Authors Articles by Barb Shaw

Articles by Barb Shaw

Barb Shaw
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As a freelance writer, Barbara Shaw loves to craft compelling stories about everyday people doing not-so-everyday things. She creates content for social media campaigns, builds brands and, in her free time, shares her love of yoga and dance. You can contact her at
"Building Internal Resilience Through Horses" is a program led by Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre in partnership with Trent University and The Mane Intent in Indian River. Open to teenage women who have witnessed or experienced family conflict, dating violence, or other forms of abuse, the program is designed to promote healthy self-esteem, emotional awareness, coping skills. and personal resilience. Research results from the program were shared at the inaugural Inviting Resilience conference, which took place at Trent University on May 21 and 22, 2019. (Photo: The Mane Intent)

Using horses to help young women build resilience against trauma

Research results from innovative program shared at inaugural Inviting Resilience conference held at Trent University in May.
Monika Carmichael (left) after being named the recipient of the 2019 Women in Business Award for business leadership at the Women's Business Network of Peterborough's Women in Business Award and Judy Heffernan Award dinner at Personal Touch Banquet Hall in Peterborough on April 9, 2019. Also pictured are the two finalists for the award: Erin McLean of McLean Berry Farm and Bridget Leslie (right) of My Left Breast. Earlier in the evening, Kim Appleton was announced as the winner of the 2019 Judy Heffernan Award for empowering women. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor /

Women’s Business Network of Peterborough honours Monika Carmichael and Kim Appleton with awards

Carmichael receives Women in Business Award for business leadership, Appleton receives Judy Heffernan Award for empowering women.
2019 Judy Heffernan Award winner Kim Appleton (right) along with 2019 Women in Business Award winner Monika Carmichael (second from right) and Tara Spence from Trent University and Jo Oanh Ho from Fleming College, the recipients of the 2019 Female Business Student Award. Not pictured: Erin McLean and Bridget Leslie, the two finalists for the 2019 Women in Business Award. (Photo: Bianca Nucaro /

Kim Appleton receives the 2019 Judy Heffernan Award for empowering women

Herself a mentee of the late Judy Heffernan, the business owner, mentor, and volunteer embodies Heffernan's legacy of helping others succeed.
Two members of the Newcomer Kitchen in Peterborough on the first day at the winter location of the Peterborough Regional Farmers' Market in Peterborough Square. The market is donating vendor space for the group of Syrian refugees, who formed the Newcomer Kitchen to sell food including spinach pies, smoky baba ghanoush, and their very popular zaatar bread. (Photo courtesy of New Canadians Centre)

Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market grows partnerships during the winter months

Projects include supporting a food business run by Syrian refugees and a special currency that can be exchanged for local food.
Peterborough resident Johanna Sinclair's villa La Résidence Terrasson is located in the heart of the village of Terrasson in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. Located along the Vézère River, the village dates back to the Roman empire. In 2019, Johanna is offering a series of group visits hosted by Peterborough artists and more, along with weekly rentals. (Supplied photo)

Peterborough’s Johanna Sinclair is sharing her French villa for inspiring group adventures and rentals

La Résidence Terrasson offers retreats in southwestern France hosted by Peterborough-area artists and more.
The City of Kawartha Lakes' Million Dollar Makeover offers up to 50 per cent in matching funding for properties that completed a Downtown Revitalization project, including Lindsay (pictured), Omemee, Coboconk, Norland, and Fenelon Falls. The initiative is also offering loans to property and business owners across the City of Kawartha Lakes at a low interest rate over a five-year term. (Photo courtesy of the City of Kawartha Lakes)

Million Dollar Makeover deadline approaching for business and property owners

Applications due by January 17 for City of Kawartha Lakes initiative to kick-start private investment.
A group of knitters at Needles In The Hay in downtown Peterborough, one of the sponsors of the first-ever Community Knots Stitch-a-Thon, a fundraiser for the United Way of Peterborough & District and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre. On December 1, 2018, members of the crafting community are invited to fill 100 Lazy Boy Chairs at Bennett's Home Furnishings while working on projects to donate to local shelters. (Photo: Barb Shaw /

Community Knots Stitch-A-Thon to fill 100 Lazy Boy chairs with caring crafters

December 1 event at Bennett's Home Furnishings raising funds for United Way and Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.
The Peterborough Regional Farmers' Market opened on Saturday, November 3rd at its new winter location in Peterborough Square in downtown Peterborough. The indoor market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from November to April and includes the same features as the summer outdoor market, including products from local primary producers (pictured is Brian Allin of Allin's Orchards), prepared food, artisan products, live music, and a children's area. (Photo: Barb Shaw /

Vendors put down roots in new indoor space for Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market

Peterborough's newest farmers' market moves indoors Saturdays at Peterborough Square for the winter months.
A huge hand-crafted poppy, created from thousands of smaller hand-crafted poppies, is on display on the front of the Hospice North Hastings store, Vintage on Hastings (67 Hastings St. N., Bancroft) until Remembrance Day. (Photo: Barb Shaw)

Bancroft is home to Canada’s largest hand-crafted poppy for Remembrance Day

Hospice volunteers sew thousands of poppies together to create symbol of peace and of community coming together to provide comfort and care.
Cannabis plants at Tweed, a medical marijuana company based in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Owned by Canopy Growth Corporation, the company is one of the approved wholesale suppliers for the online Ontario Cannabis Store, the only legal place you can purchase weed Ontario when it is legalized on October 17, 2018, until private retail stores arrive in April 2019. (Photo: Barb Shaw)

A pot primer: what you need to know about legal weed

Our local cannabis expert explains where to get it, where to smoke it, indica vs sativa, THC vs CBD, and more.

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