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Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Fivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-week-five-2018-12-13.aspx12/13/2018 8:13:10 PMParamedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Five<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 13, 2018 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 16<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 15, 2018, so far collecting 3,601 toys, 3,653 lbs of food and more than $11,586 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 17, 2018. </p><p>Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations this week and weekend: </p><p><strong>December 13 and 14, 2018</strong><br>Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas - 6 to 9 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 15, 2018</strong><br>Craighurst Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).</p><p><strong>SIMCOE COUNTY PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong><strong></strong><br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Alliston -</strong> 6933 Industrial Parkway</li><li><strong>Angus -</strong> 1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie North -</strong> 667 Bayfield Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin -</strong> 113 Tiffin Street</li><li><strong>Beeton -</strong> 51 Main Street East </li><li><strong>Bradford -</strong> 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7</li><li><strong>Coldwater -</strong> 1 Firehall Lane</li><li><strong>Collingwood –</strong> 140 Ontario Street</li><li><strong>Craighurst -</strong> 2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale -</strong> 7 Patterson Street </li><li><strong>Midland -</strong> 395 Cranston Crescent </li><li><strong>Orillia -</strong> 68 West Street</li><li><strong>Stayner -</strong> 6993 Highway 26</li><li><strong>Stroud -</strong> 2394 Victoria Street West</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach -</strong> 23 Oxbow Park Road</li><li><strong>Washago -</strong> 401 Anchor Drive, Severn </li></ul><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -<br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong></strong></p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Collin Matanowitsch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> Public Relations Manager</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-734-8386 (mobile)</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer Straw</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Communications Co-ordinator</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-726-9300 ext. 1036</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-790-5979 (mobile)</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span>
County Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Wardenhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-elects-george-cornell-as-warden-18-12-11.aspx12/11/2018 9:59:21 PMCounty Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Warden<p><strong>Midhurst/December 11, 2018 – </strong>County Council today elected George Cornell, Mayor of the Township of Tiny, to serve as Simcoe County Warden for 2019 and 2020.</p><p>"I am honoured to be elected as Simcoe County Warden for the next two years and I look forward to working on behalf of Council and County staff to advance our services, programs and regional leadership," said Warden George Cornell. "We're a growing County with tremendous opportunities to advance our economy, grow tourism, strengthen our regional infrastructure and improve the health and well-being of our residents. I thank my colleagues for demonstrating their confidence in my leadership and I look forward to serving the residents of Simcoe County." </p><p>As a Civil Engineer, Cornell spent his career working in the oil and gas sector. He joined municipal politics as a Councillor for the Township of Tiny from 2006 to 2010. He became Mayor of the Township of Tiny in 2014 and was recently acclaimed for his second term in the role. As a County Councillor from 2014 to 2018, Cornell sat as Chair of the Economic Development Sub Committee, Vice-Chair of Corporate Services and on the Grant Task Force Committee and the Governance and Striking Committees. Cornell and his wife Sandy have two children and two grandchildren. </p><p>County Council also elected Barry Burton, Deputy Mayor of the Township of Clearview, as the Simcoe County Deputy Warden for 2019 and 2020.  </p><p>Burton is an independent business owner and was elected as Deputy Mayor of the Township of Clearview from 2014 to 2018 and was recently re-elected to the position. As a Deputy Mayor, Burton served as a member of County Council from 2014 to 2018, where he sat as a member of the County's Museum Advisory Sub-Committee. Burton also represents Simcoe County on the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Burton and his wife Lorraine have four adult children and six grandchildren.</p><p>Additionally, the County's Business Section Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2019 and 2020 were elected/acclaimed on Tuesday:</p><p>Councillor Don Allen, Business Section Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Steffen Walma, Business Section Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Lynn Dollin Business Section Chair of Corporate Services.</p><p>Councillor Harry Hughes, Business Section Vice Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Anita Dubeau, Business Section Vice Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Richard Norcross Business Section Vice Chair of Corporate Services.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Collin Matanowitsch<br> Public Relations Manager<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br> 705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><div style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw</div><div style="text-align:left;">Communications Co-ordinator</div><div style="text-align:left;">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch</div><div style="text-align:left;">705-726-9300 ext. 1036</div><div style="text-align:left;">705-790-5979 (mobile) </div><div style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></div>
