Obituary of Henry “Hank” Winters

WINTERS: In sorrow, we acknowledge the passing of Henry “Hank” Collins Winters of Grand Bend, Ontario on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in his seventy-seventh year. Hank spent his last days in the company of his family and many friends, under the superb care of the Palliative Care Team at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario. Beloved husband, for fifty-three years, of Nancy (Edwardson) Winters, Hank is also survived by his children Elizabeth (David Matheson) and Philip (Gail Winters) and four grandchildren: Lauren Cummings Winters, William Matheson, Kaydence Matheson and William Henry Winters. Elder son of the late Eleanor (McRobie) Winters and the late Honourable Robert Henry Winters P.C. Brother of Marny (Marc Pearsall) of Toronto and the late Richard Winters.

Hank considered the world his home and steel his industry. But he was happiest as a child in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where he loved the smell of the sea. In his retirement he was thrilled to discover something of that same delight in Grand Bend, with its legion of friends, volunteer opportunities, dazzling beach and three entirely new pursuits which he passionately embraced. He learned to sing barbershop with the Seaforth Harmony Kings; achieved a black belt in Karate at the age of seventy-five; and swam his way to a gold medal at the Ontario Masters championship. Even when his illness was most challenging, he always focused his attention on concerns outside himself, mostly to the benefit of his family.

A supremely thoughtful man, Hank hated to miss a meeting of the Red Bowl Society of philosophers. He was proud to catalogue his reading and his list reveals a selective and significant personal library. It was his final comfort to listen to his family reading to him the story of a round-the-world motorcycle adventure, one of his few unrealized ambitions. We now reluctantly release him to a grand new adventure, fueled by our gratitude and his own smiling enthusiasm.

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, the family will host a gathering of remembrance for Hank at Oakwood Resort, Grand Bend, at two o’clock p.m. A private family interment will be arranged in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in the fall. If desired, memorial donations (payable by cheque) to Lakeshore Eco-Network would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the T. Harry Hoffman & Sons Funeral Home, Dashwood.

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New ED at Grand Bend Community Foundation


Media Release

For immediate release, March 1

Pat Morden

After more than 6 years at the helm, David Campbell is retiring from his position as Executive Director of the Grand Bend Community Foundation. Pat Morden will become the new Executive Director on April 1.

Campbell has been a powerful force in the Grand Bend area, providing leadership in the non-profit sector and helping to raise and steward funds for the Foundation. Among his many achievements: revitalizing the Community Improvement Coalition (which is currently working on a Community Hub for Grand Bend), supporting the Rotary Community Stage project, helping to increase the Foundation’s endowment to $2.4 M, overseeing granting to local charities of more than $550,000, and helping to establish the South Huron Community Fund.

“It’s been an honour and a pleasure to lead this dynamic organization,” says Campbell. “I’ve come to appreciate the depth and breadth of community spirit in the Grand Bend area, and the talented and committed people who give and volunteer here.”

“David has made an enormous contribution to the Foundation and our community,” says Chair Judy McDonald. “We are grateful for his dedication and vision, and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Pat Morden has lived in Grand Bend for 13 years. A professional writer and communication consultant, she previously served on the Foundation Board for six years. She has been involved in a variety of other community activities, including Friends of Pinery Park, the Lakeshore Eco-Network, and Huron Shores United Church.

“I’m looking forward to a challenging new role,” she says. “We have an exceptional group of volunteers on our board, and an excellent reputation in our community. My job will be to grow the Foundation’s support and impact.”

The Grand Bend Community Foundation is one of 191 Community Foundations across Canada. Founded in 2000 with the funds from the sale of Grand Bend’s PUC, the Foundation manages an endowment of $2.4 million, provides leadership in the community, and makes grants to local charities. To date, the Foundation has granted a total of more than $1.3 million.

For more information, contact David Campbell at 519-238-2190 or Pat Morden at 519-238-2785.

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Lavender fund Established


Exeter, Ontario, September 14, 2017.

Joyce Lavender (right), with her daughter Brenda Moulder of Windsor, Ontario.

In loving memory of her late husband Jack, Joyce Lavender has donated $10,000 to establish a scholarship fund to benefit students living in the Hensall area – the Lavender Fund.

“My husband, Jack was a mechanic who for years operated Jack’s Small Engine Repair in Hensall. Before passing away in 2010, he mentioned that he would like to leave a legacy for students in Hensall who are interested in this field,” said Joyce. “With the help of my financial Advisor, Suzanne Mathers of Raymond James in Exeter, we found that the South Huron Community Fund was a perfect solution.”

