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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make Barrie and area a community residents are proud to call home.

This section is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.


Youth Haven is much more than a shelter for young people

Youth Haven is much more than a shelter for young people

'Over the years we have helped transform the lives of thousands of youths, for the better,' says Youth Haven official
From Barrie to the world, Aileen Carroll's public service runs deep

From Barrie to the world, Aileen Carroll's public service runs deep

'My time in public life was extremely rewarding,' says Carroll, who served as a city councillor, MPP and MP during a political career that stretched from 1995 to 2011
Lundy starts with a dream, finds a career

Lundy starts with a dream, finds a career

'I had found my niche and I have never looked back. I still love my job,' says Lisa Lundy, who arrived at Georgian College in 1980 and hasn't looked back
A Greek and his potatoes: East-end restaurateur tethered to his community

A Greek and his potatoes: East-end restaurateur tethered to his community

Since 1983, patrons have been reeled in to Fil's Cafe in the Duckworth Plaza, but Triantafillou has seen a lot of changes in Barrie
Barrie Food Bank boss learned a lot working the streets of Cleveland, Toronto

Barrie Food Bank boss learned a lot working the streets of Cleveland, Toronto

'I saw shootings, buildings and cars being set on fire,' Peter Sundborg says. 'I think it created a character in me that has never left me. It created a bigger awareness of what can happen to people'
How one longtime city employee rose from summer student to clerk and beyond

How one longtime city employee rose from summer student to clerk and beyond

Dawn McAlpine was hired full-time in 1991 as a waste reduction officer; she went on to become city clerk and now holds the position of general manager of community and corporate services
From Saigon to Barrie, 'it's like heaven here'

From Saigon to Barrie, 'it's like heaven here'

Deo Nguyen a familiar sight for her customers at East End Restaurant and Variety, where everybody knows your name
City sailor who won Olympic gold in 1976 now giving back to the sport

City sailor who won Olympic gold in 1976 now giving back to the sport

Barrie Yacht Club offers adult lessons as well as sessions for kids from eight to 16 years old with the possibility of joining a race team
Musician Jason McCoy might tour the world, but this is home

Musician Jason McCoy might tour the world, but this is home

Midhurst resident well known in the area for his involvement in local fundraisers, but also for his radio voice
Dwyer transforms into the million-dollar man

Dwyer transforms into the million-dollar man

For almost four decades, Will Dwyer has pounded the pavement in support of Terry Fox Foundation cancer research; he recently reached the million-dollar mark