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The 2017 Guelph Ribfest presented by the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium offers plenty for the entire family including the Gregg Mitchell Memorial Classic Car Show. (supplied photo) Rotary of Guelph-Trillium is celebrating Ribfest’s 20th Anniversary and they want to celebrate with you! Jack Tacoma, charter member of ‘Trillium’ remembers the very first Ribfest 20 short years ago that the Rotary Club decided to undertake. Tacoma says the event is one on its own that brings the community together. "I would say that right now Ribfest has become Guelph's biggest annual party," said Tacoma. The amazing thing about the event is how it has transformed into a meeting place, he notes. "I would say some friends that I have and friends of others too that the only time we see each other is at Ribfest. Also, families sitting together with other families have agreed to meet at Ribfest," he said. Ribfest offers guests the opportunity to listen to live music, view the Gregg Mitchell Memorial Classic Car Show, enjoy the Sleeman sponsored beer tent, and of course devour those tasty ribs. But what Tacoma stresses is that they have always wanted to make sure there is something for kids to enjoy–creating a full family outing. Unique to this year, as Ribfest is celebrating their 20th year in Guelph simultaneous to Canada 150, the event received sponsorship from Ontario 150 to provide guests with a completely free concert open to all ages. Performing on Thursday, August 24 at the concert will be: Headstones, The Beaches, Coleman Hell and Ginger Ale and The

Monowhales. Friday you can enjoy the music of Sandy MacDonald and friends, Ginger St. James, Keresene Creek, Fleetwood Nicks/Practically Petty. Bluesynergy, The Honeyrunners, Grove Hammer, Hot Rocks (Rolling Stones Tribute Show) and Practically Hip will be playing Saturday. And finally, Sunday brings the likes of Kenny Munshaw, BlackWater Trio, The Little White Lies and Tokyo Giants. "What has been one of our emphasis right from the start is that it had to be a family event," he said "That is why we have a Midway on there so kids have something to play on while Mom and Dad go listen to some music or have a beer." This year brings much to offer the kids. Activity areas will be spread throughout the grounds including the fan favourite Magical Midways, Game Asylum, the Guelph Public Library and Sealy Karate. In addition to the activity areas will be a Kid's Area tent where you can find Guelph Bulldog Fitness, face painting by Makin Faces, lego robotics from Sylvan Learning and Guelph Bears Cheerleading. Although Ribfest is celebrating 20 years as one of Guelph's premier summer event destinations, Tacoma says thinking back to the days leading up to the very first Ribfest he remembers the members being very uneasy on what they were to expect. "We were all very nervous because we had

invested a lot into this, it had taken a lot of our energy and we were all hoping that the weather was going to work out–and the weather did work out great for the first year!" he said. "We actually raised money and that was actually a big deal, we were just blown away by the response." Drawing huge crowds each year is the Gregg Mitchell Memorial Classic Car Show happening on the Saturday and Sunday of this year. If you love cars, then you will love the Classics that will be on display at Ribfest in Guelph, the Classic Car Show regularly attracts more than 300 vehicles. For Tacoma, it was two things in particular that the club was shocked by in their yesteryears. "One being, how many people showed up! I think that around 50,000 people came in during the first or second year it just surprised us at how this city was looking for a big party. The other thing that surprised us is that we actually made a profit," he said. The profit from Ribfest goes directly to those in need. The club has taken the “inch deep/mile wide” approach and that philosophy has enabled the club to allocate funds to many groups and organizations within the area over the years. Ribfest along with other Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium events, has made it possible over the past 19 years to raise over $1,000,000 that can be seen going right back into local and international projects. With the money raised going back –continued pg 2

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into the community, Ribfest relies on their amazing local sponsors to provide guests with the best experience. Some of this year's sponsors include Sleeman, Linamar, Battlefield Rental,,, RBC, 1460 CJOY, Magic 106.1, Davan Group, GardaWorld, Balnar Management Ltd., Collins Barrow, Denso, Devlan Construction Ltd., Guelph Manufacturing Group, Guelph Hydro, Palmer, Distinctive Trophies and Awards, Holiday Inn, Venture Guelph Publications Ltd., Ramar Contractors, Jaral Holdings Inc., Troy's Toys, Tacoma Engineers, Syngenta, and Game Asylum. “Since the first event it has just been getting better and better,” says Tacoma. The club had to tackle many learning challenges after the first year that have contributed to making it the best possible experience for guests. The club learned early that they needed to have more ribbers on hand to save people from waiting a long time to be served. In addition they changed how they served beer, both expanding the tent and shifting from taps to cans. This year, Guelph is host to eight ribbers who will be vying for your vote. Last year's Peoples

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Choice Award winner, and Guelph's own Silver Bullet will be back again, joined by Billy Bones, Boss Hog BBQ, Fat Boy's BBQ, Jack on the Bone, Smokehouse Bandits, Gator BBQ and Camp 31. If you are looking for something else to enjoy besides ribs, Billy Bob's Bloomin` Onions, Ontario Corn Roasters & Pappy`s Soda, Sweet Temptations, Mobile Icee Canada, Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream, Alabama Lemonade, Festival Food Service, Tornado Potato, Aberfritter Snack Company, Those Pizza Guys, Spanky's BBQ and Catering, Cafe du Monde Creperie Food Truck, Street Food Guelph, and Nomad Chef. Besides the food vendors, Bath Fitters, Casual Trend Inc, The Coping Bereavement Support Group of Ontario Inc, Costco, Glassmates, Landmark Home Solutions, LeafFilter North of Canada Inc, Moose Lake Dental and Naze Henna and more vendors will be in attendance. A lot of time and effort goes into Ribfest in order to make it a great experience for guests who come each year. This year's event will take place August 24th through to the 27th at Riverside Park in Guelph.


