Kelly Ziegner, Chief Executive Officer of the United Way Elgin Middlesex, and James, a young participant in United Way summer camps thanked Council and staff for their support of the United Way. James told Council that he had been able to attend outdoor survival camp learning to camp, canoe, swim, and roast marshmallows over a fire because of assistance from the United Way. Ms. Ziegner informed Council that money raised by the County funds over 20 programs and services right here in Elgin County.
Council is pleased to support the organization and looks forward to continued support through the upcoming Warden’s Charity Golf Tournament in June.
The Chief Administrative Officer presented a report to Council providing an overview of long-term care in Elgin and across Ontario. Elgin County Council takes great pride in providing high quality care for residents in its three municipally-run long-term care homes which offer a total of 247 beds. Elgin strives to create an environment where residents can live with dignity and in security, safety, and comfort. It is our priority to provide for not only physical needs, but for psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural needs as well.
Demographics in Elgin County and across Ontario have changed dramatically over the past decade. Ontario now has more seniors than children under the age of 15. Since 2010, largely due to policies under the province’s Aging-in-Place Strategy, only people with high or very high care needs are eligible for long-term care. As a result, seniors entering Elgin’s long-term care homes are now older, frailer, and in need of more medical and personal care than ever before.
It has become increasingly difficult to meet the complex health care needs and provide safe, quality care to the residents of our homes. Long-term care is now dealing with complex cases that would previously have been cared for in mental health or hospital settings. These complexities combined with increasing regulations from the province have resulted in dramatic increases in municipal costs for long-term care.
Council called on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to increase funding to long-term care so that Elgin and other Ontario municipalities can continue to provide the high quality care that is deserved by seniors in this province.
The International Plowing Match Legacy Scholarship is now accepting applications for 2018. The program was launched by a committee formed by council, staff and members of the 2010 Elgin IPM to award a county female and male student a $2,500 grant each to assist them in their agriculturally-related studies in college or university. The scholarships are a legacy of the 2010 IPM to ensure continued investment in the development of local leaders. Students who have completed one year of post-secondary education in an agriculturally-related discipline and will be returning to post-secondary studies are eligible to apply. For more information about the scholarship please visit the Elgin County Website.
The Southwest Integrated Fibre Technology network is collecting information about how residents, farms, businesses and public sector organizations currently use internet across the region. This information will help SWIFT determine where they will invest funding and support in achieving the goals of efficiently and effectively building broadband for everyone. Council urged residents and business owners across Elgin to fill out the SWIFT Survey making sure that an Elgin perspective is heard.