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Local Rotary News
Congratulations to Ed Zelinski. Ed received a Paul Harris Fellow Level 2 Recognition Pin
 
Thank you to Ed for his dedicated service to The Rotary Club of Alliston and his financial support to the work of the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club members all over the world can make a personal donation of $1000 US to our own Rotary Foundation. 
For more information about the Rotary Foundation, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

October 23 - 30, 2020

 
 
In spite of the raging COVID pandemic world-wide, polio eradication is alive and well, thanks to Rotary International and our partners.  
 
In August, Nigeria was declared polio-free, after three years of no new wild polio virus cases.  This means that we have Kicked Polio Out of Africa!  In July, vaccinations resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan and another wave will begin shortly in both countries.  The total number of wild polio cases so far in 2020 in the two countries combined is less than 150.  We have had so much success, in spite of so much political and civil unrest in all three countries over the years.  This is due, in part, to all those Rotarians and friends of Rotary in the health field putting in years of service and, in some cases, sacrificing their lives so that we may keep our promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio forever.
 
We Rotarians in Alliston are very proud of the dedication to polio awareness exhibited by our Mayor and Council.  The week of Oct. 23-30 has been designated Polio Awareness Week in New Tecumseth and the End Polio Now flag has been raised at the Town offices in Alliston.  We thank Mayor Rick Milne and our councilors for this proclamation.
On Friday October 16, 2020, twenty team competed in the first Rotary Club of Alliston Virtual Pub Trivia Night.  Once we conquered the technology, the teams competed through three rounds of question for bragging rights as the "most trivial".  After 1 hour of tough competition the Marvelous McFarlands were victorious.  Congratulations!  The quizmaster Ross did a great job with fun questions that were just tricky enough to keep everyone guessing.  Watch for another virtual pub night trivia coming to a computer near you.
 
The winning team, the Marvelous McFarlands.
The Rotary of Club of Alliston is disappointed that COVID has interfered with so many important community events in 2020.
Every January for over 35 years we have celebrated the New Year with our Twelfth Night Burning of the Green Christmas tree bonfire. Hundreds of people every year have enjoyed the warmth of the fire while sipping hot chocolate and munching on a hot dog. Unfortunately a gathering of this size won't be permitted under the regulations currently in place and as such the Twelfth Night- Burning of the Green Bonfire in Riverdale Park will not take place in January 2021.
 
We hope we can host the event again in the future.
 
Stay Safe.
Usually this weekend Rotarians from all around the Greater Toronto Area (District 7070) get together to walk, talk and raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This money supports the “big” projects Rotarian do around the world. 2020 of course is different. This year our members did
"their own thing" ... we walked, rode bikes, and explored our community in support of the Rotary foundation.  We will update this story when we know our final fundraising total.
Back in the spring Rotarians participated in a community health walk to raise funds and awareness of health organizations in our community. This week Rotarian Joan Hayward presented the proceeds from this walk, a cheque for over $1300, to the Banting Legacy Foundation to help support its education and awareness programs.
 
Joan Hayward presents the cheque to Kait Perez Diaz at the Banting Homestead.
Walk for Community Health
 
 
WHAT?             Ten members of The Rotary Club of Alliston will participate in a fund-raising walk in support of community health.
 
WHEN?             On Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
 
WHERE?           In and around the Briar Hill Community
 
WHY?               Of the funds raised, 25% will support Feed Ontario.
 
                        75% will come to The Rotary Club of Alliston to be used in our community for projects 
                        related to health.
 
WHO?              Your team members are:
                                    Sue Leach
                                    David Green
                                    Patricia Middlebrook
                                    Roger Hayward
                                    Joan Hayward
                                    George Scott
                                    Don Smith
                                    Eric Jagger
                                    Irene Byrne
                                    Tanya Wall
 
WHAT IS MY ROLE?       Please feel free to contact any of the team members to pledge.  A minimum of $25 would help us help our community to remain healthy.  
 
