Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

The MacLaren puts art online
This fall, the MacLarenArtCentre in downtown Barrie, Ontario, will launch a new initiative entitled MacLarenArtOnline, made possible with support from the Government of Ontario.  
The MacLarenArtCentre is the regional public art gallery serving Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a Permanent Collection of 26,600 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of world-class exhibitions, public art projects, art education activities and special events.
To increase access to its Collection, the MacLaren is currently photographing artworks in its holdings with plans to make these images available online with descriptive information about the artworks and the artists. The first phase of this project focuses on the MacLaren’s Contemporary Canadian Collection and will launch in November 2012. The Gallery has acquired many contemporary artworks over the past ten years by leading Canadian artists such as Arnaud Maggs, Tim Zuck, John Hartman, Margaret Priest, Tom LaPierre, Jeff Thomas, Fred Hagan, Doris McCarthy, Tom Dean, Ed Burtynsky, Tony Scherman, Ron Martin, William Ronald, Jack Chambers and Jack Bush. A one-time project grant from the Government of Ontario is making this digitization project possible.
MacLaren Executive Director Carolyn Bell Farrell comments, “Given the size of our Collection, we can only exhibit a small portion at one time. Larger artworks are stored offsite, and staff hours to meet Collection inquiries on site are limited. As a research resource, the MacLaren’s Collection online will allow access to artwork that might otherwise remain inaccessible, and allow access at any time. As well, many works in our Collection are on paper. Digital images enhance our ability to protect fragile artwork, eliminating added handling. We are indebted to the Government of Ontario for this generous support.”
“The McGuinty Government is committed to providing support to Ontario’s creative institutions to enable them to become centres of innovation,” said Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  “Capitalizing on technology will strengthen the MacLarenArtCentre and the role it plays as an important community hub and tourist destination. As a result of this digitalization project, local residents as well as all Ontarians will enjoy greater access to the creativity and richness of Ontario’s artists and works of art.”
About the MacLaren

The MacLarenArtCentre engages over 56,000 people each year through its programmes at the gallery, in the schools and in the community, including 21,000 children and youth. The Gallery is housed in a 24,000 square-foot award-winning building. This architectural landmark in downtown Barrie combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. The MacLaren is committed to building a vibrant, healthy and creative community. As the cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the Gallery is a central meeting place and a cultural hub of activities for residents in the city, a partner to many community organizations, a tourist destination for visitors from across the province, and an economic driver and catalyst for downtown revitalization.

Gallery Location: The MacLarenArtCentre is located at 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, just one hour north of Toronto. From highway 400 north, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. We are on the right hand side just opposite City Hall. The building is wheel chair accessible
Gallery Hours:  The MacLarenArtCentre is open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The MacLaren is closed statutory holidays. Suggested admission $5.
Gallery Tours: Guided tours of the gallery for groups and schools are available by appointment.
Contact Information: For more information on exhibitions and educational programming, please visit our website,

The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, is pleased to announce that he has awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 16 York-Simcoe constituents in a ceremony held Aug. 16.

This new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

“Our commitment to Canada is strengthened when we collectively pay homage to those who distinguished themselves by virtue of their talents, their generosity, and their service to their community and to our country,” said MP Peter Van Loan. “We are proud to recognize today’s recipients for their contributions.”

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago. This commemorative medal is a tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to 60,000 Canadians who have benefitted their fellow citizens, their community, their organization and the country. It provides an opportunity to look back and recognize those who made Canada what it is today, and to look forward and recognize people who are actively involved in our country’s future.

The recipients are:

Carol Collier
Began her volunteer work when her 4 children became involved in various activities, free to choose what they were interested in. She has been supported by her family, and community and has been accustomed to the freedoms we have to choose and to participate in whatever we select to do, whether coaching, cheering, tending to our vulnerable citizens, helping in our faith community, supporting our democratic elections, or any pursuit I choose. This freedom is so precious to her, to all of us and she is forever mindful, and grateful for this.

