Mid Winter News from The Meeting Place in Tobermory

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Meeting Place painting
Laura Banks works with young artists Miah and Madisyn during one of the children and youth programs offered at The Meeting Place.
Submitted by Noreen Steinacher

Cooking together, seniors dance and more arts activities for youth. All these things are still happening despite the crazy weather and some cancellations. It sure speaks to people’s motivation to live with winter and be part of a healthy, active community. 

The Meeting Place wants to thank the local business sponsors, Bruce Anchor Motel and Cruises and the Princess Hotel for supporting the new Sharing Dance Seniors program, which is now running two full classes a week. We would also like to thank and acknowledge the volunteer work of Chantal Dufour. Chantal is the on-site dance coordinator who is pulling everything together; the participants, the technology, feedback to the Toronto based program and especially making TMP a welcoming place for people coming in for the first time. This reminds me, as The Meeting Place grows as a ‘community hub’, the roles of volunteers change as well. Today, we need volunteers who have a passion to contribute but also have skills, are willing to make an on-going time commitment and learn new things. That’s a lot to ask, so thank you Chantal. 

Meeting Place Sharing Dance Seniors
Some of the participants at the first Sharing Dance Seniors class at The Meeting Place Tobermory.

Last year about this time, we were starting to plan the spring Volunteer Fair and learning seminar with the Museum Committee. I was recently asked if there was going to be another Volunteer Fair this year. The Meeting Place has some other special events planned for this spring but if anyone or any group is interested in helping plan a follow-up Volunteer Fair for next year – 2020, please give TMP a call while it’s on your mind.

Speaking of special events, TMP is working with the Poverty Reduction Task Force Bruce Grey to host an educational workshop in March called Bridges Out of Poverty. The workshop is designed for community groups, educators and volunteers to learn and appreciate more about the impact of income insecurity and how it affects the whole community. If you or your group have an interest in this issue, please contact Jennifer at The Meeting Place for more information. On another note, Daryl Wood is once again bringing her knowledge and facilitation skills to a topic which may appeal to many. She is offering an interactive afternoon on ‘Self-Esteem – It’s an Inside Job’ on Monday, March 18, from 1:30 – 4pm at The Meeting Place. Please register ahead with TMP at 519-596-2313 and the $10.00 fee is being donated to The Meeting Place to support on-going programs and services. Thank you Daryl!

By the time you read this article we’ll be into March and The Meeting Place will be in full fundraising swing. Look for posters and early ticket sales for our annual spring music concert Episode IV – the Ultimate Live Music with CD-DC on Saturday, May 11th at the Tobermory Community Centre. Please consider supporting this event.