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Groundbreaking Ceremony for a Seniors’ Play Park in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Mike Perry

Fenelon Falls – On Thursday morning, the Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Ontario’s first Seniors’ Play Park, which is about to be built in Fenelon Falls. Thanks to the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team receiving a $121,600 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation earlier this year, the park is on its way to becoming a reality.

“I am pleased that the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has been awarded a $121,600 grant to build the first Play Park in Fenelon Falls,” said MPP Scott. “By providing a free and accessible recreational space for seniors, this is an investment in the promotion of social and active lifestyles.” – Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

The creation of a Seniors' Play Park for Fenelon Falls is the initiative of local resident Penni Holdham. The basic idea behind designing outdoor gyms and play areas for older adults or those with mobility challenges is to help improve people’s overall health and fitness and reduce isolation. The park, located at the Lloyd Kelly Parkette behind the Red Apple, will provide 24/7 outdoor space with activity stations that have no barriers to access. 

"We are very proud to deliver the first Seniors' Play Park in our area, generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Penni Holdham.  

The most recent population data available indicates that 50 per cent of people living in Fenelon Falls are over 55 years of age. Seniors Play Parks are designed for older adults looking to safely maintain their flexibility, agility and mobility through use of low-impact equipment geared for gentle exercise while enjoying time with friends. It’s expected that the park will be an outdoor recreational space where seniors can engage in a range of stretching and balancing activities using the onsite, fun and easy-to-use activity stations. There will be no fees or set hours to use the park and all activities are self-guided.

“We are pleased to help provide opportunities for local seniors to stay active and socialize,” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. “There are great health – and health care cost savings – benefits to keeping active and this kind of park really has great potential.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes municipality approved the park to be used for this purpose and will be taking care of its maintenance for the coming years. The park is scheduled to open this fall.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.  For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

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Photo 1: (L-R) Construction Team Liam Brierley & Kevin Strybosch; Mike Perry, Executive Director, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team; Penni Holdham, Fenelon Resident/Project Manager; Mike Barkwell, Vice-President, Fenelon Seniors’ Club; The Hon. Laurie Scott, MPP; Deputy-Mayor Doug Elmslie (Councillor Ward 3).

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City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team

55 Angeline St. North, Lindsay, ON, K9V 5B7

Ph: 705-328-9853 

New Nurse Practitioner Begins Practice in Fenelon Falls

Submitted by Mike Perry, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team

The City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team has welcomed a new Nurse Practitioner to its team in Fenelon Falls.

Cherisse Young, RN(EC), will begin collaborating with Dr. Bruce Allin, Dr. Kesang Pema, and the team’s family health nurse, Kylie Pankhurst, RN, at the Fenelon Medical Centre on Francis Street East as of July 2nd. A long-time resident of Fenelon Falls, Ms. Young comes to the team with almost a decade of experience as a registered nurse in the emergency department at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. She holds a Masters of Nursing in Primary Care degree from Athabasca University, having completed her training placements here locally.

“I love caring for people; it’s my passion,” stated Ms. Young. “I am really looking forward to helping people here locally where I live and having an impact in this community. I’m thrilled to be starting my practice and working with this team here in Fenelon.”

Dr. Kesang Pema welcomed Ms. Young to the team. “We are glad Cherisse is on board and are excited to work together to care for our patients,” noted Dr. Pema.

Nurse practitioners are highly trained health care professionals who combine their advanced nursing knowledge with an in-depth understanding of health care, disease prevention and treatment, and health education. Nurse practitioners can prescribe drugs, order tests and communicate a diagnosis.

“It’s important that we have health care right where we live without having to travel. We are pleased to continue to provide nurse practitioner care for our patients in Fenelon Falls,” added Mike Perry, Executive Director. “Our nurse practitioners have been vital to providing increased care in our communities, especially in terms of making care more accessible to people closer to home here in our rural area and reducing wait times for appointments.”

Ms. Young replaces Patti Thompson as the team’s nurse practitioner onsite. Ms. Thompson moved on from the family health team last month.

Patients will automatically continue on with Ms. Young as their nurse practitioner if they were seeing Patti Thompson for their care previously. Under the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team’s model of care, patients who see a nurse practitioner are also officially rostered to a family physician.

Operating since 2011, the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team cares for some 36,000 patients at 13 locations across the area including Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Omemee, Lindsay and Little Britain.

Need a family doctor? Contact Health Care Connect – 1-800-445-1822 – or call Danielle at: 705.328.9853 Ext. 243.