Frank Ferragine
AKA Frankie Flowers attended Hon Earl Rowe Public School and Bradford High school. He is a best-selling author and award winning broadcaster. He assisted in the opening of Bradford West Gwillimbury’s new Recreation facility and library, and was a founding member and Honorary Board Member of Ewing’s Cancer Foundation of Canada (the same cancer his brother Tony passed from in 1998). He is a supporter of locally grown food through his weekly column in the Toronto Sun. He is also a supporter of Easter Seals, Canadian Cancer Society. His proudest and most recent accomplishment is the building of a backyard paradise for 5 year old Utopia resident Ava Campbell who is battling cancer for the second time. Frank speaks at High Schools, Public Schools, and of course Carrot Fest

Carl Hordyk
Carl has tried to play a role in his community…He has organized area clean ups – marched in Remembrance Day and Santa Claus Parades – worked on Political Campaigns – Raised money for Charity, etc. He is currently serving as a town Councillor for Bradford-West Gwillimbury. However, his service has usually been to the motoring public – having spent more than 2 decades helping people who have the need of a tow truck, big or small. He has always done more than what can be paid for – many tasks are done without compensation. Most calls are emergencies and some are life and death. One of Carl’s proudest moments came in 2009, when he received the OPP Commissioner’s citation and the St John’s Ambulance Award for saving a man’s life at the scene of a very serious traffic accident.

Ken Jamieson
Ken is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Entrepreneur and believes this award should be shared with his wife Angela who also dedicates a great deal of time and energy into their community and children’s sports and activities. Ken is currently President and a Head Coach for Georgina Minor Hockey Association where he and his wife have been actively involved on the Board and with individual teams and the hockey school for the last 8 years. Both were involved in volunteering with Georgina Minor Baseball Association and Coaching teams for several years.
Both have been involved in several 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 children’s hockey programs in their community as well as with lacrosse. Angela is Chair of their local community-built Egypt Hall which organizes many community fundraisers and events and donates to children’s sports teams and families in need in our community. Ken is currently involved in many volunteer petroleum industry safety groups, committees and councils with the government, ULC, CSA and TSSA. Ken is the volunteer Past President of the Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association. Ken and Angela have also been involved as volunteer Board members and association members and actively involved in supporting wildlife management and sustainability with such groups as Safari Club International, Ontario Federations of Anglers and Hunters and Ducks Unlimited.

Anne Kell
Anne is a member of the Innisfil Public Library – and is part way through her fourth term. She was Vice-Chair last term and is currently Chair of the Board. She is a Member of the Cookstown Friends of the Library – who fundraise for money to help the library offer special programs and events to the community. Anne is a member of the Rotary Club of Innisfil – Foundation Chair, Innisfil Communities in Bloom, Canvasser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Board Member for Christmas for Kids program –this is a local program in Innisfil that provides gifts and groceries to Innisfil families in need at Christmas. Secretary for Loaves and Fishes – a local growing project for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank – Loaves and Fishes grows crops, sells them and donates the money raised to the Foodgrains Bank which works in countries in need around the world. Traveled to Ethiopia and Kenya in February 2006 for three weeks as part of a Food Study/Food Justice tour – 13 people from across Canada participated. Anne has traveled to India in February 2012 for two weeks to distribute bed kits with the Canadian charity Sleeping Children Around the World.

Miriam King
Miriam King is a “founding mother” of The Bradford Times weekly community newspaper, and supporter of numerous charitable causes in Bradford West Gwillimbury and surrounding areas. She has reported on the news in the South Simcoe area since 1985, and has been the dedicated editor of The Times since 1991, helping to keep the focus on community-building and community support, and providing a vehicle for the voices of its residents. She is an Honorary Member of the Bond Head Lions, the Bradford Legion, the Portuguese Cultural Centre, and 1st Bradford Scouts. She is married, mother of 3, living in Innisfil and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, Masters of Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia

Dave Minnema
Dave Minnema has been involved for many years in his community supporting the minor sports in Bradford. He has been on the Executive for the Bradford Minor Softball for many Years and has also been involved coaching fastpitch at all levels, House League, Select and Rep teams. He has also been involved in coaching Midget house league hockey for the past 4 years for Bradford Minor Hockey. Dave has also officiated fast-pitch and slo-pitch leagues in Bradford and surrounding area for many years. He is currently Umpire and Chief and scheduler of 2 Co-Ed Adult leagues and the Men’s Legion League. Dave has also been involved at a Provincial Level with Softball Ontario as a Zone Umpire in Chief for slo-pitch for 2 terms and continues at this time as a support contact. Dave has been part of the Bradford Rotary and is a Proud Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 521 and ran for Town Council in Bradford in the last election.