 
Meet Amzy and Irby Syed. They have known to our club since 2017.  They were amongst the first executives of the Interact, Rotary youth club and members of the New Tecumseth Youth Advisory Committee.  They were volunteers in our local hospital for a couple of years.  Amzy is also an active member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Brampton Civic Hospital. Irby has founded a technical support group to help seniors in one of local senior residences.  Amzy was part of local youths who went to New Brunswick to help building a house for the Tobique First Nation. Rotary Club of Alliston, had sent Amzy to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in Spring of 2019.  They proudly carried the Alliston Rotary Club banner in the last Potato Festival. 
 
They have participated with many fundraising activities including: Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society of Canada, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, The True North and the Friends of the North Misisway.   
 
They are involved with several students clubs in their university. They were elected by the senate on the Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees, and Science, Engineering & Architecture Council on Grade Appeal Committee at Laurentian University.  
Amzy is also elected as Marketing Advisor for the Medlife club. 
 
Recently, they appeared in the media for their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) invention to help our frontline healthcare workers.
https://laurentian.ca/good-news-stories/syed-brothers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLQp8ydB_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O__tJae1GI
 
They possess strong academic records. These two young duos have received numerous academic and community service awards. They were recognized in the Ontario Legislature by our MPP, Jim Wilson. To recognize their volunteer and community services, they were also inducted in the South Simcoe Hall of Fame in 2019. 
 
They will be our guest speakers in our meeting on Monday July 13 at 7pm.
 

Rotary's Support for the Community During the Pandemic

Under the current difficult conditions, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many individuals and businesses, the members of our club thought about what help we could provide for our community -- especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

 

Support for Health Care Workers - The Rotary Club of Alliston recently purchased 450 ice cream treats and 450 individually wrapped cookies. Today Rotarians George Scott and Kelly McCague delivered these treats to the staff of four retirement facilities: Riverwood Senior Living, Good Samaritan Seniors Complex, Kingsmere Retirement Suites and Simcoe Village. Rather than hot meals that can only feed those on duty at the time, the ice cream and cookies can be stored onsite and served up over several days to ensure every staff member gets a treat. And these purchases help to support our local businesses at a challenging time.

Teamwork goes a long way during these times, that’s why Rotary Club of Alliston partnered with the Alliston Lions Club to donate a combined $1500 to the The Good Shepherd Food Bank | Alliston.
 
Thank you Alliston Lions! 

Photo: Rotary Incoming President George Scott and Lion Jaime Karsch presenting the cheque to the Good Shephard Food Bank of Alliston Vice President Dave Bradbury.
Incoming President George Scott talks on Rogers cable about how the Rotary Club of Alliston is reaching out to the community during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19.
 
Rotary President Elect George Scott delivers Hand Sanitizer on behalf of the Rotary Club of Alliston to Simcoe Manor, Riverwood Retirement Home, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Matthew's House Hospice and Kingsmere Retirement Home. Heretic Distillery in Collingwood made the hand sanitizer and graciously donated half the cost.
Big thank your to the Circle Theatre @AllistonCircleTheatre for helping the Rotary Club express our gratitude to the essential workers in our community...thanks Kelly McCague for taking the lead on this tribute.
 
Join us on May 11, 2020 on Zoom to hear Dan Carter talk about his incredible journey from homelessness to city hall.  An invitation will be going out to members shortly.  For non-Rotarians please contact Dave Green for a Zoom invite.
 
Elected in 2018, Mayor Dan Carter is serving his first term as Mayor of Oshawa after serving as a City and Regional Councillor from 2014 -2018. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all City Standing Committees. At the Region of Durham, he currently serves as a member of the Health and Social Services Committee and President of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation. 
 
Active in community development initiatives Mayor Carter lends his time to many philanthropic endeavours and has a deep commitment to making a difference to those in need. 
Mayor Carter takes his role as Mayor of Oshawa to heart and feels blessed that he has been given the opportunity to serve and to help people in his community every day.
 
He is committed to leading in a way that will bring out the best in all of us and be the light that brings hope, optimism, and pride to this great city. 

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Celebrate with us. We have some great ways to keep the kids entertained this month and have fun at home while staying healthy.

