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At the time of printing of this edition ,the All-Candidates Meeting has not been uploaded to the website, due to technical issues. We are working hard to have it up by the next edition.

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Georgian College Community Saddened Over Tragic Accident

The Georgian College community is profoundly saddened to confirm one of the six young people who died in the tragic accident was a current Georgian student. Jason Ono-O’Connor was an exceptional student in our automotive business degree program with a very bright future ahead. He was consistently on the Dean’s List and liked and respected by fellow students and faculty. Jason was recently chosen to be a director in the 2023 Georgian Auto Show — a highly sought role among our students, and true recognition of his academic excellence and commitment to the industry.

The family shared with us how much Jason loved his program and how excited he was about his upcoming career.

To Jason’s family, friends, classmates, college faculty and staff, I offer my deepest condolences – as well as to the families and friends of all these promising young people who lost their lives. As a father, my heart is breaking.

In memory of Jason, the Georgian flag has been lowered at the Barrie Campus. A community support fund has also been set up for those who wish to join collective efforts to support the families.


GBGH announces new president and CEO

The Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Board of Directors has appointed Matthew Lawson as the president and CEO of the organization, effective immediately, after a comprehensive national executive search during the summer. Lawson has served in the interim role since June 24, following the resignation of past president and CEO Gail Hunt. Prior to being the CEO, Lawson was the hospital’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.

“Having already been part of the GBGH team, this organization and the Board have been fortunate to experience Matthew’s energy and expertise for some time now,” says Tim Kastelic, chair, GBGH Board of Directors. “We have consistently been impressed by his strategic insights, as well as his commitment to GBGH’s people – including not just the community we serve, but also the team members who work, practice and volunteer at the hospital. Matthew has transformed many aspects of the hospital through his past contributions and we look forward to his many future successes at GBGH.”

Since joining the organization in June 2021, Lawson has proven himself to be a highly skilled financial expert, an effective and approachable leader, a champion of patient-centred care, and a tenacious advocate for the hospital.

“When I first joined GBGH last year, I was instantly inspired by the organization’s culture and energized by the future prospects of this hospital,” says Lawson. “Although we’ve seen some challenging times related to the pandemic and staffing in recent years, hospitals will always face some adversity. Regardless, I am committed to advancing the strategic goals and priorities of GBGH as we continue to foster a patient-centric approach in everything we do. More specifically, our goals include the growth and alignment of services with community needs, including securing approval for an MRI, expanding clinical programs such as surgery and pushing ahead with approvals for an acute mental health program.”

Given the current human resources challenges across the health sector, Lawson is also prioritizing engagement with the GBGH team and making this hospital a sought-after workplace for talented healthcare professionals.

Lawson is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) and certified management accountant (CMA). He also holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, a Masters in Health Administration and is a certified health executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Prior to joining GBGH as EVP and eventually becoming interim president and CEO, Lawson was the chief performance officer at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie. In this role, he was responsible for a variety of financial, administrative and support service functions. While at RVH for more than a decade, Lawson led teams on both corporate and clinical sides of the organization, gaining a valuable understanding of the many aspects involved in hospital operations.

The CEO Selection Committee, established in the spring, was comprised of directors from the hospital’s Board, as well as medical leadership representation.



Earlier this summer, members of the Midland District Shrine Club visited Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) to present a generous gift of $1,000. The funds will be used to support the GBGH Foundation’s Impact Fund, enabling the purchase of essential tools for your hospital and ensuring that exceptional care can be provided here for generations to come.

Collectively, the Midland District Shrine Club has contributed more than $24,000 to the GBGH Foundation, in support of the hospital’s highest priority equipment and technology needs.

Photo below left to right:  Fred Aldred, President and Win Elliot, Past-President, Midland District Shrine Club; Nicole Kraftscik, Executive Director, GBGH Foundation; Bob Phillips, Past-President, Midland District Shrine Club.


Back-to-school Tips From Kidney Clothes

It’s that time of year again! Summer is coming to an end and that means getting ready for back-to-school. There is a lot to do to get the kids ready for the upcoming school year, but Kidney Clothes has one important task you should add to your list — one that will not only make getting the kids ready for school in the morning a bit easier, but also help people in our community – clean out those closets!

This long weekend, spend some time with your kids going through closets and drawers and taking inventory of what they have. Pull out anything that no longer fits, as well as anything they just don’t like or that doesn’t spark joy. Marie Kondo isn’t just for adults – kids and teens should be happy about their wardrobe too!

