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Pie editor-in-chief

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THE TASTE

THE NORTH

The sexiest little restaurant in Barrie by

Corrine Dayman | photo Jeff Buchanan

2017 celebrated the 10th anniversary of The North

Restaurant, Barrie’s thriving, relaxed luxury dining

and you still get the quality service you are hoping

destination. Internationally renowned chef and

for.”

owner, Marco Ormonde recollects the early years

as a restaurateur with the seemingly endless duties

plete experience” that customers would expect in

of prepping all day, cooking all night, and baking

a fine dining establishment, Marco stays in tune

desserts into the wee hours of the morning, sum-

with evolving design trends, incorporating sensual

ming it all up as “a labour of love.”

elements that elevate the dining experience with

the ideal mix of comfort and style.

Though he admits that he has come a long

"My servers can have a good laugh with you

Recognizing early on that it would be the “com-

way, Marco remains driven by his passion and a

deep-rooted love of creating edible works of art.

way. We want people to feel sexy when they enter

Arguably one of the city’s most adventurous chefs,

through the doors. They can relax in the lounge

Marco’s versatile menu, top quality ingredients,

and have cocktails, have an intimate dinner in the

and creative food presentation has earned him his

dining room or a private celebration upstairs.”

outstanding reputation.

with every element of the business, Marco believes

“It’s all about heart – without heart you have

“We are evolving in a classier and elegant

Admitting that he tends to be overambitious

nothing.”

that it is his internal drive for “always wanting

more” that has allowed him to keep ahead of

Working as a chef at some of Toronto's finest

restaurants, Marco insists that having the right

industry standards and stay true to his evolving

staff to carry through his vision has been an impor-

vision.

tant element for The North’s continued success.

“I can always do more. I can always be better.”

He is most proud of the team’s “human element”

May 2017 marks the 10th anniversary celebra-

which enhances the overall dining experience for

tion at The North. Marco and his staff welcome

his returning customers.

frequent guests, as well as those who have not

yet had the opportunity to visit the restaurant, to

“For many guests, my staff will be their first

point of contact in the restaurant. People want to

come in and enjoy some complimentary culinary

feel welcomed, well taken care of, and encouraged

surprises. For Marco and his team it is a way to

to relax and have a good time. "

say thank you to everyone who has supported The North Restaurant over the years.

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"It's all about heart ñ without heart you have nothing".î

When asked what would be the ultimate com-

And with that, I learn that this compliment is

pliment that he could receive from a guest about

one that our celebrated chef Marco Ormonde has

their dining experience, Marco’s reply is thought-

indeed received, time and time again, at the sexiest

ful, “I hope that the experience leaves a lasting

little restaurant in Barrie.

impression and that we are comparable to some of

the best places they have ever eaten in the world.”

also like to thank all of the restaurateurs in Barrie.

We are each trying to create something that was not

“On behalf of The North Restaurant, I would

here before.”

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THE TASTE

Barchef COCKTAILS ON FIRE by

Dave Gordon | photos Leanne Nuefeld

F

rankie Solarik’s not only lit cocktails on

For me, the idea is to truly evolve the experience.

fire, but also introduced frozen carbon

It’s fusing modern and progressive, contemporary

dioxide and hydrosols to ordinary alcoholic

approach that you find in “molecular gastronomy

beverages … to make them extraordinary.

kitchens”. And it’s evolved into this totally new

These and other eye-opening experiments have

genre, completely challenging that, 'Is it a dish

made Solarik, and his avant garde concoction

because you eat it with a spoon, or is it a cocktail

creations, the subject of a global buzz. He’s

because there is alcohol involved?'

received consultation requests from as far away

Our approach is so involved making everything

as Syria and Dubai, and he has won acclaim in

in house with infusions, syrups, and bitters. All of

New York Times, National Post, CBC and CNN,

our bitters at the bar age for a minimum of three

as well as having a guest judge spot on The Food

months

Network's Top Chef Canada. pie:

Eating a cocktail with a spoon. Tell me about one

Patrons to BarChef, which he co-owns, come to

or two of them.

be dazzled by the spectacular presentations – the

solarik:

sights, sounds, smells and taste of cocktails like

Ontario Strawberry’ which was a celebration of

they’ve never had before.

Ontario’s strawberries for the season.

Pie caught up with Solarik to find out more…

I came across a service piece that really was - it

It began with a concept called ‘The Chilled

almost looked like a coupe glass, but it also was a pie:

What is your goal with these drink creations?

solarik:

I’m very passionate about the idea of

bowl. I was like, ‘Okay, so, someone could perceive this as a glass, and also someone could perceive this

creating a new standard of what’s possible with

as a bowl. So, why don’t I create a ‘cocktail’ that

drinks, a new perspective as to what’s possible. My

would challenge that genre?’

goal is to create a new genre in the world of food

It was a strawberry gin base, and there was an

and drink.

edible component of balsamic and lavender, there

pie:

was violet component as well, and roasted black

What inspired you to take these challenges?

solarik:

It was the idea of refusing to be limited by

pepper.

the confines of a glass. Who’s to say that it needs to

I’m working on expanding on that perspective of a

go in a standard rock glass, or a traditional coupe

cocktail being presented in a bowl.

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It’s called ‘The Nordic Lake’ and it’s an adaptation

pie:

of a traditional cucumber soup that’s been clarified

of a kind of alcohol.’ How would you intersect that

and charged with effervescence. There’s ice

palate with something that wouldn’t be a turn off ?

components of black licorice and caraway.

solarik:

I also have ‘The Night Blossom’, an Asian

approach, as far as the composition, is to respect

influenced kind of cocktail, this beautiful frozen

the ingredients. It would be a matter of directing

noodle - which was six feet long - which we bent

the flavors of what’s involved with the particular

and created this abstract shape and dropped it into

spirit that they are a fan of, or that I’m working

a bath of liquid nitrogen, and it would freeze the

with, and just slightly adding slight nuances of

noodle in this particular shape. We’d garnish the

accents - through aromas or particular flavor

noodle with fluid gels of mint and chartreuse and

profiles that accentuate particular notes found in

patchouli.

that spirit.

