Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth held a special reception this month for recipients of the Ontario 150 Award. The award recognizes those who have worked tirelessly to build a vibrant and compassionate community. Three groups, 19 women, 11 men and eight youth were honoured.
Among the recipients was the Barrie Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) and Tom McBride, former Chair of the Georgian College Board of Governors.
GCSA has helped to build and strengthen the Barrie community in a number of ways as an aspiring group of changemakers and active citizens. One of its greatest strengths is collaboration. GCSA Barrie seeks every opportunity to bring Georgian out into the community and the community to Georgian. The students have developed and strengthened partnerships with many local organizations and enhanced our reputation as a good neighbour.
As an example, they partnered with the RVH Foundation to make an historic donation helping to fund a child and youth mental health program. They also collaborated with dozens of organizations and community sponsors to evolve Growing Georgian – a food security initiative that addresses student hunger and is helping to resurge the local food economy.
McBride has made incredible contributions to the City of Barrie and surrounding community as a business leader, engaged volunteer and philanthropist.
He was Chairman of the capital campaign for Gilda’s Club Simcoe-Muskoka, helping to bring this important cancer care resource to our region. As President of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce he championed economic growth and empowered local businesses. He was a key part of the development of the MacLaren Art Centre and President of the Board of Directors, ensuring a strong foundation for its continued success.
At Georgian, McBride served as a board member and Chair, instrumental in advancing strategic priorities to build and strengthen our community with a particular focus on diversity, inclusion, social innovation and access – including access to degree studies in a traditionally underserved region of Ontario.