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  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  

"Make each day your masterpiece." 
-John Wooden
Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.
In This Issue
Table of Contents

Information Orillia: Great Canadian Giving Challenge
Throughout June

Have you heard of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge? Happening all June, every dollar you donate to our charity qualifies us to win $10,000! Get all the details at www.givingchallenge.ca

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
Order With Us!

The Month Of


May 12: Mother's Day

May 20: Victoria Day


Orillia & Area Canadian Index of Wellbeing: Results Are In Now!

To our partners, funders, and community,
We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Index of Wellbeing survey results, as well as additional resources, are now available at no charge on our website  www.informationorillia.org

If you have any questions, or require any assistance to download, call our office 705-326-7743.
Stay tuned for details of upcoming Town Hall meetings "We have the data, now what?"

Canadian Federation of University Women: House Tour & Tea For Scholarships
June 2nd

SafeTALK Workshop: Suicide Alertness for Everyone
June 10th

Orillia's Got Talent by Orillia Vocal Ensemble
May 26th


St James' Anglican Church: Nine and Dine Golf Tournament
June 22nd

City of Orillia: City-Owned & Leased Properties Now Smoke & Vape Free
News Release

SENCO: Social Impact Gathering
June 3rd & June 4th

Orillia District Literacy Council: Annual General Meeting
June 10th

St James' Anglican Church: Retreat Day
May 25th

St James' Anglican Church: Lawn Sale
June 29th


Orillia Museum of Art & History: May is Museum Month
Throughout May


May is Museum Month!

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH), invites you to join us in celebrating museum month!

May is Museum Month is a program of the Ontario Museum Association and celebrated by Ontario's 700+ museums, galleries, and heritage sites. Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities.

We are proud to be the hub for the significant and growing arts, local history and cultural community in Orillia and surrounding area by offering exciting and innovative exhibits, events, programming and activities that reach out and engage all citizens, seasonal residents and visitors. We have many exciting events and programs this month, click here to check out our events calendar

Thank you to the generosity of our patrons and stakeholders, we are able to offer engaging exhibitions and programmes. Thanks to community support, we are able to offer youth programmes such as portfolio development and Create and Curate. We would be honoured if you could support OMAH by becoming a donor today! 

Did you know that The Orillia Museum of Art & History turned 20 this year? Celebrate OMAH's 20th birthday by donating 20 dollars a month!

If you have any questions about donating, please contact our Executive Director, Ninette Gyorody, by phone 705-326-2159 extension 101 or by  email.

OMAH is open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm

30 Peter Street South
Orillia, Ont
L3V 5A9

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

TEA: St. Columbkille Church
May 25th 

St James Anglican Church: Sam Steele Parade
June 23rd

Orillia Business Woman's Association: Thank You To Our Gala Attendee's
No Date

Downtown Orillia: Into The Green & Blues Street Festival
May 25th

Building Hope Country Gala
May 31st

Upcoming Events: List Created by Marilyn Wilson
Various Dates

Click Here for PDF to view the complete list of various events and important dates happening locally!  
Victims & Survivors of Crime Week: Kick-Off Video Viewing Event #BecauseIReachedOut Campaign
May 23rd

Orillia Concert Band: Hometown Proud Ft. Liz Anderson
May 25th

Calvary Pentecostal & Westmount Congregation: The Dofasco Male Chorus
May 27th 




Community Development Corporation: Regional Tourism Investment Opportunities Meeting
June 11th

Community Development Corp Series Schedule
May  & June

Community Development Corp
Workshops in June

Social Media Influencer Marketing:  JUNE 5

Influencer marketing has taken the online world by storm in the past couple of years, and businesses of all shapes and sizes are getting in on the action.
By partnering with people who are considered influencers, businesses can gain visibility, expand their reach online, and drive more traffic to their website.

This interactive workshop will be lead by Arienne Parzei, travel videographer, writer & photographer, and Emily Baillie, Digital Marketing Professor & Entrepreneur.

Leadership, Management & Communication:  JUNE  1 1

Are you tired of high staff turnover?
Do you struggle to be heard by your team?
This workshop will teach effective communication and show you how to improve your business' bottom line through outstanding management and leadership!

Presented by Risha Yorke, success coach and business consultant,  Yorke Motivational Consulting.

Community Development Corp Workshops/Events
Various Dates

Georgian College: Ramp Up To Employment
May 14th to May 30th



St Paul's: Project Connect- Community Educational Workshops

May 7th to June 11th




Couchiching Jubilee House:
Commences May 24th 

Orillia Community Kitchen Workshops
Various Dates

Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm
St. Paul's Centre, 62 Peter Street N
For more Information, Contact:

stpaulscentre.ca - orillia community kitchen

Wed, May 29, 2019 Colourful Quinoa Salad: sample The Canada Food Guide
Wed, May 22, 2019 Fish and Fresh Herbs Veggie Packets: sample The Canada Food Guide

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



Downtown Orillia: Seeking Volunteers For Into The Green & Blues Street Festival
May 25th

City of Orillia: Orillia 20/20 Winter Games Seeking Volunteers
February 27th to March 1st 2020


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.