Somebody comes to you and says, ‘I am a purist

That’s an awesome question. My whole

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THE TASTE

Ciccos

A LOVE STORY

"LIFE HAS A FUNNY WAY OF MAKING YOU END UP RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE." by

Corrine Dayman | photo Scott Cooper

A

fter meeting on a blind date set up

through a mutual friend, Cicco and

humble traditional eatery where customers could

With her partner by her side, the vision of a

Lindsay could not have predicted that

feel at home has become a reality; where good

they would fall in love, become business partners

food, good music, intimate gatherings and laugh-

and launch two successful restaurants. Capturing

ter fill the air.

the essence of Cicco’s Italian traditions, while

blending Lindsay’s country roots and embracing

challenges along the way, both Cicco and Lindsay

shared family values, the duo have created two

attribute their success and determination to their

authentic gathering places in a community setting

commitment to one another. As Lindsay jokingly

that feels like home.

remarks, “We bicker back and forth like an old

Though there have been learning curves and

“I had such a desire from a young age to have a

married couple. We balance one another and sup-

business of my own. I too was raised to appreciate

port each other in all of the craziness. If we didn’t

food and drink, as my parents owned farmland in

have our sense of humour and trust in one an-

the Kawartha Lakes. As soon as I signed the papers

other, or the ability to carry the other when either

to become a partner, all of my history came together

of us need it, we might not have survived!”

and I just naturally flourished!”

out for us and has helped us to get to where we are.”

Drawing from Lindsay’s background in finance

“ I can’t help but feel that someone is looking

and Cicco’s deep-rooted old school values, the

couple re-launched Cicco’s in Minesing (formally

gether each day they are excited to experience

opened in 2006, known as GianCicco’s) and

the opportunities that await them. As Lindsay

opened a second Cicco’s location in South Barrie

says, “You only regret the chances that you didn’t

only two years later. Lindsay’s vision was to create

take.” Although, their friend who introduced them

the ideal space for casual dining with friends, and

that fateful night has now passed away, Cicco and

a place to find that romantic spark over a simple

Lindsay take comfort in the feeling that she is still

meal and a bottle of vino, just as they had success-

here, rooting for them and supporting them along

fully achieved with their Minesing location.

the way. Side by side the couple is forging ahead,

writing the next chapter in their love story.

As Lindsay recalls, “Initially, we just wanted to

create another little eatery in a small community.

We wanted it to be that local spot where people

would want to come.”

By following her instincts and embracing her

feminine side, Cicco’s has quickly become a casual, yet sensual dining destination.

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Since the couple started their journey to-

This article is in dedication to Terri Lunn. Her spirit lives on through Cicco’s Ristorante.


"There is something so bitter sweet about being a couple who can succeed in business and can create something special together."

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BELCROFT ESTATES

More than just weddings by

Ashleigh Grange | photos Nat Caron

From the idyllic laneway flanked by old-growth

trees to the scenic lighthouse, covered bridge

Barns can accommodate up to 155 guests for a

and historic one-of-a-kind 1895 rail car, Belcroft

seated dinner. Both venues are fully permitted,

Estates offers picture-perfect photo ops for your

licensed and up to code with dedicated parking,

wedding or special event at every turn.

washrooms and event preparation areas.

Co-owned and operated by Chris and

The Tent has a capacity of 300 while the

Whether it’s a large cultural celebration or a

Meredith (née Bell) Watson, Belcroft Estates

glamorous rustic wedding, Belcroft Estates can

is nestled on 100 acres—with its event facilities

accommodate your needs. “Everybody is a little

occupying about 30 of those—that have been in the

different. You can have the event you want to

Bell family for five generations. Continuing in that

have,” says Chris.

tradition, Belcroft Estates is a family business and

  Its picturesque location also boasts convenient

the original vision for the venue is that of Jim Bell,

proximity to all major highways, guaranteeing

Meredith’s dad.

easy access to local hotels and other attractions

for guests. To ensure every family member can

Surrounded by fertile fields north of the GTA,

this former tree farm has been operating as a

attend, this full-service facility is also wheelchair

best-in-class wedding and event venue, delivering

accessible and pet friendly.

unparalleled privacy and tranquillity, for over a

decade.

to help make any special occasion an unforgettable

success. “For many people, this is the biggest

Well known and well loved as a wedding

Belcroft Estates will always go the extra mile

venue, Belcroft Estates attracts clients from all

decision of their life, and we want to make sure

over Ontario and even farther afield. Yet it is also

their journey starts off with a great day,” adds

ideally suited for your next corporate event, family

Chris.

reunion or anniversary, private party or high

school prom. Co-owner Chris Watson explains,

help. Every person who books with us is assigned

“We cater to all types of special and private

a venue coordinator and is given a resource

events.”

guide with our recommended photographers,

hairstylists, etc.” And should a problem arise? “We

At Belcroft Estates, choose from multiple

“From the very first email, we are here to

ceremony sites and two unique reception or

have experienced and friendly staff that are ready

celebration venues.

to help,” Chris reassures.

Built in 1857 and beautifully restored,

Available late April through to mid-November,

the Barns include an outdoor pavilion, treed

the property’s natural beauty shines in all seasons.

courtyard, charming pine floors, and all modern

“The iconic beauty of our location really sets us

amenities, while the newer Marquee tent offers

apart. There is nothing quite like our place.”

a blank canvas featuring stone floors, light-filled

windows and draped ceilings highlighted by

discover how this unique wedding and event

show-stealing chandeliers.

centre will ensure your special occasion is one to

Book your tour of Belcroft Estates today and

remember.

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Mermaids Loathe Plastic

SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT IN A SEA OF 10,000 PL ASTIC BOT TLES by

Ashleigh Grange |

photo

Benjamin Von Wong

R

achel Carson did it in 1962. Richard

Misrach did it in the 1980s with his

plastic bottles, which were loaned and delivered

First, Von Wong needed large quantities of

Salton Sea series. Seattle-based Chris

by a waste management centre. Next, an army

Jordan has been doing it since the early 2000s.

of volunteers—including friends, family, and

Claude Monet has even been referred to as an

strangers recruited via social media—was enlisted

environmental artist in his portrayals of human-

to wash, un-cap, and remove labels. Clara Cloutier

nature relationships.

channelled her innermost mermaid in a high-

fashion tail designed for the project by Cynthia

Many artists have historically brought

attention to environmental, social and political

Brault, while countless others donated time and

issues through their chosen media, while

talents to camera work, bottle layouts, and hair

simultaneously inspiring audiences to make

and makeup.

changes in their own lives, and 30-year-old

The result?

