President David Saunders called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. He asked all present to remember the passing of Art Wynn.
Jill Richardson welcomed our speaker, Marian Timmermans. Both of these ladies are part of the Clarington Hospice committee. Mrs. Richardson experienced the undignified death of her husband in the hospital and Ms. Timmermans was exposed to this situation for many years as a nurse.
Marian explained that our Region is the only one without a Hospice and it has taken 5 years of hard work to get this project started. Land on the east side of Cobbledick Road has been donated by Clarington and the plans for a 5 bed Hospice is in place and includes an easy access for a 5 bed extension. Whitby is building a 10 bed Hospice and Port Perry, a 5 bed Hospice.
Hospital beds cost $990.00 per day and the Hospice, $450.00 per day. Hospital costs are covered 80% by the Provincial government and 20% by public donations whereas the Hospice is financed 20% by the Provincial government and 80% by public funds. The cost to finance the personnel and supplies on the basis of each bed per year will be $105,000.00. The building will cost 6.5 million to build and furnish and the Provincial government will contribute 1 million to offset that expense. Marian finished by emphasizing the need for a Hospice to allow those at the end of their life to die in dignity; a home away from home.
Marion Saunders thanked Marian Timmermans for her excellent presentation and Ken Willis presented a $50.00 cheque as a token of appreciation.
Secretary Warren Tait read the minutes from May. Ken Willis moved that they be accepted and Gord Lee seconded. This was carried.
In lieu of Treasurer George Rickard, Ken Willis stated that as of September 24ththe balance was $930.94. Ken moved to accept and Willy Woo seconded. It was carried.
Lloyd Johnson introduced several schemes to raise money for Hospice. He has acquired many photos that will be displayed to allow bids for enlargements and has arranged for Neufy Nights in Newcastle.
Amendment #117 to the Official Plan west of Rudell Road will allow the Heritage Park development.
The request to have the train whistles stopped was voted down at Clarington Council.
Newcastle Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday, October 6th.
The Ward 4 Local Councillor candidate meeting will be held in the Newcastle Baptist Church on Thursday, October 11that 7:00pm. Selected questions will be asked each candidate.
There wasn’t any other business.
Date of Next General Meeting
The next General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
The speaker in November will be Councillor Willy Woo.
Ken Willis moved adjournment of the meeting at 8:45 p.m.