Marci Csumrik                                                                                                
13+ years experience with Remax Orillia.  Great knowledge of the local market and Trent Severn Waterway.  A true professional with your lifestyle in mind!  Serving Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Severn, Washago, and Ramara. 
Visit  www.marci.ca
St. James' Anglican Church

St. James' Anglican church, located at 58 Peter St. North, will welcome Bishop Andrew Asbil, from the Diocese of Toronto, on Sunday February 10 at the 10:30 service.  We hope that you will join us!

  Geneva Event Centre
When you're looking for an event centre that provides so many choices of entertainment, you'll trust Geneva Event Centre to deliver just that.  Hosting live music performances, private parties, community events, art shows, and everything in between-we are fully licensed to offer a variety of adult refreshments and in-house catering services.  For bookings & inquiries, check out Geneva Event Centre: www.genevaeventcentre.ca | 705-327-3696 | info@genevaeventcentre.ca  

"Kind words are like honey- sweet to the soul."
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.
This Month
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Calling all Georgian College & Lakehead University Students! 

Are you seeking a quality experiential learning experience  with
 pay? Information Orillia is looking to provide post-secondary students in the community the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills through a Student Owned Pop-Up Volunteer & Information Centre.
  At this on campus pop-up, you will help your peers connect with organizations that align with their career goals, aid in information referral, and be a safe space for any youth facing barriers to purposeful engagement.  

How to Apply:  

Please complete the quick 3-minute form here  to apply and learn more about this position.

Email Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services Manager Sukhi Kaur  with any questions about this opportunity: skaur@informationorillia.org

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Information Orillia is working together with the City of Orillia to streamline information sharing by partnering on our events calendar. 

To include your event, follow this link.  

The info is accessible online and through the City's free PingStreet mobile app .

To post on The HUB please contact info@informationorillia.org

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Orillia Public Library: February Program Highlights
Various Dates in February

Westmount Congregation Spring Shop-A-Ganza
April 6th

For more information, email  orilliashopaganza@gmail.com.

Community Development Corporation: Optimizing The Power of LinkedIn
March 6th

Click here for more information.

Community Development Corporation: Workplace & Employment Standards
March 27th

Click  here for more information.

RBC Work-Integrated Learning Program With Lakehead University
No Date


Mariposa Arts Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank
February 7th to 17th

Witness this powerful new adaptation based on the book, 'The Diary of a Young Girl', about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed attic.

Shows run from February 7th to 17th at the Orillia Opera House, and tickets are on sale now!

Hop over to the OOH website now for more info, and to reserve your seats soon!

Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County Programming & Workshops
Various Dates

Click here for the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County's full programs and services guide from February to June.

Sweet Time Bakeshoppe: Cookies & Cupcakes for a Cause
No Date

St James' Anglican Church: World Day of Prayer
March 1st

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Shoplifters
February 6th

Run time: 2h 1min

Here's the scoop: "The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows) begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist movie, but Shoplifters is much more. Osamu (Lily Franky), a middle-aged man, and Shota (Kairi Jyo), a young boy, walk into a grocery store. They play it cool, not speaking but, rather, signalling to each other with their hands and eyes. One provides cover while the other snatches goods. They stroll out the door with a hidden bounty before anyone notices. Osamu and Shota then find four-year-old Juri (Miyu Sasaki) freezing on a balcony and take her back to their poor but happy home. And though Osamu's wife doesn't want another mouth to feed, any plans to return Juri to her parents are given the kibosh after signs of abuse are discovered on the little girl's body. If they're not demanding a ransom, how could this be a kidnapping?"

Shoplifters plays this coming Wednesday, Feb 6th at Orillia Galaxy Cinemas (865 West Ridge Boulevard), with showtimes at 4:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Ticket sales start the day of the showing at 3:00 pm 'at the door' and are just $10 (cash only).

Want more info? Here's the trailer!

City of Orillia: February is Winter Active Month in Orillia
Various Dates in February

For immediate release (Feb. 1, 2019) - The City of Orillia's Parks, Recreation and Culture Department has put together a month of free activities to cure the winter blahs and get people out of the house for some cool winter action.
Winter Active runs the entire month of February and is designed to help Orillians improve their health, have fun and enjoy the best of Canada's winter. Take part in a variety of family-fun activities, both indoors and outdoors, that will engage, stimulate and challenge everyone who wants to get active this winter.
"Orillia has been transformed into a winter wonderland over the past couple of weeks and I'd encourage residents to make the most of the season during Winter Active," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Staying active during the cold winter months is important for both the body and mind and the City of Orillia is thrilled to be able to give you and your family free opportunities to get involved in some great activities."
Winter Active includes snowshoe walks, a cardboard toboggan race, snow-ga, rockwall and more! A complete list of activities is attached.
For more information visit  orillia.ca/winteractive or contact the Parks, Recreation and Culture office at 705-329-7250 or  parks@orillia.ca.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Megan Kamphuis
Recreation Program Supervisor
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)


