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It was our pleasure last Saturday, September 16, 2017, to work once again with the staff and volunteers of the Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie as they once again raised public awareness and much-needed funding through the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 2017 event. While there we spoke with local representatives of all levels of government, including City Councillor Rose Romita Ward 2 and Ken Weatherill, Deputy Chief, Barrie Police Service, MPP Ann Hoggarth and Alex Nuttall MP, as well as Presenting Sponsors at Meridian Credit Union and Royal LePage Canada in Barrie, and of course the staff at the Shelter who make it all happen. Entertainment featured the Cairo's Jewels BellyDance performers and Dale and Charlie from 107.5 Kool FM.
Pole fitness is a popular form of personal empowerment for many women, both young and seasoned. However, in September 2016 the London Abused Women’s Centre caused considerable controversy when they withdrew from the 'Take Back the Night' women's march and demonstration because the organizers had agreed to welcome a demonstration by 'The Pole House', a local Pole Fitness club. This action, and several statements made by the LAWC sparked a war of words on-line between advocates for and against Pole Fitness, which in some cases became quite heated. Lori Graystone, the owner of Barrie's 'Rock n Pole' was one of the most outspoken voices in support of Pole Fitness, so we worked with her to get to the bottom of the question for women: does pole fitness represent empowerment or exploitation?
On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, our good friend Frank Nelson, the founder of the Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centre - Barrie, asked if we could drop by and record an event that he and Executive Director Victoria Potter had arranged for a group of young people who had taken part in a painting day at the centre. The youth, ranging in age from very young to teenagers, were to be rewarded for their efforts with a knapsack filled with school supplies, and also personal items just for fun.
Frank Nelson, the founder of the Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centre - Barrie, asked us to drop by on Saturday, September 2, 2017, to record a few short videos. Subjects included recent changes to his health, the C4C Ride, the art wall painted by childrent at the Give and Get, and other matters. We have currently posted the first two videos and will be adding others shortly.
On Friday, August 18, 2017, as many as 300 people representing a cross section of our mixed culture came to Barrie City Hall to protest the concept of white supremacy. The event also included a vigil in honour of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old American woman who was killed when a 'white nationalist' ran his car into a crowd of civil rights protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
About a week before the 'Move-It For Young Minds event' our producer went to St. Vincent Park, were he met with Amber Sitara McAuley, the founder of the event, and Errol Lee, a local singer and entertainer who is one of her strongest supporters. Their shared goal was to put together a handful of short promo videos that could be shared on social media during the next few days to boost interest. They had to be short, to the point, energized, and visually interesting.
Please visit mfym.ca for more information.
Our crew had a barking good time on Friday, August 4, 2017, working with the organizers, trainers, and puppy fosters of C.O.P.E. Service Dogs as they celebrated the raising of their flag at City Hall.
COPE is 'Canine Opportunity, People Empowerment'
Every year the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie asks the men of their community to not just talk the talk, but to walk the walk. Hundreds of men rise to the occasion, and put on women’s shoes, or if need be their own shoes decorated for the occasion, and they walk a mile in support of the women and girls in their lives.
Our crew, for the third year in a row, has shot, cut, and as was appropriate updated a promotional video for this event, and every year we have attended, camera in hand, shooting new footage for the year to come.
A few weeks ago our good friend Amber Sitara McAuley approached us to record a promo for the charity Move-It for Young Minds. So, we recorded some comments with participants and volunteers at St. Vincent Park and then did some magic in the edit suite to come up with this short but visually potent promotional video.
Move-It for Young Minds is a charity event in support of children and youth who are living with mental health challenges.
The Move-It for Young Minds event is taking place on August 27th from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. It will feature a combination of walking with active stretching in a 5km migration around St. Vincent Park Pavilion, in The City of Barrie.
A new play has started at The Mady Centre for the Performing Arts about the downtown culture of Barrie, and it is coincidentally entitled "The Five Points". (No relation, just friends :)
The reason we are reporting on this play is that it is a documentary style production based verbatim on the words of some of our city's most interesting people; ranging from business people to the homeless, from sex workers to a city councillor, and from a strip club bouncer to a music promoter. The play also has a very strong social message . . . which you can learn about through this short video we produced about the production. The play, produced by Theatre by the Bay, is showing until July 29, 2017.
One thing we like to support at Five Points Media is philanthropy. No matter if it is by a company or an individual, as long as it is real, we are happy to support their cause. Sharon Smith and her team at Connect Hair Studio are the real deal, as they get behind a cause and make it happen to help whatever charity or group they feel needs their help. Through this event, entitled Women's Connection 3, Sharon and her team raised $4501.00 for Youth Haven Canada, an organization that is dedicated to helping youth who are facing homelessness; a situation that is truly one of the most horrifying prospects for any person at any age, but especially so for these more vulnerable members of our society.
Since it opened about six months ago, the Glowing Hearts Community Give and Get Centre has helped thousands of Barrie’s residents by providing free clothing, household items, and other necessities of life. So, Frank Nelson, the Founder, and Victoria Potter, the Director, used the opportunities provided by the annual Promenade Days event to promote the centre. All labour provided for the event was donated by volunteers, as were our services in the production of this simple promo video.
The Collaborate Nottawasaga Crisis Table is exactly what its name implies. It is a very large board room table at the Nottawasaga OPP station where professionals from just about every local service, from addiction counselling to the fire department, come together once a week to discuss issues pertaining to local residents and newcomers to the area. Through collaboration these agencies can better serve those in need as they eliminate the pinball effect of bouncing the person in need of help from one agency to another. They also detach the person from some of the decision making process regarding the treatment or services they need. One referral by any of the agencies involved initiates conversation by these professionals who then decide collaboratively the best course of action to help the subject attain the help they need.
