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Barrie Latin Resource Centre - Latin American Heritage Celebration, 2018

Last Saturday, October 27, our crew dropped in on the Barrie City Hall Rotunda, where the Barrie Latin Resource Centre was celebrating the fifth annual Latin American Heritage Celebration. It was a festival of music, dance, and food for all ages.

While there, we spoke with BLRC President, Nina Donayre, and also MPP Andrea Khanjin and John Brassard - MP for Barrie-Innisfil; both of whom are strong supporters of Latino culture.

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Barrie Community Tree Planting

They could not have asked for nicer weather when Living Green Barrie joined forces with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority - LSRCA and the Conservation Foundation to host the Barrie Community Tree Planting at the Sandy Hollow Disc Golf field beside the landfill in Barrie.

About a hundred individuals and families registered to help plant 300 trees of various kinds that will provide a windbreak and improve our city's urban canopy. We spoke with organizers and with Barrie-Innisfill MPP Andrea Khanjin, who mucked in to plant a few trees with help from one of her staff.

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Idle No More - Flash Round Dance at Georgian Mall, 2018

On Friday, October 12, our Producer, John Ironside, ventured to Georgian Mall, in Barrie, to record the Idle No More Flash Round Dance at Georgian Mall, Barrie, where Indigenous members of our community were speaking out against prejudice, biased legal rulings by the judiciary, a lack of respect shown by by all levels of our government, and the lack of action regarding the thousands of Indigenous women who have been murdered or who have been reported missing since the 1970s. Through a combination of song and dance, these peaceful protesters drew quite a crowd while handing out helpful and insightful information.

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Rose Romita's 2018 Community Thanksgiving Dinner

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for family. However, not everybody has family nearby, or still in their lives. So, for about 23 years, Rose Romita, aka City Councillor Rose Romita Ward 2, has held a come one come all Thanksgiving dinner where everybody is welcome to grab a plate and enjoy a great holiday meal with friends and strangers alike.

The meal is free to all, and all the fixings are donated by local businesses and residents. Rose estimated this year she and her volunteers would serve about 350 people, and make about 800 meals.

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Barrie Public Library - BPL Comic Con 2018

Our production crew of Producer John Ironside and Production Associate Tiffany Scott got fully into character for this shoot, and we mean that literally, before recording the BPL Comic Con ® event held on September 22nd at the Barrie Public Library.

This event, held yearly, is a combination of science fiction, fantasy, character cosplay, technology, geekdom, fandom, gaming, and a whole lot more. The purpose of the event is to promote imagination while also inspiring young and old to come to the library.

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Candlelighters Superhero Stomp Promo

Every year hundreds of superheroes from every comic book universe descend upon the Barrie waterfront to participate in the annual Candlelighters Simcoe Superhero Stomp. Together, they unite for a better world, to kick cancer’s butt, and to help the families of those facing the longest and darkest periods of their lives.

Kids with cancer in Barrie need you to be their superheroes.
Are you up to the challenge?

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Fierté Simcoe Pride 2018

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Fierté Simcoe Pride raised awareness of diversity across Simcoe County during their annual Pride celebration that this year ran from July 30 through August 12, 2018.

Our crew at Five Points Media was happy to support our local LGBTQ community by reporting on various events, including flag risings at the offices of the County of Simcoe and the Township of Springwater, and also the Niizh Manidook Pow Wow, held at Springwater Park as a celebration of Two-Spirit youth by the Chimnissing (Beausoleil First Nation).

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Trials and Triumph Promo - First assisted team to enter Barrie Triathlon

Those who are not driven enough to start their fitness plan might become motivated when they see our story about Heather and Trevor Morgan.

This couple from Barrie has faced a lot of struggles, but now despite a crippling medical condition that restricts Heather to a wheelchair, the dynamic duo has entered themselves as contestants in the upcoming Barrie Triathlon.

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Education rollback puts Ontario children at risk

As most know, the new Progressive Conservative provincial government has dictated a politically motivated decision to withdraw the current health and sex education curriculum in favour of one that was written in 1998. This action was promised by Premier Doug Ford during the campaign as a transparent capitulation to the demands of a very few hardcore social conservatives who supported his pitch for the leadership of the party.