Getting rid of the clutter will make it easier for them to find what they are looking for and put together outfits, meaning less time spent in the morning searching for their favourite sweater. It will also help you decide if there is anything they still need for the school year (and prevent you from spending money on things they don’t need!)

Once the closets are organized, the things you don’t want can be donated to Kidney Clothes. Arrange a pickup by calling 1-800-414-3484 or visit the website at kidneyclothes.ca and support people in your community living with kidney disease.

If your kids are older, Kidney Clothes can help them earn the volunteer hours they need to graduate high school by hosting a Kidney Clothes Drive! Hosting a clothing drive is easy. Students spread the word that they are participating and ask people for donations of their unwanted clothing and cloth-based items (like outerwear, shoes, and bedding). The clothing collected will be picked up by Kidney Clothes and repurposed into funds that The Kidney Foundation of Canada uses to support Canadians living with kidney disease.

If you or someone you know wants to earn volunteer hours, help people in our community and protect the environment, contact Kidney Clothes at donate@kidneyclothes.ca to learn more about the Clothes Drive or other volunteer opportunities.

Kidney Clothes  KidneyClothes.ca 1-800-414-3484


Sweat for Pets at the Wye Marsh in Support of the Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre

Join the Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre on Sept. 25 and get active to help change the lives of animals in need.

Whether you have a pet or just love animals, take part in a fun-filled day of activities in support of the Ontario SPCA’s Sweat for Pets fundraiser at the Wye Marsh, located at 16160 Highway 12 East in Midland.

Get moving by taking part in a one-kilometre or three-kilometre walk (your choice!) and celebrate your success by encouraging family, friends and co-workers to pledge their support by making a donation to your Sweat for Pets online personal fundraising page.

Sweat for Pets aims to inspire people of all ages to get active and have fun while raising funds to help vulnerable animals in need. The Ontario SPCA is a registered charity that depends on donor dollars. Funds raised through Sweat for Pets support life-changing work to give animals a second chance.

“Sweat for Pets is all about having fun and supporting vulnerable animals in your community,” says Caytlynn Croisier, Manager, Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre. “Every dollar raised during our campaign provides life-changing care and shelter to animals as we prepare them to find their loving forever home. Sweat for Pets is a small ask with a big impact.”

A special thank you to For Sale on Georgian Bay for sponsoring the event! Participants will be provided with breakfast and lunch and can take part in a variety of activities the entire family will enjoy. Music by local artist Marlon Gibbons, ‘Doga’ with Soul Set Yoga and an OPP Canine Unit demonstration are just part of the fun. There are also lots of prizes to be won!

Are you ready to get active?? Visit sweatforpets.ca to register, donate and be a champion for animals in need in your community.  The Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre is located on land which is the traditional and treaty territory of the Anishinabek people, now known as the Chippewa Tri-Council comprised of Beausoleil First Nation, Rama First Nation and the Georgina Island First Nation.


Alyssa Tess, Local Songwriter from Midhurst Releases Cheerful Indie Pop Single About Being in Love.

Alyssa Tess is an emerging singer-songwriter from the Georgian Bay Area. Born and raised in Midland, ON, Alyssa started her music career as a street performer in her small hometown. Later when she moved to Midhurst, ON, Alyssa expanded her performances to Barrie, ON and beyond. Alyssa has been an avid performer throughout Simcoe County and the GTA in various venues and settings for the past 10 years. Alyssa recently graduated from Humber College with a BA of Music in Voice (Toronto, ON). This summer, Alyssa has been performing as a solo street performer, gigging with her duo act and full band, and gearing up for the release of new music.

Alyssa released her debut EP “Twenty/Twenty” in 2017. “Twenty/Twenty” is Alyssa’s first professionally produced album and is a heartfelt collection of originals about experiencing first love and finding oneself. It is available on all music platforms and has been played on CBC Radio.

In 2020, Alyssa released an introspective single inspired by the emotional effects of the global pandemic. After releasing this song on all major music platforms, Alyssa knew there was more music she wanted to share with the world. Alyssa began preparing to go back into the studio to record new music.

On September 7, 2022, Alyssa releases “Daydream”, her first single in two years! This bubbly indie-pop song is all about being head over heels in love. With a bright electric guitar solo, lush three part harmony and a smooth piano pad, this dreamy and whimsical song is sure to sweep you off your feet and get you bopping along with the beat.

