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MP Shipley’s Update From The Hill

MP Shipley on the importance of supporting local

We are now fully immersed in the throws of the holiday season and while it feels like there is plenty of time to finish up your holiday shopping, between Christmas parties, school recitals, and our day-to-day schedules, these next few weeks will fly by.

While you are making your lists and checking them twice, I encourage you to find opportunities to purchase goods from some of the many local shops in the region. Whether it is finding the perfect present at a gift shop downtown or ordering dessert for your Christmas dinner from a local bakery, your purchase at a local business goes a long way. The Township of Springwater has a Business Directory on its website that can assist in your search for local businesses, which you can access by visiting https://directory.springwater.ca/.

The holiday season can be a challenging time for some families. In the spirit of giving, if you are fortunate enough to be able to make a charitable contribution this year, many organizations such as the Elmvale and District Food Bank, are accepting donations. You can contact them by phone at 705-322-9096, or email at elmvalefoodbankinfo@gmail.com, to learn more about what they need this holiday season. By donating to local organizations, your contributions stay in the community and help support local families.

As always, if you or your family have concerns with any federal matters, please contact me at 705-728-2596 or doug.shipley@parl.gc.ca.

Doug Shipley

Member of Parliament



Statement From MP Doug Shipley and MP John Brassard On The Barrie City Council’s Strategic Planning Meeting

Today, (Dec. 3) MP Doug Shipley and MP John Brassard were pleased to join the newly elected Barrie City Council for a planning and strategy meeting. The council had a productive discussion where they set strategic initiatives for the next four years for the City of Barrie.

“As a former Barrie city councillor, I know firsthand the excellent outcomes this council can achieve when it works collaboratively,” said Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Shipley.

“I really appreciate the invitation to be part of the strategic planning process with Mayor Nuttall and City Councillors”, said MP Brassard

The council will soon present its strategic priorities for a vibrant and thriving City of Barrie as well as an action plan for how it will turn those ideas into a reality for its residents.

“It’s critical that if we are to find solutions to the challenges facing our residents and businesses and opportunities going forward, that all of us work together and today’s session made that commitment”, Brassard stated.

“I would like to congratulate all the councillors, both newly elected and re-elected, on their successful campaigns this Fall. I look forward to seeing the great work that this council does over the next four years,” said MP Shipley.


Update From Doug Downey MPP

Ontario Celebrating Outstanding Contributions of Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of our community. Recently, we celebrated International Volunteer Day, a day where we recognize and celebrate the selflessness and service of those who give their time to support their community. Without these volunteers, so many of our local organizations would be unable to operate, and provide the important services our community needs. During the month of December, and all throughout the year, it is especially important to remember those who give their time to help others.

The province of Ontario is recognizing the efforts of 4,555 Ontarians with a Volunteer Service Award. These annual awards honour the exceptional contributions of individuals providing a dedicated service to a single organization. Recipients of this award were celebrated in a virtual ceremony at the end of November, and will receive a personalized certificate and lapel pin to acknowledge their years of service.

Recipients of the 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Award support a wide range of causes and organizations, including those serving families, children and youth, vulnerable people, hospitals, senior centres and food security programs. These volunteers also help as board members, in fund raising, in promoting the arts and promoting the different cultures that make Ontario unique.

Since 1986, more than 250,000 volunteers have been recognized through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Adult volunteers are recognized for five to 65+ years of continuous service through in five-year increments. Youth volunteers are recognized for two or more years of continuous service.

Locally, recipients of the 2022 Ontario Volunteer Service Award come from a wide range of organizations that help protect animal rights, promote the love of reading and necessary literary skills, foster youth engagement, support families through end-of-life care, encourage horticultural skills, amongst others. Recipients include volunteers from Furry Friends Animal Shelter, Girl Guides of Canada, the Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society, Community Associations for Riders with Disabilities, Hospice Simcoe and more.

Volunteers are often the silent heroes in our community who work tirelessly without the expectation of thanks, or compensation of any kind. It is through their heart, courage and spirit, that our communities continue to be uplifted and supported. I want to thank all the recipients of these awards, as well as the countless other volunteers who continue to work in our communities and make them great. I often have the opportunity to speak to volunteers at community events and am constantly touched and encouraged by their passion for the work they do.

If you have ever considered volunteering, I encourage you to do so. There are many worthy local organizations who are looking for help, especially during this holiday season. To learn more about volunteer opportunities available to you, please reach out to the organization of your choosing or visit volunteerbarrie.ca.



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