Art Gallery OPEN on Victoria Day!

By Staff

May 16th, 2024



The Art Gallery staff probably does not encourage climbing all over this piece of art – wonder if those children were told why the beams are where they are?

City Hall might be closed; you are going to have to pay to park your vehicle in the Beachway and at Lowville Par on the Victoria Day Weekend – BUT the AGB is open Monday, May 20 from 10 am – 5:00 pm and will host some fun family programming.

We hope to see you there, and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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Become a Performing Arts member - and get first crack at tickets

By Staff

May 15th, 2024



Become a member – the place becomes a second home.

If you are a member of the Burlington Performing Arts Centre – you will know about the kick off the season event that is taking place.

This is the occasion when they do their reveal- and showcase the events planned for the next season.

Rainer Noack

Rainer Noack will lead the audience as the 24/25 season – he is at times a very funny man.

The evening will also include award presentations for the 2024 Hall of Fame inductee, surprise guests and musical performances.

Members receive advance ticket buying access and can purchase tickets on the night of the launch, and for two weeks prior to public on-sale on June 14, 2024.

If this is something you want in on – become a member.  Click HERE

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Tickets for Sound of Music VIP Lounge Day and Weekend - Passes Supply is limited

By Staff

May 14th, 2024



The Sound of Music is not that far away.

Huge crowds for the music which is always great.

A lot of people are using the event as an occasion to meet with colleagues, business partners; using it as an occasion to reward those employees who make you the success you are.

Reserve your places for:
VIP Lounge Day Pass
Platinum VIP Lounge Day Pass

Sound of Music Festival VIP Lounge Weekend Pass:
Sound of Music Festival Platinum VIP Lounge Weekend Pass

Click here


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War Plane Museum annual model contest - registration open

By Staff

March 2nd, 2024



Canada’s greatest plastic scale model contest and sale.

Contest categories include Aircraft, Armour, Automotive, Ships, Figures, Space, Collections as well as Intermediate, Junior and Bantam entries.

The registration process for model entry closes March 19 at 11:59 pm.

No registrations will be accepted beyond this period or at the door.

Vendor tables – SOLD OUT.

Registration forms HERE

Check out the website


Students love the place – a location that every student should get to at least once.


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Better than flower or chocolates - The Dreamboats at BPAC

By Staff

February 7th, 2024



Wed Feb 14, 2024 at 8pm


The Dreamboats are bringing back good ol’ rock n’ roll! With a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry & The Wonders, this quartet of Canadian boys delivers a high energy show that has audiences dancing the night away!


After international tours in both Europe and California, the young and energetic Dreamboats are ready to tear up the stage with their award-winning music inspired by the 50s & 60s sound that they adore.

This is a Fabulous Group- great energy and tunes you will be singing to yourself on the way home.

Main Theatre Regular: $49.50 – $69.50 (All-in). Member: $44.50 – $64.50 (All-in)

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Getting to be the main attraction is hard hard work

By Staff

January 21st, 2024



Getting to the point where a performing artist stands in the middle of a big stage with hundreds, sometimes thousands of people in the audience takes time and a lot of hard, hard work.

Tammy Fox, the Executive Director of the Performing Arts centre, has worked both sides of the business: she marketed talent and grew performers from promising beginners to the point where they were the main attraction.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (‘BPAC’) is invested in nurturing and supporting emerging artists in our community through our artist development initiatives.  BPAC’s ‘Live & Local’ Artist Development Initiative supports the development of local artists by providing them with professional support and performance opportunities in our world-class venue, while also offering mentorship by connecting them with established industry professionals.

Emm Gryner part of the Live and Local program at the Performing Arts Centre

Emm Gryner appears at the Community Theatre on January 26th, is part of the ‘Live & Local’ Artist Development Initiative that Fox has made part of the operation saying: “BPAC is committed to taking the lead in supporting the growth of local artists and arts organizations as part of our mandate. Many of these groups are unable to afford the high costs of facility rentals and their attendant production costs, so a more flexible and creative partnership is necessary to support this critical type of community cultural development.

