On Monday February 13, we celebrated Galentine's Day for our 100 Women Who Care meeting hosted by the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre. For those of you that have not heard of G-Day, it is to honor the connection you have with your lady friends, whether they’re single or not, and shower them with love and attention!
The Norfolk Haldimand Community Hospice (Bereavement | Norfolk Haldimand Hospice) was selected for the group donation. They will be using the funds to run a bereavement program including a one-day camp for children and youth in Haldimand.
We also heard presentations from The AIDS Network and the TEAD Equestrian Association.
The AIDS Network offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Haldimand, Haldimand Norfolk and Brant. The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.
The TEAD Equestrian Association provides therapeutic houseback riding and programs to people with disabilities. TEAD is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with any physical, cognitive and emotional challenges.
Way to go everyone! And thank-you for you for your continued support in helping us grow and make a difference in the community.
The Haldimand Press - By Sheila Phibbs
Members of 100 Women Who Care celebrate giving $100,000 in donations. —Photo courtesy of Jodi Lee Fleming.
HALDIMAND—Since June of 2016, a group of women have been gathering to make a difference in Haldimand. Known as 100 Women Who Care, their mission is “to make an immediate, direct, and positive effect in our communities.” Six years later, that mission has been achieved many times over as they reached a milestone of over $100,000 donated to local charities and registering over 100 active members!
May 2022 - November 2022
It has been a little while since this blog was last updated - let's get everyone caught up on our meetings!
Meeting 26 – November 2022
Our three organizations to present were:
The Haldimand County “Spark” Mentorship & Grant Program will match selected applicants from the region with a mentor and provide a $3,000 seed grant to help participants take their tourism idea to the next level.
Ultimately the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre was the chosen charity to receive our largest donation yet of $8150! The center delivers a welcoming and safe environment for students by providing recreational, educational, life skills programs and coaching and mentorship opportunities.
Our 100WWC donation will be used to support the DYIC’s upcoming bicycle initiative which aims to develop skills and confidence around bicycling, bike safety and maintenance.
Thank you to our members and we look forward to seeing you at our in person meeting on Monday February 13th at the Dunnville Youth Impact Centre
Meeting 25 – August 2022
We were excited to be back at one of our favorite meeting location Concession Road Brewing Co. in Jarvis. Not only do they serve exceptional locally crafted beverages, it is a great spot for entertainment. Concession host’s special events, live music, trivia, murder mysteries and more. If you haven't been yet, you should check it out!
This week, we had great presentations that were passionate and emotional. United Way (Stuff the Bus Program) and Haldimand Norfolk Victims Services Haldimand-Norfolk-Mississauga’s Of The Credit First Nation.
Stuff the Bus is run by United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. The campaign supports over 600 children annually, providing school supplies to youth in need.
Victim Services were the successful recipient of our $7,200 donation. This agency offers 24 hour, 7 day a week, crisis support, practical assistance, information and referrals to victims of crime, tragic circumstance and disaster.
These funds will put towards their Mobile Response System program in Haldimand. This personal tracking device can offer a safety solution to high risk victims of violence while at home or in the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Meeting 24 – May 2022
We heard presentations from True Experience, the Steven Young and Therapeutic Paws of Haldimand.
True Experience is a supportive housing and community work program located in the town of Dunnville.
The Steven Young Foundation provides relief to persons with medical expenses or personal costs not covered by OHIP or private insurance for health or medical need.
Ultimately Therapeutic Paws was selected as the recipient of the group donation of $8,000! Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TPOC) is a volunteer-based, registered charity providing free therapy pet visitations to seniors, children and youth. At this event, their goal was to raise funds in support of their children’s book, which discusses the life of Ernie and his work as a Therapy Dog
100 Women Who Care Haldimand met virtually again as we continue to follow public health protocols.
100 Women Who Care is proud to share that Haldimand & Norfolk Women's Service is the successful recipient of the group donation $8,000
The donation will be used to support G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp. This camp is open to grade 8 girls in Haldimand and Norfolk. The program focuses on self esteem, health relationships, personal safety, transitioning to grade 9, health choices, body image and healthy living.
We would also like to thank Tony Dalimonte from the Active Living Centre and Library and Ashley Boucher from Indspire
You can find out more about these incredible initiatives here:
WHHHF Press Release:
West Haldimand General Hospital (WHGH) will soon have a new piece of Lab equipment after a donation of $7,250 was made to the West Haldimand Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (WHHHF) by the 100 Women Who Care of Haldimand County.
The money was raised in a single hour by the group during their November 2, 2021 meeting at the Caledonia Lions Hall.
“On behalf of West Haldimand General Hospital, and all the patients this donation will impact, thank you for making local healthcare a priority, said Kim Mullins, Interim President, and CEO. “This purchase will impact local lives for the next decade and beyond. Donors like the 100 Women Who Care of Haldimand ensure people in our community will continue to have access to high-quality patient care close to home.”
All proceeds from the donation will be used to purchase a new StatSpin centrifuge machine for WHGH.
