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March 17 SCYPA Event – St Patrick’s Day!

Come celebrate St Patrick’s day with us at the Hudson Bar, downtown Barrie

When: Tuesday March 17th, 6pm – 9pm.
Where: Hudson (147 Dunlop St E)

SCYPA events are a great networking opportunity to socialize with other young professionals in the Simcoe area. Each and every event is fun… but something tells me this could be one of the more entertaining events of the year!

A little about Hudson…
At the heart of downtown Barrie, Hudson redefines dining and entertainment. Culinary ingenuity. Cocktails & dreams. World of wine. Hudson.

At the turn of the century the temperance movement, driven mostly by those of the evangelical Protestant religion, were successful in convincing US congress to enact the Volstead Act. This act, for all intents and purposes, prohibited “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes”. With prohibition, sharing a drink with your friends went underground.. and the Speakeasy, was born. A place where people of like mind could come together and share good drinks, good times and create great memories.

SCYPA Social Event Recap – Barrie Country Club

A great location with a great group of people.

It was another fantastic SCYPA event at the Barrie Country Club. The newly renovated bar made for a perfect location to mingle, network at watch the hockey game!
A special thanks goes out to our gracious host who provided tasty hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening.

Be sure to join us at our next event as we celebrate St. Patrick’s day SCYPA style! More details on our next event to come…

SCYPA Social Event Recap – Barnstormer Brewing

Pizza, Beer and a great bunch of people, what more could you ask for! This month SCYPA held its monthly social event at Barnstormer Brewing and Pizzeria (located at 84 Yonge Street, Barrie)

Barnstormer is the premier craft beer and artisan pizza destination in the Simcoe Muskoka region. We are Barrie’s only brewpub producing craft beer in house where you can watch the brewing process! Stop by today for a sampling of our locally made beer, guest beers, and food. You will not be disappointed.

Below are a few pictures from this event

SCYPA Joins Launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) in Toronto

Tim L. Walker and Sarah Hahn joined dozens of under-forties from all corners of the province on November 26th to announce the launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Barrie’s MPP Ann Hoggarth attended in support of the project. YPNO is a central hub to support young people to do business, network, advocate, have a voice at provincial and national tables, and build economic development opportunities.

There has been a significant lack of opportunities for young professionals across the province to meet like-minded peers and have a voice on provincial issues. YPNO is a volunteer-based organization that will serve as an essential provincial network to connect, engage, inspire and advocate for professionals under 40 years. SCYPA is excited to join YPNO and represent Simcoe County’s young professionals at a provincial and national level.

YPNO represents over 30 Young Professionals Networks with thousands of members dispersed across Ontario, including small northern communities like Kenora. Members also come from all sectors and walks of life including private business, public entities, trades, not-for profit agencies, and Aboriginal organizations.

An advocacy campaign called; Meet Us, Hear Us was also announced to Parliament at Queen’s Park.

Incoming SCYPA chair and YPNO board member, Sarah Hahn says, “Our advocacy goal is to inform politicians and decision-makers about the issues concerning young people today. The current provincial deficit, lack of incentives to attract and retain young people, infrastructure planning and jobs are just a few of the top concerns. There are also important local issues such as encouraging young entrepreneurs to stay local that we look forward to starting conversations with political or socio-economic influencers about.  SCYPA’s involvement in YPNO is a unique opportunity to engage future leaders on key issues.”

 

Join SCYPA at Barrie Business Week: October 20-24

Coming up next week, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association, in partnership with the City of Barrie and the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, are proud to be presenting the first annual “Barrie Business Week.”  From October 20th to 24th, join hundreds of local business owners and professionals for a variety of speakers, workshop and events.

Check out all the events below, including the SCYPA-hosted “Business Side of Social” on Thursday evening (a pub crawl restaurant tour of some of our favourite local restaurants).  To register, visit www.barriebizweek.ca.

 

Barrie Business Week Flyer

Download the PDF version of the flyer here.

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!

Buy Your Tickets for the Thanksgiving 2014 Cooking Class

Our annual cooking class is one of the best events of the year. We held the 2014 SCYPA cooking class back in April, and it was such a great event, we decided to do another one before the end of the year!

On Thursday, October 9th, 2014, join the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association as we learn the in’s and out’s of putting together a Thanksgiving dinner.  Chef Rich from Liberty North will be teaching us how to debone a turkey, and we’ll get to make (and sample!) the following menu:

  • Homemade Turkey Gravy
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Traditional Bead Stuffing
  • Creamy whipped Yukon gold potatoes
  • Roasted Maple pecan squash

The cost is only $40/person (paid SCYPA members can get their tickets HALF OFF – for only $20!!).  If you’d like to become a SCYPA member, please visit www.scypa.ca/membership.  To reserve your seat and purchase tickets to the cooking class, visit scypacooking2014.bpt.me.  Tickets will sell out quickly, so be sure to pick up your tickets today!

September Social at The Farmhouse

The Simcoe County Young Professionals Association is hitting Fall in full swing, starting with our September social at The Farmhouse on Thursday, September 18th, 2014.  The Farmhouse specializes in home grown, home cooked meals that will excite any palate. They only use sustainable fish and the freshest meats and vegetables. They even grow their own herbs and spices so they are always fresh!

Meet there at 6pm for food, drinks, socializing and networking (don’t forget to bring your business cards!).  We have the lounge area reserved, so drop by anytime between 6pm-9pm and get to know some other young professionals from around Barrie and Simcoe County. No need to RSVP – members and non-members are more than welcome to attend!

August Social at Kenzington Burger Bar

For the final Simcoe County Young Professionals Association social of the summer, we’re heading over to Kenzington Burger Bar at 40 Dunlop Street East.  Join us on Thursday, August 21st (the 3rd Thursday of the month – see a trend??!) at 6pm for networking, drinks, and amazing food.

Drop by a little before 6pm if you’d like to eat dinner (their burgers are AMAZING!), or come a little after 6 for snacks and drinks (sorry, folks, you’ve gotta pay your own way this time!). Members and non-members are more-than-welcome to join us.