History of the Wall
As part of our 50th
Anniversary Celebration in 2007, Barrie North Collegiate established a Wall of
Honour. Our purpose in doing this, was to honour alumni who have made a
significant contribution to their community, or who have been extremely
successful in their chosen careers. The Wall of Honour will present models of
success to current Barrie North students in order to emphasize the importance
of students’ setting high goals for themselves and working toward accomplishing
these goals. It will also recognize the tradition of success at Barrie North
Each inductee will be
honoured with a plaque hung on the Wall of Honour in the front foyer of our
school. Inductees will continue to be selected each year at our annual Night of Excellence Ceremony in the fall. Nomination forms may be picked up at Barrie
North in the Guidance office, or click on Nomination Form on this website.
Our Wall of Honour
committee is made up of five North current staff and alumni members. For more information, contact Katie Kirkpatrick at (705) 726-6541 ex:
41175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth CoutisDr. Courtis makes many speeches
each year, but I think this one was very different, and he probably only knew
what he was going to say when he said it, because maybe it was this night more
his heart speaking than his brain. Of course, he always has ideas and can
talk about almost anything thing. but I think it was very special for him to
return to his high school, and see young people like maybe he was many years
before, and to meet such dedicated people as you and your colleagues.
Anne and I talked about this some, and she said she felt the same when
she spoke with Dr. Courtis about the event and this very special honour that
you made for him.
Bradley J. Dibble
Brad graduated from BNC in 1984 as valedictorian. After attending the Arts and Science program at McMaster University, Brad obtained his M.D and also studied Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Western Ontario. He opened his practice in Barrie in 1996 and works with two hospitals within the region. He has a particular interest in preventative medicine and risk factor modification. Brad is a regional spokesperson for the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. He served as Physician Lead for the Division of Cardiology and Medical Director for the Cardiovascular-Renal Program at RVH, working to bring advanced cardiac care to the Barrie region. Brad is also known for promoting public access to Automatic External Defibrillators and for his work regarding global warming and climate change. He is the author of Comprehending the Climate Crisis.
Maya graduated from BNC in 2016. In her Grade 9 year, Maya was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20. Maya was Student Council President, Student Trustee, Chair of the SCDSB Student Senate and served on the Education Minister’s Student Advisory Council. Maya has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Ontario’s Junior Citizen of the Year Award, has twice won the Grand Platinum Award at Canada’s National Science Fair for discoveries in microbiology and fundamental physics and has been a finalist at the Google and Intel International Science Fairs. Maya was named the Inaugural National Brescia Emerging Canadian Female Leader of the Year. She is the only Canadian to be presented with the International 2016 Gloria Barron Prize. Maya is a Research Associate at the Perimeter Institute. She will attend Harvard in August.
Mike graduated from BNC in 1977. His successful career in Track and Field and Hurdles began at BNC. Mike was named North's MVP twice and later MVP of the University of Waterloo Track team. He was a member of the Pacific Conference Games Team, Ontario Canada Games Team, Canadian Commonwealth Games Team (semi-finalist) and the 1980 Canadian Olympic Team. His career in sport led Mike to complete his pedorthic exams at Northwestern University in Chicago and subsequently open his own pedorthics business which included a number of clinics. In 2004 he attended the Athens Olympic Games as Head of the Foot and Ankle Clinic for the Athletes Village. Mike was awarded the Canadian Pedorthic Award of Excellence and the U.S.A Seymour Lefton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Pedorthics.
Mark graduated from BNC in 1976. While in high school he volunteered with the Barrie Auxiliary Police Force. After graduating he became a cadet and completed his recruitment training at the Ontario Police College in Aylmer. Over the years he earned many additional qualifications at the Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College in Ottawa. He also completed additional courses in Toronto and Los Angeles. Mark held a number of positions prior to becoming the first Chief of Police for Barrie to be promoted to that position from within the service. He was also an instructor at the Ontario Police College. Mark is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Brent graduated from BNC in 2003. A hockey player since the age of four, he was recruited by the Toronto Marlboroughs junior hockey team when he was 9 years old. He finished his junior hockey career as a member of the Brampton Battalion. He was drafted as a defenseman by the Minnesota Wild in the first round, 20th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 2011. Brent brought home a silver medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Finland in 2004. He won another silver medal as part of Team Canada in 2008 at the World Championships where he was selected as best defenseman of the tournament. He also played for Team Canada in 2010 and 2011. Brent generously donates to Defending The Blue Line, to ensure that children of military members are able to participate in hockey.