Visit www.brushamania.ca to see the details and how you can get your kids involved.

 
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SMH Launches PPE Drive

Hospitals across the province are managing anticipated shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the health system, and Stevenson is no different. To support our need for PPE, we are organizing a PPE Drive to encourage businesses and individuals with personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, to donate them to the Hospital.

We are grateful for the supplies that have already been donated by local individuals and businesses. We are not accepting any hand-made PPE at this time.

The demand for these items is critical, so we appreciate the support from our community.

We are still in need of more, in particular these critical items:
- Masks: Ear-loop ASTMF2100-11, Level 2 rating or higher
- Masks: N95 3M9105, 3M1870+, 3M8110S, 3M8210, NIOSH and CE
- Gowns: AAMI, Level 2 rating or greater
- Hand sanitizer: 70% or higher
- Gloves: Nitrile (all sizes) (must be powder free)

We will be accepting donations of unopened, unexpired PPE. Please note we are a latex-free facility.
If you have items to donate, please call us at (705) 220-0868  or email mmclean@smhosp.on.ca and include picture of product if possible.

We will validate the product to ensure it meets our needs and arrange for drop-off at our location.

Social distancing practices will be enforced during the drop off. All PPE will be inspected, assessed, cleaned and disinfected (where possible) prior to use.

Company
Products/Service
Contact Information
Good Shepherd Food Bank (Alliston)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Clients will be served outside during COVID-19
705-435-3255
96 Victoria St. W., Lower Level, Alliston
Monday 1-3pm, Thursday 2-4pm, 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30pm-7:30pm
Our Town Food Bank (Tottenham)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Food hampers will be provided instead of shopping due to COVID-19
(905) 936-6293
3 George St., Tottenham
Tuesday 7pm-8:30pm
Helping Hand Food Bank (Bradford)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call to ask about picking up a package of food instead of shopping due to COVID-19
 
(905) 775-2824
123 Moore St., Bradford
Monday and Wednesday 1-2pm
Friday 6pm-7pm
Angus Food Bank
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call ahead for COVID-19 protocol
(705) 424-0204
8527 County Road 10, Angus
Wed and Fri, 1pm to 3pm
Dufferin Food Share
All food banks in Dufferin county are combining services during COVID-19 to continue to serve the Dufferin community who need emergency food
Salvation Army New Hope Church
690 Riddell Road, Orangeville
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Wednesday 5pm-8pm
Thursday 10am-1pm
Friday 10am-1pm
contact@dufferinfoodchare.org
Cookstown Greens
Fruits and vegetables (organic)
Call to place order and pick up
(705) 458-9077
Little Rock Honey Farm
Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meats
Delivery Available
farmboxteam@gmail.com
Facebook – Little Rock Honey Farm
647-231-2822
 
Murphy’s Farm
Baked goods and supplies, vegetables, dairy, preserves
Call or place order online for pick up
(705) 435-4121
Lennox Farm
Farmer’s market to open in May
519-925-6444
Rosemont General
Baked goods and supplies, beans, eggs, fruit, cheese, cleaning supplies, frozen food
Deliver, take-out and curbside pick up available
(705) 435-6575
Sheldon Creek Dairy
Dairy, baked goods, frozen meals, pantry items, snacks, meat, fruit, eggs
Order online or call and pick up
(705) 434-0404
Vince’s Market in Tottenham
Grocery store
Will deliver ($15 within 15 minutes, otherwise  $25, up to 15km) or store pick ($5), processing order takes 2-4 days
(289) 318-0500
 
Country Cut Meats
Meat – call to order, pay over the phone and they will prepare it and put it in your car
(705) 424-2447
 
Del Zotto Butcher
Meat – call to order and will deliver on orders over $100
705-434-0070
Cookstown Foodland
Groceries
Delivers to Cookstown and Alliston area
$7 delivery charge, minimum $50 order
705-458-1611
Beeton Foodland
Groceries
Free delivery available
Monday – Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday – Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday – Bradford
Thursday – Beeton and Alliston
Curbside pick up is available Monday-Thursday
905-729-2513
Tottenham Foodland
Groceries
Curbside pick-up and delivery available
 
