Community Reach Launches ChangeTheWorld Youth Volunteer Challenge in North Simcoe, Barrie, Muskoka, Haliburton & Kawartha Lakes.April 24th, 2017 - Midland. ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge has launched in North Simcoe, Barrie, Muskoka, Haliburton & Kawartha Lakes and runs through Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.
ChangeTheWorld is funded by the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), and is a province-wide campaign for youth volunteers aged 14 to 18. The campaign kicked off on Sunday, April 23rd, the start of National Volunteer Week and runs through June 3rd, 2017. The goal of the campaign is to inspire youth to volunteer, develop new skills and broaden their awareness of community service organizations.
“I look forward to young people experiencing the many benefits of volunteering first-hand through the 2017 ChangeTheWorld – Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge. Whether volunteering in their schools, in their communities or for causes they are passionate about, our youth truly can change the world and change their lives by dedicating their time to volunteerism.”
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Last year, Community Reach engaged and/or celebrated over 4,200 youth in 60 events across our region, with a total of more than 15,000 volunteer hours!
Since 2008, across Ontario, over 240,000 youth have contributed more than 1.2 million volunteer hours in their communities through the ChangeTheWorld campaign. This year, 23 volunteer centres across Ontario will be participating in the six week campaign.
Many events in our area are planned for this campaign including:
Severn Sound Environmental Association – students from Georgian Bay District Secondary School & St. Theresa’s Catholic High School in Midland will be tree planting in April & May.
Turning Garbage Into Gardens – Students from St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School, with assistance from the Bracebridge Rotary Club, Home Depot Bracebridge and Simcoe Building Centre Bracebridge, are creating an urban garden using recyclable materials including:
40 used skids
400 feet of used aluminum eaves trough and
400 used plastic bottle
They’ll be delivering their project to Community Living on May 11th.
Sewing Challenges – students from Bracebridge & Muskoka Lakes Secondary School in Bracebridge, and students from Eastview Secondary School & St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Barrie, are creating sleep pants and pillow cases for donation to Women and Children’s shelters, with fabric and elastic donated by George Courey Textiles and Fabricland.
We’ll keep you updated with ChangeTheWorld news on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ChangeTheWorldNorthSimcoeBarrieMuskoka/) & Twitter feed (@CTWNSimMuskCol). Youth volunteer opportunities throughout our region can be found on Facebook, twitter and our website www. www.communityreach.c/change-the-world .
We would like to thank all of our 2017 campaign sponsors: Loblaw Collingwood; Gemini Fibres; Home Depot – Bracebridge, Midland, Collingwood; Simcoe Building Centre – Bracebridge; Real Canadian Superstore – Midland; Metro – Collingwood; Sobeys – Collingwood, Gravenhurst; Terry’s Independent Grocer - Gravenhurst; Paul’s’ No Frills – Midland; Todd’s Independent – Haliburton; Fabricland; George Courey; Yarnspirations; Louet; Estelle Designs; Midland Printers; First Student (First Group) in Midland & Barrie
For all inquiries or interviews, contact: Sandra Smart firstname.lastname@example.org, 705-528-6999, mobile 705-606-2712.
Your organization can help make a difference by participating as a Big bike team in one of Simcoe Muskoka’s 2017 Event Dates:
Barrie – Wednesday, May 3rd @ Downtown Barrie
Barrie – Thursday, May 4th @ Downtown Barrie
Alliston – Tuesday, May 9th @ East Side Mario’s
Orillia – Wednesday, May 10th @ Home Hardware
Orillia – Thursday, May 11th @ Couchiching Park
Barrie – Tuesday, May 30th @ Downtown Barrie
Midland – Tuesday, June 6th @ The Boathouse Eatery
Wasaga Beach – Wednesday, June 7th @ TBA
Collingwood – Thursday, June 8th @ Pie Pizza
Barrie – Thursday, June 15th @ TBA
Barrie – Tuesday, August 8th @ Park Place
A social, team-building event that takes less than one hour
Increase your organization’s visibility in your community
No registration fee. Each rider is asked to raise $50-$100 to fund heart disease and stroke research
A 20 minute/2km ride on Canada’s only 30 seat bicycle!
You select your team’s ride time
Organizations can register as a full team of 29 or half team of 15
Start a team
Contact: Cory Watkins, Area Coordinator
Phone: 705-737-1020 ext. 3348
The Creative Space, Dunlop Street East, Barrie, ON, Canada
What will I learn?
Through exercises and game-playing, students will begin with a review of the basic foundations of improv, and will progress to skills aimed at improving focus, thinking faster, and how to be a better all-around improviser.
