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The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (G&M) is seeking dynamic candidates for positions on the Board of Trustees. The complexity of healthcare is increasing and now - more than ever - strong, strategic, governance leadership is required.
Ultimate accountability for the services provided by the hospital is held by the Board of Trustees. Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of the hospital, the Board provides oversight of operations, foresight in terms of planning for the future and insight to ensure the right questions are being asked.

Board members are expected to be responsible for making decisions in the best interest of the hospital corporation, as well as the broader local healthcare system in the South Georgian Bay region. System transformation and integration of services locally and regionally are key directions that the hospital is taking to better support the healthcare needs of our community. Board members are expected to be active members of the Board and its Committees, as well as have the ability to think strategically and communicate effectively.

The hospital is currently seeking several, Board experienced candidates, with some preference given to individuals from Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township. In addition to previous Board experience, we seek candidates whose experience demonstrates an understanding of the nature, complexity and needs of Ontario’s evolving health system, and the needs of our patients and their families for seamless care within and beyond the hospital.

Interested individuals can submit a resumé by December 15, 2018 to stevensj@cgmh.on.ca.

For further information, contact Jennifer Stevens, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees at 705-445-2550 ext 8303 or visit our website at www.cgmh.on.ca.

Radon test kits are available free from the Grey Bruce Health Unit as part of November Radon Awareness Month. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. An estimated 20% of lung cancer deaths in Grey Bruce were due to radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that may collect in a home. Radon is colourless and odourless; it can enter a home anywhere there is contact with the ground, such as basements. All homes regardless of age, single or multi-story, slab or with basement can have radon. Testing is the only way to know if it is present. Test kits are left in a home for three months. After three months, the test unit is mailed to the lab for analysis in a pre-paid envelope provided with the kit. Individuals will receive the test results directly.

Free radon test kits are available to residents of Grey and Bruce including First Nations, by mail, while supplies last. Kits include the testing unit, instructions, information on radon and a pre-paid envelope to return the kits to the testing lab. Order yours online at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Environment/Healthy-Housing/Radon/Radon-Registration or by phoning the Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456.

For More Information:

Jasjeet Bola

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1518 

j.bola@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The annual Online Meaford Hospital Foundation Auction is about to go live. With over 100 items the foundation is overwhelmed with the response from local businesses. Jen Wright, Executive Director of the foundation stated, “We are very appreciative of the support from our local businesses who have always come forward to donate. This year’s auction will help raise funds that are needed for a vital piece of equipment for our regional needs at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. The MRI plays a critical role as it’s the only one in Grey Bruce and it saves patients from travelling several hours away for diagnostic imaging. Our current MRI is almost 15 years old, and the technology has changed significantly.”

With the governments lack of funding for capital equipment items such as this it becomes the responsibility of the community. At a cost of $4.7 million the foundation knows it has a lot of fundraising to do to help raise their portion of the goal, but with the online auction and the Christmas campaign they hope to get close.

Up for grabs are golf packages, family experiences and get-a-ways, local food and beverage gift cards, ski and snowboard packages including day trips, caving, snowshoeing, theatre and many local goods and services. “There really is something for everyone, a perfect place to Christmas shop while supporting a local foundation” says Wright.

The online auction starts at 8 a.m. on November 12th and closes on November 23rd at 8 p.m. Bidders can go online to register before the bidding starts at mhfoundation.ca. The auction features proxy bidding which allows the bidder to enter a maximum amount that they are willing to pay and their bid will automatically be increased until they reach the desired amount. The winners will be notified by email when they reach their maximum bid and they can then decide if they wish to carry on.

Good Luck!

Jen Wright
Executive Director
Meaford Hospital Foundation
(519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
jenwright@gbhs.on.ca

There is a planned outage for the Blue Mountain region on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 7 a.m. until noon. Hydro One crews will be replacing and repairing wood poles. The work will take place near the corner of Grey 2 and Grey 40. While work is underway, traffic restrictions may be in effect. 

OUTAGE NOTIFICATION FOR HYDRO ONE CUSTOMERS IN LOCATION(S) DETAILED BELOW
Hydro One Zone: 5 Georgian Bay
Hydro One Operation Center(s): OWEN SOUND
Hydro One Township(s) Affected: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, EUPHRASIA
Reason for Outage: Replacing Hydro Pole(s)

*** All Hydro One Customers impacted by this planned maintenance outage have been contacted ***

Interruption Date(s) and Time(s):
Sun Nov 04 2018 from 07:00 until 12:00 (5 hrs), 1472 Customers 
ORMS ID: (5458969)

Hydro One reminds all members of the public to always stay clear of downed power lines or equipment. Never assume they are safe to approach. 