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IPPs are a wise retirement savings option Finance Canada recently announced that they are seeking input on sweeping changes to the way private corporations are used for tax planning. Presently, business owners can reduce taxes by sprinkling income to family members, holding passive investments and converting income to capital gains. While the government looks to make the rules more equitable, deferring tax through the use of an Individual Pension Plan (IPP) remains a smart option for business owners who are looking to minimize their tax exposure. There aren’t many instances where a successful business owner can’t benefit from creating their own IPP. Similar to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), IPPs let you save on a pretax basis. The main difference between the two

lies in the way the money goes into the specific plan. An RRSP is a defined contribution plan: the amount of money going into the plan is 18% of annual employment income up to a fixed annual maximum. The amount of money available to the RRSP holder in retirement depends on these contributions and their growth over the working life of the RRSP holder. An IPP is a defined benefit plan where the company is responsible for making enough contributions over the life of the plan to produce an inflation-protected pension for the plan holder. Payments are made from the pension to the plan holder throughout their retirement years. At the end of the day, the beauty of an IPP

compared with an RRSP is that you can put more pre-tax money into it over your career. Like any tax strategy, the devil is always in the details. There are a number of considerations to determine the best setup and ongoing use of an IPP. Unlike the private corporation changes that are under review, IPPs help a business owner defer tax instead of avoiding it. One hopes that Finance Canada will continue to see the benefit of encouraging business owners to save for their golden years.

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income earners. On the other hand the government has to consider that increasing these taxes makes Canada less attractive for investment and that economic development is hindered because there is less money in the system to reinvest in projects. Investors should also keep in mind that making this type of tax increase is palatable for the Minister of Finance as it is a way of generating more income without impacting the average Canadian. There are also many right wing supporters who feel the tax should not be changed. In fact Conservative MP Maxime Bernier stated that the tax should be completely eliminated as he argues that a tax on investment will restrict future investment and development. For many investors it might be a good time to take accrued gains even if the Finance department does nothing as both real estate values in this area and equity markets are at all-time

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1st Annual Franco Figliuzzi Memorial Golf Tournament is a strong success Back on May 29, 2017, a wonderful new event took place in memory of a man who thrived on community giving and helping those in our region that were less fortunate. The 1st Annual Franco Figliuzzi Memorial Golf Tournament was held at Cutten Fields and was organized by family members and committee members. Franco Figliuzzi immigrated to Canada when he was 16 years of age. He started barbering at the young age of 13 and opened up his own barbershop in March of 1967. Franco’s Barbershop is still in operation at the same location on Wellington Street, in the heart of the Royal City of Guelph Ontario. On June 30th, 2015 at the young age of 74, Franco suffered a massive stroke which took his life. His memory and legacy that he left in both his family and the community has been overwhelming. Franco was known as a family man and one who embraced his local community. At times, he would even donate his time and barber services to those that were palliative. The Franco Memorial Golf Tournament is dedicated to embracing our community. Hospice Wellington, along with Guelph Big Brothers/Big Sisters, were lucky enough to benefit from these efforts. Based on the success from the tournament, $6,000 has been donated to Hospice Wellington. The funds raised from this year’s tournament will help support annual expenses in the area of compassionate/basic

needs of Hospice Wellington residence clients Hospice Wellington determined there was a need for a fund that focuses on uplifting support to those using the Hospice Wellington residence and for families to celebrate special occasions together while a family member is needing the use of Hospice Wellington. On the occasion that a client has a need while in our care and is unable to afford it and/or it would make their stay more comfortable, Hospice Wellington makes every effort to provide for this need. Some examples are personal grooming, haircuts, celebration supplies (birthday cake, baby shower decorations, wedding cake), dental work, and clothing needs. Hospice Wellington offers exceptional care to people living with a life-limiting illness, and support to individuals and families that are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Hospice Wellington is extremely grateful towards our community for their efforts in fundraising and events. They help us to raise much-needed funds for our 10bed residence and all of our supportive programming and services for those needing our services here in Guelph and Wellington County. Our care is warm, skilled and compassionate. For more information on the Franco Memorial Golf Tournament visit For further information contact , Phil Gourlay, Events Coordinator 519-836-3921

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Guelph Youth Farm breaks ground The new Guelph Youth Farm at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, piloted by the SEED and partners, launched on July 7th on Westmount Road. The farm is a social enterprise community food project led by youth who will be mentored and supported by a unique coalition of local businesses, public institutions, and notfor-profit organizations. “The Farm is the product of an exciting collaboration of new local partners who are joining forces to support youth in Guelph,” says Gavin Dandy, Directing Coordinator of Guelph Community Health Centre’s SEED project. “The farm is growing fresh food and incubating a new generation of youth leaders.” It is estimated that upwards of 1800 local youth will have opportunity to participate in this exciting new project. A core group of 20 youth will be the lead entrepreneurs of the farm for the full duration of the 2017 pilot year. Two hundred additional youth will be trained by the core to play an active role in supporting the farm, and another 1600 youth will take part in one-off training workshops and events. The farm is located at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph on Westmount Road. The farm is focused on youth training, youth leadership, and youth employment and is operating as a social enterprise, using the sales of fresh organic produce to fund a variety of youth programs and events. Youth are involved at every level, from project visioning and planning to growing and selling fresh organic produce. But the farm is about a lot more than just food. Participating youth animate educational programs and public events, network with local food businesses, mentor other youth, and will be hosting a youth food conference in the fall. The project is a collaboration of several

partner organizations. Lead partners include Guelph Community Health Centre’ SEED food project, Everdale teaching farm, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph. Food justice is a big priority for everyone in the project. The farm is located on the eastern edge of Onward Willow neighbourhood. Onward Willow has been identified by Public Health as a Priority Neighbourhood because of challenges related to low-income, a high rate of newly arrived immigrants, and below average rates of education. “We are excited that the farm is near Onward Willow. It’s a vibrant and diverse neighbourhood with a wealth of food knowledge. We know that Onward Willow youth stand to gain a lot from the farm,” says Dandy. “Having said that, we want the farm to be a place where youth from all across Guelph meet and learn.” “We’re starting small but we believe that this is the beginning of something big. Guelph Youth Farm has the potential to grow in size and impact in the coming years,” says Gavin Dandy, Directing Coordinator of the SEED. “The farm is already generating a lot of excitement around town.” ST. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph is the host organization of the farm. They have enough land for the farm to expand and grown in the coming years. More impor- Guelph Youth Farm located at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Home focuses on youth training, leadtantly, they have the social and health ership and employment and operates as a social enterprise. (supplied photo) vision. “This is an amazing opportunity for our organization and community,” says mission and legacy of the Sisters in a very Services, Guelph Neighbourhood Support David Wormald, President of St. Joseph’s practical way that meets an identified need Coalition, The Cornerstone Restaurant, City Health Centre Guelph. “When the Sisters of Guelph Youth Services, M&T Printing, within the community.” of St. Joseph of Hamilton first came to Start-up funding for the project was pro- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School, Guelph 155 years ago, their 16-bed facility vided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Shelldale, The Elevator Project, and was the area’s first healthcare institution Union Gas. and Virgin Mobile RE*Generation. Other located on farmland. It is exciting to be For more information about Guelph supporting organizations and businesses able to go back to our roots and, in partYouth Farm visit include Onward Willow Neighbourhood nership with local youth, continue the Group, Second Chance Employment

