An anonymous donor has come forward to provide funds that will allow for new mental health services at the Harry Debes Muskoka Community Health Hub in Port Carling.
Beginning soon, a Mental Health Practitioner will start working out of the hub one day a week, thanks to a substantial amount of money that’s been donated privately.
“They’ve donated enough to have them come in and work for a year,” says Muskoka Lakes Ward B Councillor Allen Edwards. “They will provide people with mental health issues some help.”
The day of the week that the services will be provided has not been established yet, but Edwards hopes the new service will start sometime in the coming month.
“They are very, very generous,” said Edwards of the anonymous donor who has made it all possible.
For those who don’t know, the Muskoka Community Health Hub is located at 147-3 Medora Street in Port Carling.
“This service was something that was identified as being needed and there wasn’t any of this type of service in the area, so when the donor heard about it, they came forward and said they’d look after it,” says Edwards. “And there is quite a need in the Muskoka area. We don’t just provide help for Muskoka Lakes only – people come for services here from other areas as well. Hopefully, one day the Province will recognize the need for this type of service and start funding it.”
The donor came forward with the proposal in late fall and it was decided then to start the service in the new year.
A Nurse Practitioner already works out of the location, as well as a Physiotherapist who also comes in one day a week.
Edwards, who is Chair of the Muskoka Community Health Hub board, reminds that people can still donate to strengthen the hub into the future.
“Any donations that are made should be sent in to the Township of Muskoka Lakes,” he says. “What you do is let them know you’re donation is for the Nursing Station, by putting the words ‘Nursing Station account’ on it.”