The StatSpin is an ultra-high-speed centrifuge that allows our Lab to process critical samples within minutes. It does this by spinning a test tube containing blood at a high speed.
The WHGH lab will use the StatSpin Centrifuge to spin blood into its components – red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. It can do this in only two minutes. The lab’s previous centrifuge took 10 minutes to produce the same result.
Thanks to the new centrifuge, staff will be able to perform lab testing on critical patients who will now be able to get their results faster.
“The purchase of this centrifuge is vital because it enhances the high level of service we can provide to our patients,” said Patty McGillis, Laboratory Manager at WHGH. “Being able to diagnose a patient sooner could be a matter of life or death for some patients. Imagine a patient that is bleeding out, but it’s not clear why. Within two minutes, the sample is on the analyzer, and analysis is happening to measure clotting ability. Or a patient comes in feeling unwell, and you can tell in minutes that their potassium level is critically high. The physician is provided with the information needed to make the critical treatment decisions that much quicker when it really counts.”
“We are so very grateful for 100 Women Who Care of Haldimand’s commitment to helping our hospital achieve quality health care for our community,” said Lisa Hostein, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This donation will help speed up wait times for results – and when you are waiting to find out your results in an emergency, every second counts. This new piece of lab equipment will help so many patients get the important answers they need.”
Since 2016, members of 100 Women Who Care Haldimand have donated more than $100,000 to nearly 20 local charitable organizations.
“It’s important for our group to donate to WHGH to help support the purchase of a new StatSpin machine because it will help our local residents get more accurate test results sooner, said Andrea Personnic, Co-founder of the 100 Women Who Care Haldimand. “The staff at WHGH are second to none. They are outstanding, hard-working people, but also go above and beyond when it comes to professionalism and patient care.”
While the province provides funds for hospital operations, the community’s support is vital for the funding of hospital equipment.
To learn more about West Haldimand General Hospital’s greatest needs, please contact Lisa Hostein, Executive Director of the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation at 905-768-3311 Ext. 1236 or visit our website at www.whgh.ca. Thank you for your generosity! 100 Women Who Care Haldimand
Photo from left to right: Andrea Personnic, Co-founder of 100 Women Who Care Haldimand, Julie Richardson, Co-Founder of 100 Women Who Care Haldimand, Kim Mullins, Interim President & CEO of NGH and WHGH and Lisa Hostein, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
Haldimand Press Story
Thank you to The Haldimand Press for writing this story and shining a spotlight on the impact our group continues to have. We look forward to reaching some major milestones very soon!
For the first time in 18 months, we were finally able to meet as a group in-person again! It was great to see so many of you in person again. The Townsend Lions Pavilion was the perfect spot for an outdoor meeting with physical distancing practices in place. We also had a number of members join virtually as we streamed the meeting on Zoom as well.
We heard presentations from Young Caregivers Association, True Experience and The Jennie Deagle fund (Community Living Haldimand). Members voted to make our group donation to Young Caregivers Association. Our $6,050 donation will be used to support the increased transportation and facility rental costs that their programs have now as YCA starts to offer in-person programming for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
We're so excited to share with all of you that we have reached a new donation milestone by collecting $6,000 in donations for Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge! Hobbitstee was the recipient of our third meeting back in January 2017 when they received $2,500. Wow, have we grown!
We are so grateful for the support that has not only continued, but has also slowly grown over the past 15+ months during the pandemic. Thank you for sticking it out through our virtual meetings.
At our May virtual meeting we also heard from:
- Caledonia Community Foundation (for their Lights Along the Grand project)
- Caledonia Food Bank
We hosted our third virtual meeting with a "vacation" theme. It was great to see everyone wearing their vacation outfits that they won't get to use this winter - from sunhats, sunglasses, beach wear and leis to toques and goggles. Thanks for adding some fun to our virtual meeting!
The 3 organizations we heard from were:
- Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Community Support Centre of Haldimand & Norfolk
The Community Support Centre of Haldimand & Norfolk was the organization selected and received a donation of $5,500! The CSCHN offers a number of meal programs to help increase food security in our community. CSCHN was also the very first recipient of a 100 Women Who Care Haldimand donation from our first meeting in June 2016. It was great to see them selected again almost 5 years later! To learn more about CSCHN please visit www.cschn.org
Pictured (left to right): Andrea Gee, CSCHN Executive Director; Andrea Personnic, 100 Women Who Care Haldimand; Tara Dinyer, CSCHN President & 1oo Women Who Care member
100 Women Who Care Haldimand met virtually again as we continue to follow public health protocols.
We heard presentations from:
The group selected Zachary's Paws for Healing to make our group donation to. Our donations will be used to support their foster pet program. This program provides care for pets while their owners are in hospital. The program has also been expanded to foster pets of abuse victims when they are unable to take their pet into shelters. Our members were so happy to hear the presentation from Donna of Zachary's Paws again and be able to make our group donation of $5,500 to Zachary's Paws for Healing!.
Kim from United Way also joined our virtual meeting to share the impact our group's donation had on the United Way Stuff the Bus program.