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Headwaters Communities in Action

There’s no better time to enjoy the bounty of Headwaters. With the feelings of thankfulness still with us after holiday weekend, we can all appreciate our good fortune in living in an area with such overwhelming abundance - not only of delicious local foods but also active, engaged citizens!

In This Issue

NEW DATE: HCIA Annual General Meeting

Wednesday October 28 - 5:30-8pm
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Join your fellow engaged citizens to celebrate HCIA’s accomplishments and help set priorities for the coming year. This is our opportunity to review our progress, celebrate, recognize key contributors who make a difference in our communities, and set our sights to the year ahead. If that’s not enough, come and be treated to a delicious spread of local food! At last years AGM, participants brainstormed on emerging issues in the community and the status of HCIA current portfolios. The inputs helped us to draft the Community Well-Being Survey - the outputs of which are now being analyzed. Some new priorities and feedback will be ready for discussion this year. What projects will they inspire? Bring a friend and your ideas – even half-baked ones are welcome (ideas, that is)!

When: Wednesday October 28, 5:30pm to 8pm Where: Lord Dufferin Centre, 32 First Street, Orangeville 519-941-8433


HCIA is pleased to act as a hub and incubator for community-minded people; a place where ideas turn into community action.

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Community Well-being Survey Winners Announced!

It’s not always necessary to provide incentives for people to speak their minds, but in this case we were able to offer some awesome draw prizes! Thanks to all of you who took the time to complete our Community Well-being Survey. The results are being compiled and analyzed, and we are eager to share the initial priorities with you at our Annual General Meeting on October 28th.


Here are the lucky winners of our random draw, and their prizes:

Alice Gillham - Movie Pass
Hayley Moody - Movie Pass
Deborah Waters - $100 Gift Certificate from
The Globe Restaurant
Kelly Walsh - $100 Gift Certificate from
Mrs. Mitchell’s Restaurant


Congratulations to all our lucky winners, and thanks again for adding your voice and completing the survey. Special thanks to The Globe and Mrs. Mitchells on behalf of HCIA and some happy prize recipients.

Housing and Poverty Forum

Tuesday November 24 - 9am to 3:30pm
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The County of Dufferin, in partnership with Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (of Headwaters Communities in Action) are pleased to present:

2015 National Housing Day Event
Addressing Housing and Poverty
In Dufferin County

About the Event: This ‘no cost’ event will focus on sharing information on the work being done in the areas of Homelessness, Social Housing and Poverty Reduction in Dufferin County. The day will involve various interactive activities and guest speakers. Afternoon Keynote Speaker is Karen Glass, Executive Director of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy. Who Should Attend? Community agencies, local businesses, municipal leaders and concerned citizens who are interested in learning about Housing and Poverty issues in Dufferin County and taking action on solution focused strategies.
When: Tuesday 24th November 2015
9am – 3:30pm
Salvation Army Church, 690 Riddell Rd, Orangeville, ON L9W 5G5


This event is free and includes lunch. Seats are limited. To reserve your seat and to advise of any dietary restrictions please register.

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Fall Poverty Forum

October 16th was World Food Day

This year's theme is "Social Protection and Agriculture - Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty"


Visit the official website at:


Read the Food Insecurity in Canada handout from Dietitians of Canada to learn more about food insecurity and proposed solutions.

Headwaters Taste of the Harvest

World Food Day

Headwaters Taste of the Harvest

October 9 to November 8, 2015


One could argue that Fall is the best time of year in the Headwaters region. The magnificence of the leaves changing colour, the fun of apple picking, events from fairs to tours to pumpkinfests, and of course, the harvest. With so many farms in our region, local produce is in abundance and the opportunity to enjoy a taste of the real Headwaters is easy to find.