We try to stay out of politics, but we believe this decision is antithetical to the best interests of our children, of any student, and of our society in general. According to the many experts and concerned citizens who we interviewed, the rollback syllabus is so out of date as to actually endanger the health, safety, and very lives of the children it is meant to educate.

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Hey Doug, Can We Talk Rally

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, a cross-section of Barrie citizens met at the new Meridian Square to express their concerns about the changes in environmental policies being implemented by Premier-designate Doug Ford and his Conservative government. Speakers included Keenan Aylwin and Bonnie North, both Candidates of Record for the Green Party in the most recent provincial election, and Erïch Jacoby-Hawkins of Living Green Barrie, who has also run several times for the Green Party in Barrie.

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Bloody Tuesday, A Mardis Gras Murder Mystery Event, In support of ‘We Are The Villagers’

It was a pleasure for our crew at Five Points Media to record the dinner theatre presentation of 'Bloody Tuesday', held on May 10, 2018, in support of We Are The Villagers. The Midland-based charity works with Canadian Tire Jumpstart to help kids enjoy extracurricular activities that their families may not be able to afford. This short overview video features local talent, including Mary-Ellen O'Neill-Madeley, Greg Smith, Jennifer Armstrong-Lehman, Angel Vizza, Angela Baker, James Aubé, Leanne Page, and Amanda Trinacty.

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CMHA - Jammin For Jamie Event Thank You, 2018

It was our pleasure to promote and then record the highlights of the Jammin' for Jamie concert held on May 11, 2018, at Mavricks Music Hall in downtown Barrie, as presented by Impact Live Events. The concert, held in support of the CMHA- Simcoe County, featured local bands One Knight's Stand and Fish Head who opened for the Northern Pikes and then headliner Sass Jordan. It was a great night with an important message.

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A Path Walked Together, Living with Alzheimer's

If you have ever seen the movie The Notebook, you will love this story.

Casey and Regina Kesseler had been together in life and love for almost six decades when Alzheimer's suddenly changed everything in their lives. Nonetheless, through the assistance of the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, they strive on hand in hand, determined to remain together and to take on all battles.

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Jammin For Jamie Promo, 2018

Tonight is a big night in the City of Barrie as Sass Jordan headlines the Jammin' For Jamie 2018: Sass Jordan and The Northern Pikes! concert in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and their services to prevent suicide.

The concert event, now in its fifth year, was spearheaded by the wife and children of Jamie Turner, a highly respected nurse who took his own life, apparently due to trauma. The services that have been inspired and funded by this series of concerts focus on suicide by adults, and especially those experiencing mid-life.

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Bloody Tuesday, A Mardis Gras Murder Mystery, In support of ‘We Are The Villagers’

Our crew at Five Points Media were drawn into the mystery while shooting this promo video for the Bloody Tuesday Murder Mystery Dinner, a Mardis Gras murder mystery held in support of We Are The Villagers.

The dinner theatre production is being presented on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Ferndale Banquet Hall and Catering, 10 Ferndale Industrial Dr., Barrie. Doors open at 6:00pm.

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King Edward Choir presents Time Travel

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the King Edward Choir is holding two concerts at the Collier Street United Church; one in the afternoon at 2:00, and the other in the evening at 7:30. This performance is called 'Time Travel', as it features a range of pieces from different time periods. Tickets can be purchased at the MacLaren Art Centre or at the door at a cost of $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for students.

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A Story of Heroes and Dragons

Our crew were delighted earlier this month to be invited by St. John Paul II Catholic Elementary School in Barrie to record a very special day when children united behind one of their youngest and most vulnerable classmates who had just returned to school after more than two years of treatment for leukaemia. This day was all about fundraising and saying thank-you to a charity called The Tyler Robinson Foundation, that was created by the well-known musical group Imagine Dragons. The TRF helps pay the bills of the parents of children facing the life-threatening challenges caused by cancer.

