Orillia Common Roof Living Wall Fund grows through Steenhof Building Group Employee contribution

The Orillia Common Roof at 169 Front Street South is closer to becoming a healthier building.

New Path Foundation has received a donation to the Living Wall Fund for the Orillia co-location and multi-service facility through the combined sponsorship efforts of the employees at Steenhof Building Services Group pictured here at their new downtown Orillia location at 126 Mississaga Street East.

The architectural and engineering firm provided management supports to New Path Foundation pre/post and during the construction phase of the Orillia project.

The Living Wall will be installed in the lobby of the Front Street facility once the fund goal of $50,000 is achieved and will provide many health and cost saving energy measures to the benefit of building users, including agency tenants and clients served.

Contact New Path Foundation through Laurie Herd at lherd@thecommonroof.ca to contribute to the Living Wall Fund and support our social cause. The Common Roof brings non-profit human service organizations under one roof to ensure efficient use of space, service and infrastructure while providing opportunities for cross sector organization and collaboration and is an initiative of New Path Foundation.

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Orillia Common Roof is Going Tobacco Free

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Barrie Common Roof Art Show – June 28th- 2012

Art Show – June 2012

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New Path’s Not Just Jazz Event Raises over $40,000 In Support of Children’s Mental Health

Barrie, Ontario, June 8th, 2012

Magic, Mirth and Music were in full swing at Barrie’s South Shore Community Centre last Friday June 1st as the New Path Foundation held it’s 11th annual signature Not Just Jazz fundraising event to a packed house of over 200 guests and supporters.  From culinary delights, refreshments, music, silent auction and a few surprises, guests were treated to a night of community with Master of Ceremony Rock 95’s Ozz (pictured along with a special friend) in support of the tremendous work that New Path Youth and Family Services does each and every day for children, youth and their families in 7-locations throughout Simcoe County.  A highlight of the evening was a challenge event to match the generous donation of $3000.00 from Dr. John Adkins and David Slocum; this was met and exceeded in less than half and hour with a total of $7,425.00 coming from our guests.

New Path Foundation would like to thank our wonderful event committee, generous sponsors, silent auction and food donors along with our wonderful guests for helping to make this year’s event a huge success!  Plans for next year’s event are already underway with the hope of an even bigger night of fun, celebration, friendship and fundraising.  To help us in 2013 as a sponsor, donor or event planning partner, please contact James Thomson at 705-733-2654 Ext. 2047 or jthomson@newpath.ca

New Path Foundation of Simcoe County, hub based in Barrie Ontario, ensures the availability of human and financial resources from individual and corporate donors by creating and managing funds to meet the identified needs of children, youth and families.

New Path Services is a multi-service, fully accredited, children’s mental health agency serving children, youth and families through a wide range of mental health and youth justice programs, as well as adults through partner abuse services. We focus on making a difference in the lives of those we serve helping to create a better future for individuals and the communities they live in.

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Barrie Common Roof – Expansion Plans Continue

New Path Foundation staff and board members continue to be busy with work to benefit our community through fundraisers such as our annual Not Just Jazz event which took place June 2nd this year as well as further developing policies and procedures for the newest Common Roof in Orillia. Efforts to finalize plans for the New Path AGM set to take place June 19 at the Barrie Country Club are underway with Youth Engagement the focus as our youth take the lead in this planning process.

A busy time; and while there has not been much dialogue of late of the Barrie Common Roof expansion the foundation is still working on this most recent development feature and do continue to pursue the options to make it happen.

A predetermined numbers of tenants are required to obtain funding approvals so as to move the project forward.  That is two floors of the four storeys or 20,000 sq ft of the proposed building need to have agency tenants in place with the intention to partner or rent.

New Path Foundation is working on getting costs finalized for the expansion, an item which will directly relate to expenses required of the stakeholder tenants. Efforts to determine measurable timelines for the development of this facility continue through initial consultation with urban planners as well as forth coming discussion with City planners.

New Path continues to spread the word about this proposed new facility and how it can positively impact our human-service not-for-profit agencies. Your interest in this expansion is greatly valued. As planning moves ahead for this project further communiqués will be broadcast.

If you know of an organization that requires space to manage effective programming or administrative operations please forward their contact information to either Neville Twine or me. We welcome further inquiries from your agency as well and New Path Foundation staff would be pleased to visit your board to further discuss the project.

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Board Members Wanted…

New Path Youth and Family Services and New Path Foundation will be hosting a Board Information Night on Tuesday May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the new Orillia Common Roof.  Click Recruitment Ad for more details.  Please rsvp your attendance to Maureen Armstrong (705-733-2654, ext 2228 /marmstrong@newpath.ca).


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The Community Foundation of Orillia Supports Orillia Common Roof

New Path Foundation would like to thank the Community Foundation of Orillia and area for their support of the newly opened, in October 2012, Orillia Common Roof, with funds for teaching/resource kitchen equipment.

The application for Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund and funds were distributed in the spring of 2010 and were utilized March 2012 to purchase plates, bowls, cups and utensils with the help of the CAPC program staff.  The new dishes and utensils will serve clients of both in-house programs by Catulpa Community Support Services, CAP-C and New Path Youth and Family Services ACT Program as well as other agencies and their affiliates for seminars, meetings and info sessions directed to agency reps, clients and the public for many years to come.

