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Friday, May 16, 2014
Pending legislation delays decision on hiring commissioner by Patrick Raftis MAPLETON â€“ Implementation of a decision to hire an integrity commissioner for the township may be delayed until pending provincial legislation on municipal accountability works its way through the system. Mapleton council adopted a code of conduct on June 25, 2013. Adoption of the code, which went into effect July 1, was a reaction to two harassment complaints heard by council during the latter part of 2012. Council also directed the CAO to proceed with recruiting a municipal integrity commissioner. At a recent meeting, councillor Neil Driscoll asked if a resolution from the Town of Aurora urging the province to adopt legislation allowing for the public to petition for the ouster of municipal politicians over integrity breaches could impact the need for the appointment of a local commissioner. At the April 22 meeting, CAO Patty Sinnamon presented a report updating council on related developments. In addition to the munici-
pal recall legislation sought by Aurora, Sinnamon explained, Bill 124, a private members bill introduced by Conservative MPP Randy Hillier, was given first reading in the legislature last fall. That bill proposes recall of an MPP upon receiving a petition signed by 25 per cent of the total number of voters who voted in the electoral district in the election at which the member was last elected. â€œIn a nutshell, the proposed legislation is a mechanism to remove provincial elected officials from office,â€? said Sinnamon. The private memberâ€™s bill is separate from the Liberal governmentâ€™s Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 (Bill 179), introduced on March 24. Sinnamon pointed out current legislation allows the provincial ombudsman to investigate decisions or actions of municipal councils only if the municipality has not appointed an investigator under subsection 239.2 of the Municipal Act. Under Bill 179, she explained, â€œcomplaints may be investigated by the Ontario Continued on page 8
Youth centre Mud Run promises mess of fun DRAYTON - The Drayton Youth Centreâ€™s second annual Mud Run is set to take place on June 7. The approximately six kilometre run will start at the soccer field on Wellington Street and follow the trails beside the Conestogo River. Organizers note this yearâ€™s event features some new, challenging obstacles and â€œlots more mud!â€? Participants can sign up on Eventbrite.ca. Pledge forms are available on the youth centreâ€™s website. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer. Also new this year is a muddy obstacle course for youths aged 6 to 13 at 9am at the soccer field. Participants may pre-register for the youth event by contacting Gillian Mackenzie, Dahl Atin or Brian Kamm. All proceeds from the Mud Run activities go toward operating the youth centreâ€™s facilities and special events. For more information, check draytonyouthcentre.ca or the groupâ€™s Facebook page Drayton Youth Centre Mud Run.
High school musical Theatre Norwell staged its annual musical production at the high school in Palmerston from May 8 to 10. ABOVE: Mapleton residents Morgan Mitchell and Drew Morgan played the roles of Belle and Gaston in the well-attended production of Beauty and the Beast. RIGHT: Jeremiah Weidemann, left, and Ben Wideman portrayed enchanted objects in the show. photos by Patrick Raftis
Small-town roots serve Mapleton native well in position with Google by Patrick Raftis KITCHENER - Growing up on a farm between Drayton and Moorefield, Michelle Debeyer didnâ€™t give a lot of thought to the idea of one day working in a high-tech field. â€œI didnâ€™t even know this world existed,â€? said Debeyer, who today strives to hire and retain Canadaâ€™s top tech talent as a human resources specialist at Google Canadaâ€™s KitchenerWaterloo office. â€œI grew up fairly isolated in a small town and sometimes your world feels very small and I didnâ€™t realize there were all these great opportunities,â€? Debeyer told the Community News in a recent interview. â€œAnd thatâ€™s something I hope guidance counsellors at high schools are a little bit better at ... showing people these opportunities are out there.â€? While living on the farm with her parents Jerry and Liz Debeyer and five siblings, if she thought about a future career, it was in the field of teaching. â€œI just felt like that was a job I should do,â€? she recalls adding, â€œOnce I got into uni-
Google worker - Mapleton native Michelle Debeyer enjoys her work in the human resources department at Google Canadaâ€™s Kitchener-Waterloo office. The company was recently named Canadaâ€™s top workplace for the fourth year in a row. submitted photo
versity my world opened up.â€? Originally planning to study English, Debeyer took a psychology class at the University of Waterloo and enjoyed it enough to switch her major. â€œThen I was lucky enough to get a co-op term at a company in tech, in HR and really liked it,â€? she said. Main St. W. Palmerston
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About that time she began taking courses in industrial organizational psychology and decided to minor in human resources studies and gear her work terms to HR. After graduating in 1995, she went to work in human resources for a series of technology companies, including
