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2013 Holiday Party

Last week the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association celebrated the holiday season with our annual Christmas party at Donaleigh’s. The weather probably curbed some of the turn-out, but for those of us that fought through the snow and wind to make it there, we had a great time! The atmosphere in the private downstairs room was great, and the food at Donaleigh’s is always fantastic. If you weren’t there, you missed out!

In addition, we collected $265 in gift certificates for Youth Haven Barrie – that’s fantastic! Youth Haven Barrie even wrote us a note (read it here!) to say thanks! Way to go, SCYPA!

2014 SCYPA Cooking Class – Sign Up Now!

Always considered one of the best events of the year, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association is excited to announce tickets are now on sale for our 2014 cooking class at Liberty North with Chef Rich.

On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 6pm, join us as we learn to make (then eat!) the following menu with Chef Rich:

  1. Homemade Gravlax
  2. Steak Tartare
  3. Seared Ahi Tuna
  4. Goat Cheese Brule

The cost is only $35/person (and only $20 for SCYPA Members!). There will also be a cash bar available. Purchase your tickets here:

Tickets must be purchased in advance (by April 8th!), and are expected to sell out as we only have a limited number of seats available this year.

August Social at Kenzington Burger Bar

For the final Simcoe County Young Professionals Association social of the summer, we’re heading over to Kenzington Burger Bar at 40 Dunlop Street East.  Join us on Thursday, August 21st (the 3rd Thursday of the month – see a trend??!) at 6pm for networking, drinks, and amazing food.

Drop by a little before 6pm if you’d like to eat dinner (their burgers are AMAZING!), or come a little after 6 for snacks and drinks (sorry, folks, you’ve gotta pay your own way this time!). Members and non-members are more-than-welcome to join us.

Bowl for Kids Sake – Join the SCYPA Team!

Bowl for Kids Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ premier fund-raising event where people get together and have a fun time bowling in support of Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programs. Research shows that children who have been mentored have higher self-esteem and are more likely to stay in school – empowering them to succeed, give back and realize their true potential.

Help support the mentoring programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District by joining one of two SCYPA teams for the Chay Today Business Bowl on March 17th, 2014 at 4pm (Bowlerama Barrie).  We are very proud to have been among the top fundraisers the past FOUR years and hope that you will help us both bowl and raise money again this year.

Bowling will be FREE, but participants will be asked to raise a minimum of $30 in pledges.  If you are interested in joining the SCYPA team, please sign up here. If you’d like to make a donation to the SCYPA team or a member of our team, you can do so here!

Buy Your Tickets for the Thanksgiving 2014 Cooking Class

Our annual cooking class is one of the best events of the year. We held the 2014 SCYPA cooking class back in April, and it was such a great event, we decided to do another one before the end of the year!

On Thursday, October 9th, 2014, join the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association as we learn the in’s and out’s of putting together a Thanksgiving dinner.  Chef Rich from Liberty North will be teaching us how to debone a turkey, and we’ll get to make (and sample!) the following menu:

  • Homemade Turkey Gravy
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Traditional Bead Stuffing
  • Creamy whipped Yukon gold potatoes
  • Roasted Maple pecan squash

The cost is only $40/person (paid SCYPA members can get their tickets HALF OFF – for only $20!!).  If you’d like to become a SCYPA member, please visit  To reserve your seat and purchase tickets to the cooking class, visit  Tickets will sell out quickly, so be sure to pick up your tickets today!

July Social at PIE 2

PIE is a Wood Fired Pizza Joint that started feeding faces in Barrie, Ontario in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since. SCYPA visits PIE at least once per year (what can we say – great food, drinks and location – what’s not to love?), and this year we’re hitting up the Barrie Beachfront location (11 Victoria Street, Barrie, ON) on July 24th at 6pm.

Join the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association for our July social as we network and socialize with other young professionals from Simcoe County. Drop by a little before 6pm if you’d like to eat dinner, or come a little after 6 for snacks and drinks (sorry, folks, you’ve gotta pay your own way this time!). Members and non-members are welcome to join us.


SCYPA Annual Summer BBQ – July 9th!

Every year, in early July, the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association gets together for a BBQ. This year, like we have for the past several years, we’re hosting our annual BBQ at the Clubhouse at the Innisbrook Golf Course (211 Lockhart Road, Barrie, Ontario). Join us starting at 6pm (BBQ dinner starts around 6:45) on Wednesday, July 9th (note this event is not on our usual 3rd Thursday of the month!) for salad, burgers, drinks, and desserts. There will be a cash bar as well.

This event is FREE for SCYPA Members (for more information on becoming a SCYPA Member, please visit, or $10 for non-members.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards, as we’ll have some time to do some networking (plus we’ll also being doing a couple of draws for prizes)!  Hope to see you there!

SCYPA Joins Launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) in Toronto

Tim L. Walker and Sarah Hahn joined dozens of under-forties from all corners of the province on November 26th to announce the launch of Young Professionals Network of Ontario (YPNO) at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Barrie’s MPP Ann Hoggarth attended in support of the project. YPNO is a central hub to support young people to do business, network, advocate, have a voice at provincial and national tables, and build economic development opportunities.

There has been a significant lack of opportunities for young professionals across the province to meet like-minded peers and have a voice on provincial issues. YPNO is a volunteer-based organization that will serve as an essential provincial network to connect, engage, inspire and advocate for professionals under 40 years. SCYPA is excited to join YPNO and represent Simcoe County’s young professionals at a provincial and national level.

YPNO represents over 30 Young Professionals Networks with thousands of members dispersed across Ontario, including small northern communities like Kenora. Members also come from all sectors and walks of life including private business, public entities, trades, not-for profit agencies, and Aboriginal organizations.

An advocacy campaign called; Meet Us, Hear Us was also announced to Parliament at Queen’s Park.

Incoming SCYPA chair and YPNO board member, Sarah Hahn says, “Our advocacy goal is to inform politicians and decision-makers about the issues concerning young people today. The current provincial deficit, lack of incentives to attract and retain young people, infrastructure planning and jobs are just a few of the top concerns. There are also important local issues such as encouraging young entrepreneurs to stay local that we look forward to starting conversations with political or socio-economic influencers about.  SCYPA’s involvement in YPNO is a unique opportunity to engage future leaders on key issues.”


SCYPA Social NEXT WEEK at Barnstormer Brewing

For the June SCYPA social, we’re checking out one of the hottest new spots in town: Barnstormer Brewing & Pizzeria (384 Yonge Street, Barrie, Ontario) – Barrie’s only brewpub producing craft beer where you can watch the brewing process!

Drop on by between 6pm and 9pm and try out some of their homemade pizza and fantastic craft beer! One of the owners will also be speaking to us about some of the beer that is brewed there, and we might even get a bit of a tour of the place!

No need to RSVP – just show up (Next Thursday – June 19th)!

September Social at The Farmhouse

The Simcoe County Young Professionals Association is hitting Fall in full swing, starting with our September social at The Farmhouse on Thursday, September 18th, 2014.  The Farmhouse specializes in home grown, home cooked meals that will excite any palate. They only use sustainable fish and the freshest meats and vegetables. They even grow their own herbs and spices so they are always fresh!

Meet there at 6pm for food, drinks, socializing and networking (don’t forget to bring your business cards!).  We have the lounge area reserved, so drop by anytime between 6pm-9pm and get to know some other young professionals from around Barrie and Simcoe County. No need to RSVP – members and non-members are more than welcome to attend!