January, 2018
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Happy New Year from Chigamik!
New Winter Programs at Chigamik
With the goal of meeting the health care needs of our tri-cultural community, Chigamik is pleased to offer new English, French and Cultural programs this winter - free and open to the community. Take a look at the new 2018 Winter Program Guide!
Mindfulness for Beginners
A seven-week mindfulness program for beginners experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression and/or stress.
March 13 -
April 24
Time: 1:30-3:30
For more winter programs being offered in English, click here.
Drop-in-Zumba en français!
A seven-week dance and exercise program being offered in French. Each session features new rhythms set to high-energy music! All levels of experience welcome.
Every Wednesday
For more winter programs being offered in French, click here.
Eagle Feather Painting
Ojibway artist, Paul Whittam, will share a feather teaching and walk participants through painting their own eagle feather.
February 22
For more cultural programs being offered this winter, click here.

Sign up Today!
To sign up for Chigamik programs online, please visit or call 705-527-4154 x253.
Do You Need Primary Health Care in French?
CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre offers Primary Health Care in French and is pleased to announce that Nicole Ayotte, Chigamik's Francophone nurse practitioner, will be providing primary health care services to Francophone families at the Barrie Community Health Centre starting on February 7, 2018. Additional allied health services offered in French include counselling, dietician support, physiotherapy and system navigation – linking clients to even more services and programs in French!

If you would like more information or would like to register to become a client, please contact Céleste Lalonde, French Language System Navigator at 705-527-4154 x258.
Keeping Kids Active and Eating Healthy
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) of North Simcoe is among 45 communities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. It combines a community-based approach with centralized provincial support to help communities develop and implement policies and programs that enable one common outcome - healthy children!

HKCC initiatives within the North Simcoe Indigenous communities have encouraged children and families to be more active, drink more water and include more fruits and vegetables in every meal while incorporating traditional Indigenous teachings in the program curriculum. Take a look at all the success we've had in our community!
HKCC North Simcoe
Welcome Céline Roi to Chigamik's French Language Services Team!
Céline will be working as a Francophone Health Promoter, helping to develop, co-ordinate, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs for the Francophone community. She will also be responsible for building partnerships in the community, and consulting with other health care providers in order to promote comprehensive and continuous care in the Francophone community. Welcome Céline!
Chigamik Members Celebrate the Holidays!
On December 8, Chigamik Members came together to celebrate our first "Members Only" event - and it was a great success! We enjoyed a day of baking homemade pies, eating a delicious lunch and making holiday wreaths. Being a member of Chigamik gives residents and clients a voice and keeps them connected and informed about the latest happenings at Chigamik and in the community. It's a great opportunity for the community to come together to help Chigamik plan for future events, programs and workshops. 

If you are interested in becoming a Chigamik member, please visit us online or come into the centre to fill out a membership form.
Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically occurs each fall and winter. The exposure to bright light has been found to be an effective means of treating SAD. Chigamik is now offering SAD light therapy to clients Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Curl up with your favourite book under one of Chigamik's "SAD Lamps." *Please call us to book an appointment.
Chigamik and Waypoint Celebrate New Health Hub
In celebration of the new Midland Health Hub, a Ground Blessing Ceremony was held on October 18 and a Sod Turning ceremony was held on October 23 at the site of the New Health Hub located at 287 Bayshore Drive in downtown Midland.
Read more
Cancer Screenings Available at Chigamik
Chigamik will be offering cancer screenings during the months of January and February. Clients should expect a call from Chigamik to book an appointment!
Opioid Support in our Community
Chigamik recently partnered with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and received training to deliver a Naloxone Program at Chigamik. The program provides equitable access to life saving Naloxone Kits and education in our catchment area. Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Due to an increase in opioid overdoses in our community, the kits are being distributed to clients and community members, who need them, at Chigamik and through our outreach program.
Breakfast N' Boats
A breakfast program for Christian Island youth attending high school will be starting on March 1, 2018. Every Tuesday to Thursday, participants will be provided a healthy breakfast container at no cost on the morning Ferry.
AOHC's Latest Blog
Change Day Ontario is a province-wide initiative spearheaded by Health Quality Ontario to help spread the word about the many changes – big and small – that health providers make on a daily basis to better serve the communities where they work. Read more
Healthy Holiday Recipe
Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets and Pomegranate
Roasted beets and sweet dates, tangy oranges and juicy pomegranate seeds make this quinoa salad recipe festive. It pairs beautifully with turkey or roast pork.
3 medium beets (about 1¼ pounds)
2 cups vegetable broth
1½ cups water
2 cups red quinoa (see Tips)
½ teaspoon salt
3 medium oranges
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
½ cup chopped pitted dates
1 whole pomegranate, seeded (see Tips)

Full Recipe

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