a five-year stint at Research In Motion (now Blackberry). â€œFrom there, I had my family (she kept her maiden name and still goes by Debeyer) and I decided to do independent consulting,â€? she notes. â€œAnd then this Google opportunity came up and I thought, this is fantastic and a
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great thing for my career,â€? said Debeyer, who joined the search engine giant just under three years ago. Debeyer says her focus at work is in career development, rather than recruiting. â€œI look after the tech population in Canada,â€? she said. â€œOnce a person comes on board, I make sure theyâ€™re doing well at Google in terms of career development - making sure they are happy, their careers are growing ... basically retain and make sure our employees are the happiest employees on the planet.â€? While Google offers a wide range of programs aimed at delivering employee satisfaction, Debeyer said the companyâ€™s career development focus is one of the most unique. â€œWe really want people to move with their career. We spend a lot of time with employees making sure we set goals for them and they meet their goals and we reward them for that,â€? she explained. â€œWe do that by getting a lot of feedback. And that feedback helps drive peopleâ€™s careers.â€? Promotions at the company
are arranged through committees. â€œI support all the engineers through that process,â€? said Debeyer. While Google is a global company, Debeyer said her own work, while involving some international travel, is focused domestically. â€œObviously we are focused on Canada and hiring the top talent in Canada. Once in a while I have to meet with my colleagues around the world, but mostly my focus is our Canadian engineers.â€? The work environment at Google is another selling point for the companyâ€™s recruiters, Debeyer notes. â€œWe really pride ourselves on our work environment. We try to create a very collaborative base. We do work in teams. We put teams together,â€? she said. â€œWe also provide places where people can be quiet and they can think. We also provide comfortable spaces. If you walked around our office you would find couches and a lounge area. You feel like youâ€™re working in your living room.â€? Continued on page 3
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being introduced to a unique bonds and delivering valuable program called Music for co-learning experiences while developing a firm, fundamental Young Children (MYC). Having taught private piano understanding of music. A unique aspect of MYC is lessons for 15 years, Ms. Tanis, as her students call her, was the parent learns along with the looking to expand her teaching child because they are so horizons and her music studio, involved. In fact, Ms. Tanis credits the success of the proand found it through MYC. Ms. Tanis recognized the gram to the parents of her stuprogram’s potential since it had dents. “I am the teacher once a never been offered in Drayton, it was fun for students, parents week; they are the at-home and teacher, and it offered a ‘coach’ several days a week,” piano-keyboard program for she said. An initial goal for each of children as young as 3½ in a Ms. Tanis’ students is to develgroup setting. “I loved the idea of group op the happy habit of practiclessons, since it’s always more ing. She encourages her stufun to explore and learn in a dents to practice by giving a group, regardless of the topic,” special “super duper” sticker each week. explained Ms. Tanis. “Practicing does not need to She also liked that it was a program that was tested, tried be long; 10 to 15 minutes a day and true, being taught by more to start,” she said. Ms. Tanis’ creativity shines than 800 teachers to over through offering two several 24,000 students on three differBest booths - Fergus Lions Chief Eric Peterson presented “Best of Show” awards to the top four booth displaysby - including from extra practice ent ran continents touting the Mapleton area - at the Fergus Lions Home and Leisure Show, which from May and 7 to 9. Ed Bosman of Bosman Homeincentives Front Inc. throughout year winners. to ensure origins, being foundin Teviotdale, above left, and Collin and Anita Diefenbacher, owners of Canadian C&A Design in Alma, above right, were among the the local students photos attain by their ed in 1980. Chrismusical Daponte MYC’s mission statement goals. Once students have colis to “provide the best quality lected enough stickers on their music education to young chil- “happy practice thermomedren by blending the pleasure ters,” they have a party. This to celebrate anda the of OLP musicand making other the 2010 Party, on the Libertarian party year, of the part joy ergy are far be PERTH-WELLINGTON Olympics, students earned with Allen sound instruction.” and eager hand, are bright, team. Small’s impor- leader too Local entrepreneur Scott MarA resident of Minto for the committed to bring real democtant to be left shall has been nominated as solely in the past 15 years, Marshall is a self- racy and honesty back to the the Ontario Libertarian Party’s ideas table with many exciting hands of gov- employed business consultant. (OLP) candidate for Perth-WelGENERAL “The Ontario Liberals have to tackle out-of-control spendernment. lington in the June 12 provinCONTRACTOR “ W e ’ v e made a mess of just about ev- ing, obscene energy costs, an cial election. care system, been standing erything in their 11 years of inefficient health “I welcome this endorseRESIDENTIAL on the side- governing this province and education driven by unions and ment to share our message of deteriorating lines watch- unfortunately