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February 2016

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I have to admit I have not been making it a priority to write something in this space but I feel now there are a lot of things to tell. Every month it seems to be a miracle that we pull off another issue of Georgian Life but I have a lot to be thankful for and I want to express my gratitude here. Georgian Life is comprised of a wonderful team of people that spend countless hours making every issue a success. We always make it to print on time. Yes it makes for some very late hours on the last week of the month but we “get ‘er done” on time, every time.

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When I bought Georgian Life 4 years ago we were only printing about 6,000 copies a month and were only in about 25 distribution points. Today, we are publishing 9,000-10,000 copies a month - and every single copy is picked up at over 60 locations. That is all thanks to our wonderful advertisers that choose Georgian Life as an effective and affordable way to keep their business top of mind within our local communities. This issue is especially packed with articles on local businesses and their owners. I hope you enjoy getting to know them better! Hard to believe it started out over 25 years ago as ‘Collingwood Life’, having been owned by four different women in its lifespan. People are still picking it up to see themselves, their kids, their grandkids, their co-workers, and to find out what has been happening locally. I thoroughly enjoy working with the many different organizations, businesses and individuals that make Georgian Life what it is today. We get invited to the best parties and meet the nicest people! What an amazing place we live in - this issue is dedicated to all of the fabulous people that make me proud to call this home.


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A big move I made this year was to get an office outside of my home. Yes I worked in my pj’s many days but this year I sent my daughter off to junior kindergarden (gasp!) and I thought it was long overdue that I get some professional space instead of meeting in coffee shops all the time. I work out of the Clever Office, a coworking space in downtown Collingwood a few days a week now. It is very flexible and I have learned about so many different businesses that I did not know existed before. And they have complimentary coffee! If you are working from home and are thinking about getting an office but don’t need one full-time, I highly recommend you check it out - and make sure you say hi to me too! Until next month, have a great February! Happy Family Day weekend - I hope you get out there to enjoy it with family (or friends!). Selena

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Native artist welcomed in Stayner gallery Gallery owners Darren and Leslie Martel of the Rational Expressions Gallery in Stayner welcomed a special guest on January 23rd, starting off with a sacred smudge. James Simon, Mishibinijima, is a world-renowned native artist from Wikwemikong, Ontario. His paintings depict the spiritual teachings and legends passed on by his Elders over generations, often incorporating gentle forms, detail, and vivid colour. His works emphasize our harmony with Mother Earth and that we are all interconnected: land, plants, animals and human beings. Born on the 12th of February 1954, Mishibinijima is an Ojibway from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Though given the name James Alexander Simon by the missionaries who could not pronounce his native name, he proudly signs his work Mishibinijima. The name stands for a very special art form which still surprises and captivates the art world. Story/Photos: Enrique Miranda (some info from:


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Georgian Bay photographer, Bryan Davies has written a colourful book of wonderful stories about his many years in the photography business. Georgian Life - How long have you been involved in professional photography? Bryan Davies - For over 40 years. We’ve operated our studio in Creemore for the past 14 years offering Family and Executive Portraits, Fine Art, Editorial, Aerial, Product, Tourism, Real Estate and Passport photos. GL - What are your favourite types of photography? BD - I love Fine Art Photography because it’s fun to create artful images that people will enjoy. Plus I enjoy meeting interesting people in my assignments to capture editorial photographs. GL - How did you get the idea for your book ‘Exploring The Light: My Visual Journey’? BD - About 18 months ago I realized that my 40 years in professional photography was like a journey through various locations, experiences and meetings with interesting people. I have been a writer as well as a photographer, so documenting my unusual experiences and tying it into my photographic images was a natural progression. GL - What visual journey in the book stands out most in your mind? BD - Just after my father passed away, I was inspired to create a tribute photograph of a father and son walking hand in hand down an abandoned railway track. The ‘Father and Son’ print was accepted into an exhibit of Canadian Photographers at Beijing’s prestigious Three Shadows Gallery. The show went on to tour 10 cities in China. I had the opportunity to join three other artists on a tour of Beijing in 2011. GL - Is there another visual journey that comes to mind from your book? BD - When I was the Resident Nature Photographer at The Kortright Centre for Conservation, David Suzuki and his crew were shooting an episode of The Nature of Things for CBC television. They needed a still photographer to document the shoot for marketing and I was called upon to be their still photographer for the day. GL - What else would you like to tell us about your book? BD: The last paragraph in my book seems to tell it all... “My camera has been my trusted guide and friend along this lifetime journey of Exploring the Light. Photography has enriched my life beyond measure. It has taught me to see and appreciate beauty in simple things and it continues to inspire me daily as I progress along the visual path. Through this intimate vehicle of self-expression, I have met and photographed extremely interesting people, traveled to wonderfully exotic places, taught eager photography students and helped businesses to grow. It`s good to know that through my fine art, commercial, editorial, tourism and portrait images, people will be able to enjoy those magic moments in time for a great many years to come.” Exploring The Light: My Visual Journey by Bryan L. Davies is available at Curiosity House Books in Creemore and on-line at and in soft cover and e-book. Interview by Selena Blais | Photos: Bryan Davies

