We lost but we won!
On Saturday, October 8 in the afternoon, the 112-year-old barn at ClearWater at the Reed Farm burned to the ground. The tragic accident was caused by kids playing on the property without permission.
No one was hurt. And since adversity can give rise to opportunity, we entered the national Aviva Community Challenge to win $100,000 to start rebuilding the barn as a community treasure, designed by kids and built with their help.
Over 2,000 community members and friends voted – an amazing 35,000 votes in all. Sadly, this turned out not to be quite enough to win, but it was a heartfelt rally of support, and many people also stepped forward to offer help when needed.
All of this has strengthened our resolve to continue. The next thing you can do is to help us find all of our friends. If we know who our supporters are, we can keep everyone informed as we progress.
Old barns inherently symbolize the power of community to
collaborate by bringing people of different ages and abilities together.”
— Annabel Slaight, founding chair of the Ontario Water Centre