Haldimand Residents Invited To ‘Meet & Greets’ With O.P.P. & Police Services Board

The Haldimand County Police Services Board and Haldimand County O.P.P. Detachment are hosting three ‘Meet & Greet’ open houses to discuss community issues and provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about policing.

Meet & Greet schedule:

Jarvis – Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jarvis Lawn Bowling Building (2020 Main Street South, Jarvis)

Caledonia – Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Remax Room at the Haldimand County Caledonia Centre (3-100 Haddington Street, Caledonia)

Dunnville – Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Optimist Club of Dunnville (101 Main Street East, Dunnville)

The Meet & Greet format will be an open forum moderated by Police Services Board Chair Bernie Corbett. Residents who attend will have the chance to ask questions and chat with both police officers & Police Services Board members. The goal of the ‘Meet & Greet’ sessions is to generate meaningful conversations about community issues, needs and concerns.

More information about policing in Haldimand County, including the 2017-2019 Haldimand County OPP Action Plan, is available at haldimandcounty.ca/police-services.

Haldimand County Tackling Storm Cleanup, Damage Assessments

Overnight on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1, severe winds and high waves downed trees and caused roadway flooding & damage throughout Haldimand County. Haldimand County Emergency Services and Roads crews worked through the night to clear debris and close affected roads. Much of the cleanup and damage assessments were completed over the weekend and all roads have now been re-opened.

Lakeshore Rd. east of Reicheld Rd. sustained the most significant damage and crews worked throughout the weekend to remove debris and asphalt heaved by strong waves. Staff have installed a temporary gravel roadway for this affected section of Lakeshore Rd. and the road has been re-opened.

Further updates about the impacts of this storm will be issued as information becomes available.


Haldimand County Recognizes Outstanding Community Volunteers at 19th Annual Recognition Night

Haldimand County’s 19th Annual Recognition Night took place October 17, 2019 at the Fisherville Lions Community Centre and, once again, honoured almost forty nominees.

Almost 300 guests attended the dinner and awards ceremony recognizing nominees in 12 categories, including three inductees onto the Walls of Fame in Caledonia and Dunnville and Sports Achievement Wall inductions in Cayuga and Jarvis. (In the case of the Walls of Fame, these individuals are recognized for their significant contributions to recreation and sport in their communities while the Sports Achievement Walls celebrate athletic accomplishment and sportsmanship.)

Along with the regular categories, an Inspiration Award was presented. Haldimand County has only given out this Award on a few occasions, and only for exceptional individuals. This year, the late Ron Clark was recognized for his incredible vision, leadership, generosity and humility in volunteering and contributing to his community.

Emcee Rock “N” Ray Michaels, from 92.9 The Grand, had the room in celebration mode as volunteers were honoured for their contributions to the County’s many festivals, events, capital and beautification projects, sporting activities and community halls.

This year, Volunteer of the Year honours went to Selkirk’s Jenny Bryce, while Caledonia’s Andrew Poirier was named Youth Volunteer of the Year. A full list of honourees and award winners is listed below.

Inspiration Award:

Ron Clark

Wall of Fame Inductees:

Caledonia Wall of Fame

Jim Harris

Gord Roberts

Dunnville Wall of Fame

Robert Culp

Haldimand County Recognition Awards (winners in bold italics):


Nominees for Heritage Haldimand Award

Canadian Drilling Rig Museum

Selkirk Memorial Gates Restoration Project

Wildwood Art Gallery and Studio


Nominees for Community Culture Award

Dunnville Community Theatre

Rosemary ‘Greg’ Hilton

Marion Nie


Nominees for Caring Haldimand Award

By the Willow Hospice Day Away Program

Dunnville Secondary School’s Relay for Life

Hagersville Food Bank


Nominees for Community Project Award – Small Projects (up to $10,000 budget)

Dunnville Horticultural Society – Floral Clock Rehabilitation Project

Dunnville Horticultural Society – Thompson Creek Park Heritage Tree Designation


Nominee for Community Project Award – Large Projects (over $10,000 budget)

Caledonia Disc Golf Project


Nominees for Community Festival Award – Minor Festival (<500 attendees)

