Bell Lets Talk Mental Health

Bell Let’s Talk is a campaign created by the Bell Canada to raise awareness about the stigma surrounding mental illness. On January 29, 2020 this campaign raised 7.7 million dollars for mental health initatives. Several resources exist online, over the phone and in person for those who need help. Attached is a list of links to suicide and crisis hotlines, and resources available in Grey and Bruce County dedicated to the prevention of suicide and mental health supports.

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce

Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce 1-877-470-5200

Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 text 45645

Wes for Youth Online I need Immediate Help

Good2Talk 1-866-925-5454

EarlyON Child and Family Centres

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EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free programs to parents/caregivers and their children from birth to six years of age. These community hubs welcome all families to participate in quality programs that foster healthy child development, strengthen adult-child relationships and support parent education. EarlyON programs provide play based learning for children through play, song, games, sensory and creative experiences. These opportunities allow children to develop their social and emotional skills, reach developmental milestones and begin their journey of lifelong learning. All Centres are staffed with qualified professionals. To access information and on local EarlyOn Centres visit the Children’s Services web sites for Grey County and Bruce County

Holiday Assistance Programs

There are many assistance programs throughout Grey and Bruce Counties that offer free toys and gifts to kids, food boxes for families, as well as holiday meals. The holiday programs are available from several places as noted below.


Chatsworth Community Outreach – Food Bank

Christmas Hampers – Beaver Valley Outreach

Durham and District Food Bank

Christmas Hampers and Adopt-A-Star Child Gift Program – Golden Town Outreach – Meaford Food Bank

Owen Sound Fire Fighter’s Toy Drive

Salvation Army – Fill the Kettle

Christmas Assistance Program – Salvation Army – Hanover

Christmas Assistance Program – Salvation Army – Owen Sound

Holiday Program – Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey


Salvation Army – Fill the Kettle

Christmas Assistance Program – Chesley Salvation Army Food Bank

Christmas Hamper Program – Kincardine Area Community Services

Christmas Hampers and Angel Tree Program – Paisley and Community Food Bank

Christmas Assistance Program – Salvation Army – Port Elgin

Christmas Hamper Program – Salvation Army – WiartonChristmas Hamper Program – Tara Area Food Bank

Holiday Program – Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey 

Holiday Assistance Program – Tobermory Food Bank

Maple Syrup Festivals

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A wonderful thing about spring in Canada is the maple syrup season. As the temperature rises, maple tree tapping begins and maple sap production starts. The sap is gathered over a period between early March to about late April.

Don’t miss out on all the fun of a experiencing a maple syrup festivals and the delicious maple treats! Experience Canada’s liquid gold at one of the maple syrup festivals happening in Grey and Bruce County.

Maple Sugar Moon March 23 2019

Maple Magic 2019 happening at Regal Point Elk Farm in Oxenden on March 23,24, 30 and 31 2019. 

Annual Belmore Maple Syrup Festival April 11, 12 and 13th 2019

Kemble Maple Tour Saturday April 19, 2019

Holiday Assistance


This month, local non-profits, charities and community organizations are carrying out holiday fundraisers and donation drives that will help residence and families throughout Bruce and Grey County. The GB Southwest Health Line has put together a list of agencies that provide support during the holiday season. Information about ways you can help make the holidays special for those in need can be found at holiday giving.  Information about local organizations that provide food and gift baskets to those in need can be found at holiday help.