To celebrate all that this region has to offer, Headwaters Tourism organizes the Taste of the Harvest.  From Friday October 9 to Sunday November 8 enjoy the activities and culinary delights offered by some of the finest destinations and food establishments our beautiful region has to offer. The list of participants is impressive and growing, be sure to check out the Headwaters website for the most up-to-date participant list and what they are offering to plan your Headwaters Harvest Adventure. Here's who's in so far:

· Alton Mill Arts Centre

· Downey's Farm Market

· Dufferin County Museum & Archives

· Fromage

· Heatherlea Farm Market

· Hockley Valley Resort

· Inglewood Antique Market

· Landman Gardens & Bakery

· Historic Downtown Orangeville & Farmers’ Market

· Spirit Tree Estate Cidery

· Stewart Maguires Landing

· Terra Cotta Conservation Area

· The Edge Wine Bar & Grille

· The Friendly Chef Adventures Inc

· Theatre Orangeville

· Wicked Shortbread

Enjoy your Harvest adventure, and be sure to share your fun using #RealHeadwaters.

Headwaters Taste of the Harvest



Headwaters Taste of the Harvest

Farm to School is Back to School

October is Farm to School Month, and what better time to kick off a new school year for the HFFA Farm to School pilot programs? The Education Workshops continue to be offered to schools in Dufferin County and Caledon. A small number of fully subsidized workshops are available on request, and for schools with the funds, we can now meet the growing demand for a per-workshop fee of $285 (single class). Interested teachers should visit for information and fill out a request form.


The Local Food Club has officially started up again too this month. Some of our program schools from last year have not been able to participate this year due to the continuing teachers’ labour action, so we have a bit more capacity for new schools that have been on our waiting list.


We are currently in need of volunteers for packing days, on the last Wednesday of each month at Primrose Elementary School (our current centralized packing site for all schools). We always have lots of fun, packing and delivering healthy, local food bundles for Headwaters families. Join us!


If you are interested in having your school participate or you would like to volunteer, please contact the Program Coordinator at or call Nicole at 1-416-884-8696.

Farm to School is Back to School


Farm to School is Back to School

As Time Goes By - A 75th Anniversary Celebration

For 75 years, United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin has worked to monitor and meet the pressing social needs of our local community. Our 75th anniversary gala event, will be held at Creelman Hall (University of Guelph) on October 24tth and will celebrate 75 years of supporting our community. “As Time Goes By – An Evening of Celebration” will pay tribute to “Casablanca”, a 1940’s classic, and will feature themed gourmet food stations, entertainment, casino games and live and silent auctions. All proceeds from the evening will support the 2015 United Way campaign.
Gourmet Food Stations: Chicken Tagine & Lemon Couscous | Portabello & Spinach Ravioli | Mustard Roasted Beef Spaetzele
When: October 24, 2015 7:00PM
Where: Creelman Hall, University of Guelph

As Time Goes By – A 75th Anniversary Celebration


As Time Goes By – A 75th Anniversary Celebration

From Our Friends

The Doors Opened on September 12 in Grand Valley - Connecting Seniors and Family Members to Health and Service Providers


The Open Door seniors event held at the Arena was a well-attended success. Over 40 residents participated in the event which provided Grand Valley residents with valuable information on services for seniors and the family and friends who support them. Many thanks go to the volunteers of the walking group led by super senior Linda Rowe who provided a wonderful lunch for all. Mayor Steve Soloman provided his support to the event and was impressed by the attendance of both residents and service providers.

HFFA - Farm to School programs ready to get Back to School


HFFA - Farm to School programs ready to get Back to School

Be Vigilant about Distracted Driving

A safe community is a good community. It is our pleasure to support our local Dufferin OPP by helping get the word out to citizens about important messages they have to share. In this space we will share messages directly from the OPP communications team.


So far this year, 41 deaths have been attributed to distracted driving on OPP-patrolled roads and the number of collisions caused by distracted drivers is up twenty percent compared to this time last year.

Be Vigilant about Distracted Driving

Be Vigilant about Distracted Driving

Dufferin Transportation Options

Find A Ride

Listings about existing transportation options available in Headwaters, learn about eligibility requirements, hours of service and cost.

Find A Ride

Headwaters Trail Maps

Trail Maps Listing

Over 20 trail descriptions, details and maps in the Headwaters region. Take a hike, enjoy a meal and browse our local shops!

Trail Maps Listing

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