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COPA 45 HEARS
At the April COPA 45 meeting, Gateway Centre
of Excellence in Rural Health presented their past research projects,
the present ones that health and medical students from University of
Guelph and Western are pursuing. They even told us about the new
research initiatives that are happening later this year once funding is
in place. It is celebrating 10 years in operation. Many city hospitals
have research centres within the hospital but rural hospitals do not.
Hence Gateway fills that void.
Gateway is probably best known within
the West Coast communities with their Hometown Heroes Hockey Game held
mid July at the Maitland Recreation Centre. It has raised more than a
quarter million dollars to improve health in Huron County. It is truly a
night of fun, food and funds raised for local Goderich groups with NHL
players of Ryan and Cal O`Reilly, MP Ben Lobb and many others. The
silent auction is a huge success with outstanding donations. Yearly COPA
45 has given to the auction.
A community based organization Gateway
wants to improve the quality of life for rural residents by undertaking
research on such health issues, disease prevention. From the outreach
programs Gateway wants to provide information and formulate a policy on
completed research projects. It serves the counties of Grey, Bruce,
Huron and Perth.
Why these four counties. Members heard that in this
part of rural Ontario there are a higher number of seniors with chronic
health conditions connected with ageing. We have high rates of stroke
and heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, cancer and
chronic lung problems. The lifestyle here is fairly stable. The politics
here are status quo. Research shows that the wealthier a person, the
better health he possess. Fortunately this area has many newly trained
and highly skilled doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists,
nutritionists, and others.
A PHD candidate from Western is
researching Chronic Obstructive Lung disease, often called farmers lung
disease. She worked with local farmers using masks and respirators to
measure health conditions of their lungs. The farmers soon realized that
these items did make a difference in their health.
procured the first Canadian rural geriatrician. She and family are
returning to Huron County. We are an ageing population. More seniors are
moving from the cities to our West Coast for its landscape and
lifestyle. We have the medical facilities to support that shift in
Gateway is rolling out its newest project, Lonely No
More. Volunteers contact older adults to decrease isolation and assist
to monitor their own health. Another initiative is the Safer Scripts
program where a local surgeon noticed doctors were not receiving enough
feedback about prescribed pain medications to ensure patient comfort and
prevent possible addiction.
Gateway is now researching Food
Insecurity and Rural Seniors Living Independently. Older seniors may
experience obstacles to get healthy food due to low incomes,
transportation issues, purchase and prepare nutritional foods.
an interesting presentation for our COPA 45 members to hear. We are
entering those years where ensuring a healthy lifestyle will bring
dividends as we age.
Inspiring Women –
Lauren Bos is a girl that continually
inspires. At 20 she has achieved much in rural Huron County to inspire
other women. Throughout her time at school Lauren has been compassionate
towards other children and is someone who encourages and supports other
students to teach her goals.
When there is a task to accomplish
Lauren is the first to volunteer and organize an event. She commits to
the project until successfully completed.
At St. Anne’s she enrolled
in the high Skills Energy program. Building construction was one course.
She co-oped with Clinton’s Dykstra Construction. She was an outstanding
asset to the company. Lifting 4x8 sheets of drywall and plywood were a
struggle. She then chose electrical for a career. She enrolled in
Georgian College’s program graduating with 89% (only girl). She has an
apprenticeship with Shakespeare’s Hyde Electric.
She skates and coaches at the Clinton club. She has also coached at Owen
Sound when at college. When Mitchell was desperately searching for a
replacement coach, Lauren filled in. She choreographed a carnival
including costumes. She convinced a St. Anne’s EA/skating coach to form
a school figure skating team and helped to organize the first
You can find Lauren volunteering at
Dungannon Tractor Pull and Fall Fair, Auburn Lion’s breakfasts, Lucknow
Music in the Fields, Goderich COPA 45. and many activities in her
church. For three years she competed in the Huron County Plowing Match.
This year she was one of the runners up. She also competed in the
Lucknow Fall Fair Ambassador competition and took home the tiara.
She cares for the family farm of cattle and pigs, helps with the
house and younger sisters. Early mornings mean feeding the cattle before
a 1.25 hour drive to the job site. After her father’s accident she came
home from college to manage a barn of 4000 pigs.