County of Simcoe Inaugural set for December 11 at 1 p.m.https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Inaugural-set-for-December-11-at-1-p-m--.aspx12/7/2018 4:21:47 PMCounty of Simcoe Inaugural set for December 11 at 1 p.m.<p><strong>Midhurst/December 7, 2018 – </strong>County of Simcoe hosts its 173<sup>rd</sup> Inaugural Ceremony on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 starting at 1 p.m. in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre.</p><p>The Ceremony includes elections amongst the 32 member County Council for the positions of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs. While this Council sits for four years, the elected positions are two year terms. </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:99%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:52%;"><strong>173</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong><strong> Inaugural of the County of Simcoe</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:52%;"><br>County of Simcoe Administration Centre – Council Chambers<br> 1110 Hwy. 26 <br>Midhurst, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:52%;"><p>Tuesday, December 11 2018<br>Ceremony starts at 1 p.m. </p><p><em>Media are asked to check in with a member of Service Simcoe upon arrival. A designated media table is available in Council Chambers. A media scrum, and if possible, individual media interviews with the newly elected Warden, will be arranged by Service Simcoe team members during the reception.</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p><p> </p>
Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Fourhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-week-four-18-12-7.aspx12/7/2018 9:02:55 PMParamedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Four<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 7, 2018 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 16<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 15, 2018, so far collecting 1,652 toys, 3,545 lbs of food and more than $4,582 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 17, 2018.</p><p>Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations this weekend: </p><p><strong>December 8, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie Toys R Us (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Mapleview Drive) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Wasaga Beach Walmart Collection - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 9, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie Toys R Us (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Mapleview Drive) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).</p><p>In addition to the previously listed venues, the 2018 Paramedic Services Toy Drive will be collecting donations at these following events across Simcoe County throughout the holiday season: </p><p><strong>December 13 and 14, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas - 6 to 9 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 15, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Craighurst Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p><p><em>*Events are subject to change and additional locations may be added throughout the Toy Drive. </em></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong><br>Collin Matanowitsch<br> Public Relations Manager<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br> 705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br> Communications Co-ordinator<br> County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br> <span lang="FR-CA">705</span><span lang="FR-CA">-790-5979 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Victorian Christmashttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/friends-of-the-scm-present-victorian-christmas-2018-12-6.aspx12/6/2018 9:12:44 PMFriends of the Simcoe County Museum present Victorian Christmas<p><strong>Minesing/December 6, 2018 </strong>– <em>Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?</em> Discover the magic of an old-fashioned <strong><em>Victorian Christmas </em></strong>at the Simcoe County Museum on December 13 and 14, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. </p><p>Listen to festive holiday music and embrace the Christmas spirit as you sample unique seasonal treats, and experience what Christmas looked like during the Victorian era. Stroll the lantern-lit pathways and Heritage Buildings as you explore Simcoe County's festive past. Listen to sleigh bells and feel the crisp winter air on your face as a horse-drawn wagon takes you on a journey through our beautiful forest.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit the vendor booths for hand-made gifts and food items. <strong><em>Victorian Christmas</em></strong> is guaranteed to get the whole family into the holiday spirit!</p><p>Once again, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be onsite to collect toys for local children. Guests can also support Barrie and District Christmas Cheer by purchasing a charming hand-made bowl from the Empty Bowls program. </p><p>Admission to the event is by donation with proceeds going to the Friends of the Simcoe County Museum. The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum support the programs and services offered by the Museum through the proceeds raised from this event, as well as other initiatives that occur during the year.</p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p><strong>EVENT:   Victorian Christmas</strong></p><p><strong>Where: </strong>  Simcoe County Museum<br>                1151 Highway 26<br>                Minesing, Ontario</p><p><strong>When:</strong>    December 13 and 14, 2018<br>               6 to 9 p.m.</p><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p><strong>Contact:</strong><br>Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to host Commencement and Honours Ceremonyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Paramedic-Services-to-host-Commencement-and-Honours-Ceremony.aspx11/27/2018 7:31:26 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services to host Commencement and Honours Ceremony<p>​<strong>Midhurst/November 27, 2018 –</strong> Media are invited to attend a commencement and honours ceremony, hosted by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, recognizing 27 graduates and 38 award winners. This ceremony will honour new recruits, career advancements, Chief's Commendations and Exemplary Service Award recipients.