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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.

Jennifer Payne (left) and Marci Lipman dream big for Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Local Food Champions: Marci Lipman and Jennifer Payne

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings

This duo brings Dufferin’s farmers together with foodies, chefs, students and families.

Ellen Downey (here with RCMP retiree Walsh) is the force behind the Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Horse Power: Ellen Downey

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings

At her Youthdale Riding Program in Hockley Valley, kids learn a lot more than how to ride.

Activist Nancy Urekar has hoisted a sign and marched along Broadway in Orangeville every Friday at noon since January. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Cause for Commotion: Nancy Urekar

Nov 22, 2019 | Elaine Anselmi

Local climate change activist pounds the Orangeville pavement weekly to get her message out.

Sam Young, the owner and golf professional at Shelburne Golf & Country Club, helps young golfers achieve their dreams. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Golf Guru: Sam Young

Nov 22, 2019 | Jeff Rollings

Twenty-six of this Shelburne golfing legend’s students have gone on to university golf scholarships across North America.

Local Heroes 2017

Nov 22, 2017 | In The Hills

A salute to those who make a difference by Jeff Rollings and Nicola Ross.

Susan Reynolds holds a painting by Cathy Dalton, one of the artists in a recent show Susan curated in the lobby of Theatre Orangeville. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Susan Reynolds

Nov 22, 2017 | Jeff Rollings

The Creative Curator

Dave’s fascination with trails began in the early 1980s when he decided to hike the Grand Canyon and selected the Bruce Trail as his training course. Photo by Pete Paterson.

Dave Moule

Nov 22, 2017 | Nicola Ross | Community

Maven, Connector, Salesperson

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