The legacy of Sir Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell continues to be celebrated by the people of the Great Northern Peninsula at the annual Heritage Day in St. Anthony, NL. Hundreds of people typically flock to the Grenfell Memorial Park surrounded by the hospital, mission store, co-operative, former orphanage, handicraft operation and a network of other buildings – all the wonderful things Grenfell created to improve the social and economic well-being of the region more than 100 years ago. This year’s event was held at the Polar Centre as a change in venue.
The day began with the Teddy Bears Picnic. I enjoy volunteering for this even each year, which typically involves flipping a few burgers for those that wish to have a grilled afternoon snack. I arrive a little early to see the St. Anthony and Area Boys & Girls Club had set-up a number of games. They were also making balloon animals and I was able to lose an epic balloon sword fight to Logan. It was great fun! Lots of children, accompanied by their parents or guardians enjoyed games, free books, dancing with Strawberry Shortcake, face painting, Teddy Bear check-ups at the clinic and lots of other activities.
As the evening drew on there were tables set up with games of chance, bake sales, craft sales, 50-50 draws, penny sales, auction, food and music.
The Skipper Hot’s Band treated us to an evening of music, where some took to the floor for a step or two.
Likely the biggest hit of the evening was the polar bear paws, essentially fried dough with a cinnamon batter with sauce and whipped cream. They created quite the line up! I purchased some delicious baked goods and beautifully handmade craft items, including baby blankets, cardigan and hat and booty set.
A lot of organization goes into these events. Many thanks to all the people involved and those who volunteered their time. Those who can – do, those who do more – volunteer!
Supporting this event is about giving back to the local health auxiliaries, which helps raise money for priority medical equipment at our local hospital. The Grenfell Legacy is alive and well, more than 100 years since the recognition of the International Grenfell Association (IGA) and 120 years since Grenfell first came to Northern Newfoundland. His presence is still felt today.
Live Rural NL -Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North @MitchelmoreMHA
The Grenfell Foundation hosts the annual Heritage Day fundraiser to purchase priority medical equipment for Labrador Grenfell Health south chapter. I encourage all residents and visitors to drop by St. Anthony’s Polar Centre on Tuesday, July 8th.
Last year’s activities was a huge success. I enjoyed watching the old-fashioned square dancing, playing games of chance and enjoying all sorts of fish and barbecued dishes.
The Teddy Bears picnic also kicks off in the afternoon, with many kids games put off by volunteers at the Boys and Girls club. Many other organizations are represented with booths set-up. It was a pleasure to bring greetings at last year’s event as the Member of the House of Assembly for the District and volunteer.
The Grenfell Foundation was able to purchase over $200,000 worth of priority equipment, with assistance from $150,000 donation from St. Anthony Basin Resources Inc. This year the goal has been set to over $100,000 to purchase a number of pieces of equipment that will be distributed at a number of facilities including the John M. Gray Senior’s Residence.
If you can drop by and have an afternoon and evening of fun, while supporting the health care needs of the region.Live Rural NL - Christopher Mitchelmore The Straits-White Bay North
Health Care Concerns Growing on The Great Northern Peninsula – MHA to host public meetings in District
MHA Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) will be hosting three public meetings in the District open to the public to hear concerns, especially pertaining to health care. They will be held in St. Anthony on September 25th and Sandy Cove on September 26th. We are finalizing the location for the event in Roddickton and will be posting details as they become available.
We encourage you to share this message and invite people to attend. If you are unable to make the meeting but want a concern raised, please send via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Health care remains a top priority for constituents and ranges from dental, ambulance services, dialysis, home care, long-term care, surgeons, specialists and staffing, training, diagnostics and equipment, procurement, facility delays, access to care, prescription drug program, medical travel and overall affordability issues are commonplace. We need to continue to hear your concerns, your ideas, your issues and priorities. We certainly welcome any issue you may have outside of health care concerns, whether it be the economy, jobs, education, municipal affairs, roads and infrastructure to social programming.
As the MHA for the District of the Straits- White Bay North, I continue to hold public meetings in communities and continue to work with individuals, community leaders, groups and others to find co-operative solutions.
We can!Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
The Department of Health and Community Services announced on January 10, 2012 that it had made improvements to the medical transportation program, which impacts the lives of many, especially rural Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
The release states:
`To help ease the financial burden of paying upfront for travel for medical services, effective January 1, 2012, eligible residents booking commercial air travel for specialized insured medical services will now have 50 per cent of economy airfare prepaid prior to travel. Before this change, eligible individuals had to absorb the full cost of airfare initially and be reimbursed afterwards with the portion covered by the Medical Transportation Assistance Program.`
The full release can be found at: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/health/0110n01.htm
Improvements must continue to ensure that specialized medical services are truly available to all and not just those that are able to afford it. Further increases to upfront payment for travel may be warranted as not all can afford to pay for 50% of an economy commercial flight. For example, my last Provincial Airlines flight from St. Anthony to St. Johns, a mere 1 hour flight was over $800.00. A low income earner having to come up with $400+ is a still a heavy financial burden to bear.
Let us work together to find co-operative solutions as we live Rural Newfoundland & Labrador.
Experience the Great Northern Peninsula -Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
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