On Monday, August 19, Gateway's Administrative Lead, Sarah Versteeg hosted a goodbye party for our summer students. This was a great chance to check out her 560 square foot house and experience what it is like to go tiny. Thank you Sarah and Josh for such a lovely evening.
A great goodbye goes out to our summer students: Emma Warren, Valerie Steckle, Grace Bonnett and Shanna Cardno. We thank you for your amazing contributions this summer and hope you all the best in your future endeavours.
Farmers are an integral part of society but can be an overlooked population when it comes to providing them access to mental health resources and programs. To help address this need, many organizations such as the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and Gateway, have strived to help provide awareness of mental health issues facing farmers, conduct relevant research and create programs that enable farmers to get the resources they need. If you or your farming neighbor would like more information on the resources available click here.
This summer, Dr. Al Lauzon and Valencia Gaspard, of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph supervised two of our Gateway students, Emma Warren and Valerie Steckle as they researched food insecurity among rural seniors. This research team interviewed medical professionals, service providers, home care staff and public health officials to determine the barriers preventing the elderly from accessing nutritious meals Huron, Perth, Grey, and Bruce counties. Thank you Dr. Lauzon and Valencia for being great mentors to our summer students.
Last week Dan Stringer, Gateway's treasurer, took two of our summer students into the clouds.
"I was on an adrenaline rush for the rest of the day! What a unique opportunity it was to be able to drive 5 minutes down the road, hop in an airplane, and go for a quick tour of the Huron County shoreline. Dan has successfully persuaded me that I need to go and get my own pilot's licence!"
- Valerie Steckle, Gateway Summer Student
In September, McDonald's Canada will be sporting the new label on their Egg McMuffin. Through their partnership with Egg Farmers of Canada, McDonald's will put a EQA label (Egg Quality Assurance) on their McMuffin sandwiches. For an egg to obtain a EQA certification they need to have met the Start Clean-Stay Clean and Animal Care program standards.
“The EQA program is the culmination of decades of work building world-class standards in the Canadian egg industry. Those standards are upheld through our national programs that include inspections and third-party audits. We are pleased that McDonald’s Canada is displaying our EQA mark on their McMuffin sandwiches, showcasing their pride in Canadian eggs and the farmers that produce them.” - Roger Pelissero, Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada.
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.
Gateway would like to extend a thank you to all who wore their Hometown Heroes Jerseys to yesterday's Ryan O'Reilly Parade. It was such a blessing to stand united with our amazing community members and support a local Hometown Hero. A special thanks goes out to Ben Lobb, our MP for coming out and showing his support.