$30,000 awarded to 6 new businesses based in Guelph and Wellington County support and training we were able to help 10 entrepreneurs launch and grow their new businesses. Watch for these companies as they grow their businesses. They are all winners!” Marios Matsias, Executive Director of the Business Centre Guelph Wellington. The same night, Amanda Voisin from Body Mechanik was also awarded $5000 from the Starter Company, a previous program that targeted 18-29 year old business owners. The Business Centre was able to secure the final Winners of the night and receiving $5,000 grant to the Starter Company Program for a deserving Wellington County young each are: entrepreneur. Ranjan Pradhan of Shrimp Canada Intake for the next Starter Company Plus Jenna Kessler of Assembly North Farm program is September 12th, 2017, and the Retreat Centre Centre will be hosting another Pitch Night Chad Seip from Blackmont Solutions Will and Amy Mitter from Let the Dog Out on October 5th. Those who want to start their own small business and wish Fy Virani of Virani Law to pitch for $5,000 can contact the centre at 519-826-4701 or at “The Business Centre is very proud to showcase these new businesses and the work they do in our community. With our On Thursday July 13th, Business Centre Guelph-Wellington hosted participants and 70 guests at its first Pitch Night competition for the Starter Company Plus program, funded by the Province of Ontario. The Business Centre provides support and mentorship through the creation of a business plan, and getting a business started. 10 new business owners from Guelph and Wellington County pitched their ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win 5, $5000 prizes.


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GYMC Do Re Mi In-school Music Program– Guelph's best kept secret The Guelph Youth Music Centre is proud to announce that the Do Re Mi In-school Music Program will be relaunching in elementary schools in Guelph and Wellington in September. With a fantastic team of professional musicians in tow, we are excited to promote and enrich the Ontario Ministry of Education Arts Curriculum in our schools by bringing music into the classroom. Through the Do Re Mi program students acquire fundamental music skills and foster their creativity.

Hard to Reach Teachers Despite the pedagogical and creative excellence of the program, the GYMC has experienced some difficulty in getting it into the hands of elementary school teachers. Given the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) direction schools are going in, Arts programs

have been put on the back burner, despite growing evidence that STEM should morph into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). John Maeda, an American executive, designer, technologist, and MIT grad, recently said, “The challenges the next generation is going to face will demand creative solutions, and I would argue that these subjects (STEM) alone will not get us there. Innovation happens when convergent thinkers combine forces with divergent thinkers. I’m not talking about commercializing or debasing art but reminding people that innovation and cultural advancement stem from an artistic sensibility. After a life spent traversing the fields of technology, art and design, my conclusion is that there is great power in both fields taken separately and more in both fields put together.” Working Harder on Behalf of Students

Despite the difficulty, we're working hard at the GYMC to get the Do Re Mi program into classrooms in Guelph and Wellington County as effectively as possible. By revising our promotion structure and advocating for arts education in schools, we hope to see growth in registration numbers each year. It’s time to let the secret out. Let the GYMC bring music into every classroom through our Do Re Mi Inschool Program. We are excited to see what music education can do in our schools and in our community. For more information, please call 519-837-4800, visit or go to

Guelph Arts Council News/Events Marian Thorpe: Book Launch Thursday, Aug 24, 7 - 9 pm Bookshelf E-Bar Join author Marian L Thorpe for the launch of Empire's Hostage, Book II in the Empire's Legacy historical fantasy series. She'll be joined by Guelph writers Avril Borthiry and Nikki Everts. For more info: Marian Thorpe 905-749-2263 Art Exhibition Opening: L.T. Dougherty Opening: August 25th 7pm- 9pm Exhibition: August 25 September 17 46 Essex Silence invites you to an art exhibition and sale of a series of works by artist L.T. Dougherty on August 25 from 7pm-9pm. Wine, beer, coffee and kombucha will be served. Advance tickets, visit Eden Mills Writers' Festival–An Afternoon of Author Readings in the Village of Eden Mills Sunday, September 10, 12 - 6pm. Eden Mills, ON. On Festival Sunday, over 40 of Canada’s top authors will be reading along the banks of the Eramosa River in the village of Eden Mills, just outside of Guelph. A wonderful lineup of authors including the literary talents of Lisa Moore, Heather O’Neill, Barbara Gowdy, Steven Heighton, Emma Donoghue, Terry Fallis, and many more. Bring your family and friends to relax in the grass while listening to authors representing a wide range of genres. Book-signing table, book fair and Food Court. Bring a sun hat and blanket or low folding chair. Advance Tickets $20 or Students $15. At the gate $25 or students $20. Children under 14 free. Visit Tickets, visit 519-341-4320

Talisman Fibre Arts Yardage Sale! Sat., August 26th, 10am - 5pm Rain or Shine! 7 St. Andrew Street, Guelph, ON Lots to choose from at priced to sell value! Sample listing of what you will find: Bead; Fabric;Notions; And a few surprises.www.mary-kroetschThe Arboretum: Shinrin - Yoku Walk Wed., September 20, 11am - 2pm. Arboretum, University of Guelph Eden Mills Writers' Festival– The newly launched Canadian In Conversation with Naomi Chapter of the Association of Klein Saturday, September 9, 1pm. War Memorial Hall, Univ. of Guelph Join Naomi Klein, one of Canada’s most influential thinkers and social activists, as she discusses her latest book No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. A moderated discussion followed by Q&A and book signing. $10 or Students $5.

