Barrie's Community Leaders Recognized with Paul Harris Awards

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”

Barb White

Barb, along with her husband Jeff, is the owner of Jeff White Property Maintenance. Barb moved to Barrie in 1992 and began her community involvement in 1997 as Fund-raising Chair and Council Member at their kid’s public school, which she continued until 2011. Through their com-pany, they support many local organizations and fundraisers with either sponsorship or hands on volunteer work. Including Barrie Food bank, OSPCA Barrie, Gilda’s Club, Hos-pice Simcoe, CMHA and the Canadian Cancer Society to name a few.

For the past 10 years Barb has organized and executed a third party fundraiser that is now well know as Prom Night for Cancer. What started out as an event raising a few thousand dollars, has now raised a total of $130,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Another event Barb organized for many years (2011 – 2015) was the Holiday Special for Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, raising over $17,000 to help keep the Red Door Open. Barb remains heavily involved with Gilda’s Club as the current Board Chair!

Still going strong, in 2016 Barb co-founded a group called “Ripple of Kindness” so that more like minded women could come together with greater impact. The group is now 210 women strong and thus far have supported 4 local charities including Hospice, Gilda’s Club, Season’s Centre for Grieving Children and Women & Children’s Centre of Barrie. Total funds donated to these 4 charities totals an amazing $140,200. In addition to all this she also sits on many planning committees including The Start Talking Golf Tournament, Hike for Hospice and others! Their company, Jeff White Property Maintenance provides no charge, year round landscaping services to Gilda’s Club, Hospice, and OSPCA. As well, their company Jeff’s Junk, donates proceeds from bin rentals each month to a differ-ent local charity. Barb is definitely Making a Difference and Making Barrie Better.

Zach & Shelley Hofer

Zach at age 9 wanted to run across Canada, inspired by Terry Fox and Annalise Carr. Zach wanted to raise money for Mental Health, he kept pushing and at age 12 they decided to pull it all together and run from Barrie to Ottawa.

460km is a long way for a young guy! They put the wheels in motion for “Zach Makes Tracks” on August 13th, 2017 and set out a goal to raise $10,000. After walking, running and biking, he successfully completed the 460km on September 10th, 2017.

Along the way he met with the Governor General, PM Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor Jeff Lehman and many MP and MPP’s along the way.

He raised great awareness for Child and Youth Mental Health, regionally, provincially and nationally. He far succeeded his goal of $10,000 and raised $108,000 for Child and Youth Mental Health at RVH. As you can imagine, his Mom Shelley, gave all of her sup-port to Zach and fully embraced the project. She shared her own mental health issues with others in an effort to create awareness. They both became the faces of the project, it was a real team effort. Their story resonated with thousands of families to help others have open conversations at home and in the community helping to save lives. Zach and Shelley are “Making a Difference”

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