmed medical reasons. Those covered by this policy are required to be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021 or must complete education on the benefits of vaccination and must undertake regular rapid antigen testing in order to access any County facility.</p><p>Together, we will continue to fight this pandemic to ensure the health and safety of our communities and for future generations.</p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe</strong></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <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><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Mata</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nowitsch<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><p>Andre​a Walasek<br>Public Rela​​tions Consultant​​<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Si​mcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe raises Every Child Matters flag at administration officehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-raises-Every-Child-Matters-flag.aspx9/7/2021 3:17:43 PMCounty of Simcoe raises Every Child Matters flag at administration office<p><br></p><div style="font-family:inherit;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;"><div class="ecm0bbzt hv4rvrfc ihqw7lf3 dati1w0a" data-ad-comet-preview="message" data-ad-preview="message" style="padding:4px 16px 16px;font-family:inherit;"><div class="j83agx80 cbu4d94t ew0dbk1b irj2b8pg" style="flex-direction:column;margin-bottom:-5px;margin-top:-5px;display:flex;font-family:inherit;"><div class="qzhwtbm6 knvmm38d" style="margin-top:5px;margin-bottom:5px;font-family:inherit;"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql lr9zc1uh a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v b1v8xokw oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto" style="line-height:1.3333;display:block;max-width:100%;min-width:0px;font-size:0.9375rem;font-family:inherit;word-break:break-word;"><div class="kvgmc6g5 cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:inherit;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;">Joining in solidarity with Indigenous communities and municipalities across Ontario, as of September 1st we have raised the Every Child Matters flag at the County Administration Office until the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th.<br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;"><br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/IMG_0235%20(3).JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div></div></span></div></div></div></div></div>
Ask an Expert Series: Managing Culture – Leading a Healthy Workplacehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/managing-culture-leading-a-healthy-workplace.aspx9/2/2021 7:11:54 PMAsk an Expert Series: Managing Culture – Leading a Healthy Workplace<p><strong>Midhurst/September 2, 2021 </strong>– Business leaders are invited to join us on September 8, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an Ask an Expert session focused on Managing Culture through Leading a Healthy Workplace. Attendees will gain helpful insights on strategies to build new workplace and service models, what factors to consider before making your choice, how to communicate the decision to your team, and how to keep a connected and engaged workforce regardless of the model you choose.</p><p>More and more businesses are planning new work and service delivery models that will be effective for their customers, company culture and employees moving forward. This session, led by Dr. Lisa Bélanger, a behavioural change expert, discusses the pros and cons of different work models (remote, hybrid, in-person, etc.) through a culture and change management lens. </p><p>Topics include: <br></p><ul><li>Understanding culture integration between virtual and in-person working</li><li>Key considerations for selecting a work model </li><li>Preparing your leadership team for your working model of choice</li><li>How to stay connected and foster a strong team environment despite changing work and service delivery models </li><li>How to create an inclusive environment </li></ul><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Managing Culture – Leading a Healthy Workplace</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Virtual – details to be provided upon registration</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Wednesday, September 8 ~ 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Register:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">This is a FREE event, but registration is required. To register, visit  <a href="https://aae_leading_a_healthy_workplace.eventbrite.ca/">https://aae_leading_a_healthy_workplace.eventbrite.ca</a> </td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About the speaker</strong><br><strong> </strong>Hear from award-winning CEO Dr. Lisa Bélanger, who specializes in showing leaders and teams how insights from psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural science can be applied in the workplace to optimize performance, productivity, and innovation. Bélanger holds a PhD in Behavioural Medicine, and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, a researcher at the University of Calgary, and an instructor at the University of Alberta Executive Education. She is also the CEO and founder of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that shows how insights from behavioural science can strategically improve habits of both corporate leaders and their employees. Bélanger is the author of two books — <em>Inspire Me Well: Finding Motivation to Take Control of Your Health</em>, and her upcoming release, <em>A Cup of Mindfulness for the Busy and Restless</em>. She is also the founder of Knight's Cabin, a national charity offering wellness programming to cancer survivors. </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, the Province of Ontario, 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 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 style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></span></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</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;color:#000000;text-align:center;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><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>