City of Orillia: Orillia Extends Backyard Hens Pilot Another Four Years
News Release

Orillia residents can keep backyard hens for at least another four years. The City of Orillia is extending its pilot project for the keeping of backyard hens on certain properties until June 5, 2023.
"Extending the backyard hens pilot project another four years will hopefully encourage more residents to take part in the opportunity so that Council can further evaluate whether to make the program permanent," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "The initial two-year pilot resulted in only four hen coop licences being issued and Council agreed that more participants and time was needed to make a final decision."
The pilot project allows for a total of 12 hen coop licences throughout the City. With only four hen coops licences currently issued, eight licences are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is developing educational programs for those wishing to keep urban chickens and for small-animal veterinarians. It is anticipated that these programs will be fully developed by the end of the extended four-year pilot project, at which time these resources will be available in Orillia.
The regulations for the extended pilot project remain the same. A hen coop may be located on a property that is zoned Rural (RU), Residential (R1, R2, R3, R4), Open Space One and Two (OS1, OS2). The property must be at least 500 sq. m. (approx. 5382 sq. ft.) in area to support a hen coop. No hen coop is permitted unless a valid licence has been issued by the City under the Hen Coop Licensing By-law. There is a one-time licensing fee of $100.
The original pilot project was initiated in response to requests by residents and in the interest of encouraging local food production. The original pilot began on June 5, 2017 and will expire on June 5, 2019.  The extended pilot will expire on June 5, 2023.
For more information visit the City's website at  orillia.ca/backyardhens  or contact the Legislative Services Division at 705-325-2313.
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 atorillia.ca.
Shawn Crawford
Manager of Legislative Services
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: Council Approves Sale of Former Train Station At 150 Front St. S
News Release

Council approved the final step in the sale of a former train station located at 150 Front St. S. at its meeting on May 6, 2019.
The City-owned property was determined to not have a municipal use and was therefore deemed surplus to the City's needs in 2011.
"Council recognized the unique heritage features of the former train station and has protected these features by designating the property through the Ontario Heritage Act prior to sale," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "The purchaser, Tim Chow, presented Council with several potential opportunities for redevelopment of the site and we look forward to seeing this property revitalized."
The 150 Front St. S. property was most recently listed for sale in October 2018 at a listing price of $900,000 with a deadline for offers of Jan. 11, 2019. Several offers were received before one offer was selected by Council for further negotiations. Council passed the by-law authorizing the sale of the property to Chow on May 6, 2019. Details, such as the terms of the agreement and purchase price, will remain confidential until the property sale closes on Nov. 1, 2019.
"The accepted offer represents the highest value financially and exceeded the City's asking price," said Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development.
Former tenant, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce and Service Ontario, recently relocated to a new home at 575 West St. S. Current tenant Ontario Northland, which offers inter-city bus service, can continue to operate from their existing location until Oct. 31, 2019. The purchaser has also committed to speaking with the bus line to determine if there's an opportunity for them to stay on-site beyond this date. Ontario Northland has expressed an interest in having a continued presence in Orillia.
"Ontario Northland has minimal site requirements and we are confident that the City can assist them in finding another location in the downtown if they are not able to stay in their current location," said Thompson.
The City of Orillia investigated potential uses for the site, such as a municipal transit hub; however, several factors such as easements over the property, the heritage designation, the lack of direct access to a signalized intersection which has the effect of impeding turning movements for buses entering and leaving the site, and a lack of alternative access points to the site, revealed the site was not well suited for a transit hub.
Moving forward, the purchaser will be required to further complete their development concepts, and will be required to proceed through the applicable municipal approval process prior to starting work on the lands.
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 atorillia.ca.
Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

City of Orillia: New Website, Video Promotes Business in Orillia
News Release

  A new website and video developed by the City of Orillia Economic Development Department promotes Orillia as a place where business truly meets pleasure!
"Economic development is, and will continue to be, a top priority for Council," said Mayor Steve Clarke. "Orillia has so many great opportunities and a quality of life second-to-none, so it is important that we continue to reach out and promote all that we have to offer using current and relevant tools."
Designed around frequently asked questions from potential investors and developers, the updated "Doing Business" section of the City of Orillia website was recently launched by the economic development office. The new web portal features a user interface based on feedback from the development community and includes a number of features to assist investors in accessing key information quickly in order to make Orillia a business destination.
Beyond the 'Why Orillia' value proposition, developers are typically interested in things like: recent development activity, inquiries about available serviced land, and information related to development incentives offered by the community. The site also features a lands database function, which gives browsers a direct link to local properties listed for sale and lease through the Lakelands Real Estate Board. The database is updated daily.
"The new site is built intuitively, to provide answers to key questions and to give easy access to other important business resource materials, all within a couple of clicks," said Dan Landry, Manager of Business Retention, Expansion and Industrial Development. "We've also incorporated a fresh, modern look with updated visuals and links to videos that tell the story of all that Orillia has to offer."
One of the videos is the second in a series currently being produced by the economic development team, which focuses on attracting commercial and industrial development. As well as being a key link on the new website, the video will also be used in social media campaigns and trade show initiatives the department has planned.
"The City and the region are both very attractive to developers and investors right now. These tools will help us to put our best foot forward and make sure Orillia is considered favorably," said Landry.
Visit the new website at businessinorillia.ca . A link to the new video is available on the landing page and on the City of Orillia YouTube channel. For more information, contact Dan Landry, Manager of Business Retention, Expansion and Industrial Development, at 705-325-4900.
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.
Dan Landry
Manager of Business Retention, Expansion
and Industrial Development
Jennifer Ruff
Manager of Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)

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