A great way to have fun, loosen-up and boost your confidence.
Who can take this class?
Students of all abilities (from beginner to experienced), ages 18+
Do I need to be funny?
Heck, no! Scenes are usually funnier when you're actually NOT trying to be funny.
Where are the classes held?
Classes will be held at The Creative Space, 12 Dunlop St E, Barrie, Ontario L4M 1A3
How much does it cost?
$150+tax Early Bird (Payment received BEFORE Thurs May 18th)
To Register and pay please go to the website; http://www.stratfordimprov.com/classes
Join us for the 13th Annual Barrie Waterfront Festival, presented by BIG FM
On May 26th, 27th & 28th, the 13th Annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres. For your added enjoyment, free outdoor entertainment will be brought to the table: street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats, contests and food trucks.
Don't miss this weekend with your family; eat, drink and have fun while sharing in Barrie’s terrific community spirit.
The FREE ADMISSION BIG FM will be located in Heritage Park with an adjacent beer garden. Festivities will kick off at 5 pm on Friday, May 26th and continue until 10:00pm. Festivities will continue Saturday May 27th from noon to 10 pm and Sunday May 28th from noon until 6 pm.
1st Annual Pickup Roundup Food Drive
The 1st annual Pickup Roundup in support of the Barrie Food Bank is happening on Saturday, May 27.
The Barrie Food Bank's vision is to have a community in which no one is hungry. Typically, summer is the Food Bank's leanest time for donations - it is a season in which the need for food continues but the shelves empty out.
We want to change that.
We are looking for volunteers to partner with the Barrie Food Bank to collect food all across our city. Volunteers will gather together at 10 schools located in all 10 wards of the city of Barrie, and then head out door to door to collect food in our neighbourhoods from 9:00 am - noon.
That's where we need you! Head to www.PickupRoundupBarrie.com to sign up to volunteer at a school near you, and bring your friends too!
Then from noon-2:30 pm, everyone is welcome at the After Party hosted at Connexus Church! Award-winning country music break-out artist Dani Strong will be live, and we'll have a free BBQ and great celebration of our city's generosity and the Food Bank's work.
Visit www.PickupRoundupBarrie.com to sign up to volunteer at a school in your neighbourhood!
Event Date: Saturday, May 27th
Event Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Event Location: Connexus Church - 20 Mills Rd. Barrie, ON L4N6H4
Event Website: www.pickuproundupbarrie.com
Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, Sideroad 15 & 16 East, Oro Station, ON, Canada
Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 10:00 AM (sharp!)
Oro-Medonte Township Hall (Fairgrounds)
15th & 16th Side Road and Line 7 North
A great opportunity to purchase locally grown, hardy,
good quality and reasonably priced
* Perennials * Annuals
* Hostas * Herbs
* Grasses * Ground covers
* Shrubs, Trees * Native Plants(needing little water)
Back by Popular Demand –
“Master Gardener’s Kid’s Corner”
If you have plants you would like to donate
or any questions:
Call Dianne Mawdsley 705-325-9752
or Marjorie Bell 705-722-8732
Event Title: Annual Walk for Lupus Ontario
Event Description: Each year more people are being diagnosed with Lupus and many Lupus-related conditions. For this reason, we are asking you to join us for our "Annual Walk for Lupus Ontario" to raise funds and to create public awareness of this debilitating chronic condition. Our Walk takes place at St. Vincent Park in Barrie. Registration will begin at 10:30 am with the walk commencing at noon. We need your support to find a cure. To register for our Walk please visit www.lupusontario.org or find us on Facebook under Barrie Lupus.
Event Date: Saturday May 27, 2017
Event Time: 10:30 am to register Walk begins at noon
Event Location: St. Vincent Park, Barrie
Event Website: www.walkforlupusontario.org
Event Cost: Fundraise
Barrie Community Sport Complex, Jim Hamilton Field 2100 Nursery Road, Minesing
Barrie Rugby is hosting its home opener this Saturday at 3 pm.
The SkyBlue square off against the Brampton Beavers at the Jim Hamilton field in the Barrie Sports Complex.
Best thing is, FREE admission! So come out and see the best Rugby in our area.
Shear Park, corner of Innisfil and Holgate, Barrie, Ontario
Barrie South Lions is organizing our local part in the National walk on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
9:30am registration /10 am Walk.
Shear Park, Barrie
Students needing community hours can receive 10 hours from the Lions Foundation of Canada by raising $100(minimum) and participating in our walk.
