Married couple Dr. Wanda Bowman Taylor and Max Marian Kalinowski are inviting people with mental health issues to find respite at the Mindful Way Meditation and Retreat Centre in Haliburton. Both employ mindfulness for their own health and want to share their knowledge to benefit others. Taylor who worked at CAMH has more than 20 years in the mental health field as a psychiatrist. She wanted to provide a service to rural areas which are often under-serviced. /DARREN LUM Staff

Retailer extends gift card for donations during purchases

By Darren Lum

Bring warmth to the community by donating your clean gently used coat to Haliburton’s Algonquin Outfitters for its annual Winter Coat Drive during the month of November.

Customers who donate a coat to the local outdoors clothing retailer (as well as at stores in Bracebridge Huntsville and Oxtongue Lake) while purchasing a new regularly priced winter coat will receive a $50 Algonquin Outfitters gift card for a future purchase.

The gently used coats will be donated to SIRCH Community Services in Haliburton and to the Table in Huntsville.

In an emailed response SIRCH Community Services executive director Gena Robertson said “Algonquin Outfitters has partnered with SIRCH for the past few years to help solicit gently used winter coats. Honestly Share the Warmth wouldn’t be able to provide jackets for so many people in the community without the support of Algonquin Outfitters.”

Share the Warmth is in its fourth year distributing free winter coats and winter wear to families and seniors in need. It had two giveaway days in November with one more to go on Friday Nov. 22 (from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) after having two in October.

Call 705-787-0262 for more details or see