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Outstanding young people honoured by Optimist Club Congratulations to the thirty-three outstanding young people from sixteen area schools whose contributions to their communities and schools were acknowledged at the annual Collingwood Optimist Youth Appreciation Awards ceremony at Bear Estate on Wednesday evening January 20th. The Youth Appreciation Award recognizes those who “uphold the dignity of youth, show sincere devotion to the welfare of others” and honours them for their “generous and unselfish contributions to society.” STAYNER - Alyson Wright, Daniel Davies, BIRCHVIEW - Rayne Hall, Emily Shone, CLEARVIEW - Ella Baker, Kayla Dutka, BYNG - Evan Marriott, Joclyn Clement, ST. MARY’S - Stevie Asquino Brown, Emily Gruber, CCI - Kendra Seymour, Julia Duits, CONNAUGHT - Olivia Molto, Katie Edwards, Anissa Knowlton, CAMERON - Emmalena MacDonald, Rachel Campbell, WORSLEY - Rielly Kirk, Rebecca Donahue, ADMIRAL - Adam Millsap, Nadine Oliynyk, NOTTAWASAGA CREEMORE - Jocelyn Young, Libby Millsap, NEW LOWELL - May Black, Noah Rahim, MOUNTAINVIEW - Jackson Aitkens, Emma Donneral, ST. NOEL CHABANEL -Soul Thompson, Keagan Lavigne, NOTTAWA - Haven RaeburnGibson, Sydney Shaw, JEAN VANIER - Marian Cooper, Ayden Green. Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Hot diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are still a hot topic in the mining world, with companies like Minerals Limited being accused of illegal and violent acts as recently as last month. The finer details and problems of diamond mining can be difficult to fully grasp. Local author Thomas McCavour intertwines the ethics and complexities of diamond mining with those of human relationships and romance in his new book, Beyond Diamonds, sequel to Bloody Diamonds. Beyond Diamonds, produced by FriesenPress, is an eye-opening, educational, and romantic novel that follows the lives and loves of a Canadian Inuit woman and a South African man into the year 2028. Sarah Akana, who is involved with the development of the Canadian North, the construction of Arctic Highways, and federal politics, lives in a vastly different world from Sam Kambo, who heads a large mining company with major global connections. McCavour tackles not only Canadian, African, and global natural resource issues in Beyond Diamonds, but also the love between two people pulled apart by distance, careers, aspirations, family, and time. Beyond Diamonds is available for order from the author, and most major online book retailers including the FriesenPress Bookstore and Amazon. The eBook is available for Amazon Kindle, iTunes Bookstore, Chapters/ Indigo Kobo, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, and GooglePlay. After a 45-year career in Engineering, Thomas McCavour took to writing in 1997. Thomas is the author of The Keyhole: the Adventures of Toots the Cat, and Bloody Diamonds based on his travels and adventures in Northern Canada and Africa. This is his third published book and he has more on the way. Thomas lives in Nottawa with his wife Shirley. Submitted by: Thomas McCavour: 705-444-7736 |

Generous donations made to Hospice Hospice Georgian Triangle provides care to our friends and neighbours in the Georgian Triangle where and when they need it most – in their own homes through our In-Home Visiting Volunteer program, with our Bereavement and Caregiver Support programs or as a patient at Campbell House. All of our services are provided at no cost to patients or their families. The Ministry of Health only funds our operation at 50%, so we rely on the generosity of our community to help fund the other half. Thank you for your support! Here are some very generous cheque presentations made recently to Hospice Georgian Triangle...


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The Collingwood Cinema Club continues their very generous support of Hospice Georgian Triangle with a $25,000 donation made at their first screening of 2016. The Directors of the Cinema Club presented the cheque to Kelly Borg, Executive Director of Hospice Georgian Triangle (pictured far right) and Janet Fairbridge, Development Coordinator at HGT (second from left). The Collingwood Cinema Club Directors, pictured from left are: Glenn Grosset, Sally Sajben, Sue Christensen, Nancy Franks, Paul Sajben, Wendy Black-Mayer, Sue Vasey, Deborah Mobbs, Bud Christensen, Marilyn Young. Absent from photo are Al Wallace, Barb Wallace and Bill Franks. Photo courtesy of Dave West Photography. The Shipyards Medical Arts Centre hosted the annual Medical Office Staff Fundraising Dinner at Tholos Restaurant on Thursday November 26th. The yearly event originated with the office staff in Creemore approximately 20 years ago as a way for the medical office staff in the Collingwood and surrounding area, to come together and enjoy each other’s company outside of the workplace while raising money for a local foundation. Amanda Stewart, Daryl Pratt, Rebecca Nederend, Debby Morison, and Pam Snow, medical office staff at The Shipyards Medical Arts Centre, are pictured. Receiving the cheque was Janet Fairbridge Development Coordinator and Kelly Borg, Executive Director of Hospice Georgian Triangle. Submitted by: Janet Fairbridge, Development Coordinator, Hospice Georgian Triangle Campbell House - Palliative Care Residence | 240 Erie St. Collingwood | 705-444-2555 ext. 7521