Dunnville Shared Harvest’s Turnip the Beets Music Festival

V-Day Dunnville


Nominees for Community Festival Award – Major Festival

Caledonia Chili Cook-Off

Hagersville Santa Claus Parade


Nominees for Community Organization or Group Award

Cayuga Christian Fellowship

(The) Friends of LaFortune Park

Phoenix Youth Group


Nominees for Youth Volunteer of the Year

Andrew Poirier

Shaunasy Thomas

Mackenzie Visser

Chloe Wilson


Nominees for Volunteer of the Year

Bart & Stacy Barnes

Jenny Bryce

Warren Burger

Toni Hayes

Lori Ivanco

Paul McClinchey

Craig Peters

Bev Richert


Sporting Achievement Award Nominees

Haldimand Heat (Cayuga)

Kyle Chambers (Jarvis) 

Uniquely Haldimand Photo Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Haldimand County is inviting residents and visitors to submit their photos of Haldimand’s beautiful environment, architecture and vibrant community life in the 7th annual Uniquely Haldimand photo contest. The contest opens October 15 and runs until December 1, 2019.

With 87km of gorgeous Lake Erie waterfront, the Grand River, sprawling countryside and charming towns, Haldimand County is one of the most picturesque destinations on Ontario’s southwest coast. Its abundance of outdoor recreation options, scenic lookouts, community events, historic sites and culinary experiences make it an incredible place to live, explore and photograph.

The contest is open to Haldimand County residents and visitors. To be eligible for entry, photos must depict a scene from within the boundaries of Haldimand County. They must be digital, high resolution photos no more than two years old. Participants may submit their photos via the online submission portal at haldimandcounty.ca/photo-contest. Photos must be submitted by Sunday, December 1 and comply with all rules and regulations.

A panel of judges will closely examine all submissions in December. Four winners will be announced prior in early 2020 with 1 Grand Prize, 1 Second Prize and 2 Honorable Mentions awarded. Prizes include gift certificates for unique culinary experiences, Haldimand County souvenirs and more. Winning photographs will be displayed within the new Cayuga Library & Heritage Centre and featured on a number of Haldimand County publications and marketing materials.

For additional information and to view past winners, visit haldimandcounty.ca/photo-contest.

New Library Partnership Program Helps Connect Caregivers To Autism Resources/Information

Haldimand County Public Library has embarked on a new partnership with Autism Ontario to help caregivers of children access resources and navigate the new Ontario Autism Program. Information sessions will be held by Autism Ontario staff at both Dunnville and Caledonia library branches this fall.

Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the province’s leading source of information and referral on autism and is one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. It is a registered charitable organization dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day challenges faces by individuals & their families.

As services for individuals with autism are changing, Autism Ontario has instated the Service Navigation Program to provide system navigation supports to families who are interested in accessing the province’s new Ontario Autism Program (OAP) and Childhood Budgets.

A free information session for parents about the new OAP will be presented by an Autism Ontario service navigator at the Caledonia Library in October and the Dunnville Library in November.

Caledonia Library – Ontario Autism Program & Childhood Budgets Information Session
100 Haddington St, Caledonia
Wednesday, October 23
1 to 3pm OR 5 to 7pm

Dunnville Library – Ontario Autism Program & Childhood Budgets Information Session
317 Chestnut St, Dunnville
Thursday, November 21
1 to 3pm OR 5 to 7pm

The information session is intended for parents only. Registration may be completed online via the Autism Ontario website.

For more information about this and other Haldimand County Public Library programs, visit the Library’s website, follow along on Facebook or call/visit any local branch.

Haldimand County’s New Administration Building On Track For January 2020 Completion

On October 8, 2019, Haldimand County staff presented Council with an update on the new Administration Building’s construction progress. A number of major construction milestones have been reached and the building is on track to be completed by January 2020.

Painting, floor finishes and light fixture/ceiling tile grid installation is currently underway within the building’s interior. Electrical work will continue over the next several weeks, as will landscaping and work on remaining exterior finishes (e.g: composite paneling, landscaping). Furniture deliveries and the overall setup/configuration of the building’s interior will begin in early December. Staff moves and satellite office closures are expected to begin in January 2020.

All services currently available at the County’s satellite offices will be offered at the new administration building, and new online tools will be introduced to provide more 24/7 services to residents. Library branches will be retrofitted with ‘Community Hubs’ – computer and information stations designed to connect resident with County news & online services. Library staff will be available to provide instruction and guidance on how to make use of online services, like how to pay taxes or water bills online.

