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Thanks to Shoppers staff for their vaccine support
We would like to express our gratitude to all the staff and volunteers at our local Shoppers Drug Mart Huntsville for the great job they are doing in getting our community vaccinated! The team there was efficient, friendly, organized, welcoming, encouraging, reassuring, relaxed, compassionate, thorough, and competent! We are grateful to science and to everyone out there for bringing the science to the people in our community and to EVERY community! We went home after receiving our vaccines with clear expectations, practical advice, and reassuring words should we feel anxious in any way post-vaccination. It’s been challenging for communities all over the world throughout this pandemic and we just wanted to thank all the helpers. As Mister Rogers used to say: “Look for the Helpers”; we did, we found them, and they were wonderful!
Thank you Shoppers Drug Mart!
Brad & Lisa Mcilmoyle
Siblings sold toys to support hospital foundation as thanks for helping their mom
After watching their mom go in and out of Huntsville Hospital for medical treatments, Fleming siblings Paisley, 7, and Oliver, 4, wanted to help make a difference by selling their toys at a yard sale and giving the funds to the hospital.
“I wanted to help all the people working there,” said Oliver.
“The hospital has helped my mom so much, and that’s why we wanted to give them the money we raised to say thank you,” said Paisley. “And for taking care of her and everyone else, too.”
In May 2020 they held the yard sale at their house and sold ride-on toys, puzzles, chairs, bikes, movies, and baby items, making a total of $50 to donate.
They delivered their donation to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation last week.
Read the full story on Huntsville Doppler here.
Kudos to vaccination clinic staff and volunteers
Many thanks to all those working and volunteering at the Huntsville/Muskoka COVID Vaccination Centre. They work long hours processing clients, preparing every dose and ensuring all are accounted for, giving the vaccinations, and not to mention having to deal with some unhappy people who thought they had an appointment but did not.
A loud shout out to all of you who are working and volunteering at the clinics. Thank you for your patience, your professionalism, and your never-ending caring for the public.
Please be kind and stay safe
Walking with a positive message
Retired teacher Doug Oliver was out spreading positivity and good cheer along the streets of downtown Huntsville on March 12, 2021, holding high a sign that reads “Take Care Everyone” on one side and “Together Strong” on the other.
Doug began sharing his meaningful message in March 2020, often walking along Aspin Road. He has kept it up throughout the pandemic.
“My brother was in Sunnybrook [last March] and…I couldn’t visit him. Everyone has the same stories, they can’t see certain people and it’s torture,” he told Doppler when we caught up with him on Chaffey Street. “I’m trying to bring some positivity to people as they drive by—who knows what their story is. It also helps me in these times perk myself up when I get a response.” Drivers often honk or roll their windows down to shout messages back to him.
He and his neighbours have been lifting spirits along Caesars Lane, too. “We’re also doing chalk on the road and signs on the trees,” he notes. “It’s just anything about being positive and trying to perk things up in absolutely crummy times for people.”
If you see Doug, give him a honk and a wave!
Spreading love through art
My daughter is nearly 14 years-old, grade 8 at Pine Glen Public School. She is doing online class, she started missing her friends after she talk to her friends. She started making paintings and she want to give those paintings to her friends when she will meet them. Encourage kids to do what they love to do, it is important to keep their thoughts alive all the time. SPREAD LOVE.
“Orange is the happiest of colours”
It starts with a phone call: “Hi I am a volunteer with Muskoka Seniors and I have a little package to drop off, will you be home today?” Then the anticipation: “What will be in the package?”
Later there is a knock, a package by the door, and a masked volunteer standing back in the driveway waving and smiling. The little package is bright and contains an activity, some treats and an explanation about the wonderful colour orange. Perhaps Frank Sinatra was right when he said, “Orange is the happiest of colours”.
It is not about what is in the package, but the thought behind it. The fact that someone in the community cared enough to make a package and have it delivered simply to brighten your day.
These are some of the beautiful things going on behind the foggy window of COVID-19. The little things that show a senior who is isolated that they are important, seen and cared about.
Turning 80 during the pandemic!
My father Brian Haywood is turning 80 on March 11th!
He had a rough end to 2020—he was in the hospital from September to December, but he made it home for Christmas.
As a family we have yet to have a full get-together. His brother and sister wanted to be with him for this day, but again the pandemic struck. Us kids and grandkids also wanted to be with him on this special day.
When my parents moved here 10 years ago it was to retire. Well that didn’t work out the way they had hoped! If you know my Dad, you’ll know he can’t sit still for very long (unless he has a book in his hands). Needless to say he has been very involved in the community with the Knights of Columbus through St. Mary’s of the Assumption and often helping out with events put on by the Chamber of Commerce as well.
We are posting signs and putting balloons up in front of the house—please drive by and honk, which is what we can do to spread the Birthday Cheer!!!
“I’m Impressed!” says nonagenarian of his COVID-19 vaccine
“I happen to be one of those ’90+ year olds’ who was fortunate enough to get in on this round of COVID-19 vaccinations,” writes Russ Nicholls. “I’m proud to report on the truly professional manner with which this process was carried out.
“The nurses and administrative staff were positioned at various locations around the auditorium. I took a seat, removed my sweater, and reluctantly bared my shoulder for the needle. To my great surprise, it was over before I knew she started! I didn’t feel a thing!
“The Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit is to be commended for carrying out such a proficient and professional operation.
“For those of you ‘fearing the needle’—don’t! Three days later and I’d never know I had a shot! These people are true professionals.”
Couple thanks Town for plowing the Lions Lookout track
Bill and Diane Charlton appreciate that the Town of Huntsville is plowing the track at Lions Lookout as a walking area. “[They] are both in their eighties and are used to going to Florida for the winter,” writes their daughter-in-law, Monique Charlton. “Due to pandemic, this year is the first year in many that they haven’t been away. They have always been very active and enjoy spending as much time as they can outside, but mobility can be an issue—particularly with ice and snow. Although they did have concerns about the cold and how they would manage, they have found that going to the track a few times a week (armed with walking poles and handwarmers and more layers than an onion) has really made a huge difference for their physical and mental health.
“So kudos to the Town of Huntsville for making this area available for walkers. Our entire family thanks you!”
‘Angels’ aren’t always in female form…
I’m a Senior living alone observing the ‘Stay at Home’ order. Today, a mystery bouquet was left at my door!! Brightened my day immensely! Found out they were left by my 2 Grandsons, Drew & Jesse & my caring Son-in-Law Alex. “Angels aren’t always in female form.”
~A blessed ‘Nana’
Ev Brown turns 90!
Local resident Ev Brown turns 90 years young on Monday, Feb. 15, 2020. Happy Birthday, Ev!
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