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Moonlight madness cross-country skiing Wasaga Nordic staff were excited to host the Moonlight Ski at the Wasaga Nordic & Trail Centre on Saturday January 16th, from 5 to 9 PM. A trail was lit by Tiki torches and there was free hot chocolate, a warm bonfire, and the Trail Centre waiting for their return. A second event will take place Saturday February 20th, 2016 in partnership with the Canadian Diabetes Association. Pledges for the 2nd Annual Diabetes Moonlight Madness Cross Country Ski can be picked up at Wasaga Nordic Ski Centre located at 101 Blueberry Trail. Story/Photos: Enrique Miranda

Georgian Triangle Hikers strap on the snowshoes The Georgian Triangle Hikers is a very active group for those who enjoy recreational snowshoeing & hiking. And they are just as active on facebook (currently has over 350 members)! Every week they post their upcoming events so go like them to find out which hike or snowshoe you would like to join them, no membership fee required! Photos: Annie Pilon | Story:Selena Blais

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BUSINESS PROFILE Sharron (Williams) Fleet opened her first dance studio in 1980 in Courtenay, British Columbia teaching Highland Dancing and jazz while working as a secretary. In 1986 Sharron opened a larger full-time studio in Courtenay and stopped being a secretary! In 1990 she moved to Base Borden, where she taught before opening a studio in Angus for the next two years. In 1994 Sharron moved to Collingwood and opened Fleet-Wood Dancentre with her mentor and business partner, Jane Wooding, who created their first Nutcracker Ballet performance, now a Fleet-Wood tradition. Together they operated Fleet-Wood Dancentre for eight years. Sharron became the jazz specialist and Jane assisted Sharron in upgrading her ballet credentials to that of a fully accredited teacher of ballet. Sharron says that she was born a dancer. Performing and teaching was all that she wanted to do. Music and movement enriched her soul. Sharon’s vision was to have a School of Dance and support herself as a dance teacher. While raising three children and running her dance studio, Sharron studied theory and practiced long hours. After eight years Sharron Fleet achieved her first accreditation with The Cecchetti Society of Canada and three more years to acquire full accreditation in order for her studio to be called a “School of Dance”. Sharron also travelled to Canada’s National Ballet School for their Teacher Training Program every week for several years for their Teacher’s Intensive. There she trained with many famous teachers at the school like her mentor Glenn Gilmour, a famous dancer with Canada’s National Ballet and later a teacher and mentor who acknowledged Sharron’s ability to choreograph. It was during the Summer classes at Canada’s National Ballet School that she especially enjoyed training with Irene Dowd, who also teaches at the world famous “Juilliard School” in New York City. Irene’s approach remains part of Fleet-Wood Dancentre’s teaching practice today. Today, Sharron is at the Studio six days a week, teaching twenty-one classes from 3 years to adult. She oversees a staff of six teachers and three volunteer office staff. In addition to handling all the artistic and business decisions, time is also spent organizing and communicating with parents. Sharron also sews about 500 costume pieces a year for every child. As well, she maintains her website, bookkeeping, paying the bills and overseeing volunteer office staff. Sharron appreciates the support from FleetWood Dancentre parents. Rick and Anke Lex asked her to join their new location at 65 Simcoe Street, to be a part of their

vision of grouping artists together. Sharron enjoys being a part of the “Artistic Hub” of Collingwood as well as being close to amenities. Snuggled within the building, dancers stay warm as they head to the The Collingwood Community Food Co-op or Creemore Coffee Studio for snacks and lunches. They also enjoy dance rehearsal in the new Studio Theatre preceding shows or competitions. Parents can enjoy the ambience of the Art Gallery as they watch their children dance via a live video feed.

music is deeply personal and satisfying and taps into a creative part of us.” She is most proud of creating the type of School of Dance: where dancers and parents experience class in a warm caring environment; where parents can watch class on a live video

Fleet-Wood Dancentre has six teachers of dance and three volunteer office support people. Melissa Mills is their Tap teacher offering recreation and competitive classes. Georgie Donais is their Modern Instructor with a degree from Toronto’s prestigious School of The Toronto Dance Theatre. Sharron’s son Jonathan Fleet, a Fleet-Wood Alumni, teaches competition solos/duets and jazz classes with an Accreditation from George Brown College Dance Performance. He is also trained in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet achieving the Intermediate Exam. Fleet-Wood Dancentre Alumni Lauren O’Neil White, teaches senior pointe class. Lauren holds a degree in dance from York University with extensive ballet achievements in her history. Sharron enjoys having Lauren on staff.

feed instead of looking at a closed studio door, where humour is used to deal with difficult challenges, where dancers learn self-discipline, manners, time management, respect for their teachers and fellow students, where students learn how to help and support each other, where friendships can form, often for a lifetime, where students are comfortable to speak with their teachers about projects and goals in their life outside of dance. In 1986 Sharron’s dancers were chosen by audition to perform at Expo ‘86 in Vancouver. They danced on a world stage for a week with thousands of people watching. She remembers how her skin tingled when performing with them. Sharron doesn’t believe that she will ever retire. She would like to start teaching classes for older adults like herself who would like a gentler form of exercise that is also fun.

