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. 

Introducing Team Elizabeth Fry Staff! An amazing group of women who work the front lines with vulnerable clientele in Simcoe County and Muskoka. They believe in the work they do and recognize the value of every dollar raised for women experiencing homelessness in our communities.

Today we are featuring our first ‘Team Trailblazer’. This group of women carry particular importance to the ‘100 Women Who Care About Women’ campaign. In addition to their commitment of collectively raising $1,000 for Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County, these women are committed to everything this agency stands for, and they work toward supporting our clients day after day. Introducing Team Elizabeth Fry Staff! An amazing group of women who work the front lines with vulnerable clientele in Simcoe County and Muskoka. They believe in the work they do and recognize the value of every dollar raised for women experiencing homelessness in our communities. The backbone of our agency, these women are true champions for social justice.

Please help Team Elizabeth Fry Staff meet their goal of raising $1,000! Go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/elizabeth-fry-society-of-simcoe-county/

Make sure to write the name of your staff member in the large message box! Charitable tax receipts are provided for donations of $20 or more.

Thank you for your support!

 

Kathy Reid

It is our absolute pleasure to introduce Kathy Reid. The epitome of resilience. Champion of social justice. Selfless caregiver.

Kathy Reid has been a resident of Muskoka for almost 40 years. In those years she has become a mother, a committed advocate, and a social justice warrior.

Self-sufficient since the age of 16, Kathy has been privy to a myriad social issues throughout her life. Well aware of struggles faced by people from all walks, she has involved herself in social initiatives supporting women, families, and youth in Muskoka.

Kathy was invited to sit on the planning committee for ‘Great Beginnings Prenatal Nutrition Program’ in Muskoka, a program that supports young families through pregnancy into the first 6 months of life. She was committed to her relationship with this program for close to a decade! More recently, Kathy spent 6 years volunteering with Muskoka Victim Services, as a crisis support worker and a board volunteer, having served one term as the board President.

Kathy has always believed in a better future for youth, and has always found great importance in increasing the amount of services and supports in Muskoka. While raising her three girls, Kathy always had a bed (or couch!) to offer for youth who were experiencing homelessness. If her home was full, she would find beds in the community through her friends and social networks, because Kathy believes that every person deserves a safe place to sleep at night. She is delighted to see Elizabeth Fry Society expanding the support services Muskoka has to offer. Their programs delivered throughout Muskoka are: Rural and Remote Community Programs: Emotions Management, Anti-Theft, Grief and Loss, Substance Use and Harm Reduction, and Healthy Relationships; as well as the Youth Trustee Program, which supports 16 and 17 year-old youth who no longer reside with a parent or guardian; helping them access financial supports and social services. The Youth Trustee Program is currently undergoing an expansion to address the emerging issue of the victimization of girls and young women in Muskoka being recruited for the purposes of Human Trafficking.

Over the years both professionally and personally, Kathy has helped countless people work through difficult times in their lives. She has chosen to put her all into the 100 Women Who Care About Women Campaign because she recognizes the need for social service expansion in Muskoka. She also knows that Joyce Kope House, shelter and halfway house for women, although located in Barrie, is accessed by women from Muskoka and as far north as Thunder Bay.

Help Kathy meet her goal of raising $1000 for Simcoe Muskoka’s most vulnerable women by heading to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/elizabeth-fry-society-of-simcoe-county/

Be sure to include Kathy’s name in the message box! Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or higher.


Sarah Jackson

What a pleasure to introduce this incredible human and champion for social justice in her community. Sarah Jackson has committed to being a Trailblazer for Elizabeth Fry Society’s “100 Women Who Care About Women” — a campaign that will fund much-needed beds and dressers to Simcoe County’s most vulnerable and marginalized women.

Sarah Jackson

Our next featured Trailblazer needs little introduction. A Barrie resident since 2001, Sarah Jackson is an incredible mother to her seven year old son, Cash; is an active member of the Barrie Huronia Rotary Club; and is passionate about improving the lives of all people in her community. A well-known member of the Barrie community, Sarah has made her mark in the business sector as the Owner/Operator of The Farmhouse Restaurant. Her passion and involvement for the food industry does not stop there. Partnered with her husband, Randy Feltis, Sarah is actively involved in the planning and execution of local food events such as Curb Appeal, Barrielicious, and Dish for Hospice.

Sarah has enthusiastically committed to joining the 100 Women Who Care About Women campaign, with a goal of raising $1000 for Joyce Kope House shelter for vulnerable women in Simcoe County.

Help Sarah be a champion for change by donating online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/elizabeth-fry-society-of-simcoe-county/ and make sure you put Sarah’s name in the message box!

Charitable Tax Receipts are issued for donations $20.00 or higher.


Farah Miltimore

Proudly introducing a very special Trailblazer: Farah Miltimore! A mother. A leader. A social media entrepreneur. A true champion for the empowerment of women everywhere.
Farah Miltimore
Farah has been living in Barrie (and loving it!) for three years, and is very well-informed on issues faced by women in our communities. She recognizes how those at-risk fall into life cycles that are extremely difficult to get out of, and is an advocate for helping to lift up and empower women and girls who are struggling. As a mother of twin boys, she is committed to teaching her children the value of giving back to their community.
Farah leads a local networking group for female entrepreneurs called FemCity, and through inspiration and empowerment, she strives to re-light every woman’s ‘sparkle’ that life may have taken away from them.
 
We are beyond delighted to add Farah to our team of Women Who Care About Women, as she emanates female strength and justice in everything she does.
 
Please help Farah reach her $1000 goal by visiting
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/elizabeth-fry-society-of-simcoe-county/ and be sure to add Farah’s name in the message box!

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.

 

  • Our Trailblazers
    Winter-Lee Houben, Barrie.
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    Sandra McMillan, Wasaga Beach.
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    Cory vanderVliet, Barrie.
  • Our Trailblazers
    Kathy Villanen, Barrie
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    Farah Miltimore, Barrie
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    Sarah Jackson, Barrie.
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    Kathy Reid, Muskoka.