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. N., is pleased to announce our Spiritual Growth Centre, where a series of workshops are being held.  For more information contact spiritualgrowthcentre@stjamesorillia.com

You can also check out www.stjamesorillia.com  or call 705-325-2742 church office.

  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  

"Today is a good day to have a good day! "


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.
This Month
In This Issue
Table of Contents

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

Did You Know?
Message Board


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 Community Kitchen: Roasted Chicken Workshop
January 23rd

Orillia Community Kitchen: Healthy Egg Breakfast 2 Ways Workshop
January 30th

OCK Upcoming Workshops:

Wed, January 23, 2019
Roasted Chicken (with garlic and herbs) with Vegetable Fried Rice and a Mixed Greens Salad
Wed, January 30, 2019
Healthy Egg Breakfast 2 ways: Tomatoe Scrambled Eggs/Brussels Sprout hash and eggs with Broiled Grape fruit
Wed, February 6, 2019
Soup: Dal (thick lentil soup) with a carrot salad
Wed, February 13, 2019
Lightly Curried Butternut Squash Soup with an apple/pear slad
Wed, February 20, 2019
Cook The Good Food Box: Recipe will not be known until the Monday of this week
Wed, February 27, 2019
Hamburger Soup with Vegetables with a side spinach salad

Canadian Federation of University Women: Centennial Essay Contest
Submissions Due January 31st

Westmount Congregation: Move Night
February 9th

St Paul's & Gshkoziwin Collective: Reconciliation Art Project Workshop
January 26th

This unique workshop will ignite your imagination and help you to think about reconciliation and your story. 

Register at St. Paul's office:  admin@stpaulscentre.ca,  705-326-7351 ex. 5, or i n person Monday to Thursday 8 am to 4 pm. 
$50 adults, $30 seniors/students.  
Bring your own lunch on day of workshop. 

Helping Hands Seeking Volunteers

City of Orillia: Orillia Council Starts 2019 Budget Process
News Release

For immediate release (Jan. 14, 2019) - Orillia Council kicked-off the 2019 budget process today with an overview of budget documents in advance of the upcoming deliberation process scheduled for January.
Staff presented a draft budget with a proposed 2.95% increase to the municipal tax levy for 2019. For a typical household with an assessment value of $250,000, the increase would add approximately $90 to their property tax bill in 2019.
"During budget deliberations, Council will take into consideration investing in core services and infrastructure, maximizing cost savings, identifying potential service enhancements, and providing contributions to our reserves which enable the City to save for future needs," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Council's goal is to approve a 2019 budget that is forward-looking and fiscally responsible."
During the Jan. 14 Budget Committee meeting, Council received an overview of the City's 2018 financial position. A surplus is anticipated, including $1.8 million from higher than anticipated tax growth, increase in building permit revenues, provincial funding related to the exception of non-profit long term care homes and a later opening date for the new recreation centre. Staff also highlighted current financial pressures on the City's reserves that fund major construction projects and operations equipment.
The 2019 draft budget focuses on the maintenance and sustainability of Orillia's infrastructure including the City's water/wastewater system, information technology initiatives, winter control funding, fleet management, and additional reserve contributions to ensure funding for future projects and capital maintenance of new facilities.
"City staff work diligently to present a budget to Council that balances present and future needs with the financial pressures of today," said Jim Lang, City Treasurer. "Council will now review and debate the budget in detail with a goal of approving a final 2019 budget in early February."
Upcoming budget meetings:
Jan. 17
1 p.m.
Boards and agencies presentations
Jan. 23 and 24
9 a.m.
Operating budget deliberations
Jan. 28 and 29
9 a.m.
Capital budget deliberations
Feb. 4
7 p.m.
Budget ratification (televised and live streamed by Rogers TV)
The budget package and schedule is available on the City's website at orillia.ca/budget.
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.
Jim Lang
City Treasurer
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Orillia Fire Chief Set to Retire After 33 Years of Service
 News Release

Orillia Fire Chief Ralph Dominelli will retire effective April 2019.

