Our Trailblazers

2018 Trailblazers  
 Sandra McMillan
 Winter-Lee Houben
 Sarah Jackson
Kathy Villanen 
 Jasmine Basner
 Kathy Reid
Farah Miltimore
 Cory van der Vliet 

We are seeking ten Trailblazing Women who will each recruit 10 Women Who Care About Women to donate $100. 

We are pleased to feature Kathy Villanen as a Trailblazer committed to raising $1,000 for Elizabeth Fry Society’s ‘100 Women Who Care About Women’ Campaign!

“To move forward, you have to give back.” Oprah Winfrey

Kathy Villanen

Kathy, originally from Barrie, is a dedicated mother of three sons and has moved all over Canada following her husbands career. She has lived in 3 provinces and 13 different homes, but is now happy to call Barrie her home once again. Kathy is active in her community, always working to bring people together through community activities, family dinners, or “just because” events with friends and neighbours. She has acted as hockey team manager, sat on the minor hockey tournament committee, is a school volunteer, and does fundraising through her children’s schools and hockey leagues. On a personal level, Kathy feels a connection with Elizabeth Fry Society, as she has a family member who was previously supported by the organization. She understands the unexpected challenges faced by women experiencing homelessness, and the importance of empowering women with the tools necessary to change their lives for the better. We are delighted to welcome Kathy to our team of Trailblazers!


Introducing Cory van der Vliet, Champion for Change and Social Justice

Cory van der Vliet

Cory van der Vliet is a mixed media maker and painter, Mother, community collaborator, and arts-based advocate for social justice, working out of Barrie Ontario. A graduate of Georgian’s School of Design and Visual Art, with a BFA from Thompson Rivers University, and a Post-Graduate Degree in Museum and Gallery Studies, Cory devotes her life to building and supporting inclusive learning communities through the arts; embracing and exploring learning and leadership styles to catalyze social change while striving to achieve social equity. Co-founder of the former alternative art space ‘The Front Room Gallery’, and an originating member of the DIY Arts Collective, Cory has proudly acted as the instigator behind numerous revolving door artist projects that celebrate and promote the healing powers of community and the arts. Her work as a curator and facilitator has opened the path to a number of opportunities to promote awareness of social issues through creativity, and include successful collaborations with the Canadian Mental Health Association, the AIDS Coalition of Simcoe County, Georgian Environmentalists GEAR, Food not Bombs, and Simcoe Pride. As both a visual and musical artist, Cory has contributed to fundraising campaigns for Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling Centre, Smash the Stigma, and Epilepsy Canada. When Cory stepped up to join the 100 Women Who Care About Women Campaign, it was our absolute pleasure to give her the task of being a Trailblazer. Cory is, and has always been, a true champion for social justice and we are very proud to have her on our team.

Please help Cory reach her goal of raising $1,000 to help Simcoe County’s most vulnerable women on their path to healing. Head over to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/elizabeth-fry-society-of-simcoe-county/ and make sure you add Cory’s name in the message box!


Meet Sandra McMillan, who was our FIRST official Trailblazer who committed to raise $1,000 toward our “100 Women Who Care About Women” campaign!

Sandra McMillan

Sandra has been entrepreneurial her entire career path. In the 80’s & 90’s she owned a full-service travel agency with a specialty in the up & coming cruise vacation industry. After the death of her husband to cancer in 2000, she felt the calling to consciously live a purpose-filled life (instead of just-getting-through-the-grief, everyday busy-ness kind of life).

She upgraded her education & become a bio energetic practitioner combining the therapies of holistic nutrition, biofeedback, and acupuncture. After retiring from full-time practice, she loved hosting a seasonal bed and breakfast in Tiny township. She a very busy and capable women indeed!

Sandra currently resides in Wasaga Beach and has founded a social and travel club for single women ages 60+. In her own way, she is a social justice champion for aging women who are widowed or divorced, and at risk of social isolation. Sandra has taken a huge step in advocating for vulnerable women in Simcoe County and raising funds for Joyce Kope House shelter for women experiencing homelessness. She recently dropped by the shelter to give donations of pillows, blankets, and household items for women reintegrating into the community.

Thank You Sandra for all that you do, we are delighted to have you as part of our community!


We are excited to feature Winter-Lee Houben, MBA., CPA., CGA., one of our first Trailblazers taking the lead on our 100 Women Who Care About Women Campaign!

Winter-Lee Houben

Winter-Lee is a Commercial Banking Analyst at TD Bank in Barrie, Ontario. Winter-Lee has committed to being a champion for social justice and is passionate about helping both women and youth who are at-risk of homelessness and street life.  Winter-Lee was raised by a single mother who did need to access outreach services in her youth. Thanks to those services, Winter-Lee’s mother was able to get into stable housing, find consistent work, and become an amazing mother.  Winter-Lee is now 34, has earned a Master’s Degree in Finance (among other designations: MBA., CPA., CGA.), and has been happily married for the past 7 years. Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County is especially meaningful to Winter-Lee, and the feeling is mutual.