Canadian photographer and visual artist Benjamin

A series of vibrant ocean-hued photographs

Von Wong is no exception.

that are equal parts surreal, magical and

haunting—and worthy of any environmentalist’s

Five years ago, Von Wong left a mining

engineering career to pick up a camera and pursue

wall. Since being published in December 2016, the

his passion. His latest photography project,

photographs have gone viral and reached tens of

“Mermaids Hate Plastic”, features a human

millions of views.

mermaid drowning in a sea of 10,000 plastic

bottles – the estimated number used and discarded

on plastic. He encourages viewers to replace

by the average person over a 60-year span.

disposable bottles with reusable ones and to

commit to contemplating whether or not to accept

The plastic bottles were configured by

Von Wong offers advice to reduce a reliance

volunteers to create distinct water-related scenes,

“the next piece of plastic that is offered to you”,

including a sandy beach, a typhoon and a water

whether that is a plastic bag, a straw or a plastic

drop, with the mermaid strategically placed within

water bottle in your Uber ride.

the environment of inescapable plastic waste. Von

Wong explains that: “It takes approximately 450

focused shoot and it likely won’t be his last. He

years for a single plastic bottle to degrade […] and

says he is focused on “creating work that supports

if we do nothing, by 2050 - there will be more

the efforts of individuals and organizations around

plastics than fish in the sea.”

the world trying to protect the world we live in -

whether it's animals, people or places.”

Von Wong believes, “Change happens when

This isn’t Von Wong’s first conservation-

individuals come together to fight for something

they believe in.” And the shoot, which took

upcoming projects on his website at vonwong.com.

place in donated warehouse space over a week, undoubtedly called for all hands on deck.

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THE LOCALS

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Corrine Dayman | assistant

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Robin Waters

Laura Clerici

here is a fresh new way of growing your

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At the helm of this radically awesome approach

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one of the most innovative ways of generating

Year Award, Craig has seen his “blue sky thinking”

and exchanging ideas, The Sandbox serves as an

and innovative ideas reap rewards over the years

accessible gathering spot for young start-ups,

and understands that it is the alignment of people,

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timing and opportunity that come together to

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make the magic happen!

Not unlike “googlers” who thrive in small, focused

“By investing real time and energy into The Sandbox,

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it can help build a start-up's innovative muscle. You

is a place where unplanned “synergies” can result in a

can learn best practices from others and participate in

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finding solutions to common problems outside your own

organization. You can then bring this knowledge back to

Going back to the basics of sharing ideas,

experiences and resources, the organic nature

your own team and discuss what can be learned from it

of The Sandbox serves as a natural networking

to make your business stronger.”

environment where everyone is invited to bring

their ideas and abilities to the table. In addition

if the intention of giving is at the forefront of

to the great interactions and connections to be

the interaction, The Sandbox is at the cusp of

had at this local business resource hub, the open

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Open gathering spots for start-ups, executives,

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entrepreneurs, financiers and investors to collide

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“The goal is to provide a lively, interactive

Opening up to the idea that anything is possible

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find the resources and connections they need to make

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productivity, is redefining the way in which people

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Diverse yet refreshing, The Sandbox is pushing

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Like any traditional sandbox, its success

business model. With experience sharing as

getting their hands dirty and spending quality

one of its fundamental pillars, the focus is to

time with others. A self-sustaining environment

encourage entrepreneurial social responsibility,

with comfortable seating areas, coffee shop, and

with professionals lending their time and

resources for ideas to flow, the sky is the limit

expertise while building relationships within the

when everyone is working toward a common goal

community.

of innovation and sharing ideas in The Sandbox.

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THE LOCALS

Busch Systems

ADDS GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY TO THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY by

Troy McNamara | photo Robin Waters

Busch Systems, a highly-innovative

“Although we’re in the beta phase right now,

organization that provides recycling and waste

this new software is already proving itself to

containers, have launched an open-source, web-

be disruptive with the government agencies

based app, called the Resource Center, that will

and private sector programs we’re getting our

allow any school, business, or organization to

feedback from. Now that they’re working with us,

analyze, simplify, and improve their recycling

step by step, to validate the software for counties,

efforts.

states, provinces, and beyond, we can see how we

could eventually standardize the technology for

The system will give the user clear and

simple suggestions on how to set their recycling

the whole industry,” Baxter comments.

streams to be more environmentally active. This is

achieved by organizing and displaying the amount

Busch Systems team hope that the equivalent

of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, trees, oil,

of more than thirty-three years of waste

and car kilometres saved, as well as providing

management knowledge and information will be

analytics on a given organization’s diversion rate

implemented into the program, so the recycling

and the amount of money saved by implementing

programs it creates will empower their users’

a successful recycling program.

ability to make productive changes for their

environment.

To help individuals and businesses move

With the development of this project, the

through the cycle of recycling more efficiently,

Mike Baxter - marketing manager at Busch

does exist, the Resource Center, as powered

Systems - and his futuristic marketing team

by Busch Systems, will be a free application

partnered with the student committees at

targeting station-level collection which is a unique

Georgian College’s Barrie campus to approve the

component to the software. In some cases or

calculations and algorithms used in developing

regions, those organizations not able to keep up

the program over a two year period. This has

with government regulations, diversion rates, as

helped them move beyond the point of purchase

well as environmental and economic costs are

and become an everyday consultant to schools and

thereby sending everything to the landfills, and

businesses in reducing their carbon footprint.

miss out on half the value of the tin, bottle, and

paper materials as well.

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While other collection analytics software


The Resource Center aims to help users

Now they’ll be able to get feedback on what

capture and manage their recyclable assets and

they’re doing wrong and how they’re able to

streamline collection practices.

correct it, and always be there to help, making it a

win-win for the user and the recycling stations,”

“While there are other software tools that

give a basic overview into the sustainability side

Baxter explains.

of users’ impact on the environment, they never

touched on actually improving the recycling

will be open to the public for anyone to signup.

program itself.