The walk is dog friendly and some awareness items will be available at the walk as well as some fun activities and a silent auction table after the walk.
Working dogs will be present and we remind people that they are not to be touched if wearing their red harness. Puppies in green harness (Dog Guides in training)that can be pet are hopefully available to make it for this social awareness day that is all about their future!
Register on- line by typing in Barrie at
The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is dedicated to fostering within our children the quest for a brighter future.
1 in 6 children across Canada and the United States live in economically disadvantaged homes1. For these children, opportunities and environments that promote their growth into healthy individuals are often limited.
A Foundation camp experience provides programs to help these children develop lifelong skills. When they return home, they bring with them a positive attitude about their future, and the confidence to achieve goals they learned to set for themselves.
We are Child Centered
Our children and youth are at the centre of every decision we make. We are committed to ensuring their well-being and positive development.
We Model Excellence
We pursue excellence in everything we do. We are continuously improving to better serve our mission.
Our children, restaurant owners, staff and supporters grow through their relationships and achievements with us.
Our Purpose is Clear
We are intentional in every aspect of our programs. Our experiences are carefully designed to support children and youth in the achievement of our outcomes.
We Use Resources Wisely
We ensure our finances, people, facilities, supplies and equipment are used to their best advantage.
OUR CAMPER OBJECTIVES
Foundation camp experiences are designed to help young people become responsible, caring and motivated individuals. Our campers return home more likely to:
Make positive decisions and take responsibility for their actions
Show respect for themselves, others and the environment
Contribute to their families, schools and communities
Build healthy relationships and demonstrate empathy
Try new things, take on challenges and bounce back from adversity
Be confident in their ability to shape their own futures
Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Anne Street South, Barrie, ON, Canada
Get ready to Make a difference in your community! Volunteer for two hours in June for the Alzheimer Society Tag Days and help us to raise funds for education, support and quality services.To get prepared, contact Volunteer Resources Coordinator for an Interview 705-722-1066 or email@example.com .
Thank you for supporting the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County as we fulfill our Vision: Persons affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias live well and thrive in their community.
Tag Days involve standing outside an approved location, accepting donations from the public to support our programs and services offered in all communities of Simcoe County. On Tag Day weekend (dates are being finalized), we tag from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Volunteers select a 2 hour shift that suits their schedule.
All first time volunteers with the Alzheimer Society participate in an Interview which enables us to get to know one another. New volunteers learn about how volunteers assist the Society and how Tag Days fit into our overall fundraising program.
Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County
It’s not just their disease. It’s ours too. #initforalz
Learn more: www.alzheimer.ca/simcoecounty/initforalz
19 Civic Avenue, 19 on the Park, Stouffville, Ontario
This iconic artist presents an intimate show at 19 on the Park on June 2nd, featuring music from the bands he's toured with, intermingled with new songs from his recently launched solo career. This show continues the growing trend of big-name artists going solo and visiting 19 on the Park as a must-play stop on their tours. Carl Dixon, who was lead singer for The Guess Who for eight years also toured in the 90's with legendary rock band April Wine. Carl's powerful vocals and stage presence have put him at the forefront of the Canadian Rock industry for over three decades and counting. He has also toured with Coney Hatch, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Triumph making him a go-to artist for any rock concert in addition to a host of television and film credits for his prolific song writing. Now venturing on a solo performing career, Dixon is digging deep and presenting a show full of the songs you know, and telling intimate stories from the road and his own journeys through life. < br />
Don't miss your chance to see Carl on stage at this intimate venue on June 2nd at 8pm - tickets are on sale now, but given this performer's talent and history, they won't last long. Buy online at www.19onthepark.ca or call the box office at 905-640-2322.
Learn how to Save-A-Life
Free CPR training in Barrie on June 3, 2017
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with Heart
& Stroke, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training
course on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Lampman Lane Community Centre in Barrie, Ontario.
“More than 12,400 residents have received CPR training thanks in part to the strong partnership
between the County of Simcoe and Heart & Stroke,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Simcoe County
continues to see extraordinary growth, making it essential that we provide our residents with the tools
and training to help our emergency responders save lives.”
Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session:
Save-A-Life CPR Training
Lampman Lane Community Centre 59 Lampman Lane, Barrie, Ontario
Saturday June 3, 2017 9 a.m. to noon
FreeRegistration www.simcoe.ca/cpr705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199
Participants will receive instruction in the Heart & Stroke course which includes adult and child CPR,
choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Participants who attend this
Level-A course will receive a CPR card from Heart & Stroke. There is no cost to attend, but participants
are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank.
County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to
County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie
and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca