If you’ve had an opportunity to review the SERVICES Pages, you’ll see there are a lot of functions provided by local government that go far beyond plowing the roads, issuing building permits and processing planning applications. Even with all the services that we are able provide, municipalities just aren’t set up to provide every service that a community needs to grow and thrive. Other levels of government, neighbouring municipalities, not-for-profits, schools, health care services, service clubs, business associations and volunteers look after things that aren’t normally in the capacity or mandate of the Municipality.
The Trillium Lakelands District School Board manages the public education system in the area. Stuart Baker Elementary School, JD Hodgson Elementary School and Haliburton Highlands Secondary School are situated on a single property adjacent to Head Lake in Haliburton. French Immersion is offered at the elementary school level in Haliburton. With a good mix of public and private education available locally, it’s a great place to raise a family.
Adult education is provided by the Trillium Lakelands District School Board and academic upgrading can also be acquired through Fleming College.
Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus is home to the School of the Arts. This growing year round campus provides unique and flexible education, with a focus on innovative arts and sustainable design. Sitting on the shores of Head Lake and neighbouring Glebe Park, the Sculpture Forest and the Halibuton Highlands Museum, the beautiful environmental backdrop is naturally conducive to inspiring creativity.
Health Care is provided at many levels in Dysart et al. The Haliburton Highlands Health Services Corporation provides the Haliburton Hospital and Long Term Care Facility along with supportive services. Built in 2000, it is located at 7199 County Road 1. The 14 bed hospital emergency department provides 24 hour emergency care with on-call physicians from the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team, nurses and medical radiation technologists. The Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation continues to provide support through ongoing fundraising efforts.
As the Haliburton home to the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team, The Haliburton Family Medical Centre is located beside the hospital at 7217 Gelert Road. There are a several alternate health care service providers available locally as well including massage therapists, optometrists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, chiropodists, etc. Private dental clinics are also available within the Village.
There are also many social services and mental health supports in the area for all ages and situations. Service agencies such as Community Care, Ontario Works, the Early Years Centre, Point In Time, SIRCH and the Association for Community Living are a few of the organizations ready to provide assistance.
Service Clubs in Dysart et al are always on the ready to lend a hand wherever it’s needed at a moments notice. Locally, we are fortunate to have the Haliburton Lions Club, the Haliburton Rotary Club and the Haliburton Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. These volunteers make local events and festivals possible and raise funds for great projects in the process.
One of our best assets is our active and skilled volunteer base. We are very fortunate to be able to draw on the skills and experience of a large and diverse group of people from many backgrounds and from near and afar. As seasonal residents transition to spending more time in the area after retirement, there is often comfort found in the social network that can develop very quickly through signing up for a sport or activity or volunteering with the health services, schools and service clubs.
In the last decade, our access to various types of media have increased dramatically. We now have Moose FM – 93.5, Haliburton’s classic rock station and Canoe FM – 100.9 a community not-for-profit station that provides original local programming.
The Haliburton Echo continues to thrive providing local news both in print and on-line. A recent addition to the Haliburton newspaper world is The Highlander – a publication covering the entire County. Links to all of our local media can be found on the sidebar.