“We are all finding our way back to normal in a post-pandemic world, and for me, that means finally getting back to doing the thing I love most: connecting with people through music! “Daydream” represents a more developed version of myself, my artisty, my song writing, and my bandleading. Bottomline, this song makes happy. We all benefit those little feel good things in our lives, so I thought I’d share my little piece of happy with you!”- Alyssa Tess

“Daydream” is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music platforms on September 7, 2022. Alyssa has upcoming performances in Innisfil, Barrie and Midhurst, ON in September 2022. Follow Alyssa Tess on her website or socials to stay posted on future performance dates and other new music releases.

Alyssa Tess, Singer/Songwriter Cell: 705-529-6504 Email: alyssatessmusic@gmail.com Website: www.alyssatess.com


Milton Boy Takes One Million Steps Aided by Robotic Legs

8-year-old Mitchell Robert wasn’t supposed to walk. The love of his parents, support of a community and the existence of robotic legs all came together to ensure he would. And walk he did – hitting one million steps so far!

When the Milton-area Robert family raised funds for a life-changing robotic gait training device for their son Mitch, it was just the first step in what has become such a special story.

“This is our differently-abled superhero kiddo, Mitch,” said Kelley Robert, mom of Mitch in a video talking about the impact of the Trexo Robotic Gait Trainer.

Mitchell was born with an undiagnosed rare genetic disorder. “We have had genetic testing that always comes back inconclusive because he doesn’t fit a previously diagnosed disorder,” shares Mitch’s dad Marc. As a result, “He needs supportive devices to be able to make it through the world.”

After an overwhelmingly successful fundraiser where they exceeded their goal, Mitchell got his Trexo. Being upright and walking has improved his health. Access to explore his environment in a way he never before, has allowed Mitch to really be a participant in his own life, whether that’s at school or at the cottage. This summer, Mitch completed his first triathlon, using his Trexo, an adaptable bike and the help of his Dad for the swimming.

The Trexo team has been excitedly keeping track of Mitch’s progress, eager to celebrate this milestone. Mitch is the first child in the Trexo community to reach one million steps.

“We are so proud of Mitch and thrilled to be included in the family celebration of his millionth step,” said Trexo Robotics co-founder and CEO Manmeet Maggu. “When Marc discovered the Trexo, he was looking for a way to help his son. He ended up helping so many more kiddos. We brought Marc on as our Customer Success Manager. He’s been an incredible resource and source of support for many families and kiddos in the Trexo community,” Maggu went on to share.

A Media Snippet accompanying this announcement is available by clicking on the image or link below:

About Trexo Robotics

Motivated by his nephew, who had Cerebral Palsy and was not expected to walk, Manmeet Maggu and his friend Rahul Udasi co-founded Trexo Robotics. “There was nothing out there for kids, and everyone wants to see their kids walk. As a Mechatronics engineer, I am probably the best person to build this,” said Maggu. Children with various disabilities that impact their mobility can benefit from getting upright and walking in the Trexo. Earlier in 2022, the children in the Trexo community collectively reached 20 million steps – the equivalent of a walk around the world.


Help Keep Clothes and Other Reusable Items Out of Barrie’s Landfill City-wide curbside textile collection happening next week

City of Barrie residents are encouraged to help keep reusable items out of the landfill by participating in the next curbside collection of textiles (clothing, linens and shoes). The next textile curbside collection will take place the week of September 12 to 16, 2022.

Donating your items is easy:

  1. Confirm your textile collection day (note that it will not be the same as your regular collection day for garbage, recycling and green bin material).
  2. Place your items in a bag (preferably a clear bag, but if you don’t have a clear bag, you can use any type of waterproof bag and put a label on the bag that says “textiles”).
  3. Put your items out on the curb on your textile collection day by 7 a.m., rain or shine. The bags will be picked up by Recycling Rewards trucks before 5 p.m. on your textile collection day.

Visit recyclingrewards.com/barrie or call 1-866-927-3873 to determine your textile collection day, to review the full list of acceptable items, or if you have questions.

Donations support Cornerstone to Recovery, a non-profit, charitable agency that provides community-based recovery programs for individuals and families experiencing and impacted by addiction.

Barrie has two curbside textile collections per year, and the next collection will take place in May 2023.

There are also five textile bins at facilities across the city that accept textile donations on an ongoing basis. The bin locations are as follows: Operations Centre at 165 Ferndale Drive North, Wastewater Maintenance Facility at 167 Bradford Street, Sadlon Arena at 555 Bayview Drive, Barrie Public Library (Painswick branch) at 48 Dean Avenue, and Allandale Recreation Centre at 190 Bayview Drive.

