April 8th 2014: The Municipality of Highlands East voted unanimously on our concept to seek funding to build the new Wilberforce Food Centre onto the Lloyd Watson Centre.
The Wilberforce Food Bank is currently without a permanent home making it very difficult for those that need help to get it. The new Food Centre concept is similar to the one currently being built in Minden and "the Table" in facility in Perth.
The Wilberforce Food Centre would act as a food storage and distribution hub for the eastern part of the County and work in partnership with the Haliburton County Food Centre to assist all food banks and related community organizations. Another initiative would be the establishment of community kitchen and gardening programs.
Plans and funding requests are underway. More details soon.
Food Bank to build NEW Haliburton County Food Centre
November 1 2013: We spent almost three weeks preparing the grant proposal for the new Haliburton County Food Centre - a new way to help fight poverty and hunger in Haliburton County.
Work has already begun on the first phase which see the food bank in Minden greatly increase its storage capacity. We will keep you posted on how things are progressing with the "game changing" project.
MFB Breaks ground on new Haliburton County Food Centre
When complete, the Food Centre, to be built in three stages, will be a food storage and distribution hub for various County agencies and clients. One of the key components of the centre is a new Community Kitchen that will not only prepare meals but also provide opportunities to learn food skills.
Pending successful program applications and fundraising efforts, the HCFC is slated to be completed later in 2014.
We recently heard from Ontario Trillium Foundation that our funding application for our community project was turned down.
In July, we requested funding to purchase equipment (ATV's, trailers, flooding equipment and large marque tents) necessary to support and grow our event in the Haliburton Highlands . A major component of the application was work with our community partners - in essence, when we are not using this equipment they could at NO CHARGE! Much of the equipment would have been purchased through local businesses.
We believe that this project is worth supporting as it not only ensures the CNPH Championships will have a long successful run in the Highlands but will also support a number of community groups and the community itself.
We have some "tweaking" to do but we will be back knocking at the OTF door again this November and March and July until we make this work. You can count it.
CNPH Championships: Team Registration UNDERWAY!!!
September 10 2013: The 2014 Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships are coming back to the Haliburton Highlands.
We're a proud supporter of this event because it brings thousands of visitors to our community and it's good for our local economy.
August 3 2013: I had a chance to work with a volunteer group to host a charity concert on behalf of flood victims in Minden Hills. Thanks to the generosity of Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor (of Blue Rodeo), the Partland Brothers, Cuff the Duke and others (who donated their talents) we were able to raise a lot of money. The Ontario government will match $2 for every $1 we raise.
It wasn't easy. A small group of organizers (some who have never done anything like this before) managed to assemble a team of nearly 100 volunteers, sell nearly 2000 tickets and do it in under two months.
There were a lot of highlights for me but the biggest one was watching my daughter dancing on the side of the stage along with 2000 other people...awesome!