other than a few special interests, personal and economic freeCOMMERCIAL ing like deer cosmetic promises, the PCs and infrastructure, and maligned dom to the residents in PerthDAVID MARTIN P 519-638-5462 in most cases type of social programs; offering the aren’t in the head- NDP Wellington,” said Marshall. SCOTT AGRICULTURAL 8012 that 8th will Linemake a signifi- the solutions to many of the “It’s time for someone to MARSHALL lights as our change C 519-895-6234 RR#2 problems difference today or in the economic and land of op- cant stand up and fight for the longNEWsocial BUILDINGS Drayton, future,” ON F 519-638-3833 Mar- we face is for government to states overdue changes in the way portunity has been overrun by foreseeable N0Gin1P0 RENOVATIONS of the way,” simply get out a May 7 press release. shall government functions. Jobs, opportunists.” “Members of the Ontario Marshall stated. He added he is excited to health care, education and en-
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Rogerson to play Palmerston Party in the Park PALMERSTON – The Palmerston Lions Club, with the assistance of the Norgan Theatre board, is hosting a Party in the Park on June 7. The event will be held in the Lions Heritage Park in downtown Palmerston, with gates opening at 3pm and the concert running from 4 to 11pm.
Drayton musician Lucas Rogerson is scheduled to perform at the concert, along with country artist Ty Baynton, the Juanita Wilkins Band and headliners Jamie Warren and Colin Amey. Tickets for the event, which will be held at the Palmerston arena in the event
of inclement weather, are available in advance for $25 at Home Hardware stores in Harriston and Palmerston, Bloomingdale’s in Drayton, the Norgan Theatre or the Town of Minto office (519-338-2511). Proceeds from the event will go to Lions’ community betterment and the Norgan.
GWTG casting for youth production HARRISTON - The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild is seeking dedicated young actors for its popular Summer Youth Theatre program. Casting will be held on May 20 at 7pm at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Open auditions will be held for young people aged 7 to 18.
Rehearsals will begin in late May for a show to be staged July 25 to 27. This will be the fifth year the guild has offered a summer program. Previous productions have involved between 18 and 25 youth performers from throughout the region, including Mapleton. GWTG officials say the
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Mapleton native making mark at tech firm FROM PAGE ONE The company’s efforts are clearly effective, notes consultant Erika Casupanan. Google recently topped the Great Place to Work Institute’s list of Best Places to work in Canada for the fourth year in a row, “largely thanks to its HR department and programs,” Casupanan notes. While she works in an urban environment, Debeyer feels her small-town background provides her with several advantages. “I think it’s one of the things it makes me approachable. A lot of my friends, as well, tell me I can talk to anyone and I think you learn that in a small town - that you say hi to everyone and you talk to everyone and I think that’s something that comes from my roots,” she points out. “I grew up in a town where you say hi to absolutely everybody who walks by and I think you carry that, as well as a strong work ethic. I grew up on a farm and I’ve worked really hard. I worked really hard in university and I really work hard in my life and I think that small town work ethic really helps me in my career.” That experience also forms the basis of Debeyer’s advice for small-town youth looking to succeed in today’s fast-changing work environment. “I think you just work really hard at school and use that work ethic. And understand that education is just so important,” she states, adding math and science expertise are becoming increasingly important in a competitive job market. “I see so many opportunities in engineering in Canada and we’re always looking for great talent, so work hard in
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Ombudsman the way to go Mapleton council recently decided, wisely it appears, to delay hiring an integrity commissioner until provincial legislation on municipal accountability works its way through the system. As it turned out, Bill 179, the Liberal government’s Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, has been rendered moot by the dropping of a provincial election writ. The bill, announced on March 6, would have, among other things, given the Ontario Ombudsman direct oversight of municipalities, universities and school boards. It also would have created a new Patient Ombudsman for complaints about hospitals and long-term care homes, and give the existing Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth the power to investigate Children’s Aid Societies. Current legislation only allows the provincial ombudsman to investigate decisions or actions of municipal councils if the municipality has not appointed an investigator under subsection 239.2 of the Municipal Act. Under Bill 179, complaints could have been investigated by the Ontario Ombudsman once the complaint was made to the municipal ombudsman and he or she refused to investigate the matter, or conducted and concluded an investigation. In other words, even though the municipal ombudsman or meeting investigator disposed of a matter, it would still be reviewed by the provincial ombudsman. Mapleton, like Wellington