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Local Heroes 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Local Heroes

A focus on essentials: Profiles of the folks who kept us all going in 2020.

Lena Bruce (left), Dr Charlie Joyce and Darlene Fitzpatrick in front of the Headwaters Health Care Centre Covid-19 assessment centre. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Call of Duty: Headwaters Health Care Centre

Nov 24, 2020 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

Manager Lena Bruce, physician Charlie Joyce and nurse Darlene Fitzpatrick kept Headwaters Health Care Centre’s Covid-19 assessment centre going during the pandemic.

Hailey McLarty and Shyanne Wharton-Haines Ricci (left) organized the June 14 Shelburne Black Lives Matter march. Sisters Seanna (left) and Makenna Thomas (right), were behind the Orangeville march the same day and walked with little sister Emma. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The New Hope: Local Black Lives Matter Organizers

Nov 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Local Heroes

These four young women (plus one younger sister) were the moving force behind two crucial local social justice marches – one in Orangeville and one in Shelburne.

Belfountain Public School teacher Wendy Brooker is one of many educators and school staff who worked tirelessly to ensure students could return to school as safely as possible this September. Photo by Karen Dhaliwal.

Class Acts: Our Educators

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Local Heroes

“At Belfountain Public School and beyond, teachers, principals, custodians and support staff got our kids learning again in classrooms and online.”

Some of the Orangeville Food Bank staff and volunteers, from left to right : Pam Vender, Laura Jotham, Claudette Riechart, Andrea Thomas, Heather Hayes, Jennifer Sinclair-Webb, Diana Engel, Gary Malone, Trevor Lewis, Vickie Lewis, Deanne Mount, Cathy Wilson and Steve White. Photo by Pete Paterson.

A Community Steps Up: Orangeville Food Bank

Nov 24, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

When the pandemic caused a spike in need, executive director Heather Hayes and a small army of staff and volunteers worked overtime.

Staff and volunteers at Family Transition Place last year, from left to right, back row: Sara Smith, Janice Snow, Janet Taylor, Lynette Pole-Langdon; third row: Travis Greenley, Ashlynne Cameron, Kendra Wassink, Joanne Jordan, Samantha McCabe, Sara Flache, Debbie Cribbis, Diane Vandenberg, Trish Grabb; second row: Femi Oke (on arm of chair), Lyn Allen, Kristy Fearon, Lisa Goodison, Norah Kennedy, Janice Glassford, Andrea Chantree, Laura Moscatiello, Debbie Lahey, Bonnie Waterfield, Donna Buchan, Stephanie Figliomeni; front row: Christina Gonzalez (seated), Kelly Bohonos, Julie Newton, Tiffany McMillan, Courtney Halkett, Cheryl Martin-Goncalves and Keely Horan. Photo by Kelly Lee.

The Need Doesn’t Stop: Family Transition Place

Nov 24, 2020 | Jeff Rollings | Local Heroes

With everyone stuck together at home during the pandemic, conflicts escalated and this team went into high gear to help new clients.

Foreground: Kurt and Donni Geiser with son and store manager Matthew. Background, from left: Massimo Policciardi, Morgan Innis, Renata Kolaric-Blas, Brenda Brook, Ron Persaud, Cassidy Sandru, Mitchell Greenham, Josh Inglis, Brenda Cordon, Linda Widdes, Cecilia Navarro, Kait Laurenza, Julie James, Maddie Belfry and Erik Rasmussen. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Keeping Food on our Tables: Grocery Workers

Nov 24, 2020 | Tony Reynolds | Local Heroes

We salute the newly minted essential workers at Foodland in Caledon East and across our region for working overtime in the aisles for us.

The Year in Books: 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Tracey Fockler | Arts

Our annual review of new books by local authors and illustrators.

Candice and Rob MacPhee on their porch with sons Carter (left) and Finley. Photo by Nicole Lem.

The Front Steps Project Captures a Covid Moment

Nov 24, 2020 | Johanna Bernhardt | Arts

Nicole Lem began taking photos locally and was thrilled with the response from residents.

Task force members (left to right) Alethia O’Hara-Stephenson, Soha Soliman, Geer Harvey and Althea Casamento. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Up to the Task

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Community

Four members of Shelburne’s Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force discuss their mission and the vision they have for Shelburne.

The Year in Music: 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Scott Bruyea | Arts

Our annual review of new recordings by local musicians.

Sara May’s Homecoming

Nov 24, 2020 | Sara May | Arts

When the musician came back to Orangeville, she was skeptical about the small town she’d grown up in. What she discovered was a creative “dream space.”

Highway 413: The Opposition Reloads

Nov 24, 2020 | Paul Webster | Environment

The Ford government has resurrected the controversial highway that will cut through south Caledon. Is it a done deal?

Al Waltho may have replaced two hips and a knee, but he’s not quite ready to hang up his skates. Photo by Pete Paterson.

The Good Old Hockey Guy

Nov 24, 2020 | Anthony Jenkins | Leisure

Al Waltho may have replaced two hips and a knee, but he’s not quite ready to hang up his skates.

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