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The popular CK Expo returned this year on April 30 and with it excited attendees including, Al Ruddick, left, Sky Westman and Chantal Main. The expo, held at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre, first launched in 2014 and has had a growing following ever since, with the proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chatham-Kent. Enthusiasts enjoyed a Cosplay contest along with a number of vendors, artists, a game lounge and the launch of a limited edition version of Chatham’s own Pros With Cons card game.

Canada is the only G7 country without a nationwide nutritious school lunch program. But the partners in an ambitious new made-inChatham-Kent program are hoping to change that. On Monday, the inaugural launch of the “We Are One National Nutritional School Lunch Program” took place at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Wallaceburg. Founder Cathy Staal, who has a background working in education, said starting the venture has been a dream of hers and other like-minded people, such as activist Sally Joyce, for about 17 years. “We want to help people who are living in poverty,” Staal said, adding the program’s goal is to provide all elementary school students with access to a nutritious lunch – regardless of their economic status. Feeding all the children takes away the stigmatism, she added. “This is our pilot project,” Staal said of St. Elizabeth. “The need for a national school program is big.” The benefits of good nutrition for health and brain development are well documented. One child in

six in Canada faces food insecurity every day. Students who have access to healthy food are better equipped to learn. Studies show well-nourished children are happier, with fewer physical and psychological problems. Present economic circumstances make the need for such a program even more pressing, Staal noted. The strain of rising inflation, coupled with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, has made the economic situation of vulnerable people even more precarious. “We see the need,” said Staal. “With the aftermath of COVID, families are the hardest hit. “Parents need the help and the assurance their child will get at least one nutritious meal a day. “It’s all about everyone.” Calling We Are One a private/social enterprise, Staal, as chief executive officer, said the proposal will see the spending of $16 per day per child. Fifteen of those dollars will go to the restaurant providing the food, while the remainder will go to spending for supplies or other costs. There won’t be any junk food. Staal said all recipes must be vetted by Chatham-Kent Public Health before they go on the menu. Continued on page 2



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So far, the We Are One project is attracting some major players. Brian Machado of Chatham’s popular Churrascaria Restaurant has agreed to act as one of the venture’s culinary directors, along with business partner Matt Harlick. The Chilled Cork and Shady Pine restaurants are also involved, and Staal said We Are One is open to welcoming new partners. There’s also a long-list of community team members helping get the venture off the ground. Currently, the program is in the process of seeking support from all levels of government. Machado said the Churrascaria crew was up at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning getting ready for the launch. He said he and his business partners, who got involved with the project pre-pandemic, are committed to the cause.


“The number one reason is we want to feed every child in Chatham-Kent a nutritious meal,” he said, noting the need is there. Machado said it is hoped local government will get on board to help fund the lunch program start-up for CK’s 6,000 elementary school-aged children. He said the business model to use local restaurants to supply meals is sound and will be an economic driver to assist the hard-hit food industry. Machado said Churrascaria’s involvement is not financial; the partners simply want to help. “The cause is to feed kids,” he said. “If God can give us the talents, we can help.” In the works for a number of years, We are One was verbally endorsed by the Liberal government in 2017, Staal said, however progress stalled with the onset of the pandemic. “We got a little discouraged,” Staal admitted, although she said We

Are One has been well received by many politicians, including Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff. Staal said team members have restarted talks with the officials from the federal Ministry of Families, Children and Social Development. They have also opened

lines of communication with Chatham-Kent– Leamington MP Dave Epp and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MP Liane Rood. The ask from We are One comes on the heels of the federal government’s recent decision to support $10 a day childcare nationwide.

Staal said there’s another piece to We Are One. She sees it as tool for reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples. “This is a pathway to justice,” Staal said, speaking as a First Nation person with Metis status. “This will bring us together and we can all move forward together.

“A program like this brings us all hope,” Staal noted. “It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up.” For more information or to find out how to get involved visit the We Are One – Cathren’s “Bon Appetit” INC page on Facebook or the http:// website.

meeting, councillors approved an amendment to the municipality’s official plan to allow the project to move forward. But it’s still early.

