Town News

Partners for Life

March 18, 2015 Town News

Be Part of the Solution

Partners for Life is a nationwide program that is designed for corporate and community organizations. By joining the program, your organization makes a commitment to save lives by donating blood as a team. The need for blood is ongoing, and patients that are treated for such things as cancer, surgery and trauma depend on a stable supply of blood year round, which is why Partners for Life organizations have the power to save lives!

 
One person’s blood donation can save the life of a father. A sister. A child. Imagine how many lives can be touched if your entire organization made the commitment to give. Partners for Life gives teams within Canadian companies, government agencies, community groups, schools, service clubs, faith organizations and more the opportunity to show their commitment to saving lives by donating blood, platelets and plasma.
 
 
 

Youth Friendly Designated Community designation !

March 12, 2015 Town News

Congratulation's to Gananoque Intermediate & Secondary School(UCDSB) who have worked very hard to achieve the Bronze Youth Friendly Designated Community designation !

Specialist High Skills Major programs let students focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students receive the SHSM's seal on their diploma when they

  • complete a specific bundle of 8-10 courses in the student's selected field
  • earn valuable industry certifications including First Aid and CPR qualifications
  • Gain important skills on the job with employers.

A Youth Friendly community is one that actively supports and provides opportunities for the growth and development of youth (ages 13 to 19) through play. Play is any non-school activity that has elements of choice, leads to satisfaction, and encourages progressive learning and enjoyment. Activities can include, but are not limited to, recreation, sport, leisure, art, drama, dance, civic engagement, youth activism, volunteerism, social clubs and youth leadership.

How does the Specialist High Skills Major and the Youth Friendly Designation apply to Gananoque?

We had an opportunity to work with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Health Unit on assessing our community through youth surveys, talking to community recreation and arts program coordinators and meeting with our municipal leaders. This is where we collected the data to meet the criteria of the Youth Friendly designation application.

How does Gananoque benefit as a Bronze Youth Friendly Designated Community?

  • Opportunity to acknowledge the great things our community is doing for youth
  • Help make our small community more attractive to families who may want to move here
  • Create a retention plan for youth who already live here – encourage them to return
  • Be a part of a quality standard

Utility Program Assitance

February 2, 2015 Town News

The Winter Warmth Program

is designed for customers of Union Gas. In order to qualify for one grant ($500) each calendar year, a household must have a Union Gas bill currently in arrears or have recently received a disconnection notice. A household must also be experiencing personal circumstances which make it difficult or impossible to pay the current natural gas bill.

 The LEAP Program

is designed for customers of Enbridge Gas, Rideau-St. Lawrence Distribution and Eastern Ontario Power . In order to qualify for one grant ($300 - $500) each calendar year, a household must have an Enbridge Gas, Rideau-St. Lawrence Distribution or Eastern Ontario Powers bill currently in arrears or have recently received a disconnection notice. A household must also be experiencing personal circumstances which make it difficult or impossible to pay the current natural gas bill.

 The Help for Heat Program

is funded through United Way Greater Simcoe County, and is intended to provide emergency relief to eligible low-income applicants using alternative heating sources such as wood, wood pellets, oil or propane. This grant initiative is intended to prevent families and individuals from falling into homelessness and addressing urgent needs. 1000 Islands Credit Counselling Service, with over eight years’ experience in delivering emergency financial assistance programs, administers this initiative. This program assists people in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville with alternate sources of heating and has now expanded the assistance to include water areas. This program runs from July 1,2014 to June 30th, 2016. The maximum family, one-time per heating season grant is $650.00.

 

 “Water bill has fallen behind?

For all these programs please call 1000 Islands Credit Counselling Services. Help may be available for you! 613 498-2111 Ext 234, free and confidential”