What’s new from Community Care: November update

By Roderick Benns

Autumn scene cross-stitch by Community Care volunteer Mary Gallo.

The Community Care Foundation helps build healthy communities across Kawartha Lakes by raising support for Community Care’s range of services and programs. 


Thanks to a big boost from many members of the public who cast online votes in support of our funding proposal last month, Community Care’s submission to the annual Aviva Community Fund has moved to the final round of competition. The $87,000 proposal for grief support services was one of more than 500 submitted to the competition from across Canada. Our #GrieveNotAlone proposal is one of five finalists in its funding category. Aviva will announce the successful recipients in early December.

Over the 10-day period in October, #GrieveNotAlone received more than 26,000 votes from supporters. The public vote to measure community support is one of the criteria to be used by Aviva to assess the funding proposals.

Community Care’s Grief Support programs help people find their way through grief, while helping them live with renewed hope and happiness despite loss. The programs, offered through Community Care Hospice Services, are entirely unfunded. Support from fundraising and development initiatives is required to continue operating our programs at no cost to clients. Our $87,000 proposal represents the annual cost for Community Care to present grief support.

To read more about the Aviva competition and to review our proposal, click this link to our website: #GrieveNotAlone 


Everyone at Community Care is extremely excited about the 3rd annual “Handbags for Hospice” charity auction that will truly be a night to remember. The event will be Friday, Jan. 26 at the Admiral Inn ballroom in Lindsay. Proceeds from Handbags for Hospice will support Community Care’s Hospice Services programs.

Handbags for Hospice brings local residents together for an evening of purses, fun, friendship and fundraising. The event is presented by the Community Care Foundation.  The evening will feature delicious appetizers, and a silent and live auction of more than 75 purses, jewellery and other fashion items. Like the two previous years, the evening will feature Layne, “The Auctionista.” One of only three benefit auctioneer specialists in Canada, Layne brings many years of experience and accomplishments to charity auctions. Her high energy auction style entertains and inspires people to give while having a great night out socializing with friends, co-workers and colleagues.

Tickets to Handbags for Hospice are $50 each and will be available shortly through the Community Care Foundation (108 Angeline St. S., Lindsay) or by calling 705-324-7323 ext 164. Tickets will be on sale at local merchants, including: Cathy Allan Ladieswear and Hamilton Creek, both in downtown Lindsay; Bigley Shoes & Clothing in Bobcaygeon; The Kawartha Store in Fenelon Falls.


Lindsay residents Mona Lucas and Ian James provided outstanding and tireless support to Community Care’s Aviva Community Fund campaign in October. In appreciation of their efforts, the Community Care Foundation presented them both with Shining Star awards.

Is there an outstanding volunteer or staff person at Community Care that you appreciate? You can salute the difference such people make in your life, or in the life of someone you love, by nominating them for the Community Care Shining Star award. Purchase a Shining Star for a $25 donation to the Foundation, and your honouree will be presented with the award to wear with pride. Nominator receive a charitable tax receipt for their donation.

For further information about nominating a Shining Star at Community Care, contact Foundation Fund Development Officer Toula Murchie at 705-324-7323 ext 163.

November 2017 E-Update

Below, you will find information about upcoming initiatives and events of Community Care, as well as a summary of recent activities. For further information about any of the organization’s events or programs, contact Community Care at 705-324-7323. 


Community Care was in the spotlight in October when the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) recognized the organization’s dedication to providing an efficient intake process for clients. The OCSA presented Community Care with the award for Commitment to Quality Improvement at the annual conference in Markham. 

Over the past few years, Community Care’s Community Support Services service area has moved from a decentralized intake process of clients, to a uniform, centralized model that has proven to be much more efficient, effective and beneficial for staff, clients and health care partners. The centralized intake process allows clients and family members to be linked to the most appropriate services, based on their needs. The referral process is now uniform across programs and offices and centralized intake provides consistent structure for referral follow-up.  


Community Care Chief Executive Officer Catherine Danbrook recently announced that she is stepping down from her position in January, and will be moving to the Ottawa area.

Catherine has been CEO of Community Care for 7 years. She called her time with the organization “an extraordinary experience. I am appreciative of the leadership provided by our Board of Directors and for the support I have received from all staff. I want to sincerely thank our staff for the dedication to the wellbeing of our clients and for the support the staff give to each other on a daily basis. Our programs and services are valued by our community as a result of the work that they do.

“I am confident that the organization is in an excellent position for the future. We have accomplished a great deal together and I am very proud of the progress we have made toward our aim of providing outstanding care and support to the residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Thank you for having given me the opportunity to serve.”

Catherine will be working with the Community Care & Community Care Foundation Boards of Directors to develop a recruitment plan to ensure a smooth transition to a new CEO.

Everyone involved with the organization and all who have had the pleasure of meeting and working with Catherine in different capacities throughout the community expresses their appreciation and admiration to her for the leadership that she has provided over the past 7 years, and wishes her nothing but happiness, health and success in the future.


Community Care Hospice Services is now presenting the new Living Through Loss Family Program. It is for children, teens and their parents or guardians who have experienced the death of someone who has played a significant role in the child or teen’s life. The program is modelled after the successful, internationally-recognized programs offered at the Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children and Families in Portland, Oregon. Families have the opportunity to connect with their peers to talk, listen, share, observe and play in a safe environment throughout the school year.

The free program is offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Community Care Adult Day Centre and Ontario Early Years Centre, both at 55 Mary St. W., Lindsay. Please contact Hospice Services for further details or to register. 