The proposal from Clarke and Nelson Developments would see the construction of a variety of housing options – including townhous-

es, apartments and single-detached homes – on a 45-acre site in the town’s southwest corner. It has the potential to eventually be home to 400

residences. Currently, the area is divided in three parcels, which will be consolidated. The section of land is bor-

dered by Nazarene Road, Marlborough Road, Fargo Road, and a farm field. Ensuring the property is adequately serviced is up to the developer.

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Melanie Vinagreiro, Antonio Machado, Matt Harlick, Brian Machado and Jordan Machado of the Churrascaria Steakhouse Restaurant were busy Monday morning preparing for the delivery of tacos, rice and fresh fruit to 167 students at St. Elizabeth Catholic School. The delivery marks the inaugural meal of the We Are One National Nutritional School Lunch Program.

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Hymn sing set for May 19 all over Ukraine,” he said. “As you can imagine, I’m still kind of processing Ed Dickson, fresh off a re- everything. The devastacent visit to Ukraine, will tion and destruction...we be the guest speaker of have a home just outside a fundraising event later Kyiv. The grocery store we shopped at is gone. The this month in Chatham. Dickson, the overseas di- gas station where we used rector for Loads of Love to get gas too. There were Humanitarian Aid and 15 tanks destroyed withMission Society, was in the in one kilometre of our war-torn country for two house.” Yet somehow, Dickson weeks. said, his He’ll dishome is cuss what “The devastation and so far unhe saw at destruction...we have a scathed. the hymn “We got sing fund- home just outside Kyiv. to our raiser set The grocery store we house and for May shopped at is gone. not even 19 at Cha- The gas station where one wintham Grace we used to get gas dow was Christian cracked. It R e f o r m e d too. There were 15 tanks destroyed within just hapChurch. pened to The Cha- one kilometre of our be in a little tham Voice house.” area that spoke to - Ed Dickson wasn’t hit,” Dickson he said. mere days However, so many parts after his return from Ukraine, a county he’s of that country, especialcalled home for more than ly to the south and east, havenot fared near as well. two decades. “Those areas are like it “It was just a wild trip for two weeks. We were is a different planet,” he

said. One thing that grabbed Dickson’s attention is the mindset of the Ukrainian people. He said they have basically adapted to being in the constant shadow of war. “People adapt to the environment they are in. For example, when the bomb sirens go off, people aren’t even going into the bomb shelters anymore. They’ve become so used to it, even though they know a missile is coming to their city,” he said. He recalled one instance when they were on the road, a missile slammed down less than a kilometre away, sending smoke and debris high into the sky. “I saw the cloud of smoke come up from where it

hit. The guys that were as Loads of Love are trying driving us were almost to help. Dickson said in like it wasn’t a big deal the last two months, they anymore,” Dickson said. have delivered food to “If you were standing be- more than 30,000 families, side a large stadium and and a container packed the entire roof collapsed, with a million servings of that’s what it sounded dry soup, is on the way. like.” “There’s He said “There’s no shortage no shortage there is no of need. A lot of people of need. A shortage lot of people of food in just live day to day.” just live day stores, but - Ed Dickson to day. A not everylot of them one can afford to buy it don’t have anything afthese days as about 40 ter they’ve lost their jobs. per cent of the people he They’re coming to local knows in the country have churches and other placlost their jobs. es to try to find food,” he “Most stores are full of said. food and people are just Many of those churches carrying on like nothing have seen pews replaced has happened. It’s almost by beds, as they’ve besurreal,” Dickson said. come havens for people For those who are strug- fleeing the bombings. As gling, organizations such a result, Loads of Love is

shipping mattresses and bedding to help meet the demand. Dickson said Loads of Love is able to send the proceeds of all its donations over to Ukraine, as the money made with the second-hand store covers the administrative and operating costs of the organization. The humanitarian aid from Canada is not going unnoticed. “When people talk about Canada, they talk about this great country that helps other countries and people when they are in trouble,” he said. The May 19 hymn sing event, sponsored by Loads of Love, begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at the church, located at 255 Tweedsmuir Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

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Loads of Love’s Ed Dickson poses beside the remains of a burned-out tank just outside of Kyiv in Ukraine. He will be the guest speaker at a fundraising event later this month that will send support to aid the people of Ukraine.

