For Immediate Release: June 13, 2016
Smiths Falls Physician Honored For Over 40 Years’ Service to Community
Dr. Brian Penney will be publically recognized on Tuesday June 28th by Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) at their annual general meeting. He is being acknowledged for his care and compassion since opening his practice in Smiths Falls in 1974. Dr. Penney has served thousands of patients within his own practice, in the local hospital and for the past ten years as a physician with the Smiths Falls Community Health Centre, a part of RCHS.
Each year RCHS Board of Directors honours an individual or group for their contributions to the health and well-being of our communities. At the June 28th Annual General Meeting the Board will present Dr Penney with his award. All current and former patients of Dr Penney are encouraged to come out to the celebration. Former colleagues and members of the public are also welcome.
Dr. Penney was trained in England and began practicing medicine in the early 70’s. He ran his own practice for 30 years and joined the Smiths Falls CHC as its first employee in January 2006.
When long time (39 years) patients of Brian’s, Doug and Liz Phillips heard of the celebration they phoned to say “ He has been through births, double births, regular appointments, emergencies, mental health issues, counselling, weddings and the birth of our grandchildren. He is definitely a part of our family in every way and we are blessed that he is!! We value his knowledge, his opinions, his empathy, his listening skills and timely responses but most of all we admire his caring and thoughtful presence and his ability to make each patient feel special to him.”
RCHS Executive Director, Peter McKenna says “I have known Brian for forty years and we are delighted to have him as part of our team. I am also thrilled to confirm that Brian is in great health and that he plans to continue working for the next few years”.
The RCHS Annual General Meeting will be held at the Smiths Falls Memorial Centre and starts promptly at 5.30. After some brief presentations and business matters the meeting will conclude with the award to Dr Penney. Refreshments and socializing will follow. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

September 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Two Rivers Food Hub Sets Targeted Opening Date of Nov. 1

Local growers, processors and buyers will be pleased to learn that the Two Rivers Food Hub (TRFH), located in the Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls, will soon be open for business. At a general meeting on Monday, Sept. 22, the TRFH set a target date of Nov. 1 for the opening of the commercial kitchen component of the food hub, moving them one step closer to a fully operational food hub servicing the Lanark Leeds Grenville regions.

A Local Food Hub is a centrally located facility dedicated to coordinating the collection and distribution of locally grown foods to the benefit of both growers and purchasers. One of the main purposes of a food hub is to help recreate the local food  infrastructure that has been lost over the past several decades.

The TRFH, operating under the umbrella of the Rideau Community Health Services, has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The opening of the commercial kitchen component marks the first step towards becoming one of the first local food hubs in Eastern Ontario.

"This will be the first of many significant steps forward for the food hub," Ray Elgersma, TRFH Acting Chair, explained, "With this first crucial piece of the puzzle completed, we can really begin to move closer to bringing local foods to the community."

In addition to a commercial kitchen rental facility, the food hub will also shortly begin operations as a depot for local foods, and a pick up location for restaurants and retail outlets interested in including local foods in their products list. This component of the  TRFH will be developed following the hiring of a general manager who will be key to its implementation.

The incubator kitchen planned for the TRFH will offer assistance to early stage, small scale, food production businesses by reducing the stress of meeting food safety regulations and the high cost of commercial kitchen equipment. Space sharing opportunities are of particular value to new businesses and to existing food production enterprises who wish to scale up their production at a low cost.

The TRFH will eventually include two commercial kitchens renting at an hourly rate of $25 per hour. The opening date of Nov 1st will include the opening of one of these kitchens, comprising approximately 480 square feet and will include all major equipment as well as small equipment for food processing of all kinds.

Storage space will be available to tenants who wish to keep items safely locked within the kitchen, as well as walk in refrigerator and freezer space. A second kitchen and a large area for catering and cooking classes will be opening as the TRFH moves forward with its plans.

As part of the target date of Nov. 1, the committee will also be putting forward a call for parties interested in applying for a contract position of General Manager. The General Manager will be involved in the planning and start-up of the food hub, including developing operations, facility planning, developing and executing a marketing strategy and the launch of the centre.

