The new Wellness Centre will be a hub for community health and community space for the under-served northern areas of Kawartha Lakes. By renovating and expanding the historic Train Station building in Coboconk, the Centre will offer more doctors and after-hours care, along with dental, physio, and many more services while preserving an important piece of our area’s history.
The Wellness Centre will have a long-term impact on the health of our communities and will act as a lever for new economic growth in our area.
By providing space for these services below, the needs of people in this area will be better served and the strain on current health care services offered in Lindsay and Minden will be alleviated:
- more primary care physicians/nurse practitioners
- much needed after-hours care
- chiropractic and physiotherapy services
- blood lab
- dental services
- mental health supports
- home and community care services
- pre & post-operative care
- community gathering spaces
- and more!
Progress So Far…
In 2020, a Feasibility Study for the Wellness Centre was presented to City Council outlining the gaps in care and services for people in the northern area of the municipality, a survey of possible locations, the health and economic benefits of the Wellness Centre, and design concepts for the building, with unanimous support from Council.
Site preparation activities are underway in order to be shovel-ready later this year.
The Wellness Centre project is an opportunity for all levels of government and the community to work together to improve the lives of those living in and visiting our rural area.
We are using a multi-tiered approach to securing our target of $7 million. We are pursuing provincial and federal commitments totalling $4.5 million. We are excited to confirm that the municipality of Kawartha Lakes has committed $1.5 million.
Make Your Mark!
As a community, we are committed to raising $1 million to make the Wellness Centre a reality…and that’s where YOU come in!
By making a donation to the Wellness Centre, you will help to bring much-needed health and wellness services to our area, help more seniors stay in their homes for longer, encourage more families to join our community, foster more investment, and bring more good jobs to the area.
There are a few options available to sponsor a particular area or room of the Wellness Centre to commemorate a beloved person or place.
- Name the Wellness Centre $250,000
- Community Gathering Rooms $50,000
- Outdoor Gathering Space $25,000
Donations of securities and legacy gifts are also welcome.
To make a donation: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-wellness-centre/
or by Cheque: Coboconk Medical Centre Trust (Wellness Centre), Box 281, Coboconk, ON K0M 1K0
Want to read the feasbility report? Click here!
Want more info, including the Community Health Needs Assessment? Read our appendices here!
Want to join in the community fundraising efforts? Join the Jump In The Lake Challenge May 1 at 2 pm! http://www.kawarthalakeside.com/challenge
Previous Updates about the Wellness Centre:
Wellness Centre Update
We are one more step closer to building a Wellness Centre to serve the needs of people in the northern areas of Kawartha Lakes!
On June 9, 2020, the Chamber presented the Feasibility Study for the Wellness Centre in Coboconk to City Council and we wanted to give you a quick update on the result of that presentation.
The City funded Feasibility Study was received by Council with thanks to the Chamber for preparing it. Council referred the Study to staff for their review and input during the third quarter, so it can be included in the budget process for 2021.
With the Feasibility Study now completed, we can turn our attention to securing the provincial and federal grant funding we are seeking. We can also begin to raise funds locally! The Wellness Centre project is going to have a long term impact on our community - not just for our health and well-being, but also with construction jobs, good-paying year-round jobs once it is built, and a positive impact on our local businesses too!
We will be bringing you some news this summer about ways to get involved in supporting the new Wellness Centre, but in the meantime, if you have ideas or you would like to organize a fundraiser to benefit the Wellness Centre, please get in touch with us. We have already heard from a few groups who are ready to pitch in to help get this Wellness Centre built, but it is going to take a lot of effort and you know the saying: Many hands make light work! Let's work together to make this project a reality!
Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to the community - we had more than 150 people attend the Community Meetings for the Wellness Centre, more than 450 responded to the Community Health Needs Survey letting us know your needs and wants, businesses and our local doctor who have shown their enthusiasm for the project, and a wonderful core team of volunteers who have spent countless hours getting this project to this point.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about how to make this project a reality!
What is this project?
The concept is to renovate and expand the Coboconk Train Station building, preserving that significant piece of Coboconk history, and building space for 2-3 doctors, walk-in clinic hours, a dentist, and other complementary practitioners such as seniors foot care, massage, physio and chiropractic care. Expanded space through new construction, new parking, and better road access are all part of the new plans.
Why Does Coboconk Need a Wellness Centre?
There has been a long-time perception of the community that there are not enough health services in the northern area of Kawartha Lakes. Although the community of Coboconk is very grateful to have a long-time family doctor, there are many who are still without a family doctor both in Coboconk and in its surrounding communities. No after-hours care exists in the north, and the need for this has been heard clearly. The nearest hospitals are 30-60 minutes away, and their emergency departments report high levels of patients utilising emergency department services for non-emergencies.
What has the CNACC Been Doing to Make this Happen?
The Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce (CNACC) spear-headed an initiative to find the best possible solution for both the community and the municipality. After a deputation to City Council in September of 2018 presenting the issue, Council requested that the Chamber conduct a feasibility report and provided City funds for this purpose. A Feasibility Report has recently been completed and is the result of 18 months of community consultation, primary data collection, research on the gaps in care according to the MOHLTC, site evaluations, and building concept design.
Objectives of the Feasibility Report
Vision of the Wellness Centre
Want to get involved in a project that will help to serve the needs of the northern parts of Kawartha Lakes and bring more jobs and economic activity to our area? Email email@example.com or call 705-454-1110. We would love to hear from you!
Want more info? Here are a few resources we can share with you so far:
Want to know more about the history of the Train Station and the village of Coboconk? http://cobytrainstation.ca/
More Info to Come...stay tuned!