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ing the announcement. CMHA Lambton Kent board chair Becky Bellavance said the announceA second $150,000 dona- ment was fitting coming tion has put the $1.1-mil- on the eve of the organilion fundraising goal for zation’s 71st annual MenChatham’s new with- tal Health Week. Bellavance said support drawal management unit for the project was “unanwithin striking distance. The Canadian Mental imous” among board Health Association Lamb- members. “The peoton Kent ple in Chas t e p p e d “The people in Chatham-Kent up with tham-Kent need n e e d the cash high-qualilast week, high-quality local ty local serbringing the services if we are to vices if we f u n d r a i s - provide them with the are to proing total to best possible care.” $900,000. - CMHA’s Becky Bellavance vide them with the C h a best possitham-Kent Health Alliance Board ble care,” she said. Bellavance said the chair Alan Wildeman said the hospital is grateful to world has shifted during the agency for supporting the pandemic, with “difficult and strange times” the specialized unit. “CKHA’s Withdrawal proving the need for more Management service will compassion and empathy eliminate barriers for in- for those around us. “The establishment of a dividuals who require treatment and ensures our withdrawal management community can receive service right here in Chathis type of care closer to tham-Kent is the embodhome,” Wildeman said at iment of that care, coma press conference mark- passion and empathy,” By Pam Wright Local Journalism Initiative

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Bellavance said. “We are so pleased to be partners with you.” Withdrawal management unit clinical supervisor Stephanie DiVito, who is the outpatient clinical supervisor of the addiction and mental health services at CKHA, said front-line addiction workers are feeling a sense of relief the unit is coming to fruition. “Addiction does not discriminate,” DiVito told the gathering. “And I know that most of us have been touched by the despair that addiction can create. When she first heard the withdrawal management unit was coming, DiVito said she too felt relief. “I have stood with individuals motivated to make a change, who have taken one of the most difficult steps of reaching out for help and have had to tell them there is no bed, or that transportation is an issue or that they need to leave a community that they’re comfortable in to access ser-

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Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent board chair Becky Bellavance; Alan Steven, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance vice-president of addiction and mental health services; CKHA board chair Alan Wildeman; and CKHA CEO Lori Marshall display a cheque for $150,000 representing a recent donation to the new CKHA Withdrawal Management Unit. CMHA Lambton Kent is the latest agency to step up with funding for the 10-bed unit slated to open June 30. Stevenson is also CEO for CMHA Lambton Kent.

vices,” DiVito noted. “It has been amazing to see the excitement and hope that the announcement of this service has created to anyone I’ve spoken to who has experienced the throes of addiction.” The withdrawal management service has been operating three beds on an interim basis, with the completion of the 10-bed facility slated for June 30.

Previously, local residents would have to travel to Sarnia, London or Windsor to get help. CKHA’s 10-bed withdrawal management unit will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the hospital’s former outpatient mental health services building. The hospital’s Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine Clinic will also

relocate to the site once renovations are complete. The unit will assist people struggling with substance use that could include illegal drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol. The CMHA Lambton Kent donation comes on the heels of $150,000 commitment from the United Way of Chatham-Kent the previous week.

