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Economic Development eNews | August 13, 2019
Business Profile
Top feature photo: The Horse Effect's Cindy Dopson in the field with her Shire herd.
Below: Candace Marshall spends time with Lassie
Above photo: The Dopson family's Farm sign. Below photo: Cindy connecting with Clancy.
The Horse Effect offers
gentle giant connection
CHANTRY - Cindy Dopson has the unique skill of helping people connect with her Shire horses.

Owner of The Horse Effect, Cindy is a certified Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL®) facilitator. She completed an apprenticeship program last year to help people increase mindfulness by bonding with horses.

"I was a total skeptic at first of FEEL®," admits Cindy. Then she saw how much the guided sessions were having an effect on herself, the horses and others.

Making a connection with a horse can help people cope with illness and physical disabilities as well as manage stress and depression. It can help address addictions and other issues holding people back. Time spent with horses can improve your overall well being, according to Cindy.

"It's amazing the things I have seen, both during my training and now having experiences with my herd. It gives me joy to see what a strong positive impact my horses can have on people," says Cindy.

"Horses, being a herd animal, have a lot they can teach us about ourselves and our relationships."

Cindy and her husband Chris have been breeding and raising draft horses, including the gentle giant Shires, dating back to 1993.
They also own the Thake Home Comfort Centre in Westport with Cindy now spreading her time between the shop and "the field."

This is how it works. First you meet the herd of seven Shires. Then, with Cindy as facilitator, you learn to connect to a horse. After that, an amazing variety of exercises and experiences can take place, she says. Sessions can be engaging, powerful and restorative. All sessions are performed on the ground with no riding involved. Cindy has clients in walkers and wheelchairs so it is accessible.

"All animals offer therapy. With horses, they retain that they are prey animals so their instinct is to be very in-tune with their whole environment, including the emotional and physical state of a person around them," says Cindy. When a connection is made, it can be insightful and calming. "It is a very unique experience," says Cindy.

Sessions are by appointment only. You can send Cindy an email or call 613-770-5114. Learn more on The Horse Effect website.

The stable is located at 1204 Chantry Road near Delta. Visit the FEEL® and Horse Spirit Connections website.
Funding Opportunities
Climate Action Incentive Fund
The Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF)
Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises Project stream provides funding for retrofit projects in sectors such as building, transportation, industry, waste, agriculture and more.
The application period is 90 days starting on July 17th, or until the funding is exhausted.

  • Small-sized incorporated enterprises of 1-99 employees
  • Medium-sized incorporated enterprises of 100-499 employees

Eligible project categories:
  • Agricultural retrofits
  • Building retrofits
  • Electricity, energy and fuel production
  • Industrial process improvements
  • Transportation retrofits
  • Waste - energy efficiency in waste management

Eligible rebate amount:
  • Up to 25% of the project's total eligible costs
  • No less than $20,000 and no more than $250,000 per project and per recipient
  • A $250,000 funding cap will apply to the group of applicant franchisees who operate under the same franchise trade name in each eligible province

See the Application Guide or Apply Now. Learn more on our Funding Programs and Incentives page.
Workshops and Seminars
Starter Company Plus Info sessions

The program provides one-on-one guidance from the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre. You will have access to a business plan boot camp and coaching/training from professional consultants and coaches.

You are eligible if you are:
  • 18 and over and not a full-time student or working in another job full time
  • Ontario resident with a great business already generating income
  • In your first 5 years of business
  • Able to contribute at least 25% (in kind or cash) of the up to $5,000 grant amount

WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 3-4 p.m.
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, Meeting Room 1, 285 County Road 44

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21, 4-5 p.m.
WHERE: Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street

To learn more or to request an appointment contact the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre or call Wendy or Jeanette at 613-342-8772, extensions 4470 for Wendy or 4471 for Jeanette.
Healthy Workplaces free webinar

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is running a province-wide inspection initiative from October 1 to December 27. The focus is on musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory hazards specific to silica, welding fumes and diesel exhaust.

For the Industrial sector, MOL inspectors will focus on the following:
  • Ceramic, Glass and Stone
  • Wood and Metal Fabrication and Industrial Services
  • Transportation - Buses, warehousing and storage

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services and the Ministry of Labour are hosting a one-hour awareness webinar to prepare for the initiative. You can learn more about keeping workers safe and receive links to helpful resources. It will include a Q&A period.

WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 10-11 a.m.
WHERE: Online
COST: Free

To learn more about the webinar and to add it to your calendar, visit the Ministry of Labour Healthy Workers in Healthy Workplaces Initiative Webinar webpage.
Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative Funding Information Webinar

Registration is open for this online webinar. It is designed to provide information on this funding initiative for economic development organizations and practitioners.

Organizations can apply for projects in key priority areas, including:
  • Labour supply and training challenges
  • Economic development in agri-food and agri-product sectors
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Protection and assurance
  • Bold, high-impact projects expected to create a sector-wide benefit

WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 1:30-3 p.m.
WHERE: Online
COST: Free

Under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the first application intake will open on August 15 and will remain open through to September 27.
Learn more on our Workshops and Seminars page.
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office
32 Wall Street, Suite 300, Brockville, ON K6V 4R9
613-342-3840 | 1-800-770-2170 |  econdev@uclg.on.ca