Carl graduated from
BNC in 1977. He began music studies on the piano, followed by guitar, drums and
percussion, and voice. He started singing and playing guitar with a band at age
15. His debut album with Coney Hatch went Gold, paving the way for more albums
and extensive touring with bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. He has
produced several music videos on Much Music and MTV and he has written songs
for artists and television shows, like Baywatch. After a very successful solo
career, Carl became a member of The Guess Who and later April Wine; he
performed internationally and made albums and videos with both bands. He has
co-written songs with many other artists and his songs have been recorded by
many performers. He has recorded and released five solo albums. Carl is the
proprietor of Diamond Ditty Music.
Mary Anne Wilson
Mary Anne graduated
from BNC in 1971. She quickly became a passionate advocate for public
education. She was a school board trustee for 17 years, serving in Haliburton
and Simcoe Counties. She excelled in this role and on four separate occasions
chaired the Simcoe County District Board. She was a devoted and
passionate public servant who strove to address the needs of all students, both
young and old, and was a staunch supporter of accessible adult learning. She
was a member of the Ontario Public School Board Association for 10 years. She
obtained a Human Resources Management Certificate from Georgian College in
2001. She was also an accomplished artist and lively orator. Two
scholarships, in her honour, will be awarded annually at the Barrie Adult
Learning Center and at Barrie North Collegiate.
Ryan graduated from
BNC in 1994. During his studies at the University of Waterloo he completed a
cooperative education placement at Research In Motion (RIM); his first project
as a co-op student at RIM was designing the operating system core for the first
ever Blackberry! After graduating with his Bachelor of Mathematics, Honours
Computer Science - Software Engineering, Ryan signed on full-time at RIM as a
computer programmer and quickly moved up the corporate ladder from team lead to
manager, to director, to vice-president of operating systems. Ryan contributes
to his community by generously giving his time and financial support. In
2009 he was named the youngest member of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 that year.
Justin graduated from
BNC in 1988. He earned his Bachelor of Economics at the University of Western
Ontario. From the age of 12, Justin was a keen entrepreneur, juggling the
operation of small businesses, working at the local Canadian Tire store, and
attending high school. During this time, Justin was diagnosed with cancer
in his left leg. While undergoing extensive chemotherapy, radiation and the
amputation of his leg, Justin completed high school and was the owner of a
small business, a vehicle and a home before he set off to university! Since
then, Justin has owned a number of Canadian Tire stores. In addition, he
continues to be an avid supporter of many community charities, including The
Canadian Tire Foundation for Families, the Lions Club, the Canadian Cancer
Society, the Clair Hills Community Association and various food banks.
Joel graduated from BNC in 1964 as Head Boy. He
obtained his B.A. at Queen’s University in 1968, his M.S. at Michigan Tech
University in 1970 and his M.D. at Queen’s in 1975. He ran a family practice
for over 30 years in Sudbury, Ontario, all the while conducting research,
upgrading his certifications, and teaching at the Northern Ontario School for
Medicine. Joel was particularly esteemed by his patients for his caring manner and
attention to detail. He has been heavily involved in occupational health issues
including serving as the medical director of numerous hospitals and Canadian
companies and institutions. He is the recipient of the YMCA Peace Medallion for
his work with the outreach program Men for Missions in Haiti.
Vaughn graduated from BNC in 1969 and was
directly employed with the Ontario Provincial Police. With no further formal
academic study, he worked his way through Police ranks from Constable to
Undercover Officer to Deputy Commissioner responsible for Investigations and
Organized Crime. He completed many management and investigative courses during
his 37 year career. A highlight of his training was graduating from the Federal
Bureau of Investigations’ National Executive Institute at Quantico, Virginia.
As a result of his groundbreaking work on organized crime including terrorism
within Canada, Vaughn was presented with the Officer of the Order of Merit of
the Police Forces by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson at Rideau Hall in
Jim graduated from BNC in 1965. He attended
Kent State University on an athletic scholarship and became an All American
Football Player; he obtained a degree in History and Political Science.
Although he was a second round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jim
chose to play in Canada for the duration of his 12 year professional career. As
a Toronto Argonaut (CFL), he was an outstanding defensive player winning many
awards: Rookie of the Year in 1970, All Pro four times, All East eight times,
Most Valuable Defensive Player in 1975 and Schenley Most Outstanding Player in
1975. Jim was honoured as an “All-Time Argo” in 1997 for his contributions to
the Argonaut team and was inducted to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in
Jason graduated from BNC in 1988. Using the
stage name Jason McCoy, he quickly became a very successful country music
singer and songwriter. He has won numerous Canadian Country Music Association
awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Group of
the Year and Producer of the Year. Other awards include a Juno for Group of the
Year and many SOCAN Country Music awards; he has also been recognized as Global
Artist of the year. Jason has enjoyed the sale of Gold and Platinum albums and
the production of TV specials as a soloist and as leader of The Road Hammers.
Jason is also known for his work with such charities as Dreams Take Flight and
Seasons Centre for Grieving and Traumatized Children.