Nature and Forest Therapy Culture Days Guides is proud to hold one of its first high-profile walks in Canada 8th annual Culture Days weekend at The Arboretum, University of taking place September 29, 30 and Guelph. Forest Therapy originated October 1. from Japan's Shinrin-Yoku. It is a Culture Days is an annual gentle way of moving mindfully 3 day-long celebration that aims through nature. Led by to raise awareness, accessibility, guide Ben Porchuk. Early Bird participation and engagement of Fee: $55. Registration deadline: Canadians in the arts and cultural Tuesday, Sept. 12. Registrations life of their communities. after this date $65. Note: If there Any arts or cultural activity– are not enough enough registraprofessional, community, amations by early bird the course may teur, educational, etc. can be probe cancelled. Maximum 20 adults. moted as part of Culture Days as long as it meets the basic criteria: arboretum * is free to the public register: arboretum/ educationand events/register email: bash@ Keep K eep blinds and curtains close closed ed Barb Watson during the daytime. Blocking out o the Ash 519-824-4120 sun’ ays works works to decrease decrease the amount am mount of sun’ss rrays he at thatt will get tr apped in your home. h heat trapped ext. 52358

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Taste of Guelph–A great event and a great cause St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation's signature fundraising event, Taste of Guelph, is back again this year celebrating their 20th anniversary of the event. Proudly sponsored by Linamar, the event is said to highlight Guelph's culinary scene. A foodies delight Taste of Guelph will feature over 50 chef, caterers, vintners and brewers who will showcase their very best food and drink. Held on the grounds of St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph on Sunday September 17 from 1-4 pm guests will enjoy their Sunday afternoon on the lush property sheltered under beautiful white tents. "Taste of Guelph is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying delicious food, local entertainment and meeting new people while supporting a great cause," said Karen Semma, development assistant at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation

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Being their signature fundraising event for 20 years, the delightful mixer has helped to raise more than $950,000 for local health care. As Guelph's leading, fully-accredited, not-for-profit provider of complex continuing care, rehabilitation services and long term care St. Joseph's Health Centre supports people and their families facing significant challenges, throughout all stages of life, as well as a well respected outreach service offering support for those who wish to continue to live in their homes but need assistance. Focusing first on kindness, compassion, dignity and respect, they are renowned for the compassionate care they provide and for ongoing commitment to excellence –awarding them a rating of Accreditation with Exemplary Standing, the highest possible honour for a Canadian healthcare provider.

Indeed not just a fundraiser to aid the ongoing support St. Joseph's provides, Taste of Guelph is an amalgamation of local food, beer, wine and culture. In attendance this year are returning favourites Platters Catering and Events, the Wooly Pub, Fat Duck Gastro Pub, Sleeman’s Brewery and Cox Creek Cellars. The gourmet garden party costs $125 until August 28 and $150 thereafter with proceeds benefiting St, Joseph's Health Centre Foundation Guelph. However, the event wouldn't be possible without the support and generous sponsorship from many local businesses. Among those is global leader and community builder, Linamar, who is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year's Taste of Guelph event.

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Front Cover photos supplied. Guelph-Trillium Rotary Ribfest in Riverside Park (see center spread for more details); P.A.C.E. the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Event – September 24; Karen Pagnan & Mike Matheson of Remax Real Estate were at Riverside Park Canada Day (Canada 150th), handing out flags, frisbees and candy to kids big and small.

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AUGUST 24, 25, 26, 27, 2017 Riverside Park “RIBBERSIDE Park” Guelph ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP

Thursday, August 24th Concert Sponsored by

Thursday (24th) - OnTour 150 Concert featuring Headstones, Coleman Hell, The Beaches, and Ginger Ale & The Monowhales. The ONtour Concert Series partners with Guelph Ribfest at Riverside Park on August 24th. All of the ONtour concerts are free and open to music-lovers of all ages and there are no tickets required. See you there! Friday (25th) 11:30 to 2:00 4:30 to 6:00 6:30 to 8:00 8:30 to 11:00

Sandy MacDonald and friends Ginger St. James Kerosene Creek Fleetwood Nicks / Practically Petty

Saturday (26th) 12:00 to 1:30 2:00 to 3:45 3:45 to 4:15 4:30 to 6:00 6:30 to 8:00 8:30 to 11:00

Bluesynergy The Honeyrunners Car Show Awards Groove Hammer Hot Rocks–Rolling Stones Tribute Show Practically Hip

Sunday (27th) 12:00 to 1:30 2:00 to 3:30 3:30 to 4:00 4:15 to 5:45 6:15 to 7:45

Kenny Munshaw Black Water Trio Car Show and Rib Judging Awards The Little White Lies Tokyo Giants

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The organizers, vendors, sponsors and staff wish to thank you in advance for when you visit this years Guelph Ribfest. In an effort to maintain a safe, clean, and fun-filled family atmosphere, pets will not be able to enjoy Ribfest firsthand.

The 4 Bands who will be performing are:

Headstones • The Beaches • Coleman Hell Ginger Ale and The Monowhales This is a FREE concert open to all ages.

Gregg Mitchell Memorial Classic Car Show Saturday, August 26, 2017 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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AUGUST 24, 25, 26, 27, 2017 Guelph Ribfest's Competitor line up: Billy Bones Port Colborne, ON Silver Bullet Guelph, ON Boss Hogs BBQ St. Thomas, ON Fat Boy's BBQ London, ON

Jack on the Bone Massillon, Ohio Smokehouse Bandits London, ON Gator BBQ Port Dover, ON Camp 31 Paris, ON

Kids activities all weekend long including: Magical Midways Game Asylum Guelph Public Library Sealy Karate

Guelph Grotto Bulldog Fitness Makin Faces–face painting Sylvan Learning

EVENT Licensed by LLBO. PARK OPEN: Thursday, August 24th, 5 pm - 11 pm (no Midway Thurs.) Friday, August 25th, Noon - 11 pm Saturday, August 26th, 11 am - 11 pm Sunday, August 27th, 11 am - 8 pm

Guelph Bears Cheerleading

Great family fun!

