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Ripple of Kindness co-founders Barbara White and Mary-Anne Frith will talk about how things started almost 5 years ago and what inspired them to start this kindness journey together. They will talk about how it works and how anyone can get involved and outline all past recipients to date showing funds received and focus on some of the projects that have been done that impact our community. They will talk about the way this group has resonated with so many local women with little time commitment and huge impact and how Ripple of Kindness has spread to other communities with chapters in Orillia, Muskoka and London.
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What is Ripple of Kindness? - ROK is a growing group of inclusive women in the community that pledge to donate 400.00 per year split between 4 charities. These charities are nominated and voted on by the membership with a collective donation for the greater good of the organization and community.
Community minded and always trying to lead with kindness, Barbara helped to co-found Ripple of Kindness in 2016 so that more like minded women could come together with greater impact. Since then, Ripple of Kindness has donated back into the community over $370,000. They have now three chapters in Orillia, Muskoka and London who are rippling kindness in their communities.
Working alongside her husband since 1988 in their group of companies, Barbara chose to focus on community when they moved to Barrie in 1992. Their company, Jeff White Group donates 12 month property maintenance to Gilda’s Club, Hospice Simcoe and the O.S.P.C.A. Jeff’s Junk is also working closely with Redwood Homes/Furniture Bank ensuring everyone has gently used furniture in their homes.
Barbara founded and ran Prom Night for Cancer, a third party fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in 2008 and over the 10 year period raised over $ 150,000.00. Other Community Outreach and Sponsorships that Barbara is involved with include the Barrie Food Bank, Hospice Simcoe, Canadian Mental Health Organization and Redwood Park Communties to name a few.
Barbara is serving her second term on the Board of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka and just finished as Chair for the past two years. She also has just joined the board of the Barrie Community Foundation. Rotary International has recognized Barbara’s dedication to volunteerism by awarding her with the “Paul Harris Fellowship Award” from two different clubs in Barrie. She recently was awarded the Ontario 150 by Anne Hogarth for her contribution in Simcoe County and received the first "Heart and Soul" award of Barrie from the Barrie Chamber of Commerce. Ripple of Kindness was the recipient of the 2019 Barrie Business Awards for Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization.
Barbara loves spending time with here children, walking the dogs and playing golf with her friends.
“ripple your kindness” – Barbara White
Mary-Anne has been an occupational health and safety consultant for over 20 years and sees the need to help people in her daily work and personal life. Together with her husband Brent, they live in the Barrie area and make community giving a large part of their journey with their 3 daughters and 2 grandsons.
Being involved in the Barrie community for many years, Mary-Anne has participated in numerous fundraising events with some of those contributions being a member of the Lakeside Committee for Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka, personal fundraising event for Hospice Simcoe, and numerous community family support initiatives.
She is the proud Co-founder of Ripple of Kindness which is a local ladies giving group who collectively pledge to donate funds to local community charities. Since it’s
inception in September 2016, the members have raised over $370,000 for Barrie charitable organizations.
Mary-Anne has most recently accepted the co-chair position on the Moments Matter Campaign Cabinet at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. She will work to provide direction, vision and enthusiasm to lead a successful campaign to raise 100 million dollars for this unprecedented 10-year community campaign.
In Mary-Anne’s spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends with a special focus on her two grandsons.