Annually, the Lavender Fund award will go to a student graduating from South Huron District High School with the highest mark in automotive or mechanical technology and who lives in the Hensall area. If there are no students in that field that year it will go to a student in another technical field.

“This is a really inspiring gift to future generations,” said Melanie Miller, Chair of the South Huron Community Fund. “Our organization is proud to work with the Lavender Family and Raymond James to create this wonderful legacy.”

The South Huron Community Fund is dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of our region. The fund was established in 2015 by a group of volunteers with the mandate of making South Huron a stronger, more caring and resilient community in which to live. Funds raised create a permanent endowment that generates annual grants that are disbursed to local charitable organizations by a committee of volunteers. Across Canada, there are 191 community foundations granting over $200 million annually to community projects.

The South Huron Community Fund operates as part of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, a registered charity. To learn more about our work, visit or like the South Huron Community Fund on Facebook.

Media inquiries:

Melanie Miller
Chair, South Huron Community Fund
519-235- 0640 x 7807

Suzanne Mathers
Financial Advisor, Raymond James
519-235- 4099

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Grant makes beach more accessible.


Lambton Shores Improves Accessibility at Grand Bend Beach

June 15, 2017 – (Lambton Shores, ON) – With the official start of beach season just around the corner, the Municipality of Lambton Shores is pleased to announce two new additions to the Grand Bend Beach that will provide an enjoyable beach-going experience for persons of all abilities.

The boardwalk at the Grand Bend Beach has been completely transformed to a concrete surface after receiving funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Not only will maintenance of the concrete be easier than the previous wooden surface, but it will also provide a more level surface for people with mobility challenges.

In addition to the concrete boardwalk, thanks to a generous grant received from the Grand Bend Area Community Foundation, the Municipality has purchased a PathMat. The PathMat is made of recycled material and is designed to increase accessibility to the waterfront for people in wheelchairs, pushing strollers, or simply anyone else who wishes to use the mat to access the beach area.

“Lambton Shores is continuing to improve access to municipal properties,” says Lambton Shores Mayor, Bill Weber. “The new concrete boardwalk and installation of the beach access mat are great examples of Council’s commitment to making municipal spaces accessible for all”.

The PathMat beach access mat provides a durable, slip-resistant pathway that is both pedestrian and wheelchair accessible. The UV-resistant, mesh elastomeric material adapts to uneven surfaces, and provides a sturdy way to travel over soft sand. It is portable, easy to install, and easy to maintain.

The 5-foot-wide mat will run from the boardwalk to near the waterfront, starting at the beach house. It will remain in place for the 2017 beach season and will be reinstalled for subsequent beach seasons.

For more information: Kevin Williams, CAO
Municipality of Lambton Shores
Phone: (519) 786-2335

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Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt


Exeter, Ontario, May 18, 2017.

On May 28th, the South Huron Community Fund is hosting a special family event called the Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., participants can meet real live turtles and snakes native to Ontario courtesy of the Huron Stewardship Council, participate in a fun scavenger hunt activity supported by the Huron County Library – Exeter Branch, and enjoy a charity barbeque courtesy of Libro Credit Union.

“With this event we’re celebrating two very important environmental stewardship organizations at work in our community: The Huron Stewardship Council and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority,” said Melanie Miller, Chair of the South Huron Community Fund. “Everyone is invited to come out and have some fun!”

The Huron Stewardship Council is a local not-for-profit volunteer organization committed to creating a healthy environment that’s maintained and appreciated by our communities. The Council works alongside farmers, landowners and partners to promote the adoption of best management practices, species at risk recovery, youth education and habitat restoration projects. It is driven by respect for our environment and a desire to conserve all that makes Huron County a remarkable place.

As part of its extensive natural areas network, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) manages the MacNaughton-Morrison and Morrison Dam Conservation Area sections of the South Huron Trail. The South Huron Trail begins in Exeter at MacNaughton Park and links the town, via the MacNaughton-Morrison Trail, with the trail that begins east of Morrison Dam (at Morrison Reservoir/Morrison Lake). ABCA protects water, soil, and living things as guided by the community through its Conservation Strategy.

“These organizations work in partnership with the community to help look after the health of our local environment and provide valuable stewardship services to all residents,” added Miller. “This support for natural health, human health and recreation is part of the reason why South Huron is such a great place to live.”

To learn more about the Turtley Awesome Scavenger Hunt event, like us on Facebook @SouthHuronCommunityFund. The South Huron Community Fund is dedicated to supporting the long-term needs of our region. Funds raised from individual and group donors create a permanent endowment that generates annual grants for local charitable organizations. To learn about our work or to create a legacy fund with us visit

Media inquiries:
Melanie Miller, Chair
519-235-0640 x 7807

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