Thank you to the Sponsors! GOLD SPONSORS

Food Vendors Billy Bob’s Bloomin` Onions Ontario Corn Roasters & Pappy`s Soda Sweet Temptations Mobile Icee Canada Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream Alabama Lemonade Festival Food Service Tornado Potato Aberfritter Snack Company Those Pizza Guys Spanky’s BBQ and Catering Cafe du Monde Creperie Food Truck Street Food Guelph Nomad Chef

Non-Food Vendors Bath Fitters Casual Trend Inc The Coping Bereavement Support Group of Ontario Inc. Costco Wholesale Guelph Glassmates Landmark Home Solutions LeafFilter North of Canada Inc Moose Lake Dental Naze Henna Orangetheory Fitness Renewal by Andersen ShelfGenie of Grand Valley




AMIGO SPONSORS Anderson-Coats Photography At Home Group Realty Inc Cumming Clean Laundry & Uniform Cutten Fields Farm Credit Corporation Gilchrist Chapel McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Homes Limited

Guelph Grotto Guelph Mercury Tribune Nature's Palette Scutt Signs Sweet Violets Sutherland Insurance Terra View Homes

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Fifth Annual Pace for the Donkeys Trail Run/Walk The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada will host its fifth annual 5k Pace for the Donkeys Trail Run on Sunday, September 24, 2017, 9:30 am to 12 noon at the farm, 6981 Concession 4, Puslinch, Ontario. Walkers welcome! Prizes available for: Individual: 1st Place Fundraiser; 2nd Place Fundraiser. Team: 1st Place Fundraiser; 2nd Place Fundraiser. First Place Men's Finisher Second Place Men’s Finisher First Place Women’s Finisher Second Place Women’s Finisher

Entry Fee: $40 per person for the 5k run/walk; $10 per child for the 100 meter Donkey Dash All registered participants receive a Pace for the Donkeys T shirt and button. Individuals and teams welcome. Children who wish to enter the Donkey Dash must also register online. All proceeds from the Pace for the Donkey Trail Run go to the care of over 80 donkeys and mules that have been abused, neglected or need a new home.

All participants of the Donkey Dash Door Prizes are also available to be won. Activities: 5K trail run/walk, Donkey Dash (100 meters for 5 age groups) Ages: 2-4, 5-7, 8-9, 10-11, Group Photo, Awards Ceremony, Draws Amenities: Water, after race refreshments for all registrants, porta-potties, wash stations, and FREE parking

A special note to regular Open Day Visitors: The DSC will open to the public 12pm - 3pm after the run. More information and online pledging:

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Thank you to Pace for the Donkeys 2017 sponsors: Orange Theory, Fitness RBC Royal Bank, Langdon Hall, Sharp Bus Lines Ltd., Steam Whistle Brewery, SC Johnson, CIBC Wood Gundy, Guelph Tribune, Girard, Eagle's Flight, Mars Canada, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Nestle Waters Canada and Roots.

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada–Back to school–Education programs Humane Education Compassion and respect for people, animals and the rest of the natural world are vital, as is the recognition of the interdependence of all living things. A visit to the Sanctuary encourages visitors of all ages, either singly or in groups, to appreciate these principles firsthand. The Learning Centre, with its interactive displays, has been developed so that everyone can better understand donkeys, mules and hinnies, and the natural world in which they live. The walk around Wild Duck Marsh, on our Interactive Trail, is a great opportunity to experience in depth this complex, fascinating wetland environment. Donkey Talks, held three times per day on every Open Day, are lively dialogues meant to acquaint visitors with the inner workings of the Sanctuary, along with some of the many stories about the animals in our care and the lives they have lived.

And especially for Teachers and their Classes: Class Sponsorships (at $75/year) are a great way to get to know the donkeys, mules and hinnies in their special world. A Sponsorship means that help will be

given towards the costs of care of a donkey, mule or hinny for one year. In return for this special help, we will send along a photo and biography of the chosen animal, along with our promise to answer each and every question that the students might have, either by email, post, or in person!

We encourage teachers and students–kindergarten through grade six–to look into our Humane Education Worksheets (pdf files available). Although they use donkeys as the focus animal through which to teach, respect for all animals, people and the rest of the natural world is the broader lens of our instruction.

students or adults involved. Elements of a visit include: a. Hands-on, interactive experience with the donkeys. b.Guided and self-guided trail walks* c. A tranquil setting for reflection and relaxation d.Wheelchair accessibility in the barnyard, picnic area and some trails* *Please note that the trails are not paved or groomed so terrain may be uneven and challenging for some people and wheelchairs.

Group Visits

The worksheets deal with language arts, visual arts, and math, as well as general animal appreciation and humane care. Each is designed to be grade/age appropriate and is compatible with the Ontario Department of Education Curriculum.

The Donkey Sanctuary welcomes groups to come for a guided tour of our facility. Learn about the history of the Sanctuary, the work we do with the animals, the special nature of donkeys. Tours may be arranged from May through October. A Sanctuary guide will be there to greet you, tell you about the DSC and guide you on your tour. Cost is $10 per person, minimum $80 per group. Please follow the links to the pdf files below for more information about Group Tours.

Special Needs Classes

Special Interest Groups

The Sanctuary offers unique opportunities to people with special needs and sessions are tailored to the abilities of the

Should you feel the Sanctuary would be of interest to your group we would love to have you visit us. We will try our best

Celebrate #Ontario150 in Guelph with a FREE concert featuring Headstones, Coleman Hell, The Beaches, and Ginger Ale & The Monowhales. The ONtour Concert Series partners with Guelph Ribfest at Riverside Park on August 24th. All of the ONtour concerts are free and open to music-lovers of all ages and there are no tickets required. See you there! (supplied photo)

to accommodate your particular interest in a manner best suited to your needs. Some special interest groups who have visited us in the past include: Photography Clubs, HIkers, Cubs & Beavers, Animal Enthusiasts, Equine Lovers, Youth Camps, Artists, Nature Lovers, Youth Clubs

Please send an email to or call the office at 519-836-1697 for more information about our Humane Education programs, sponsorships, group visits and special tours.

Library awarded Sifton Family Foundation Grant The Guelph Public Library recently received a $26,031 grant from the Sifton Family Foundation which allowed us to purchase assistive technology equipment for use by people with low-vision, blindness, physical and learning disabilities. New assistive equipment available to the public includes: · Desktop Video Magnifier · Portable Video Magnifiers · Compact Portable Video Magnifiers · Expert Mouse Trackballs · Yellow Large Print Keyboards · ZoomText screen magnification and screen reading software for public computers · Victor Reader DAISY Audio Players (available for loan) · Victor Reader Stream Audio Players (available for loan) A big thank you to Sifton Family Foundation for their support and kindness.