County and five of six other lower tier municipalities in the county, has appointed Norm Gamble as closed meeting investigator under the Municipal Act. If a version of Bill 179 is eventually passed under the next government, perhaps the best thing municipalities could do, if “accountability and transparency” is truly the goal, would be nothing at all. That way, the provincial ombudsman’s office, a notoriously critical and efficient organization, could become the first-choice investigator for any alleged breaches of integrity or Municipal Act violations. No disrespect to Gamble, but the idea of allowing municipalities to appoint their own investigator seems at odds with the concept of accountability. It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence if the investigator is effectively an employee of the organization he is investigating. Secondly, Gamble, like most people appointed to such positions, is a retired municipal administrator. While that background might provide the requisite knowledge of relevant legislation, it hardly implies impartiality. Better perhaps a retired journalist, or cop. In his latest investigation in Mapleton, the only municipal officials interviewed by Gamble were the mayor and the CAO. The limited scope didn’t sit well with some other members of council, which Gamble acknowledged by conceding, “I should probably error on the side of doing more research.” To be fair, Gamble has been no lapdog. Last year he found that four secret meetings held by Wellington North council were not compliant with the Municipal Act. Mind you, these people were meeting in the mayor’s home and at the local sewage treatment plant, without public notice, kept no record of the meetings and didn’t’ follow the proscribed process for moving from open session to closed. Tough stuff to overlook, really. During his first five years on the job, Gamble was asked to conduct only about a half-dozen investigations, none of which resulted in councils being cited for holding a closed meeting that should have been open. However in 2013, the investigator presented a higher profile, conducting a total of three investigations, including the two aforementioned plus one in Erin, and initiated one into Wellington County council’s warden election procedure, which was cancelled when the county agreed to release information on the process. There’s no reason to believe the current investigator acts with intentions of anything less than due diligence. Even when he has absolved councils of illegally closing meetings, he generally offers some criticism of their procedure. However, it’s hard to get past the bad optics inherent in selecting your own prosecutor. Simply switching to the Ontario Ombudsman would clear that right up. Patrick Raftis
Physicians from India visit local medical clinic International visitors - Dr. Sonlata Wilson and Dr. Subhashini Dutta of India were guest visitors at the Drayton Medical Centre on May 13. The doctors are in the country to attend The Christian Women’s Conference - Bursting Forth, after being sponsored to come by the National Women’s Mission Society (NWMS). In addition to the conference, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Dutta had the opportunity to tour the clinic to observe the daily operations and services of a rural clinic, including the Mapleton Minto Family Health and the Seniors’ Centre for Excellence. Both doctors practice in rural settings as gynecologists and obstetricians. On average they each deliver 1,000 to 1,200 babies per year, or roughly three babies per day - almost triple the average number of babies delivered daily by doctors in Canada. The doctors also had the opportunity to meet Drayton’s newest doctor, Dr. Philip Deacon, who hails from the Oshawa area and began practicing in Drayton on May 12. Accompanying them on their visit to Drayton was missionary Dr. Wilma Welsh, of the Wellington Waterloo chapter of the NWMS. They concluded their visit at the farm of Reg and Liz Samis to observe a typical Canadian farm. LEFT: Vicky Laforge of the MMFT, Dr. Dutta, Dr Wilson, Liz Samis, Linda Sloan and Dr. Welsh. RIGHT: Rosie Landman clinic manager, Dr. Dutta, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Deacon. photos by Wilma Mol
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Public Notice - Pesticide Use The Township of Mapleton Intends to spray noxious weeds on all rural roadsides from County Road 9 to County Road11, and from County Road 86 to County Road 109 in the former Township Of Maryborough, within the Township of Mapleton. Using the following pesticide. Clearview Herbicide (Reg. No. 29752) which contains the active ingredients:Aminopyralid, present as potassium salt and Metsulfuron-Methyl,under the Pest Control Products Act. Spraying will commence on May 23, 2014 weather permitting, and conclude July 15th, 2014. For more information call collect: Steve Ford (Green Stream): 1-905-510-1229 Or Les Robinson (The Township Of Mapleton): 1-519-638-3313
Cemetery Decoration Day This is a time to focus on final dressing of the graves by placing flowers at the grave site as people mingle, socialize and reflect on loved ones buried there. A non-denominational memorial service is held in the cemetery with all those who have gathered. Hollen Cemetery Sunday June 1 at 2:00 p.m. Drayton Cemetery Sunday June 8 at 2:00 p.m. Please join the Township of Mapleton Cemetery Committee for a time of reflection as we come together to remember our ancestors buried in our two active cemeteries.
