Mount Forest, ON… Louise Marshall Hospital (LMH) officials, once again, want to warn local residents and businesses that a campaign currently making the rounds in the Wellington North area has nothing to do with the hospital or the LMH Foundation.
A company soliciting donations for the “Healing Hands Busy Book” has been asking the community for donations to send free activity books to children at LMH. In particular, the company has been targeting small businesses in the community.
Jerome Quenneville, North Wellington Health Care President and CEO said he has spoken to several local business owners who have received requests to financially support the purchase of children’s activity books that would be distributed to the hospital.
Quenneville said “We are concerned by the suggestion that the hospital supports this campaign. There is no implied, let alone explicit, relationship,” Quenneville said. “There is absolutely no connection with this organization to the hospital. The company has been advised that their activity books will not be accepted for distribution at the hospital as we already have other sources for activity books that do not compete with our local fundraising efforts.”
If you have any doubt whatsoever when approached to support causes related to the hospital call the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation staff at 519-323-3333 ext 2750.
Their press release goes on to say,
North Wellington Health Care, drawing on its proud tradition of innovation and the strength of its people, is committed to providing rural health care to our communities through two vibrant hospital sites in Mount Forest and Palmerston. Providing care close to home is the mandate of North Wellington Health Care with strong partnerships across the continuum of care to enhance patient safety and the patient experience. Our acute care hospitals currently operate with 213 staff, 92 Medical Staff and over 200 dedicated volunteers. We are a dynamic organization that is dedicated to quality and passionate about improving the health status of our community.
Nationally, we wake up to a new majority Liberal Government. While Justin Trudeau took a resounding number of seats across the country much of rural South Western Ontario remain Conservative. John Nater keeps Perth-Wellington in the blue while Ben Lobb and Larry Miller from the Huron-Bruce and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound ridings, respectively, return to Ottawa.
Here are some things you need to know before you head out to vote. This from the Elections Canada website:
- Polls are open for 12 hours. The Mount Forest Sports Complex polling station is open from 9:30am to 9:30pm.
- To vote, electors must bring proof of identity and address.
- If you don’t have your Voter Information Card, electors can register at the polls. For faster service, we invite them to complete a registration certificate ahead of time, print it and bring it with them when they go to vote.
- By law, electors must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote.
- Canadians can now tweet and share election results from different provinces as they become available. The ban on premature transmission of results was lifted.
- If a polling location changes at the last minute, electors will be informed through our website, the media or by an election worker posted at the entrance of the original (closed) polling location.
It could be a snowy weekend in Mt Forest and parts of North Wellington. Environment Canada are calling for 2 to 5 cm’s of snow around Georgian Bay and to the South. Saturday there is a 60 percent chance of flurries early in the morning.
Typically we get a few flurries in the month of October, so this is not unusual. A good reminder to get the snow tires on your vehicles and get a safely check. Dig out the winter clothing and find those snow shovels.