Satellite office closure information will be announced and communicated to residents later this fall. To ensure service consistency across the County, Community Hubs openings will be coordinated to occur prior to satellite office closures.

The project is within budget and moving along well to substantial completion despite weather delays and impacts related to trades-related workforce disruptions in spring 2019.

More information about the new Central Administration Building – including construction updates – will be shared on the County website and social media channels as the project progresses.

Haldimand County Shortlists Vendors To Deliver County-Wide Broadband Internet Services

In July 2019, at the request of Council, staff released a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) to short-list internet service providers capable of installing broadband infrastructure and facilitating County-wide internet services. Of the four (4) submissions received, three (3) vendors met the requirements outlined in the RFPQ and will progress to the next phase of the selection process.

At the September 23 Council meeting, staff presented Council with a high-level overview of the RFPQ results and received approval to initiate a Negotiated Request for Proposal process (NRFP) with the three successful vendors. Ultimately, negotiations will result in the selection of a successful bidder to install and facilitate internet services throughout all of Haldimand’s communities.

Given the diversity and complexity of the three qualified submissions received during the RFPQ process, the development of the NRFP and subsequent evaluations will be focused on ensuring the best service is obtained at the best value to the County. As such, Council approved obtaining third-party resources to assist staff in facilitating the negotiation process and providing technical expertise with respect to each vendor’s technology proposals & financial capacities. A budget amendment of up to $100,000 was approved and a third party consultant will be brought in to manage the NRFP process from start to finish.

“Council is committed to finding a financially sound, practical solution that makes internet connectivity attainable and sustainable for all,” said Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt. “We’re taking all steps necessary to ensure we find the right provider that is capable of  delivering these services in the long-term,” he added.

Hewitt also re-iterated Council’s rationale for pursuing an internet service provider independently, outside of the SWIFT (Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology) initiative. “SWIFT’s proposed timeframe – to install high-speed internet to all of Southwestern Ontario by 2040 – was concerning, and Haldimand was placed at the bottom of the project’s priority list,” he noted. “If the County had partnered with SWIFT, there would have been a cost incurred to the County and its taxpayers with no guarantee of an end product.”

The target date to have an agreement in place has not changed and it is anticipated that an agreement will be presented to Council for approval in January of 2020. Project updates will be posted on the County website and social media accounts as they become available.

Haldimand County celebrates the sounds and stories surrounding Lake Erie with community-created art installation, INHERITANCE

In the first exhibit of its kind for Haldimand County, INHERITANCE brings the captivating energy of graffiti art paired with melodic recordings of Lake Erie to the Dunnville Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, September 17th. Award-winning Haldimand Artist, Lacie Williamson will unveil INHERITANCE—an array of dynamic voices and stories showcased through a collaborative mural comprised of hundreds of fingerprints and graffiti art—with the help of Mayor Hewitt and Councillor Tony Dalimonte

“Lacie’s understanding of participatory art processes are exceptional as they push past the performative, to an immersive level where participants not only gain new technical knowledge, but the opportunity for personal discovery.” – Christopher McLeod, Creative Director, Great Art for Great Lakes

Part of the Great Art for Great Lakes initiative is to celebrate our magnificent waters. In this spirit, INHERITANCE was created by award-winning artist, Lacie Williamson with help from members of the Haldimand community using wood-burning irons where each line and mark is unique to each make to create the effect of worn hands. This, together with the graffiti element of the project, involved layering of simple objects to create depth to give the work of art a more natural and organic feel, telling a story of Lake Erie both past and present.

“Facilitating this project has been very eye opening for myself and participants and I’ve heard from many after the workshops saying they think about water differently now. I was very pleased to see so many local community members engage, but was even more impressed by the large number of people who travelled from Six Nations, Hamilton and Niagara regions to participate and learn about new art techniques.” – Artist, Lacie Williamson

An exemplary instance of connecting art with the public to promote action for a better tomorrow, INHERITANCE will remain on permanent display at the Dunnville Farmers’ Market, showcasing the ecology – and grandeur – of Lake Erie. The unveiling and future visit to INHERITANCE is free of charge. For more information about the project, please visit greatnessglp.com/GAGL.

