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Headwaters Communities in Action

As the growing season hits full stride, the kids gear up to head back to school, and the downslope of summer is upon us, the pace at HCIA shows no sign of slowing!

In This Issue

HCIA Half-Baked AGM

Register now to attend our Annual General Meeting Wednesday October 28, 2015 5:30-8pm
The AGM is always a highly anticipated date on our calendar. This is our opportunity to go about the very important tasks of reflecting and reporting on the past year’s activities, celebrating accomplishments and key contributors who make a difference in our communities, and setting our sights to the year ahead. Not to mention enjoying a delicious spread of local food together! Come join us this year as we look at community priorities identified in the Well-Being survey results and think about what ideas could percolate – even half-baked ones. Let your imagination soar!

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

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The Open Door - Connecting Seniors and Family Members to Health Providers

Join us to gain valuable information on community supports and how to access these services for the residents of Grand Valley and Dufferin County. This drop in session may lead you to the answers you have been looking for! Light lunch and refreshments will be served.


Brought to you by: The Grand Valley Walking Group and supported by the Town of Grand Valley and HCIA.

When: Saturday September 12, 2015
10:00 am—1:00pm
Where: Grand Valley Arena in the Grand River Room 90 Main Street North Grand Valley ON.
For information email Gail:
Or telephone Linda: 519-928-3393


The Open Door - Connecting Seniors and Family Members to Health Providers

CHATT - Join the CHATT on a BFF Ride

On your bikes! The Citizens of Headwaters for Active Transportation Team (CHATT) is organizing a Bicycle Friendly Family (BFF) Ride.

When: Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2pm until about 4pm.
Where: Monora Park upper parking lot Monora Park Drive, Orangeville

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CHATT - Join the CHATT on a BFF Ride

HFFA HUB - Food charter progress

The HFFA HUB has embarked on the process of creating a Headwaters Food Charter/Strategy. Working away over the summer, the group has defined a number of core pillars for the work. With further refining, the work to date will be sent out for comment to various key groups and stakeholders. The entire process is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. The HUB has taken on this work because many communities across Ontario and Canada have adopted Food Charters, Food Strategies and Action Plans to guide their food and farm work. Further, it was a key recommendation from the 2014 report, Growing the Food System within the Headwaters Region. The HUB will be looking for community input over the next year and half.

HFFA Food Access - Save the Date for the Fall Poverty Forum November 24, 2015

When: November 24, 2015 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Salvation Army Church, 690 Riddell Rd, Orangeville, ON L9W 5G5


Hosted by Dufferin County Community Services and the Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance of Headwaters Communities in Action.


The morning will focus on Social Housing and Homelessness and transition into an afternoon session about Poverty in Dufferin County.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker is Karen Glass, Executive Director of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy. The forum is being made possible with support of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Association. For more information about the Social Housing, Homelessness and Poverty Forum and to register for the event visit the Headwaters Communities In Action website.

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Fall Poverty Forum

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

The Farm to School team is ramping up to deliver the final commitments of its Local Food Fund grant and working on securing additional funding and capacity to continue providing Education Workshops and Local Food Club to Headwaters schools. Drop by our displays at the Orangeville Fall Fair, Mono’s Big Day Out and Shelburne Fair this month.


If you are involved with a school in the Upper Grand District School Board, make sure that your school is registered for the Fresh From the Farm Fundraiser. It’s a simple way to buy healthy local foods, support Ontario growers and make a great return for the school…maybe put the funds toward Farm to School workshop for your K-6 class! Having trouble finding a coordinator at your school? We can help! Get in touch to discuss or if you’d like to volunteer with any of our programs or food events.

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


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

Collective Impact seminar – featuring the DC Moves initiative – gave food for thought

On August 25, 2015, session leader Sylvia Chuey, a Director of Tamarack Institute, introduced the group to the concept of Collective Impact and how it can be an effective framework for facilitating change on the complex issues a community may face. In this engaging session, 25 participants were invited to co-construct a current inventory of initiatives that are strengthening Headwaters, and identify top local issues and challenges that might warrant exploring a Collective Impact approach.


Keith Palmer, Dufferin County’s Director of Community Services was also on hand to present DC MOVES, a cross-sector initiative which aims to facilitate collaboration across service organizations in Dufferin County. More on this initiative in the months to come.

Hold the Date: HCIA AGM!

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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