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Great idea, but costly While we applaud the efforts and concept behind the We Are One National Nutritional School Lunch Program, we can’t help but feel it is just not financially feasible. The concept is beautiful – give every elementary school-aged child a healthy and nutritious lunch every day. Keep our children well fed and they are much more likely to soak up the information Children who are well fed, with good nutrition are shown to be happier, with fewer issues and a better ability to learn. The fact Canada is the only G7 country without a national school lunch program is sad. An estimated one in every six children in Canada lives in poverty. There are empty bellies in our schools, despite a host of student nutrition programs. Furthermore, those programs can lead to stigmatism that those who participate are poor. With We Are One, the concept is everyone is fed, regardless of social and economic background. Again, a wonderful concept. However, spending $16 a day per meal per child seems extravagant. For the estimated 6,000 elementary school-aged kids in C-K, that translated to $96,000 per day. Just in Chatham-Kent. We realize inflation has pummeled food prices during the pandemic, and rising gas prices will only add to this. But we live in Ontario’s garden, Chatham-Kent, where delicious fruit and vegetables grow all around us. With the continuing expansion of greenhouses in our region, produce is produced basically year round. Surely there are greenhouses that would be on board supporting the program. We bet there are several who would rather see their product be distributed locally than shipped across the border. They would be good corporate citizens in helping ensure our children’s bellies are full of healthy food each lunch, and they are doing their part to lower the overall carbon footprint by having fewer trucks on long-distance hauls transporting their goods. As well, reaching out to parents who can afford to pay to partially augment the program could be considered. But above all, lowering the daily cost across the board is paramount. Do these kids require $16-a-day meals? Is there a healthy compromise that can be made so the concept is just too enticing for a government to ignore? The more enticing it can be for all levels of government, the more likely it will proceed.

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Keep privatization out of health care Editor: Recently, we have been transfixed by the horrific images out of the Ukraine and the ebb and flow of the pandemic. That’s totally understandable. But residents of Ontario must be aware that there are other storm clouds on the horizon. I speak now of the looming provincial election, and the ongoing threats to our health-care system that it brings. The Conservative Party of Ontario has always been a proponent of the increased privatization of health care. Witness the Harris Government’s move, in 1998, to throw the doors open to private ownership in the long-term care sector. We all know how that

worked out during the pandemic – 4,000 deaths and the army enlisted to help with the care of residents. The only people who benefitted, it seems, were the shareholders of the private long-term care companies and people like Mr. Harris himself who, upon retirement from politics, quickly moved into long- term care, becoming Chairman of the Board at Chartwell Retirement Residences. Since its election in June 2018, the Ford Government has quietly continued the trend toward privatizing home care and further opening the doors to the long-term care sector.

Now we have Health Minister Christine Elliott on Feb. 1 of this year saying, “We’re opening up pediatric surgeries, cancer screenings, making sure that we can let independent health facilities operate private hospitals, all of those things are possible …”. While admittedly not perfect, our health-care system has always been a source of pride to Canadians. We don’t have to look beyond our neighbour to the south to see how their privately funded system performs – per capita by far the most expensive in the world, yet by any ranking system, rated below Canada’s, and

occasionally far below. Private enterprise has been a great engine for generating prosperity. It has contributed mightily to the comfortable standard of living we enjoy. But the for-profit goals of private enterprise are diametrically opposed to those of the health-care system. So the two must be kept separate. During the coming election campaign, we must ask our candidates to clarify their positions on health care. But when the Conservative candidate denies any desire to move forward with privatization, we must keep in mind his or her party’s record. Dennis Makowetsky Chatham

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Big changes are in store for the top rungs of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s leadership ladder. The general manager of engineering and infrastructure has departed, retired CAO Don Shropshire has an interim replacement, and the medical officer of health has stepped away in order to use up some of the vacation time he’s accumulated over the course of the two-year pandemic. Mayor Darrin Canniff said Dr. David Colby worked for more than 700 days straight and is taking some much-needed time off. “He’s on vacation right now,” Canniff said, adding the doctor hasn’t had a break in a “long, long time.” Colby’s original retirement date is slated for the end of the year. While he is absent, Lambton County medical officer of health Dr. Sudit Ranade will lend a hand, covering off issues necessitating the expertise of a MOH. Interim CAO Tony Haddad, who has been hired to fill Shropshire’s shoes until a permanent replacement can be found, said two long-term municipal employees are covering off the engineering and infrastructure leadership role formerly held by Thomas Kelly. Haddad said long-term employees Chris Thibert, manager of infrastruc-

ture, along with municipal planning director Ryan Jacques, will take turns covering off the general manager’s position. “The position is being filled on a rotating basis,” Haddad said. “There was a decision to defer recruiting for the position until a new CAO arrives.” Haddad said that from his observations, the municipality has a “strong executive team.” Shropshire also continues to help Haddad on a part-time basis, lending a hand to help smooth the transition when a new CAO is found. Mayor Darrin Canniff said he is not worried that municipal services will suffer, as there are many capable municipal employees to fill in temporarily. Canniff said there are “a lot of competent people” that work under Colby and Shropshire, adding he’s not concerned. The news was announced at the final press conference the municipality has held each week for the past two years to cover off the issues relating to COVID-19. More than 100 meetings were held virtually each Thursday to communicate information about the pandemic to local reporters. COVID-19 statistics in Chatham-Kent will now be released to the public on a weekly basis. Officials said the weekly press scrums could return if circumstances warrant it.

