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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
Originally from Mexico, Rosie Salcido and Vange Rodriguez are the owners of Faces by 2, a professional and creative face and body painting and makeup business with locations in Peterborough and Delta, British Columbia. The two women met as newcomer mothers in Peterborough, where they discovered they shared a passion for makeup as well as their culture and language. (Photo courtesy of Faces by 2)

Mexican natives Rosie Salcido and Vange Rodriguez turned their love of makeup into a...

As newcomer moms in Peterborough, owners of face and body painting and makeup company Faces by 2 benefited from women's group at New Canadians Centre .
Leticia Cordova, owner of home-based business Maison du Chocolat Gourmet Bakery, with some of her desserts at a tasting at Fresh Dreams in downtown Peterborough in 2018. The Mexican native, who came to Peterborough in 2015 with her family, was a caterer in Mexico City and studied the culinary arts in France. She supplies desserts to Fresh Dreams and La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant as well as to customers across the Peterborough region. Here she displays her caramel flan, corn cake, and lime pound cake with lime icing. (Photo courtesy of Leticia Cordova)

Peterborough baker Leticia Cordova combines her rich Mexican heritage with a love of French...

Her home-based Maison du Chocolat Gourmet Bakery supplies divine desserts to her customers and local restaurants.
Originally from the Curve Lake First Nation, award-winning Ojibwe playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Drew Hayden Taylor wrote a play in 2018 about the wild rice conflict between cottagers on Pigeon Lake and indigenous grower, harvester, and educator James Whetung. Taylor has taken the name and concept behind the play to create the documentary "Cottagers & Indians", which explores the wild rice conflict and other indigenous issues across Canada, including in Osoyoos B.C. (pictured). The documentary premiere on CBC Television on July 4, 2020. (Photo: Sam Karney)

Drew Hayden Taylor moves from stage to screen with his new ‘Cottagers & Indians’...

Inspired by his play of the same name, documentary on Pigeon Lake wild rice conflict and indigenous issues across Canada premieres on CBC on July 4.
Artist Aleks Goloborodko and his wife Iryna left troubled Ukraine for Peterborough several years ago, joining their son who was studying at Trent University. Here the couple displays some of Aleks's paintings at the annual Multicultural Canada Day Festival, organized by New Canadians Centre to celebrate the diversity that is part of Canada's identity. This year's in-person festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19, so the New Canadians Centre is virtually sharing the stories of new Canadians like Aleks. (Photo: New Canadians Centre)

Aleks Goloborodko left troubled Ukraine with his family to start a new life as...

Aleks and his wife chose to settle in Peterborough after their son studied at Trent University.
After graduating from university in her hometown of Guadalajara in Mexico, La Hacienda owner Sandra Arciniega met her future husband and moved to Canada. While raising her family, Sandra greatly missed the culture and food of her native country. She opened her popular downtown Peterborough restaurant in 2002 to share authentic Mexican cuisine, based on family recipes, with the local community. (Photo courtesy of La Hacienda)

La Hacienda owner Sandra Arciniega proudly shares her love of Mexico with the Peterborough...

The Mexico native's popular downtown restaurant has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine for 18 years.
Shahab Stanikzai was a successful businessman in Afghanistan before he fled his native country with his family to escape the Taliban, who wouldn't allow his daughter to go to school. After moving to Peterborough, he started international grocery store Goodies on George in downtown Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of Goodies on George)

Goodies on George owner Shahab Stanikzai left Afghanistan to make a better life for...

Downtown Peterborough store sells more than 50 spices, international groceries, fresh samosas and pakoras, and more.
Kawartha Lakes resident Joanne Ilaqua is the founder and CEO of Mamasoup, an app designed to provide mobile support to new moms. A client of the Innovation Cluster, Joanne was working out of the new Kawartha Lakes business incubator when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ontario. Now, despite working alone from home, she feels completely connected as staff of the Innovation Cluster are remotely providing guidance, advice, and support. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Cluster)

Innovation Cluster helps local start-ups pivot toward success during COVID-19 crisis

Peterborough and the Kawarthas incubator for technology and innovation companies continues to support its clients remotely during pandemic.
Lindsay lawyer Chantel Lawton has been practicing for almost 18 years, primarily in the area of family law. The focus of her practice is in the area of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative process. She supports her clients each step of the way, as they work through the important issues of custody, access, income sharing or support, and property division. (Supplied photo)

Lindsay lawyer Chantel Lawton provides separating couples with an alternative to litigation

Collaborative process and mediation is about providing support and creating workable solutions during a difficult time.
Meghan Moloney, Charitable Giving Advisor with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation, adds a Grateful Hearts cookie tribute featuring a message of thanks to the PRHC Foundation's "big plate" holiday display in the hospital's main lobby. By making a donation to the PRHC Foundation this holiday season, you can not only share your message or holiday greetings with doctors, nurses, and staff of our regional hospital, but your donation will help to fund needed new equipment and technology at the hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which provides life-saving care to thousands of people every year. (Photo courtesy of PRHC Foundation)

Thank doctors, nurses, and staff for great care by donating to PRHC Foundation this...

Your message will be displayed in the hospital's lobby and your donation will help support new equipment and technology for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Warren Ball (left) and members of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab team (Terri Matzke, Kate Graham, and Jeff Dunlop) at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) thank donors for their continued generous support of the Cath Lab. This holiday season, the PRHC Foundation is asking people to help "keep your heart here" by making a donation in support of the Cath Lab to replace and upgrade life-saving equipment. (Photo courtesy of PRHC Foundation)

Keep your heart here by donating to the PRHC Foundation this holiday season

Life-saving equipment at Peterborough Regional Health Centre's Cath Lab needs to be replaced and upgraded.

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