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Entry Fees Support Revitalization of Scanlon Creek Conservation Area

LSRCA to begin charging entrance fees June 1, 2012

Starting June 1, 2012, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) will begin charging a nominal entrance fee at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

“The new entry fee is part of our long-term revitalization plan,” said Mayor Virginia Hackson, Chair of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. “We are confident that once our visitors see and experience the new park features and upgrades and learn about our ongoing revitalization and management plans, they will agree that the fee is well worth it. The small amount of revenue that we hope to generate from charging entry fees will be reinvested directly into the continued maintenance and development of Scanlon Creek.”

Scanlon Creek Conservation Area’s regular park hours are sunrise to dusk seven days per week. As of June 1, when visitors enter the park they will find envelopes and a drop box at the gate house.  The conservation authority’s new “Pay and Display” system will require park visitors to insert their entry fee into an envelope, tear off the top tab to display in their windshield and drop payment into the box. The entrance fee is $10.00 per vehicle, or park goers may purchase an annual $50.00 family pass through the conservation authority, valid for one year from date of purchase.  Annual passes for Scanlon Creek’s off-leash dog park will also be available for $40.00, valid from date of purchase.

Beginning July 1 through to August 27, LSRCA summer staff will be on site Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to answer questions, hand out trail maps and event listings, offer a visitor satisfaction survey and to collect entry fees.

“Over the last two years we’ve made several improvements to Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, making it a very desirable passive and active recreation destination,” said Brian Kemp, General Manager of Conservation Lands for LSRCA. “The conservation area features more new and unique amenities including our Discovery Play Garden, upgraded hiking and walking trails with improved signage and fully accessible washrooms and we have more plans up-our-sleeve for 2012 and beyond.”


For more information on park amenities, future plans or how to purchase a $50.00 annual family pass to Scanlon Creek Conservation Area, please contact Brian Kemp at 905-895-1281 ext.289 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To reserve a picnic site at Scanlon Creek Conservation Area please contact Wanda Black at 905-895-1281 ext.222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre opens at Georgian; college celebrates $40 million raised for Power of Education campaign.

Students, staff, members of the community, as well as philanthropist Henry Bernick and his family, gathered at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College today to officially open the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

It was one of many exciting ribbon-cutting celebrations that have taken place at Georgian recently, as the college continues to grow and evolve its facilities and programs for the benefit of students and employers alike.

Read more: Entrepreneurship Centre opens at Georgian

The Georgian College Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of MaryLynn West-Moynes as the college’s next President and CEO, effective August 7, 2012.

 West-Moynes brings extensive academic and administrative experience in post-secondary education in Ontario, having held senior positions at both the college and university level.

Currently, she is Vice President of External Relations at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Previously, she served as President of Mohawk College, and in numerous senior leadership roles at both UOIT and Durham College.

“MaryLynn is an exceptional choice to be Georgian’s next President,” says Board Chair Charlotte Wallis. “She is eminently qualified, and brings a breadth of experience gained over 27 years in the post-secondary system. Throughout her career, MaryLynn has also demonstrated an unwavering focus on understanding students and meeting their needs. She embodies our Georgian vision to be the most personally connected learning organization in Canada. ”

The appointment of West-Moynes follows a six-month presidential search that attracted an extremely strong field of candidates from across Canada.

“Georgian College has flourished to be one of Ontario’s finest and fastest-growing colleges,” said West-Moynes.  “I am honoured to join Georgian to work closely with faculty, staff and students along with our academic, business, industry and community partners.  The long-standing track record of innovation, student achievement, university partnerships and pathways has forged an excellent reputation and a legacy that deserves to be preserved. This solid foundation holds incredible opportunity for future achievements."

Recently, West-Moynes successfully defended her dissertation and will receive her PhD next month from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her research examined organizational culture and leadership skills in Ontario colleges. She also holds an MA in adult education from Central Michigan University and a BASc from the University of Guelph.

West-Moynes is married with two sons, a daughter-in-law, and one grand-child. Community-minded, she has served on numerous volunteer boards and committees throughout her career.

“I am especially excited about the opportunity to work in the wide range of communities where Georgian’s seven campuses are located and where so many people are contributing to its success,” she says. “My husband Doug and I will soon begin looking for a home, and are greatly looking forward to becoming part of the Georgian community.”

West-Moynes replaces Brian Tamblyn, who will retire this summer.

