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Women’s Institute helps Simcoe Manor ‘Give a Lift’

July 5, 2019   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

On Monday, June 24, Simcoe Manor in Beeton was presented with a donation of $1,000 from the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute.

The WI – a local organization that offers educational programming and community support; advocacy for social, environmental and economic change; and works towards the personal growth of all women, for home and country – raised the funds for donation in May, through its High Tea in the Garden event in support of the Give A Lift campaign. 

“The Tec We Gwill Women’s Institute was established more than seventy years ago when a group of young women from the former Townships of Tecumseth and West Gwillimbury joined the Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario,” said Diana Dundas, branch president. “This year we chose to donate to the Give a Lift Campaign as many of our members have had family at Simcoe Manor and they know how important transportation is to their quality of life and wellbeing.”

“Many of the 540 seniors who reside within our four long-term-care homes rely on our accessible buses to stay connected to their communities,” said Warden George Cornell. “Thanks to this generous donation from the Tec We Gwill Women’s Institute we are now closer to reaching our target to purchase a new bus for Simcoe Manor, the first of four in need of replacing.”

For over 121 years, Women’s Institute (WI) Members have actively worked together for family, home, community and country including providing a united group through education and support programs and services, personal growth opportunities, government lobbying and health and community wellness projects.

Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute supports community causes in both New Tecumseth and Bradford West Gwillimbury. 

Each of the County’s four Long Term Care and Seniors Services (LTCSS) Homes has a bus that keeps residents and clients connected to their communities and allows them to participate in events or a variety of activities and outings. 

The majority of residents living in LTCSS no longer have a license and rely on the buses for shopping trips, country drives, meal outings, special community events, trips to the zoo, picnics, fishing trips, and other leisure outings that benefit residents and reflect their interests. 

On average, the County schedules 32 outings a month, equaling more than 3,800 riders annually, and plenty of kilometres on the buses.

The County is currently in need of four replacement buses, one at each of its four homes, to ensure Simcoe residents remain connected and engaged in their communities. 

For more information or to donate visit: or contact Rosa Athanassoulis, Program and Support Services Supervisor, Simcoe Manor, County of Simcoe at 905 729-2267 ext. 5080 or by email to

For more information on the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute email or ‘Like’ them on Facebook.


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