Mel and Terry Barrie are involved in planning many community events and have helped many individuals in #RTown. Some of these initiatives include:
HOCKEY HELPS THE HOMELESS – Mel and Terry have been involved in the annual Hockey Helps The Homeless tournament for Waterloo Region since its inception in 2014. As a result of Covid-19, the 7th annual tournament was not physically held in 2020 but was converted to a virtual event ending in March 2021.
Mel and Terry have recruited nine volunteers and this small, dedicated group has coordinated and implemented silent and virtual auctions in support of the event. The most recent 2021 “Virtual on-line” auction surpassed its goal by $3,000 and brought the total proceeds of the auction to about $100,000 in seven years.
This total is almost 10% of the $1,050,000 which has been raised for organizations serving the homeless in Waterloo Region – House of Friendship, Lutherwood, one ROOF, YW of Kitchener and Cambridge Shelter Corporation. The leadership style of Mel and Terry is very personable, well-organized and engaging.
To read more about Hockey Helps the Homeless – CLICK HERE
WORTH A SECOND LOOK – Mel and Terry co-ordinate the collection of household items – furniture, kitchen and housewares (pots, pans, dishes), small electrical appliances, and new / gently used clothing for Worth a Second Look, a project of The Working Centre.
In seven years, their efforts have filled or partially filled 19 Cube Vans with these in-kind donations that in turn help so many families and individuals in our community.
SOCIAL CATALYSTS FOR RESIDENTS OF LEXINGTON GRAND – In their Kitchener apartment complex on Ottawa Street North, Mel and Terry publish and distribute a daily newsletter for the 120 residents of Lexington Grand. The newsletter keeps people engaged with bingo, birthday/anniversary wishes, notices of upcoming events that enrich the lives of their neighbours.
As well, the outgoing duo provides exceptional culinary skills at the facility for various special event meals and celebrations that include a pig roast, lobster fests, turkey fry’s, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day brunches, Canada Day events, Christmas gift exchange and New Year’s festivities. Being environmentally conscious, and to subsidize these activities, they also collect empties to be returned to the beer/liquor outlets.
PLUS, they mobilize their neighbours to provide groceries and cash donations for Lot 42 – A Better Tent City in Kitchener.
The Kitchener Rangers would like to applaud and thank Mel and Terry for all of the work they do in the community. Our partners at Molson Coors Beverage Company would like to provide them with a beer fridge and swag, Rangers Authentics would also like to give Mel and Terry a prize pack.