City of Orillia: Notice of Adoption & Notice of Passing
File Notice of Appeal by February 12th



Orillia Concert Association: Upcoming Concerts
Various Dates

St James' Anglican Church: Bishop Andrew Asbil Visit
February 10th

St James' Anglican Church: New Service Time
Effective March 3rd

Westmount Congregation: Move Night
February 9th

St Athanasius Youth Valentine's Dance
February 15th

St Athanasius Youth Group Valentine's Spaghetti Dinner
February 16th

Jubilee Chorale Welcoming New Members
Wednesday Evenings


Orillia Museum of Art & History: Annual High School Art Show
Exhibition Until March 17th

My World, My Eyes, My Voice Annual High School Art Show

January 26th to March 17th

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm 

Orillia Museum of Art & History: 20th Anniversary
Exhibition Until March 31st

Opening Saturday: OMAH@20
January 26, 2019 - March 31, 2019
The Upper Gallery
2019 is OMAH's 20th anniversary and we are starting our celebration off with the exhibition, OMAH@20.  This exhibition will showcase OMAH's early days and its development into a flourishing community organization that inspires creativity and celebrates history. Learn about how OMAH came to be, see behind the scenes photographs of the renovations as well as some never before seen artefacts! 

Join us for the opening  (and birthday cake) on January 26th from 2-4 pm. Exhibition openings are free to attend.  Opening remarks at 2:30pm.

For more information, please contact Hope McGilly Mitchell, Collections Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x107 or by email.

Admission is free with a current membership or $5 per person (children
under 12 are free). Admission includes entry to all exhibitions.

30 Peter Street South, 
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 5A9

Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm 
Sunday: 1 pm-4 pm 

Coldest Night of The Year: Orillia Walk Supporting The Lighthouse
February 23rd



Camp Couchiching Community Initiative Project: The Climbing Tree- Experiential Tutoring
No Date

Orillia Community Kitchen: February Workshops
Various Dates in February

Orillia & District Literacy Council: Learn Computer Basics For Job Search

Lakehead University Media Release & Writers Way Workshops
Various Dates in January & February


Susan Charters

Heather Wilson

Bree Crowder
Annette Zoheret

Georgian College Orillia: Earn Your ACE Biology Credit
January through April



Helping Hands Seeking Volunteers

Information Orillia Volunteer Database

To suggest on opportunity,  click here .

Information Orillia is the Orillia and area's official volunteer centre. We are a proud member of Volunteer Canada and the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network. Information Orillia organizes and maintains a volunteer database that allows organizations to post new opportunities and allows volunteers to access those opportunities.

Services for volunteers:  IO's volunteer database allows volunteers to  create a volunteer profile  that allows organizations to contact them directly. In addition, our organization provides volunteers with counselling, referrals and training via workshops and appointments. 

Services for organizations:  IO's volunteer database allows organizations to post opportunities, access volunteer profiles, as well as other volunteer resources such as registration templates and screening tools. For more information about software that helps to manage volunteer recognition and recruitment,  website .

To book an appointment with our Manger of Volunteer and Youth Engagement Services, Sukhi Kaur, call 705-326-7743 or email.


North Simcoe Vitctims Services: Become a Crisis Responder
February 27th


City of Orillia: New OWLS Bus Now In Service
News Release

The new, fully accessible Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service (OWLS) mini bus is now in service in Orillia. The low-floor community shuttle provides specialized transit service to those with accessibility needs in Orillia.

For immediate release (Jan. 17, 2019) - The City of Orillia welcomed a new, fully accessible Orillia Wheelchair Limousine Service (OWLS) mini bus into its transit fleet today. The low-floor community shuttle provides specialized transit service to those with accessibility needs in Orillia.
"Council is committed to improving the Orillia transit system and has invested significantly in it over the past few years. A new, more reliable OWLS bus was a very important piece of that puzzle and we are thrilled to now have it available for service," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "This new mini bus will improve the quality of transportation and level of service the City is able to provide residents who are unable to take conventional transit."
The new OWLS bus can accommodate three wheelchairs and seating for four passengers. Although smaller than the OWLS bus it is replacing, the new mini bus enables improved service by being able to navigate locations that were previously off-limits due to its predecessor's large size.
"In addition to the five new accessible, full-size transit buses Orillia added to its fleet, this new OWLS mini bus further highlights the City's commitment to providing accessible transportation for all residents," said Jeff Hunter, Manager of Construction and Transit. "We know OWLS users will greatly appreciate the comfort and reliability of this new bus and we look forward to taking new bookings."
Purchased through the Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, the City of Orillia was one of more than 15 municipalities that participated in the purchase of the same style of accessible mini bus. The new OWLS bus was approved by Council as part of the 2018 budget for $130,000. Following the procurement process and necessary customization of the vehicle, the new 2019 bus was recently delivered and is now ready to be put into service.
The OWLS bus operates seven days a week with the following hours:
  • Monday to Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8: p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
All OWLS transportation must be pre-booked 24 hours in advance by calling 705-327-0411. For more information visit orillia.ca/transit.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Jeff Hunter
Manager of Construction and Transit
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Escape The Cold at City of Orillia Warming Centres
News Release

