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#OroMedonteStrong is about uniting the community while continuing to follow guidelines for physical distancing; staying home and staying healthy.  It is difficult that we cannot be together in person, but we can show the strength and resilience of our residents, businesses and community in Oro-Medonte. We can all help spread positivity in the community during the unprecedented COVID-19 challenges we face.
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We encourage anyone who is a part of the Oro-Medonte community to share posts and tag on Facebook@OroMedonte and Twitter@TwpOroMedonte.  We want to see the recognition and support of hardworking healthcare workers and frontline essential services. Share your neighbours supporting one another and the celebration of local businesses, share these stories using the hashtag #OroMedonteStrong and tagging on social posts. Let us work together to build each other up, support one another and show the strength of our community. You can also email jwhitley@oro-medonte.ca to share your stories. 

This Oro-Medonte community campaign connects and ties to the County of Simcoe’s #StrongerTogether campaign that is highlighting acts of kindness, support and appreciation for all sectors and services within the entire County.

For general information and impacts to the Township and facilities during the health pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 page for updates. 
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You can help support small businesses in our community, which helps the local economy in Oro-Medonte. These businesses are a critical part of our community. We are all in challenging times; many businesses are adapting to the new regulations and continuing to serve their customers. Help to make a difference by supporting them. 

 Businesses

Ways to Provide Support to Businesses

Suggested ways of how you can help businesses and still follow guidelines for physical distancing:
  • When possible, buy local
  • Look for local farm gate sales, buy from local producers
  • Purchase from local businesses online
  • Order local meals for curbside takeout or delivery
  • Share messages about local businesses through social media
  • Share the businesses social posts through your social media channels
  • Write positive reviews of businesses you have visited
  • Purchase gift certificates now that you can use later

Businesses That Are Open

​​We encourage everyone to practice guidelines for ​​physical distancing. Business operators in the Township ​have adapted​ to the new protocols during COVID-19. Attached is a list of businesses, including; restaurants, locally produced procucts, grocery and convienence stores, pharmacy, pet related businesses. ​​

Service Businesses that are Open​​​

(Please note information is subject to change)

If you would like your business added to this list please email jwhitley@oro-medonte.ca

Businesses With Innovative Solutions

Businesses that have adapted & provided innovative solutions during COVID-19:​

Ciao Chow Ciao​ - ​​​​Are preparing meals for the Sharing Place. Todd and Theresa take great joy in helping out. The Sharing Place provides donated food and they prepare the meals. They love the smiles and comforted bellies, and will continue to do what they can to help flatten the curve and will let everyone know when they can open again with a new normal.  

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Molded Precision Components ​(MPC) are proactively supporting the Ontario response to COVID-19. They​ are collaborating with Sterling Industries a sub-contract medical manufacturing from Concord, ON the patent pending Shield-U personal protective face shield. Within 8 weeks, the collaboration will see full-on production capability in excess of 300,000 shields per day. It is a brand new design, that will be certified as a Class I medical Device. For more see Shield-U.c​om

  • Agreement between the Township of Oro-Medonte and MPC, enabling MPC to produce PPE in the fight against COVI-19 MPC CTV News Story​
  • MPC featured on CBC​
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Napoleon workers stop making grills and volunteer to make essential medical equipment admist COVID-19. Napoleon workers to focus primarily on assembling and packaging face shields after joining forces with Barrie-based medical equipment facility​ 



Business Resources & Support

Below is a list of various businesses and organizations that can provide information and support during COVID-19:


 Community Kindness

Best Wishes from Sparky & Oro-Medonte Fire & Emergency Services

​Sparky and the crew at Oro-Medonte Fire & Emergency Services​ send there Best Wishes to everyone who has a celebration in April - Birthdays, Anniversaries!

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Rocks of Appreciation & Hope

​Throughout many areas of Oro-Medonte and the surrounding communities you will find painted rocks. These rocks provide hope and support as well as gratitude to our front line workers. 

These photos are shared from Warminster and Carthew Bay. 

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Ciao Chow Ciao Prepares Meals for the Sharing Place Food Centre

​​Ciao Chow Ciao may be closed to the public during COVID-19, but they have put their resources to good use. Todd and Theresa continue to work away and prepare food for the Sharing Place Food Centre. They are provided with donated food that they create meals out of which in turn puts smiles on peoples faces and fills there tummy's. Visit Ciao Chow Ciao's Facebook page​ to stay up to date on their business and plans for reopening in the future. ​​

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Homemade Masks for Hometown Heroes

Homemade Masks for Hometown Heroes initiative is making a huge difference. With over 50 sewists, dozens on the “cutting crew" and ten + drivers, there is a small army making a BIG impact. From Midland to Barrie, they do daily porch pick up and drops offs of supplies and finished masks. Masks have mainly been provided to health care facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. In just 3 weeks, these volunteers have produced to date 9,049 Masks, 642 Scrub Caps and 378 extenders to hometown heroes! Thank you to the crew for your generous and selfless contributions. If you would like to get involved, even if you do not sew, there is still a job for you, follow them on Facebook
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T-Shirts for Heroes

​Bettina and Jeff Anderson, from Horseshoe Valley, own a small home based printing company, Ink Works, and wanted to give back to the community. They made awesome tshirts as tokens of appreciation for frontline workers. Through donations of choice by community members, they raised $600 for the RVH COVID-19 Response Fund. Thank you for leading with your hearts!

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Thank You Fundraiser Signs

​Local Horseshoe resident, LeAnn Noble Bjaanes started a lawn sign campaign as a visual THANK YOU to frontline workers. The community response was better than expected, the first order raised $1750, and donated to the Sharing Place. The second order is likely to raise another $1300, which will be donated to local volunteers of “Handmade Masks for Hometown Heroes" to help cover costs of sewing supplies. Contact leann.bjaanes@gmail.com if you would like a sign.  Thanks LeAnn for this heartfelt way to show appreciation to all those working hard on the frontlines! 

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Our Brave Firefighters Poster by Hunter

"Our Brave Firefighters" Thank you to Hunter who made an awesome poster for Oro-Medonte Fire & Emergency Services. Hunter & his brother were able to give the poster directly to the OMFES team & Sparky.

These acts of kindness from our community are greatly appreciated.

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Remember to Stay Vigilant & Do Your Part to Help Flatten the Curve

While it is important to support our community, our main focus continues to be ensuring everyones safety and practicing the latest recommendations from public health experts to flatten the curve of COVID-19. Please remember to stay vigilant - practice physical distancing and only go out when necessary.  Available Health & Wellbeing Resources; Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Ontario 211, Ontario Ministry of Health, World Health Organization.​