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These stories about the people making positive impacts in our community are made possible through the continued support of Peggy Hill Remax Hallmark Realty as part of our Community Leaders Program.

 

Stray cats deserve chance to be cared for, says shelter volunteer

Stray cats deserve chance to be cared for, says shelter volunteer

'Often stray cats become strays through no fault of their own,' says Furry Friends Animal Shelter's Nicole Swyers
Dedicated volunteer helps residents live independently at IOOF

Dedicated volunteer helps residents live independently at IOOF

'Leaving your own home can be difficult, but the community here makes the transition much easier,' says Dorothy Parnell, who runs the Last Minute Store
Robotic pets bring 'soothing, calming' escape to retirement home

Robotic pets bring 'soothing, calming' escape to retirement home

Program at Amica Little Lake in Barrie has helped one woman overcome shyness and also assisted others in managing dementia symptoms
YMCA board member dedicated to volunteering, creating change

YMCA board member dedicated to volunteering, creating change

'If you are passionate about social justice and change, volunteering is a great way to participate on the front line of care and action in the community,' says Emily Parker
Good Food Box volunteer rewarded by 'big smiles'

Good Food Box volunteer rewarded by 'big smiles'

Program currently sells and delivers more than 300 boxes per month, and organizers hope to double that in 2023
At Gilda's Club, laughter and kinship are good medicine

At Gilda's Club, laughter and kinship are good medicine

'If you have stand in the reception area, you may hear the laughter coming from the kitchen, especially when the ladies are baking,' says Patricia Gilbert, who helped spearhead the Barrie project in 1998
Big Brothers offers huge chance to watch little people grow

Big Brothers offers huge chance to watch little people grow

'Our mission is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people,' says executive director
Grieving pregnancy loss doesn't have to be lonely journey

Grieving pregnancy loss doesn't have to be lonely journey

'Knowing that we provide others with some gentle guidance and support is the ultimate gratification for us,' says Mathew Morrison, who, along with his wife Theresa, created Bridget’s Bunnies in their late daughter's memory
Nayler keeps late son's memory alive through community action

Nayler keeps late son's memory alive through community action

'My husband Tom and I wanted to use Ryan's lived experience to make a difference. We wanted what he went through to be used for good,' says Barrie woman behind Ryan's Hope
Service dogs go to school, lend helping paw

Service dogs go to school, lend helping paw

'Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active,' says COPE Service Dogs official