National Volunteer Week 2019 – Why I Volunteer

The Oxford Dictionary defines a volunteer as ‘a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertakes a task’. As Canada celebrates and honours our volunteers with National Volunteer Week (NVW) from April 7-13 this year, we think of those in our community who freely offer their time to take part. Much […]

History of the Butternut Tree

For nearly 90 years, a butternut tree stood on the site of our new office. The exact location is where our lobby is now located.  The tree grew on the front lawn of the property that belonged to the Matthies family at 76 Woodstock Street South for almost 90 years. South Easthope Mutual purchased the […]

National Drowning Prevention Week

National Drowning Prevention Week (July 15-21, 2018) brings with it the stark statistics of loss of life. The Lifesaving Society tells us that approximately 500 Canadians die in preventable water-related incidents annually. Even one drowning is one too many. The Lifesaving Society has provided tips to promote for this year’s Drowning Prevention Week. ‘Watch me, […]

3 Summer Road Trip Experiences to Try

Do you only have a few days to get away this summer, or want to spend your vacation dollars locally? Why not plan a road trip within Ontario? The province has so much to offer.  Here are some experiences I have enjoyed while staying in the province and on budget. Oxford County Cheese Trail Perhaps […]

Local Food Week June 4-10

Since 2013, the first week of June has been designated as Local Food Week. It’s a time to celebrate our farmers and the locally grown food they produce. Some consider ‘local’ as food grown just down the road at your neighbour’s farm or food that is grown or produced in the province of Ontario. However […]

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2018

Picture this; a young girl spending hours in the tractor cab with her grandpa, going back and forth in the field. This image is not unusual across rural Canada where generations of farm families have been working together for years. This idyllic picture in your mind can also be the start of any number of […]

The Business of Farm Safety

At the recent South Western Ontario Dairy Symposium in Woodstock, ON, a dairy farmer from the London area spoke about what he learned from a business point of view after the death of a long-time employee in a farm accident. In the very sad situation, the employee of 16 years died in an accident involving […]

Canada’s Agriculture Day 2018

February 13, 2018 is Canada’s Agriculture Day – A day to celebrate Canadian farmers, agriculture and agri-businesses. The whole agricultural community comes together to help consumers make a connection to where their food comes from and showcase what agriculture does for the Canadian economy. From milking robots to precision planting technology, Canada’s agricultural industry is […]

Shop Local This Christmas

Christmas brings on the busiest shopping season of the year. We’re all busy running around, trying to get those last minute gifts and groceries purchased. Why not consider making your purchases locally? ‘Why?’ you may ask. The answer is, it builds stronger communities. Local stores, shops and businesses employ local people; your family, friends and […]

Be On Your Best Parking Lot Behaviour!

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here. With the number of days to finish Christmas shopping being less everyday, we may not see the joy of the season in shopping mall parking lots. They can be a hotbed for auto accidents this time of year. And unfortunately, the Grinch could be hiding […]