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A legacy of giving

By Mary Beth Corcoran

Blessed with the love of a lifetime, local philanthropist Frank Uniac is keeping the legacy of generosity and caring started by he and his wife, Mary, going at St. Clair College Thames Campus in Chatham. Uniac, married to his wife for 56 before her passing in 2010, was honoured recently for his donation to renovate a large auditorium classroom at Thames Campus.

Seating 120 students, the auditorium was named in honour of Uniac’s father-in-law, A.W. (Alva) Clapp. Alva and his wife, Christina, lived in Chatham township where he owned and operated a general store and farmed. He was the Post Master in Eberts for more than 40 years. During that time, he would care for many of the families in the community, providing baskets for children so that no one would be without a Christmas, and allowing

families to carry accounts throughout the depression until they could afford to pay the money that they owed. “It is this spirit of generosity and care that is celebrated in the naming of this room. Like A.W., it is the family’s hope that others will share that same spirit of care and concern for those in the community around them,” according to John Fairley, vice president college and community relations.

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“I just had enough time to get in there and do some drywalling,” he said. Green Planet installers showed up and rushed through the installation, Gadal added, leaving him unimpressed by their work. “They did a horrible job. They drilled five holes through the wall before they got it where they wanted it,” he said. “If they didn’t hit the right spot, they’d just move over.” The furnace vents out the front of Gadal’s home and is located midway up the wall. “When they left, they didn’t even fill the holes. There was a bout a twoinch gap beside one of the pipes,” he said. “They came back with a caulking gun.” As a result, plainly visible on the front of the house is a gap in the home’s vinyl siding. That gap is filled with uneven silicon caulking. The white PVC venting pipe is already discoloured from the heat. Gadal isn’t the only one with concerns over the installation. Dave Cabral of Absolute Comfort in Chatham said an inspection of the installation left him stunned.

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Frank Uniac, right, and family friend Mike Peach, left, share a reflective moment at the unveiling of the plaque naming the newly renovated auditorium at St. Clair College in honour of Uniac’s father-in-law, Alva Clapp, a man who left a legacy of giving and caring for his community.

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Snowflake ball set for Jan. 28 By Bruce Corcoran

The new auditorium is showcased at the Thames Campus of St. Clair College.

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Uniacs continue to give at St. Clair

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Uniac, now 91, spoke with his long-time friend and neighbour Mike Peach at his side. His reverence and love for his wife obvious, Uniac said he spoke with Mary before she died about what she wanted their legacy to be. As a nurse, Mary dedicated her whole life to the well-being of her patients,

and knew good training was part of her success. Peach noted Mary was a graduate of the Ursuline College nursing program and was a nurse at Navistar for 34 years before her retirement. “My wife told me to give it (money) to the community; the college, the hospital,” Uniac said at the dedication ceremony. “Mary

kept me honest. She was a good person and I will remember her for the rest of my life.” In 2013, the Uniacs’§ commitment to the college started with the opening of the state-of-the-art Mary Uniac Health Sciences Education Centre. The Centre was renovated to provide labs and simulation suites for more than

400 students studying in nursing and personal support worker programs. Close to $600,000 has been donated to college so far from the Uniacs, according to Peach, who helped Uniac set up his foundation, which includes donations set up for both the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and St. Clair College.

The Active Lifestyle Centre (ALC) has a cure for the winter blahs with its Snowflake Ball, set for Jan. 28. The ALC’s Jan Reinhardus said the event will feature a five-course dinner, as well as a live and silent auction. There will also be wine tasting courtesy of Early Acres Estates. “We’re pretty excited,” Reinhardus said. “There’s a lot of crystal and ice and snow and snowflakes.” While the ALC will be gussied up for the event, so too will attendees. “It’s a dress up affair.” The ball is a new event for the ALC and is intended to celebrate the start of the centre’s year.

