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William Martin doesn’t mind serving up a cup of coffee to random strangers. The 17-year-old entrepreneur recently started his own business selling coffee and is giving some of his proceeds and product to the David Busby Street Centre. “We started selling coffee to local businesses in January, so it’s fairly new,” Martin said. He is delivering coffee pods, coffee beans and ground Ara Azzurro coffee to 30 offices already and said his first donation to the David Busby centre was earlier this month. “I am donating coffee to the Busby centre, because I want to give back to the community. It’s a nice place to give back to,” he said. The street centre offers counselling, housing and job assistance to the homeless or those living at the poverty line. William’s grandmother worked with David Busby and he said the centre relies on donated coffee to serve to clients. The homeschooled youth was ready to jump into a career. After finding out about the Ara Azzurro brand packaged in Bolton, he and his dad, Vern, started the distribution business. “The name Genesis 2 comes from the Bible,” William said. “The second chapter, when all of the plants are there — including the coffee beans.” The company offers 17 different flavours of coffee pods, but he said the breakfast blend and dark roast are the most popular. As for William, he’s not much of a coffee drinker himself. Reach William at 705-305-8226 or for coffee distribution services.

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Barrie Colts defenceman and captain Michael Webster is this year’s winner of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy this year. The award is presented by the Ontario Hockey League to a captain who exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with a dedication to the game. “This is an amazing award named after a former captain of the Windsor Spitfires, who I understand was a great leader on and off the ice,” Webster said. “I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to play for an organization like the OHL’s Barrie Colts for the past four years and also to have been picked by our owner Howie Campbell and coach Dale Hawerchuk, to serve as captain this year. Webster, 20, is an overager who was suspended just before the team played its last game against the Niagara IceDogs in the Eastern Conference Division Finals. A member of the team the team for four years, he was named captain this season, during which he contributed a career-high 44 points in 64 games.  In all, he played 254 career regular season games accumulating 18 goals and 77 assists for 95 points. “The Colts are extremely proud of (Webster) and the way he handled himself as the captain of the Barrie Colts this season,” general manager Jason Ford said. “He showed outstanding initiative and dedication in the community and was someone all of the players looked up to on and off the ice.” Webster was nominated for the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for two straight years as the team’s Humanitarian of the Year. He supported the Canadian Mental Health Association, personally raising close to $50,000 for various causes including $21,000 this season for the March Mullet Foundation in support of CMHA.  Webster volunteered weekly with a CMHA program called LIFT (Life Skills & Independence for Teens), working with youth and using his positive attitude to help make a difference in the lives of those around him. “(Webster’s) leadership on the ice and in the community is unparalleled in my tenure in Barrie,” head coach Dale Hawerchuk said. “He has been a true team first player and would be a true asset to any organization.”

