Coldest Night Of The Year

A little walk for a big problem! By John Smits.


On February 25, I’m walking in the Coldest Night of the Year – a winter fundraiser for people facing homelessness in our community who need our support.

I’m walking 5 Km, on my brand new knee, replaced on Jan 13th. – for maybe an hour or two at most – a little walk, really – but it’s a big deal for the people we’re supporting. Would you support my walk with a personal donation?

Click the link below to make a donation on my personal fundraising page.

CLICK HERE >>> http://walk.w-ith.me/JohnSmits

Better yet, if you would like to join our team, the Grand Bend Winter Walkers and do your own walk and some fundraising for the cause please go to the home page. CLICK HERE >>> www.cnoy.org

Sign up to walk at the Exeter location then click on Join a team and type in GB Winter Walkers. Call me at 519-238-5215 if you need help.

Funds help support South Huron Connection Centre in Exeter, offering basic needs such as light meals, a shower, washroom and laundry facilities along with support through partnerships with numerous agencies. Funds also go toward the Huron Homelessness Initiative, including the Huron supportive housing worker, shelter for women, children and youth and Heart to Home temporary emergency shelter.

The Huron Perth United Way reports that there are over 200 people facing homelessness in Huron Perth right now. Here is a link for more information

CLICK HERE >>> https://perthhuron.unitedway.ca/unignorable-issues/#unignorable-housing

Thanks for helping to make our community just a little bit better!
John Smits.

Apply to be a 2023 Butterflyway Ranger

Thanks to Barb Smits for this submission!

We are looking for awesome community-minded volunteers to become our next troop of Butterflyway Rangers! They will join the Butterflyway Project’s award-winning efforts to reimagine our neighbourhoods as nature-filled places that support wild bees and butterflies.

Rangers receive free online training and assistance from the helpful folks at the David Suzuki Foundation as well as experts in native plants, pollinators, gardening and community organizing. They join a countrywide network of volunteers working toward common goals and having a ton of fun doing so.

Click Here To Apply

You must be a Canadian resident and 18 years of age or older to apply. This is a year-long volunteer commitment at minimum, although many Rangers remain with the project for multiple years.

Ready to be a Butterflyway Ranger? Complete this application form before February 13, 2023.

If you are a Butterflyway Ranger already, you do not need to reapply.

Free Household Items!

For all the music lovers in Huron Woods, we have a lovely upright piano that will not be going to our new home. It is free for anyone who can come and take it away.

We also have an antique, but beautiful, queen bedroom suite to give away. It includes a chest of drawers. Again, you would be responsible for transporting it yourself.

For either of the above, please call Sheila at 519-238-5449. Thank you.