People of Interest
Larche Communications operates two local radio stations 104.1 The Dock and KICX 106 plus stations in Owen Sound and Sudbury. As its president, Paul Larche has used that reach into the community as a platform for on-going fundraising campaigns, including Radio for Radiology and Kicx for Kids, and extensive community involvement. He took a few moments from his busy life to discuss his start in broadcasting and where his strong belief in philanthropy originated. More
Currently living in Barrie, he's been a nuclear operator, a banker, university professor, worked at an environmental services firm and has been a trustee on two school boards. Add to that a BBA from Wilfred Laurier, an M.B.A. from York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and it leaves one a little breathless. But for van den Berg, who is the acting dean at Lakehead University in Orillia, there is always more to do. He shared a few of the things that have kept him constantly moving forward. More
The first female commander of a Canadian Forces Base, Col. Tammy Harris at Base Borden, faces demands most of us can't even imagine. She's moved around frequently during her 25-year military career and has learned a few things along the way to prepare her for this demanding job. More
There are few people in Barrie who don't recognize the name Jamie Massie. Whether it's through running Georgian International, as the former owner of the Barrie Colts, or the innumerable philanthropic organizations and causes in which he is involved. The winner of a Golden Jubilee award, among others, Massie is on the move but manages to keep it all in perspective by keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground. He was kind enough to share a few of his anchor Read More..
As a mother, teacher and artist there are many things for Rachel Evans to balance and consider. An art teacher at Banting Memorial High School in Alliston, she takes pride in her job while also honing her own creativity and spending time with her family. By blending her passions she inspires students to open up through their artwork. Read More..
MaryLynn West-Moynes, the new president of Georgian College, had 27 years in post-secondary education experience before she took on the highest position at Barrie's college. Even with all that experience, there's plenty to learn at Georgian. She stopped with GoodLife long enough to share a few of the things from her life that are helping her adapt to the new position and helped her get there in the first place. Read More..
With the recent groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 2 of Cranberry Resort's Waterfront Suites - an ambitious multi-million dollar hotel/condominium complex that will include an onsite jogging trail, spa, indoor pool with waterslide, fitness centre, rock climbing surface, arcade zone and lounge bar - all for the purpose of bringing families together, we asked owner Larry Law to reflect on his 20 years in Collingwood and how one of the largest recreational residential developments came to be. Read More..
Trying to pin down Jack Van't Spyker for just 10 minutes is no mean feat. He's the owner of Trillium Ford Lincoln, one of the largest automobile dealerships in South Simcoe, is an active member of the Rotary Club and finds time to do charitable work overseas. He's busy, but wouldn't have it any other way. Read More..
Few people could survive the rigorous schedule of federal Conservative MP Patrick Brown, who spends half his time in the nation's capital and the other half with his constituents in Barrie. When he's on home turf, rarely does a night go by when he doesn't have an event to attend. For insight into how he manages his schedule and the energy that keeps him moving from one event to the next, we asked him for a few of his essential day-to-day ingredients. Read More..
Thirty years ago, kindhearted volunteers set out on a mission to help care for The Blue Mountains communities' vulnerable residents. Beaver Valley Outreach was born and has since grown to include more than 20 programs for kids, youth, adults, families and seniors. It's a beloved icon of the generosity of The Blue Mountains, daily fulfilling its mandate: Making good things happen in our community. Read More..
Jane Boake is the founder and Program Director of Canine Opportunity, People Empowerment (C.O.P.E.) which she started in 2000. Due to the success of the program and her work she was awarded the Order of Ontario in 2010. She's also a Special Education Teacher at Nantyr Shores Secondary School, teaches the C.O.P.E. Canines in the Classroom program, and lives with her two daughters, C.O.P.E. School Dog, Buddy, and at least one C.O.P.E. dog-in-training. It doesn't leave much time for relaxation but for the moments that she does have, she shared a few of her favourite things. Read More..
Few people epitomize the definition of community as well as Rose Marie Bowen. A resident of South Simcoe almost all her life, she and her husband, Ed, have owned and operated Carline Automotive Services for 38 years, during which time she's earned an enviable reputation as a business leader. Even while running a business and raising two children, Bowen has found time to give countless hours to various community organizations. She's perhaps most proud of her involvement with the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Read More..
Developer Mark Crowe has transformed the northeast end of Wasaga Beach, creating a mixed commercial-residential hub that he envisions as becoming the heart of a revitalized community centre. Georgian Bay Good Life asked Mark how he got his start in business and what his vision for the future is. Read More..
Jack Sasseville, president and general manager of Hardwood Ski & Bike, has spent his life dedicated to the pursuit of high-level sport both as a cross-country ski coach and as a golf pro. His life has included an extensive amount of travel and many of his experiences come from that, including his attendance at eight Olympics, four as a commentator. GoodLife managed to keep him still long enough to answer a few questions about what keeps him ticking at such a high level. Read More..
Lou Biffis is a pillar of the community, and a businessman with vision and determination. He has spent almost half a century building Alliston's Nottawasaga Resort into one of the premier resort convention destinations in Ontario, if not all of Canada. Biffis looks back at his life and shares a few of the things of which he is most proud. Read More..
Time is something we all want more of. We stay up later and get up earlier to maximize the activities we can fit into our day. For Jamie Hall, of Jamie and Tara's morning show, previously with B101 and now with CHAY 93.1, the day starts at 3:30 a.m. if he's lucky he gets a nap, but otherwise he's relying on keeping it simple and the important things to make the most of his day. Read More..
All of us live busy lives and often the pleasures come during small unexpected moments. Owner of Laser Health Works, former Health Consultant on A-Channel, and the current host of To Your Health on Chay 93.1, Dr. Barb Loiskandl shares a few of the pleasures that create the special moments of her day. Read More..
In many cases, the things we can't live without can be redefined as the things we really want to have in our lives. They often aren't a matter of life or death but more a conscious decision on what and who we choose to keep close to us so that each day holds at least a moment of pleasure if not more. This issue we asked Doug Leigh, the founder of the Mariposa School of Skating, what he keeps close during his day-to-day. Read More..