White Lightning Shopping Bus Starts April 30th, FOR FREE, in rural Kawartha Lakes

Submitted by Michael Bryant

It is finally happening, neighbours and friends! Through the efforts of White Lightning Bus Tours and owners Pauline Kiely and Michael Bryant, with good friend, Mike Perry, we are realizing a dream to bring Rural Transit to Kawartha Lakes for the Community and Tourism.

Those without a vehicle needing to travel for Shopping, Medical Appointments, Family Visits or an Event will enjoy a wonderful day about town. The Service will travel between Oakwood, Little Britain, Lindsay, Cameron, Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon and Omemee. With plans to add Pontypool, Janetville, and Bethany shortly.

This Service is NOT Connected with any Municipal Transit or Agency and is being organized by Business, Advertising, Donations and Volunteer Ambassadors. Look for Bus Schedules in Towns and with local News Paper and Media. If you would like to be a Community Volunteer Ambassador to promote this in your community please pm us, or if you have any questions call 705-340-9880 www.whitelightningbus.tours

Test of Local Shopping Bus Exceeds Expectations
All aboard! Michael Bryant, owner for the bus and Dromoland Stables in Little Britain, and Mike Perry, co-Chair of the Rural Transportation Working Group greet riders at the first stop on the test run on the local weekly shopping bus.  Photo - Claudia Sytsma

All aboard! Michael Bryant, owner for the bus and Dromoland Stables in Little Britain, and Mike Perry, co-Chair of the Rural Transportation Working Group greet riders at the first stop on the test run on the local weekly shopping bus. Photo - Claudia Sytsma

More than 70 people from across the City took advantage of a test run route for a weekly shopping bus for Kawartha Lakes – nicknamed ‘White Lightning’ –  last week. The test route ran on July 4th, doing three laps of the Little Britain-Lindsay-Cambray-Cameron-Fenelon Falls- Rosedale corridor, driving some 350 kilometres in more than 12 hours of service.

The rural shopping bus is part of a three-point plan launched by local residents last December in order to increase transportation across this city. The shopping bus is being provided by a private sector owner who will look at maintaining and even expanding the service once the market research has been completed this fall.

“As volunteers we’re just happy the schedule worked and the bus was on time”, joked Mike Perry, Co-Chair of the Kawartha Rural Transportation Working Group, who helped plan the test run. On a more serious note, he added: “Local residents just proved again the clear need and desire for transit outside of Lindsay. People were very happy with the service. Ridership was better than even we were expecting. We all know rural transit helps us all and is good for the local economy.” The second test route is being planned to cover the more eastern parts of the city.

“This is simply excellent and I am so thankful for this,” proclaimed one rider in her comment form. “It’s the best thing to happen in our community since Timmies,” declared another.

Still aboard! Local residents from across the City were still using the weekly shopping bus's first test run after 8.00pm in Cameron.  Photo - Tammy Orr

Still aboard! Local residents from across the City were still using the weekly shopping bus's first test run after 8.00pm in Cameron. Photo - Tammy Orr

Riders used last week’s test run to shop locally, visit family, and even hit the beach with the kids in the hot weather. The tracking results showed that people from many communities and walks of life used the bus on its test run. The shuttle bus used professional drivers, is fully insured, and has complete accessibility. Complimentary music, water, and snacks were even provided on board. The Lindsay, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon Chambers of Commerce support the shopping bus as good for local businesses.

The only complaint heard during the test run was that the service was not yet permanent. Riders were unanimous that such a bus is key.

One rider noted he used the shuttle to get to Cameron to visit his family, which he has been unable to do for a long time without a car. Another rider, a single mother, was grateful for the bus as she was able to take her children to the beach in Fenelon Falls. People also shopped and dined at the locations along the test route.

Stop and shop! Danielle VanGennip of Dunsford takes the opportunity to browse at Butterfly Boutique in Fenelon Falls, part of the first test run of the local weekly shopping bus.  Photo - Mike Perry

Stop and shop! Danielle VanGennip of Dunsford takes the opportunity to browse at Butterfly Boutique in Fenelon Falls, part of the first test run of the local weekly shopping bus. Photo - Mike Perry

The plan is to keep the bus running this fall based on advertising, sponsorship and promotional opportunities. Local businesses are encouraged to get creative with such a hands-on, people-centred and much-needed fun, community concept.

“This helps people while being a great business opportunity,” noted Michael Bryant, owner of the shopping bus, the town trolley and Dromoland Stables in Little Britain. “We are very encouraged by the results of the first test market”, he added.

Perry noted that there is still work to be done listening to rider feedback, including more advertising and making the route schedule more user-friendly. The second test run will be scheduled and publicized in the next few weeks.