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Community Builders Awards

Honouring the residents of Barrie who inspire all of us to reach our full potential

Nominations for 2023 are closed.

The 3rd annual Community Builders Awards will be taking place in November 2024, celebrating the extraordinary individuals and organizations making significant contributions to our city.

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Award winners will begin to be announced: November 2023




The award goes to an individual or group that has helped make the Artistic community stronger. They have championed an individual, an event, an idea, an ethic, or philosophy.

Sponsored by

Braestone Horseshoe Valley

Economic Development

The award goes to an individual or group that has had an important impact on the economic well-being of the community. They have chaired and led a committee, they have helped bring new business to town, or they are responsible for putting in place infrastructure.

Sponsored by

Remax Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty, Brokerage


This award goes to a student, teacher, administrator, or education advocate (i.e. parent) who has made a difference in the City of Barrie. It could be an extraordinary teacher who has changed the direction of students’ lives, an administrator who established a specialized program, or an advocate who saved a school from closing.

Sponsored by

Kiwanis Club of Barrie


This award recognizes a person or group that has had an important positive impact on our environment, both man-made and natural. It may be a private initiative (i.e. an innovative energy efficient home) or a public one (a re-greening project). What all initiatives will have in common is that they demonstrate to the rest of us what is possible in improving our environmental footprint in our community.

Sponsored by

Bath Fitter

Hall Of Fame

Big ideas. An individual or a group that has had a significant impact on the community. People who can be credited with the establishment of an institution (a festival, a park, a community centre).

Sponsored by

Simcoe Solutions

Health Care

The award goes to an individual or group that has had an important impact on the health care of the community. It could be as straight forward as a health-care professional who has gone beyond the call of duty, or the individual who helped establish a health care program that wouldn’t exist without his or her leadership.

Sponsored by

Superior Home Health Care


The Legacy Award is awarded posthumously to an individual who has created lasting change and measurable difference in our community through commitment and perseverance. This award pays tribute to an individual’s professional, social or cultural leadership, and vision, and his or her ongoing legacy.

Sponsored by

Georgian International

Sports and Recreation

The award goes to the individual or group that has contributed to the strength of sport in the community. They have inspired people (a coach), established a program (a league or playground), mentored a team or an individual to extraordinary accomplishment, or set an example for many to carry in their hearts.

Sponsored by

Trans Canada Wood Products

Unsung Hero

This award is presented to an individual or group whose tireless work and/or volunteer efforts in our community seek to improve the lives of others. The recipient has created a positive impact in our community both now and for the future.

Sponsored by

Bill Gosling Outsourcing

Young Leader

The award goes to an individual or group, under 25 years of age, as of September 2023, actively involved in worthwhile community service, in any one of the Community Builders categories. Recipients are young leaders who show a commitment in making their community better for others.

Sponsored by

Innovative Automation Inc.

Past winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Community Builders Awards, designed to honour outstanding members of our community who help make Barrie a better place to work, live and play.

As steadfast champions of local, we strive to support and uplift our community and that most certainly includes the innovative, resilient and inspiring people who make Barrie so special.

These awards recognize the incredible achievements of ten local people, organizations or businesses in ten different categories.

2023 winners

  • Arts award: Iain Moggach
  • Economic Development award: Prodomax Automation Ltd.
  • Education award: Angela Odusanya
  • Environmental award: Living Green Barrie
  • Hall of Fame award: Nikki Glahn
  • Health Care award: Dr. Chris Martin
  • Legacy award: Will Dwyer
  • Sports and Recreation award: Mind to Muscle
  • Unsung Hero award: Mary-Anne Frith
  • Young Leader award: Rotaract Club of Barrie

Past winners

2022 winners >


What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must be a resident of Barrie for the past 5 years. For the Young Leader award specifically, the nominee must be under 25 years old.

*Please note: Village Media staff and sitting politicians are not eligible for nomination.

When is the nomination deadline?
The nomination deadline for 2023 is August 31st.

When will the winners be announced?
The winners will begin to be announced in November 2023.

How do I submit my letters of support for a nomination?
You can upload your letters from the nomination form or you can email them to [email protected].

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At The Community Builders Awards, we greatly value our relationships with our sponsors. Through close collaboration, we strive to develop a sponsorship package to meet your company’s exact needs.

Our tailor-made sponsorship opportunities are designed to address each of our partners’ marketing goals and brand exposure. Our events attract supporters and professionals who are appreciative to luxury products, brands and services. Sponsoring the Community Builders Awards is a creative answer to your marketing needs.

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

John Hammill
Regional Publisher
[email protected]

2022 Sponsors

Braestone Remax Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty, Brokerage Georgian College Mortgage Wellness Simcoe Solutions The Stride Clinic Georgian International Elegant Solutions Trans Canada Wood Products Innovative Automation Inc.


Jasmyn Rowley
Director of Marketing & Communications, Village Media
[email protected]

Abbas Homayed
Director, Community Relations, Village Media
[email protected]