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A bid by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to act as a purchasing agent for the Rondeau Cottagers Association is over. For now. Environmental activist Ken Bell, who led the charge against the move, said he received an e-mail notice from Ontario Parks director Jason Travers stating the government is “not currently pursuing” Chatham-Kent’s proposed course of action. “It means that Rondeau will still be owned by the public,” Bell said, adding that as long as Ontario owns the park, cottagers have to “follow the rules” laid out by the province. While the issue of cottages being located in the provincial park has been a thorny one for years, Bell said the latest concern involved Chatham-Kent offering to purchase the leased cottages at fair value. In turn the municipality proposed reselling the lots to current cottage leaseholders. The proposed deal would have involved privatizing a portion of Rondeau Provincial Park by purchasing 279 extended leased lots for $29.2-million. After the collective purchase, Chatham-Kent proposed selling the lots exclusively back to existing cottagers. When contacted by The Chatham Voice, David Colby, the president of the Rondeau Cottagers Association, said he had no comment on the issue. Bell said the municipality’s plan

was problematic on a number of levels as Rondeau is technically not within Chatham-Kent, and not under the municipality’s legal jurisdiction. “Except for a narrow fence line at the park entrance, the entirety of the Rondeau sandspit is surrounded by federal waters,” Bell explained. Bell said he caught wind of the plan about a year ago. The Shrewsbury resident subsequently started a petition against the proposal, garnering more than 12,000 signatures against the municipality’s proposal. He also continued to send e-mails to Premier Doug Ford and other government officials. According to Bell, Chatham-Kent CAO Don Shropshire made the case in May 2021 that annexing the public parkland would bring more revenue into the municipality. “My point railing on this was municipal involvement,” Bell said. “Getting the cottagers out of the park is a totally different story.” The e-mail from Travers gives no hint to what Ontario’s future plans are for Rondeau, but it does say the province is considering unnamed options. No decisions have been made, it states, adding various stakeholders, including Indigenous communities, will be consulted on any further action. Rondeau Provincial Park is the second oldest park in Ontario, second only to Algonquin Provincial Park. Cottager owners have been given two extensions to remain in the park. In 1986, the government extended the leases to 2017. In 2017, a two-year extension to

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Monte McNaughton made Wallaceburg his first stop following the release of the 2022 provincial budget April 28. The next morning, the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP swung into the southern part of his riding to guarantee Ministry of Health funding for the continued renewal of Wallaceburg’s hospital. “It wasn’t that long ago that this hospital was in jeopardy,” McNaughton said as he spoke to the crowd gathered at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Wallaceburg site. “But standing shoulder to shoulder with many of you, we fought back,” he said. The financial commitment is part of $40 billion

the province has pledged to fund 50 hospital projects across Ontario, with a goal of adding 3,000 beds over the next decade. That funding will be secured, McNaughton said, if the Progressive Conservatives are returned to power. There’s no official timeline for breaking ground, but McNaughton said work would begin as soon as possible if the PCs are re-elected. “Our goal is to get it done as quickly as possible,” McNaughton told reporters. “Of course you know we’re putting the budget to voters June 2 and if we’re successful June 2, we’ll get to work as quickly as possible and work in the second term to getting this done.” After narrowly escaping closure, Wallaceburg’s hospital came back from

the brink due to the community’s determination. The Save Our Sydenham group fought tooth and nail to keep the hospital in Wallaceburg, and as a backbencher MPP, McNaughton lent his support to keep the hospital open throughout the years. McNaughton thanked CKHA President and CEO Lori Marshall and her team, along with other community members for their “unwavering support” for Wallaceburg’s hospital. When completed, the CKHA Wallaceburg site will house a new state-ofthe-art hospital offering a wide range of services. Its expanded capacity will include a new emergency room area that will run 24-7, inpatient beds, diagnostic imaging including radiology and ultrasound,

rocked the downtown, displacing businesses and residents. The cash infusion brings the province’s post-disaster commitment to Wheatley to $5.9-million. Downtown business owners Mike and Erika Renwick, who also cochair the local BIA, are appreciative of the funding boost and of the ef-

