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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 2016 Order of the Spirit Catcher Award (19+ years of age) and the 2016 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

We are excited to announce the 2016 recipients: 

Elizabeth Willoughby - Order of the Spirit

Christina D'Alessandro - Youth Spirit Catcher.

For the opportunity to recognize and celebrate with the recipients at the November gala, please go to the Barrie Community Foundation site for information on tickets.  The Award winners will also be recognized at the November 21 City Council meeting.

The Order of the Spirit Catcher Committee thanks all of those who nominated the many worthy candidates this year.  Please check back here in the spring for the opportunity to nominate candidates the 2017 Order of the Spirit Catcher and Youth Spirit Catcher.  

Recent Recipients

Year Order of the Spirit Catcher Award Youth Spirit Catcher Award
2010 Derek Walton Kathryn Helmond
2011 Shari Albert Kealey Clarke
2012 Wilard 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

The Heritage Barrie Committee is seeking nominations for the 2016 Barrie Heritage Awards 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 from 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
  • Individual or Group of people who stand out in terms of their heritage contribution to the community.

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
  • Assists in revitalizing the community through heritage conservation

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

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

Please complete the nomination form, attach a photograph and forward by e-mail to Heritagebarrie@barrie.caThe deadline for nominations is September 21.  

Heritage Barrie Committee members will select Award Winners at a regular Heritage Barrie Committee meeting. Awards are presented at Barrie City Council meeting in December.

Past Award Recipients

2012 Barrie Heritage Award Recipients 

2014 Barrie Heritage Award Recipients 

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