FORT FRANCES—Given the recent initiatives for substance abuse prevention and services in the community, therapists at Family and Children’s Services here are working towards improving their knowledge and expertise in substance abuse counselling.
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Since the 1980s, I have responded to many house fires. One fire that I recall was a spectacular one, which involved an older apartment complex.
A young family was temporarily renting an apartment in the complex until they could acquire their new home.
In the early-morning hours, my fire pager alarmed, announcing to respond to an apartment fire.
FORT FRANCES—With winter—and the ’flu season—on its way, the Northwestern Health Unit started up its annual ’flu shot clinics here last week.
And Cindy McKinnon, program manager for infectious disease, noted they had a pretty good turnout, with a couple of hundred residents being immunized at the clinics held at Robert Moore and Huffman schools in Fort Frances.
Both founding and current board members, along with more than 100 district supporters, came together Saturday night at the Emo Legion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care—and look forward to many more years to come.
Members of the local Covenant Women Ministries are continuing a tradition of assembling and sending midwife kits to the Congo in Africa.
The group, formerly known as the Mission Circle, have been offering these midwife kits, as well as bandages, for about 40-45 years.
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario proclaimed Oct. 19 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
This day is intended to bring public awareness to the issue of elder abuse—a hidden problem affecting today’s older adults.
Elder abuse can be defined as any action that harms an older person or jeopardizes the person’s health or welfare.
Patti Johnson, manager of Diagnostic Services at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc., talked about total breast health this week in response to recent media attention around the Canadian Cancer Society’s Quebec chapter announcing that monthly breast self-examinations are not needed.
FORT FRANCES—Naotkamegwanning Emergency Medical Service recently has been established at Whitefish Bay First Nation—and is one of the first ambulance services operating in a First Nation community in the northwest region.
Base supervisor Jeffrey White explained the initiative to have their own ambulance service started back in 2005.
FORT FRANCES—There’s an oasis located inside the local Family and Children’s Services office, complete with shimmering lights, soothing music, and appealing aromas.
To some, it might look just like a simple white room with colourful objects scattered about. But for individuals with disabilities or developmental delays, this “oasis” offers a way for nurturing sensory integration.
It’s not too late to get tickets for this year’s “Luncheon of Hope,” which is set for this Saturday (Oct. 20) at La Place Rendez-Vous.
“Tickets are moving,” said Teresa Hazel, chair of the Rainy River District Breast Health Network, noting that although a total of 220 tickets were printed for the event, each luncheon has been a sold-out event.