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Rediscover Guelph Arts Council–Now at 10C Shared Space A thriving arts scene is part of what makes Guelph a great place to live and visit. Guelph Arts Council has been a part of that scene for over 40 years, but many people aren’t sure what it does. You might guess that GAC promotes and supports artists and arts events in our community, but did you know that it shines a spotlight on many kinds of creators, from blacksmiths to wordsmiths, printmakers to painters, and choirs to theatre groups? It also presents Historical Walking Tours and Doors Open Guelph, and co-presents Art on the Street, Guelph’s huge annual outdoor art exhibition and sale. And that’s not all. GAC was one of Ontario’s first arts councils and was instrumental in the development of organizations including Macdonald Stewart Arts Centre (now Art Gallery of Guelph), Guelph Chamber Choir, Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Youth Orchestra, Royal City Musical Productions, River Run Centre, and many more. And starting now, it’s going to be easier to find out what Guelph Arts Council does. GAC moved to the new 10C Shared Space at 42 Carden Street on August 1. The new GAC home is an accessible, street level, art-filled space, so artists and arts workers looking for support, or residents and visitors looking for arts experiences, can easily drop in to this one-stop shop. GAC will also be surrounded by a community of social changemakers coworking at 42 Carden, which will open up new opportunities for collaboration and inspiration. GAC Executive Director Patti Broughton says the new location is a perfect fit with GAC’s goal to foster community engagement, partnerships, and creative collaboration. “The people of Guelph have a well-deserved reputation for taking care of each other and innovating together. This is remarkably evident in the evolution of 10C Shared Space. GAC and 10 Carden have collaborated to ensure the centre will be a place for the arts, with fully accessible exhibition, workshop, and event spaces.” Broughton says it makes sense to have the arts represented in this new community hub. She points out a recent study from the Ontario Arts Council that

Left to right: Joy Sammy (10C), Emily Davies-Robinson (10C), Patti Broughton (GAC), Anita Cazzola (GAC) Sarah Goldrup (GAC), Julia Grady (10C). (supplied photo) showed 90% of Ontarians say the arts are important to improving the quality of life in their communities and that an active local arts scene helps make a community a better place to live. If you’re a creative worker or simply enjoy the arts, it’s easy to get involved with GAC. Artists can become a member for only $30 a year, and organizations can join for $50. Members get a profile on the GAC website, events listings on the online calendar, social media coverage, consultations, discounted or free workshops, and reduced fees at Art on the Street, among other things. They can also submit articles to GAC e-newsletters. The GAC web site also offers resources such as notices of classes and workshops, job listings, and calls for artists of all types. Community members can peruse event listings to dis-

cover something new in Guelph, or browse artist profiles for possible commissions or studio visits. GAC has only two full-time staff members, so, like many community organizations, it depends on volunteers for many tasks. Volunteer board members, walking tour guides, over a hundred Doors Open Guelph workers, office helpers, committee members and more all do their part to keep the arts alive in Guelph. “I would especially like to thank our outgoing board members Angela Delodder, Jenn Jarvis, and Ella Pauls and welcome new members Petra Nyendick, Aisling O’Flanagan, and Danna Evans,” Broughton said. GAC always welcomes new volunteers, and currently has two Board vacancies and is recruiting Communications and Fund Development

Events THE VILLAGE CO-OP MARKET August 24th, 2017, 4pm- 8pm Westwood Public School 495 Willow Rd., Guelph All Ages | Free Enjoy fruits & veggies harvested and sold by youth farmers. Ice Cream, smoothies, crafts, baked goods, and discover the creative talents of our neighbourhood!

By Jane Litchfield

GUELPH FOOD BANK FUNDRAISING GARAGE SALE, SILENT AUCTION, & BBQ Friday, Aug. 25th, Saturday, Aug. 26th, 8am - 4pm Guelph Food Bank 100 Crimea St., Guelph All Ages | Free Come check out the cities largest garage sale event! Happening multiple times throughout the summer, these garage sale, silent auction, and BBQ fundraisers are a great way to give back to the community while picking up some great things for you! BBQ starts at 11am!

committee volunteers. Of course GAC also depends on businesses and individuals for financial support. “We are so fortunate to have ‘arts investors’ who understand the importance of the arts,” Broughton says. GAC gets funding from the City of Guelph, Ontario Arts Council and The Guelph Community Foundation, as well as corporate sponsors and individuals. In 2017, Guelph’s Annual Sponsors are Meridian Credit Union and Gary Stewart of CIBC Wood Gundy. You can find Guelph Arts Council @10C Shared Space, 42 Carden St., Guelph, ON N1H 3A2, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, at,, twitter @guelpharts and Facebook. Sign up for twice-monthly emails to stay on top of Guelph’s arts scene.

