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
Hospice volunteers have hand crafted this large Canadian flag of poppies, which is hanging at Vintage on Hastings, the shop operated in downtown Bancroft by Hospice North Hastings. In previous years, hospice volunteers have used their skills for other large-scale projects to commemorate Remembrance Day. (Photo: Barb Shaw)

Bancroft volunteers create huge Canadian flag of poppies to remember the fallen

Hand-crafted flag on display at Vintage on Hastings in Bancroft until after Remembrance Day.
Betty Halman-Plumley and her team at IG Wealth Management in Peterborough specialize in Intergenerational Estate Planning, working closely with families to develop tailored solutions that families can trust with no regrets. She takes a holistic approach to secure harmony and grow, protect, and transfer a family's legacy from generation to generation. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Betty Halman-Plumley uses a holistic approach to bring generations together

IG Wealth Management consultant provides professional trusted wealth and estate planning solutions to families.
April Boyce, owner of Looking Glass Coaching at the 'be well centre' in downtown Peterborough, supports people of all ages living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With her background as an educator, her experience advocating for and mentoring her own ADHD child, and specialized learning and training, she works with her clients to figure out the problems they want to solve and to develop a plan of action. (Supplied photo)

Looking Glass Coaching’s April Boyce specializes in support for those living with ADHD

From the 'be well centre' in downtown Peterborough, she helps neurodiverse people create a plan of action.
Within the first two years in her career as a mortgage broker with Northwood Mortgage Ltd., Grace Reynolds has already received a national award and special recognition from the Canadian mortgage broker industry, and was just selected for a "4-under-40" profile by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. Grace is also active in helping the business community in her volunteer role as the 2019-20 president of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough, and she was one of 13 local women who formed "The Mombassadors" to raise funds for a new fetal monitor at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Grace Reynolds has an award-winning passion for helping people

Nationally recognized mortgage broker was most recently selected for the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce's 4-under-40 profile.
Brenda Booth in her office at ComForCare Home Care in Peterborough where, as Client Care Coordinator, she works with seniors, their families, caregivers, paramedical support providers, and her team of co-workers to solve problems and to keep older adults safe, happy, and supported. After she retired from her career in media sales, she decided to un-retire so she could help older adults live their best life. (Supplied photo)

Brenda Booth un-retired so she could help seniors live their best life possible

Inspired by her aunt, Client Care Coordinator at ComForCare Home Care is also a Rotarian and community volunteer.
Gwyneth James and Suzanne Cody of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants. Located at 260 Milroy Dr. #1 in Peterborough, Cody & James CPAs offers a full suite of accounting services including financial statements, corporate and personal tax returns, bookkeeping, payroll, assurance engagements, and now financial controllership. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Cody & James CPAs helps local businesses with a launch into controllership

Full-service accounting firm in Peterborough provides a level of expertise that small businesses are often missing.
Ally Pyle is a Wealth Advisor with The Pyle Group of ScotiaMcLeod®, a division of Scotia Capital Inc., located at 111 Hunter Street West in Peterborough. Among her many volunteer activities, she is a board member of 4th Line Theatre, treasurer for the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough, and a member of 100 Women Peterborough. (Supplied photo)

Wealth advisor Ally Pyle finds great satisfaction in her clients’ success

Along with her work at ScotiaMcLeod's The Pyle Group in Peterborough, Ally is also a passionate community volunteer.
Ontario Dog Trainer Karen Laws with her dog Persi. For 14 years, Karen has taught dog owners how to build a relationship with their pets based on trust and leadership. Now she is expanding her boarding programs such as "dog university", where dogs come to stay for several weeks at Karen's Bethany facility. Karen teaches the dogs desired behaviour and also teaches the owners how to have the life they dream of with their dog. (Supplied photo)

Karen Laws schools dogs and their owners on how to build a life-long positive...

Ontario Dog Trainer owner is growing her 'dog university' boarding program that includes private sessions.
The Ear Depot owner and operator Brenda Cowan with team member Matt Paige celebrating the 2019 Consumer Choice Award for business excellence, awarded to small and medium-sized businesses in Canada based on an in-depth consumer evaluation process. The Ear Depot's customer-first focus has been key to the success of the independent hearing centre, which now has locations in Peterborough, Bancroft, Barry's Bay, Peterborough, and Marmora. (Supplied photo)

Brenda Cowan provides award-winning customer service to people with hearing loss

Owner and operator of The Ear Depot won the 2019 Consumer Choice Award for business excellence.
Joanne Ilaqua is the founder and president of Mamasoup, a mobile app and blog that provides connections, support, and community for moms. The app is available for Android as well as iOS devices. (Photo: Karen Suggitt at the original Barn & Bunkie)

Joanne Ilaqua uses technology to bring together moms around the world

Mamasoup founder and president continues to expand and improve her app and blog.

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