The email list for the collection analytics app buschsystems.com/resource-center

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THE COVER

HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES

Prince's Charities Canada

LEAVING A LEGACY by

Corrine Dayman |

photo

Alan Shawcross

Perhaps one of the world’s foremost entrepreneurs and philanthropic visionaries, The Prince of Wales, is using his position and resources to find ways to achieve a more harmonious society, while advocating and demonstrating leadership for change. With deep-rooted values of social responsibility, The Prince of Wales has carved a path of charitable work, advocating for, and advancing on behalf of causes guided by his intention of creating harmony and building deeper connections within Canada.

Patron to seven Canadian organizations and

Colonel-in-Chief to eight Military Regiments, The Prince of Wales has a rich history and ongoing dedication to the growth and well being of Canada’s culturally diverse landscape.

Founded in 2011, Prince’s Charities Canada

(PCC) was created as a charitable office to work alongside His Royal Highness to implement community based work within four fields of interest including: education and young people, responsible business, improving built environment and global sustainability. Under his leadership, PCC has launched several successful initiatives including: the Prince’s Canadian Responsible Business Network, engaging corporate leaders to tackle youth unemployment, Campaign For Wool, supporting environmental sustainability, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a national entrepreneurial training program for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts which specializes in teaching, researching, and promoting the practice and theory of the arts and crafts of the world’s great traditions.

At the forefront of The Prince of Wales and

PCC’s vision, is to ensure that they are embedding activities and resources that will enable forward motion, while transforming lives and building sustainable communities.

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" The whole idea, by fostering these connections, is to honour First Nations’ wisdom by promoting intergenerational learning and sharing so that the rich culture and history of this ancient First Nations community endures. My charities are working with First Nations communities across Canada to explore similar initiatives that, hopefully, can engender skills and opportunities for the future." – Prince Charles

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“Our people were forbidden to speak their language or practice their traditions [and] were chastised or punished if they spoke their language. As a result, Indigenous languages began to decline… It is too late for some languages to be revived… We must do what we can to revive, restore and rebuild the remaining languages.”– Chief Doris Bill, ..

Kwanlin Dun First Nation photo: f. mueller

Throughout his forty years of charitable

First Nations University and the Government of

work within Canada, The Prince of Wales has

Canada.

embraced his connection with Indigenous people

and their cultures. Having visited the North-West

as possible by working with groups that have

Territories during his first visit to the country

surviving members, thereby ensuring long-term

in 1970 and again in 1975, His Royal Highness is

language viability. The first of the series was

proud of the Crown’s longstanding relationship

debuted by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

with Canada’s North. Identifying the importance

during a recent visit to Canada.

of supporting Indigenous communities and

taking steps to make amends with past injustices,

term vision, a legacy of harmony underpins much

His Royal Highness and PCC work closely

of what The Prince of Wales and PCC have set

with Canada’s First Peoples, launching several

out to accomplish. Working with a range of non-

initiatives which: help bridge the gap between

profits, publishers, charities and government

Indigenous youth and employment opportunities,

bodies, they are embedding activities and

supporting the preservation of traditional arts and

solutions that communities are able to go forward

the revitalization of Indigenous languages.

and continue to transform positively while

continuing to build sustainable communities.

As a result of the devastating impact of

The goal is to create as many new speakers

Although much of the work is part of a long-

Colonization and unjust treatment within the

residential school system, Indigenous People’s

entrepreneurs, the role of “Prince of Wales” does

languages and customs have been on a decline for

not come with a clearly defined job description.

decades. With only a handful of people remaining

Nonetheless, His Royal Highness is using his

who have the ability to speak the ancestral

platform of social motivation and cohesiveness to

languages, the need for revitalization is critical

champion causes which may not be able to stand

and is very quickly becoming one of PCC’s fasting

on their own in the beginning, yet will ultimately

growing areas.

stand the test of time.

As part of their language preservation

Perhaps one of the world’s foremost social

His passion for the people of Canada and the

initiative, PCC has produced a collection of

extraordinary charitable work he has championed

children’s books and digital applications which

thus far is unprecedented for a modern royal.

reintroduce lost language skills to children

With an innate obligation to help others, he

between the ages of three and five years.

embodies the meaning of stewardship and

his vision to achieve a common good and the

This involves the work of many partners

including publisher SayITFirst,

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advancement of us all is a truly inspiring legacy.


"One thing we can do to change the erosion of language and culture is to digitize the older peoples' knowledge and incorporate it in a way that this information will get consumed, [and] later taught, by the younger generation" – Mike Parkhill, Founder, Say IT First photo: paul koziorowski

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THE LOOKS

A London Tale Elizabeth Emanuel Luke & Mandy by

Marble Arch

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Little Venice

photographer

Luke Woodford

Mandee Woodford hair & makeup Lucy Meyer production manager Ben Arnold imagery created with Zeiss Lenses model

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photo: canadian equestrian team

- jessica phoenix and a little romance, rio olympic games 2016

Jessica Phoenix A TIME TO RISE by

Corrine Dayman

T

wo-time Canadian Olympian, four-

and later, in the US. (She competed successfully in

time Pan Am Medalist and ten-year

both the London 2012 Games and in RIO in 2016).

leading eventer Jessica Phoenix, is

Jessica competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games in

rising to the top of her equestrian

Guadalajara, Mexico where she would bring home

career, becoming one of the most well respected

an individual Gold Medal and Team Silver Medal

Eventing athletes of our time. With an early start

with her mount, Pavarotti. Following several com-

in the equine sport, “Canada’s Super Woman” has

petitions and notable wins, it would be Jessica’s

become an unstoppable force.

return to the Pan Am Games in 2015 that her spirit

and love of the equine sport would be put to the

Realizing her deep passion for the sport at the

tender age of thirteen, Jessica worked hard train-

ultimate test.

ing and competing at horse trials across Ontario,

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Within 2 ½ months of having her second

Less than a month following the accident

child, Jessica would compete at the Jersey Fresh

Jessica was cleared to ride. She led the Canadian

International Three Day Event. While competing

Eventing Team, winning an Individual Silver, and

cross-country - the ultimate test of horse and

a Bronze for Team Canada on her mount Pavarotti,

rider, Jessica and her horse would suffer a heavy

an outstanding achievement given the gravity of

fall. Rushed to intensive care and undergoing

her injuries.

emergency surgery to repair damage to her liver,

the global Eventing community prayed and waited

role model, Jessica’s “If you can dream it, you can

for the news.

become it” motto has taken her to new heights.