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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society A box social at Bosworth School The one-room country schoolhouse served the local community, not only for educating the children, but also as a gathering place for dances and other social events such as the box social. The box social was a fundraising event. Card games or dancing would be the entertainment for the evening. Instead of the usual pot luck lunch with a hot or cold drink, each lady and girl would bring a lunch for two, packed in a lidded box. The boxed lunches were then auctioned to the highest bid-
der, often with some interesting results. It was during the Second World War that our family attended a box social at Bosworth School. Most likely the funds raised were for either the Red Cross or the Women’s Institute to use in their war efforts. It was however the first time my sister and I were allowed to attend such an event. Oh the excitement! What kind of sandwich filling to put between slices of mom’s home-baked bread? Would butter tarts or chocolate cake be better? But first of all three small boxes
had to be found and decorated, for of course, mom was taking one too. Each box had to be different for it would never do if it appeared they may have come from the same household. With some fancy wrapping paper, crepe paper flowers and bits of ribbon we managed to produce three very different looking boxes. Into each wax-paper-lined box went sandwiches and two pieces of cake. Upon arriving at the school all the boxed lunches were placed together on a table. Each wife would hope that
her husband remembered what her box of lunch look like and the single gals all hoped that their young man would buy theirs. As for my sister and I, we were hoping for a favourite uncle or kindly neighbour to make the purchase. After several hours of dancing to the music supplied by someone on the fiddle and another on the piano, the auction began. The auctioneer was a neighbour. His helper held up each decorated box while he called for the bids. Fifteen cents was the first bid, then 25, 50, 75 and finally
one dollar and the first lunch went to a white haired gentleman. He turned to his wife with a slight smile as if to say, “See I did remember that yellow ribbon on your box.” Several more lunches were auctioned with similar bids. Then a box wrapped in pink paper and tied with green ribbon was held up. A pretty single neighbour girl was seen to blush as she stood quietly by the piano. With a straight face, but a twinkle in his eye, the auctioneer suggested the first bid be a dollar. A young fellow propped against the far wall raised his
hand. “One-fifty,” responded a young gent, the school teacher, half hidden in the corner. Back and forth the bidding went until the final bid of four dollars from the gent in the corner. All assembled applauded that sale and I think the girl was pleased to share her lunch with that particular fellow. Dad did buy mom’s lunch and we sisters shared ours with a couple of dad’s single friends. The organizers were pleased with the monetary results of the evening and two very young girls were thrilled to have been in attendance. Submitted by Jean Campbell
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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora)
Mother’s Day and elections Sunday was Mother’s Day and I hope you had a chance to reflect on the mother who gave you birth.
Not all of us have fond relationship with or memories of the woman who gave us birth, a few of us never knew that person, and many of us have lost our moms to death sometimes at far too early an age. My sympathies go out to those for whom Mother’s Day
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for us by the love and care we receive in our mother’s womb, as we are first cuddled, as we are nursed (or bottle-fed), as our cries are met by attention or neglect, as our diapers are changed regularly, etc. Certainly our dads have equal responsibility for all of this (well maybe not the nursing) but the reality is that for the first months of life at least, and for many of us for many years after, it is our mom who is our primary caregiver and nurturer. When a mom is able to do this well the positive influence on her child is immense, immeasurable. Many of us recognize this in our own mom and are eternally grateful for her. When the love and care is not so well provided or there is neglect and abuse or even abandonment the wounds that result can be deep and lifealtering. The fact is that, for good or for ill, there are no more influential persons in our lives than our mother and father.