For up-to-date power interruption information related to Hydro One's Distribution System, download the Hydro One Mobile App or visit the: Power Outage Viewer

For Customer account information, please contact 1-888-664-9376.
For Media Outlets ONLY, please contact 1-877-506-7584.
This notice is for information purposes only. This is a public service announcement and not to be used for a paid advertisement.

Dr. Hazel Lynn got hers today and you should get yours. Grey Bruce’s Medical Officer of Health knows the flu shot is the best way to protect herself and her family from getting the flu.

Flu shots are now available for everyone through their healthcare provider and select pharmacies. Get yours now. For the more high-risk, the flu vaccine is especially important.

Those at high risk are more vulnerable to complications from flu. High-risk include:

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years of age
  • People aged 65 and older
  • Children and adults with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer)
  • Residents of long-term care, retirement homes, or other chronic care facilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Indigenous people

The flu shot not only protects yourself, it helps protect those around you! Health careworkers, household contacts of those at high risk and/or those who provide care to those under five are capable of spreading flu to this high-risk population. Immunize yourself and protect them too.

For More Information:

Sarah Ellis
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext.

The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are hosting criminal record checks that will be completed while applicants wait. The event will take place when the detachment office is not normally open to make it easier for people who are at work during normal office hours and open to any resident of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains OPP detachment (Thornbury) 364 Clark Street in Thornbury
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If a vulnerable sector check is required, which would include anyone working with children or the elderly, applicants must bring the letter from the organization requesting that check.

Checks for employment purposes will cost $25 in cash (exact amount).

Two pieces of identification must be provided at the time of application (one must be photo identification). Copies of identification will not be accepted.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include Ontario photo ID (issued by the MTO), passports, LCBO Bring Your Identification cards, military employment cards, Canadian citizenship cards, First Nations status cards, permanent resident cards, Canadian National Institute for the Blind cards, firearms possession and acquisition licences, Nexus cards and Fast Pass cards.

Acceptable non-photo identification includes birth certificates, baptismal certificates, hunting licences, outdoors cards, Canadian blood donor cards and immigration papers.

Ontario health cards and social insurance number cards are not permitted to be used as identification due to legislative restrictions.

Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP completed 1,500 criminal record checks in 2017 and 1,137 between January and August of this year.

Anyone who has any questions is asked to call the OPP ahead of time so that the process can run smoothly at the event. The Blue Mountains detachment phone number is 519-599-6644.

Beaver Valley Outreach in Thornbury is currently seeking an EarlyON Educator/Before & After School Age Program Lead Staff.

The successful applicant will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Planning and implementing interactive programs for parents/caregivers and their children up to 6 years of age
  • Facilitating a well-rounded Before and After School Age Program at Beaver Valley
  • Community School, indoors and outdoors
  • Role modeling play based learning
  • Provide information and referrals
  • Statistical reporting, newsletter, monthly calendar, Facebook page management
  • To be available for staff meetings, training and workshops

Education:

  • Registered ECE
  • Previous experience working with young children and parents
  • Current Criminal Reference Check
  • Current First Aid Certificate

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Enthusiastic, supportive, encouraging, resourceful and creative
  • Organized and efficient
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in person to Beaver Valley Outreach or by email to: executivedir@bvo.ca or contact at 519-599-2577 ext. 121 if you require further information. We thank everyone who applies, however, only those selected for
an interview will be contacted.

New measures to protect Ontarians from the dangers of smoking

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 replaces the existing Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act with one single legislative framework Effective immediately, the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA 2017) regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion, and the use of tobacco, cannabis and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes). The new SFOA, 2017 will expand those measures currently in place for tobacco, vapour products and cannabis by prohibiting their use in certain public places. The Act prohibits smoking of tobacco or cannabis and the vaping of any substance in the following areas:

  • Within 9 metres of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios.
  • On recreation facility property and within a 20-metre perimeter of their grounds.
  • On school property and within a 20-metre perimeter of school grounds.

Grey Bruce Public Health Tobacco Enforcement Officers are designated to enforce these regulations within the community. Individuals with questions related to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 can contact Grey Bruce Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1211.

For more information:

Angela Newman
Public Health Manager
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1252
A.Newman@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Nominations are open for the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship. Established in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours Ontarians who, through exceptional, long-term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to community life across the province.