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A high level of charitable spirit and social investment make Orillia the top co-operative community in the province and it’s all due to the volunteers who make it so, according to the mayor. "All three recipients have a wonderful profile in the city," said Steve Clarke, as Ken Forbes, Jim Campbell and Roy Menagh were honoured with medals for the Order of Orillia at city hall on Monday evening. "For as long as I’ve known them in the community, they’ve given selflessly." But for the three, volunteering isn’t about getting awards. "I volunteer because I’ve lived a very cherished and favourable life," said Campbell. "So this is absolute payback, as much as I can while I’m still healthy and will continue as long as I possibly can." For many of the 40 years he has lived in Orillia, Campbell has volunteered in various ways around the city, creating for himself a broad portfolio of community involvement. "Campbell was involved in minor soccer, minor hockey, Royal Canadian Legion, Salvation Army, Scottish Festival and more," said Barbara Dickson, committee member. "That’s quite a spectrum of activities to be involved in." Each year, the city’s commemorative awards committee selects members of the community to be recognized at a ceremony, based on the diversity of their involvement in the community, she explained "Acknowledging good deeds is important," said Dickson. "And it teaches people how to add value to the community. It creates a reciprocity with this and evens the playing field a little." For Campbell, it’s simply a matter of giving back by choosing things he is interested in or is good at, such as soccer. "We know him through all sorts of things," said Helen Macdonald, who has known Campbell for four decades. "He gives 100 per cent to everything he does." Much like Campbell, Forbes was honoured and humbled at receiving the award. "I wasn’t expecting this in any way shape or form," he said. "But it’s nice to know someone noticed." He volunteered with the Scouts for 22 years and was also the founding member of Orillia Business Association (OBA), and stayed on as chair of Orillia and Lake Country Business Expo when the OBA dissolved. "It’s ingrained in me," said Forbes, who also owns OTD Building Supplies in Orillia. "My parents volunteered all their life. It’s important to help improve the life of the community." Friend Paul Neill attested to Forbes’ unrelenting spirit of giving. "He’s very well known in Orillia for giving to the community," said Neill. "He’s a never-sit-down type of guy, so he’s very well deserved." Menagh, was recognized for his contributions in for creating the Orillia Vocal Ensemble, serving as musical director of the Orillia Wind Ensemble and Mariposa Arts Theatre musical productions and more. He was unable to attend the ceremony will be given the award on April 25. mshahid@postmedia.com twitter.com/chromartblog 

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PENETANGUISHENE – What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by building a terrarium? The Penetanguishene Public Library will host an April 22 workshop on terrarium building with Bonnie McLaren, president of the Penetanguishene Horticultural Society. It will run from 6-7 p.m. The event is for children eight to 12. All supplies required for the project will be provided. Pre-registration is required by April 15. For further information, contact the library at 705-549-7164.

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SIMCOE COUNTY – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is aiming to help low-income citizens achieve “health equity” with the rest of the population. According to Megan Williams, manager of health promotion and communications, low-income citizens are at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, oral-health problems and shortened life expectancy than those with higher incomes. Twelve per cent of Simcoe Muskoka’s total population is classified as low income, she noted, adding the number jumps to 32 per cent for single-parent families and 19 per cent for aboriginals. Williams outlined an action plan designed to better serve low-income families and individuals. It also looks to work with community partners to address the factors that create poor health for low-income citizens. More help needed for those who can’t afford dental care. Many seniors, as well as low-income adults and the working poor, are not getting the dental care they need, says the board of health. The body is calling on the provincial government to extend financial support for dental care. The province currently provides support for low-income families with children up to 18 years of age, for emergency care for adults using Ontario Works, and for adults on disability support. However, these programs cover only a small percentage of the vulnerable populations. Health unit welcomes two new board members Two new representatives have been appointed to the board of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Steve Kinsella served 41 years in law enforcement before becoming manager of municipal law enforcement for the Town of New Tecumseth. He lives in Barrie. Peter Willmott recently retired from his position as director of health protection services in Halton Region. He is a resident of Wasaga Beach. They were welcomed at the board’s March meeting.

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SUBMITTED – The County of Simcoe  has created a new in-house legal services department. Zarah Walpole has been appointed director of legal services and Marshall Green as senior legal counsel. As part of the 2016 budget, county councillors approved establishing an in-house legal services team which will provide benefits including improved services, enhanced availability of legal representation, as well as operational and cost efficiencies. The team will also include a law clerk and legal administrative assistant which will be recruited by Walpole as one of her first responsibilities. In addition to serving as senior legal counsel, Green will support the transition and knowledge transfer from external legal services to in-house legal representation.  “After completing a detailed cost benefit analysis, it was determined that in-house legal representation will provide operational and financial efficiencies for the Corporation and our tax payers,” said Trevor Wilcox, general manager, Corporate Performance for the county. “Most organizations and municipalities of our size and scope utilize in-house legal services. We are pleased to welcome Zarah and Marshall to our team and are confident that this model will provide greater efficiencies and ultimately reduce our annual legal costs.”  At the beginning of its current term, councillors considered a business case for creating an in-house legal services department. The county’s external legal costs have trended upwards ranging from $1.6 million to $1.8 million annually, with particular increases in contract, procurement, municipal and property law matters. To complete the new legal department, the county recognized the need to transfer its corporate legal knowledge from its external legal representation at HGR Graham Partners LLP to its new in-house department. To achieve this knowledge transfer more efficiently, the county has entered into a contract agreement with Green, the county’s long-time legal counsel previously with HGR Graham Partners.

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Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard addresses the recent federal budget Friday afternoon during a round-table discussion organized by the Barrie Chamber of Commerce. Listening to Brassard are Barrie— Springwater — Oro-Medonte MP Alex Nuttall, right, and chamber CEO Rod Jackson. BDO Canada partner Tim Taylor also spoke at the event.

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Don Bryce helps a friend launch a Prism Quantum kite along Lakeshore Drive Tuesday afternoon. Looking for something to do in Simcoe County this week? Check out our

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Saturday is your last chance to buy a daffodil in Meaford. Daffodil Month volunteers for the local Canadian Cancer Society will be out at Bill’s Valu-Mart and the LCBO from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. selling daffodil pins. Last weekend, the campaign raised more than $1,000 and organizers are hoping to top that amount this weekend. “We have a terrific group of people always willing to help and it was easy filling the volunteer spots this year,” said organizer Nancy Ellis, owner of Simply Unique Flowers and Gifts. “We had three younger kids helping us this year: Abby Johnston, Emersyn Gill and McKeira Rowe. Tanya Vesely and her service dog Monty are always popular.” Money raised during Daffodil Month helps the Canadian Cancer Society fund cancer research, provide information and deliver programs and services to prevent cancer and to support people living with cancer and their families and caregivers right here in the local community and advocate on behalf of Canadians on important health and cancer issues. The Cancer Society reminds local citizens there are many ways to support Canadians living with cancer including: * Buy and wear a daffodil pin throughout April. * Attend a Daffodil month event in your community. * Participate in a Society fundraising event in your community. * Sign up to shave your head or donate your ponytail at * Get dirty and participate in our ladies only 5 km Mudrun at

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A Collingwood real estate broker one of the top in Canada. READ MORE: Doug Gillis, a broker with Re/Max Four Seasons Realty,  ranked number 42 on the company’s list of the top 100 sellers for 2015. Re/Max has more than 19,000 sales associates across Canada. “I never got to this level before,” he said.  “We had an exceptional year and that’s based partially on the fact the market has been reasonably strong.” Gillis believes the area has been “discovered,” and said the natural environment make it attractive to potential buyers. “We’ve got all the amenities here,” Gillis said. “We’ve got a great hospital. We’ve got great schools.” Gillis has been a real estate agent since 1991 and has been involved in 1,200 transactions totaling more than $403 million in sales. He’s been involved in a number of prominent deals including the acquisition of lands for the Georgian Bay Club, assisting in the acquisition of the Olde Towne project and working on the Terrasan property in Craigleith. Gillis said his specialty is solving problems. “I’m a problem solver more than a salesman,” he said.  “There isn’t a real estate deal in the world that doesn’t have a problem or two associated with them.” The 68-year-old believes in giving the proper attention to clients, which means when he’s talking to someone, his cell phone is in his car. “If I’m talking to you, I’m not interrupted,” he said. Gillis came to real estate after selling C&C Yachts in 1989. Gillis built yachts, including three that were used in the Americas Cup race. He said he’s always been an entrepreneur, staring with a lawn cutting business and paper route. “I was always in business,” he said. Gillis grew up on a tobacco farm in Brantford and said he got interested in travelling while he was a teenager. “I started travelling around the world when I was 16,” he said. “I hitch hiked across North Africa when I was 16. I was a Deckhand on a fishing trawler in Iceland when I was 18. We’ve had adventures all over the world.”

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