Fleet-Wood Alumni Sierra Maraj, is currently finishing her 3rd year, Diploma in Dance from George Brown College in ballet, pointe, modern and jazz and vocal. Sierra presently teaches competition classes at Fleet-Wood Dancentre on weekends and will head the modern and acro classes next season in Collingwood. Fleet-Wood Alumni Colin Eccles, teaches open ballet, Eccentrics, conditioning and competition classes at Fleet-Wood Dancentre. Colin has achieved the Advanced One Dancer’s exam and is presently working on the first Cecchetti Teachers degree. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from McMaster University with a focus on Theory, Composition and Collaborative Piano, and teaches piano in Collingwood. Weekdays Sharron is at the Dancentre by 4 pm and teaches until 9 pm. She says that during teaching hours, it does not feel like work, it’s a pleasure. Sharron Fleet has been described as a workaholic who loves to multi-task because she wants to bring out the best in each of her dancers. According to Sharron “dancers are wired to dance, because it feeds who we are. Moving to



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Sharron looks forward to expanding Fleet-Wood Dancentre’s classes next year with Sierra and Jonathan joining the team full-time, and opening classes in Creemore, Ontario. Collingwood’s Premier School of Dance is the oldest School of Dance in the area. Their highly trained professional staff offers classes in Ceccehtti ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, recreation classes in Tap, Highland, acro, hip hop, Ballet, competitions and a yearly recital, all in a family friendly atmosphere. Written & Photographed by: Bryan Davies

FLEET-WOOD DANCENTRE INC. Unit 6 - 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood (across from the Library) (705) 446-1568 (cell and text) facebook: FleetWoodDancentre

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BNI Thrive is a new chapter of Business Networking International in Wasaga Beach. The group represents over 20 local businesses that work as an exclusive marketing team to refer business to each other. The Wasaga Beach chapter of BNI was founded in June 2015 and since then has connected over $200,000 worth of business to each other.

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BNI Thrive decided they would participate in a food drive in support of the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank leading up to the holiday season. Before Christmas the group collected food and cash donations to help feed local families that could use the extra help. We are thrilled at the generosity of the members and guests and thank everyone for their participation. BNI Thrive meets weekly at the Wasaga Beach Rex Plex. For more information on joining or visiting the chapter please contact Holly at Submitted by: Enrique Miranda

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Taking a deep breath at breakfast The Wasaga Beach Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Breakfast at the Beach networking meeting at Yammas Grill, located at 1288 Mosley Street Unit #1 on January 14th.

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The speaker was Jennifer Tindale of Wasaga Beach Yoga. She demonstrated/ taught breathing techniques that can truly help with relieving stress. Learning how to reduce stress in your business and personal lives can translate into running your business more effectively. “Being a small business owner certainly has its perks such as flexibility, the feeling of being more in control of your own time, destiny and earning power. To balance this however, there can be the tendency to work 24/7. Just one more email, just one more phone call, just one more.. What’s this magical tool to help with stress? Your BREATH! Too simple? Are you aware of the importance of taking a breath - a deep, on purpose breath? Do you do it? The physical, mental and emotional benefits of slowing down and simply breathing are well documented” stated Jennifer. Story/Photos: Enrique Miranda

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Cross Canada on the walls We came. We saw. We painted. Over the past two years, Holger Majorahn, Jennifer Stenberg and their canine friends, Diego and Panda, criss-crossed throughout eastern and western Canada in their trusty (well, most of the time) Roadtrek on an unforgettable adventure. What started out as a discovery voyage - a chance to see and paint some of Canada’s most incredible scenery - turned out to be much more. The separate trips, first west and then east, took a total of three months and covered around 20,000 km. The friendly characters they met in every province, the music, the art and the food all play a part in their latest creations, a collection displayed at the beautiful Meaford Hall until March 5th. The Meaford Hall Galleries are open seven days a week, but as there are occasionally private functions happening it is a good idea to confirm hours at 877-538-0463. For more info: | or call 519-341-6135. Submitted by: Leslie Bochna


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Tech support offered to a full house It’s no surprise with how fast technology is changing around us that it was a packed house at the Collingwood Public Library’s first Technology Fair. Local experts spoke on a variety of technology subjects and sponsored door prizes were given away after every talk. The library staff and guests would like to thank the “speakers from Staples, Guide on the Side, Total eWorks, The Source, and Nerds On Site. Thanks also to educational sponsors Adult Learning Centres, Georgian College, and Learning Centres of Simcoe County. A special shout out to Mountain Goat Film Company and SGBMA for filming the evening.” Photos/Story: Dave West Photography


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This little lady is TINKERBELL and we think she is an approximately 10 yr old Chihuahua X. TINKERBELL was found wandering up in the Timmins area all by herself :( She has been transferred here into our care in hopes of finding a very special person/family that would open their hearts and their home to her. We don’t know anything about her past history, but we think she may have been used as a breeder and when she could not do this anymore, she was put out :( She is understandably very wary and reactive upon meeting new people, however, in only over a week and a half, we have been able to earn her trust quite a bit already! Tink needs a quiet home with a dog savvy owner who will take her for a nice walk each day, play with her a bit and of course leave some room on the couch for her to cuddle with you at the end of each day! Could this be you??


