I Love Barrie contest winners announced

Winners will join the KOOL FM and Rock 95 morning shows virtually in April

Over 110 entries were received from students at 19 elementary schools across the city who submitted artwork and short stories as to why they love Barrie.

The 5th annual I Love Barrie contest was held from Feb. 12 to Mar. 5.

“I love this time of the year—reviewing the contest entries is so inspiring. Encouraging the development of Barrie’s youth gives me all the motivation I need,” says Ward 10 Councillor Mike McCann. “The I Love Barrie contest is just one way we invest in our future.”

The I Love Barrie contest winners from 2020 and 2021 have been selected:

Primary (Kindergarten to Grade 3): Jack Prestwich, Grade 3, Assikinack Public School

From City of Barrie

Junior (Grade 4 to 6): Sadie Mitton, Grade 6, West Bayfield Elementary School

From City of Barrie

The winners’ names will be shared in The Barrie Advance in the City’s “This Week in Barrie” feature later this month.

Jack, Sadie and Eden will also showcase their artwork or read their short story at an upcoming Barrie City Council meeting, and will have the opportunity to join the KOOL FM and Rock 95 morning shows (virtually) in April. 

The winning entries can be viewed via barrie.ca/MyBarrie.

Intermediate (Grade 7 and 8): Eden Goreta, Grade 7, St. John Paul II Catholic School

Why I love barrie
By Eden Goreta

I believe that the people make the city, and the city shapes who we are. Barrie can make you feel safe, and bring people together, whether you’re volunteering at a shelter, or buying coffee for the person behind you at Tim Hortons. These simple acts of kindness define how we view Barrie and its people. Take our reliable police force, heroic firefighters, and life-saving paramedics, we depend on these courageous men and women every day.

With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we still manage to make time for our loved ones, be it relaxing at Barrie’s gorgeous waterfront, enjoying a novel at the Painswick library, or exploring the weekly farmer’s market. Needless to say, summer has its fun, but winter is a whole different experience! Barrie is famous for our magical Winterfest, where you can do exciting activities like sledding, skating, and my personal favourite, eating maple taffy!

But when it comes to my family, going out to sushi restaurants is our ideal
weekend treat. My favourite is Noble Cuisine, on Fairview, me and my friends love eating fried ice cream there together. Another fantastic thing about Barrie, is the dog park! I love taking my Australian shepherd there, and playing fetch! One of my favourite summer activities is enjoying the water park on the beach with friends. It’s a great way to cool off and have tons of fun at the same time. On the other hand, the Barrie public library is the absolute BEST way to spend a rainy day!

But the best part of Barrie isn’t a building or landmark. The true best part of
Barrie, is the community that inhabits it. Without the people, our wonderful city wouldn’t even exist. like I said, the people make the city, and I know I’m proud to say I live in a city like Barrie.