“This is just to kick off the beginning of the year. It’s just a nice, natural fit,” she said. “We wanted to offer something that’s new and different.” As for the live action, there is just one item up for bids. Or one person: Chef Dimitar. “We’re auctioning him off for a night,” Reinhardus said. The well-known local chef will come to the winner’s home and cook for a dinner party, she added. There are also more than two-dozen silent auction items up for grab at the ball. As well, there will be raffles for such items as a stocked wine fridge, an earring and necklace set and a chocolate package. Price for the ball is $50 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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turned back on for 30 on the process. “I’ve never seen any- days until a permanent CTV’s Kevin Newthing like it. This is the fix could be made. man called it a “hardworst I’ve ever seen,” That permanent fix core sell that’s traphe said, referring to is going to be the re- ping thousands.” the workmanship and moval of the furnace, Brooke urged resiinstallation. “Nothing followed by a proper dents to be wary of was installed to the installation of anoth- door-to-door sales efmanufacturer’s spec- er furnace, one large forts, and to ensure inifications. And the enough to heat the stallers are qualified to home was damaged in home. do the work. a couple of spots.” Cabral said the plan “The Ontario College Cabral and Absolute is to “rip everything of Trades, you can go Comfort office man- out, including the wir- on their website to ager Cindy Brooke ing, and leave it in his make sure an installer contacted the Ontar- (Gadal’s) garage.” is licensed,” she said. io College of Trades “Absolute Comfort Nicole Da Silva in on behalf of Gadal to will put in my new Chatham-Kent Essex complain about the furnace, once I get rid MPP Rick Nicholls’ workmanship. of my old one,” Gadal office said she’s workHe said he was im- said. ing on the matter on pressed by the quick Green Planet officials Gadal’s behalf. And action by the College did not return phone it’s not the only doorof Trades. calls by press time. to-door furnace issue “I am amazed at how Gadal admitted he on her plate. much they helped us should have read the High-pressure sales out,” Cabral said. “We fine print in the con- teams often target secalled, explaining the tract he signed, as the niors, and she urges problem and an in- payment plan of $158 people to take the time spector was there that a month is in place to think about things afternoon. These guys for the next 15 years. before signing any are good.” There are allowances contract. The Technical Stan- in the contract for in“The biggest thing dards Safety Author- creases in rental fees of that I would say to ity (TSSA) then sent in excess of three per people who are visited someone out who im- cent per year, as well. by door-to-door commediately condemned By the end of that panies is be very, very the furnace installa- contract, Gadal would careful and do your tion and had Union have paid upwards of research online,” she Gas personnel shut off $30,000 for the furnace said. the gas. and air conditioner. “Talk to family, talk According to docuAnd he wouldn’t to neighbours. Ask for ments from the TSSA, have owned it. references,” she addthe installation was “We’re just renting ed. “Do your due dildeficient in three ar- it,” he said. igence and look at it eas. The exhaust and Gadal has stopped from all aspects.” intake venting wasn’t payments to Green Da Silva said the installed to the man- Planet and wants them long-term leases on ufacturer’s certified to come and get their furnaces and air coninstructions, there equipment. ditioners leave people was insufficient serDoor-to-door furnace paying four or five vice clearance, and the sales have garnered times as much as they venting needed to be national attention re- should for the equipsupported. cently, and not for ment and installation. Cabral said his crew any good reasons. The “The same equipmade a few adjust- CTV newsmagazine ment at your local ments just so Gadal show W5 opened its company would not could haveJan, his2017 gas season with a report costEOR#7752 $6,000,” Run Date: Chatham Voice (10.333" x 2.143")even Full Colour

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she said. “But many people can’t afford to pay $6,000 for a new furnace. The monthly payments are very doable, so they are providing a service. But in the long run, it’s best to go local.” Da Silva said a bill is working its way through the Legislature that will help consumers against high-pressure sales teams. “The Putting Consumers First Act has only passed second reading and it’s not yet law. It’s supported by all parties,” she said. “Basically it will provide protection when contracts are signed. It’s more of a recourse for consumers, and helps get their complaints handled appropriately.” • For more more images, check out our website,





