On March 17, 2020, Ontario entered a "State of Emergency". Due to the rapidly spreading COVID-19, social isolation is currently being encouraged by governmental bodies. This does not mean we should forget our fellow farmers and seniors!
Results from the National Survey of Farmer Mental Health, conducted by Dr. Andrea Jones-Bitton at the University of Guelph, suggest that 35% of Canadian producers meet the criteria for depression, 45% are under high stress, 58% meet the criteria for an anxiety classification. Despite these staggering statistics, 40% of Canadian producers feel uneasy about seeking professional help due to what others may think. So take the time to call, text or email fellow farmers to encourage them in this difficult time. As many seniors find texting and emailing difficult, carve out some time to chat with them over the phone.
Lets protect against loneliness call a farmer and senior today!
On March 8, 2020, Gateway hosted it's first speaker series event at the Huron County Museum in Goderich. At this event, period pieces by the Dames Rocket played as community members bid on silent auction items and visited local Women's Not-for-Profit booths. Once everyone had a chance to bid Bonnie Sitter took center stage and regaled a number of Ontario Farmerette stories. The event was a successful start to our speaker series fundraiser.
We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their help in making the event possible: