The 4th Annual Spirit Catcher Awards were a great success story once again this year with almost 200 guests. On November 15 2016 the Barrie Community Foundation hosted a wonderful evening to celebrate the City of Barrie’s highest award of merit…The Order of the Spirit Catcher. The community enjoyed a hearty sit down meal served by Wildwood Hospitality and Catering while listening to the music of Jazz Mandu. The Foundation is delighted to recognize The Season’s Centre for Grieving Children with proceeds from the event that will be added to the Season’s Endowment Fund. During the evening The Barrie Colts Endowment Fund represented by Jim Payetta made a $5,000 presentation to Marcy Baldry for the Season’s Centre Endowment Fund.
During the evening our supporters where surprised with a Native Welcome Song by Shirley Hay and Marilyn George…..a link to the roots of the “Spirit Catcher” Sculpture that symbolizes the Award.
A good time was had by all.
Elizabeth Willoughby was welcomed to the Order of the Spirit Catcher along with the newest youth recipient to receive such a prestigious recognition, Christina D’Alessandro.
Elizabeth Willoughby is best known for her continuous work with Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital since 1977. Her astounding dedication has encompassed over 7,000 hours of Community Service for the Hospital. But her dedication to members of our community does not stop her. It includes contributing actively to the Barrie Lawn Bowling Club, Grace United Church and special individuals who need assistance in different aspects of their lives.
Christina D’Alessandro herself born a right hand amputee has risen above what most people see as a challenge directing her life helping others to see that they too can move beyond to impediments and trials. Her dedication is an inspiration to all. As her pleasant positive self, she works as a Safety Ambassador with the War Amputee PLAYSAFE Program. Her message is clear. “Spot the Danger”. Christina’s active personal life that includes volleyball and basketball does not stop her from including the Importance of Rememberance Day to her peers.