Visit barrie.ca/AlternativeOptions for more information about the curbside textile collection and the textile donation bins.

Kaitlyn Fairbairn, of Snow Valley Selected to Represent Team Canada Dance at the World Tap Dance Championships in Germany in November

Kaitlyn is a graduate of Minesing Central PS where she graduated as Top Academic Student and also Won the Ontario Principals Award for Leadership.  She now attends Barrie North Collegiate where she is a captain of the Senior Girls Basketball team, the creator of the Barrie North Dance Team and Student Council President.

After a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, dancers from across Canada were excited to once again try out for the Canadian National Tap Team.   A local resident has auditioned and has been accepted to be a part of the largest and most prestigious dance team in all of Canada, Team Canada Dance, which will attend the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany from November 22-26, 2022. There are two groups of dancers representing Canada, one from the east (ON), and one from the west (includes dancers from MB, AB, SK, BC) – but we are all ONE TEAM!

Selected to represent Canada this year is Kaitlyn Fairbairn who trains at All That’s Dance and More in Barrie.

It is unfortunate that Canada still does not recognize our dancers as the athletes they are when they compete at world level competitions. These athletes train for many hours per day, some up to 7 days a week! Our dancers must fundraise and seek sponsorship on their own to cover the cost to attend these competitions. We hope that you will help support Katy that will proudly represent your community as well as Canada at the World Championships.


Midhurst United Church is Celebrating 135 years

On Sunday October 2 at 10:30 am Midhurst United Church is celebrating 135 years of worship in the building now known as Midhurst United Church (MUC).  The following history of ‘the little red church in the vale’ is based on an unpublished manuscript from 1987 written by Helen Coutts and the 2nd edition of the Midhurst Historical Society Pioneer History of Midhurst, 1975.

The village of Midhurst is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabeg people. In the early 1820’s Oliver’s Mills (later renamed Midhurst, after a small town in England) was settled by English, Scottish and Irish emigrants.  They brought with them their many trades (farming, blacksmithing, carpentry, masonry etc.) and their Christian faith.  During the early years the people of faith were invited to hold services in the homes of the members of the community.

In 1854 a hall was built on the east side of the site of the old St. Paul’s Anglican Church property on Doran Road.  The settlers held church services here until the building of the first St. Paul’s Anglican Church in 1881.  Union services between Anglicans and Presbyterians were conducted until 1883 when the new church was consecrated.  At that time, the Presbyterians returned to the town hall to hold services until January 12, 1885 when a congregational meeting was held and a decision was made to try to build a church.  A collection that night raised $79.00 from 10 families and their 22 members.  It took 2 years of planning and gathering up the necessary materials.  The only materials purchased were cement and nails.  Mr. William Finlay gave a corner of his farm land for the Church site.

The Presbyterian Church of Midhurst, a lovely frame building, later bricked, was dedicated on August 1887 by Rev. D.D. McLeod of Barrie.

On June 10, 1925 the Methodists, Congregationalists and some Presbyterian congregations were united to form the United Church of Canada, thus our name changed to Midhurst United Church (MUC).

In our 106th year, On November 7, 1994 Midhurst United Church members worshipped in our brand-new sanctuary.

On October 2, we are celebrating 135 years of work and worship within the community.  All are welcome to come join us in this special service of thanksgiving.


Town of Midland Pays Tribute to Memory of Queen Elizabeth II with Condolences Book at Town Hall

The Town of Midland will pay tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II with a book of condolences at Town Hall and invites citizens to stop in and pay their respects by signing the book starting Monday, September 12th.

“The Town of Midland joins all Canadians and people around the world in offering our condolences to the Royal Family as they mourn the passing of her Majesty the Queen,” said Mayor Stewart Strathearn. “We honour her legacy with this book and invite all residents to stop by to share their memories, thoughts and prayers.”

The Town will also offer the opportunity to our local seniors’ residences and will arrange to take the book to each location for signatures and messages. The Town will later send the signed book of condolences to the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace on behalf of the citizens of the Town of Midland.

The book of condolences will be available to the public starting Monday September 12th starting at 11:00am and will remain available during regular operating hours Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The Government of Canada is also inviting Canadians to sign and view an online book of condolences on the Canadian Heritage Website at canada.ca/canadian-heritage.