For immediate release (Jan. 14, 2019) - After 33 years in fire services, Orillia Fire Chief Ralph Dominelli is retiring effective April 30, 2019.
Chief Dominelli started his career in fire services as a volunteer fire fighter with the City of Orillia in 1986. After a short time with the Toronto Fire Service, he returned to Orillia as a full-time fire fighter for the City of Orillia in 1993. Rising through the ranks, he has served the City of Orillia as a Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Fire Chief and became Fire Chief in 2008.
"Chief Dominelli's successful career is a huge achievement," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Council thanks him for his strong leadership and dedicated service to the City of Orillia, where he and his team have provided an invaluable service to our citizens. We wish him all the best in his retirement."
"Chief Dominelli has celebrated many career highlights over the past 33 years and has also helped the Fire Department overcome many hardships that unfortunately come with a career in fire services," said Gayle Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer.  "On behalf of staff at the City of Orillia, I'd like to thank Chief Dominelli for his many contributions to the corporation and his dedication to the safety of Orillia."
"It has been an honour and a privilege to serve with the current and past members of the Orillia Fire Department during my career at the City of Orillia," said Chief Dominelli. "I am proud of all the accomplishments we have achieved and I know the Orillia Fire Department will continue to provide the most efficient and effective service to the Orillia community."
Chief Dominelli's last day will be March 29, 2019. Council is currently reviewing options for the leadership of the Fire Department moving forward.
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.
Gayle Jackson
Chief Administrative Officer
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Ralph Dominelli
Orillia Fire Chief

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)


Indigenous Parenting & Shki Biinooji Well-Being Program Launch Lunch
January 29th

Public welcome to attend the Indigenous Parenting Program & Shki Biinooji Well-Being Program launch lunch on Tuesday January 29th at 12pm. 

The launch will detail two great programs that will be offered to the community (county wide), sharing the visions and directions of each program. 

Lunch provided, alongside some awesome door prizes to win! Transportation available as well. 

Please call  705-329-7755  for more information & to  R.S.V.P. 

Hibernation Art Asks 'What is Love?' For Upcoming Exhibition
Submissions Due January 25th

Orillia, ON - Hibernation Arts in downtown Orillia is hosting a group art exhibition in February. Artists are invited to submit original art or photography, any medium, to 'What IS Love?' an exhibition on the theme of love, whatever that means to each participant.
The submission fee to participate is $15 per piece (maximum 2) with dimensions 24" x 24" and under.  Submission deadline is Thursday, January 25 by e-mail to Molly at  mollytas@gmail.com. Please drop-off work work to Hibernation Arts, 7 Peter St. S. on Thursday January 31, 11:00am to 4:00pm.
There will be an Artist Reception on Saturday, February 2 from 1-3pm. All are welcome to attend. The exhibition runs until February 28, 2019. For more information please contact Molly at  mollytas@gmail.com or through her facebook business page Hibernation Arts.

Molly Farquharson, owner of Hibernation Arts, holds one of her stitchery pieces.

Orillia Museum of Art & History: 20th Anniversary
January 26th to March 31st

Opening Soon: OMAH@20

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.  

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.

St Athanasius Youth Valentine's Dance
February 15th

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

CFUW: Guest Speaker Dr.  Erika Catford
January 22nd

St James' Social Justice Presents... Stone Soup Lunch
January 27th

Orillia Public Library: January Events
Various dates throughout January

Westmount Congregation: Desserts & Discover
January 23rd

Jubilee Chorale Welcoming New Members
Wednesday Evenings


Mariposa Arts Theatre: Diary of Anne Frank
Various Dates in February

Witness this powerful NEW adaption based on '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 for this production - and the rest of our season - are on sale now!

Hop on over to the  OOH website  now for more info, and to reserve your seats - and consider giving the gift of theatre this holiday season!

Mariposa Arts Theatre's Upcoming Productions:

The Diary of Anne Frank:  Playing at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre on:

February 7th - 9th at 7:30pm
February 10th at 2:00pm
February 14th - 16th at 7:30pm
February 17th at 2:00pm

Living Together:  Playing at the Orillia Opera House Studio Theatre from April 4th - 14th.

Educating Rita:  Playing at the MAT Centre (12 Brammer Rd, Orillia) from May 23rd - June 2nd.


Power of The Purse: Supporting Dress For Success
January 26th


Girl's need a night out --- and a purse to go with it!

Power of the Purse is a live auction that helps raise funds for Dress for Success. We are expecting more than 200 guests at the event being held Jan. 26th from 6:30 pm-10 pm at the Barrie Country Club. Our goal is to raise $35,000. 

At DfS, we operate a successful suiting program, a pre-employment program called Breakfast Club and an employment retention program called Professional Women's Group. And it's all done with the support and backing provided by funds raised through events, such as the annual Power of the Purse.

Come on out with gal pals, girlfriends, sweethearts, moms, sisters, and best friends, to this event, helping women become a productive part of society.

For more information, please follow us on our social media: 

Facebook: @DressforSuccessOrilliaandBarrie

Instagram: @dressforsuccessorilliabarrie

Twitter: @DfSOrilliaBarrie



Community Development Corp: Professional Development Series Schedule
Various Dates in January

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


Susan Charters

Heather Wilson

Bree Crowder
Annette Zoheret

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

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



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.