Recipients will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at a ceremony to be held at Queen’s Park, in winter 2019. 

To submit a nomination for this award:

  1. Visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards.
  2. Select the Community category.    
  3. Click on Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.
  4. Download the PDF form.
  5. Review the eligibility criteria and instructions carefully.
  6. Fill out the form and then submit it no later than November 15, 2018. Instructions for submitting your nomination package can be found on the website.

If you have any questions, please call the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat at 416-314-7526, toll free 1-877-832-8622, TTY 416-327-2391, or email ontariohonoursandawards@ontario.ca.

Supporting GBHS Hospital Foundations through Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

The Ace of Spades Lives On!
As Week 12 proceeds, the jackpot increases!

With weekly prizes of between $400 and $760 and winners like Chris Plante from Holland Centre who won $414 in the Week 11 draw, Catch the Ace GBHS is steadily growing.  The progressive jackpot is now sitting at an estimated $9,000 and is expected to grow over $10,000 in the upcoming weeks, as tickets are sold!  Funds raised will support the purchase of an MRI system at Owen Sound Regional Hospital.

In the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation office, there are now 41 playing cards individually sealed in manila envelopes on display.  These envelopes are numbered from 1 through 52, with the exception of the envelopes already opened by our weekly winners.  Nobody knows which envelope contains the Ace of Spades – until one lucky weekly winner catches it!

The MRI in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is used over 11,000 times per year on patients from across Grey and Bruce to diagnose a range of medical conditions. Tests done with the next generation of MRI technology will be faster, quieter and more comfortable for patients, and will provide physicians with higher quality images to aid in more accurate diagnoses.

Catch the Ace tickets can be purchased in many places throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.  For more information or to find where tickets are available near you, please contact your local hospital foundation offices: Owen Sound, Meaford, Wiarton, Southampton, and Markdale, visit www.gbhsmri.ca or follow @CatchTheAceGBHS on Facebook.  Don’t forget to watch each weekly draw on our Facebook live stream or watch the video recordings posted to our Facebook page when you have a spare minute! 

Ticket purchasers must be 18 or over to participate. For more information visit www.gbhsmri.ca or contact your local hospital foundation:

  • Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation (519) 534-5856
  • Centre Grey Hospital Foundation (519) 986-3040
  • Meaford Hospital Foundation (519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
  • Owen Sound Hospital Foundation (519) 372-3925
  • Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (519) 797-3230 ext. 3230

A.G.C.O. Licence #9997 has been issued to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation.

For more information contact:

Amy McKinnon, Executive Director

Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

519-372-3925

amckinnon@oshfoundation.ca

100 Women Who Care

Launched in September 2017 100 Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle are celebrating the beginning of their 2nd year.  With over 190 members, 4 charities have benefited to a total amount of over $60,000.  

The charities we have supported in the past year are:

  • Barbara Weider House, Home Horizons
  • Salvation Army
  • Victim Services
  • Events for Life

At our September 26th meeting we celebrated our success with music, cake, wine and camaraderie. 

Events for Life was the recipient of our June meeting and Kathy Dewling, a board member from Events for Life talked about the program where our donations are making an impact on a new program being launched for respite and living options.  They accepted a cheque for $17,100. 

We heard excellent presentations from Theatre Collingwood, and Beaver Valley Outreach and ultimately selected Society of St Vincent de Paul, where our donation will support those in need for another year.  

Our next meeting will be November 28th at the Legion, 490 Ontario St, Collingwood.  The Legion generously donates the use of their space for our meetings. 

To find out more or join us visit our website  www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com 

One hundred fifty people took advantage of the offer of free Attack tickets in exchange for the return of expired or unused medication.

Now in its second year, the Campaign to “Attack” Medication Misuse offered participants a free voucher to an Owen Sound Attack hockey game in exchange for the return of unused medication dropped off at the Rexall Pharma Plus in downtown Owen Sound between September 24 and 30.

The campaign supports the proper disposal and storage of medication and reduces the amount of unused and expired medication, especially opioid pain relievers, in our community.

A significant amount of opioids and controlled substances with a potential for abuse, including hydromorphone, oxycodone and codeine, were among the 236 expired and unused medications returned. The campaign also prevented these drugs from ending up in landfills or flushed down the toilet and ultimately in our water system. Unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

Thanks to all who participated in this event as well as the Owen Sound Attack and Rexall Pharmacy for their support!

For More Information:

Monica Blair

Registered Practical Nurse,

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1243

m.blair@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

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