She adds: “BPAC plays a major role in supporting the development of local performing arts organizations and artists. By providing a state-of-the-art facility, superior customer service, organizational infrastructure and technical expertise, we provide an opportunity for Burlington’s arts organizations to grow artistically and to develop audiences. BPAC also takes an active role in supporting local organizations by offering marketing support as well as more targeted artistic development initiatives.

“BPAC has had a profound impact on the artistic growth and development of our local performing arts community. BPAC’s LIVE & LOCAL series allows local performers to increase their creative capacity, reach new heights of artistic excellence, deliver richer and more diverse performances and ultimately grow their audience.

Gryner will be on stage  in the Community Studio Theatre on Friday  Jan 26, 2024 at 7:30pm. Ticket Prices:Regular: $39.50(All-in); Member: $34.50(All-in)

As part of BPAC’s mission to nurture and support local arts producers we have launched an Artist Development Initiative which will provide performance opportunities for local artists and arts organizations to showcase their talents to BPAC’s established and growing audience base by including them in our Presents Series programming under the ‘Live & Local’ banner.

Many local emerging professional and non-professional arts organizations are looking for opportunities to perform at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, but cannot afford the rent and production costs, and may not attract an audience large enough to financially sustain a performance in the theatre. The creation of alternative performing spaces such as the Community Stage in the Lobby, and use of the outdoor plaza for programming opportunities, enhances the experience of audiences and provides increased exposure for local artists.

BPAC’s 23/24 Live & Local Series is sponsored by Daniel Durst of Desjardins Insurance.






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Burlington Civic Chorale up for their 30th anniversary Valentine Cabaret

By Staff

January 16th, 2024



Burlington Civic Chorale community choir is celebrating their 30th anniversary this season.

They rehearse and present their concerts at St. Christopher’s on the Guelph Line; 95% of their members live in Burlington.

Their annual Valentine Cabaret and Silent Auction is coming up in February.  Note the date – this is one of those worthwhile events.

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Burlington Arts and Culture Fund ready to accept applications: $75,000 on the table

By Staff

January 3rd, 2024



The City of Burlington is inviting artists to apply for the 2024 Burlington Arts and Culture Fund (BACF).

This is an annual grant program that provides $75,000 of total available funding to local artists, multicultural groups and arts and culture organizations to foster creativity and enrich how Burlington residents experience and engage with arts and culture.

Applications will be accepted until noon on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 and will fund projects from April 2024 to March 2025. Successful grant applicants will be announced at the beginning of April 2024.

To be eligible for BACF funding, applicants must be located in Burlington and must be:

  • An incorporated not-for-profit arts and culture organization or a charitable arts and culture organization;
  • An individual artist or arts and cultural collective (defined as three or more individuals) that exhibit high achievement in arts and culture programming;
  • A multicultural group that fulfills a significant role in the Burlington community through the arts and culture.

Grants will be evaluated in part by a peer jury for artistic merit and by City staff for program merit and strategic initiative, citywide and community impact and economic impact.

To learn more about this fund, the jury opportunity and the application process join City staff and arts and culture professionals for a virtual information session on:

Date:               Monday, Jan. 15, 2024
Time:               7 to 8 p.m.
Location:        Microsoft Teams

Applications can be completed and submitted online at

For more information, contact Angela Paparizo, Manager of Arts and Culture, 905-335-7600, ext. 7352 or email

Burlington is a city where people, nature and businesses thrive. Sign up to learn more about Burlington at and follow @CityBurlington on social media.

Emilie Cote, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

Emilie Cote, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture

“Burlington’s Arts and Culture Fund fosters creativity at all levels and enriches how Burlington residents engage with arts and culture. It is important that diverse identities, perspectives, languages, cultures and various artistic practices be recognized, experienced and supported and this fund helps to do so. Since 2019, this grant benefits a variety of arts and cultural activities, adding vibrancy across Burlington.

Our city’s growing creative and culturally diverse community continues to create projects and evolve through this process. We invite any Burlington-based artists thinking about applying for the grant on Jan. 15, hearing about their ideas and receiving their applications.”

