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These stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home are made possible through the continued support of Leon's Furniture as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Colin Vickers dedicates years of professional and personal time to helping children excel

Colin Vickers dedicates years of professional and personal time to helping children excel

'The kinds of things they did in the community appealed to me. They had a focus on children and youth'
Scott Clark's 'dumb ideas' produce long lasting community fundraisers in North Bay

Scott Clark's 'dumb ideas' produce long lasting community fundraisers in North Bay

'We learned about how our actions and our words and putting it all out there and how that was affecting families and the community as a whole. That really moved me'
Community of North Bay a basis for success in Lynn Johnston's comic series

Community of North Bay a basis for success in Lynn Johnston's comic series

'I was grateful to have lived there. The people are friendly. They watch you put out your garbage and they see the hassles you get into and your ego is really in check and people are caring and supportive and give you your privacy and I was very grateful for that, I think that saved my bacon. But also, it is just a great place to live and North Bay has got so much to offer'
Dramatic Arts culture in North Bay prepared Blair Williams for long acting career

Dramatic Arts culture in North Bay prepared Blair Williams for long acting career

“I’ve looked through a lot of windows in my career, a lot of different people have inhabited me and it’s a great way to expand your own empathy which grows exponentially the more characters you explore and the more people you try to understand."
Amy Jenkins finds a career in supporting artists on the national and international stage

Amy Jenkins finds a career in supporting artists on the national and international stage

'Being able to put someone’s work into someone else’s office who will have a true appreciation for that is very exciting'
From Ballet to Contemporary, Kate Franklin has dedicated her life to dancing

From Ballet to Contemporary, Kate Franklin has dedicated her life to dancing

“It’s what I have invested most of my time and passion over the course of my whole life. I’ve been doing this professionally for about 20 years"

Sara Cornthwaite creating content for the world to see

"I took a leap of faith going for something that my heart said yes to, and it's been nonstop ever since, and I think that you’re in a good place when work doesn’t feel like work.”
Storming into the world of professional wrestling

Storming into the world of professional wrestling

Lance Evers may be one of the best pure athletes to ever come out of North Bay
Jack Lockhart's collection captures all that North Bay has to offer

Jack Lockhart's collection captures all that North Bay has to offer

'I'm very fortunate that I’ve sold them all over the world, but it doesn't happen overnight'
Jim Calarco helped plant seeds for North Bay's budding film scene

Jim Calarco helped plant seeds for North Bay's budding film scene

'We’ve gone from one or two movies a year to 17 or 18 a year in and around our city. We’re at the stage now where a good actor can find work in northern Ontario'