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The easiest ticket to contentment and peace in life is being raised in a caring, nurturing home by loving parents. Conversely, many of the people who struggle deeply in life have not experienced caring homes and loving parents. (It must be said that we are increasingly aware that sometimes caring homes and loving parents are not enough to completely counteract the debilitating effects of mental health illnesses, but still do provide strong resources for the struggle.) Thus it can also be said that there is no more important institution in life than the family. “Institutions” are things that give structure to how we human beings interact with one another. Broadly speaking, “institutions” include banks, schools, churches, governments, hockey teams and leagues, the men’s coffee klatch that meets every morning at the coffee shop, marriage, family, etc. Institutions may be highly organized and structured or loosely so, but all of them are meant in some way to bring order and meaning to the way we live together. At their best institutions bring freedom and well-being to human community, at their worst they become self-serving and oppressive and compete for our loyalty. Here’s where the “election” part of my title comes in. I believe that the true and right ordering of institutions puts family first and other loyalties second. A society is healthiest when its various institutions
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Mapleton Historical Society holds annual meeting DRAYTON - The annual meeting of the Mapleton Historical Society was held May 9 at the PMD Community Centre. Members welcomed guests from the community and from neighbouring historical societies. During a short business meeting the annual reports were presented and approved. Directors Marilyn Cherry, Paul Day, Debbie Oxby and Grant Schieck were re-elected for a three-year term. Dr. Catherine Wilson spoke about the how important working bees were to pioneer settlers. She has spent considerable time researching the diaries of farmers and other set-
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PALMERSTON – A group of local volunteers recently returned from another successful trip to an orphanage in Nicaragua. “During my seven week stay, we had a total of 51 volunteers that dedicated two weeks of their time and life to help at the home,” said Mark Robinson of Palmerston, a director of Friends of the Orphans Canada (FOTOCAN). “Everyone returned to Canada with feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing they had made a difference in the lives of the children.” He added, “In Nicaragua this year, we accomplished many things,” noting one of the teams left funds to purchase supplies to build a sidewalk and steps for the facility. A student team excavated and mixed concrete for about 130 feet of sidewalk. “This will greatly improve conditions for the little ones during the rainy season,” said Robinson. Mirrors were replaced and added, to make it easier for the children in their preparation for school and church. Robinson points out some of the houses had only one very small mirror to share among 15 people. Also, a number of shelves were refinished, repaired and replaced. Many of the student team also helped at the school in a variety of classes and some worked with the children during their homework time. One team member was a professional welder and took care of some of the welding needs around the home. Another member got a tractor and disc working and spent time leveling the roads to make access easier. Funds were left to purchase lice treatment and combs, medical supplies, a fan for the computer room, large straw hats, and work and rubber boots for the farm workers. Money was also left for the university student fund and the group left 45 eight-gig memory sticks for
Aid for orphans - A group of local volunteers recently returned from another successful trip to an orphanage in Nicaragua. ABOVE: Palmerston resident Mark Robinson, centre, has been organizing such trips for decades. LEFT: A volunteer helps out with school work at the orphanage. submitted photos
local university students. Funds donated from the Palmerston United Church were used to help purchase 124 backpacks and 87 pairs of sports pants for the children. “It is always heartwarming to see the faces of the children as they receive such items,” Robinson states. One of the teams was made up mostly of medical workers who were instrumental in obtaining an ECG machine and supplies to donate to one of the local hospitals. Time was also spent assessing some of the poorer outlying villages in preparation for a medical mission trip in 2015. Organizers made sure the teams had time to explore Nicaragua: visiting a market in Masaya, enjoying a zip line adventure, touring a coffee plantation on Mount Mombacho and taking a sightseeing and shopping trip to Grenada. Robinson notes that laptop computers for university students are in short supply. “Among the 45 students I think they have about nine laptops they have to share,” he explained. Donations of used laptops are appreciated. In order to be useful, they must be in good working order with new battery and working AC adapter. Other donations are always
accepted, including children’s and adult multi-vitamins; like-new clothing (mostly for warmer climates, but it does get “cool” for them at times) such as pants, jeans, shorts, shirts, blouses, dresses, socks, pajamas, new boy’s and girl’s underwear; personal care items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand soap; caps and hats; new dress and running shoes; new flip-flops, new, or likenew back packs and school supplies. There is also a need for single-bed sheet sets, pillow cases, bed nets, towels and face cloths, lice treatment and combs, and shower curtains. New or good used hockey bags to transport the donations to the various orphanages are also needed. Anyone who can help is urged to contact Peter or Joy King at pbjking0755@hotmail. com or Robinson at 519-3435149 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donated funds are also needed and appreciated. These funds can be used to purchase site-specific supplies for the orphanages. Cheques payable to “Friends of the Orphans Canada” can be mailed to Friends of the Orphans Canada, 470 Industrial Ave., Woodstock, ON, N4S 7L1. Robinson notes he is willing to give a slide show presentation to local groups interested in learning about FOTOCAN.