Looking forward to another year of Olympic

With three broken ribs and a broken sacrum,

An inspirational public speaker, mentor and

Jessica received the news that she would not re-

competition, including the Rolex 3 Day event in

cover in time to defend her Pan Am Gold medal on

Kentucky, Jessica Phoenix has become known to

home ground.

the Eventing community as, “One of the strongest

riders the sport has ever known." An inspiration to

Determined not to let her teammates down,

and without hesitation, Jessica took the reigns of

many, Jessica has proven that at a time when the

her recovery, determined that she would overcome

will is challenged and it feels that all hope is lost, it

her injuries and compete in front of her home-

is a time to rise.

town. With the Toronto Pan Am Games quickly

jessicaphoenix.ca

approaching, Jessica’s unwavering grit was all that she needed to see her through to a full recovery.

“It is during those pinnacle moments in our life when our will is tested that we must get back into the saddle and rise!”

photo: mary patricia stone

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THE LOCALS

glenn coulson Patron of the arts

by

Perry Lefko |

Whether raising money for community

photo

Jeff Buchanan

The timing seemed right, especially given

projects in Barrie or for a feature film in which he

Coulson’s frustrations with the “ups and downs”

is one of the executive producers, Glenn Coulson

of the entertainment business and fundraising. “It

has always been a patron of the arts.

has been rewarding, but I wanted to take on new

challenges.”

The songwriter/singer/actor, who is a former

Barrie TV talk show host and now a consultant

with the Investors Group, is involved in various

base expanded quickly. “It's just a different type

projects. He is the Campaign Co-Coordinator for

of investing,” he notes. “One way creates a legacy,

the enhancement of the Memorial Square. He also

providing community support, and the other is

worked as the Capital Campaign Co-Coordinator

getting it to work for people to build for their

for the Mady Centre For The Performing Arts, and

future and retirement. I haven’t left entertainment

he has been involved with Theatre By The Bay

behind though. It’s always a part of me.”

and Talk Is Free Theatre in production roles that

involved fundraising.

for the film Country Crush – a country musical

love story – a project he says he is excited about.

“Now we have a new theatre in Barrie, which

In no time, he learned the ropes, and his client

As a matter of fact, he was executive producer

we haven’t had downtown for a hundred years, so

Wal-Mart is distributing the film in North

we were due,” Coulson says. “The community of

America, while Open Road/Universal has released

Barrie just pulls together and wants to help, which

the soundtrack on iTunes and Spotify. The

has been great.”

Canadian premiere happened in Barrie, in March.

His fundraising work became a natural

"This city is amazing,” he says. “There is a real

foray into his job with the Investors Group. The

sense of community and giving back here. I'm

connection was made early on, when he would ask

happy to have played small a role in that through

friends from the company to support his various

the years.”

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THE LEGEND

Tom Cochrane THE HIGHWAY MAN by

Dave Gordon | photo Dan Lim

T

he introductory drum beats are

unmistakable; so too the opening staccato

a young adult, stints as a cab driver, a paint shop

Of course, nothing happened overnight. As

guitar chords, and the overlapping

clerk, and a Sears loading dock worker were what

harmonica notes. The song has become one of the

he called “character builders” where “you learn

most recognized rock songs of a generation: “Life

from and draw songs from.”

is a Highway.”

By 1974, his first album Hang On To Your

The 1991 hit propelled then-38-year-old Tom

Resistance was released, with a tour that led him

Cochrane into a global name, and helped the album

to cafes, pubs or seedy bars. He’d join Red Rider

from which it came, Mad Mad World, sell three

in 1979, with seventeen albums until his 2016

million copies.

reboot Mad Mad World 25 - a re-mastered edition

A quarter century later, he is as much looking back

featuring live cuts, and a demo of “Love Is A

on that road, as looking forward – a four decade

Highway” before it was renamed.

long career retrospective, an anniversary reboot

of Mad Mad World, continued charity work and

of being on the inside of this country’s rock

ambitious writing projects.

music milieu for so long, he noted an evolution of

Canada’s artistic identity.

In 2016, that lyrical highway turned into a

Being one of a few who have had the benefit

literal one, when a section of road was named after

Cochrane, leading to Lynn Lake, Manitoba, his

handful of acts - Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell,

place of birth.

Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and few others –

whose work transcended the Great White North’s

The local boy does good began humbly with

It’s been many decades since there were a

an eleven year old who sold his train set to buy

borders.

his first guitar. Though in the back of his mind

he thought he was destined to be a journalist or a

tolerance in our music, and social consciousness

pilot, music icon Bob Dylan’s influence changed all

that’s admirable in our work. Those elements

of that.

combined create a pretty strong identity in our

music.”

“When Dylan came along, he opened a lot of

Overall, what’s remained consistent is “a lot of

doors where it became obvious that music could

be more that just pop music. It could be more than

progressed.

just ‘boy meets girl’ stuff,” he notes.

disposable. People tend to buy songs as singles, and

Soon enough, his exposure to Neil Young and

But it’s not just the message that has “The way music is distributed, it’s more

Leonard Cohen solidified his ambitions.

they’re not as concerned with whole records.”

“You could enlighten yourself and enlighten

Despite the technological shift, it hasn’t

other people through songs. It was a real art form.

changed the goal of music: to evoke emotions.

And then I realized, ‘Yeah, I could do this for quite

a while.’”

work who had a fight with his boss.

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“You think about the guy driving home from


He’s had a fight with his girlfriend or wife. Life

For his goodwill contributions, Cochrane

is a Highway comes on, and defuses a lot of that

was conferred as Officer of the Order of Canada.

negative energy. When that happens, I think I’ve

And for his artistic contributions, National Music

done a pretty good job as a songwriter.”

Center in Calgary opened a Tom Cochrane exhibit.

“People are truly interested in archival stuff that

Indeed, he’s no stranger to touching people’s

hearts, whether it’s through musical compositions

goes way back,” he says of the exhibit, adding that

or long-serving charity work.

compiling these materials has inspired him to pen

an autobiography.