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I was sad to learn late last week that customers of ours, and more importantly people that I look to as friends, had their home destroyed by fire. Alecia and Mike Durocher, owners of Comfort & Soul Restaurant in Cedar Springs, lost their home near Blenheim Friday. According to fire officials, crews from five fire stations battled the blaze at the two-storey home. Estimated loss from the fire is $500,000. Durocher said upwards of 40 firefighters responded to the call, working through extreme cold and high winds. “They did the best they could possibly do,” she said. The Durochers are good, hard-working people. And friendly. They are involved in helping raise funds for CK Animal Rescue and offer to deliver meals throughout our region. Sitting down to a meal at Comfort & Soul is like sitting down to a family dinner. First off, the food is about as home cooked as you can get at a restaurant, and you feel like you are with family, with all the friendly conversations that take place, and advice and support. We regularly exchange information on deals on meat. Thanks to Alecia,

Bruce Corcoran I scored a great price on our Christmas prime rib, for example. I’ve been able to use her rub on some of my cooking efforts at home, to great success (lots of smiling, well-fed faces). And I really enjoy their southern-style cooking. Durocher said her extended family – her customers and giving Chatham-Kent citizens – was quick to help. “By the time I got back from the fire scene, there were already people at the restaurant with bags of clothes, pillows and blankets, makeup and shoes. The fire wasn’t even out yet,” she said. “The response has just been amazing. I don’t even know how to thank people. “We always try to treat our customers like family, and it feels like that family is wrapping their arms around us to support us. It’s an awesome thing to have,” she added. Durocher will vehemently defend the goodwill of Chatham-Kent, as she has now experienced

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Firefighters work to bring a blaze at the home of Mike and Alecia Durocher under control Friday on Mull Road near Blenheim.

it firsthand. “Everyone seems to say negative things about Chatham-Kent. I only see the awesome in Chatham-Kent,” she said. As the support continues to pour in, an appreciative Durocher asks the public to help out in two ways. The first is for people wanting to donate furniture for the family to please not do so, as they are many months away from having a home in which to put it. Instead, she asks that people donate the furniture to local

charities. “They’re trying to give us all this furniture and stuff, be we’re not going to be able to use it for nine months to a year. We’re requesting they donate it instead locally, to the women’s centre or the homeless shelter, so it will be used locally instead of holding it for us,” she said. “We just don’t have anywhere to put it.” Secondly to help out, Durocher requests people stop by and get a bite to eat.

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“The cat, it took us two days to find him. He was not happy,” she said. As for what the immediate future holds, the Durochers aren’t sure if they’ll be in a hotel for six months or in a trailer on site during the rebuilding process. “Everyone in Chatham-Kent has made it that much easier.” Durocher’s right. Yes, we have some negative people in this community, but when neighbours need help, Chatham-Kent steps up.



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“We’re asking people to come to our restaurant and let us feed them. We need to work. We’re asking for community support that way,” she said. If tragedy had to strike, Durocher said the timing was perfect, as no one was home at the time of the fire, which is believed to have started in the kitchen. Even her dogs were off at the groomers. In regards to their cat, it survived too, but wasn’t seen for some time afterwards.




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National centre for St. Clair College By Mary Beth Corcoran

St. Clair College and Chatham will be home to the National Powerline Training Centre, thanks to a joint federal-provincial funding initiative. At a packed press conference, filled with a sea of orange-clad powerline students, Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre, announced funding for two projects from the $2 billion Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. In addition to the powerline training centre to be built at the Thames Campus, the Windsor campus of St. Clair College will get a facilities and equipment upgrade to enhance research and innovation. Of the government’s total investment of $5.4 million, $3.8 million is from the federal government, and $1.6 million from the Ontario government. The col-

lege will invest $2 million, and $250,000 is coming from the municipality of Chatham-Kent. Total investment from all partners is $7.8 million. In his remarks at the press conference, Fragiskatos said he knows the Chatham-Kent region has been experiencing a difficult and challenging time economically, but he sees this announcement as “turning a corner because with economic growth comes prosperity”. “The infrastructure investment is exciting news for St. Clair College and the Southwestern Ontario region. St. Clair College has made a commitment in its mission statement to provide students with an accessible, dynamic and supportive learning environment which adapts to their changing requirements,” Fragiskatos said. “Investments made through the SIF will create good-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained growth for years to


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MP for London North Centre, Peter Fragiskatos, was in Chatham Monday to announce federal government funding for a National Powerline Training Centre at St. Clair College. Pictured with him, from left, are second year powerline students George Wood, James Hanley, Rio Simons and Cole Armstrong.