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Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton made the commitment to funding the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Wallaceburg site official last week, saying money for the project is included in Ontario’s 2022 budget. Showing off the design plan is CKHA CEO Lori Marshall, Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff, MPP McNaughton, CKHA Foundation board chair Bob Hockney and CKHA board chair Alan Wildeman.

physiotherapy, laboratory services and other clinics such as urology. Marshall said the changes at Wallaceburg are not only about new facilities – the new design dovetails with the changes in the way health care is delivered. “It’s also going to give us the opportunity to expand our services in outpatient and ambulatory care which is where the new growth is going to be in the future,” Marshall said.

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According to Marshall, the next step involves striking a building committee to work with planners and architects. It will be comprised of hospital staff, board members with the CKHA and the CKHA Foundation board as well as members of the community and Walpole Island First Nation to oversee the design submission. A draft plan for the second phase will be submitted to Ministry of Health

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tion. 7:00-8:00pm: Resources for Family Historians at the Chatham-Kent Public Library. Megan Cowan, Librarian, will discuss the resources, services and online digital collection offered by the Chatham-Kent Public Library which are of value and interest to family historians. Link to Register: meeting/register/tZUtf-CtqzgqGdPkllaCkwM5M3LG_Ob3vX_E • Come join us at The Chatham Legion, corner of William & Colborne St., Chatham from 11:00am-9:30pm. The kitchen is open to serve lunch from 11:00am-1:30pm. Supper will be served from 4:00pm-6:00pm. No orders after 5:30pm. Tonight’s specials are cabbage rolls or fish & chips. Take out is also available by calling 519-351-8733 or 519-351-5639. Fun darts starts at 7:00pm. Everyone welcome. • Tools in the Trades Boot Camp at Retro Suites, King St W., Chatham. To Register: https://www. A FREE workshopping event that helps bridge the gap between the skills you have and what employers are seeking. This event is open to adults that are interested in apprenticeships and working in the trades. For more information, contact bootcamp@ supportontarioyouthca. May 1 - May 31, 2022 The second annual Hope Run Ontario 2022 for CK has arrived! Registration to participate in this awesome event is now live. All proceeds given to Hope Run Ontario go to support the ministry unit of your choice, Chatham-Kent! Go to hope-run-ontario-2022 to sign up for a virtual race today! You can walk/run or watch and look for a participant in your area to support! For more info, contact Nicole Shaw at Nicole.Shaw@ or call 519-3548353

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Habitat C-K planning for the future By Bruce Corcoran

With no planned home builds for the rest of this year, the personnel at Habitat for Humanity Chatham-Kent still have a busy slate – fundraising, ripping out other people’s kitchens, and planning for a new home for themselves. The lease for their Riverview Drive facility runs out in 2024, so Habitat C-K will have to move. Mike Coyne, ReStore director, said Habitat C-K leases its ReStore site, and that lease is up in 2024, prompting the organization to purchase property on Park Avenue East, just east of Sass Road. “We got a nice lot there. We’re just in the process of figuring out what we are going to build and how big we are going to build,” he said. The ReStore has been on the Riverview Drive site since 2014. Coyne said when the new Habitat C-K building is completed, the plan is to transition into it over several months. “Ideally, we’d like to have a two- to threemonth transition period where everything new goes there (the new building) and everything old sells out of here (the Riverview Drive site),” he said. In the meantime, fundraising and work continues as planned. Habitat C-K has several fundraising events underway, including a raffle. It features a Smoker Package from Schinkels’

