MEDA in the News

Bruce Trail hikers to meet senior supporters

As published in the Owen Sound Sun Times

MEAFORD - Some Meaford Long Term Care residents have been walking the home's halls and in its garden in symbolic support of an end-to-end Bruce Trail walk underway by the president of the company that now owns the home.

Wednesday several residents will meet Elaine Shantz, president and chief operating officer of peopleCare, which recently purchased the facility. They'll meet at the Walter's Falls Inn, near where the Bruce Trail passes through Walter's Falls, and have lunch.

There are a number of teams, including peopleCare, supporting Women Walking to GROW, a fundraising supporting a Mennonite Economic Development Associates program which helps women entrepreneurs in Ghana.

Some residents of the 77-bed long term care facility in Meaford have been walking there to symbolically support the fundraising effort, Megan Garland, executive director of the Meaford home, said.

Shantz and her walking partner started walking the 855-kilometre trail some months ago. This month they're walking daily, covering 20 to 30 kilometres, with the aim to finish in Tobermory on July 31.

Shantz is walking with Miriam Turnbull, the general manager of ProResp Inc., which provides respiratory therapy in peopleCare homes. Others are joining them on different parts of the walk.

So far $63,000 has been raised towards the overall $100,000 goal, said Linda Whitmore, a spokeswoman for MEDA. Shantz and Turnbull's $2,500 goal has already been surpassed.

The fundraiser supports a MEDA program called GROW -- Greater Rural Opportunities for Women -- an economic development initiative which teaches women how to grow soybeans and other crops to support their families in a way that's sustainable and to become community leaders, Whitmore said.

**Thanks to our generous supporters and the committment of Elaine Shantz and Miriam Turnbull, we have exceeded our $100,000 fundraising goal!**