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The Making of the Fenelon Falls Curling Club Mural

Submitted by Donna Bisschop

I just had a wonderful opportunity to show, and be part of, community here in Fenelon Falls.

My name is Donna Bisschop and I painted the new mural on the side of our curling club.

Last summer the mural was only a thought in a few peoples minds, but the drawings evolved as the Curling Club considered and reconsidered what they wanted to see and express – certainly the history of the town and the evolution of curling were important. Months of drawing and redrawing brought us into last fall and the creation of the full-size drawings.

Once the drawings were approved I redrew them all again onto pellon (transfer material) and then traced the drawings through the pellon onto my boards...

As an artist, nothing is more thrilling to me than moving from sketch to paint, filling out, filling in; making the characters come alive. The winter passed quickly as I painted hour after hour, absorbed in telling the story in pictures I had drawn months before.

The boards not only took up my time, but also my home. Painted flat, on eight foot tables they were a massive footprint to navigate in my living and dining rooms. Every month or so, willing friends would come and help me dismantle tables and stand the three panels up precariously in my living so I could see what was and was not working.

By this past spring the panels were ready for Varathane – and I was ready to have my home back!

My hope is that everyone who takes the time to look at the mural, which is displayed on the Bond St. side of the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, will find something fun, something interesting, something that makes them feel connected to this awesome community we share.

Featured Event - Charity Bonspiel

This weekend the Fenelon Falls Curling Club is hosting the Annual Bonspiel for Charity, this year in support of the Kawartha North Family Health Team. There will be two draws, with the first at 9 am, and second at 11:15 am. Spectators and visitors are welcome!

From the Fenelon Falls Curling Club website:

“Over the years the club has become known not only for great curling but for its warm hospitality and social atmosphere! The club has four sheets of ice with a sand base and a large, comfortable lounge with full kitchen facilities and bar. The lounge and kitchen facilities can be rented out for special events such as banquets and weddings.

The club offers curling for all ages and ability levels. The curling season runs from late October to the end of March. Throughout the year we offer a variety of curling leagues and run a number of Bonspiels. We also offer a junior curling program. FFCC have designated O.C.A representatives and host many O.C.A. events during the year.

We welcome spectators and visitors at all of our events. During the season we hold free practice sessions every Sunday afternoon and welcome curlers and non-curlers to come out and give the game a try.”

Featured Event - Ladies Bonspiel

The Fenelon Falls Curling Club is hosting a Ladies New Year Bonspiel on Saturday, January 5th with the theme Flower Power. Participating teams are invited to outfit their team accordingly. The bonspiel includes great meals, prizes, and lots of fun. There will be 2 draws, starting at 8:45 am on second draw should start around 11 am. Lunch will be served between games and things should wrap up about 6 pm.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Submitted by Marylee Boston

As a small community it can be challenging to take on big ideas but that’s when you call in support from the “neighbours”. This is just what the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce did when the opportunity to apply for a Small Business Week Event sponsored by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and WSIB came up. There were only four spots so to increase the chance for success we invited our fellow Chambers from across the City of Kawartha Lakes to participate.  In the end Lindsay, Coboconk, Norland & Area, Haliburton Highlands, and Bancroft & District Chambers partnered with us. It was this partnership that helped secure the sponsorship to host a Mental Health in the Workplace event for business owners in the City of Kawartha Lakes as part of Small Business Week.

The Curling Club was nearly to capacity on Monday night for the Mental Health in the Workplace event which was the first one of the 2018 Small Business Week.  The expert panelists discussed mental health; the misconceptions, the stigmas, tips for employers, and an explanation of some of the available resources. The discussion was informative, practical and even provided a few laughs while tackling such a complex topic. The evening concluded with a time for networking with fellow business owners and the panelists. Door prizes donated by The City of Kawartha Lakes, Oak Street Pilates and the Bancroft & District Chamber were given out to three lucky winners but no one went home empty handed as each person received a “Stress Relief” gift bag.

Hosting this event was only possible because of a partnership with our local Chambers of Commerce. In this same way we can support each other to build strong and healthy workplaces. Whether you are self employed or own a large company the most important thing to know is that you are not alone. Find and build a network of people to help you manage the stressors that will come in life or business.

Mental health is a complicated and difficult topic but we can only make positive change if we start the conversation so thank you to all those who joined us Monday night. A special thanks to the panelists; Andrew Harkness – WSPS, Michelle Mraz- WSIB, Anna Froebe – HRAccess, and Dr. Alison Longhorn-Geddes, C. Psych for sharing their time and knowledge and to the sponsors Ontario Chamber of Commerce and WSIB. We look forward to continuing the conversation about mental health in the workplace.


Pictures in the photo from L to R:

Trevor McPherson – OCC, Jennifer Wilson – Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber, Marylee Boston – Fenelon Falls & District Chamber, Jennifer Locke – Haliburton Highlands Chamber, Gregg Webb – Bancroft & District Chamber, Colleen Collins - Lindsay Chamber, Miranda Popovic - Lindsay Chamber, Christine Whelan – Bobcaygeon Chamber

Kawartha Small Business Week

The Kawartha Lakes Small Business Week is October 15-19 this year, and local small business owners can mark their calendars for a host of fun events each day of the week.

On Monday, October 15th, the Fenelon Falls and District Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with other area chambers to host a "Mental Health in the Workplace" seminar.

Join us for a panel discussion and Q & A to learn about current trends and strategies for building strong mental health in the workplace with expertise from a WSIB consultant, an HR specialist, and a local mental health professional.

This seminar will take place at the Curling Club (41 Bond Street W) from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. This is a free event for chamber members, with a $10 fee for non-members. Please register for this event. See you there!

Check out the other events for this year's Kawartha Lakes Small Business Week on the website.

Next week, go ahead and thank a local business owner for their efforts - it will be appreciated!

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