Gourmet Meats that includes a Traeger smoker, a smoker pizza oven, coolers and gift cards from the Chatham business; as well as an Outdoor Package for campers; and a C-K Showcase Package donated by a host of local vendors. Tickets are $5 each, or five for $20. On top of the raffle deal, there is also the Habitat C-K golf tournament in June at Maple City Country Club and a trivia night June 2 at Sons of Kent. For more information on all these events, check out habitatchatham-kent. ca. Coyne said a program that is really gaining traction at Habitat C-K is salvaging other people’s kitchens and reselling them. “If you’re willing to donate your kitchen if you are renovating, we take your entire kitchen out,” he said. “We leave you in good standing depending on what your construction plan is.” Habitat people will remove the kitchen, bring it back to the ReStore, and then sell it. The value of the sale is issued as a tax receipt to the donors. Coyne said the program is growing, as more and more people are taking advantage of it, which makes him happy. “There is a lot of value in used kitchens,” he said. “Once we get them, they don’t last very long. They’re good revenue for us.” To find out more, just call the ReStore at 519-



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352-4440 or send an e-mail to Coyne said pre-COVID, Habitat C-K handled about a dozen kitchen removals in 2019. He thinks they’ll surpass it this year now that the pandemic restrictions have been minimized. “We’re on our sixth kitchen now and have two more lined up,” he said. Taylor said people are always looking for a

used set of cupboards for their cottage or garages, it seems. Coyne recalled Habitat C-K ripping out a $40,000 kitchen in 2019. It had walnut cupboards and granite countertops, but wasn’t what the homeowners, who had just moved in, wanted. “We brought it in and sold it for almost $6,000. That’s a big chunk of change for us,” Coyne said.



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All in the name of Momma D Online birthday fundraiser effort raises $11,000 By Bruce Corcoran

Six hours. That’s all it took. Chatham’s Monica Coelho came up with a fundraising alternative to a traditional birthday party: Help raise funds to combat cancer, and do it in the name of “Momma D.” Coelho said Momma D – aka Paula DeVito – is her future mother-in-law and she’s battling cancer. So for about a month leading up to Coelho’s birthday, the plan was to raise funds online in Momma D’s name in lieu of presents and a traditional

birthday gathering. It was simple; Coelho turns 25, so the goal was to raise $2,500 in a month’s time. They hit their target a mere six hours into the effort. “We blew that out of the water in six hours! It was unbelievable,” Coelho said. “We just made it to $11,000. It’s been pretty phenomenal. I never thought it would be this successful.” Coelho said she initially spoke to her boyfriend, Massimo DeVito, and Momma D, about plans for her 25th birthday, it was back in 2021 and Momma D had not yet Licence#1717051

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been diagnosed with cancer. The fundraiser idea was hatched at the beginning of March. Coelho and a friend came up with the idea. “I thought, ‘Why not do something for a good cause?’ It’s been family and friends that she’s touched. This is a true testimony for who she is. She wears her heart on her sleeve,” she said. Coelho turned 25 on April 28. The fundraiser ended the same day. “It’s a lot of money for research and equipment. And this provided a lot of encouragement for her (Momma D) too,” she

said. “She’s gotten a lot of messages of support. So it’s a double whammy of sorts.” Coelho said the support has been widespread, and appreciated. “I’d like to say thank you to each and every individual who donated. It means so much to not only myself and Momma D, but for all individuals who in turn will benefit from the money raised,” she said. Coelho said Jenny McGregor from the Windsor Cancer Foundation was a great support person during the fundraiser as well.


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Monica Coelho, left, recently completed a fundraising effort as part of her 25th birthday celebrations in support of Paula DeVito, right – Momma D. Hoping to raise $100 for every year she’s been alive, Coelho instead raised $11,000. The funds all go to cancer research.