For immediate release (Jan. 21, 2019) - Due to the extreme cold, the City of Orillia has opened warming centres for public use. The City encourages anyone to make use of the centres to stay warm.
The following public places have been identified as warming centres:
Orillia Public Library
36 Mississaga St. W.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rotary Place
100 University Ave.
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Brian Orser Arena
433 Gill St.
3 to 11 p.m.
Barnfield Point Recreation Centre
500 Atherley Rd.
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Orillia City Centre
50 Andrew St. S.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Extended hours on Monday, Jan. 21 until the end of the Council meeting.)
The Lighthouse located at 48 Peter St. S. will open its doors overnight to anyone needing relief from the cold.
Further extensions will be posted on the City's website and through social media if necessary.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Ralph Dominelli
Orillia Fire Chief
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia Opens Its Doors to Cannabis Retail Stores
News Release

For immediate release (Jan. 22, 2019)  - Orillia Council voted in favour of allowing cannabis retail stores in Orillia at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.
"By opting in to the retail sale of cannabis in Orillia we are supporting all levels of government in their efforts to get illegal drugs off the street," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Although it is unknown when a cannabis retail store could potentially locate in Orillia, Council is saying yes to the positive economic impact and to a safe, regulated supply of cannabis."
Opting in to the provincial legislation permits retail stores to be located in Orillia after April 1, 2019 provided the stores obtain licence/authorization from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). However, the province has stated, at this time, it is only allowing 25 retail stores to open throughout the province in municipalities with a population of more than 50,000. Although no retail location will be located in Orillia at this time, cannabis can still be lawfully purchased online from the Ontario Cannabis Store.
"The majority of Ontario municipalities have decided to allow cannabis retail stores in their community. When the time comes for Orillia to welcome its first cannabis store, we will be requesting the AGCO not permit a location within 150 metres of sensitive areas such as child care centres and public libraries," said Shawn Crawford, Manager of Legislative Services.
In order to help with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization, the province has indicated that it will provide municipal governments with at least $40 million in funding over two years. In January, 2019, the first payment of $15 million will be made to all municipalities on a per household basis. The City of Orillia has been advised by the Ministry of Finance that it will receive $36,300 in relation to the first payment. A second payment to municipalities who have opted in is expected at a later date.
Council also considered a by-law to ban smoking/vaping of tobacco and cannabis on all property owned or leased by the City, but voted to postpone the final decision until further consultation could be had with municipal tenants on the matter.
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Shawn Crawford
Manager of Legislative Services
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City 0f Orillia: Michael Gordon Named Orillia's 2018 Citizen of the Year
News Release

Mayor Steve Clarke and Coun. Ralph Cipolla present Michael Gordon with the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award on Jan. 21, 2019.
For immediate release (Jan. 21, 2019) -  Michael Gordon was named Orillia's 2018 Citizen of the Year at tonight's Council meeting.
Gordon, who has been actively involved in the Orillia community for more than fifteen years, had a stand-out year in 2018. As Chair of the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area (CFOA), he oversaw a growth in the organization's assets to over $6 million, enabling the disbursement of more than $260,000 in grants to local charities and initiatives in 2018. As treasurer for the Channel Cats, he spearheaded a large Trillium Grant application, and he acts as treasurer on the Regent Park parent council. Gordon also led fundraising efforts for St. Paul's Centre, which enabled a million-dollar renovation of the Great Hall and backstage area into a great performance facility for a myriad of events in the heart of the Orillia community. 
"On behalf of Orillia City Council and the Citizen of the Year panel, I'd like to congratulate Michael Gordon and thank all of our wonderful nominees for their incredible dedication and contributions to our community. Orillia is a better place because of your efforts and commitment to making our community healthier and happier," said Mayor Steve Clarke.
Gordon received multiple nominations for the award, with nominator Carol Benedetti noting, "I believe the thing that makes Michael standout is his 'big picture' thinking. His efforts on a high-level trickle down to impact many individuals and organizations and it's incredible."  According to Benedetti, his work with both St. Paul's and the CFOA ensures that "Orillia is alive with culture as a result of Michael's efforts."
Nominees for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award included Gordon, as well as Jeremy Clark, Noel Cooper and Patricia Beecham-Cooper, Laura Dickson, Ted Dongelmans, Kevin Gangloff, Jaimin Mahant, Sue Morris, Steve Orr, Elvis Ouimette and Eleanor Tinney.
The 2018 Citizen of the Year panel included winners Anderson Charters, Gill Tillmann, Gini Stringer, and Bruce Waite, as well as OrilliaMatters community editor Dave Dawson, reporter Nathan Taylor, and Dr. Linda Rodenburg of Lakehead University's Office of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning. 
The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario's Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at orillia.ca.
Mayor Steve Clarke
City of Orillia
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

United Way Simcoe Muskoka: Now Accepting Youth United Grant Applications
February 28th


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