Regional partners host collaborative event to discuss the future of foodhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/regional-partners-host-collaborative-event-to-discuss-the-future-of-food.aspx8/31/2021 4:20:42 PMRegional partners host collaborative event to discuss the future of food<p><strong>​Midhurst/August 31, 2021 –</strong> Local growers, agri-food processors and food businesses are invited to join area partners on Wednesday, September 22, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for a collaborative presentation on the future of food. The presentation is followed by an interactive networking session for participants. This event is designed to provide our local agriculture and food sector with the high-level information they need to plan post-COVID.</p><p>In 2018, local partners developed a Regional Work Plan through the Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties' Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Business Retention and Expansion Study. This event aligns with that work plan and is focused on supporting the agriculture/agri-food sector and addressing opportunities and gaps.<br></p><p>On September 22, Jo-Ann McArthur of Nourish Food Marketing will be providing an overview of food trends that have developed over the last 18 months, with insights on where food trends are going post-pandemic. Sandra Kahale of OnWard Consulting will then lead participants in an interactive networking session to discuss the presentation.<br></p><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>The Future of Food</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%;">Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.<br></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  <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-food-registration-164022936017&data=04%7c01%7cChris.Hedley%40simcoe.ca%7c1b26e89208d8467388ab08d96675f2ff%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637653479031513233%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=nu5jFS6wuY6CHkSGi7adq/G6qA5JrlTQJAkxO2rKGBo%3D&reserved=0">https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-future-of-food-registration-164022936017</a></p><p>*<em>Space is limited</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>​About the speaker<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Jo-Ann McArthur has spent her career building bra</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nds with consumers and retailers at Molson, Procter and Gamble, Unilever and Cadillac Fairview. As a divisional President of Molson Coors, and a member of its North America Management Board, Jo-Ann led the charge to sell more beer more profitably.</span></p><p>As a Founding Partner and President of Nourish Food Marketing, Jo-Ann now builds powerful brands for food and beverage products in Canada, the US and Europe, creating marketing strategies that help move products off the shelves, into the consumer's shopping basket, onto their plates and into their hearts.</p><p>She has worked with entrepreneurs to launch award winning products and with municipal, provincial and federal agencies to create programs that support Canada's food industry. She has also been an instructor at Schulich Executive School of Business, FoodStarter (a food incubator), as well as the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada and the Association of Canadian Advertisers.</p><p><strong>Quotes</strong><br><strong> </strong>“The County of Simcoe is home to an outstanding array of agricultural businesses offering a wide variety of high-quality, local products. The County is pleased to work together with our partners on agri-food initiatives, including these types of events, which provide local businesses with access to industry experts, new ideas and trends. Through our economic development and tourism offices, we're committed to supporting all our businesses in their recovery from this pandemic." – George Cornell, Warden, County of Simcoe</p><p>“Grey County is always looking for ways to help our small businesses thrive. Now more than ever, it is important to have a finger on the pulse of upcoming trends and to stay connected to others in their respective sectors. The Future of Food event is an ideal way to make this information exchange happen for our agri-food producers." – Selwyn “Buck" Hicks, Warden, County of Grey</p><p>“Bruce County is home to a wide range of small businesses and is known for our spirit of entrepreneurialism. The Future of Food event will support small businesses in the agri-food community by providing a forum for the exchange of current and relevant information to help our communities excel." – Janice Jackson, Warden, Bruce County</p><p>“We are pleased to be partnering with multiple organizations to bring the Agri-Food business community together to learn and share. Our highly skilled facilitators will be using a cutting-edge format to provide participants with an enhanced online experience. I, for one, can't wait to see where the conversations will take us." – Tim Newton, Manager, Southern Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre</p><p>“It takes more than land and a tractor to be successful in agriculture these days. The Future of Food event is where growers and other professionals, community leaders and interested citizens can learn more about emerging trends and opportunities from the last 18 months, with some insights on where food is going post-pandemic." – Martin Kuzma, CEO, Nottawasaga Futures Community Development Corporation</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.­­­­­­<br> <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations, </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;"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Martin Kuzma<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">CEO, </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Nottawasaga Futures Community Development Corporation<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-435-1540<br></strong><a href="mailto:martin@nottawasaga.com" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>martin@nottawasaga.com</strong></a><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Lindsey Glazier<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Marketing & Communications Coordinator, </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Bruce County<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">519-881-1782<br></strong><a href="mailto:lglazier@brucecounty.on.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>lglazier@brucecounty.on.ca</strong></a><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Dave Hyde<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Manager, </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Barrie Simcoe County Orillia Small Business Enterprise Centre<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-739-4220 ext. 5236<br></strong><a href="mailto:dave.hyde@barrie.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>dave.hyde@barrie.ca</strong></a><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Robert Hatten<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Communication Manager, </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Grey County<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">519-372-0219 ext. 1235<br></strong><a href="mailto:communications@grey.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>communications@grey.ca</strong></a><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">Tim Newton<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Manager, </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Southern Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-446-3355<br></strong><a href="mailto:tnewton@collingwood.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>tnewton@collingwood.ca</strong></a><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong></p>