The ‘Walk A Mile’ fund-raiser for the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie is one of their most important days of the year. It is a combination of community involvement, support for women, and comic relief, as for one day men try to walk in women’s shoes.
Often very large women’s shoes!!
It has been absolutely our pleasure these past few months to be working in collaboration with St. John Ambulance Barrie Simcoe Muskoka to produce for them this ‘Who We Are” video that illustrates so well the various community support services provided by their more than 200 local volunteers. Like many, we thought their services stopped at First Aid, but we could not have been more wrong. In addition to that vital role, volunteers at St. John Ambulance Simcoe Muskoka provide upwards of 22,000 hours of voluntary community service in areas ranging from education and training of young parents and children through to service dogs for seniors and students.
Randy Aylwin, the owner of the Grilled Cheese Social Eatery, helps to feed the homeless by providing about 2,000 sandwiches a year to those in severe need. He accomplishes this by offering his patrons the opportunity to buy discounted sandwiches and coffee, that are then put into a suspension program, for distribution to the homeless and needy.
We thought his story was very deserving of public support
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 our crew met with Frank Nelson, the creator of the Community Give and Get centre, to record him test driving an recumbent ebike at Ebike Universe in Toronto. We could not have asked for a nicer day, or better cooperation from the business. Frank is a 60-year-old former businessman who is currently undergoing treatment for stage four colon cancer. Despite his terminal diagnosis, Frank is planning a long journey on that bike, starting in Charlottetown and ending in Barrie; taking the long route around Ontario. His goal is to raise enough money to open Community Give and Get centres in various cities across Ontario, just like the one he and his team have opened in Barrie.
It was our pleasure on Friday, April 28th to work with organizers Diane and Michelle Woolfrey of the Barrie Visions Gala team to record this promotional video featuring chef Nicole Meehan preparing a salad, boiling vegetables, and defrosting and broiling a chicken breast.
And all while blindfolded
Homelessness is a growing problem that will not be resolved by people blaming the afflicted for their suffering. SY-STEM Links is a web and kiosk based information system intended to help those suffering through both episodic and chronic homelessness. The original concept came from Tom Chapman of the CMHA and Patching the Past who has worked with homeless persons for many years. He needed a system that could reach everybody suffering through both episodic and chronic homelessness, and our skills in video production and responsive website design were what was needed to accomplish that goal. Many homeless people sustain a cell phone for personal communications and job searching, so our system will be completely mobile accessible.
Each year since 2015 Sharon Smith, the owner and Master Stylist at Connect Hair Studio, has organized and run a fund-raiser called Women's Connection in support of a local charity. In 2016 we worked with the team at Connect Hair Studio to support the Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie, and this year our crew from Five Points Media will be there to help Sharon and her stylists support Youth Haven.
Do you know how much Social Return on Investment is generated by your donations? It is important to understand the Social Return on Investment provided by the charities we all support. In this short video, Frank Nelson, a thirty year veteran of the business world in Canada, explains how much good is done for the community in general by the donations being given to the Glowing Hearts Community Give and Get.
During the first six weeks their volunteer staff helped more than 1,000 people and the gave away more than 9,000 donated items to those in need. Frank Nelson, the creator of the Community Give and Get, wanted to tell his supporters of the success, and our crew at Five Points Media were happy to help him do so.
In this comedic rant video, Barrie comedian Andrea Murray looked a little out of her element as she tried to figure out what gadget did what in the tool belt that was almost as big as she was, while wearing workman’s coveralls that were so much more stylish and form-fitting than her usual flair.
Andrea met our Five Points Media crew at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club on Saturday, March 25th to shoot a short video in support of the Home Sweet Home fund-raiser that is being held on March 29, 2017 at that location.
On March 21, 2017, Frank Nelson, Barrie philanthropist and creator of the Community Give and Get centre, received a cheque from Walmart Canada as presented by Barrie South store Manager Vincent Caruana. Our crew from Five Points Media was there to record the event.
The 80 km/h winds made for some interesting challenges, but if you missed the International Women’s Day event but wanted to go, here is your chance to catch some of the highlights. International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8, at which time women and men come together to celebrate the power, the spirit, and the many accomplishments of women and girls around the world. In Barrie in 2017 the festive meeting was led by the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie. Our production crew has a long history of working to assist the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie and as such we were more than happy to record the event for them.
Although February 25, 2017 was not in reality the 'Coldest Night of the Year', the thermometer did drop quite a few degrees in recognition of the event and snow and wind picked up considerably for the occasion. Our crew were in Orillia recording on behalf of our friends at The Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter, shooting a crowd of more than 500 participants. Our role was to record the event and cut from it a short video featuring the high-points of the 'Coldest Night of the Year' 2017 event.
Kelly Scaglione is a woman of incredible heart and compassion. Every day, often seven days a week, downtown residents of Barrie Ontario see her in her white SUV waiting outside the bus station; however, she is not there for work or to meet a loved one. Kelly Scaglione is there to meet a van coming in from the local jail that is loaded with released prisoners she does not know but wants to help. The prisoner transport is coming from the Central North Correctional Centre located in Penetanguishene in Central Ontario. When they are released Kelly will meet them and offer them seasonal clothing, Tim’s cards, toiletries, and other necessities to maintain them while they get back on their feet and reoriented to the world some of them left years ago. Kelly calls her cause, Restoring Dignity and Hope.
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