announcement. come.” Chatham-Kent Mayor Fragistakos also mentioned when the college Randy Hope, who was model was first consid- part of the funding anered as a career-focused nouncement, said the alternative to universities, powerline jobs are importthe advancements in in- ant to the economic denovations and industry velopment of the commupartnerships were only nity for industry to make products, and that energy imagined. As a result of these invest- production is big part of ments, students, profes- Chatham-Kent’s economy. “Currently we’re prosors and researchers will work in state-of-the-art ducing enough energy facilities that advance the for 340,000 homes which country’s best research. is more than what we use They will collaborate in here, but we’re also, out of specially designed spac- Canada, about 11 to 12 per es that support lifelong cent of Canada’s renewlearning and skills train- able energy is being proing. They will work in duced here,” Hope said. close proximity Call me today for your FREE with partners to Credit Check and Mortgage Analysis turn discoveries into products or services, according to a release Crystal Robinson | 519-365-9198 on the funding Brokerage #10287 Agent#M16001046

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“And in Ontario, about 24 per cent of renewables is being produced here.” Being a centre for innovation in skilled trades such as powerlines is an agenda the municipality has been behind in order make sure industry in the area has the skilled trades

people available to help them prosper in a global market. The proposal to help fund the new powerline centre was brought to city hall by the college for council’s consideration, and Hope said it was something all of council could support.

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Skilled decisions It is in a parent’s nature to want the very best for their children, particularly when it comes to an education. A university-level education has been the gold standard for many years; the higher rated the university, the better. These days, parents are paying an arm and leg for higher education, only to, in some cases, have a graduate with no hope of finding a job in his or her field of study. We encourage our kids to follow their dreams, but when those dreams don’t lead to steady employment, are we really doing them any favours? The announcement Monday regarding funding for a National Powerline Training Centre at St. Clair College Thames Campus in Chatham is a case in point. Industry is crying for skilled trades workers as an aging population retires with not enough young men and woman to fill the gap. Industrial, electrical and construction trades are hands-on, high-paying skilled trades jobs, and our local businesses and industries can’t produce their products and prosper without them. We don’t hear too often parents encouraging their kids to go into “blue collar” professions, for any number of reasons, including the mistaken belief that all those jobs are low paying. With technology advancing faster than we can keep up, technicians that can work with and fix modern infrastructure and machinery are in high demand, and these jobs require people that are smart and have hands-on skills. Robotics and computerization used in industry are high-tech and require knowledge and skills you usually can’t get in a university lecture hall. Apprenticeships, work placements, and internships are all important to not only knowing what something is, but knowing how it works, with the time and skilled supervision to teach hands-on. Students get to re-build an engine, set up an electrical panel, work on powerlines, fix a robotic part or build a home from the ground up. Not everyone is cut out for skilled trades, but by the same token, not everyone is cut out for the world of academia. Our society needs both to function. The engineers design it and skilled trades build it. Now if we could convince our young men and woman to look at all the options when making a career choice, we may have the skilled workforce we need to move ahead to future. The government is finally putting money into skilled trades innovations and now it’s our turn to make good use of it.

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Goodfellows appreciate support Sir: The Chatham Goodfellow’s 62nd “No Child Without a Christmas” campaign has concluded. The board of directors of Chatham Goodfellows would like to thank the corporate sponsors, private businesses large and small, service clubs, churches, schools, all of the volunteers, and the citizens of Chatham-Kent who helped make this labour of love possible for those in need in our community. At the beginning of the campaign, the board of

directors realized that this year was going to be like previous years, a high demand for assistance as citizens continue to struggle to make ends meet. In the end, well over 1,370 families received toys and food from Chatham Goodfellows. The care and generosity of local corporations, large and small businesses, service clubs, churches and citizens of Chatham-Kent continues to humble the Chatham

Goodfellows board of directors. The porchlight campaign raised over $41,900 and the street sales campaign raised over $31,500. The Chatham Goodfellows board of directors is indebted to all of the media people in Chatham-Kent who provide invaluable coverage of Goodfellow events throughout our campaign. The Board of Directors wishes to extend a special thank you to the Hub Creative Group for