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Silence announces the Canadian premiere of the Apprehension Engine in Guelph posers would like to own the device. The afternoon workshop at Silence will showcase The Apprehension Engine live with Mark as composer and Tony as builder. Participants will hear, first hand, an unprecedented instrument that expresses evocative sounds that stir up the emotions. Mark will share the application of intense sonic textures in film composition. The session will be interactive with ample opportunity to ask questions. The two performances will showcase the sonic possibilities of The Apprehension Engine within an ensemble of musicians adept at generating cinematic textures and timbres. In this Canadian premiere, Mark will enter into a sonic dialogue with the Silence Collective and demonstrate his skills as a composer and improviser through The Apprehension Engine. The evening performances have a dual purpose of raising financial support for Silence, a not-for-profit arts facility in Guelph that provides an Co-creators Mark Korven’s and Tony Duggan-Smith’s Apprehension Engine premieres at Silence, Guelph. accessible and affordable space for (supplied photo) adventurous music. Silence is welcomSilence, Guelph’s portal for adventurMark, who would normally use digi- ing patrons who can’t attend to sponous new sound, is excited to announce tal samples for eerie effects, is best sor composition and recording arts the Canadian Premiere of The known for his unsettling score to students who would benefit from this Apprehension Engine. The public is Robert Eggers’s 2015 horror film “The unrepeatable performance. invited to attend a workshop from Witch”. Tony is a well-established The workshop is free of charge. 10 Carden (10C) is the hub for community changemakers 2-3:30 pm and performances from Canadian luthier and one of seven arti- Tickets for the evening performance in Guelph, Ontario. We welcome groups and individuals 7-8:30pm or 9:30-11pm on sans commissioned by the McMichael fundraiser are $100. Please visit into an inclusive community of social purpose organizaSeptember 16. Gallery for its current Group of Seven Eventbrite for tickets as seating is limittions and entrepreneurs working across sectors and engagWhat happens when you combine a Guitar Project. ed. Silence is located at 46 Essex Street ing in collaborative work to support and improve our Canadian composer who specializes in Originally envisioned as a one-off in Guelph and is accessible. community. Our tangible offering is coworking, event and horror film soundtracks with a guitar commission, plans now call for the meeting space. maker who is respected around the building of 10 new devices that will be For more information, visit Over the past 2 years, we have been redeveloping the world for his innovative approach to based on the prototype. Millions of or email iconic Acker's Furniture building in Downtown Guelph. acoustic instruments? The resulting individuals have tuned into a short We are fully renovating this building into a vibrant multicollaboration is an unprecedented, film on the Apprehension Engine and tenant facility that is flexible, accessible and incorporates fear-inducing instrument called The now a growing number of musicians, green infrastructure. The finished project provides space for Apprehension Engine. mixed-media artists, and major comapproximately 30 to 50 employees working in arts, culture, community research and development. 400 to 600 visitors per week will use the event spaces and participate in community programming of 10 Carden and its collaborators. As one of the area's most enterprising not-for-profits, 10C is using Community Bonds as part of the financing model. There are $218,000 available in Series E and F Community Bonds. Depending on the amount invested, local individuals and organizations can earn a 3% or 4% return on their investment in addition to the community good that the project generates. All of the bonds are secured to the value of the asset, the 15,000 sq ft property at 42 Carden Street. If you are interested in learning more about 10C, stop by and say hello at 42 Carden Street, call 519-780-5030 or visit our web site at and on social media @10carden.

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Publisher’s message It will be sad to see the Guelph Royals go… The Intercounty Baseball League has lost one of its charter members as the Guelph Royals ended operations recently. 99 years of baseball right in the centre of town, a Guelph fixture yet now we are witness to the end. I saw many people asking the city to step up and help to save the franchise on FB but personally I think it’s the people who should step up. After all here’s a sports team with four championships since 1993. I’m guilty too! I live in Exhibition Park area and whilst I’ve been to games and enjoyed them I’ve not gone to as many as maybe I should have. A smaller operating budget than some teams in the IBL and a weaker product on the field were a couple of reasons cited by owner Jim Rooney. The team ranks third in championships over a long period of time just behind Kitchener and Brantford. Guelph has many new initiatives start up each year and welcomes many more from outside of the city. YET, when a piece of our ‘history’ just disappears we mourn.

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The Guelph Platers owned by Joe Holody won us a Memorial Cup in 1986 then left town to Owen Sound in 1989. Why? I’m not sure exactly, but of course there were rumours. Recently we said goodbye to the 'Mercury'. It was a Metroland/Torstar decision to fold it however, it was still a big chunk of the fabric of our community and is still missed by many. Hopefully Mr. Rooney will find a buyer or our community will get together and fundraise to save this ball team. $150,000 would cover operating costs and the club is a registered not-for-profit organization so there is allocation money available through different funding opportunities here in Guelph. Mike Baker, Venture Guelph Publications Ltd.

Travelling Soon? Do you have Emergency Medical Insurance? Before leaving on a trip people seldom confirm if they have travel insurance. Whether you are going to the US for business, vacationing out of country, or visiting relatives in another province, you need to have Emergency Medical Insurance. OHIP only covers emergency health services at very limited rates. For example, an outpatient visit to a U.S. emergency room may cost thousands of dollars for the duration of your care, however OHIP will only reimburse up to a total of $50.00 CDN per day for this service regardless of the severity of the situation. If you plan to travel outside of Ontario, it is strongly recommended that you obtain additional private medical insurance and fully understand what your policy covers.

If an injury or illness occurs without insurance you will have to endure the burden of the cost. This situation is best remedied by purchasing an annual travel insurance plan. Plans can be purchased with the following durations 4, 10, 18, and 30 days meaning you have coverage year round and do not have to re-purchase for each trip. Emergency medical coverage covers you up to $10,000,000 for expenses as a result of emergency medical attention required during your trip. This can be upgraded to an All-Inclusive Plan which includes, Trip Cancellation & Interruption, Baggage Loss, Damage & Delay, Flight Accident and Travel Accident. An Example premium for a 25 year old for a 18 day trip plan would be $86 annually for

Where do Seniors get vital information from? Recently, I was asked where do seniors get their information from?’, and was pleased to discover in my research for this article that numerous options are available. For health information, Telehealth Ontario was at the top of the list, it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and a registered nurse is accessible, 1-866-797-0000 and online at For living independently in your home, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) was the go-to point for help. The College of Physicians and Surgeons provides a free Doctor Search. all-doctors-search Some of the elders I spoke with said they phone ‘211’ which is a free 24/7 service and online ( helping to navigate issues that may be crisis, housing, health, food, disaster

and more. Other seniors told me they are comfortable seeking information on the internet. Their advice for finding what they are looking for? “Search online for what you’re thinking.” And for local information include ‘Guelph’ or ‘Ontario’ in your search. Here’s a sampling of helpful websites I was pointed to: - Hearing and hard of hearing information from the Canadian Hearing Society: - Guelph Transit has free information sessions on upcoming route changes on August 23rd 7pm-8pm at City Hall and August 26, 11am3pm at Stone


Emergency Medical and $258 for the All-Inclusive plan. While away from home no one expects to sprain an ankle or get food poisoning, but it does happen. It is best to be prepared with an annual Emergency Medical insurance to protect against any potential disruptions on your trip. Dave Menegotto, Account Executive, Sutherland Insurance, 519-822-0160

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Road Mall: bus/ - For general interest, computer and fitness classes for seniors pick up the free Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer Guelph Guides available throughout the city - Interested in the ‘Older Adult Strategy’ for the City of Guelph: - The Evergreen Community Centre is a thriving place to participate and volunteer


- Pick up the free Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario that provides information on active living, caregiving, finances, health and wellness, housing, longterm care, transportation and more. I was pleased to discover that information for seniors in Guelph is available, accessible and plentiful. Please reach out to someone you know to offer support and assistance in inding the help they need.