In the 1980s, Terry David Mulligan, then-

MuchMusic veejay, invited Cochrane to Africa to

become acquainted with issues there. He grabbed

creating new writing to inspire, or lending a

the chance to tour five countries, including

helping hand – he’s taking his own advice, from a

Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique – and

quarter century ago.

visited the continent nine times on behalf of World

Vision.

statement,” he asserts. “The song addresses the

idea that as crazy as things get, all you can do as an

Since then, the list of charitable works

Continuing to be an agent of change – whether

“Life is a Highway is symbolically such a strong

has included Parkinson’s research, Amnesty

individual - and as a human being on this planet of

International, War Child, Medicin Sans Frontiers,

ours - is to try to do some good along the way.”

Make Poverty History, and United Way.

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THE LEGEND

Gene Simmons EPITOME OF COOL by

Dave Gordon | photo Craig Minielly

G

ene Simmons is famous for many rea-

If all we had to do was follow those steps, we’d all

sons: the band KISS, two reality shows,

be rich, famous, and powerful.

author of seven books, and more.

Life is a journey, and often it’s an individual one.

Formed in 1973, KISS accomplished what few

You’ve got to have a product, and convince people

have: 21 albums that sold 100 million copies, con-

that they cannot live without it, even if it’s the

sistently selling out arenas, and still going strong.

power of your personality.

The group boasts over three thousand licensed

pie:

and merchandised items, including condoms, cas-

Apprentice. Would you have ever imagined he’d be

kets, a comic book, and action figures.

president?

In that same vein, Simmons is a successful busi-

gene:

nessman, whose projects included co-founding an

actor, Ronald Reagan, becoming president. Why

arena football team, producing movies, and start-

wouldn’t I imagine a successful businessman as

ing restaurants.

president?

Pie picks his brain about business, sex, politics and

Trump’s a good family man. His children turned

more.

out well.

pie:

There are people saying it’s chaotic; people are

Your seventh book, On Power - what’s the prem-

ise? gene:

You were with Donald Trump on Celebrity

I would never have imagined a Hollywood

demonstrating. But the stock market doesn’t care. It’s better for the good guys to have the

Business seems to like him. At the end of the day,

power than the bad guys.

families only care about two things: how to be safe,

Why would you want the bully to have the power

and ‘how do I feed family?

instead of the good guy who doesn’t pick on

pie:

anybody? So, it is incumbent, technologically,

gene:

physically, mentally, to be powerful, and to keep

heart is aching.’ And then it ends with, ‘When

getting more powerful, if only not to get picked on,

you just smile.’ It was written by the most famous

if only not to be wrapping fish for somebody else

comedian of all time, Charlie Chaplin.

who isn’t a nice person.

pie:

pie:

backstage?

The book previous, Me, Inc. is filled with

A song you wish you’d written?

What’s the best excuse a fan used to get

business advice. What’s experience taught you in

gene:

business?

pie:

gene:

gene:

All those books and classes you take where

Smile is a perfect song. ‘Smile, though your

You’re my father.

Your favorite post-coital nosh? Unfortunately, my curse is that pre-coitus,

people charge you a lot of money - 10 Secrets of

after-coitus, during-coitus, my downfall is cookies,

Success, How to be Rich and Famous and Powerful

cake, and hot fudge sundaes. All the really terrible

in ten steps - they are lies.

things in life.

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pie:

Technion in Israel is a world-leading institute

From 1958 until 1988, that’s thirty years, we have:

with faculties in a range of engineering disciplines,

Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones,

and a school of medicine. Talk about your support

Jimi Hendrix, on and on. The most important

for Technion Canada’s Technovation Event in

artists in the 20th century, and into the 21st. From

Toronto, June 4, 2017.

1988 until today - not quite thirty years - who are

gene:

the new Beatles or the new Elvis?

The advancement of mankind has always had

to do with forward thinking people, often young

They had everybody, all ages. That’s what makes

people. The fact that Technion’s in Israel, is a good

something stand the test of time.

thing. It’s the technological leader of the world,

It is interesting to note that from 1988 until today,

other than America. They’ve advanced the cell

the single most important thing that changed is

phone, the computer chip, cancer research.

making copies of songs without buying them.

pie:

Just because you sing in the shower and go on

What do you think of the music industry today?

gene:

Your freckled face, next-door, high school

and college kid decided, en masse, they no longer

X-Factor, doesn’t mean you’re gonna become the next Elvis - even if you get a hit record.

wanted to pay for music… and download without paying the people who created it.

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THE GOODS

HOW TO BUILD A JOYFUL AND EMPOWERING EXISTENCE

Tracey McGruthers

W

hen life’s frustrations and disappointments can be too much to handle, it can sometimes feel like emotional quicksand, leaving us sinking and stuck, with seemingly no way out. But Tracey McGruthers believes there are mental tools that can help us overcome even the toughest challenges. Her book, The Empowered Mindset, teaches that while we might not be able to control the circumstances or events, we can control our responses. McGruthers developed some of these techniques through professional training, and having learned through navigating her own tragedies and grief – including the deaths of her mother, father, and youngest sister. As an experienced life coach, change strategist and college professor, she follows the latest research in human development, and uses a combination of wit and wisdom to teach people how to deal with emotions in a positive way. Some of the topics include: -Why pain is a reality, but suffering is a choice -How to get unstuck in your life -Clear your mind of limiting beliefs -Understanding how where you have been doesn’t dictate where you are going -Live from a place of purpose and meaning -Take positive action and persevere -Appreciate and celebrate the positive in your life -Inspire and uplift others

The Empowered Mindset is a straightforward blueprint on how to stop being a victim, and start being a victor in your life. Most importantly, it outlines how to build a joyful and empowering existence.

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Go With the Flow AT DRIFT AWAY FLOAT SPA by

Ashleigh Grange

photo

Scott Cooper

T

he premise of float tanks, or sensory

deprivation therapy as it is often called, is

effective way to absorb magnesium and help make

For many, soaking in an Epsom bath can be an

simple: float in an oversized, dark, quiet

this mineral readily available to the body.

flotation tank and surrender to sheer relaxation.

following for its reported positive health benefits,

Each egg-shaped float tank is roughly 7 feet

Sensory deprivation therapy has gained a loyal

long by 5 ½ feet wide by 4 to 5 feet tall and

some of which are being studied clinically by

filled with less than a foot of water. The water

scientists across North America. It has been used

is heated to match the temperature of the skin’s

to treat a multitude of conditions, from anxiety,

surface (around 35°C), which helps make the

panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder

margins between skin and water less distinct.