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ROB HOLROYD - WINDSTONE REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE a farmer to acquire new land and encourage a visitor to rent a property, all before that second cup of coffee. Having worked for a small independent brewery, Creemore Springs, when it experienced incredible growth and diversity of brands, Rob says that this evolution presented him and his co-workers with some interesting challenges and opportunities. Experiencing the power of a smaller, grass roots business, Rob came to value getting done what needs to get done with the customer’s needs at the forefront. This ability to diversify is what led Rob Holroyd to the field of Real Estate with Windstone. Christine Brennan, the President of Windstone Real Estate, has put together a great team of people who embody the “I can help you with anything” attitude. When considering his new career, Rob called upon his close friend and mentor, Keith Hull, a Broker, who was always talking about the various challenges and rewards he experienced in his profession. Keith helped Rob with three different transactions, which helped Rob to decide that he could be successful in a very competitive market. Rob enjoys working with a great group of people at Windstone. Each week a team of eight Brokers and Salespeople get together to discuss what is happening in the market. A typical business day would involve research, more meetings, preparation and of course coffee. Rob says that he is the type of person who is always observing and trying to learn from every situation. He learned good work fundamentals at a young age, treating everyone with respect. Rob Holroyd describes himself as charismatic, energetic, entrepreneurial and motivated. He

is most proud of his family; his wife Tina, who is a teacher, daughter Sidney and son Harrison. After Rob met Tina, they were married and were trying to decide where they wanted to start their life together and someday raise kids. When she said she wanted to make the Collingwood area her home, Rob couldn’t have been more excited. Collingwood is where he grew up, skiing, golfing and fishing. What a great geographic location and community to raise a family. With the knowledge that development will be occurring in the area and the positive growth that will continue to occur over the next decade or more, Rob Holroyd is blazing a trail of enthusiasm as he embarks on this new endeavor in Real Estate. Written & Photographed by: Bryan Davies

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Battle of the Bands rocked the night away Take Hwy 26 to Not Ottawa and you just might find Jim Harrison and the Extractions. Confused? Well, if you were at the first night of this years Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay Battle of the Bands two-day fundraiser you would understand. All round it was an evening of great music from the three bands (Hwy 26, Not Ottawa, Jim Harrison and the Extractions) and while each performance was amazing the audience vote sent Not Ottawa home with the spoils of victory. Photos/Story: Dave West Photography


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A winter playground for “grandparents” ‘Grandparents’ is a group that was formed by one of the founding members at Beaver Valley Ski Club, Bob Beardsall. Bob has been a long time ski school member, life-long passionate skier and spent countless hours bringing along young and vintage skiers. Grandparents group meet every Friday to enjoy each other's company and the beautiful Beaver Valley. They follow two hours of skiing with a lunch overlooking the Valley and several après socials throughout the season (fish fry, Friday night dinner, etc.). The group is not limited by age - no "grandchildren" are required to join - just a passion for the slopes! Submitted by: Dina Riddick, Beaver Valley Ski Club Recreation Programs Manager | | 519.986.2520 x 283



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Serving them up and slamming them down Wasaga Beach Adult Team Sports (BATS) hosted an indoor volleyball coed tournament on January 24th. Free childcare was graciously provided by the Wasaga Beach YMCA for registered participants. The second annual session for co-ed indoor adult volleyball runs February 1st until March 23rd. For registration contact Wasaga Beach YMCA or Wasaga Beach Recplex. Photos/Story: Enrique Miranda

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For further information regarding treatments and splints that are effective in combating plantar fasciitis, please contact the Orthopaedic Sport Institute at (705) 467-0701 or and ask for a consultation with one of our friendly healthcare professionals. Submitted by: Darryl Novotny, BScPT Registered Physiotherapist

Bands wanted for Wasaga music festival Artist and Band applications to perform at the Georgian Triangle Music Festival scheduled for June 30 - July 2 are being accepted until March 1st, 2016. Applications are available on the website. This music festival will bring a multi-genre, multi-venue music event to this beautiful destination for an amazing weekend of fun, sun and live music. This year the event will attract over 30 musical acts, spread across approximately eight venues in the community. Georgian Triangle Music Festival brings venues across Wasaga Beach together to feature talented musicians from throughout Ontario and the Georgian Bay area. The various musical genres will range from Rock, Blues and Country, to Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Singer/Songwriter. Submitted by: Shawn Crozier 705-627-1382 Facebook: GeorgianTriangleMusicFest Twitter: @GeoTriMusicFest |



