Fair Trade Barrie
The Barrie Fair Trade Working Group was established in 2005 by Bruce Morton and Bob Jowett. Both already had experiences in volunteering to create awareness for Fair Trade. Their aim is to hold as many events as possible during the year in order to promote Fair Trade in Barrie. In 2009 the Barrie Fair Trade Working Group received the YMCA 2009 Peace Medallion Award; Barrie became Fair Trade City in 2010.
The BFTWG was very fortunate to receive the YMCA 2009 Peace Medallion Award November 2009. The award was given in recognition of the work done by the BFTWG to promote an awareness of Fair Trade in the Barrie area.
The award was presented Tuesday Nov. 24th 2009, at the Barrie YMCA by General Manager Michael O'Callaghan and assisted by Cat O'Conner and Stephanie Carstairs.
The Barrie Fair Trade Town Initiative
The Fair Trade Towns initiative is new to Canada, adapted from the international campaign initiated in the United Kingdom. By becoming a Fair Trade Town we are confirming our community's commitment to supporting the principles of Fair Trade, and improving the livelihoods of millions of farmers and workers in the global South who benefit from the Fair Trade certification system.
To become a Fair Trade Town, our community must achieve the six goals outlined below. These goals encourage access to Fair Trade Certified products in the community, as well as increasing education and public awareness on the issue of Fair Trade.
The Barrie Fair Trade Working Group (BFTWG) set an objective for Barrie to qualify as a Fair Trade Town in May 2010, as part of National Fair Trade Weeks (May 1st to 15th) celebrations. On May 10th, 2010, with unanimous support from City Council, Barrie qualified as a Fair Trade Town.