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These stories about the people making positive impacts in our community are made possible through the continued support of Barber & Haskill as part of our Community Leaders Program.


HELPERS: Sanity cornerstone of local volunteer’s life’s work

HELPERS: Sanity cornerstone of local volunteer’s life’s work

Lorna Tomlinson continues to volunteer at the organization she helped build from the ground up to give her life structure, and because charities and thriving communities rely on volunteers to make it all work
Seeing grief as companion, not enemy, key for hospice volunteer

Seeing grief as companion, not enemy, key for hospice volunteer

Joanne Byrick, who lost her son Ben when he was 24, says bereavement is about learning to live with grief and share in the sadness, joy and laughter of the life the person lived
HELPERS: Variety is truly the spice of life for local volunteer

HELPERS: Variety is truly the spice of life for local volunteer

Few are as fit for volunteering as local charmed retiree Wendy (Birdie) Roper who can’t stop moving
From camper to volunteer for this future leader

From camper to volunteer for this future leader

14-year-old volunteers at the camp she once attended at BGC North Simcoe, which she points out feels like 'just one big family'
HELPERS: Volunteer making connections with Métis culture

HELPERS: Volunteer making connections with Métis culture

'There is this misconception that we’re First Nations,' volunteer says, noting the Métis bridge cultures between the European and Indigenous communities
Crafty Penetang Legion volunteer brings warmth to others

Crafty Penetang Legion volunteer brings warmth to others

Local volunteer has been knitting blankets and dolls to bring comfort and joy to others both locally and around the world for more than 30 years
HELPERS: 'Phenomenal experience,' joy in guiding adult learners

HELPERS: 'Phenomenal experience,' joy in guiding adult learners

At the Gateway Centre for Learning, Catharine Gastmeier has helped adults who struggle with literacy learn to read since 2017. 'It’s a phenomenal experience'
Killing it on stage: Volunteer’s love of theatre a family affair

Killing it on stage: Volunteer’s love of theatre a family affair

'It’s like you’re a member of a really fun club that’s sole purpose is to put on plays,' explains Maggie Killing, a volunteer set designer, painter and decorator with almost 25 years’ experience with Huronia Players
Wowing people with inspiring knowledge of nature at Wye Marsh

Wowing people with inspiring knowledge of nature at Wye Marsh

Dorothy Harper has volunteered at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre for nearly 30 years and has the wealth of wetland knowledge to prove it
HELPERS: Paying it forward at Port Café feeds many in need

HELPERS: Paying it forward at Port Café feeds many in need

The Port Café in Port McNicoll has a suspended board that allows those in need to have a meal generously provided by other customers in the ultimate random act of kindness