905-936-1077
 
Dash Delivery
Delivery service for restaurants
https://dashdelivers.ca/Alliston
Tottenham Health Foods
Vitamins, supplements and more
Call in orders Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
Curbside pick up
 
905-936-4477
 
Pet Grocer
Pet food and other pet essentials
Order online or over the phone
Delivery available within 30 minutes from Alliston store or curbside pick up
705-250-8383
Email: info@petgrocer.ca
Heart to Home Meals
Frozen Meals – Entrees, Soups and Desserts
Free Delivery
1-866-933-1516
www.hearttohomemeals.ca
CHATS 
Frozen Meals on Wheels – New Tecumseth
Sobey’s in Orangeville
Grocery Store – call to place an order
Sobey’s has partnered with Comfort Keepers to provide delivery in the Dufferin area
(519) 941-1339 – Sobey’s
(519) 942-9101 – Comfort Keepers
 
Compiled April 6th, 2020
The Rotary Club of Alliston wants to help in the community with information regarding essential services and businesses. We are compiling this information as it becomes available. The information is constantly changing please contact the business or location before heading as this information may already be out of date.  We will update the information as soon as we get any changes.  
 
Compiled Mar 27, 2020
 
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Assessment Centre (from a statement from SMH Mar 23, 2020)
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). To start, the Centre will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. We will evaluate hours of operation based on need from the community.
 
The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
 
We are asking the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre.
 
We’re really trying to divert traffic away from our Emergency Department and main entrance, but provide a place for community members to be screened if they are experiencing symptoms. It’s important to note that not all patients will be tested at the Centre. Patients will be assessed by a physician who will determine if a test is needed.
The public is asked to not show up at the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.
The Assessment Centre will be staffed by SMH nurses and physicians, along with primary care physicians from the Alliston Family Health Team.
Patients arriving at the Assessment Centre will be asked to complete a self-assessment form.  Depending on symptoms, a nurse will determine if they should proceed for further assessment and testing or return home to self-monitor.  If it is determined upon further assessment that criteria for testing are met, a swab will be taken and sent for testing.  All patients will be provided with information and instructions on self-monitoring or isolation.
Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.
 
For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit:

Public Health
Government of Ontario
 
Groceries 
Zehrs Alliston
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable population  7am-8am
Hours  8am-8pm
 705-434-9391
Order food on line for pick up
Paid for by credit card
Book well in advance to use 4 designated parking spots for pick up of groceries.
https://www.zehrs.ca/online-grocery-shopping
 
Walmart Alliston 
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable 7-8am
Hours 8am-8pm 
705-435-7100
 
Fresh Co Alliston
Hours for seniors and vulnerable sector 8-9am
Hours 8am-8pm
705-434-9512
No online shopping
 
Beeton Foodland- Updated April 1, 2020
Hours for vulnerable Monday-Saturday 8-9am, Sunday 9-10am
Hours
Food Orders may be emailed beetonfoodlanddelivery@gmail.com or call 905-729-2513
Paid for by credit card
Free Delivery to Vulnerable sector of population
Deliveries:
Monday- Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday- Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday- Bradford and Area
Thursday- Beeton and Alliston
 
 
 
Foodland Cookstown - Updated April 1
 
Hours are 8am-8pm
705-458-1611
Phone in for food orders and delivery, first come first serve!
Call Monday 8am-4pm for a Tuesday delivery
Call Wednesday 8am-4pm for a Thursday delivery
Minimum food order is $50
Delivery charge 
 
Pharmacies
Shoppers Drug Mart Alliston
Hours 8am-10pm
705-435-6051
Refills can be done online.
 
Rexall Pharmacy Alliston
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-6pm
705-435-7902
Orders from Pharmacy can be paid by credit card and delivered.
 