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A very clever 90 year old On January 20th the Clever Office recognized a milestone 90th birthday for one of its members, Harold Zuckerman. Harold is an Order of Collingwood recipient from 2013, is an active volunteer at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, and the YMCA where he does Chair Yoga. Harold continues to be an active member in Collingwood by sharing his wisdom and knowledge with local entrepreneurs by participating in Open Coffee, held every Tuesday, and Clever Conversations, held every Wednesday at the Clever Office. He has been a fabulous contributor & supporter offering positive and thoughtful insights that he has gathered through the years. Harold arrived Wednesday morning as usual for our weekly conversation. In honour of Harold’s 90th birthday we had asked him to facilitate the Clever Conversation and to provide nine of the most important lessons he’d learned in the nine decades of his life that he could pass along to entrepreneurs. Harold didn’t know that while he was telling his story Mayor Sandra Cooper was on The Peak 95.1 FM on Talk of the Town with John & Mel in one of the offices. Near the end of the show Mayor Cooper walked in to wish Harold a Happy Birthday on air and totally surprised and delighted Harold. After that it was all hugs, good conversation and cake! Photo: BFresh.Media | Story: Stefanie McManus The Clever Office | 1 First St, Unit 220, Collingwood | 705-532-1144

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Living Areas - You should use a variety of different lighting types in your living areas to create depth and draw attention to certain areas. For example, you may want to use a combination of wall sconces, interior lamps, and fixtures that are designed to be installed close to the ceiling. The Dining Room - In most dining rooms, the focal point should be the table and the surrounding chairs. To highlight this area, you may want to consider putting up a smaller chandelier above the table. It may also be a good idea to complement the fixture with recessed lighting or companion sconces. The Kitchen - As you select lighting for your kitchen, keep in mind that this area is likely one of the busiest areas of your home. Due to this, you should divide your kitchen into separate areas and add lighting based on the specific use of that area. For instance, over your kitchen’s island, pendant lighting may provide enough illumination for that specific area. Submitted by: Wasaga Beach Decorating 3-1 Market Lane, Wasaga Beach 705-429-1500 Georgian Life • February 2016



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RIOUX-BAKER REAL ESTATE TEAM Clairwood Real Estate Corporation opened its doors in April of 2006, at which time Sherry Rioux was the first REALTOR® on board. Emma Baker joined Clairwood a few years later when she was encouraged by Sherry to join this boutique brokerage.

After 25 years as a teacher, Sherry & her husband decided to move to Collingwood where they had been weekenders for many years. Sherry met Maureen Gowans, the Broker of Record for Clairwood, and her real estate career was born. Emma worked as an accountant for Glaxo-Smith Kline in London, England. After immigrating to Canada she decided to make a life changing career move and enrolled in the Real Estate program at the Ontario Real Estate Association. Both Sherry and Emma have academic backgrounds and also the personalities needed for a future in sales. Patience, attention to detail, integrity, area expertise and a sense of humour are key components in building a successful real estate career. As licensed REALTORS® they assist clients in buying and selling both residential and commercial properties. But the job entails much more than driving people around looking at houses or putting a sign on the lawn. Research, experience, education, regulations, lots of paper work, knowledge, patience and a love of people are required. Real estate is often the largest investment a person makes in their life and are entrusting their REALTOR® to help them make decisions. When someone chooses a REALTOR® it should be a person who knows the area and has a stellar reputation for good ethics. You need a REALTOR® who knows what they are doing and that’s where Sherry & Emma come in.

Representatives) and a full time assistant, Jacki Binnie, who is currently working on her license. Clairwood Real Estate operates in three locations: Toronto, Collingwood and the Beaver Valley. A typical day would be spent answering emails and responding to social media posts. Some days the ladies are on the road meeting with a potential listing client and other days they are meeting buyers and showing properties. When in the office Sherry and Emma make phone calls, answer questions about listed properties, research by-laws or land registry, prepare marketing materials, hold team meetings, complete listing paper work or offers. No two days are ever alike for this multi-tasking team. Sherry has been described as principled and Emma as tenacious. These two traits are a wonderful combination for this successful real estate team. Both women came from completely different work backgrounds yet together they have built very successful real estate careers in a town where they knew no one. When asked if they have any key mentors who have deeply influenced their development, they mentioned Maureen Gowans, Broker of Record at Clairwood, who has been the biggest influence in their current path of work. Sherry and Emma are two amazing women who have a love of real estate and a passion for connecting the right people with the right properties. They have been instrumental in helping to build Clairwood’s business from a small independent brokerage to a thriving, respectable boutique brokerage that is well known in the area.

The lifestyle that this area affords is something that attracted both ladies to the area. They both have enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in the community. Emma is very involved in local area sports and Sherry volunteers with several local charities in the areas of fundraising and special events. The Rioux-Baker Team is a vital one within the Clairwood Real Estate Corporation. They have four licensed REALTORS® (Sherry Rioux, Broker; Emma Baker, Broker; Anne S. Young & Kimberly Brine, Sales

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2015 Order of Collingwood In keeping with tradition, Mayor Cooper and Council rang in the New Year by welcoming the community to join them in celebrating and honouring the 2015 Order of Collingwood recipients. Recognized for their outstanding volunteer contributions to improve social, cultural and recreational conditions this year were Nick Brindisi, Donna Brock, Kevin Hamlin, Marilyn King-Lawrence, and Martha Lawrence with the Companion to the Order of Collingwood to Dr. Jack Crawford (Posthumously). Congratulations and thank you to all these most deserving recipients, from a grateful community. Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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Norman Paterson, internationally renowned geophysicist, in retirement has turned his hand to fiction. His first novel, Finding Mildred, was published in November 2015 to considerable acclaim. Set mainly in his local community around southern Georgian Bay, Finding Mildred has found an enthusiastic readership among residents in that area.