On a plaque in
her bedroom these words are written inside a cowgirl boot “Give a girl
the right pair of boots and she will conquer the world” This so true of
Jacob Van Beets Our airport manager
became a Canadian citizen on Friday Feb. 22, 2019 in London ON.
COPA 45 Plans for
Jan. 24, 2019
COPA 45 can look forward to a busy year of
planned meetings, events and socials. January is a month of reflecting
back and then looking ahead. COPA 45 will be hosting events with other
groups along with the Sky Harbour Modellers. The two groups renovated
and share the former weather station into a clubhouse for BBQ’s,
meetings and happenings.
On a blustery January night, Flight 45
hosted a former airport manager as their guest speaker. Jerry Sabo
brought his scrapbooks of memories. He also told us how he came to live
near Goderich stating that Sky Harbour Airport is one of the beautiful
in all of Ontario and possibly Canada. It certainly supports the town’s
motto of the “prettiest town in Canada”. Then the airport was busy with
Sky Harbour aircraft Refinishing, B and B Aircraft (maintenance
business), and 2 flight schools. All of those companies are no longer
there. Times change and our manager is a town employee who has secured
cardlock fuel and other updates.
February is heart month. Gateway
Centre of Excellence in Rural Health personnel will be presenting COPA
45 with information on rural health in Huron County. Rural lifestyle and
health is different from that of the city. Physicians and other health
professionals adapt for small town hospitals with fewer on-site
specialists. The county is fortunate to have several specialists set up
clinics in the hospital to save long drives to an urban hospital. We now
have a kidney dialysis unit at Alexander and Marine Hospital.
Spring meetings include our group to host both the Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
and the Goderich town councils. Others will include what makes an
aviation family? A night with a local historian should be very
informative. Two COPA members will present their project on ADBS- out
system, a GPS system which tracks the location of other aircraft within
a pilot’s close proximity.
When warm weather arrives, COPA 45
members and friends move from the terminal to the clubhouse where BBQ’s
and other socials are held. Another car show is being planned for Civic
weekend in August with a local car club.
In Jun e the Sky
Harbour Modellers host a jet fly in for the RC aircraft. Late August the
club hosts a weekend fly in with participants from all over Canada and
the United States. It is fascinating to see the speed and agility with
which these small aircraft can manoeuvre through the skies.
there is the annual trek to the COPA Convention and Oshkosh. This year
COPA is holding two conventions, one in the west at Innisfail AB and one
in the east at Cornwall ON. Oshkosh is the show for all things aviation.
New aircraft designs, products and other items are there for a pilot’
paradise of shopping. These shows always make for a good cross country
flight with local aircraft flying in a group.
in our groups can come to the airport. COPA 45 meets the second
Wednesday of the month. Check out our website for updated information,
copa45.com.The Sky Harbour Modellers meet the last Wednesday of the
month. During the winter months, the club meets at St. Mary’s School.
Check out their facebook page for more information.
Now for some
good flying weather to enjoy Huron County landscape and beyond.
Larry Fred Nelson Waldie,
Jan. 21, 2019
away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Stratford General Hospital,
Stratford in his 60th year. Larry was born in
Stratford Ontario, a son of the late Karl & Mae (Mogk)
Larry will be missed by his beloved wife
Sandy Waldie whom he married on April 10, 1982. Larry
will be fondly remembered by his mother in law Flo and
Steve Sired, brothers and sisters-in-law; Glenn (Cheryl)
Bristow, Kathy (Shawn) Bonte, Andy (Brenda) Bristow,
Laura Melton, Eric (Sheila) Sired, Steven (Angie) Sired,
Catherine (Scott) Grant and by their extended families.
Predeceased by his father-in-law Ray Bristow.
Larry was a longtime Member of the Ontario Flying
Farmers, the International Flying Farmers and a member
of COPA 45 in Goderich. Larry was a member of Zion
United Church, Rostock.
Friends and relatives
are invited to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 7 Spencer
Street, Milverton on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11
– 1 p.m. The funeral service will follow in the chapel
of the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. A spring interment to
take place in the Rostock United Cemetery, Rostock.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Victoria
Hospital or the Stratford General Hospital would be
appreciated by the family.
Online condolences and
donation information available at
More photos here
Thank You Clare Martin
for donating a camera to
operate the webcam at
Sky Harbour Airport Goderich
for the Flippin' Eggs
As part of a
Member Choice Award within COPA, local restaurant
Flippin’ Eggs was nominated and selected as the Best