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">County of Simcoe Paramedic Services <br>Commencement and Honours Ceremony</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre - Atrium </p><p>1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">November 30, 2018<br> 2 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>“County of Simcoe Paramedic Services play an integral role in keeping our community safe, healthy and strong," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “It is my privilege, on behalf of all residents of Simcoe County, to welcome this new class of recruits and offer congratulations to those being honoured today."</p><p>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services is committed to timely, clinically sophisticated emergency response and community strategies that preserve life, improve health and promote safety.</p><p>Paramedic Services employs more than 350 staff, which include full and part-time Paramedics, Supervisors and support staff.  All paramedics provide emergency medical response and community support to Simcoe County residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, responding to more than 70,000 calls annually. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p> </p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p>
Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Twohttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-toy-drive-update-week-two-18-11-22.aspx11/22/2018 7:08:26 PMParamedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Two<p><strong>Midhurst/ November 22, 2018 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 16<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 17, 2018, to-date collecting 484 toys, 320 lbs of food, and $459 in cash and gift card donations.</p><p>All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Residents are asked for their continued generosity and support in helping those most in need in our region.</p><p>Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations this weekend: </p><p><strong>November 23, 2018</strong><br>Collingwood Walmart Collection - 5 to 8 p.m.<br>Midland Walmart Collection - 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>November 24, 2018</strong><br>Alliston Santa Claus Parade - 6 p.m.<br>Collingwood Walmart Collection – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br>Midland Santa Claus Parade - 10 a.m.<br>Tottenham Vince's Market Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br>Tottenham Santa Claus Parade - 3 p.m.<br>Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade - 5 p.m.<br>Washago Santa Claus Parade - 6:30 p.m.</p><p><strong>November 25, 2018</strong><br>Alliston Zehrs Collection - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Innisfil Santa Claus Parade - 1:30 p.m.<br>Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade - 1 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).</p><p>In addition to the previously listed venues, the 2018 Paramedic Services Toy Drive will also be collecting donations at these following events across Simcoe County throughout the holiday season: </p><p><strong>December 1, 2018</strong><br>Barrie Ideal Hobbies Collection - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Beeton Foodland Plaza Collection - 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.<br>Beeton Santa Claus Parade - 3 p.m.<br>Coldwater Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br>Coldwater Santa Claus Parade - 5:30 p.m.<br>Creemore Santa Claus Parade - 1 p.m.<br>Innisfil Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br>Stayner Santa Claus Parade - 10 a.m.</p><p><strong>December 2, 2018</strong><br>Alliston Walmart Collection - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Elmvale Santa Claus Parade - 1 p.m.<br>Lisle Santa Claus Parade - 1 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 8, 2018</strong><br>Barrie Toys R Us (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Barrie Walmart (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Barrie Walmart (Mapleview Drive) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Wasaga Beach Walmart Collection - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 9, 2018</strong><br>Barrie Toys R Us (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Barrie Walmart (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Barrie Walmart (Mapleview Drive) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 13 and 14, 2018</strong><br>Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas - 6 to 9 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 15, 2018</strong><br>Craighurst Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p><p><em>*Events are subject to change and additional locations may be added throughout the Toy Drive. </em></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"> - 30 -</p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a>  </p>
County unveils new Made In Simcoe County advertising campaign to support regional manufacturershttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-unveils-new-Made-In-Simcoe-County-advertising-campaign-to-support-regional-manufacturers.aspx11/21/2018 9:30:02 PMCounty unveils new Made In Simcoe County advertising campaign to support regional manufacturers<p>​<strong>Midhurst/November 21, 2018 – </strong>More than 150 employees, owners and operators working in Simcoe County's vibrant manufacturing sector turned out for the third annual Manufacturers' Forum on Wednesday, November 21 at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Thornton, Ontario. </p><p>The forum included panel discussions, networking opportunities and insights on how businesses can adapt and diversify. Attendees also heard from MPP Michael Parsa, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and a keynote address from Jayson Myers, head of the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster. </p><p>The County used the platform to make a splash with its new marketing and advertising campaign called <em>Made</em><em> </em><em>In</em><em> </em><em>Simcoe</em><em> </em><em>County</em>. The multi-channel campaign includes TV, radio, billboard, print, online and social media placements and features manufacturing success stories in an effort to promote career opportunities in the manufacturing sector, connect job seekers with regional employers and tout the amazing innovation occurring in the region. </p><p>The 2018 campaign features manufacturing success stories from AGNORA (Collingwood), Baxter Canada (New Tecumseth), Honda of Canada Manufacturing (Alliston), Keebee Play (Midland), MacLean Engineering (Collingwood), and Tempo Plastics (Innisfil). The County's Economic Development Office has a call out for 2019 participants. Manufacturers are encouraged to contact edo@simcoe.ca to share your #MadeInSimcoeStory. </p><p>More details about the campaign can be found at <a href="http://edo.simcoe.ca/made-in-simcoe-county">madein.simcoe.ca</a>. </p><p>The event was hosted by the County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office, in partnership with the City of Barrie, the City of Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University and the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.  </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.</p><p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p><p>“Employing more than 23,000 people, Simcoe County's manufacturing sector is growing, innovating, and selling its products across the globe. We have a lot to be proud of and this forum was a celebration of our successes and a tremendous showcase for the launch of our new <em>Made</em><em> </em><em>In</em><em> </em><em>Simcoe</em><em> </em><em>County</em> campaign. We thank MPP Michael Parsa, the Ontario Government, Jayson Myers and our manufacturing partners for making the forum such a huge success." ~ Terry Dowdall, County of Simcoe Deputy Warden </p><p>“This was a great forum and it's extremely encouraging to see manufacturing partners working closely with local governments to advance their sector. Business as usual is no longer an option for manufacturers. New market risks, changing customer demands, and the fast pace of technological change are requiring businesses to be just as nimble in order to compete and grow.  That means diversifying into new markets, developing new and higher value products and processes, and looking to new business models in order to stay ahead of the competition and just one step ahead of customer expectations." ~ Jason Myers, head of the Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br> Public Relations Manager, Communications<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br> 705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p>
Simcoe County’s craft brewing scene featured at Toronto Christmas Markethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-County’s-craft-brewing-scene-featured-at-Toronto-Christmas-Market.aspx11/20/2018 3:25:33 PMSimcoe County’s craft brewing scene featured at Toronto Christmas Market<p>​<strong><a href="http://www.experience.simcoe.ca/">http://www.experience.simcoe.ca</a>Midhurst/November 20, 2018 </strong>– Tourism Simcoe County, working with BruceGreySimcoe Tourism and many of the area's beverage producers, is helping showcase the area's Saints and Sinner Bootleggers Run at the Toronto Christmas Market, occurring weekends from November 16 to December 23, 2018 in the Distillery District. </p><p>This is the first time beverage producers from the three counties have been invited to participate in what is known as one of North America's largest Christmas Markets. Twenty of the area's 26 craft beer, wine, cider and spirits producers are featured at the event, providing exposure for the Saints and Sinners trail and the local alcohol beverage production sector. </p><p>“This is a great opportunity to showcase our experiences and local products in the GTA," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “Our involvement is just one of the many regional tourism initiatives that our team supports to help bring visitors, tourism dollars and new experiences to our region." </p><p>Saints and Sinner Bootleggers Run trail started in 2014 with 10 producers, it has grown to 26 producers batching beer, cider, wine and spirits across the region. The trail taps into the area's historic connection to prohibition, as smugglers used the many inlets and waterways in and throughout Georgian Bay to transport alcohol. Now the region has a budding craft alcohol scene, award winning products and a number of interesting experiences relating to the history of alcohol production. Learn more about the trail and how you can take the tour at <span style="text-decoration:underline;">www.experience.simcoe.ca.</span></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca. </p><p style="text-align:center;">- 30 -</p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager, Communications<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p>
Area partners host Agri-Food Study report back sessionshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Area-partners-host-Agri-Food-Study-report-back-sessions-.aspx11/19/2018 4:42:36 PMArea partners host Agri-Food Study report back sessions<p>​<strong>Midhurst/November 19, 2018 </strong>– Agri-food sector businesses, area partners and media are invited to attend Agri-Food Study report back sessions to receive findings from the regional Agriculture and    Agri-Food Study survey and provide feedback which will help shape future agri-food initiatives. </p><p>During the last nine months, partners from Simcoe, Grey and Bruce counties and the cities of Barrie and Orillia have been all ears, as they've travelled throughout the region collecting survey responses and conducting interviews with agri-food sector businesses and operators. More than 270 participants provided feedback resulting in more than 800,000 individual data points. </p><p><strong>Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia are hosting sessions at the following location and times:</strong></p><p>Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club<br>4730 Side Rd 25, Thornton<br>Wednesday, November 28, 2018 <br>6:30 - 9 p.m.</p><p>And</p><p>Thursday, November 29, 2018<br> 7 - 9:30 a.m.</p><p><strong>Grey and Bruce Counties are hosting sessions at the following location and time:</strong></p><p>Klages Mill and Garden<br>11 1st Avenue North, Chesley<br>Thursday, November 29, 2018<br>6:30 - 8:30 p.m.</p><p>To learn more, please visit <a href="/agri-foodstudy.">simcoe.ca/agri-foodstudy </a></p><p>Partial funding for this project has been provided by the Province of Ontario through the Rural Economic Development Program.  Additional funding for this project has been provided by the County of Simcoe, Grey County, Bruce County, the City of Barrie, the City of Orillia, Georgian College, Nottawasaga Futures Community Development Corporation and South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre. </p><p>-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager, Communications<br>Service Simcoe<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p><p>Robert Hatten <br>Communication Manager<br>Grey County<br> 519 -372-0219 ext. 1235<br>519-373-1592 (mobile)<br> rob.hatten@grey.ca</p><p> </p>