Pointe au Baril
A look at the accomplishments of a community working together for the common good.
This yearbook was designed to share the story of the Habitat for Humanity build project in Pointe au Baril. From it’s inception back in 2017, to the busy summer of volunteers in 2019, and beyond; thank you to everyone who made this project possible. Best wishes for the homeowners, Josh, Myesha, Lydia, and Eleanor. To view the Yearbook click on the link below:
Below is an important message from the Township of the Archipelago:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE PAB COMMUNITY CENTRE IS CLOSED AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THIS IS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS. Check back with us for updates.
STAY SAFE EVERYONE!
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
After a lengthy consultation process the Pointe au Baril Seniors Club recently voted to change it’s name to “NORTH OF 50.”
The name change conversation all started with an expressed desire by many – both members and non-members – to counter the stereotype of the word ‘senior’ as someone who is in decline, with a more positive picture of aging.
We wanted a name that would feel more representative and inclusive of all our members and those eligible for membership, from age 50 on, and not detract from the active and involved stage of life we are living. Many of you told us that the word “senior” just didn’t cut it. For some it was even a put off.
So we asked for your input and held a vote and the result is our new name: NORTH OF 50. Next will be a new logo which is in development.
We welcome new members, age 50+, to join this very active and engaged group of men and women, all working together to support each other in various ways including strengthening our broader PaB community.
For more info please contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
PABIA has set up a new membership category called “Secondary Membership” hoping to encourage participation and membership among permanent residents of PAB who don’t require off season cottage patrols. PABIA wishes to encourage everyone who resides in the area to participate in its activities and remind them of the benefits of its services such as navigational markers, water quality testing, shoreline cleanup, and advocating for our community with the TOA.
Click on the link below to view PABIA’s Membership Brochure for more information:
NOTICE: The April meeting has been cancelled.
Club meetings are held the first Monday of each month, 9 a.m. at the PaB Community Centre. We encourage your input regarding future directions for the Club and setting priorities for member activities and events. We look forward to an active and fun year ahead.
Membership is open to anyone age 50 and over. Annual fee is $20 per person. For more information please contact Muriel McKee, Treasurer at email@example.com As well as offering you voting privileges, your annual membership fee includes the Club’s Christmas dinner.
Non Profit Organization
The Pointe au Baril Seniors Club is a non profit community based organization whose membership is open to all individuals age 50+. The Club’s primary goal is to support it’s membership and in doing so strengthen its community. It does this through various social, educational, and awareness activities and programs.
The Pointe au Baril Seniors Club is a member of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario (USCO).
NORTH OF 50 (PaB Seniors) EXECUTIVE – 2020
DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, EXERCISE CLASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. CHECK BACK HERE FOR UPDATES. Closure of the centre is a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 virus. Stay safe everyone!
POINTE TO THE EAST: A VILLAGE RE-INVENTS ITSELF
Director, Producer, Writer: Linda Graff
Editor: Gilles Gagnon
This amazing video recounts Pointe au Baril’s long history and unique development. “Pointe to the East” is a special community project undertaken to mark Canada 150.
How to Access
Youtube – This incredible 58-minute documentary is now fully accessible via Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTUAjLveX3w
PaB Community Center Library – The video may be viewed on the computer in the library. It is about 4 GB in size.
To purchase – Some physical copies of Pointe to the East are still available (on USB flashdrives). Contact Elsie at 705-366-2050 to purchase. You’ll want a copy for yourself and your friends, and anyone else lucky enough to have experienced the magic and majesty of Pointe au Baril!
A full description of the video can be found below…following the sampling of excellent reviews.
The reviews are in and hugely positive! Here’s what some had to say:
I just finished watching Pointe to the East. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! There are very few videos that keep my interest anymore, but I was just riveted to this. So, so, so, so, well done!!! Kudos to everyone involved in the creation of this!! – Ian Mead
This video really told the reasons why the community began, grew, moved and expanded. The film was professionally done but really kept the small town feel with interviews of long-time residents, bringing a lot of old memories to mind! So proud of the committee members who started with a simple idea and ended with a very professional film, wonderful job. Well done. – Joan Emery
Tremendous amount of work that went into this project is obvious in the excellent result. I’m really impressed. I’ve already watched the video again. It’s terrific! – Nancy Rogers
Wow what a great job all of you have done on this. PAB now has its own movie and something to be very proud of. I brought my dad and his brothers to the preview and they all loved it. – Randy Gardner
It was fabulous! I bought 4 copies. I could pause it and take a closer look at some of the pictures. Incredible job! – Kathleen Kidd
I purchased the USB stick that featured the documentary. What was so amazing, being able to watch it the second time, is that I could pause and examine the many photos for as long as I wished. This often lead to lengthy conversations with others watching it with me, especially those who were born and raised in PAB. – Jane Kydd
The worst I heard was that it was incredible and it went up from there!
POINTE TO THE EAST – DESCRIPTION
Pointe au Baril’s long history and unique development is recounted in this 58-minute documentary. It weaves interviews, video, photos, and narrative to recount the village’s early beginnings at its famed lighthouse on the rocky shores of Georgian Bay and its move to its present location 11 kms to the east. The video tells the story of how people, natural resources, and transportation all influenced its origins and development. As resources changed, Pointe au Baril did not become a ghost town like so many towns have. Instead, it moved and reinvented itself as a thriving host and supply centre for the thousands of island residents whose families helped to build and shape this town and its spectacular environment.
Pointe to the East is a special project undertaken to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. A special thanks goes out to the many volunteers who told us their stories and provided more than 2,300 photos, hundreds of which form the core of the video, and to our sponsors whose generosity helped to make this project possible.
DESMASDONS BOAT WORKS
NORTH SHORE BARGE
Special thanks to the Township of the Archipelago
Home Hardware and CCY General Store
JMK Boat Storage
Pleasant Cove Resort and All Season Property Construction
Rockpine Resort Cottages