Throughout Community Care Health & Care Month, several of our organization’s programs and services have been profiled on the Kawartha 411 news site. The features on programs such as Adult Day, Meals on Wheels, Supportive Housing Services, the Community Dental Clinic and Specialized Transportation can be seen on our Community Care website. Thanks to Pamela VanMeer of Kawartha 411 for her interest in our programs.


Community Care is offering the public a chance to win a gift certificate redeemable towards organization programs and services. Enter for a chance to win the $75 gift certificate before the Nov. 15 deadline – visit our Website here for details, or e-mail Communications Officer Mike Puffer at . Please include your name, telephone number and e-mail address.

The draw will be made Nov. 16 and all entrants will be notified of the results. The gift certificate may be applied towards the cost of programs such as: Adult Day, Community Dining, Foot Care, the Good Food Box, In-Home Respite, Meals on Wheels, Transportation or the Community Dental Clinic.


A beautiful autumn scene cross-stitch, the handiwork of talented Community Care volunteer Mary Gallo, can be yours if you are the high bidder in an online fundraising auction. The piece has been generously framed and matted by Harry Dunk of Lindsay Picture Frames. See our Website for a photo of the framed piece and details on how to bid online.

The auction closes Nov. 30. The successful bidder will be notified at that time and winning information will be posted online. 



Community Care’s popular indoor Pickleball is back for another season at the Bobcaygeon Public School. Pickleball takes place 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (pending school opening). Cost is just $3/person (first visit is free), and all equipment is provided. To register or for more information, contact Health Promoter Jordan Prosper at ext 301. 


For the fifth consecutive year, Community Care is pleased to join with the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team to present the Get WITH It! (Walk in the Halls) indoor walking program during the cold weather months. The program begins Tuesday, Nov. 7.

The indoor walking program will be presented on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 to 7 p.m., at Lindsay Collegiate & Vocational Institute (260 Kent St. W.). The program is free for anyone to participate.

Local residents can get some exercise in a warm, safe environment through to April.

For further information about the Get WITH It! program, contact Health Promoter Jordan Prosper at ext. 301, or e-mail him at  


The annual Memorial Service presented by Community Care Hospice Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (40 William St. N.), Lindsay. The event begins at 7 p.m. The ceremony is designed to provide local residents with a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. No charge to attend. Anyone interested in attending the Memorial Service is asked to RSVP to Hospice at 705-324-7323 ext 500 by Nov. 7. Refreshments and light snacks provided following the service. No charge to attend. 


The final presentation of the free monthly webinar series offered by Hospice Services will be Nov. 14 & 16, when “Living With Grief: When Grief is Complicated” is presented. The webinar comes from the Hospice Foundation of America and is presented at noon on Nov. 14 and 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at 2 Kent St. W., Lindsay. Individuals interested in attending can register by contacting Hospice Services at ext 500. 


Community Care will be one of many local agencies participating in this annual event held on World Diabetes Day (Tuesday, Nov. 14). The free information day will be at the Lindsay Recreation Complex (133 Adelaide St. S.), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guest speaker is Dr. Peter Lin, CBC Radio columnist and Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre. Dr. Lin will present on “Diabetes and Heart Disease” at 9 a.m.

Local diabetes educators and health professionals will be on hand to discuss aspects of living with diabetes. Community Care’s blood pressure checks will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as a free SAGES seniors exercise class at 11 a.m. – bring your running shoes!


The Seniors Community Kitchen is a monthly community cooking program offered free of charge at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bolsover. Participants get to improve their cooking skills, sample new recipes and share a good meal with friends. The final session for 2017 is Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Seniors Community Kitchen also takes place twice more this fall at Bethany United Church (Nov. 8 & Dec. 13). The Bethany sessions are $5/person.

Classes are facilitated by Community Care’s Registered Dietitian and the HKPR District Health Unit’s Food Worker. 


Community Care and the HKPR District Health Unit present monthly Cooking for One classes at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Lindsay. The final class in 2017 is Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Participants enjoy the benefits of preparing nutritious meals with others and receive nutritional advice on meeting the challenges of cooking and meal planning for people who live alone. Cost of the Cooking for One class is $5/person.

To register for any of the above cooking sessions (Bolsover, Bethany or Lindsay), call 705-879-4100, press 1 for the Community Health Centre.



For the second year in a row, Community Care is giving local residents the opportunity to “get away from it all” by staying close to home and supporting a fundraising raffle. The “Staycation” Raffle offers five great prizes for packages at local businesses. First prize is a spa package at Eganridge Inn in Bobcaygeon ($255 value). Second prize is a Pie a Month for a Year, courtesy of the Little Pie Shack ($200 value). Third prize: overnight stay for two at Eganridge ($175). Fourth: Catered dinner for 4 at home, or Dine-In for 2 at Nolan’s Restaurant ($75). Fifth: two 9-hole rounds of golf, with cart, at Byrnell Golf Club ($70). Tickets are just $2 each and are now on sale at Community Care offices. Draws will take place Jan. 8, 2018. License # M799019. Proceeds to support Community Care programs and services. 


Remember, you can follow Community Care on Facebook & Twitter. For those who enjoy social media, please look up “Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes”, as well as the “Community Care Foundation – Kawartha” and encourage others to “like” us and become Facebook friends, and follow us on Twitter (@CommunityCareKL) to join our ongoing conversation about health.


Information about programs and dates of upcoming events is available on the agency’s Website. Or, call Community Care at 705-324-7323 for more information.

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