Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast for Monday, April 16, 2018

Today – A few showers ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 5. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tonight – Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of rain showers this evening. A few flurries beginning late this evening. Local snowfall amount 2 cm. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 this evening. Low zero.

CKHA celebrates National Volunteer Week

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is proudly recognizing the exceptional work done by the organization’s 300-plus volunteers.

“National Volunteer Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the ongoing contributions of our caring and compassionate volunteers who provide a helping hand to not only our patients and their families and visitors, but also to our staff and physicians on a daily basis,” says Kathryn Kielstra, CKHA’s Volunteer Resource Specialist.

During the week, CKHA volunteers will be recognized with thank you notes, complimentary refreshments, draws for prizes and a volunteer appreciation lunch. The organization’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter, will also feature profiles of select volunteers to showcase their roles within the hospital and what they’ve learned from their experiences.

“CKHA is fortunate to have an outstanding roster of volunteers who dedicate their skills and time to our community and hospital,” says Lori Marshall, President and CEO, CKHA. “National Volunteer Week is an important opportunity for us to recognize our volunteers from the Boardroom to the bedside.”

Volunteers play an integral role in the patient experience at CKHA. Whether volunteers are escorting patients from one department to another, serving as a Patient Advisor or assisting staff, the hospital is expressing appreciation for the valuable services provided by volunteers.

CKHA currently has volunteer opportunities available at both their Chatham and Wallaceburg sites. Opportunities at the Chatham site include: Information Desk, Surgery, Day Surgery, Ambulatory Care, Continuing Care, Emergency Department, Oncology and Boutique Grand.

The Wallaceburg site is in need of volunteers at the Information Desk and Serendipity Gift Shop.

CKHA is also seeking Patient Advisors, a volunteer position open to patients or family members of patients who have had a recent experience receiving care or service from CKHA. Youth 15 years and older are encouraged to apply online for summer and yearlong placements in the Youth Volunteer Program at

To view CKHA’s volunteer profiles during the week of April 15-21, visit: and

Reading Buddies program at Wallaceburg Branch

CKPL’s Reading Buddies offers free one-on-one assistance to children in grade 2 to grade 6 who would like practice reading.

Reading Buddies allows children to improve their literacy skills through literacy-based games, activities, and high-interest readers.

Volunteers spend 30 minutes weekly with a child for six weeks fostering a love of reading in a supportive, relaxed environment.

Reading Buddies will be offered at Wallaceburg Branch on Thursday evenings from April 5 to May 10.

Appointment times are available at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

To register please phone 519-627-5292.

Spaces are still available.

Sign up today.

For more information about programs and events at CKPL, please visit

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