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Summer 2011


Healing and Wellness


A Blazing Success

Students and the staff of Sudbury area schools learn about fire safety

By Dale Xilon Aboriginal Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Coordinator SUDBURY

W ith the careful planning, organization and dedica- tion of many volunteers, the spark of safety envi- sioned by George Good- child from Webb Wood, in the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers was fanned into a flaming success. George, a proud Métis man and an even prouder volun- teer assistant fire chief, asked this worker if she would be interested in taking part in a joint endeav- our. This endeavour was to bring fire safety teachings to three of the elementary schools, covered by the volunteer fire depart- ments of Sables-Spanish Rivers.

On April 4th, 2011, this Abo- riginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children worker along with Com- munity Healing and Wellness Worker, Desneige Taylor, accom- panied Fire Chief Rodney Houle, four assistant fire chiefs, 25 fire fighters from all four crews of the Sables-Spanish Rivers volunteer fire departments, and a few wives of the fire fighters. Together, on this one day adventure, fire safety

teachings were provided to an amazing 340 students and the staff of three area schools.

Teachings included a tour and explanation of each of the fire trucks for all the students. While the younger students enjoyed a video and putting information gained into a practice demonstra- tion lead by Sparky the fire dog, older students had a demonstra- tion on how to use a fire extin- guisher and other equipment employed by departments, such as a heat seeking camera.

Fun was had by all, but most important, crucial safety teach- ings were shared.

Please remember to test your fire alarm; change batteries at least twice a year; plan your es- cape route and practice with your children. It was amazing to this worker and very scary to see how many children planned to jump out of their bedroom windows upon hearing the fire alarm, even if this was far from the best choice. When asked why the usual answer was, “I saw it in a movie”.

So, as a worker I implore you to go through a working fire es- cape plan with your children, in- cluding a safe place to meet once out of the house.

All students received a tour of the four fire trucks. V o l u n t e e r f i r e f i g h t e r s h e l p t h e k i d s p u t i n t o p r a c t i c e t h e l e s s o n s t h e y h a v e j u s t l e a r n e d .

RENFREW | MNO Region 6

OWEN SOUND | Community Food Program

Good Food Box

Owen Sound will be an order site for the Good Food Box

The journey to wellness through journaling

by Shannon Davis Community Wellness Coordinator RENFREW and Melissa Pigeau Community Wellness Coordinator OTTAWA

n May 14, 2011, the Ren- frew and Ottawa Commu- nity Healing and Wellness Coor- dinators partnered to facilitate a “journaling to wellness work- shop”. The Renfrew office was full of creative energy as partici- pants shared their goals through writing and artistic expression. The purpose of this workshop was for the Métis community to gather and socialize over a meal while learning an important tool that can be used in stress relief or goal planning. O

Journaling helps promote awareness of one’s emotions and experiences. It is a thera- peutic method that allows indi- viduals to release their inner most desires or conflicts through written language or artistic ex- pression without the fear of be- ing judged.

There are many different types and styles of journaling, in- cluding learning journals, di- aries, dream books, logs, autobi- ographies, life stories, memoirs, spiritual journals and art jour- nals. In essence, journaling is the modern version of storytelling.

On June 18th, 2011, the Ren- frew and Ottawa Community Healing and Wellness Coordina- tors again partnered for a medi- cine walk.

by David Clark Community Wellness Coordinator OWEN SOUND-GREY/BRUCE

T he Community Healing and Wellness Programme in Owen Sound has part- nered with the very success- ful Grey & Bruce Good Food Box (GFB) and the Health Unit to be an order site, start- ing in September.

The Good Food Box pro- gram operates in many com- munities throughout On- tario, with 15 sites in Grey and Bruce. Developed to promote healthy eating, and therefore a healthier lifestyle, the GFB is a monthly “bas- ket” of fresh fruits and veg- etables. The Good Food Box program is a fresh produce pur- chase and delivery system that makes consuming vegetables and fruit easy and affordable for everyone in the community. Food is purchased in bulk, and savings are passed on to the par- ticipants. The box contains 10-15 different types of fresh fruits and vegetables each month.

Orders are placed and paid for


a month in advance. The box costs $15 and delivery is avail- able for an additional $5. Boxes are filled once-a-month on the fourth Tuesday. The GFB is supported by Grey Bruce Partners in Health, a coalition of local agencies that supports healthy eating and active living programs in Grey Bruce. It is operated by 15 local coordinators and ap- proximately 150 volunteers. With this initiative, the MNO’s Healing and Wellness Programme, and the local Métis council will benefit from an enhanced visibility and community profile. This also opens the doors to more clients, workshop promo- tion, and reaching Métis citi- zens. Our office is located in the downtown core, thereby allow- ing easier access to the GFB for many people. Boxes will con- tinue to be picked up at the cen- tral sorting location, but I have initiated discussions to explore the MNO office as a pick-up site in the future.


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