Links and Resources

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United Way Halton & Hamilton Delivers Holiday Joy and Support through Holiday Helping Hand Program

By Staff

December 19th, 2023



 In a year marked by surges in inflation, economic pressures, heightened poverty rates, and escalating mental health challenges, many in our community are grappling with increased needs this holiday season.

RBC Team part of the Helping Hand project.

United Way Halton & Hamilton’s (UWHH) Holiday Helping Hand program brought together 14 local social service agencies, working collectively to make the season brighter for those in need. United Way successfully engaged community members in volunteer opportunities, fulfilled holiday wish lists, and gathered essential items such as toys, clothing, and non- perishable food items for individuals and families facing challenges.

Brad Park: President and CEO of United Way Halton & Hamilton.

“This past holiday season posed unprecedented challenges for many families and individuals in our community,” emphasized Brad Park, President and CEO of United Way Halton & Hamilton. “The weight of economic challenges, housing and food insecurity, and mental health struggles have deepened the need in our community, putting our agency partners under significant strain.”

Thanks to generous community members, UWHH supported 12 holiday projects that included over 105 volunteer opportunities through the Holiday Helping Hand program. Community members rallied together to help fill volunteer opportunities such as sorting and packing community food bags for Food For Life Halton & Hamilton and stuffing holiday stockings for Community Living Burlington.

Over 112 families and individuals across Burlington, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Milton, and Oakville were sponsored through the program, ensuring they received the support they needed during the holidays. The program supports community members from young families with infants, to single elderly individuals, and all ages in between, including community members living with disabilities and newcomers.

OPP Toy Drive, was held at Toys R Us on Hamilton Mountain. This year’s toy drive raised over $32,500 worth of toys.

One of the volunteer opportunities for this year, the OPP Toy Drive, was held at Toys R Us on Hamilton Mountain. The OPP mobile command center was on-site, encouraging the community to fill it with toys in support of United Way’s Holiday Helping Hand program. This year’s toy drive raised over $32,500 worth of toys. Energetic volunteers collected toys and added them to the cruiser, urging shoppers to purchase toys for families in need. Toys will be distributed to children across Hamilton & Halton.

“This year’s program was a tremendous success, thanks to the support of our generous community members. Their contributions not only supported the most vulnerable but also assisted our agency partners in meeting the growing demand,” said Brad Park. “We are immensely grateful for the dedication and compassion shown by our community volunteers. This program would not be possible without them.”

As a community, it is critical that we acknowledge that the need for social services remains urgent. Over 68% of the 106 United Way-supported programs have reported a substantial surge in demand, underscoring the pressing nature of the challenges faced by our community members. The fact that nearly half of United Way-supported programs currently maintain waitlists highlights the ongoing struggle for individuals and families seeking crucial support.

With the gifts put together – the task now is to deliver them.

It is not too late to make a difference. This year, we urge you to consider giving to United Way Halton & Hamilton. Whether you’ve been giving for years or are considering your first gift, now is the time to join this journey and create lasting change. And this year, your gift holds even more power with our Local Love Community Match.

For every $4 you donate, an additional $1 will be added to your gift by generous community members and organizations. This amplifies your impact, addressing local challenges, supporting families, and empowering individuals in Halton & Hamilton.

Please visit us online to learn more and to donate,

About United Way Halton & Hamilton

 United Way Halton & Hamilton (UWHH) is committed to leading measurable, impactful change by identifying the most challenging issues in our community, and bringing together people and resources to address those issues. We connect volunteers with local needs, and offer training and operational support to local charities. Along with our network of partners and experts, UWHH conducts research and works with key stakeholders to generate support for the not-for- profit sector. Each dollar raised is invested right back into the community to address the long- term recovery of its vital social safety net. Last year, UWHH helped 143,562 residents across Halton and Hamilton, who relied on 106 United Way-supported programs for life changing services.




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A one-of-a-kind experience when the longest night begins

By Staff

December 18th, 2023



This Thursday December 21st, Lowville Festival and THiNKSPOT invite you to Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a unique and inspiring theatrical experience in the Walt Rickli Sculpture Garden.   This one-of-a-kind event will celebrate the annual moment when the longest night begins the transition to longer days.


