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Order of the Spirit Catcher Award

The Order of the Spirit Catcher, established in 2000 (replacing the Civic Award of Merit), is the highest honour bestowed by the City to a volunteer (youth and adult) for outstanding service to our community.

The City is seeking nominations for the 2017 Order of the Spirit Catcher Award (19+ years of age) and the 2017 Youth Spirit Catcher Award (12–18 years of age). Individuals considered for this award must be residents of Barrie who have:

  • volunteered selflessly
  • made a significant contribution to the lifestyle of the community
  • benefited others and brought honour to the City of Barrie, through exceptional achievement

Submissions must be made using the application form(s) as provided.

Please return the completed application to the address noted below, in person, mail, fax (705-739-4243) or email ( on or before the deadline of Friday, September 22, 2017.

Legislative & Court Services
70 Collier Street
Barrie, Ontario  L4M 4T5
Fax 705-739-4323

Recent Recipients:

Year Order of the Spirit Catcher Award Youth Spirit Catcher Award
2010 Derek Walton Kathryn Helmond
2011 Shari Albert Kealey Clarke
2012 Willard Kinzie Keli Perencz & Sheena Tracey
2013 Shannon Murree Mackenzie Oliver
2014 Shane Denis & Tom Oldershaw Grant Bond & Erika Campbell
2015 Jamie Massie Jason Gingrich
2016 Elizabeth Willoughby  Christina D'Alessandro

Barrie Heritage Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Barrie Heritage Awards until August 1 2017. The awards are for property owners and individuals who've made strides in fostering local identity through heritage preservation and awareness in Barrie. All residents are invited to submit nominations for a property in any of the following categories:

  • Residential Buildings;
  • Commercial Building with a business including office, restaurant or store;
  • Institutional Building such as a church, school, or public facility; or,
  • Individual or Group of people who stand out in terms of their heritage contribution to the community.

Building Nomination Requirements

Nominations for buildings with at least two of the following attributes will be considered:

  • Are at least one hundred years old;
  • The property and buildings are well maintained;
  • Are sensitive to the heritage features of the property, especially if the property has been restored, rehabilitated or adaptively re-used;
  • Enhances the streetscape; or,
  • Assists in revitalizing the community through heritage conservation.

Individual or Group Nomination Requirements

Nominations for an Individual or group with the following attributes will be considered:  

  • Demonstrate a commitment to heritage preservation;
  • Built awareness and understanding of local history and heritage; and,
  • Help revitalize the community through building local heritage awareness.

Selection Process

Please complete the nomination form and submit by August 1, 2017.

Award winners will be selected by the Heritage Barrie Committee at a future committee meeting. Awards will be presented at City Council in late November or early December.

Past Award Recipients

Heritage Barrie Awards 2012 

Heritage Barrie Awards 2013

Heritage Barrie Awards 2014

Heritage Barrie Awards 2015

Heritage Barrie Awards 2016

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