Wrays Drugstore
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
705-435-6011
 
 
 
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Local Rotary News
Congratulations to Ed Zelinski. Ed received a Paul Harris Fellow Level 2 Recognition Pin
 
Thank you to Ed for his dedicated service to The Rotary Club of Alliston and his financial support to the work of the Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club members all over the world can make a personal donation of $1000 US to our own Rotary Foundation. 
For more information about the Rotary Foundation, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

October 23 - 30, 2020

 
 
In spite of the raging COVID pandemic world-wide, polio eradication is alive and well, thanks to Rotary International and our partners.  
 
In August, Nigeria was declared polio-free, after three years of no new wild polio virus cases.  This means that we have Kicked Polio Out of Africa!  In July, vaccinations resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan and another wave will begin shortly in both countries.  The total number of wild polio cases so far in 2020 in the two countries combined is less than 150.  We have had so much success, in spite of so much political and civil unrest in all three countries over the years.  This is due, in part, to all those Rotarians and friends of Rotary in the health field putting in years of service and, in some cases, sacrificing their lives so that we may keep our promise to the children of the world to eradicate polio forever.
 
We Rotarians in Alliston are very proud of the dedication to polio awareness exhibited by our Mayor and Council.  The week of Oct. 23-30 has been designated Polio Awareness Week in New Tecumseth and the End Polio Now flag has been raised at the Town offices in Alliston.  We thank Mayor Rick Milne and our councilors for this proclamation.
On Friday October 16, 2020, twenty team competed in the first Rotary Club of Alliston Virtual Pub Trivia Night.  Once we conquered the technology, the teams competed through three rounds of question for bragging rights as the "most trivial".  After 1 hour of tough competition the Marvelous McFarlands were victorious.  Congratulations!  The quizmaster Ross did a great job with fun questions that were just tricky enough to keep everyone guessing.  Watch for another virtual pub night trivia coming to a computer near you.
 
The winning team, the Marvelous McFarlands.
The Rotary of Club of Alliston is disappointed that COVID has interfered with so many important community events in 2020.
Every January for over 35 years we have celebrated the New Year with our Twelfth Night Burning of the Green Christmas tree bonfire. Hundreds of people every year have enjoyed the warmth of the fire while sipping hot chocolate and munching on a hot dog. Unfortunately a gathering of this size won't be permitted under the regulations currently in place and as such the Twelfth Night- Burning of the Green Bonfire in Riverdale Park will not take place in January 2021.
 
We hope we can host the event again in the future.
 
Stay Safe.
Usually this weekend Rotarians from all around the Greater Toronto Area (District 7070) get together to walk, talk and raise money for the Rotary Foundation. This money supports the “big” projects Rotarian do around the world. 2020 of course is different. This year our members did
"their own thing" ... we walked, rode bikes, and explored our community in support of the Rotary foundation.  We will update this story when we know our final fundraising total.
Back in the spring Rotarians participated in a community health walk to raise funds and awareness of health organizations in our community. This week Rotarian Joan Hayward presented the proceeds from this walk, a cheque for over $1300, to the Banting Legacy Foundation to help support its education and awareness programs.
 
Joan Hayward presents the cheque to Kait Perez Diaz at the Banting Homestead.
Walk for Community Health
 
 
WHAT?             Ten members of The Rotary Club of Alliston will participate in a fund-raising walk in support of community health.
 
WHEN?             On Wednesday, July 8th, 2020
 
WHERE?           In and around the Briar Hill Community
 
WHY?               Of the funds raised, 25% will support Feed Ontario.
 
                        75% will come to The Rotary Club of Alliston to be used in our community for projects 
                        related to health.
 
WHO?              Your team members are:
                                    Sue Leach
                                    David Green
                                    Patricia Middlebrook
                                    Roger Hayward
                                    Joan Hayward
                                    George Scott
                                    Don Smith
                                    Eric Jagger
                                    Irene Byrne
                                    Tanya Wall
 
WHAT IS MY ROLE?       Please feel free to contact any of the team members to pledge.  A minimum of $25 would help us help our community to remain healthy.  
 