Simply Wonderful Toys is really your neighborhood toy store–with something for everyone to enjoy For Venture Guelph Publications Ltd.

Calling Guelph home for over 25 years, owner Michelle Lamont says that their dedication to learning about the toy industry has made it possible to provide the city with the best selection of unique experiential toys. Stocked with everything from toys to build and construct, to brainteasers, to the retro toys you played with as a child, Simply Wonderful Toys really appeals to the parent who wants their child to enjoy toys of the past, while offering them the most hands on experiences both inside and outdoors. “We are definitely known for our selection–people are amazed how much stuff we actually have in here,” she said. “We consider our store unique because we carry such a wide range of items. Anything from baby, to adult games and puzzles. We do not carry any electronic or video games, it is all types of things you can build and use your imagination.” And it is not only for the kids to enjoy. “The best thing is seeing the older customers recognizing games and toys they had as kids, they sometimes have more fun in here than the kids,” she says. Well before becoming the owner, Michelle had a place at Simply Wonderful Toys having worked for nine-years part time so she could spend time with her

three children. On his time of retirement the original owner, knowing of Michelle's passion for the business, offered her the toy store that she had fell in love with over the past decade. After discussing the opportunity with her husband Michele couldn’t pass up the offer. And the rest is history. Michele spent the next few years travelling from Toronto to New York learning all there was to know about the toy industry. “The owner Keith Pettit trained me for two years before I officially took over,” she said, noting even after her time taking over the business, Pettit was a great resource for her to reach out to for advice. “I felt confident when I took over in 2008.” The business has truly been a family run organization in the heart of Guelph, with all three daughters working at the store during school–in addition to her niece and nephew, who is the active manager. “Our staff is amazing and if you need help picking out anything, they are great at it and they have mastered at gift wrapping,” she said.“The staff make it fun here and are extremely helpful. It is just a great experience all around for everyone of all ages.” Simply Wonderful Toys can be found in the Royal Plaza at 10 Paisley Street, or reached at 519-824-5682.

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City hall focuses on building partnerships with business community City staff has pledged to help businesses and builders “get to yes” as they navigate the process of moving a business to Guelph, and apply for planning and development approvals. The “building partnerships” mandate follows the completion of Guelph’s Integrated Operational Review; an overhaul of the City’s planning and economic development processes. The review took five years and involved more than 70 staff members from Guelph’s planning, building, economic development, parks and recreation, engineering, City Clerk’s office, corporate communications, and information technology departments. “Overseeing new planning applications, residential or commercial developments, and inquiries from large corporations interested in locating their businesses here involves several city departments and our community. We took apart pieces of the puzzle, examined how we could improve the customer experience, and re-assembled it all with one goal: making it easier for businesses to do business with city hall,” says Scott Stewart, the City’s deputy chief administrative officer of infrastructure, development and enterprise services. The City initiated the Integrated Operational Review in 2012. A year later, after hearing from real estate developers and other businesses who regularly work with city hall, the City began tackling 23 recommendations designed to improve fragment-

ed and at times frustrating processes. Today, businesses are telling the City they’ve noticed some big improvements thanks to: • new checklists, guidelines, planning documents and web content that make processes straightforward and clear • a triage protocol that defines the best process and assembles the right team for each application • a mandatory project kick-off meeting and regular team meetings involving all key staff involved in the file • new project management software that centralizes all information and enables more efficient customer service and communications • enhanced staff training in areas such as professional development and customer service The City’s performance measures tell the same story: development applications are completed more quickly, with fewer internal or client meetings and fewer revisions. “Our team has always had a mindset to build partnerships with businesses that want to work with us. Now we have a more cohesive team, and better tools, processes and management structure to support that goal,” says Todd Salter, Guelph’s general manager of planning, urban design, and building services. The City acknowledges the work is far from over. Guelph will keep measuring its performance and updating processes. BUSINESS VENTURE • Page 10 AUG/SEPT 2017 ISSUE

Patricia Prentice (L) and Amanda Bridge, founders of Fathers Remembered by Daughters Fund at the Guelph Community Foundation. (supplied photo)

Doing Good Spotlight: How two friends honour the past and impact the future When people are faced with sadness and loss, it’s sometimes hard to know how to focus all of the emotions and aftermath of the experience. After experiencing the loss of their fathers, lifelong friends Patricia Prentice and Amanda Bridge decided that they would honour the memory of their fathers and give back to their community. The women knew they wanted to raise money to improve the cancer care services for those who were going to face similar challenges that they did. They started the Fathers Remembered by Daughters Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation and organized a golf tournament to help raise money. This year, they celebrated their 10th year of the golf tournament held at The Guelph Country Club, and every year participation

and community support grows. In 2016 the tournament raised a record $16,000 and all of it was donated to Hospice Wellington. In total, the Fathers Remembered by Daughters Fund has contributed over $121,000 to support cancer care in our community since it was created in 2006. It’s inspiring to see the way Patricia and Amanda turned their loss into something that gives back to others year after year. On behalf of the community, thank you for the way you have honoured the memory of your fathers, and encouraged others to do the same. Our community is a better place because of the way you have enabled Hospice Wellington to provide compassionate care to families struggling with cancer and loss.

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The Co-operators and City of Guelph announce plans for new south end headquarters The Co-operators and the City of Guelph announce plans for the national co-operative insurance and financial services organization to build a state-of-the art facility in 2023, situated in the city’s south end. “The Co-operators has a proud and vibrant history with the City of Guelph that we are thrilled to see continue,” says Rob Wesseling, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Co-operators. “We are grateful to the City for their support and collaboration in working with us to find a location that allows us to remain rooted in this community as we bring our three Guelph offices together under one roof.” In anticipation of the expiration of its leases at 130 Macdonell Street, 98 Macdonell Street and 649 Scottsdale Drive, The Co-operators worked closely with the City of Guelph to explore relocation and real estate options within the local community that would meet the company’s immediate and future needs. Through this collaborative effort, a locaVENTURE GUELPH PUBLICATIONS LTD.

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