June 27, 2016 - The bees have arrived! After quite extensive research by our Executive Chef Michael Price, our Chef in Residence, Kyle Paton and our Green Team, we have proceeded with the purchase of 4 hives of Canadian Honeybees for our property. Our team at White Oaks believes it is very important to support our Niagara community, our local agricultural industries and give back to our region and our world by introducing pollinator habitats near farm lands that rely on bees for pollination.
Research is clear that due to mono crop farming, pesticides and other elements that have come along with modernizing agriculture, the wild bee population has been significantly dwindling. The answer to parts of this problem is creating habitats for pollinators to expand their population for pollinating our food sources. These small initiatives are what will keep our bee population, and in turn our ability to grow fruit, nuts, vegetables, berries, etc. active in the years to come. These costs are far too great for individual farmers to bear on their own, and in turn will make their operating expenses rise.
The majority of the stinging insects that are out and about aren’t honeybees. To put this in perspective, between White Oaks, and Niagara College, we have introduced 750,000 bees into this area without anyone noticing a disturbance. While we are not first or leading the pack with this initiative, we are definitely in very good company with our friends at Niagara College and Ravine Estate Winery in St. Davids. In summary, let them bee and they will buzz off. At the end of the day, we will have delicious White Oaks honey, and the farmers will have help from our bees. We believe that’s a great win-win scenario.
How Can You Help?
By supporting businesses that are doing their best to save the bees…support the bee supporters: B-Y’s Honey Farm: http://www.byshoneyfarm.com, an amazing local Niagara Apiary providing honey and honey products to the community. To find out more information you can visit the Ontario Bee Association’s website at: http://www.ontariobee.com
March 16, 2016 - The Club at White Oaks is hosting their first annual Health and Wellness Fair (in partnership with Haven Global and The Healthy Cupboard) named Live Well Health and Wellness Fair, on Saturday April 16th, 2016 from 10am -5pm.
“We recognized that working out or playing a racquet sport is not a complete picture of a person’s overall good health. Many other factors come into play for a whole wellness picture and that is why we have reached out to our community for partners and like-minded businesses to create a full day of seminars, displays, information and fun that all inform our community on the many factors involved in living well” states Sandy Lynch, Club Manager.
Over the past few months The Club has developed a Health Advisory Board made up of three exceptional medical professionals who will lead the facility with their goal to offer a whole approach to overall health and wellness. The Live Well Health and Wellness show will be the launch of the advisory board as two of the three doctors will be starting off the day with their topic of Living Well into your 90’s. Dr. Matt Tonnos, DC and Dr. Ana Lara, ND will bring their own approaches to this topic. The third member of the Health Advisory Board is Dr. Mark Torigian who has talks planned for later in the season. Dates to be announced.
Marta Pawlowski, the show coordinator, has put together the line up of vendors, displays and speakers in partnership with Haven Global and The Healthy Cupboard. The event will take place in White Oaks Resort’s Exhibition Hall and speakers will be right next door in the Idea Loft. “We wanted to showcase what our club offers and also all the wonderful local services that are offered right here in Niagara, bringing community awareness on Living Well in one place here at White Oaks” states Pawlowski.
10:15am -11:00am • WO Advisory Board: Dr. Matt Tonnos DC and Ana Lara ND
Making the Most of your Life - Living Well into Your 90’s
11:15am - 12:00pm • Dr. Joey Shulman Nutritionist, Author & DC
The 7 Secrets of Health
12:15pm - 12:45pm • Dr. Christina Plaskos MD, Cosmetic & Wellness Expert
Igniting a Better you! Pro- Aging in the 21st century
1:00pm -1:45PM • Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue ND, Health Educator and Author (Natural Factors)
Stronger Bones Healthier Heart
2:00pm - 2:45pm • Angela Ysseldyk (Spokesperson & Publicist for Lorna Vanderhaeghe)
Hormones & Women’s Health
3:00pm - 3:45pm • Dr. Sara Celik ND (Renew Life)
4:15pm - 4:45pm • Sherry Campbell Psychotherapist
Fog of Change
Jan 20, 2016 - Spas of America has released their Top 100 Spas of 2015 and from over 500 Spas in the association from all throughout the Americas, The Spa at White Oaks ranked #7 overall. More exciting is the Canadian rankings of #1 Spa in Niagara, #2 in all of Ontario and #3 in all of Canada.
Spa Director, Jennifer Hipwell states, “We are thrilled to see such great results and it definitely matches up with what we are hearing from our guests. They are loving the new treatment options and skin care lines that have been developed and made available exclusively to our spa. We do our best to stay on top of new developments in the industry and bring those offerings to our guests.”
According to Hipwell, “We are using color therapy with the Max LED facial, oxygen therapy with our oxygen facial and of course, silk peel dermalabrasion technology. In the next year we plan to launch our new online booking tool to make it even easier for our guests to make their reservations.
“The Spa at White Oaks Resort has been very popular with our targeted spa and wellness travel audience” says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. “From over 500 resort, hotel and health spas on our website, The Spa at White Oaks was #7 in North America and the #1 Wine Experience Spa in Ontario.” Says Oliver, “For guests seeking a true fitness and racquet club destination in the heart of Niagara’s popular wine region, the Spa at White Oaks is an ideal getaway destination with wonderful accommodations, exciting dining options, and a friendly, professional staff.”