(PTSD), to chronic pain, migraines and attention-

Approximately 900 lbs. of Epsom salt have been

deficit disorder.

dissolved in this water, enabling you to float

effortlessly in the enclosed vessel.

athletes for recovery after athletic contests.

Five-time Super Bowl champs, the New England

This inclusion of Epsom salt in the water

Float therapy is equally popular among pro

is key to a calming and health-supportive float

Patriots, even have two flotation tanks installed at

experience. Long used in home baths to soothe

their training facilities.

achy muscles, Epsom salts are rich in magnesium—

the “calming mineral” and one that many of us are

Away Float Spa offers sessions that normally

commonly deficient in.

last an hour. During this time, you’ll be able to

profoundly relax, meditate or simply free your

Adequate magnesium levels can help relieve

The first of its kind in Barrie, Ontario, Drift

joint pain, boost circulation, lower too-high blood

mind of any niggling worries or concerns. Just go

pressure, soothe sore muscles and help support

with the flow at Drift Away Float Spa.

healthy sleep.

driftawayfloatspa.ca

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THE LOCALS

NATURALLY YOU

Mastectomy Boutique & Amoena PARTNERS IN BREAST WELLNESS by

Corrine Dayman | photo Jeff Buchanan

B

reast cancer diagnosis is as unique as the

debra:

person it stumbles upon. It is no wonder

wall. The prosthetic is not only to be aesthetically

that women undergoing breast surgery to

pleasing, but it serves an important role for

All women need support on their chest

manage their breast health are looking for more

posture and maintaining muscle development in

than just “a bra” for support. Providing comfort-

the abdomen. We forget how important a balanced

able, well-fitting prosthetics and intimate apparel

body is until we remove one aspect of it and see

for women of all shapes and sizes and believing

the difference over a period of time.

that all women should have the ability to “feel

pie:

like themselves” at whatever stage of their health,

when fitting a bra or breast prosthetic after breast

Amoena, the worldwide leader, has been deliv-

surgery so important?

ering breast prosthetics and stylish support wear

debra:

since 1975.

not as simple as saying you’re an A cup and let’s

put something in to fill in what the surgery took

Teaming up with Naturally You Mastectomy

Why is working with an educated professional

What people may not realize is that it is

Boutique (est.1993), owner Debra Poss has com-

away. Balancing a breast that has had a lump

bined her fifteen years of healthcare experience

removed from the front for example, is different

and 25 years of bra/prosthetic fitting experience

than balancing the breast if the lump is removed

with a vision. Her vision is to offer informative

from the side. If the entire breast was removed in

care before and after various types of breast sur-

1995 and the other one was removed in 2012, then

gery, in a comfortable, supportive environment

surgical techniques have changed; there may have

that promises a unique shopping experience.

been weight loss, weight gain and bone structure changes. All of this affects how the bra will fit

pie:

From your experience in respiratory care, why

is it so important to have a well-fitted breast prosthetic?

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and areas that need special consideration when selecting the type of bra.


"I TAKE TIME TO SPEAK WITH WOMEN AND THEIR SPOUSE AND OR FAMILY MEMBERS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS AND HOW TO MANAGE PERIODS OF CHEST DISCOMFORT FOLLOWING SURGERY"

pie:

How did you know that the Amoena product line

was the right fit for your company’s vision? debra:

When we moved to our new location,

I knew Amoena was the “heart and soul” of breast care products. They were well established with 40 years of research and development and 100% committed to breast care. I was pleasantly surprised once I learned the owner of Amoena was progressive in his thinking about women who wore prosthetics and wanted to ensure that they had the most comfortable prosthetics, and options in beautiful lingerie and swimwear.

pie:

pie:

great success?

Why is a private consultation encouraged for

Why do you think your boutique has had such

first time clients?

debra:

debra:

Amoena shop, the first of its kind worldwide.

Many of the women that I see for the

Women love that we are a stand-alone

first time have been recently diagnosed and are

Our store is dedicated to assisting women find a

anticipating the changes that their bodies will

solution to their unique challenges. We carry a

be undergoing. While there is not a ‘one size fits

large line of lingerie and apparel as well as state of

all’ breast cancer diagnosis, there are steps to

the art breast prosthetics. Clients are encouraged

take while preparing oneself for surgery and or

to touch and try on our in-stock merchandise.

reconstruction. I take time to speak with women

We have a waiting area for spouses to relax and

and their spouse and or family members to answer

help themselves to a beverage. I also believe that

questions about the process and how to manage

our knowledge of health and wellness has really

periods of chest discomfort following surgery.

helped the store gain credibility. We deliver “bra

There can be many questions and misconceptions

101” classes through Gilda’s Club, and we like to

about the process and I like to ensure that we

think of ourselves as not only a service, but our

give our clients the undivided attention that they

clients’ partner in breast wellness.

deserve.

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THE NEXT GENERATION OF SKIN CARE IS HERE by

Dave Gordon

Whether it’s blemishes, pigmentation, red or

“Salient’s expertise in devices and market

sensitive skin, PCA Skin and Salient Medical have

knowledge is an opportunity for us to develop

the product for you.

together custom protocols for prepping the

skin, and post procedure care for devices, like

PCA Skin, founded more than a quarter

century ago by an aesthetician, and developed

microneedling, laser, and fractional,” added Koontz.

by a dermatologist, is an established leader

Salient’s collaboration with trending companies like

in cosmeceutical skin care, with its globally

InMode, ARTAS Hair and Eclipse Medical make

recognized range of professional-only treatments,

this a perfect marriage for optimizing satisfaction

and results-oriented formulas for home.

amongst those seeking to recapture or maintain

their youthful appearance.

