Town supports two upcoming youth initiatives



The Town’s Marketing & Business Development department has been providing extensive support for the launch of the South Georgian Bay Youth Career Fair on Tuesday, April 5, and the screening of the Youth Short Films at the Simcoe Street Theatre.

“Giving youth a strong sense of opportunity here in South Georgian Bay came back as an important catalyst for long term growth when we were developing the Economic Development Action Plan” said Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Town of Collingwood.

Support for these efforts falls under two Action Items in the Economic Development Action Plan (EDAP): Youth Engagement and Start-up Support.

The digital arts are a particularly hot area for youth in the region, inspired by local success stories such as Switch Video, Mountain Goat Films and Foresight Features. All three of these companies are lending their support to the screening of the Youth Short Films in Collingwood. Together with partners 97.7 The Beach FM, and Simcoe Street Theatre, the Town is helping to fund the promotion of the event.

Submissions are due by Thursday, March 31 at 11:00 p.m., and the screening, which will include a public View and Vote, will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the Simcoe Street Theatre. There is $600 in prize money available for winners, of the Youth Short Film screening, which is part of the Wasaga Film Festival.

An editing workshop is being offered at Switch Video in Downtown Collingwood on Thursday, March 17 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Ben Frisch, an expert video editor, will be there to help any 10 to 17-year-olds finish off their youth short film submissions.

The South Georgian Bay Youth Career Fair aims to engage more than 900 youth in grades 11 and 12 to highlight the extensive range of jobs and careers available right at home in South Georgian Bay.

Several community groups have partnered to create the South Georgian Bay Youth Career Expo. The event is planned for Tuesday, April 5 at Collingwood Collegiate Institute.

“I’m pleased to see such a great initiative being held in Collingwood, and showcasing our many and varied local employment opportunities, said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “ Hopefully this will inspire our youth to become excited about continuing their education and their career in our community.”

The community groups involved in organizing this event include volunteers, students, school staff, representatives from Georgian College, Tracks, the Rural Ontario Medical Program, the Town of Collingwood’s Marketing & Business Development department and the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre.

The event has invited more than thirty regional employers representing several employment sectors. These sectors include health and wellness, agriculture, tourism, advanced manufacturing, tech, utilities, construction and design (including skilled trades), food service, the military, fire department, policing and aviation. Career maps will help to illustrate some of the ways students could achieve their desired careers in the various sectors.

Both initiatives have the ultimate goal of not only showcasing regional employment opportunities but also increasing youth interest in career choices that will bring them back to Live, Work and Play in South Georgian Bay!