Guides on the go - The Drayton Girl Guides have been a busy group lately. ABOVE: The Guides recently toured the Drayton Festival Theatre, led by Yvonne Schieck, who gave the girls the opportunity to be in the spotlight and walk in the actors/actresses’ footsteps while learning the history of the building. BELOW: The Guides were able to attend the sleep-over program at Ontario Science Centre thanks to the support of the Drayton Kinsmen. The girls participated in some fitness events, ventured through the various exhibits at the science centre and slept in “Sesame Street.” submitted photo
Drayton post office hours to be reduced DRAYTON - The post office in Drayton will no longer be open on Saturdays, Canada Post has announced. Citing declining mail volumes, Canada Post local area manager D. Greg Hunter stated in a written notice, “we need to make smart choices to maintain local service without becoming a burden on Canadian taxpayers. We stand by our mandate of serving Canadians while remaining profitable, under-
standing that our costs continue to rise while mail volumes decline.” Hunter added, “We intend to focus on serving our customers in Drayton when they use the post office most. We will continue to offer the people of Drayton full access to the post office during regular hours Monday to Friday.” Starting June 15 new hours at the Drayton location will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
and Friday from 9am to 5pm. Thursday hours will be 9am to 6:30pm. The notice states there will be no change to services or products available “While I can appreciate this decision may be difficult for your community, I want to reassure you that Canada Post remains committed to keeping a strong retail presence in rural Canada and here in the community of Drayton,” said Hunter.
Mapleton Township delays decision on hiring integrity commissioner Wellington Advertiser Community News
FROM PAGE ONE ombudsman once the complaint has been firstly made to the municipal ombudsman and he or she has refused to investigate the matter, or conducted and concluded an investigation into the matter. “In other words, even
though the municipal ombudsman or meeting investigator has disposed of the matter, it may still be reviewed by the provincial ombudsman.” Mapleton, like Wellington County and five of six other lower tier municipalities in the county, has appointed Norm
drayton MINOR HOCKEY semi-Annual BOTTLE DRIVE Saturday, May 24, 2014 FROM 9AM - 1PM On Saturday morning the Drayton Minor Hockey organization will be patrolling Drayton, Rothsay and Moorefield, collecting beer, liquor and wine bottles. We would also like to help support the Drayton area foodbank by collecting non-perishable items to help keep the shelves full. We will have a trailer set up as the main drop off in the Drayton Foodmarket parking lot and will gladly accept your donations there also.
Thank you in advance from your Drayton Minor Hockey Association
Gamble as closed meeting investigator. If the accountability and transparency legislation is enacted, Sinnamon suggested, council may wish to consider either appointing a municipal ombudsman to review other complaints in addition to com-
plaints made under Section 239 of the Municipal Act at the local level first, or could choose not to appoint their own ombudsman and have all complaints go directly to the provincial ombudsman. “I also wish to point out that this is separate from an integ-
rity commissioner, who would receive complaints under the township’s code of conduct,” said Sinnamon. “I have not had an opportunity to recruit an integrity commissioner; given the proposed legislation it makes sense to delay this until the new legisla-
tion is passed. There may be an opportunity to share these appointments across the county and I will be exploring this with our neighbouring CAOs as this matter progresses through the provincial legislature.” Council received the staff report for information.
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