Catching The ‘Spirit’ In Barrie

Two honoured with Spirit Catcher Awards

Community Spirit front and centre Wednesday night a Barrie’s South Shore Centre for the 6th annual Spirit Catcher Awards.

Ninety-three-year-old William Dwyer a recipient this year. You’ve heard his name before for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the Terry Fox Run. He has raised more than $860, 000 over 38 years.

His goal is to raise $1-million.

They passed the hat around at last night’s event and raised another $1000 for his cause.

Dwyer has also volunteered his time to help others less fortunate for RVH, the Parkinson Society and Royal Canadian Legion Fund.

Also honoured last night was 17-year-old Jake Vaz who founded the Barrie Public Library’s Chess Titans Club and has also volunteered for RVH and the Salvation Army.

“When I first started the chess club I would’ve never believed that 20 people on average would attend a session or the lovely comments I would receive from parents and kids. I thank my family for encouraging me and the staff at the Barrie Public Library for their continued support. Having been a volunteer at the Salvation Army, RVH, and library I’ve had some great memories and have learned so much through others.”