Dunnville Horticultural Society, Ducks Unlimited Canada And Haldimand County Celebrate Restoration Of Thompson Creek Park & Wetland

In 1993, a group of conservation-minded volunteers from the Dunnville Bio Region Association (DBA) hosted a workshop to create a sustainable development plan—related to social, economic and environmental concerns—for Dunnville. One of the action items proposed was to build an outdoor education facility by restoring Thompson Creek, the Wetland and Tallgrass Prairie and plant a Carolinian Arboretum.

While that goal wasn’t entirely realized at that time due to changing resources and partners, on Wednesday, September 25 the new project partners—Dunnville Horticultural Society, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Haldimand County—will celebrate the completion of the vision with the opening of an Eco-Centre at Dunnville Thompson Creek Park.

“We are so excited to have been able to help re-start this project and get it done,” says Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) Past-President Debbie Thomas, who co-chaired the project with volunteer Dan McKay, the original President of the DBA and now a DHS member. “This was a wonderful project when it was started more than twenty years ago and, although it stalled somewhat due to unforeseen circumstances, we are so happy to have been able to work with the volunteer who had a lot to do with the original vision—Dan McKay—and build on it with our Ducks Unlimited Canada and Haldimand County partners.”

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m., with an official welcome at 11:00 a.m. Volunteer tour guides and guest educators will give visitors an opportunity to explore the Park’s revitalized wetlands and tallgrass prairie, as well as the Carolinian arboretum, and learn about the history and significance of the Park from an ecological and conservation perspective. As well, the Park is now home to a Heritage Tree, estimated to be more than 250 years old and newly-designated by Forests Ontario.

DHS’s request to complete the original vision of the DBA was a project approved through Haldimand County’s Community Partnership Program, including grant funding of 35% from the municipality.

As well, for more than twenty years, the County had partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) to manage the parklands. For the new restoration DUC provided resource funding to support wildflower replanting—for the next five years—of the grassland area. This work was initiated in spring 2019 following a controlled burn of the area arranged by DHS.

Other work undertaken by the partners during the past year to help prepare the site for the restoration included the spraying late last year for invasive phragmites, removal of dead and unsafe trees in the arboretum, brushing of overgrown areas, creation of a new naturalized pathway around the wetlands and tallgrass prairie, a controlled burn to rejuvenate the area intended for wildflower replanting and installation of educational signage along the Eco-Centre pathways.

“It has been incredibly gratifying to have the opportunity to work with the Dunnville Horticultural Society and its wonderful volunteers to realize the Dunnville Bio Region Association’s original vision for this Park,” adds Dan McKay. “I am excited by the community’s interest and engagement in the new project, and feel confident this is only the beginning of the ongoing conservation of this ecologically-significant Park.”

2019 ‘Neighbour Nights’ Will Bring Caledonia Residents Together At Haldimand County Public Library

Haldimand County Public Library’s popular ‘Neighbour Nights’ program is returning to Caledonia this fall. The monthly social and educational program – hosted out of the Caledonia Library – is geared towards new Caledonia residents, newly retired individuals, new parents and residents with a desire to learn more about their community.

Each Neighbour Night session is themed and centres around various aspects of Caledonia’s vibrant community. The overarching goal of Neighbour Nights is to create and cultivate social connections between community members and local organizations, service clubs, agencies and businesses for the purpose of increasing community engagement and public awareness of programs, services and business.

The 2019 Neighbour Night schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 26: Lifelong Learning

Thursday, October 24: Volunteering

Thursday, November 21: Local History & Culture

“Neighbour Night is a great opportunity to learn more about the vibrant offerings in Caledonia and Haldimand County,” noted Lindsay Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator at Haldimand County Public Library. “Neighbour Night, and the library as a whole, provides a comfortable atmosphere for making connections – whether those connections be with fellow residents, information or community services,” she added.

All Neighbour Night programs takes place at Haldimand County Public Library’s Caledonia Branch from 6 to 8 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend the free program, mix and mingle with fellow residents and learn about what’s offered locally. Registration is not required.

Organizations, service clubs, agencies or businesses interested in participating are encouraged to contact Lindsay Thomas, Community Outreach Coordinator, at 905-318-5932 ext. 6118 or lthomas@haldimandcounty.on.ca. Additional information about Haldimand County Public Library

programs, resources and events can be found at HaldimandLibrary.ca and on the library’s Facebook page.