Hometown Special Moment Submitted by Susan

As my husband and I walked through Foodland in Elmvale we noticed two young ladies pushing in training shopping carts.

One little girl was trying to navigate her cart with one hand and a decorative blue bird in the other.

The girls were excited about returning to school and how they would be taking the bus together.

I bent down and looked at her bird as she told me all about it. All at once this little girl held her hand out and offered me her blue bird.  “Would you like to take my little bird home”?  All at once I could feel the tears starting to appear in my eyes.  I told her how my mother had given me a blue bird pin before her journey to heaven.  The little girl understood and then smiled as I sang a song my mother used to sing, “There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover”.

Since my mother’s passing I have made nests with blue birds and many have found loving homes.

So I asked if I may give her a nest for her blue bird and looked at her friend and offered her one of my blue birds in a nest.  Both agreed and they mentioned the one girl had a younger sister.   Three nests with little birds will be waiting for you at the entrance of the Elmvale Presbyterian Church next Sunday.

What those little girls didn’t know is they gave me the most beautiful gift of all.

Being a senior and often feeling so lonely throughout the pandemic I missed the days when we could chat with the locals and sing an occasional song.

Thank you to the two girls that I met and please forgive me for not remembering your names.  This is called a senior moment but that’s another story.

Thank you to the father who told me he grew up in Phelpston.  I could never thank you enough for the time you took to listen to me, share my story and a song with the girls.


Centre Flos Women’s Institute

It was a busy summer for Centre Flos Women’s Institute, as we were able to resume hosting our Coffee Parties in Heritage Park.  The Coffee Parties were held on the last Thursday of June, July, & August.  This year, the proceeds from the events will go to the Elmvale & District Food Bank, Ukrainian relief, and local Indigenous projects.  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our efforts!  See you next summer!

Our regular monthly meetings resumed in September.  This month, we visited Bunches of Blooms (www.bunchesofblooms.ca) at 2449 Crossland Rd.  Susanne Flury welcomed the Centre Flos W.I. members and gave us a brief history of her horticultural efforts.  We then toured her three extensive cutting beds.  In her studio, we watched as she demonstrated creating a floral centrepiece.  The pictures show Susanne working on her arrangement, and some of the WI members in attendance.

We next travelled further south to the Phelpston Roadhouse, where we enjoyed refreshments, and held the formal part of the meeting.  President Margaret Ann Jacobs opened the meeting with the Ode and the Mary Stewart Collect.  Fittingly, Roll Call was ‘our favourite flower’. Treasurer Mary Stone reported on the income and costs of hosting the Coffee Parties, and we decided how much would be donated to each group.   We held a general discussion about the local structure of Women’s Institutes.  Although Centre Flos is flourishing with 24 members, many of our local branches have disbanded.  There are currently only 2 branches in the district, which makes it problematic planning for events such as the soup, sandwich & pie lunch at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival.  Hopefully, the provincial FWIO will have some concrete information to us by our next meeting.

Centre Flos W.I. will meet again early in October to finalize our participation in the Elmvale Fall Fair (Thanksgiving weekend)

We mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a long-standing member of Women’s Institute.


Jones Family Endowment Fund at HCF Supports Life Skills

Program at Shelter Now

A generous donation from the Jones Family Endowment Fund at the Huronia Community Foundation will greatly assist the Life Skills Program at Shelter Now in Midland.

” These funds will go a long way in supporting our life skills program.  The funds be spent on groceries.  It will allow us to provide more opportunities for those we serve to learn new recipes, kitchen hygiene and have access to nutrition,  On behalf of all of us at Shelter Now, I would like to thank Barb and Ian Jones for their generosity” – Sonia Ladouceur Executive Director Shelter Now.


Quest Art School Gets Smart and Caring Grant

Through a Smart and Caring Grant from the Tom and Lucille Gay Memorial Endowment Fund at HCF Quest Art School + Gallery will be able to continue to provide programs to several local agencies.

” Quest Art School + Gallery is incredibly grateful to HCF for supporting our ability to provide creative connections and support for our partnerships with Community Living Huronia, Alzheimers Simcoe and the HERO Project.  We provide these programmes to the recipients at no charge.  Partnerships like this are absolutely vital to small organizations like Quest being able to deliver programmes that are accessible and focused on supporting local.  Funding from HCF is truly an investment in enabling us to improve the quality of life and making a difference for all of our community members.  We couldn’t do these programmes without support like this!” – Virginia Eichorn Executive Director Quest Art School + Gallery

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