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An enthusiastic group of kids (with some help from a few big kids at heart) got together on January 21st at Collingwood Town Hall to launch the Snowman Competition, as part of the Collingwood Healthy Kids Community Challenge. This great initiative hopes to encourage kids of all ages to get out, get active and enjoy some outdoor winter fun! Everyone is invited to submit photos of their fantastic snowmen to by February 19th. Competition winners will be announced on February 26th. Photos/Story: Dave West Photography

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When Darcy MacLeod puts her mind to it, extraordinary results happen. Owner of Brick House Home Inspection Services, Darcy is a Certified Home Inspector and Graduate of Carson Dunlop College. Her ultimate career goal is to be known as a great home inspector who is honest, reliable and credible. A love of home renovations and interior design lead her to find her passion in the home inspection industry. Having worked hands-on in over eight of her own home renovations, Darcy “knows how homes work”. Detail oriented with a knack for problem solving, she strives to provide “smart” solutions for issues discovered in a home inspection. Darcy uses the Three Little Pigs analogy…”you can build a house with straw, with sticks or with bricks”… the brick house will last and Darcy wants all her clients to end up with a brick house! Darcy founded Brick House Home Inspection Services in January 2015 and incorporated later that year. Prior to that she had been working at a local engineering firm and after gaining a great deal of knowledge from preparing reports, proposals and reserve fund studies, Darcy realized that she could take that knowledge and combine it with her past experience to start her own business.

BRICK HOUSE HOME INSPECTION SERVICES Brick House Home Inspection Services provides extremely thorough home inspections for residential, single family homes and condos, maintenance and repair inspections and new home inspections in Collingwood and surrounding areas. Using the latest training and technology in all her inspections, including infrared thermal imaging. Darcy makes sure her clients have the right information to make an educated purchasing decision. Darcy encourages her client to be involved in the process, establishing trust and credibility. The client receives a highly detailed web-based report with photos, explanations and/ or solutions to any issues discovered during the inspection. Clients also receive technical support for as long as they own the home. Darcy has grown her business by creating relationships with clients and local real estate sales representatives and brokers. She’s provided presentations to real estate offices as well as networking at the Thrive Chapter of BNI, the Wasaga Beach Women’s Business Association, the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce and the local BERN PowerUp Your Business and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurial programs. Darcy has many testimonials from clients and real estate sales representatives such as Sales Representative Deborah Griffin of Royal LePage Trinity Realty, Sales Representative Rob Dubien of Royal LePage Locations North Brokerage and Broker Marg Scheben-Edey of RE/MAX four seasons realty, Brokerage who says “clients have been very impressed with the home inspections completed by Darcy.” A list of all testimonials is available on her website at Friends and associates call Darcy “dynamic”. She is very proud of the fact that at age 50 she had

the courage and faith in herself to take the leap by leaving a perfectly good job with security and benefits to join the brave in the entrepreneurial arena. When asked about any life-changing experiences that shaped her journey into business, Darcy MacLeod states “as a cancer survivor you sometimes reflect on your life and make decisions based on what you have been through. My mother died of cancer at age 51 and I just couldn’t see myself at age 50 going through life doing something I didn’t love. I wake up every day excited because I truly love what I do”! When not inspecting homes Darcy is usually in the kitchen whipping up a gourmet meal, biking or golfing in the summer, racing down the slopes of Blue Mountain in the winter or enjoying time with her husband Ian, surrounded by their two dogs and a cat. When you, or someone you know, require a laserfocused home inspection of an area property, contact Darcy MacLeod of Brick House Home Inspection Services. Written & Photographed by: Bryan Davies

Brick House Home Inspection Services: Owner Darcy S. MacLeod 705-888-6449

BMFA Annual Members Exhibition Opening Reception Each winter the Blue Mountain Foundation Arts Centre Galleries are set aside for a Members Only Exhibition. This eclectic and varied show give BMFA members an opportunity to showcase their recent work and to meet the art-going public in a professional venue. The exhibition and sale this year runs from January 13th through February 27th, so be sure to swing by soon and check out the beautiful and wonderfully creative offerings from some of the region’s most gifted artists! Photos/Story: Dave West Photography


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It’s not just about the excellent revenue stream. Here’s your chance to enjoy the best family experience in southern Ontario with strong investment (just try to ski down a GIC) and positive cash flow potential. The range of dining and outdoor activities, for all ages, at this resort will truly take your breath away. Capture the sheer exhilaration of a full time resort experience. Enjoy a vibrant environment and amenities the Village provides along with the pooled revenue production from the day you own it. Latest financials are readily available. Better call Ed*

