Thank you IODE (Maple Leaf Chapter) for making a donation to our Lonely No More program relaunch!
Lonely No Program (LNM) is a peer-based program that aims to reduce social isolation in rural seniors. The pilot for this program was successfully launched this past year and based on the positive feedback found we are in the process of relaunching the program.
The LNM Program aims to strengthen and expand social connections of rural seniors by improving opportunities for participation in existing social support networks and building new social support networks. This program also empowers community members to become peer advocates for isolated and at-risk seniors by proving seniors access to services and resources, initiating one-on-one engagement and encouraging healthy behaviors. The program consists of weekly Elder Circles, a teleconference call between isolated seniors that is facilitated by trained community members (volunteers). These Circles create a safe space to develop social networks among seniors who may not otherwise have access to social settings either through a lack of access (e.g., transportation) or for other medical reasons (e.g., disability).
Since, socially isolated seniors are more likely to be victims of elder abuse and are at risk of negative psychological and physiological health effects, we know loneliness can impact the health status of seniors and their quality of life. We are currently in the process of recruiting participants, volunteers and collecting donations. If you are interested in becoming involved in the LNM program please contact Sarah Versteeg, Lonely No More's Program Coordinator at 519 612 1053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: OCFP Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Amy Catania, right, presented Goderich’s Dr. Paul Gill, left, with the Award of Excellence at the 2019 OCFP Awards Ceremony in Toronto on November 28.
Our very own Chair of Rural Pain Medicine, Paul Gill, has been recently award the Award of Excellence by the Ontario College of Family Medicine.
“Dr. Gill’s leadership has been instrumental in bringing together many players in the healthcare system in Southwestern Ontario to maximize efficiencies and in creating a go-to resource for patients that enhances patient self-management skills, His vision and dedication have had a beneficial impact on his peers and on patients, and it is our pleasure to celebrate his contributions and achievements with this award.”
- Dr. Jennifer Young, President, Ontario College of Family Physicians.
"Hi, my name is Marissa Coasley. I’m a fourth year student at Western University. I’m currently doing a double major in sociology and criminology. I hope to further my education in clinical psychology as i would like to have a career specialized in treating teens and young adults with mental health related issues. I’ve always been interested in gaining a better understanding of the inner workings of people and through my studies I’ve gained an appreciation for the resilience of those in vulnerable conditions. I look forward to doing what I can to make a difference for those suffering to do a lack of access to mental health resources."
Hi, I’m Brittni Jackson! I’m 21 years old and I’m in my 3rd year at Western University where I
am specializing in psychology and taking a minor in criminology. One day I hope to be a clinical
psychologist, diagnosing and treating psychological disorders and illnesses. Being from a very
small, rural community, I grew up surrounded by agriculture and have seen firsthand the lack of
resources for mental health. Now, I’m hoping to help change that!
"Hello, my name is Saira Sanghera. I am a third year student specializing in Criminology at
Western University. I have a strong interest in the prevention and promotion of mental health in
the community setting; particularly in vulnerable and isolated populations that do not have
access to mental health resources. In the future, I would like to pursue a career in Clinical Social
Work or in Psychology."
With all this snow it can be quite difficult to get out and about. The Lonely No More program might be the solution to your winter blues.
The Lonely No More program consisted of weekly Elder Circles, a teleconference call between isolated seniors that is facilitated by trained community members (volunteers). These circles were a great place to develop social networks among fellow seniors. We would like to offer this program again this winter. If you are interested in participating in the program, becoming a volunteer or donating financially to this program please contact us at the details above.
Agriculture plays a vital role in our community, and is a driving factor in our local economy. It is important for our residents, including children, to understand the importance of farmers in our community.
In October 2019, students from a local grade 2/3 class were asked two questions:
The students also created artwork of what a farmer looks like to them. Students included things like animals, machinery, barns, and trucks. These activities allowed students to develop a better understanding of the important role farmers, and the agricultural community has in our counties.
Gateway has been nominated for the 2019 Downtown Goderich BIA Award!
It is a honor to be nominated among such amazing local organizations and we would like to thank those who continuously and tirelessly enhance the quality of health and the welfare of our community. We hope to continue to work alongside these organizations and improve the quality of life of our rural residents.
On Wednesday, October 2, Heather Mair spoke on Gateway's Grand Sparks Summer Day Camp at the CRRF 2019 Conference held in St. John's, Newfoundland. Her talk, entitled "Understanding Intergenerational Activity in Rural Ontario: The Case of the Grand Sparks Summer Day Camp", was well received and contained lots of fun photos taken by the summer camp kids.
Grand Sparks is a one-week day camp that provides grandparents the opportunity to enjoy interactive outdoor activities with their grandkids. It has been successfully run for a number of years now and we love putting smiles on both grandparents and grandkids alike. To learn more about our program click here: http://www.grandsparks.com/
The Active Aging Showcase was held in Hanover on October 1st, 2019. Several agencies and organizations, including Gateway, were present, providing information to active seniors in the Grey Bruce Counties. Tanya Shutes was the keynote speaker and her presentation on loneliness and social isolation among seniors was well received. We would like to thank the Age Friendly Committee for hosting the event and inviting us to attend.