3 things that happened at Oro-Medonte council

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1. Best of the best - Nominations for the Oro-Medonte Citizen of the Year and Senior of the Year awards are available for submission until Friday, March 12.

The township is looking for recommendations to include a person who has shown a commitment or made a contribution to community service, shows support and/or leadership, volunteers with associations and charities and is an optimistic and inspiring role model with a desire to make a positive impact.

The township is looking for seniors over the age of 65 who have made their communities a better place to live through the arts, volunteerism, environmental services, fitness, recreation, humanitarian activities, or by keeping history alive.

Nominations can be dropped off at the Township Administration Office on Line 7 South.

2. COVID-19-based funds allotted -- The township will receive more than $370,000 in COVID-19 recovery funding by the province as its share of the $500-million set aside to help municipalities deliver services as they cope with the aftershocks of the second wave of the pandemic. Oro-Medonte will receive two equal payments on May 1 and Nov. 1.

As with 2020’s Safe Restart Agreement funding, the funds must be earmarked for priority operating costs and pressures directly related to shortages caused by COVID-19’s effects on the township.

3. Wellness check - A joint partnership between Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn townships with the City of Orillia includes a survey for the Couchiching Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

The wellness plan prioritizes four areas of risk, including mental health and addictions, preventable mortality, access to services and employment.

The goal of the survey (surveymonkey.com/r/CouchichingGMG) is to give the townships data on strategies to help residents feel safe, and provide access to services, education, health care, food, housing and social and cultural expression.

The survey is open until March 22 and can be accessed online or by following the links on each township's websits.

Cheryl Browne, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance