CSC Chigamik CHC Newsletter
October, 2021
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A Year in Review at Chigamik

This past year has been a year of change like no other. Like the rest of the global community, we responded to the rapidly changing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications it had on our daily lives.
This global crisis has generated a great deal of anxiety, stress and uncertainty, and a range of challenges for members of our community. However, we've also seen a global outpouring of support, love and spirit.

We invite you to take a look at some of our accomplishments over the past year. While we face new challenges ahead, our staff, board, volunteers and partners will continue to work passionately to help create a healthy future for everyone in our community.

Merci, Miigwetch, Thank you.
Élise Robitaille, CSC Chigamik CHC Board President
Read the 2020/2021 Annual Report

Chigamik Services Update

Chigamik continues to see clients in-person and virtually, when necessary. Appointments can be made by calling reception at 705-527-4154. For in-person appointments,
clients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the building and asked to wear a mask. If you have a COVID-19 symptom, please do not enter our facility. Go home and call the health unit at 705-721-7520 or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000. Our facility is not equipped to assess or test for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre
For up-to-date information regarding how to book an appointment at the Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre, please visit the Georgian Bay General Hospital website at:

COVID-19 Vaccinations
If you are a rostered primary care client at Chigamik and would like to book your 1st or 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, please call reception at 705-527-4154 to book an appointment.

Information regarding vaccine eligibility and where you can access Covid-19 vaccinations in and around our community, including participating pharmacies and other walk-in and pop-up vaccine clinics, can be found on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website located here:

The North Simcoe Family Health Team is offering 1st and 2nd dose Covid-19 vaccinations by appointment only. Additional information is available on their website at: To schedule an appointment call 705-526-7804 Ext. 0.

Register for Chigamik's Fall Programs!

With the goal of meeting the health care needs of our diverse community, Chigamik is pleased to offer new English, French and Cultural programs this fall - free and open to everyone in the community!
Please visit to register for one of our programs online.
Fall Program Guide
Are You Struggling with Sleep Issues?
Register for our 6-week sleep program
Jessica White is a certified sleep educator and is offering a new adult sleep workshop at Chigamik starting in November.
Learning good sleep habits is essential for optimal physical and mental health. This sleep program is for individuals who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, including those who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and those who do not feel well rested following a night of sleep. This informative workshop uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia principals and provides practical tools to improve both the quality and quantity of your sleep.
Register Today
Health Equity: Chigamik Celebrates Community Health and Wellbeing Week
Chigamik launched it's Get a Pulse campaign to the community during Community Health and Wellbeing week.
From October 4 to 10, Community Health Centres across the province hosted a week of special events to help celebrate Community Health and Wellbeing week. The theme of this year’s week was Building Equitable Futures.

During Community Health and Wellbeing Week, Chigamik launched its “Get a Pulse” campaign to the community – an initiative to help build a more equitable and sustainable future. The campaign provides members of the community with the opportunity to learn about the environmental, financial and health benefits of pulses, while also having the opportunity to register for a “Pulses Kit” at no cost, along with educational videos and recipes. For more information about the Get a Pulse community campaign and to sign up for a "Pulses Kit", please visit
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September 30th, 2021
Chigamik Honours the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

A Sacred Fire was held at the Community Health Hub in hounour of the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

September 30th marks the annual Orange Shirt Day, which coincided with the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This special day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

Chigamik Community Health Centre, in partnership with the North Simcoe Youth Wellness Hub, MegaMindful Living, Tiny Forest Academy, Beausoleil Island National Historic Site of Canada and the Georgian Bay Métis Council honoured the National day for Truth and Reconciliation with a series of educational events for staff throughout the day and for the community in the evening.

“This day is very near and dear to our organization, and is an opportunity to further educate ourselves and our community on the history of residential schools in Canada and their lasting impact on our Indigenous communities. Georgian Bay has played a very important geographical role within our history, and has been home for many of our strong, resilient Indigenous communities. To truly show our love and support for our local Indigenous communities, we believe this event is a good first step as we all work together towards truth and reconciliation."

~Chigamik’s Indigenous committee

Activities celebrated at Chigamik included a drumming circle, sacred fire and tobacco-tie workshop. Activities offered along the Rotary Trail included an Orange shirt walk led by Greg Garratt and the Georgian Bay Métis Council, art activities and storytelling hosted by Tiny Forest Academy, and hot and cold tea provided by Megamindful Living. The evening concluded with a moment to honour the lost children of residential schools and their families as the sun set on Georgian Bay. Thank you to Chigamik's Indigenous Committee and our community partners for organizing this special day.

A Special Thanks to Our Donors!
We are very thankful to Streit Manufacturing in Midland for donating a beautiful "Every Child Matters" fire pit to Chigamik for the use of sacred fires and Indigenous programming. Chigamik's Indigenous Committee will use the fire pit to host seasonal sacred fires with the community.