Showing off the new hardware is (left to right) Darlene Elder (Chair Community Foundation Board), Nancy Hastings (Catulpa Community Support Services CAP-C), Laurie Herd (New Path Foundation, Orillia Common Roof Project Supervisor), Kent Boehme (New Path Youth and Family Services ACT Program for Families)and Heather Code-Burrell (CAP-C Food Worker and Orillia Community Kitchen Resource Group Rep).

*photos* photo credit, Frank Matys, Orillia Today

Submitted by Laurie Herd

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Thanks to Everyone for a Successful Grand Opening of the Orillia Common Roof

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Orillia Common Roof Open House

Common Roof open house ‘impressive’ to health unit

ORILLIA – Staff and administration of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit had a chance to rub elbows with the staff of other agencies in the Common Roof in Orillia at the facility’s open house on Thursday.

Several hundred supporters and clients of the agencies in the Common Roof packed the Front Street building to tour the facilities and learn what services are available.

“It was an impressive event, and the number of people who showed up indicates just how much interest there has been in the Common Roof in Orillia,” said Ellen Hartwick, who oversaw the health unit’s move into the new location. “It gave our staff a chance to really understand the potential of the services the Common Roof now offers. I have to tip my hat to Laurie Herd, the Common Roof coordinator, for all the work she did to put this event together.”

The health unit had three prime objectives in mind when it began searching for a new home: a good location, the ability to strengthen partnerships in the community, and a site where shared space created economies, said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner.

“Over the last 25 or 30 years we have been located at four other sites in the downtown. Throughout those moves, our staff has devoted itself to the city and its needs; a number of our employees have served in virtually every one of those offices,” Dr. Gardner said. “The Common Roof truly is a beautiful facility that will help us cement our relationship with the city in new ways, establish new partnerships with the other agencies in the building and provide even better service to the people of Orillia.”

Orillia Councillor Linda Murray, who sits on the board of health, said the Common Roof will have long lasting benefits for the city. “Having the health unit as one of the lead tenants will help the Common Roof reach its full potential,” she said. “I know that our families, young adults, health professionals and food services – they’re all finding the new location convenient and helpful.”

New Path Foundation board members and staff were pleased with the interest of local agency representatives, human-service providers and community members as indicated by the 200 plus people in attendance. “The Orillia Common Roof is an exceptional example of a multi-tenant non-profit centre that provides long term sustainability for vital community based human services and I am absolutely thrilled to see this successful culmination of collaborative planning by so many Orillia agencies and community citizens”, said Glen Newby, President and CEO of New Path Foundation, which developed, owns, and manages the Orillia Common Roof.

Orillia’s Common Roof facility currently has nine tenants, with the Orillia Central Preschool soon to open two classes as well. The in-house agencies of New Path Foundation and New Path Youth and Family Services, Catulpa Community Support Services, the Orillia Housing Resource Centre, Alzheimer Society of North East Simcoe County, Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and newcomer Welcome Centre Immigrant Services showcased their available resources and programs in the facility’s 2nd floor space. These displays were further enhanced by visitors, Committee Advocating for People with Special needs (CAPS) who plan to partner with New Path Foundationand expand facilities on adjacent property.

Boardrooms, Meeting rooms, waiting and resource areas as well as the kitchen on the main floor came alive with interactive program displays hosted by Catulpa’s CAPC, New Path Services for Tele-psychiatry and Observation room resources, Health Unit Clinic and Health Connection space and Endaad Native Non-Profit Homes for First Nations Traditions. Visitors from the Orillia Community Kitchen Resource Group prepared soup from Good Food Box supplies and local artists Brant Mawdsley and Shawn Ledouceur displayed their family themed art.

Plaques to commemorate Funds generated at the 2011Orillia Winter Carnival’s Polar Bear dip for shared resource areas in the Orillia Common Roof and the exquisite wall quilt by Textile Artist Marilyn Lippert in tribute to the 10 founding Orillia Common Roof agencies were installed.

Congratulations were extended by municipal, county, provincial and federal representatives.

New Path Foundation Board Chair Paul Pratt (left), Orillia Mayor Angelo Orsi and New Path Foundation President & CEO Glen Newby at the Orillia Common Roof Grand Opening

The Grand Opening was a culmination of work that began over 3-years ago. “The collaborative sharing, cooperation, and working together, evidenced by the Common Roof facility, represents a new, integrated business model for non-profit human service organizations, that will ensure their sustainability and mission fulfillment well into the future, while at the same time contributing to neighborhood revitalization and economic growth”, said Newby, “this truly is  a win-win situation all around”.






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The Orillia Common Roof will be Holding it’s Official Grand Opening on Thursday February 16th.

Textile artist Marilyn Lippert  presents the ‘Circle of Friends’ quilt to New Path Foundation President and CEO Glen Newby in preparation for the Orillia Common Roof’s Grand Opening set to take place on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at the newly opened co-location human service facility located at 169 Front Street South in Orillia.

The wall quilt depicts a variety of local flowers representing the 9 founding tenant agencies and took Lippert over 200 hours to  make. The quilt is now hanging in the Orillia Common Roof lobby for everyone’s enjoyment and will later be installed  in  the 1st floor atrium to make space for the Living Wall.

The Grand Opening festivities, themed to celebrate families, will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include greetings from local dignitaries, plaque installations, plus  building tours starting at 3:00 p.m. to showcase  tenant programs, an art work display, community kitchen cooking, and native drumming.

The New Path Foundation  event is open to the public and invites community members to attend in anticipation of the Family Day Holiday later in the week.

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