“Over the next few weeks, members of the board will recognize Brian’s many achievements during his 13 years as President and CEO,” says Wallis.  “Brian and MaryLynn will liaise closely to ensure a smooth transition in the President’s office. We all know we have found an exceptional new president who will lead us into our challenging, exciting and rewarding future at Georgian College. Brian is leaving Georgian in very good hands.”

Barrie Homebuilder Wins Canadian Home Builders' Association Simcoe County ACE New Housing Awards and Introduces Two New Home Developments to Barrie

Ontario homebuilder Pratt Homes won two ACE New Housing Awards, including Excellence in Single Family Dwelling under 1500 sq. ft. and Excellence in Print Media, as presented by the Canadian Homebuilders Association Simcoe County at the President’s Gala in Barrie on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Pratt Homes Barrie was nominated and the finalist for six ACE Housing Awards in total, including Excellence in a Single Family Dwelling under 1,500 sq. ft., Excellence in Single Family Dwelling between 1,500 and 2,500 sq. ft., Excellence in Single Family Dwelling over 2,500 sq. ft., Excellence in Internet Web Site, Excellence in Print Media and Excellence in Health and Safety. Pratt Homes' own Heljar Hansen was also honoured at the gala with an Award of Honour by the Canadian Homebuilders' Association.

“These awards kick-off what is sure to be Pratt Homes’ best season yet,” said Pratt Homes Barrie president, Karen Hansen. “The Barrie townhomes and new homes sales market has absolutely exploded over the past few months. Pratt Homes' sales volume has tripled from last Spring.”

Pratt Homes recently launched two new community sites on some of the last available new home development land in Barrie.
Ardagh Bluffs, comprised of thirty-five detached homes, are being built on County Road 27 between Mapleview Drive West and Ardagh Road. Construction of low-rise condos at Eastside Village 2, in Barrie’s north end off of Penetanguishene Road at Cheltenham Road, is also underway.

The sales office for both Ardagh Bluffs and Eastside Village 2 is now open at 213 Harvie Road. This location also houses the newly opened model homes for Pratt’s Southwoods townhome community in Barrie.
Lastly, Pratt Homes’ will be releasing Phase 2 of the Manhattan condominium complex located at 40 Ferndale South next to Barrie’s Eco-Park on June 2. These Barrie condos are already 55% sold and future sales are expected to be brisk. Phase 1 of the Manhattan complex is 85% sold.

“There has been an incredible response to date on our new building sites. We haven’t seen high demand like this in the past 5 years,” said Hansen. “The most recent 5-year 2.99% mortgage rate, renewed confidence in the economy and nice spring weather has all equated to an incredible new home selling market in Barrie. In any case, for buyers considering new homes in Barrie – the time to purchase is now.”

About Pratt Homes

Pratt Homes has been building new homes, condos and townhomes in Barrie for over 100 years. Pratt Homes is the founder of the successful CMHC approved Rent to Own program and has various sweat equity and low deposit structure programs helping homeowners afford their dream of home ownership. Pratt Homes has a perfect Tarion New Home Warranty ranking and is considered on of the most professional and experienced builders in Ontario. Pratt Homes has been awarded several Tarion, SAM and ACE, Chamber and HUDAC awards for home building.

Georgian Hotel and Resort Admin students raise more than $13,500 for charities

Giving back to the community is more than just wishful thinking for Georgian College Hotel and Resort students. Charitable fundraising is a key part of the final semester for third-year students, and they take to the job with enthusiasm – and results. This year, students raised more than $13,500 for a variety of community causes, 10,000 more than their goal.

Working together in five management teams, students in the Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort program put to use the key skills they have learned to plan and host live fundraising events throughout the semester.

Faculty Michael Agema said it is a key learning experience that also give students practical, results-based experience that they can use when moving into careers in the industry.

“This capstone course allows students to showcase the learning they have developed over the last five semesters. A student may be able to write a comprehensive theoretical paper on leadership, motivation or decision-making or teamwork, but not be able to demonstrate that they can actually use these skills in the workplace. What better way to ‘live your learning’ than through a live event?” asked Agema.

Each team was required to plan, promote and execute a live event showcasing their mastery of five key hospitality industry skill areas. All events took place in the Georgian Dining Room at the Barrie Campus.

This year, they included “Dress for Success”, a fashion show benefitting Camp Bucko; “Whose Carnival Is It Anyway”, benefitting Easter Seals; “Everybody Wins”, a casino night benefitting the YMCA Strong Kids program; ”The Price is Right”, benefitting Cardiac Kids; and a grad night event called “The Stars Come Out”, benefitting a local women and children’s shelter.

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