A special thanks to HGR Graham Partners LLP for donating $1000 to Chigamik's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation activities. We appreciated your support!
North Simcoe Ontario Health Team
On September 18, the province of Ontario announced the approval of eight new Ontario Health Teams (OHT), of which the North Simcoe OHT (NSOHT) was one. There are four formal alliance partners in the NSOHT - Georgian Bay General Hospital, CSC Chigamik CHC, the North Simcoe Family Health Team and Wendat Community Programs – which will serve patients in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay Township, Tiny Township and Christian Island. OHTs are part of a new approach to healthcare that brings together providers as one collaborative team. Working together, the NSOHT team aims to improve the patient experience and ease transitions between care providers, as well as have a shared patient record and one care plan for patients.
Learn More about the NS OHT
Welcome New Staff to Chigamik!
Lisa Ladouceur
Nurse Practitioner
Lisa has over 34 years of nursing experience, and spent the last 16 years working as a Primary
Health Care Nurse Practitioner with the Georgian Bay General Hosptial (GBGH). Lisa is well known in our community through her work with GBGH, her previous work with Chigamik in a locum capacity, and over the past year for her clinical leadership as the Medical Director and Manager of the Midland Covid-19 Assessment Centre. Welcome to the Chigamik family Lisa!
Tonya Pinkney
Executive Assistant

Tonya is well known in the community as a local entrepreneur and business owner. She graduated from l’École
secondaire Le Caron and continued her studies at the University of Ottawa and Laurentian University. Tonya shares her pride in being a Francophone and Métis woman, and her love for Georgian Bay with her community. We are so pleased to welcome Tonya to the Chigamik team!

Chigamik Celebrates Franco-Ontarian Day!

In 2010, the Province of Ontario declared September 25th as the annual date for Franco-Ontarian Day. This day officially recognizes the contributions of the Francophone community of Ontario to the social, economic and political life of the Province and the community's importance in Ontario's society.
During the week of September 25th, Chigamik celebrated Franco-Ontarian Day by sharing information about local French artists living in North Simcoe. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to learn more!
French Programming at Chigamik
We are pleased to announce that we have two new weekly programs being offered in French:
Register for our french programs
Like Us On
Social Media!
Learn about CHIGAMIK's new programs, services and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!
Chigamik on
the Radio

Tune in to CFRH 88.1 FM every Thursday morning for "Jeudi en santé" to learn about the French language health services and programs available at Chigamik and in your community!

Giving Tuesday
Chigamik is now a registered charity and accepting donations to help support community-wide initiatives.

On November 30, 2021, Chigamik will once again be joining the GivingTuesday movement in Canada – a global day of generosity. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

This GivingTuesday, we are asking members of our community and staff to support our goal of providing families living in North Simcoe with “ready to cook” meals for the holidays.
Donate Today
Traditional Healing
Having access to Traditional Healing services during this period of isolation and stress is an essential part of holistic health care and can help individuals cope with a variety of stressors.
We are pleased to announce that Chigamik is offering in-person and
virtual Traditional Healing sessions. All appointments are provided at no cost and available in French or English.
Upcoming Traditional Healing Dates
Jake Agoneh
Nov. 15-18

Pamela Tremblay-Hayes
Dec. 14-16

Troy Greene
Nov. 2-4
Dec. 7-9

Brian George
Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

To learn more about the Healers offering Traditional Healing sessions at Chigamik, click here.
Book an Appointment
Mama Tribe:
Support Group for Mothers with Babies
Calling all mamas! Join Registered Nurse, Katelyn Bouffard, in this online peer support group for expecting or new mamas. The group provides an open discussion on various social, developmental and educational topics and has guest speakers twice per month! It’s a great opportunity to get together and support each other virtually during this challenging time of physical distancing!

Upcoming Mama Tribe Guest Speakers

November 2, 2021
Naturopathic Doctor, Sarah Connors

November 16, 2021

Dr. Rob Meeder, Child and Youth Mental Health

November 30, 2021
Jessica White Sleep Educator
Register for Mama Tribe
Chigamik Takes Part in the Annual "Welcome to Borden" Event

Celeste Lalonde, Chigamik's French Language System Navigator and Nicole Ayotte, Nurse Practitioner at Chigamik, attended the "Welcome to Borden" event held on October 2nd. The goal of the event was to increase awareness of the services available at the Base and surrounding areas. Local Francophone organizations were also invited to come and promote their services in order to help support French-speaking families and members of the Defence Team.

Chigamik's Dance Therapy Featured in Zoomer Magazine
Read the full article here

Archie Reid, a retired video editor at the CBC, never dreamed he’d be dancing to tango music week after week. But that’s exactly what the 79-year-old resident of Victoria Harbour, Ont., has been doing on a regular basis for the last four years. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) at the age of 75, he was referred to dance therapy classes led by Rebecca Barnstaple in nearby Midland .

“That’s one of the things about Rebecca,” he says, “she’s a real tango fan.”

Her passion for the tango overlaps perfectly with another passion: healing people’s bodies and minds through dance.

Learn about Chigamik's Parkinson's Dance Group
Back to School: Packing Healthy & Budget Friendly Lunches
September often brings the excitement of children being back in school, however, it also brings the task of packing lunch boxes. For families that are on a limited budget or accessing food assistance, packing lunches can add additional stress. Research has shown that children who eat healthier perform better in school, highlighting the importance of a nutritious lunch.
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