Community Counselling & Resource Centre

Rural women share their stories in Buckhorn

March 12th, 2018

There were panelists who told their stories of challenges and opportunities pertaining to rural living.

Lori Rork of Apsley, who in May will celebrate 25 years with Community Care, talked of the rural area she loves yet finds it a challenge to get around to everybody because of the geography. When she does get home she is exhausted.

Clara Leahy from the Douro area recently finished her history degree in Halifax. She is part of the Towns and Leahy Mercantile and Deli which recently burned. She is currently pursuing the sheep business and the teacher program.

Next was Mary Smith. After 20 years she is retiring from municipal government at the next election. She delights in the fact that 80 per cent of the Selwyn council is female. She sees transportation as a challenge in the rural area as well as child care and access to health care. She sees her retirement as an opportunity for other young women.

Courtney Mader, a young woman who grew up in Cambridge, lives in Lakehurst. She has taken on the title of farmer with a flock of 100 sheep plus the role of mother with three children 9, 7 and 4 - one with special needs. "I cut the checks, visit the vet, go to the bank but there are no days off, no maternity leave, child care and family life can be challenging." In the last ten years women owning farms has increased 115 per cent.

Deborah Jacobs of Curve Lake First Nations has one great-grandchild, 10 grandchildren and three sons. She is full-blooded Ojibwa. She tells of the Thursday soup and scone night where friends and neighbours gather, talk in their language and have fun! She also tells of the pressure on young Indigenous women to be beautiful, to belong, and to look a certain way and reflects that they are issues for all young women. She calls for help with mental health issues. She cites human trafficking as very real.

Monsef will be leading the Canadian delegation to the U.N. in two weeks. The theme will be Empowering Rural Women. She was listening to those gathered. The challenges frequently referred to were transportation, rural education, retention of young people, infrastructure including internet access, mental health care as well as health care.

Monsef encourages anyone having other challenges/concerns to call her office – 705-745-2108. "When we improve the conditions for women, communities thrive."

Volunteers are rehearsing for the spring dinner theatre at the BCC. Tickets are on sale. Play dates are April 20-22&April 27-29$40 a ticket includes comedy, appetizers, roast beef dinner, dessert and tea/coffee. Free parking! This year the Hall's Bridge Players are performing 2 one act plays. Check out the BCC website for more information.

Business Networking Session

At the Cavendish Community Centre, 8 Community Complex Drive off Highway 507, on Wednesday, March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. hear speaker Jeff Pajot, health and safety consultant, talk about Small Business Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Responsibilities: Duties of Employers and Duties of Employees. Presented by the Trent Lakes Economic Development Committee.