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How Collingwood could become Biketown, Ontario, and what that could mean for our community

BY JUSTIN JONES
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Collingwood is an active community, there is no doubt about it.  With access to skiing, hiking, biking, watersports and more, getting outdoors and being active is in our community's DNA.  Every day you can see people out enjoying the abundance of nature that Georgian Bay Living has to offer. And while cycling for recreation is one of the most popular activities in Collingwood, few people consider a bike as a viable option for transportation in the community, even though every trip that starts and ends in town is easily done in 25 minutes or less on a bike.  Justin will share his experience and expertise on what essential ingredients Collingwood is missing to become a leader in promoting cycling for utilitarian purposes, and will talk about what benefits a community can realize when it prioritizes the mobility of people to reconnect them with their neighbourhoods and their environment. He'll challenge attendees to help to build the kind of community they want to see and show how with a few relatively simple actions, Collingwood could become Ontario's best community to ride a bike and reap all of the rewards that would come along with that title.

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From Writer's Room to Center Stage

BY ROCHELLE REYNOLDS
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Do you know how to bring a story to life? Rochelle Reynolds; Founder and Artistic Director of Quarter Century Theatre does, and she'll be shedding some light on the mysterious world of live theatre. There's no business like show business, and now you'll have the inside scoop on what it takes to make it big!

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Pictures from the Cockpit

BY PERRY BRAUX
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

This presentation will be various aerial pictures I have taken from the Cockpit during my flights. I have flown over many places and seen so many different things from my seat and hope to bring that to life in this presentation.

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More Than Meets the Eye

BY SOPHIA LEMON
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of volunteering on a very special project with the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce. The More Than Meets the Eye series features 10 portraits of people living with dementia and highlights notable stories from their lives well lived.

This presentation is all about my experience in photographing the participants, working with them and their care partners, hearing their stories. I’ll share more about how this project changed how I see and speak about people living with dementia, and how the project aims to help others see how there is much more to the participants and people like them.

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The Portraiture Paradox

BY BEN FRISCH
@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Ben Frisch has been an artist since the age of 2. He sold his first drawing to a classmate in grade 6 and he was hooked. Art as a career can be a challenging path to take especially as a portrait artist and that pursuit dominated his 20’s. Although Ben had many ups and downs, that dream never came to fruition. His passion for portraiture was put on a shelf and now at 36, he has not made art for a long time. It’s sad to think that dream may have died but in hindsight, Ben now sees the paradox that plagued him. This is the story of Ben's career as a portrait artist and why he was doomed to fail.

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Through Elijahs' Eyes

BY ELIJAH MCCAFFREY
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Elijah McCaffrey is the owner of HELP First Aid, a premier training facility in the Georgian Triangle. Their training will make a real difference in your Health & Safety Program! They not only teach compliance first aid, but go many steps further. They teach first aid in such a way that you will feel confident if the need arises to test your skills. 

Through Elijahs Eyes

Elijah has been taking photographs since the early 90's in high school.   He photographs things we see every day, in such a way that we may not recognize them.  Elijah brings out the minor details that we tend to overlook during our busy lives.

Waiting in some cases hours, for that perfect opportunity to present itself is a stark contrast to the urgency required responding to emergencies as a firefighter, professional ski patrol and event medical responder.

Elijah prefers to photograph "in situ", without altering the natural environment, or normal process. he also prefers to minimize post-processing to "minor tweaks"

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Ridiculously Happy Love Stories

BY SOPHIA LEMON
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

I wrote on the family piano as a child, I play a lot of baseball, I drink loose leaf tea like its going out of style, and it takes me about 5 minutes to change out of my ‘real clothes’ and into my sweatpants when I get home. This is what makes me ridiculously happy. But once upon a time I thought I wasn’t photogenic, and I find many of my clients think the same thing. Then I realized that no amount of dieting, makeup, or hairspray makes me look better than I do when I’m laughing hysterically. And so I’ve made it my goal to help my clients and the people around me to see themselves the way their family and friends do: a genuinely, ridiculously happy, and loved person.

Ridiculously Happy Love Stories

I never met my mother’s parents. They both passed before I was born. But thanks to many photographs, I can put faces to the stories my mother has told me. That’s what this presentation is about. I’ll be sharing a selection of super simple love stories that will never be told in the movies. These are the, behind-the-scenes moments that stick out to the people I work with. The bits and pieces that outsider might gloss over, but that mean everything to the people living the moment.

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TRUST YOUR GUT: How Supporting the Arts Taught Me that My Career Path Wasn’t So Black and White

BY LAURA CONNING
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Laura Conning wears many hats in the Collingwood area.  She owns and operates Route26.ca, a website dedicated to showcasing the local music of the Georgian Bay Area through calendar listings, blog posts, and featured articles.  A musician herself, Laura has been singing and songwriting for over 10 years, and currently performs in a duo called Honeymoon Phase.  She holds a Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, a unique cultural and media studies program at The University of Western Ontario.  Laura has recently become the Business Manager for Content Refined, a content marketing company based out of Collingwood.

TRUST YOUR GUT: How Supporting the Arts Taught Me that My Career Path Wasn’t So Black and White

This presentation is about my local music project, Route26.ca, which is an online music hub that shows off the musical happenings in the Georgian Bay area.  I want this presentation to show how Route 26 has helped me grow as a creative and musical individual while helping me plant roots in a new community.

localmusic, georgianbay, supportthearts, canadianmusicscene

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Life Lessons from Walking 800km

BY LEANNE MORRISON
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Leanne Morrison started traveling in 2010 after being inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Eat Pray Love. During two years of adventures, many places touched her heart – including the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. Coming back to Canada, Leanne Morrison worked on an organic farm in Prince Edward County and then a firm on Bay Street, Toronto. After tragedy struck and her sister, Nicole, passed away from leukemia, Leanne moved to Wasaga Beach. Ready to call this area home, Leanne started a non-medical senior care company, Harmony is Home, which then transformed into Clear My Clutter. Armed with a lot of experience in change and life transitions, Leanne is passionate to help downsize, declutter, and get ready for moving. 

Life Lessons from Walking 800km

Back in 2011 Leanne walked 800km as a Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Five weeks of hostels, blisters, aches, new friends, downpours and beautiful scenery taught her some powerful life lessons that stick with her today. The pilgrimage was part of a 2-year travel odyssey to rediscover life after getting divorced. 

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Meditative Doodling

BY RAVEN BLACKBERRY
@ VOL 1 ON DEC 06, 2018

Raven Blackberry is the creative artistic alter ego of Stefanie McManus.

Raven Blackberry is passionate about spending time in meditation, creative pursuits, and intuitive doodles to release pent-up energy. She believes that the practice of art in our own creative forms and outlets is one of many tools in personal development and mindfulness. Raven Blackberry is creating these line drawings specifically for an adult colouring book, which she looks forward to publishing in the near future.