On Thursday, July 25, 2019, Ben Lobb, our local MP spent the afternoon with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. The afternoon started at the Ryan O’Reilly parade, a parade held in Goderich to honor the Stanley Cup winner, Ryan O’Reilly. Ben and other Gateway team members sported Hometown Heroes jerseys at the parade to show their support.
After the parade, Gateway’s summer students (Emma Warren and Shanna Cardno) Gateway’s President (Gwen Devereaux) and Gateway’s Administrative Lead (Sarah Versteeg) sat down with Ben to discuss some of the research being conducted at Gateway. Emma spoke about her food insecurity project that she is conducting with Valerie Steckle, another Gateway summer student, under the supervision of Professor Al Lauzon and Valencia Gaspard of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph. This project will examine food barriers faced by rural seniors and determine their potential impact on senior’s health and wellbeing. Shanna also described her summer project on farmer’s mental health and farmer resiliency across Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties.
Gateway would like to thank Ben for his time, support and passion for the health of his local community.