Linking Hands hosts an ‘Expo,’ too — March 15 at Maple Ridge Centre

MAPLE RIDGE—Dundas County businesses are invited to exhibit their services and wares at the first Linking Hands 2017 EXPO and March Madness Family Fun Day at the Maple Ridge Centre.

“In working with the public, one of the things we hear most often is that residents of North and South Dundas aren’t aware of the many services and resources available to them here in Dundas County,” Linking Hands coordinator Sandy Casselman said. “Knowing that not everyone has access to computers or the Internet, our steering committee felt it was important to find other ways of ensuring this information reaches the people who need it.

We are hoping to showcase as many agencies, organizations, and businesses as possible.”

The Wednesday, March 15 event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Centre on County Road 43. Admission is free to everyone. Exhibitors will be set up in the hallways of the former school, while entertainment options will be available in the gymnasium and classrooms. Activity Bands for kids are $5 and they include access to the giant inflatables (Tribeck Inflatables), petting zoo (Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo), GLOW room, face painting, and more.

Melanie Willard, author of Dare to be Raw, will be on site to deliver two free seminars. At 11 a.m. she will present “Building Resilience and Self-esteem through Vulnerability” and, later, at 1 p.m. she will present “The Importance of Self Care.”

“The success of this event hinges on reaching as many people as possible,” Casselman said. “Having seen the success of the Maple Ridge Centre’s specialty days, we approached owner Rachel Potvin with a proposal to partner and she welcomed us without hesitation. She and Ruth Vanderlaan have been irreplaceable in the planning of this event.”

Close to thirty agencies have already signed on to exhibit. Representatives from these organizations will be on hand to answer questions one-on-one. A few of those already on board include the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Legal Clinic, the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program, and the Dundas County Hospice. Organizers are now opening the remaining exhibition spots to businesses and service agencies throughout Dundas County.