The Solstice (aka Hibernal) is traditionally considered to be a time of reflection and hibernation to navigate the colder weather.   Over the past ten years the Solstice events at ThinkSpot have evolved from social get-togethers, into a time of reflection and honouring the events of the past year (even the tougher moments).   This video link shares moments from the 2022 Solstice where over 100 people came together to be inspired by stories and music by Myriad Ensemble.  This year Lowville Festival is partnering with June Cupido to create an unforgettable evening that will inspire each of us to persevere through the challenges that life presents.

June, Director of popular and sold-out Story Slams at Kerr Street Cafe in Oakville, will create a powerful interaction between 6 storytellers and audience… enlightening how the stories we tell, connect and uplift us all.   After personally attending two Story Slams in the past year, each person’s journey altered my perspectives about life… pain, resilience, growth, and joy.

Combining the Story Slam with a winter night around six fires and five propane heaters, the audience will be face-to-face with relatable human stories, along with musical performances by Indigenous artists Lacey Hill, and Kristen McKay.  We will also be launching an exciting initiative “Lowville Has Wheels” (click here for video), followed by hot vegetable soup cooked over an outdoor fire, with fresh bread and dessert.

This is an experience not to be missed!!  We hope you can join us – tickets are $50 (100% to cover event costs) and are available here.   Our intention is to create more affordable tickets for future events through sponsorship.   If you value the experiences we create and would like to support us with sponsorship opportunities, please reach out and we will get back to you asap!  Many thanks to Lowville Bistro, McMaster University Athletics Dept.,  and Rock and Roll Cycle for their support this year.


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What takes place when at Spencer Smith Park

By Staff

December 8th, 2023


What takes place in Spencer Smith Park ?  Who decides what takes place?

Spencer Smith Park seen from the west. The circle in the forefront was the location of the famous Brant Inn.

The calendar of events:

RibFest: The length of the line-up told which ribs were most popular.

Sound of Music. The place is packed for the biggest free concert event in the country.


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Halton District School Board hosts Human Rights Symposium on Monday, December 11

By Staff

December 3rd, 2023



The Halton District School Board will host the fifth annual Human Rights Symposium on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023 to engage in vital conversations and challenge thinking.

The theme of this year’s event is Holistic Health: Our voices, our stories, our calls to action, and centres around holistic health (including physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social) as a human right regardless of age, background or socio-economic status. This year the symposium has been designed by students for students.

The Human Rights Symposium will feature a speaking panel of students and will be a virtual event for HDSB students (Grade 7-12) and staff. Registration is not required and information on how to access the event will be shared with students and staff.

Throughout the week, students and staff are encouraged to share what they are learning on social media with the hashtag: #HDSBsymposium.

The HDSB Human Rights Symposium (Dec. 11, 2023) aligns with Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, which is observed annually to recognize the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The principles originally enshrined in the Declaration are still relevant today.

Curtis Ennis, Director of Education for the HDSB explains: The Human Rights Symposium supports the HDSB’s Equity and Inclusion and Mental Health and Well-Being areas of focus in the HDSB Multi-Year Strategic Plan 2020-2024 and our Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan: The Way Forward, The annual Human Rights Symposium unites diverse voices in a shared commitment to addressing common issues. It is a standing reminder of the value of coming together to engage in collaborative dialogue and collective action.”

Amy Collard

Amy Collard, Chair of the HDSB asks students and staff to to engage, question and reflect on our traditional thinking regarding health and well-being.”


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Mayor's Drop In - not exactly a multitude but it did take place

By Pepper Parr

December 1st, 2023



Mayor Meed Ward waiting in City Hall lobby for people who wanted to know more about the budget approved earlier in the week.

Short notice, so maybe that was the reason the number of people who took part in the Drop In Mayor Meed Ward held yesterday was very small.

In the photograph the Mayor posted on her Facebook page she is seated with her Chief of Staff sitting to her right and two unidentified people face her.