Mikki Nanowski
Mikki Nanowski has lived in Bradford West Gwillimbury since 1959. She was welcomed into the community and from the community’s example she learned to volunteer. She has attempted to do that in the circle of family, business and community. Her happiest day was June 13, 2008 when the Elizabeth Gwillim bronze statue was unveiled. So many people had worked so hard to bring this historical monument to Bradford West Gwillimbury for its sesquicentennial year. Mikki always works with a committee – a group of friends – with whom she shares this honour.

Sam Neilly
Sam’s myriad contributions to local causes, and his interest in others, have enriched the lives of so many. Sam has been involved in many organizations as past President of the Simcoe District Co-Op, Chairman of Innisfil Hydro, Church Elder at Gilford United Church, Past Master of Simcoe Lodge, board member Big Cedar Golf Course and on the Simcoe County School Board. Sam has always given back to his community throughout his life and always recognized the importance of being involved as a volunteer.

Kathy Simpson
Unlike today…You can usually find Kathy behind the scenes and not out front. 31 years married to her high school sweetheart, Ken, and mom of three ages 29 28 27 and gramma of 2…so far, Kathy has been volunteering in one capacity or another all her life. Willing to pitch in where needed and not afraid to get her hands…arms, shoulders, well if need be her whole body dirty for the task - Whether it is at someone’s home helping out with a need or want, organizing/volunteering at fundraisers for a variety of groups, setting up weddings or various other events or workshops, even feeding 70 to 700, she is most happiest watching people, usually from the kitchen or behind the curtain, have a great time! Kathy has been volunteering with The South Simcoe Theatre for over 10 years wearing a variety of different hats. She has been on several committees, boards and associations in her community. Planning, raising money, marketing, and implementing. She has enjoyed her life volunteering and will continue to do so!

Gerda Slykhuis
Gerda moved to Bradford in 1997 from Aurora. Soon after, she volunteered at Safe Arrival at Bradford Public School. Then came The Downtown Revitalization Committee and Communities in Bloom. Assisted for a while at the Hub and played Mrs. Santa with her husband as Santa. She joined Helping Hand Food Bank and the Bradford Seniors Centre at the opening in 1998, where she is currently the President. She is a Volunteer at Southlake Regional Health Centre 1 day a week. She spends her free time with her husband of 56 years.

Nancy Young
Nancy has lived in Bradford all her life and has been involved in the Community since 1966. She was on the Ladies Executive when her boys played hockey. Taught school for 20 years before opening Nancy’s Nifty Nook in 1988. She has volunteered for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. She helped form The Friends of Sandra Burton and raised Money through 13 years, running a Golf Tournament and then hosted a Ladies Victorian Tea for 4 years after that. Many years of these fundraisers the money was given to the Canadian Spinal Research Organization. She has also raised $5000 over the last 2 years and bought an Infant Weigh Scale for Southlake Hospital in memory of Sapper Brian Collier. Nancy is currently working on a committee to bring a Senior’s Retirement Home to Bradford.

The medal also was awarded to:
Monique Chaisson
Mehdi Imtiaz
Christina Luck
Ferguson Mobbs

Until August 7th, the province is looking for public input on their proposed Great Lakes Protection Act and Strategy, introduced this June.

Generally, we like the Act and Strategy, but there’s always room for improvement. For example, the tools to improve water quality, wetlands, beaches and coastlines could be applied more broadly than what is proposed.

Click here to read our top comments and send a letter to government.

We need to make sure the Act is strong enough to protect the Great Lakes’ wild species and human inhabitants from current and future stresses.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop polluting and to start restoring the source of drinking water for 80 per cent of Ontarians.

Help us make sure the Act is really great!

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