Those wishing to help the Tyler Robinson Foundation can do so at:
http://www.trf.org/donate

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Coldest Night of the Year 2018, Barrie, Event

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 our crew was out on the streets of Barrie recording the Coldest Night of the Year Barrie in support of Youth Haven Canada. The event drew a reported 222 walkers, 33 teams, 507 donors, and has raised so far $37,851.00. The goal was $100,000.00 and donations can still be made.

Youth Haven provides an invaluable service to youth and young adults who for whatever reason now find themselves living on the streets. Often the reason is physical, verbal, or sexual abuse, but issues also include mental health and addictions within the family.

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The 'Tree of Love' fundraiser honoured Barrie's late philanthropist Frank Nelson during January and February of 2018 at the Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centre - Barrie.

The 'Tree of Love' fundraiser that honours Barrie's late philanthropist Frank Nelson continued until the end of February at the Glowing Hearts Community Give & Get Centre - Barrie.

For only $2.00, patrons and supporters were able to buy a heart and post it on the tree that was painted on the front window of the centre. That heart could include their name or that of a loved one. Frank's never-ending commitment to those in need and the community continues through the efforts of his daughter, Cindy Thompson, and CEO Sean Stephen. The tree was painted by Sean's wife Lori.

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The late Frank Nelson had a dream, to raise funds for the Glowing Hearts Community Give and Get Centre - Barrie and increase public awareness of poverty by riding an e-bike from Charlottetown PEI to Barrie via Southern Ontario.

Sadly Frank succumbed to his illness in December 2017, before he could start the C4CRide

Now the torch has been lifted by Frank's daughter, Cindy Thompson, and she, and Frank's friend, Sean Stephen, are going to pick up where Frank left off and complete his final wish. This video, shot on February 13, 2018, is the first training session with their new Personal Trainer, Amy Watts, at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka.

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Every year teens and young adults die alone on the streets of our cities. Some leave home due to violence, addictions in the house, or sexual and mental abuse. Youth Haven is working to help them by getting them off the streets and on the path to a better life. The Coldest Night of the Year event is Barrie is run to raise funds to support this worthy cause.

It's cold out there, and nobody should have to face it alone

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Collaborate Nottawasaga

Collaborate Nottawasaga

We are happy to be able to present the completed Collaborate Nottawasaga project, which involved our crew producing about twenty individual videos about various social agencies, and also the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. Collaborate Nottawasaga is a situation table focused on dealing with ‘acutely elevated risks’ within Adjala Tosorontio, New Tecumseth, York County, and Simcoe County. It incorporates more than 30 local support and advocacy groups that work in areas ranging from law enforcement to housing, food security to mental health, and security for women and children to emergency services. Representatives meet once a week to present cases that require immediate attention. The idea of a series of informative videos was the brainchild of OPP Constable Kirsten Buligan, who sits at the table. She had heard about the Sy-STEM Links project to help the homeless and others in need that our crew helped to spearhead earlier this year. According to Constable Buligan, that was exactly what they wanted for the Collaborate Nottawasaga Situation Table videos.

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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.

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Pole Fitness - Empowerment or Exploitation?

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?

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Messages from Frank Nelson

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.

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Messages from Frank Nelson

Messages from Frank Nelson

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.

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Barrie Vigil Against White Supremacy

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.

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Move-It For Young Minds Mini-Promos

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.

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Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, 2017 - The Women and Children's Shelter of Barrie

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.

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Move-It For Young Minds, Barrie

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.

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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.

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Women's Connection 3

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.

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Glowing Hearts Community Give and Get Promenade Promo

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.

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St. John Ambulance Promo video

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.

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Helping the Homeless, one sandwich at a time - The Grilled Cheese Social Eatery

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

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Test Drive of Frank's New Ride

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.

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SY-STEM Links Promo Video

The project was originally entitled 'STEM Interface' - View the SY-STEM Links Introductory Video
View the SY-STEM Links Introductory Video

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.

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Image of our work

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.

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Community Give and Get - Social Return on Investment

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.

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Community Give and Get Update

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.

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Home Sweet Home Charity Fundraiser Promo

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.

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International Women's Day, Barrie 2017

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.

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Coldest Night of the Year, Orillia, 2017

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.

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Restoring Dignity and Hope - The story of Kelly Scaglione

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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