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PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP OFF DAY

KAWARTHA LAKES –There will be a collection location for Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the “Paramedics In The Park” event at Victoria Park, Lindsay between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Citizens wishing to dispose of outdated, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs may do so anonymously, without having to get out of their vehicles. A “Drive Through” location will be available at the northeast corner of the park situated at Victoria Avenue and Peel Street in Lindsay. It is being done via the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Substance Abuse Committee, the City of Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Kawartha Crimestoppers, Safe Communities of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Remedy’s Rx and Castle keep Retirement Inc., Recent studies indicate 24% of teens reported misusing prescription medications at least once within the previous year. Most of the teens took the medication from their family home. By working together to reduce the availability of these medications, the partners are hoping to keep youth safe.

Community Cares

It’s not why an organization operates, but it is nice to be recognized for operational excellence from time to time. For Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, recognition came at the recent Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce Evening of Excellence. The agency received the Not-for-Profit Excellence Award for the past year. The agency was recognized for its all-round operations and commitment to providing quality care and support to local residents. Criteria for the award included a strong display of board governance, effective leadership abilities, sound operational and strategic planning, partnerships and alliances, effective volunteer management, fundraising initiatives, marketing and promotion, and program development. These are all aspects of what goes into being able to reach local residents with services, and to meeting the challenges that present themselves daily. Community Care is committed to providing

the best programs and support possible. That commitment includes ongoing evaluation and examination of its operation. That is why, since 2004, the agency has participated in a national accreditation program that measures all aspects of its structure and program delivery. In 2011, Community Care received “Exemplary Standing” (full accreditation) status from the Accreditation Canada program - the highest possible standing for an agency. Soon, the agency will prepare for the next accreditation survey, which will be in early 2015. Once again, we don’t go through such a process in order to get a plaque to hang on the office wall. We participate because it is good to be assessed on the quality of our programs, and to always strive to be better. That’s good for the agency, but most importantly, it’s good for the residents of this community who use Community Care services.

- Submitted by Mike Puffer, the director of marketing and development for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Health and Support Services. E-mail: mpuffer@communitycare.on.ca

FOOD ALLERGY MONTH

May is ‘Food Allergy Awareness Month.’ Food allergies can cause a severe life-threatening reaction. The most common foods associated with allergic symptoms are: eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, fish, shrimp and other shellfish and vegetables and fresh fruits. For more information on food allergies and anaphylaxis: See www.anaphylaxis.ca. To learn more about first aid treatments for allergic reactions contact the local St. John Ambulance branch at 705324-9894.

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The Kawartha Promoter, May 16, 2014  

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The Kawartha Promoter, May 16, 2014  

The Kawartha Promoter, May 16, 2014

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