 
Meet Amzy and Irby Syed. They have known to our club since 2017.  They were amongst the first executives of the Interact, Rotary youth club and members of the New Tecumseth Youth Advisory Committee.  They were volunteers in our local hospital for a couple of years.  Amzy is also an active member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at Brampton Civic Hospital. Irby has founded a technical support group to help seniors in one of local senior residences.  Amzy was part of local youths who went to New Brunswick to help building a house for the Tobique First Nation. Rotary Club of Alliston, had sent Amzy to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp in Spring of 2019.  They proudly carried the Alliston Rotary Club banner in the last Potato Festival. 
 
They have participated with many fundraising activities including: Canadian Cancer Society, MS Society of Canada, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, The True North and the Friends of the North Misisway.   
 
They are involved with several students clubs in their university. They were elected by the senate on the Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees, and Science, Engineering & Architecture Council on Grade Appeal Committee at Laurentian University.  
Amzy is also elected as Marketing Advisor for the Medlife club. 
 
Recently, they appeared in the media for their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) invention to help our frontline healthcare workers.
https://laurentian.ca/good-news-stories/syed-brothers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLQp8ydB_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O__tJae1GI
 
They possess strong academic records. These two young duos have received numerous academic and community service awards. They were recognized in the Ontario Legislature by our MPP, Jim Wilson. To recognize their volunteer and community services, they were also inducted in the South Simcoe Hall of Fame in 2019. 
 
They will be our guest speakers in our meeting on Monday July 13 at 7pm.
 

Rotary's Support for the Community During the Pandemic

Under the current difficult conditions, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many individuals and businesses, the members of our club thought about what help we could provide for our community -- especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

 

Support for Health Care Workers - The Rotary Club of Alliston recently purchased 450 ice cream treats and 450 individually wrapped cookies. Today Rotarians George Scott and Kelly McCague delivered these treats to the staff of four retirement facilities: Riverwood Senior Living, Good Samaritan Seniors Complex, Kingsmere Retirement Suites and Simcoe Village. Rather than hot meals that can only feed those on duty at the time, the ice cream and cookies can be stored onsite and served up over several days to ensure every staff member gets a treat. And these purchases help to support our local businesses at a challenging time.

Teamwork goes a long way during these times, that’s why Rotary Club of Alliston partnered with the Alliston Lions Club to donate a combined $1500 to the The Good Shepherd Food Bank | Alliston.
 
Thank you Alliston Lions! 

Photo: Rotary Incoming President George Scott and Lion Jaime Karsch presenting the cheque to the Good Shephard Food Bank of Alliston Vice President Dave Bradbury.
Incoming President George Scott talks on Rogers cable about how the Rotary Club of Alliston is reaching out to the community during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19.
 
Rotary President Elect George Scott delivers Hand Sanitizer on behalf of the Rotary Club of Alliston to Simcoe Manor, Riverwood Retirement Home, Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Matthew's House Hospice and Kingsmere Retirement Home. Heretic Distillery in Collingwood made the hand sanitizer and graciously donated half the cost.
Big thank your to the Circle Theatre @AllistonCircleTheatre for helping the Rotary Club express our gratitude to the essential workers in our community...thanks Kelly McCague for taking the lead on this tribute.
 
Join us on May 11, 2020 on Zoom to hear Dan Carter talk about his incredible journey from homelessness to city hall.  An invitation will be going out to members shortly.  For non-Rotarians please contact Dave Green for a Zoom invite.
 
Elected in 2018, Mayor Dan Carter is serving his first term as Mayor of Oshawa after serving as a City and Regional Councillor from 2014 -2018. The Mayor is an ex-officio member of all City Standing Committees. At the Region of Durham, he currently serves as a member of the Health and Social Services Committee and President of the Durham Region Non-Profit Housing Corporation. 
 
Active in community development initiatives Mayor Carter lends his time to many philanthropic endeavours and has a deep commitment to making a difference to those in need. 
Mayor Carter takes his role as Mayor of Oshawa to heart and feels blessed that he has been given the opportunity to serve and to help people in his community every day.
 
He is committed to leading in a way that will bring out the best in all of us and be the light that brings hope, optimism, and pride to this great city. 

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Celebrate with us. We have some great ways to keep the kids entertained this month and have fun at home while staying healthy.

