Awards & Recognition

2013 SCYPA Award Winners

Last Thursday, on November 21st, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association held our annual awards evening at Michael & Marion’s. 30-40 people attended the social event, including the Mayor of Barrie, Jeff Lehman, who was in attendance to speak to the group. We had a fantastic evening as we were bombarded with a plethora of appetizers and food (courtesy of Michael & Marion’s).

The first award handed out was the Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, sponsored by Kristian Robillard of Sunlife Financial. The nominees were Lee Whitaker, Michael Holmberg and Sara Walton, with the winner being Michael Holmberg. In addition to helping several not-for-profit organizations in the city and serving as Event Co-ordinator on the SCYPA Board, Michael runs his own accounting business: Holmberg Accounting Chartered Accountant. With a client-first focus to an approachable working style, Michael provides all involved with the best opportunity to find success. Congratulations Michael!

The second award presented was the Community Involvement by a Young Professional, sponsored by the Planned Giving Counsel of Simcoe County. The nominees were Tim L. Walker and Rosanna Trapani, with the winner being Tim L. Walker.  Tim is a great contributor to the Barrie community.  He gives back in many forms and spends a great deal of his time volunteering.  In addition to being nominated to the position of chair of SCYPA, Tim also volunteers in kids ministry at Connexus Community Church and has participated in several fundraising events for causes like Prostate Cancer and Big Brothers Big Sisters, raising the most money for the PSA Challenge (prostate cancer) and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake.  Congratulations Tim!

The final award presented was the Young Professional of the Year Award, sponsored by Anthem Mortgage Group. The nominees were Sarah Hahn, Graydon Ebert, Cesia Green, Krisitian Robillard and David Thompson. The voting was so close, we actually had a tie!  The co-winners of the 2013 SCYPA Young Professional of the Year Award are Sarah Hahn & Krisitian Robillard.  Sarah has recently been called to the Ontario Bar and is working hard to grow her municipal litigation practice. Despite her busy work schedule, she participates in many community endeavours. She is on the Board of SCYPA and Youth Haven Barrie. This year she took part in Simcoe County fundraisers such as the Rotary Fun Run and the Orillia Dragon Boat races.  Kristian represents what a Young Professional should be. He is always present throughout the YP community, meeting people, making connections and helping new members learn about the Barrie Business/networking communities.  Congratulations Sarah & Krisitian!

Thanks to everyone who nominated and voted on the awards, thanks to Michael & Marion’s for hosting, and thanks to the award sponsors! It was a fantastic evening – a fitting way to celebrate some of the outstanding young professionals in Simcoe County.

2014 Bowl for Kids Sake Bowling Event

Simcoe County Young Professionals Association’s involvement with “Bowl for Kids Sake” 2014 was a great success!

The Chay Today Business Bowl to support Big Brothers Big Sisters on March 17th brought in over $5,000 for the charity with SCYPA raising the most money for the third year in a row. SCYPA’s bowling captain and chair Tim L. Walker also received recognition for being the top individual fundraiser. The SCYPA team raised over $1,400 this year!

SCYPA is proud to support various community endeavours and fundraising campaigns in Simcoe County. If you are interested in becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact your local agency or call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada at 1-800-263-9133.

 

Applications Now Being Accepted for the SCYPA Board

SCYPA has the following Board positions to fill for the 2015 – 2016 term:

Anyone may apply to be a member of the Board, but the elected individuals are required to be paid SCYPA members for their term. Applications may be submitted via email to info@scypa.ca and the list of nominees will be announced in mid-November. Each paying member will have one vote and voting will close just before the Annual Awards Night on November 20th. If you have any questions about this process or have questions about the Board, contact Tim L. Walker at chair@scypa.ca or Sarah Hahn at vicechair@scypa.ca.

Please consider nominating someone or running for a Board position if you or the person you are nominating possess the following qualities:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Able to think strategically and innovatively
  • Always exemplifies personal integrity
  • Demonstrates leadership capabilities
  • Availability to attend Board meetings and SCYPA events
  • Demonstrates an energetic ability to accomplish organization objectives, namely the four pillars of SCYPA: community involvement, professional development, business networking and social events

 

Treasurer: The Treasurer handles the day-to-day banking affairs of the organization. You must keep track of sources of payment for membership and events which may be by cheque, cash, PayPal or through BrownPaperTickets. The balance of these accounts and notable transactions are to be reported at board meetings. You are required to attend the monthly board meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are also required to attend the monthly social events which are usually held on the third Thursday of each month.

Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for note-taking during board meetings and distributing these notes to the other board members. Additionally, this person shall draft a summary of all SCYPA events to outline the attendance and any notable aspects of the occasion. You are required to attend the monthly board meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are also required to attend the monthly social events which are usually held on the third Thursday of each month.

Events Coordinator: The Events Coordinator is the contact-person for arranging our great social, educational and special events. Event locations will be discussed during board meetings and you will be responsible for contacting the venue and reserving space, as well as negotiating fees and details of the event. You will work with the Marketing Coordinator to assist in drafting notifications of events. You are required to attend the monthly board meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are also required to attend the monthly social events which are usually held on the third Thursday of each month.

Marketing Coordinator: The Marketing Coordinator is responsible for promoting and advertising SCYPA and its events. Part of this responsibility includes updating and responding to inquiries on our social media accounts as well as drafting emails that go out to our members and updating the website. This person will take pictures during events and work with the Secretary to make postings describing these occasions. You are required to attend the monthly board meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are also required to attend the monthly social events which are usually held on the third Thursday of each month.

Director of Membership: The Director of Membership is responsible for keeping track of our membership list, promoting membership and for welcoming new members. This person will send out notices when past members have not renewed their membership and will be in charge of sending out standard letters to promote membership in the community. Additionally you will be in charge of coordinating membership benefits which include member-only discounts at local establishments. You are required to attend the monthly board meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are also required to attend the monthly social events which are usually held on the third Thursday of each month.

Vice-Chair: The Vice-Chair position is essentially a 6-year commitment to the Board. This member will sit for 2 years as Vice-Chair; 2 years as Chair; and 2 years as Past-Chair. As Vice-Chair you will assist the Board as required, such as filling in for missing members and occasional attendance at provincial young professional committee meetings. As Chair, you will reign supreme over SCYPA and be responsible for the day-to-day happenings. You will also be responsible for liaising with other local and provincial organizations and partners as well as local charities. As Past-Chair, you will able to sit back and impart knowledge on the rest of the Board while they do the heavy-lifting. For all 3 of these terms, you are required to attend the monthly board meetings which are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. You are also required to attend the monthly social events which are usually held on the third Thursday of each month.

 

If you are interested in any of these positions, please email info@scypa.ca with your name, the position you’re interested in, your resume, and a short write-up as to why you’d like to be considered for the position. If you have any questions, please email our current chair, Tim L. Walker, at chair@scypa.ca.

Nominations for the 2014 SCYPA Awards Wanted!

Every year at our annual Awards Evening, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association hands out three (this year four!) awards: Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Involvement by a Young Professional and SCYPA Member of the Year. But before we hand out the awards, we need your nominations! The criteria are as follows:

Young Professional of the Year

  • Self-regulated profession
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Active in the community

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Business owner
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Business is active in the community

Community Involvement by a Young Professional

  • Professional or business owner
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Involved with one or more charity or non-profit (whether volunteer or board member)

SCYPA Member of the Year

  • An active member of the SCYPA community
  • Attends the majority of SCYPA events
  • Is an expert at networking and shows an propensity towards welcoming new SCYPA members both to and at events

 

All nominees must be paid members of SCYPA by the time of voting to be eligible to win the award. Any nominee not currently a SCYPA paid member will be given the opportunity to become one prior to the start of voting. If you know someone who you feel is deserving of any of these awards, please nominate someone using this form. You can nominate as many people as you like (just refresh the page after each nomination). If you are a paid member, you will be able to vote for your choice. All nominations are due by Friday, November 14th, 2014.

Nominate someone TODAY!

Nominations for the 2015 SCYPA Awards Wanted!

Every year at our annual Awards Evening, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association hands out three awards: Young Professional of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Community Involvement by a Young Professional. But before we hand out the awards, we need your nominations! The criteria are as follows:

Young Professional of the Year

  • Self-regulated profession
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Active in the community

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Business owner
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Business is active in the community

Community Involvement by a Young Professional

  • Professional or business owner
  • Working in Simcoe County
  • Involved with one or more charity or non-profit (whether volunteer or board member)

 

All nominees must be paid members of SCYPA by the time of voting to be eligible to win the award. Any nominee not currently a SCYPA paid member will be given the opportunity to become one prior to the start of voting. If you know someone who you feel is deserving of any of these awards, please nominate someone using this form. You can nominate as many people as you like (just refresh the page after each nomination). If you are a paid member, you will be able to vote for your choice. All nominations are due by Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

Nominate someone TODAY!