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Local Heroes 2020

Nov 24, 2020 | Tralee Pearce

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Local Heroes 2019

Nov 22, 2019 | In The Hills

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.

The Monday Night at the Movies committee (l–r): Sharon O’Donovan, Janet VanderPloeg, Robina Lord-Stafford, Andrea Stewart, Brenda Stephen, Pam Church. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Monday Night at the Movies

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings

Six women carry on a 20-year history of bringing exceptional, independent film to Orangeville.

Mary Balinov makes music with heart at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Moved by Music: Mary Balinov

Nov 22, 2019 | Tony Reynolds

This business owner helps people with disabilities express themselves through music at Tisho’s Music Academy in Bolton.

Andrew and Juli-Anne James are the arts boosters behind the Streams Community Hub for kids in Shelburne. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Art with Heart: Andrew and Juli-Anne James

Nov 22, 2019 | Tony Reynolds

The founders of Streams Community Hub in Shelburne believe every child deserves a chance to tap into their creative side.

Sharon Morden and Raccoon (since adopted) of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Catwoman to the Rescue: Sharon Morden

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi

The founder of Feral Cat Rescue in Melancthon gives feral felines a new lease on life.

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