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Happy 65th Anniversary

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Mr. James Lional Purdy on April 26, 2022 at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance at 96 years of age, with family at his side. Son of the late Lional and Iva Purdy. Husband of the late Vera Purdy (2020). Predeceased by his twin sister Ruth Purdy (infant) and sister Gertrude Tieleman (2021). Father to James R Purdy and Gregory Purdy (Silvia). Grandfather of Jim (Marcia) Purdy, Richard (Tammy) Purdy and Blake Purdy. Great-grandfather of Melissa (Ryan) Gunnis, Jessica (Eric) Carducci, Sierra Purdy, Kaleb Purdy, Ethan Purdy and Dylan Purdy. Great-great-grandfather of Easton Gunnis. Survived by many nieces and nephews. James worked at the CN Rail for 39 years and was an avid story teller for those who knew him. We would like to thank the staff of the CKHA-Med A and the Bayshore PSW ladies and nurse for all of their help and support they gave him over the last several months. He thought the world of those ladies. Those wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the Chatham Kent Animal Rescue (270 Inshes Avenue, Chatham ON, N7M 2Z7) or a charity of your choice. As per the family’s wishes, James was remembered in a private funeral service on Friday, April 29, 2022. Interment in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

Gene and Pat Hinz May 4, 1957

With all our love, your family Obituaries Allems: Blossom Lawrene (nee McGovern) A resident of Chatham, Blossom Allems passed away peacefully at her home at Maple City Residence on April 30, 2022 at the age of 98. Born in Little Current, Ontario, Blossom was the daughter of the late Frank and Etta (nee Bryant) McGovern. Beloved wife of the late John Allems. Dear mother of Linda Marks and the late Darlene Carter. Mother-in-law to William Carter. Proud grandmother to Emily Marks, Hillary Carter and Sarah Carter-Heaps. Great-grandmother to Nathan & Avery. Blossom was the first of nine children born to Frank and Etta McGovern, she is predeceased by all her siblings. Family and friends were received at the Funeral Home, 459 St.Clair St. Chatham on Tuesday, May 3, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Blossom was then laid to rest with her husband in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. Donations made in memory of Blossom to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at

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William “Bill” Trudgen 82, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Bill Therrien 68, Saturday, April 23, 2022 Blenheim Community Funeral Home

Bev Melvin 67, Saturday, April 30, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Abram Friesen 72, Thursday, April 28, 2022 Kendrick Funeral Home

Anne Van Esbroeck 90, Saturday, April 23, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Sr. Benigna Macadaeg Sunday, April 24, 2022 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Ron Marshall 55, Monday, April 25, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Helen Ursula Kehoe 77, Monday, April 25, 2022 Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home

Bernie Smythe 74, Monday, April 25, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Linda Sheeler Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Life Transitions

Jean Brown 69, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Dianna Russell Thursday, April 28, 2022 Life Transitions

Bill Davis 80, Monday, April 25, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

James L Purdy 96, Tuesday, April 26, 2022 Life Transitions

Blossom Allems 98, Saturday, April 30, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

Maria Bechard Thursday, April 28, 2022 Life Transitions

Marilyn Patricia Solski 89, Sunday, April 24, 2022 McKinlay Funeral Home

William “Bill” McKitterick 93, Friday, April 29, 2022 Life Transitions

N. Jane Rivers Sunday, April 24, 2022 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home

Anne “Andrew” Hoekstra 93, Saturday, April 30, 2022 Life Transitions

Nina Guttridge 87, Sunday, May 1, 2022 Alexander & Houle Funeral Home Lloyd Francis Fields 88, Wednesday, April 27, 2022 Nicholls Funeral Home Bernice Neve 88, Saturday, April 30, 2022 Nicholls Funeral Home

We have lost our beloved wife and mother.

Dianna Marie Russell

passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance. She will be missed by her husband Will and her children Brett Bechard and Jodie Bechard. Dianna was a wonderful grandma to Patrick McCarron and Everly Bechard and was heartbroken at the loss of her grandson Daymion Brooks. Tyler and Skylar will miss their great grandma. Dianna was born in Chatham in 1955 to the late Herbert and Arlene Weber and grew up with brothers Dennis Weber (Kathy) and the late Douglas Weber. She is survived by nieces and nephews. Family was extremely important to Dianna. She had wonderful memories of her wedding and she was delighted with her children and overjoyed at the births of her grandchildren. Dianna had many pets over the years, enjoyed funny movies and her husband and son could always make her laugh. As per Dianna’s wishes, she will be cremated and her family will remember her with a celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Life Transitions Burial and Cremation Service Inc.

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