City of Orillia Launches Snowplow Tracker Mobile App
Media Release


Mobile app provides view of when local roads were last plowed
For immediate release (Jan. 11, 2019) - Orillia residents can now track when local roads are plowed using an online application developed by Bell in partnership with the City of Orillia. The Orillia Snowplow Tracker is available through the City's Pingstreet mobile app or at orillia.ca/plows

"One thing you can always count on in Orillia is the unpredictability of snow," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "With the Orillia Snowplow Tracker, we're taking some of the guess-work out of winter and letting residents know exactly which roads have been plowed and when. City crews work extremely hard to maintain local roads throughout the winter and this application will help you see their progress throughout snow events."
Using coloured lines on a map of City streets, the Orillia Snowplow Tracker indicates the timeframe when roads in Orillia were last plowed. The map resets each day at midnight, erasing the coloured lines of the previous 24 hours. For security reasons, there is a 15-minute delay in the mapped location of the operations vehicle.
"The Orillia Snowplow Tracker application is a great way for Orillia residents to stay up-to-speed on City plowing operations directly from their mobile device or computer," said Kyle Mitchell, Manager of Source Protection and Operations. "The City of Orillia has made several improvements to its winter operations over the last two years, including increasing plowing response times, greater plowing frequency and snowbank removal, and reducing the snowpack on roadways. This app will highlight many of these improvements by showing residents exactly where and when snowplows are out keeping Orillia roads up to winter control standards."
The Orillia Snowplow Tracker was developed as part of Bell's Smart City platform, which works towards providing the City with a more a centralized view of data, operations and infrastructure to enhance the City's service to residents and collaboration across City departments. The Snowplow Tracker application is currently in the pilot stage. It is still undergoing testing and will continue to evolve.
The Smart City pilot initiative between the City of Orillia and Bell also includes:
  • An application to monitor and detect the volume of ground water infiltration into the City's sanitary sewer system, pinpointing cost-effective repairs to sanitary pipes.
  • A public Wi-Fi network in the Downtown Business Improvement Area and along the City's waterfront in Couchiching Beach Park.
  • Multi-function digital kiosks providing touchscreen directional wayfinding and promoting local businesses and events to residents and visitors to the city.
"The City of Orillia is a Canadian leader in finding new ways to enhance service to residents with Smart City innovation," said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. "Snowplow Tracker is another great example of how Bell's Smart City platform and world-leading broadband networks enable centres like Orillia to develop innovative new applications that serve the specific needs of their communities."
"The Snowplow Tracker application and other elements of the pilot project with Bell represent ways the City is leveraging technology to provide more efficient levels of service in a cost effective manner, helping to make Orillia a smarter community," said Dan Landry, Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development.
The City of Orillia will review the effectiveness of the Snowplow Tracker application as part of the overall Smart City pilot project with Bell. Residents are encouraged to provide their feedback by submitting comments through the application.
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.

Kyle Mitchell
Manager of Source Protection and Operations
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

Dan Landry
Manager of BR&E and Industrial Development

City of Orillia: Orillia's First Round of 2019 Grants Supports Festivals & Events
News Release

Coun. Pat Hehn presented the first round of grants for 2019 to local festivals and event organizers on behalf of Council on Jan. 11. 
"Festivals and events are truly the heart of our community and provide rich experiences for our residents and visitors alike," said Coun. Hehn. "We are thrilled to support these worthy organizations and look forward to seeing the impact that these funds will make this year."
This is the first round of grants presented in 2019 and were funded as part of the Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events grant program.
Grant recipients through the 2019 Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events:

  • Orillia Heritage Centre
  • Orillia Scottish Festival
  • Roots North Music Festival

The Partnership Programming for Cultural Festivals and Events program is part of the City of Orillia grants program and recognizes the valuable contribution festivals and events make to the economic and social fabric of the City, building strong partnerships between the not-for-profit, business and cultural sectors. 
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.

Victim Quick Response Program: Seeking Part Time Human Trafficking Support Worker
Applications Due February 3rd


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

Mariposa Arts Theatre: Seeking Producer for 'Living Together'
Accepting Applicants Now

We need your help for our April 2019 production of Living Together!

Do you love comedies? Have you thought about dipping your toes into the production side of theatre? Or, are you an experienced producer looking for the right show to jump into?

We want to hear from you!

MAT is looking for a producer (or a team of two co-producers!) for our production of Alan Ayckbourn's Living Together, going up in April 2019.

If you're ready to throw your hat in the ring, or would like more information, just contact Phyllis Johnson at 
mariposaartstheatre@gmail.com .


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