Visit www.brushamania.ca to see the details and how you can get your kids involved.

 
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SMH Launches PPE Drive

Hospitals across the province are managing anticipated shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the health system, and Stevenson is no different. To support our need for PPE, we are organizing a PPE Drive to encourage businesses and individuals with personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves, to donate them to the Hospital.

We are grateful for the supplies that have already been donated by local individuals and businesses. We are not accepting any hand-made PPE at this time.

The demand for these items is critical, so we appreciate the support from our community.

We are still in need of more, in particular these critical items:
- Masks: Ear-loop ASTMF2100-11, Level 2 rating or higher
- Masks: N95 3M9105, 3M1870+, 3M8110S, 3M8210, NIOSH and CE
- Gowns: AAMI, Level 2 rating or greater
- Hand sanitizer: 70% or higher
- Gloves: Nitrile (all sizes) (must be powder free)

We will be accepting donations of unopened, unexpired PPE. Please note we are a latex-free facility.
If you have items to donate, please call us at (705) 220-0868  or email mmclean@smhosp.on.ca and include picture of product if possible.

We will validate the product to ensure it meets our needs and arrange for drop-off at our location.

Social distancing practices will be enforced during the drop off. All PPE will be inspected, assessed, cleaned and disinfected (where possible) prior to use.

Company
Products/Service
Contact Information
Good Shepherd Food Bank (Alliston)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Clients will be served outside during COVID-19
705-435-3255
96 Victoria St. W., Lower Level, Alliston
Monday 1-3pm, Thursday 2-4pm, 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30pm-7:30pm
Our Town Food Bank (Tottenham)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Food hampers will be provided instead of shopping due to COVID-19
(905) 936-6293
3 George St., Tottenham
Tuesday 7pm-8:30pm
Helping Hand Food Bank (Bradford)
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call to ask about picking up a package of food instead of shopping due to COVID-19
 
(905) 775-2824
123 Moore St., Bradford
Monday and Wednesday 1-2pm
Friday 6pm-7pm
Angus Food Bank
Provides emergency food to those in need
Call ahead for COVID-19 protocol
(705) 424-0204
8527 County Road 10, Angus
Wed and Fri, 1pm to 3pm
Dufferin Food Share
All food banks in Dufferin county are combining services during COVID-19 to continue to serve the Dufferin community who need emergency food
Salvation Army New Hope Church
690 Riddell Road, Orangeville
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Wednesday 5pm-8pm
Thursday 10am-1pm
Friday 10am-1pm
contact@dufferinfoodchare.org
Cookstown Greens
Fruits and vegetables (organic)
Call to place order and pick up
(705) 458-9077
Little Rock Honey Farm
Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meats
Delivery Available
farmboxteam@gmail.com
Facebook – Little Rock Honey Farm
647-231-2822
 
Murphy’s Farm
Baked goods and supplies, vegetables, dairy, preserves
Call or place order online for pick up
(705) 435-4121
Lennox Farm
Farmer’s market to open in May
519-925-6444
Rosemont General
Baked goods and supplies, beans, eggs, fruit, cheese, cleaning supplies, frozen food
Deliver, take-out and curbside pick up available
(705) 435-6575
Sheldon Creek Dairy
Dairy, baked goods, frozen meals, pantry items, snacks, meat, fruit, eggs
Order online or call and pick up
(705) 434-0404
Vince’s Market in Tottenham
Grocery store
Will deliver ($15 within 15 minutes, otherwise  $25, up to 15km) or store pick ($5), processing order takes 2-4 days
(289) 318-0500
 
Country Cut Meats
Meat – call to order, pay over the phone and they will prepare it and put it in your car
(705) 424-2447
 
Del Zotto Butcher
Meat – call to order and will deliver on orders over $100
705-434-0070
Cookstown Foodland
Groceries
Delivers to Cookstown and Alliston area
$7 delivery charge, minimum $50 order
705-458-1611
Beeton Foodland
Groceries
Free delivery available
Monday – Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday – Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday – Bradford
Thursday – Beeton and Alliston
Curbside pick up is available Monday-Thursday
905-729-2513
Tottenham Foodland
Groceries
Curbside pick-up and delivery available
 
