Central Manitoulin donates to MHC fundraising campaign

MINDEMOYA—The Municipality of Central Manitoulin has made a significant donation towards the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya hospital site, and its Sweet Slumbers campaign.

“We had received a letter from Derek Graham, CEO of the Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC), addressing the fundraising campaign the MHC has undertaken,” said Councillor Pat MacDonald at a council meeting last week.

The MHC Sweet Slumbers campaign entails fundraising to purchase a total of 20 new beds, 10 each for both the Mindemoya and Little Current hospital site locations.

Council passed a motion on a recommendation from its finance and administration committee, “that the municipality of Central Manitoulin donate $5,000 to the Manitoulin Health Centre, Mindemoya site, towards the Sweet Slumbers campaign on behalf of the ratepayers of this municipality.”

Council also agreed to make a donation to the Send a Kid to Camp campaign.

“We have been doing this on an annual basis, providing a donation to the campaign and a donation of $380 basically sends one kid to camp each year,” said Ms. MacDonald. “I know there were some children on Manitoulin using this program.”

Council passed a motion to donate $380 to the Send A Kid to Camp campaign run by the Sudbury-Manitoulin Children’s Foundation.

Council reviewed a recommendation from its finance and administration committee meeting of August 13, that the Monument Road boat launch street light be deferred for this year and be reconsidered during the 2015 budget considerations, and that the solar lighting option be considered at that time.

“This is something that would normally have gone to the public works committee,” said Ms. MacDonald. “But there would have had to be some digging take place at the site, and the committee felt this was not necessary at this time and that we should explore other options.”

Councillor Adam McDonald pointed out, “The project would have been extremely cost prohibitive, (approximately $20,000) beyond our budget.”

Ms. MacDonald said concerning solar lighting, she had visited the Meldrum Bay marina recently and said the solar lighting the community has in place, “might be an option I thought we could look at.”