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Niagara Falls ON

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The Shaver Hospital was founded by Dr. Cecil Shaver, who was a pioneer in the treatment of chest diseases, especially TB. Now, the Shaver Centre centre handles about 40,000 different services and specialized equipment areas.  Kristine and Norma (Rotarian from St. Catharines) gave us the deluxe tour of this impressive facility which, for an older building, was lots of space for practical aids. 
The audiology clinic is located closest to the outpatient entrance and lobby, with many other specialized areas on the main floor, including a therapy pool, just a short distance away. For access to the outpatient services at Shaver, patients need to be in stable condition. As part of a pilot program (until mid-2020), a Shaver staff member will be present at all major hospitals in the Niagara Region, for awareness and to help facilitate use of these excellent rehab facilities by patients.
Many thanks to Kristine and Norma for their expert tour and to Pres. Barb for arranging the tour for us. 

Dr. Fearon, with his advanced degrees in economics, is now in his third year of a five year term as president of Brock University. Today, he gave us an overview of Brock, as well as his viewpoint and vision as its president. 


At present, there are 21 universities in Ontario and 97 in Canada. In 1957, a regional grassroots community (Allenburg) expressed a desire for a local university for the purpose of economic development. This was followed by a fundraising campaign which raised $400,000. This significant local commitment eventually convinced the Ontario government to grant a university charter in 1964. Today, Brock is a comprehensive university with 19,000 students and a total of 120 degree programs. There are about 5,000 employees with an overall annual payroll of approximately $212 million! 


With this steady growth and significant regional economic impact, Gervan stressed the importance of Brock to the region and his broad perspective for the future impact in Niagara. He emphasized the increasing demands on universities generally and outlined the current priorities for Brock as follows:

  1. Continue to improve its reputation as a premier teaching and learning university. In a changing world, the primary aim of a university education is to teach students to think critically and to retain knowledge, to be able to adapt.

  2. Build its research capacity (currently there are 13 Canada Research Chairs at Brock).

  3. Increase the regional economic footprint and impact and continue to develop strategic partnerships with local organizations.

  4. Be a beacon of hope for the world’s developing countries.   


The economic impact of Brock to the Niagara region and Ontario are estimated to be approximately $450 and $640 million, respectively. Notably, Brock is a partner, along with Niagara Economic Development, in the upcoming Canada Summer Games scheduled for August 2021. 


Dr. Fearon was introduced by Lou Visentin and thanked by John Beyer.   





All about Distress Centre Niagara Services from Executive Director Stacy Terry
Stacy Terry was here today to tell us about the Distress Centre Niagara. The Centre came about from the merger of 15 agencies in the Niagara region and has been operating since 1970 to provide support to people with mental health or addiction issues and also for suicide prevention.
The Centre provides a 24/7 phone service (1-866-550-5205) for support to anyone, regardless of age, who need someone to talk to about these personal issues. The phones are staffed by volunteers at an undisclosed location here in Niagara Falls, 365 days a year. The Distress Centre currently receives more than 15,000 calls per year and is largely supported by the United Way, along with a few additional fundraisers, which includes a golf tournament.
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