At the beginning of 2017, PCA embarked on a

new partnership in Canada with Salient Medical

Herman was impressed with the “high-end

Solutions. Rob Koontz, International Director

scientific products and newest innovations” of PCA.

of PCA Skin, explained Salient was PCA’s top

choice because of “their strong experience with

SKIN’s OmnisomeTM delivery system, which has

aesthetic technologies and stellar reputation for

been incorporated into all of the newest retinol

professionalism.”

solutions formulas, such as Intensive Brightening

Treatment, as well as Dual Action Redness Relief,

In 2016, Salient was selected as the number one

A great example of such innovations is PCA

Medical Laser and Product distributor in Canada

a cutting edge formula designed to address red and

by Aesthetic Everything, who rates top performers

sensitive skin.

in the industry.

originally developed for the pharmaceutical

“We had been looking for a scientifically based,

Omnisome is a patented delivery system

medical grade skin care line, combined with a team

industry, which enables the product to deliver

that was dedicated to the Canadian market needs,”

ingredients over time, and to the proper site of

noted Jay Herman, president, Salient Medical

action, while avoiding side effects. PCA Skin is

Solutions, of the collaboration.

the first and only company to incorporate this

technology in skin care.

Salient has not only committed to distribute

PCA as their exclusive skin care range, but will also

Koontz added that “PCA continues to stand out

continue PCA’s longstanding practices of world

in a crowded marketplace because of our decades-

class professional education and sales support. In

long commitment to education, partnering with

addition, Salient is collaborating with PCA Skin

licensed aesthetic and skin care professionals, and

for new, unique products, soon to be introduced to

an expertise in formulation and innovation, which

Canada.

ultimately achieves PCA’s number one objective: improving people’s lives.” pcaskin.com. salientmed.com

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Crystal Taylor CROWNING GLORY by

Corrine Dayman

photo

Jeff Buchanan

F

rom the moment she opened her doors

With the underlying sentiment of her clients

for business, Crystal Taylor knew that she

“not wanting to be treated differently” as a result

was embarking on something very special.

of hair loss, Crystal and her team encourage new

A wig enthusiast, she has combined her in-depth

clients to touch, try on, and take their time in

study of hair, with an obsession for the “perfectly

choosing a wig that will blend into their lifestyle.

coiffed do”, creating a welcoming environment to

support and educate women and men suffering

drastic style to the next, we ask them to take some

from unwanted hair loss.

photos and to come back with a friend. We know

that the process can be overwhelming and we

A certified tricologist and owner of Wig

“When we see a client switching from one

Boutique Barrie and Hair Prosthesis Centre,

want each person to be completely satisfied and

Crystal has witnessed first-hand, the shock and

confident in making their selection.”

fear that overcomes her clients' as they face

unwanted medical diagnosis and the likelihood of

volunteering and teaching the Look Good Feel

it claiming their hair. With this, Crystal and her

Better hair segment, Hair Prosthesis Centre

team of hair associates have made it their mission

and Wig Boutique Barrie have been fortunate to

to become a trusted hair resource, sharing their

establish close ties within the community. Crystal

knowledge of hair loss and the regrowth stages,

admits that the best part of her day is, “helping a

while consulting on various replacement options.

client find a wig and watching their sense of relief

once they have found it.”

With both locations offering intimate

Working closely with Royal Victoria Hospital,

environments with adequate privacy to browse

through and experiment with modern or classic

provides so much more than “just a hair piece”,

wig styles, each is equipped with a private in-

Crystal is constantly amazed at how impactful her

house salon to accommodate for hair removal in a

business has been in helping her clients' take back

relaxed and non-judgmental environment.

their identity and making them feel whole again.

“Many women will request their spouse to

Confident that the hair replacement service

“Our clients leave feeling so much better. As

remove the hair. We have no problem if they

they say, a woman’s hair is her crowning glory.

choose to remove the hair here as a bonding

With this part taken care of, they tell me that

experience. In this way, we can ensure that it is

they believe that they can handle whatever else is

removed properly with the least amount of scalp

coming their way.”

irritation, and to encourage proper regrowth.”

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asa Faro Azul offers top of the line amenities and easy access to the Faro Escondido Beach Club, the Faro 5 Owners Club, and nearby

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Faro Escondido, accessed via the main entrance

to Los Sueños Resort & Marina, is a private, gated, controlled access community, which boasts two clubs for owners that include two large community swimming pools, entertainment areas with grilling facilities, a half basketball court, four tennis courts, and direct access to a white sand beach.

Featuring the unique, cutting edge architectural

design of Angelo Del Vequio, Casa Faro Azul was created specifically to accommodate extended families, large groups, or entourages. Belgian designed interior decoration creates a sense of transcendent luxury ensconced in contemporary tropical transitional design with authentic handcrafted art and furnishings, as well as some antique accents, leaving residents feeling indulged in the lap of luxury and fine furnishings.

Main House

With his children and grandchildren in mind, the

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A huge, well equipped chef’s kitchen with walk in pantry

favors the other side of the main floor, and behind the kitchen there is a small exercise room and Children or Staff quarters with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a small kitchen. Downstairs from the ground floor, level-one of the main house features a cigar lounge, game room, big flat screen with surround sound theater, and conference room, which could be easily, converted into a spa treatment room or private gym. These entertainment areas open up onto a private garden area which enjoys ocean views. The lower floor also features a full kitchen and full bath.

Guest House - An enormous two story loft-design owner’s

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Corrine Dayman

W

hether you are a winter enthusiast

on the slopes of Blue Mountain,

of the busiest recreational communities in the

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or settling back and relaxing

province, UWSM hopes to open up dialogue with

in the serenity of the breathtaking Muskoka

seasonal residents, with aspirations to mobilize

Lakes, bountiful natural landscapes offer a vast

collective action, and build a stronger community

playground for local and “big city” seasonal

for everyone.

residents.

“We understand that United Way has many

With all of this naturally abundant beauty

As described by UWSM’s CEO, Dale Biddell,

within reach, it can be difficult to imagine that

loyal donors who give generously in their

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home communities through their businesses

isolated youth and low-income families are

and individual giving. It is our hope that these

struggling to cope with life’s obstacles, facing

same people will also consider giving to the

financial hardship, and in desperate need of

communities in which they relax and play.”

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successfully.

children and youth, addressing poverty, and

building stronger communities, UWSM also

Having researched and identified an

With three major priorities, which include

overwhelming need for streamlined access to

encourages seasoned professionals and retirees

enhanced community programs and services,

to volunteer, participate on its board of directors

the United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) team

and other advisory committees, and offer support

consistently supports a network of community-

where possible.

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resources.

strengthen local and seasonal community bonds,

in which to create the social fabric that ties the

UWSM staff and volunteers look for ways to

region together.

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