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Clearview Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee The Mayor of Clearview Township Christopher Vanderkuys hosted his second annual Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee at Nottawa Community Centre. The Mayor along with Councillors Doug Measures, Robert Walker and Deborah Bronee, met with people as they enjoyed their brunch. Chef Shane Sargant made sure that lots of pancakes, muffins and cookies were available. This was also a chance for Mayor Vanderkuys to present copies of the colourful booklet “Year In Review”, featuring photos and descriptions of Clearview’s past accomplishments and future plans. Photos/Story: Bryan Davies Photography



Grandma Lambe’s For over fifty years, we’ve been serving the Southern Georgian Bay area with friendly, old fashioned hospitality and the best home baking anywhere!


Bakery & Country Store Open 7 days a week 8am-6pm

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Blue Mountain Village

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Wasaga Beach

• Activity Centre

• Georgian Frame Gallery

• Affairs Catering Bakery

• Bill’s Valu-Mart

• Blue Ridge Meats

• Columbia

• Good Health Mart

• Creemore Library

• Meaford Chamber

• Boston Pizza

• Plunge Aquatic Centre

• Harvey’s

• Creemore Medical Centre

• Meaford Factory Outlet

• Harvey’s

• Red Devil


• Meaford Hall

• Sunset Grill

• Little Ed’s Ski & Bike Shop

• Creemore Springs Brewery

• IDA Wasaga Beach Pharmacy

• The Village Market

• Loblaws

• Creemore Village Pharmacy


• Mosley Mart


• Metro

• Curiosity House Bookstore

• Real Canadian Superstore

• Active Life Conditioning

• Pie Wood Fired Pizza

• Creemore Foodland

• Foodland

• Ashanti Coffee

• Shoppers Drug Mart

• Jug City

• Blue Mountain Vacuum

• Sidelaunch Brewery

• Life’s A Slice

• Boston Pizza

• Sobeys

• Mad & Noisy Gallery

• Capelli Hair Studio

• Staples

• Old Millhouse Pub

• Chamber of Commerce

• Starbucks

• Pizza Perfect

• Collingwood Public Library

• Swiss Chalet

• Cranberry Inn

• The Hungry Sumo

• Remax- Creemore Hills Realty

• Days Inn

• The Huron Club

• East End Variety

• The Water Store

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• Strandz Hair Salon • The Bank Café

• Meaford Library

• Lemon Lily/JACS • Rexall Pharmacy • Stayner Town & Country • The Coffee Shop Thornbury/Clarksburg • L.E. Shore Library • Steve’s Restaurant • Thornbury Foodland • Thornbury Bakery Café

• Shoppers Drug Mart • Sunset Grill • Swiss Chalet • Wasaga Chamber • Wasaga Foodland Ski & Golf Clubs seasonally & many office locations not listed here



Recently voted one of the top fifty tours in Canada, Free Spirit Tours has been operating in the South Georgian Bay area for 18 years. The vision of co-founders Jennie Elmslie and Matt Code is Southern Ontario’s first port of call for adrenaline junkies and lovers of the great outdoors. Caving, rock climbing, sea kayaking and canoeing are some of the many activities they offer. No experience is necessary as expert guides provide full instruction. Georgian Bay is fast becoming Canada’s artisanal food and drink capital and as such Free Spirit have partnered up with other businesses such as Georgian Hills Vineyard – allowing visitors to enjoy a snowshoe & wine tasting tour. If wine isn’t your tipple then why not sign up for the brewery tour. Let Free Spirit introduce you to Collingwood’s three breweries, each of which makes a fantastic range of beers. Learn the brewing secrets of the brew masters whilst sampling their wares. And no matter what activity you chose to do with Free Spirit Tours you’ll get to meet one of their passionate guides. Free Spirit guides are truly unique and passionate about what they are leading. Whether their passion is the sport they are guiding (ie. caving) or just the great outdoors, each of them are inspiring and fun to be out with. Matt and Jennie say that nature itself has inspired them to create and share Free Spirit experiences. The rivers, the rocks and the trees all provide the team with stories they can share with their customers. So no matter what the season, Free Spirit Tours will guide you on your next unforgettable outdoor adventure in Southern Georgian Bay To contact Free Spirit Tours: 705-444-3622 Free Spirit Tours

Submitted by: Free Spirit Tours Photography & Edited by: Bryan Davies

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Condo at Gates of Kent. Features 1 bedroom, 2 baths, open concept living area, main floor laundry & bonus loft area. #1559114 $248,000

Spectacular custom built executive home near Cobble Beach Golf Course. Beautifully finished. Overlooks a private, treed backyard. #1534370 $599,000

Far Hills Condo. Ground floor unit with rental income. Open concept, modern kitchen, laundry inside the unit, underground parking. #1558701 $195,000

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Calling all snowbirds! Spend the summer at the cottage in Sauble Beach, winter in Florida. Over 1900 sq ft. #1550160 $179,900

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