Norfolk Sunrise News
Posted by Ross Gowan
Heidy VanDyk, manager of Social Services and Housing, spoke passionately this week about the hidden group of people in our region who are poor and homeless. Almost 12% of people in Haldimand and Norfolk fall below the Low Income Cut Off, more commonly known as the poverty line, and 60% of these reside in Norfolk. The average wait time for an individual to receive access to subsidized housing is 7-8 years. 459 people in our region have been granted access to Emergency Housing. The severe impact of poverty and homelessness on a person's health is widely recognized.
In Canada, housing is considered a basic human right, and Ontario and Canadian governments have invested over $9 million in affordable housing programs in Haldimand and Norfolk. These programs include assistance to homeowners as well as rent geared to income. The new Hambleton Hall housing development in Simcoe has 35 tenants who were eligible for subsidized housing, and half of these were drawn from the waiting list. Thanks, Heidy, for such an informative and useful presentation.
Posted by Rudi Atkinson
SANTA WAS IN TOWN!!!
Saturday, December 3rd and Santa took time out of his busy schedule, along with many of his elves, to bring breakfast to the community. About 100 breakfasts were served up by Rotary Elves to families of Norfolk. Thanks to Betty Ann Carty and her team of organizers for a job well done. And a special thank you goes out to the man in the red suit.
Thank you Santa!!
Elves (L-R): Marjorie Dawson, Melanie Douglas, Tina Millea, Santa, Rudi Atkinson, Louise Schebesch, Gail Bouw
Dr. Brian Ferguson reported to Norfolk Sunrise on Nov 22nd on the
significance to our community of the Building a Better Hospital Campaign. The Norfolk General Hospital Foundation is in the middle of a $13 million capital campaign needed to upgrade 3 areas of the hospital to current standards.
The 3 areas include:
- Labour and Delivery
- Surgical Daycare
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
Posted by Dave Nicolle
COATS FOR KIDS
Our 2016 Coats for Kids event held on October 29th at the First Baptist Church in Simcoe was another great success! We distributed ..... 336 coats & items of warm clothing that Burtol Cleaners collected & cleaned; and Cathy Maxwell's amazing Langton Knitters hand-crafted 219 hats & mitt sets, 12 hats, 15 mitts, 4 pairs of socks, 20 blankets and 11 pyjama sets; plus a few other misc sets of donated warm items - all were distributed to needy Families in Norfolk plus we provided some items to the Salvation Army in Simcoe, Norfolk Pregnancy Centre, Mount Pleasant Elementary School's Coats program, Don Emerson's Mexico Program and Helga's 'Up North' Program!
A huge thanks go out to our key Supporters - Burtol Cleaners, First Baptist Church, Second Ave Printing, myFM and the Simcoe Reformer; and to our Sunrise Rotary Club Members who all helped make this worthy event happen - Bettyann, Donna, Nancy, Pete W, Andy, Don E, Jim D, John W, Barb TB and Dave N!
Together we have helped a lot of Families have a warmer winter - thank you!
Well done Rotarians (L-R) Dave Nicolle, Donna Raytrowski, Bettann Carty, John Wallace, Peter Wheatley!
This crew of Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians planted over 50 trees in one morning last week along the Norfolk Sunrise Trail in Simcoe between The Queensway and McCall Street. The initiative is a great start to Norfolk Sunrise's goal of planting 100 trees in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. Thanks goes out especially to Rotarian John Wallace for donating the trees and to the Equipment Centre Simcoe who donated a skid steer with auger.
Guest speaker Shawn Swartz, Paul Harris recipient and former Sunriser, gave an enlightening talk about the justice system as it pertains to youth at our breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
AUSTRALIA MEETS NORFOLK
Norfolk Sunrise had the honor of having a Past President from Tamworth, NSW, Australia visit and speak to us about Rotary down under!
Ruthye Dufty (right) is pictured here having presented the Australian flag to President Marjorie Dawson (left.) Marjorie presented the RCNS banner to Ruthye.
Posted by Ross Gowan on Sep 25, 2016
Exchange student Wayne Hu
presented a banner from his sponsoring club in Taiwan. Wayne also introduced himself formally through a wonderful presentation that highlighted his family, his country, and his love of athletics - especially triathlon. We usually give exchange students several months to learn our language before asking them to make such a presentation, but Wayne is an excellent communicator, even in English.
WASN'T IT A PARTY!!
A work party, that is - on the Norfolk Sunrise Trail near Davis Street. A whole lot of Stihl fire power and didn't we cut grass, weeds, limbs, and even trees? Could have been an advertisement for Stihl trimmers! MIA is organizer Jim Dawson who didn't want to quit working.
District Governor Marlee Diehl seemed right at home while on her official visit to Norfolk Sunrise today. Currently a member of the Albion New York club, Marlee grew up in the Caledonia area and served several years with the Hamilton AM club.
Meeting with the Norfolk Sunrise Board following the breakfast meeting, Marlee presented Barb Tanner-Billings with a special Unsung Hero award for her work with youth in our club.
Work teams from Norfolk Sunrise on two days at the build site on Patterson St. If anyone can take some time to paint, they will be ready next week for painters.
Uncle John's Soapbox Derby, another success!!
Congratulations to all 32 registered drivers who competed.
The following winners took home some hardware:
Stella Davidson - Junior
Josef Sorensen - Intermediate
Shannon McLeod - Senior
Check out the photos in the Photo Album on the Norfolk Sunrise website.
Norfolk Sunrise Rotarians are vibrant dedicated men and women in active community service in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada and around the world.
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