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CARP Barrie (Chapter 36) AGM, 7:00 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

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November 19 2020
Barrie Annual General Virtual Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00PM
Message from the CARP President, Gwen Kavanagh, Barrie and Surrounding Areas, Chapter 36
                              PRESENTATION – DISCOVER OPPORTUNITES

by Alison Schroeder

We are truly blessed with one of the finest libraries in the country. Hear about all the resources, such as ebooks, streaming music, audio books, magazines, all available at both locations and on line, as well as some exciting new services we are now offering. You will be able to ask questions.

To join the virtual meeting on Tuesday November 24th at 7:00pm, please click here, or call 647-558-0588 with webinar ID: 849 3723 3279

And Remember November is Fall Prevention Month, so take care.

BELOW ARE THE BIOS for the 3 Board Members up for election at our upcoming AGM on  November 24th. Please read,  you will be asked to vote at the AGM ZOOM  Virtual  Meeting with feature attached.

If any of you would be interested in becoming a Board Member please contact Gwen at [email protected] or her cell number at 705.828.27. We are especially looking for someone with technology skills to assist us in today’s digital world.

Please support our Advocacy efforts for LTC Residents, now and in the future.


Please Elect
New Executive Committee Member,
Mr. Victor Brace
I was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and moved to southern Ontario in the late 1960’s. I have had extensive volunteer experience. My most recent activities include working with the Barrie Public Library, Barrie Dragon Boat Feastival (since 2001), Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

Some of my most revelvant and notable experiences include organizing and running the Genealogical Fairs. I am currently a board member of Barrie, Springwater, Oro Mennonite PC Party Federal, Ontario Genealogical Society Simcoe County Branch ( Vice Chair) as well as a member of the committee organizing and running the 2015 Genealogical Conference held at Georgian College in Barrie.

I am a proud member of my church, participating where I can, such as the WelcomeTeam and Communion Preparation. I am also a member of the Filipino-Canadian Association of Barrie and Suburban Areas.

Please Elect
New Executive Committee Member,
Mr. Leslie Pollak
I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec which means I am fluently multilingual, speaking English, French and German. I first moved to Innisfil in 1997, and am a local resident advocate, community supporter for tree plantings, nature trails, beautification of our parks & beaches.
I have been a member of school’s Parent Council’s for past 15 years, serving as fundraising chair, co-chair of Parent Council and Chair of Parent Council at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School (in Alcona), and current Co-Chair of the Parent Council of St. Peters Catholic Secondary School (in Barrie). I am also a board member of Innisfil Community Events (IceCorp). We host several events in Innisfil and have been doing so for the past 25 years. Events like include Innisfil Santa Claus Parade, Innisfil RibFest, Innisfil Polar Bear Dip, Innisfil New Year’s Eve Skate & Fireworks. I firmly believe in giving back to the community and supporting our community.
I went on to started the “Council Accountability Group – Innisfil” in 2020 to inform, educate, raise resident awareness and involvement in our local Municipal government. Holding Council & Staff accountable to residents, pushing for more transparency and accountability to residents,
I am involved with both the Provincial & Federal NDP party at the local level.
Please Elect
New Executive Committee Member,
Mr. Steve Fishman
I was born in the United States, and have lived in Canada since I was 7 years old, and I currently hold dual citizenship. I’m 56 years old, and a father to 2 girls, Amanda who’s 26, and Samantha who’s 24. I also have a grandson, Jordan who’s nearly 3.

From 2003 until 2012, I lived in Wasaga Beach with my former wife. During my time in Wasaga Beach, I was on my kids Public School Parents Council, and I ran for MPP in 2007 for the Provincial Liberals in Simcoe-Grey.

In 2010, at the request of several residents, I ran for Mayor of Wasaga Beach as the current Mayor was going to be acclaimed. During my time in Wasaga Beach, I was a Director of the Provincial and Federal Liberal riding associations. I also briefly sat as a Director on the Provincial and Federal Green Party riding association.

In 2012 I moved back to Toronto to help care for my father who was dying of Cancer. In 2014, my current partner and I moved to Innisfil, and during my time in Innisfil, I’ve sat as a Director of the Federal riding association, and past President of the Provincial riding association.

In 2018 I ran again for public office for the position of Deputy Mayor of Innisfil. Currently, I work for the Markham Peoples Community Church as their Theatre Manager, and I’m a licensed Mortgage Agent, and have my Private Investigators License for the Province of Ontario.

I enjoy a variety of things, but politics is one of my passions.


Please Elect
New Executive Committee Member,
Mrs. Amy Courser
Amy Courser is a Digital Marketing Specialist, Community Advocate and founder of Ageing At Home Media. Politicians, non-profits, and international corporations have sought out Amy's digital marketing expertise. She is co-founder of the non-partisan educational group Politics for Women and has helped raise over 300 000 pounds of food for the Barrie Food Bank through the ‘Ladies’ initiative. Currently, Amy is using her experience and knowledge to advocate for seniors ageing in place.
Please Re-elect
Executive Committee Member
Mr. Dave Caldwell (up for re-election further 2 year term)
I was born and raised on a farm in Oro Township, and a graduate of Barrie Central North Collegiate. I have had a strong career employed by TD bank for 10 years to reached status of branch manager. I went on to follow my interests/passions and got a my Real Estate licence, operated a General Store for 5 years, worked as a Dealer and Supervisor at Rama Casino.

My community experience include serving 9 years as a Councillor for Oro Township, then Deputy Reeve and as Reeve in the last year. I have served on Simcoe County Council for 6 years and joined other committess for Landfill  and also for developing the  Regional Airport.

I am a proud member and past Kinsmen of the Lion’s Club. I volunteered as a driver for the Cancer society and served on Board of United Church. I joined CARP in 2012 and joined the Board in 2015 and currently heads the Membership Committee.