Linking Hands invites public to their  ‘Rhythm’n Moves’ workshop and Basic Income Forum

MORRISBURG — Join us for the next Linking Hands Tea & Talk on Tuesday, May 30. Rhythm ‘n Moves with Leisa Fawcett and Marilyn Arsenault. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Chartwell Hartford Retirement Residence, Main Street, Morrisburg. Registration is required for this FREE event. Please register by Friday, May 26. Registration can be done online (, by phoning (613-989-3830), by email ( Free transportation available to and from this event. Please contact the above email or phone for more information.


WINCHESTER—There is a fair amount of chatter about Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot, but what is Basic Income and what would it mean for the masses?

Linking Hands Dundas County is hosting a Basic Income Forum Friday, June 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester.

“There’s such a misunderstanding about what Basic Income is,” said Verna Le ger, Naomi’s Family Resource Centre executive director, who is also a long-time member of the Linking Hands Steering Committee.

The forum will feature viewpoints from guest speakers who have experience with the Basic Income concept, as well as backgrounds in dealing with poverty and poverty-related issues. Rob Rainer and Richard Shillington will be discussing the effectiveness of Basic Income, while John Stapleton will act as moderator for the debate portion of the event. Preceding the information session and debate, there will be an opening presentation by Melanie Willard focusing on “Resilience of the Human Spirit.”

Rob Rainer, the inaugural chair of the provisional steering committee of the Ontario Basic Income Network and a member of the Advisory Council of Basic Income Canada Network, has been a driving force behind the current Basic Income movement in Canada. Prior to this, he served as the executive director of Canada Without Poverty.

Richard Shillington, who has been engaged in the quantitative analysis of health, social, and economic policy for the more than 30 years, will discuss real-life case scenarios showing a different side of the Basic Income debate. Stapleton has worked for several provincial and federal governments, as well as commissions.

John Stapleton, a former provincial government employee in the Ministry of Community and Social Services for roughly 28 years, is currently undertaking an Innovations Fellowship with the Metcalf Foundation. A public policy educator, he is also a member of the 25 in 5 anti-poverty group, and he sits on Toronto’s advisory group on poverty reduction.

Melanie Willard is a speaker and author who helps individuals and organizations grow in resilience while breaking the silence of stigma attached to human suffering. She spent more than 10 years pioneering, training, and deploying a national team of chaplains who provided emotional and spiritual care to victims of crisis and disasters across Canada. She recently released her first book, Dare to Be Raw, which is a true story of triumph over tragedy.

The cost to attend the forum is $30, which includes morning coffee, as well as lunch by Leatherworks Catering. Registration is required.

“If you are interested in learning more about Basic Income this forum will provide you with all the details,” said Ian McKelvie, Community Food Share administrator, and Linking Hands Steering Committee member.

For more information, visit or contact Linking Hands coordinator, Sandy Casselman, at or phone 613-989-3830.


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