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Animal cruelty culprits still at large Sir: I haven’t forgotten the cat that had to be euthanized after being thrown from a moving truck heading towards Dresden in November of 2016. Unfortunately, so far the perpetrators of this crime have not been identified. There was a witness who assisted the severely injured cat and was able to provide a description of the truck and its distinctive features. The police are asking for the public’s help, and I’d like to take this opportunity

to provide the details of this truck again. It was described as a lifted late-model single-cab Chevrolet Duramax diesel 4x4 pickup. It also has LED headlights, aftermarket taillights, tinted windows and a loud exhaust. It was last seen heading towards Dresden. It makes me feel sick to think that these people may have enjoyed Christmas with family and friends, and have

forgotten how they deliberately caused suffering to an innocent animal. What makes me feel even worse is that someone within the family, friends, neighbours or a community member recognizes that truck, knows the driver and is protecting them. Maybe they think it was no big deal, but the people who did this need some psychological help before they hurt another animal or child so they can feel power over

something vulnerable. There should also be justice for a cat that probably needed love and instead found hatred. It’s a new year, so I hope whoever can identify the owner of this truck will start off with compassion for all living creatures. Please make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or you can now e-mail or text your tips anonymously as well. Mary Humphrey Chatham

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Chatham-Kent and crows, the rest of the story Sir: Crows in Chatham-Kent are akin to visitors to Niagara Falls. Attendance may vary pending the time of year, but visitors like crows remain steady. Crow control has overwhelmingly proven useless and 100% ineffective, costing taxpayers, according to records we obtained from municipal hall, almost $1 million from 1998 inclusive of 2012 or nearly a 1% tax hike. Our office has been involved with this project since day one and has about 25 years of study of the crow family, researching the systematics of these birds. Although our office introduced Chatham-Kent with the bird removal contractor, we soon learned the contractor had no record of success removing crow populations. We then pleaded with the municipality not to retain the contractor. As with each costing we submit instructing the municipality not to proceed, they do so anyway, ending in heavy financial liability for

taxpayers rather than dividends. Additionally, our office did a forensic count on the number of Chatham-Kent’s feathered homesteaders, which accurately and realistically number between 12,000 to 14,000 not the reported two to 20 million being promoted. Our records cannot be successfully challenged. The numbers being touted are apparition-like and based on shear guesswork. Such is important in the event Chatham-Kent tenders to remove a million crows when only the former number exists. Such fantasy numbers only drive up the cost of contracted tenders, which taxpayers end up paying the unnecessary high costs, once again, which continues to add to our imbalanced municipal gross costs to net profit – continuing to create a weaker local economy. Landscape photos of the flock then and now clearly show no decline in crow population in Chatham-Kent since 1998 and during the tenure of the bird control contractor to

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The 16th annual Chatham-Kent Toy Show & Sale takes place this weekend in Chatham. The show runs Sunday at the John D. Bradley Convention centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Farm toys, trains, sports cards, trucks, construction vehicles, model ships, books, planes, cars, action figures, fire trucks, collectibles, coins and

more will be on display. There will also be handson activities and displays from numerous local organizations. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and free for kids aged six and under. All proceeds from the event go to the Chatham-Kent 4-H Farm Toy Club, Essex-Kent Junior Farmers and Chatham-Kent Outreach for Hunger.





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• The Week of Prayer - 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity at First Presbyterian Church. Theme “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” - 2 Cor. 5: 14 - 20. Rev. Susuan Jolley , Chaplain at CKHA. 12noon - 12:35pm. Free will offering. Lunch following. • Senior Euchre at 1:00pm at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 • Book Club from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Tea Connection, 15 King St. E., Chatham. Call for details 226-671-0081. • The Week of Prayer - 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity at First Presbyterian Church. Theme “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” - 2 Cor. 5: 14 - 20.Rev. Andrew Martin, Emmanuel Baptist Church. 12noon - 12:35pm. Free will offering. Lunch following. • Open euchre, shuffleboard and 2 person euchre at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Open euchre at 1:00pm, 2 person at 6:30pm to register and play at 7:00pm. $5.00 per person. Open Shuffleboard at 7:00pm. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 • The Week of Prayer - 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity at First Presbyterian Church. Theme “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” - 2 Cor. 5: 14 - 20. Pastor Chris Couper, Evangel Community Church. 12noon - 12:35pm. Free will offering. Lunch following. • Pepper and fun darts at The Chatham Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham. Pepper at 1;00pm and darts at 7:30pm. Thursday, January 19, 2017 • The Week of Prayer - 93rd Anniversary for Christian Unity at First Presbyterian Church. Theme “Reconciliation - The Love of Christ Compels Us” - 2 Cor. 5: 14 - 20. Captain Stephanie Watkinson, Salvation Army. 12noon - 12:35pm. Free will offering. Lunch following. PAWR at the animal shelter phone number for lost and stray pets and issues at the dog parks: 226-996-9969 daytime. Emergency and after-hours number: 519-784-6146. Animal Cruelty and neglect cases call direct 310-7722 or 310-SPCA. Submit your coming events to or