Mayor with a couple that took part in the Drop In on Thursday

Who are they and what did they have to say: we will never know.  All we do know is that the event took place and the Mayor now has another poster to add to her collection.


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Museum has Winter Break Camp - January 2 - 5: Sailing the Seven Seas

By Staff

November 28th, 2023


Winter Break Camp | Jan. 2 – 5

Camp runs January 2 – 5, from 9am – 4pm at Joseph Brant Museum.

The cost is $55/day, or $200 for the week. Museum members receive 10% off. Camp is designed for children between 5 – 12 years old. The theme is “Sailing the Seven Seas”. Campers will venture to classical civilizations, the Viking era, and the Polynesian islands!

Program list:  Registration link below;

Click HERE to register


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Coca Cola Caravan will be at Sobeys on Brant Wednesday

By Staff

November 16th, 2023



The Coca-Cola® Holiday Caravan just embarked on its national tour today and will be coming to Burlington on Wednesday, November 22, to bring a taste of the holidays to the city this holiday season.

Guests will get to enjoy an interactive, festive experience including a meet and greet and free holiday photo with Santa, and a complimentary Coca-Cola beverage or hot chocolate or latte made with fairlife milk.


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The Season is about to be upon us

By Pepper Parr

November 14th, 2023



November the 28th, the Festival of Lights go on – those sentry’s that guard parts of Lakeshore Road will be on until January 8th.

Guarding Spencer Smith Park

The Christmas tree on Civic Square will be lit on November 26th at 6:00 pm followed by a Candle Light Stroll to Spencer Smith Park.

There will be all kinds of things for people to do that evening.

Joseph Brant museum will have roof top viewing; if you haven’t had that experience – look into it – well worth the time.




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Astrom and Myers sharing space in the Fireside Room at the AGB - rare to see two significant Burlington talents in the same room.

By Pepper Parr

October 14th, 2023



Two of the better known photographers are hosting a  little reception for our exhibition and we’re hoping many friends will be there to see the show and visit. There will be coffee, tea and the famous AGB cookies!

Those AGB cookies might be a reason to avoid this opportunity but take a chance – Frank Myers and Rolly Astrom have consistently produced first class photography – each in their own niches.

Astrom did a superb series of photographs of male and female dancers.  His ability to catch that poetic moment is to be appreciated and admired.  Convincing the dancer to work with him is a superb example of two artists working together.

Frank Meyers travels the country looking for those scenes that few were ever going to see – the grain elevator in Herbert that will never again see as much as a bushel basket of grain gets captured showing its strength and dominance over thousands of prairie grain fields.

Event takes place between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Art Gallery of Burlington on Sunday the 15th of October.

A chance to view the work these two men have done is a treat.  But take a pass on those cookies.


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Fall and winter recreation programs registration opening August 19th

By Staff

August 10th, 2023



The City’s fall and winter adult recreational programs will be opening for registration on Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. Youth programs, aquatic leadership and swimming lessons will be opening for registration at 11 a.m. All programs are viewable online now.

Aquatic leadership programs open for registration include spring 2024 programs.

View registration information at

Registration Dates and Program Highlights
Date Time Program
Saturday, Aug. 19 9 a.m. • Adult 19+ and Adult 55+ fall and winter programs

• Variety of in-person indoor and virtual opportunities
• Sports, games, fitness, creative activities, music programs, social events, discussion and learning programs
• Log in and register at

Saturday, Aug. 19 11 a.m. • Fall and winter youth programs
• Fall swimming lessons
• Fall, winter and spring aquatic leadership
• Log in and register at

Non-resident registration opens Aug. 25 at 9 a.m.

Fall and winter private music lesson registration is open now at

Registration for Winter 2024 swimming lessons will take place starting on Dec. 2, 2023.

Assisted Registration
Residents who need extra support or do not have online access to register for programs can call 905-335-7738 for staff-assisted telephone registrations Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. This service is only available to those who need help and cannot register online.

The Recreation customer service team is also available through email at Phone and email support is available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In-person registration is available starting Sunday following the launch at Tansley Woods Community Centre, and starting Monday, at Burlington Seniors’ Centre and other recreation customer service counters.

