Local Heroes 2019
People are at the heart of every story in our hills, and we can be proud of having some of the very finest among us.
by Jeff Rollings, Elaine Anselmi And Tony Reynolds | Photography by Pete Paterson
Our annual tribute to local heroes features eight of their stories. Although these extraordinary individuals come from diverse backgrounds, each displays a common determination and persistence to champion their cause, whether it’s local or global. They serve as an inspiration, and their generous work makes our community a more livable place for us all. To them, as your neighbours and friends, we say, “Thank you.”
- Monday Night at the Movies – Movie mavens
- Mary Balinov – Moved by music
- Andrew and Juli-Anne James – Art with heart
- Sharon Morden – Catwoman to the rescue
- Marci Lipman and Jennifer Payne – Local food champions
- Ellen Downey – Horse power
- Nancy Urekar – Cause for commotion
- Sam Young – Golf guru
Monday Night at the MoviesNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
Six women carry on a 20-year history of bringing exceptional, independent film to Orangeville.
Moved by Music: Mary BalinovNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
This business owner helps people with disabilities express themselves through music at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton.
Art with Heart: Andrew and Juli-Anne JamesNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
The founders of Streams Community Hub in Shelburne believe every child deserves a chance to tap into their creative side.
Catwoman to the Rescue: Sharon MordenNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
The founder of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon gives feral felines a new lease on life.
Local Food Champions: Marci Lipman and Jennifer PayneNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
This duo brings Dufferin’s farmers together with foodies, chefs, students and families.
Horse Power: Ellen DowneyNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
At her Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley, kids learn a lot more than how to ride.
Cause for Commotion: Nancy UrekarNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
Local climate change activist pounds the Orangeville pavement weekly to get her message out.
Golf Guru: Sam YoungNov 22, 2019 | | Local Heroes
Twenty-six of this Shelburne golfing legend’s students have gone on to university golf scholarships across North America.