905-936-1077
 
Dash Delivery
Delivery service for restaurants
https://dashdelivers.ca/Alliston
Tottenham Health Foods
Vitamins, supplements and more
Call in orders Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
Curbside pick up
 
905-936-4477
 
Pet Grocer
Pet food and other pet essentials
Order online or over the phone
Delivery available within 30 minutes from Alliston store or curbside pick up
705-250-8383
Email: info@petgrocer.ca
Heart to Home Meals
Frozen Meals – Entrees, Soups and Desserts
Free Delivery
1-866-933-1516
www.hearttohomemeals.ca
CHATS 
Frozen Meals on Wheels – New Tecumseth
Sobey’s in Orangeville
Grocery Store – call to place an order
Sobey’s has partnered with Comfort Keepers to provide delivery in the Dufferin area
(519) 941-1339 – Sobey’s
(519) 942-9101 – Comfort Keepers
 
Compiled April 6th, 2020
The Rotary Club of Alliston wants to help in the community with information regarding essential services and businesses. We are compiling this information as it becomes available. The information is constantly changing please contact the business or location before heading as this information may already be out of date.  We will update the information as soon as we get any changes.  
 
Compiled Mar 27, 2020
 
Stevenson Memorial Hospital Assessment Centre (from a statement from SMH Mar 23, 2020)
Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) has opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). To start, the Centre will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. We will evaluate hours of operation based on need from the community.
 
The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
 
We are asking the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre.
 
We’re really trying to divert traffic away from our Emergency Department and main entrance, but provide a place for community members to be screened if they are experiencing symptoms. It’s important to note that not all patients will be tested at the Centre. Patients will be assessed by a physician who will determine if a test is needed.
The public is asked to not show up at the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.
The Assessment Centre will be staffed by SMH nurses and physicians, along with primary care physicians from the Alliston Family Health Team.
Patients arriving at the Assessment Centre will be asked to complete a self-assessment form.  Depending on symptoms, a nurse will determine if they should proceed for further assessment and testing or return home to self-monitor.  If it is determined upon further assessment that criteria for testing are met, a swab will be taken and sent for testing.  All patients will be provided with information and instructions on self-monitoring or isolation.
Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.
 
For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit:

Public Health
Government of Ontario
 
Groceries 
Zehrs Alliston
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable population  7am-8am
Hours  8am-8pm
 705-434-9391
Order food on line for pick up
Paid for by credit card
Book well in advance to use 4 designated parking spots for pick up of groceries.
https://www.zehrs.ca/online-grocery-shopping
 
Walmart Alliston 
Hours for Seniors and vulnerable 7-8am
Hours 8am-8pm 
705-435-7100
 
Fresh Co Alliston
Hours for seniors and vulnerable sector 8-9am
Hours 8am-8pm
705-434-9512
No online shopping
 
Beeton Foodland- Updated April 1, 2020
Hours for vulnerable Monday-Saturday 8-9am, Sunday 9-10am
Hours
Food Orders may be emailed beetonfoodlanddelivery@gmail.com or call 905-729-2513
Paid for by credit card
Free Delivery to Vulnerable sector of population
Deliveries:
Monday- Beeton and Loretto
Tuesday- Tottenham and Schomberg
Wednesday- Bradford and Area
Thursday- Beeton and Alliston
 
 
 
Foodland Cookstown - Updated April 1
 
Hours are 8am-8pm
705-458-1611
Phone in for food orders and delivery, first come first serve!
Call Monday 8am-4pm for a Tuesday delivery
Call Wednesday 8am-4pm for a Thursday delivery
Minimum food order is $50
Delivery charge 
 
Pharmacies
Shoppers Drug Mart Alliston
Hours 8am-10pm
705-435-6051
Refills can be done online.
 
Rexall Pharmacy Alliston
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-6pm
705-435-7902
Orders from Pharmacy can be paid by credit card and delivered.
 
Wrays Drugstore
Hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
705-435-6011