For more information on how to set up an account or register online, visit

Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation is for all, regardless of financial situation. Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to resident individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreation programs. For more information or to apply, visit

Renee Kulinski-McCann, Manager, Recreation Services adds: “We have a lot of great programs for everyone. I really encourage people to take a look at our online catalogue. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of the different recreational programs we offer, and you might find one you want to try. It’s a great way to stay active in the community, meet new people and have fun.”

Links and Resources

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A Mobile Concert Experience

By Staff

August 9th, 2023



THE CONCERT TRUCK will be presenting 10 free 30-minute performances across Burlington.

See it is as a Mobile Concert Experience taking place across the city brtween Wednesday August 9, through to Sunday  August 13, 2023

Burloak Park: Wed Aug 9 at Noon

Berton Park: Wed Aug 9 at 7pm

Chartwell Lakeshore Retirement (5314 Lakeshore Rd.): Thu Aug 10 at Noon

BPAC Outdoor Plaza: Thu Aug 10 at 2pm

Burlington Mall: Fri Aug 11 at 4pm

Civic Square: Fri Aug 11 at 6pm

BPAC Outdoor Plaza: Sat Aug 12 at 1pm and 3:30pm

BPAC Outdoor Plaza: Sun Aug 13 at 1pm and 3:30pm

All Concert Truck events are free to attend!

The Concert Truck is a mobile music venue that strengthens communities by redefining the concert experience and making live music accessible to all. Created by pianists Nick Luby and Susan Zhang, the project aims to engage diverse communities and audiences nationwide with thoughtful, timely programming, and works with arts organizations of all sizes to build a critical presence in their communities.

The Concert Truck is a 16-foot box truck and a fully functioning mobile concert hall, complete with lights, sound system, and piano. Nick, Susan and the truck have toured across the country, partnering with arts organizations to help build their presence in the communities they serve by presenting concerts in city streets, music and arts festivals, schools, neighbourhoods, parks and beyond.


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We talk about community: this weekend we saw it in action

By Pepper Parr

August 7th, 2023



It took Daryl Fowler just about a month to pull together the people that worked with him on getting the local food drive going.

When he set things up for the Friday start he asked the Burlington Food Bank for a hamper to put what was donated in. They delivered a big blue container – mid day Saturday he knew they were going to need more – not sure the Food Bank would be open on the weekend – he turned to his network and before the end of the day three more bins were in place.

It became really clear – Darryl leaned on his network – people he deals with on a regular basis and they all answered the call.

Stuff just kept coming in – $3000 in gift cards.

Daryl & Hannah Fowler – have three children; a four year old, a 2 ½ and a 1 ½. Hanna was a stay at home Mother but is looking forward to returning to the bank she has worked at for a number of years.

Daryl bought their first home in Hamilton, did very well on the sale of that home in 2017 which made it financially possible to move to Burlington. They don’t even think about moving anywhere else.

Daryl has been in HVAC all his working life. There were some labour difficulties during the early part of Covid and Darryl thought this was a good time to strike out on his own.

He describes himself as a one man shop with good talent that he uses on an as needed basis.

Four bins and half a tonne of food later – the photo op was earned.

“I am a people person, I like doing things with and for people – being on my own means I don’t have to spend time managing staff – all my effort goes into keeping customers happy.

He rents space at a storage facility – thinks maybe at some point he will open up a shop but at this point he thinks working on his own is best for him and his customers.

Darryl Fowler takes the shop with him when calling on a customer.

What he is finding however is that the cost of everything has increased: gas, parts, food – he knows everyone is feeling the same pinch.

He makes heavy use of social media and has a five star Google rating.  His approach is “if they support me – I support them.

Julie Neal, who worked at setting a record for a bottle drive she and her husband took on in 2021 was part of that supporting network – a bit of a cluster there.

Burlington Together with its massive following was a part of making this happen. Burlington Dads were there as well.

These groups work independently; at the same time they are part of a collective that are more than an arms length from city hall.

This is what real community is all about.


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