For more information about the services available at the TRFH, or to subscribe to their newsletter, please visit www.tworiversfoodhub.com or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Smiths Falls Citizen Honored For Giving Over 30 Years to Creating Healthy Communities

 

Merrickville, June 3rd, 2013 - Rideau Community Health Services (serving Lanark, Leeds and Grenville since 1974) honours Ken Graham, who for over thirty years has been donating much of his time to improving local governance, environmental organizations, recreational services, and health and social services. Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) is a community governed health and social service organization operating the Merrickville District and Smiths Falls Community Health Centres and Rideau Valley Diabetes Services.

Each year at its Annual General Meeting the Board of Directors of RCHS honours one individual for "outstanding contribution to our community". This year that honour goes to Ken Graham for his decades of service as a Smiths Falls Town Councillor and community volunteer. "When we think of what makes an individual or a community healthy we know that it is more than our doctors and nurses; it is a clean environment, good food, physical activity and opportunities for everyone to be included in the makeup of our society" said RCHS Board Chair, Pamela Blackstock. Blackstock noted "year after year, Ken's contribution of time and energy to a variety of public organizations has benefited young and old alike".

Examples of Mr. Graham's contributions include about 20 years as a Town of Smiths Falls Council Member, and as an active volunteer with the Rideau Environmental Action League, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Lanark Leeds and Grenville Public Health Unit, TriCounty Addictions Services, Perth Smiths Falls Hospital and the Ontario Municipal Water Association to name a few. "Ken is a rare person who acts locally and thinks globally. He knows that you have to take care of the services that matter to people and at the same time contribute to reducing the negative impact we have on our environment", said Peter McKenna, Executive Director of RCHS.

Mr. Graham will be receiving this honour on Tuesday June 25th at the Smiths Falls Station Theatre, 53 Victoria Ave, Smiths Falls. The public are welcome. The RCHS Annual General Meeting commences at 7 p.m. and at 7.45 p.m. Ken will receive his honour. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Contact: Peter McKenna, Executive Director, Rideau Community Health Services, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 613-269-3400 ext 224

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For Immediate Release

Local Artist Honored For Giving Over Fifty Years of Beauty to Community

Pieter-DoefMerrickville, May 28th, 2012----Rideau Community Health Services serving Lanark Leeds and Grenville since 1974) honours Pieter Doef, who for over fifty five years has been creating and teaching art in the Smiths Falls and Merrickville areas. Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS) is a community governed health and social service organization operating the Merrickville District and Smiths Falls Community Health Centres, Rideau Valley Diabetes Services and the South East Diabetes Regional Coordination Centre.

Each year at their Annual General Meeting the Board of Directors of RCHS honours one individual for “outstanding contribution to our community”. This year that honour goes to Pieter Doef for his contribution as an artist and teacher over many years. “When we think of what makes an individual and community healthy we know that it is more than our doctors and nurses; it is a clean environment, good food, physical activity and opportunities to be creative and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us” said Board Chair, Pamela Blackstock. Blackstock noted “there are few artists who have shared their gift as generously as Pieter, and our citizens and communities continue to benefit from these gifts”.

Examples of Doef’s contribution include his career in art therapy at the Rideau Regional Centre, art classes in local communities, his works on public display in Smiths Falls (Centennial Park) and Perth, and as a founding member of the Merrickville Artists Guild. For the past twelve years Pieter has generously loaned artworks to the Merrickville District Community Health Centre which provides warmth and an important bright spot for all to share. His work with Child Haven International has helped raise a significant amount of money for women and children in need, living in India. Doef has had solo exhibitions from British Columbia to Quebec and continues to create new works of art. To quote Pieter, “I have no time to retire; there are still hundreds of projects and avenues to explore.”

Mr. Doef will be receiving his honour with many of his family and friends present on Tuesday June 26th at the Merrickville Community Centre, Read Street, Merrickville. The public are welcome and Pieter hopes to see many of his former art students and artist friends at the event. The RCHS Annual General Meeting commences at 7 p.m. and at 7.45 p.m. Pieter will receive his honour. A reception with refreshments will follow. Everyone is welcome.

Contact: Peter McKenna, Executive Director, Rideau Community Health Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 613-269-3400 ext. 224

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