McNaughton acclaimed by LKM PCs The Chatham Voice

Monte McNaughton, two-term MPP for Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, will represent the Progressive Conservatives again next fall when Ontarians next go to the polls. He was acclaimed recently at a nomination meeting held in Glencoe. “I’m pleased to once again accept the PC nomination here in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex,” said McNaughton in a release. “Going back to my first campaign in 2007, I have worked hard to build a broad coalition of conservatives, disenfranchised Liberals, and parents and families throughout the massive

riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex.” McNaughton first ran for the Ontario PCs in 2007, losing to incumbent MPP Maria Van Bommel before defeating her four years later. He was re-elected in 2015. “It’s exciting for me that our coalition of supporters continues to grow,” said McNaughton. “I am honoured to serve as MPP of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and to stand-up for our local communities at Queen’s Park. I have always believed that the best ideas come from right here at home and that it is my job to take these ideas back to Queen’s Park for debate and further consideration.”

Volunteers needed The Chatham Voice

Beds are ready for overnighters, but appropriate staffing is an issue for the new men’s shelter in Chatham. New Beginning House – A Point of Hope opened its doors recently during the cold weather to provide a haven for homeless men, a service that is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. What is needed now are male volunteers, said Wanda Bell, public relations representative for New Beginning House. “Some volunteers were trained and are ready to start, however, men are needed as this is a haven for men and regulations (and common sense) dictates that a man should be available each overnight shift. Volunteers are needed so a monthly schedule can be created with work shared among many,” Bell said in a release. “This is a volunteer opportunity for the kind-hearted and caring men in our community. We need volunteers to monitor, support, help and/or just be friendly to those in need. We will train folks,” she added.

The upcoming training for overnight workers is Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is open now. Bell said supporters of the New Beginning House – A Point of Hope have been hoping and working towards opening the doors to homeless men for overnight refuge. Day program co-ordinator Faye Wilson said pending cold weather advisories, the haven opens its doors during the day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, if temperatures are -10 or below. Bell said volunteers could come in and make sure the coffee is on, play some games or just be a listening ear to someone. “Do it according to your schedule and book some time with us, so we can keep the doors open. Volunteers, male or female, are needed for day-time hours,” she added. New Beginning House - A Point of Hope is equipped to provide a safe, supervised place to sleep for up to 10 homeless men, but under emergency circumstances can allow up to 40. (they would be in sleeping bags on the floor, but at least inside, out of the cold).

LGBTQ sports workshop Friday The Chatham Voice

Chatham-Kent will welcome representatives from the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity for a workshop aiming to educate local coaches and athletes about issues facing LGBTQ athletes, and strategies to create inclusive teams and organizations. The free workshop, which will be held Jan. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Chatham’s W.I.S.H. Centre is meant to

begin conversations surrounding various phobias within sports that typically involve exclusionary policies and professional challenges surrounding coming out. The CCGSD will also be running three one-day certification courses are Chatham-Kent Secondary School titled “Challenging Heterosexism & Cissexism in Sports.” To register for the Jan. 13 event, or for more information, e-mail ian@





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The Chatham Voice, Jan. 12, 2017  

The Jan. 12, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.

The Chatham Voice, Jan. 12, 2017  

The Jan. 12, 2017 edition of The Chatham Voice, an independent community newspaper serving Chatham, Ont. and area.