A tradition of the Mariposa Folk Festival is to offer civil society groups, service organizations and community groups a no-charge booth in our Community Village area of the festival. Casino Rama, and their Community Wellness Program, makes this possible through a very generous sponsorship.
With a focus on the environment, education and health, Casino Rama’s Community Wellness Program is based on the First Nations medicine wheel, stressing balance in all parts of one’s life.
The Mariposa Folk Festival and Casino Rama encourage you to visit these fine non-profit and community organizations. Each one of them enriches our lives.
This Year’s Organizations
This organization sends teams of musicians and artists to work in remote indigenous communities in Canada’s far north. Their aim is to inspire youth through creative self-expression. While in those communities they share information and offer volunteers the opportunity to become involved in their work on behalf of indigenous youth.
Barrie Folk Society
Founded in 1999 to foster and promote live music in Barrie and area, it produces concerts in a variety of formats, raise money for new, live music, and fosters the growth of local and young musicians. They support original live music in venues such as open stages, house concerts and song-writing competitions.
Chippewas of Rama First Nation PowWow Celebration
Taking place August 24/25 in Rama, this is a colourful cultural event that includes international displays of traditional dancing, music and hand drumming. Spend time at the artisans’ booths where you will find beautiful beadwork, baskets, apparel, footwear and more.
Eaglewood Folk Festival
The 24th Eaglewood Folk Festival is taking place August 23, 24, 25, 2013. It is a three-day celebration of diverse, original folk/roots music featuring a mix of established singer songwriters and new, young talent, with concerts and workshops and more.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park (Parks Canada)
This area is one of the most culturally and naturally unique places in Canada, and its only 40 minutes from Orillia. Experience all-inclusive camping, rustic cabins, traditional camping and hiking. Replicas of species at risk (turtles, snakes, skink) and archaeology associated with Georgian Bay Islands National Park are on display.
Quality education for students on a full time or part time basis. Earn a certificate, diploma or university degree. Georgian was recently rated the best Community College in Ontario, the second best in Canada and the third best community college in the world.
Hare Krishna Culture
A bright and colorful exposition of Bhakti Yoga culture (Kirtan), with chanting, singing, music, dancing, books, meditation sessions, philosophy, yoga and more. Bhakti Yoga is non-sectarian and has participants from India, Canada, Russia, USA, Europe, Caribbean, South Africa and elsewhere.
This organization helps to maintain the independence of seniors. Established in 1972, employees and volunteers work together to provide in-home services enabling clients to remain in their own homes as long as they are able.
The services and programs of this organization support individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and supports their loved ones. Hospice Orillia provides emotional, social and spiritual support from Hawkestone to Severn Bridge to Coldwater to Gamesbridge.
This community information and volunteer centre serves Orillia, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn and Rama, providing information and referrals to people requiring human/social services. They also provide volunteer support services to organizations and help connect community members looking for volunteer opportunities.
Kids for Turtles Environmental Education
This is an educational and outreach organization dedicated to increasing the understanding and stewardship of the environment. Goals and activities include habitat restoration and nature-based events. They work with children, their families and seniors.
This organization is one of the largest in the area supporting cancer survivors. They support anyone, of any age with any type of cancer and will provide information, knowledge and support to overcome the effect of this disease. Get information on their anti-stigma campaign and cancer transition.
A comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research, the Orillia campus boasts The ThunderCATS (Community Action Team), a student club dedicated to community volunteer work.
Mnjikaning Fish Fence Circle
The Fish Fence Circle honours the spirit of the sacred area known as the place of the fish fence (Mnjikaning), fostered education, social and co-operative experiences. Find out about the exciting Narrows bridge project.
Orillia Community Gardens
This sustainable and integrated network of community gardens around the city of Orillia provides knowledge and skills, hosts events and leads workshops. They share samples of fresh fruits and vegetables to inform people about local and global food and sustainability initiatives.
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Working in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, this organization delivers education and awareness programming to monitor and track the spread of invading species in Ontario waters. They also support a summer student for the Kids for Turtles Office in Tudhope Park.
Orillia Museum of Art and History
See a display of several historical items and images that are both valuable artifacts, as well as interactive and touchable.
Orillia Active Transportation & Trails Advisory Committee
An official advisory committee to Orillia City Council, the mandate of this organization is to promote active transportation in the city, and act as a steward for city trails both on and off road. During the festival they will assist cyclists and supervise the bicycle parking area.
Orillia Power Corporation
This social enterprise has a rich history of more than 100 years in Orillia. Their mission is to efficiently generate environmentally-friendly energy, and their vision is to achieve full potential in renewable power generation.
Orillia Youth Centre
This organization provides the community with a safe, supervised gathering place for youth, ages 11-17. Offered are programs, referral to other community agencies and services, and the opportunity to be involved in the ongoing operation of the Centre. Several of their programs are geared for all ages.
Orillia Youth Symphony
Celebrating 30 years as an organization, youth learn about orchestral music, teamwork, discipline, respect and pride in themselves and their fellow members.
Scales Nature Park
This 21 hectare mosaic of upland and wetland habitats is home to about 300 animals and 60 species. Special programs offered include guided walks, presentations and workshops. At their booth they hope to have on display local species of reptiles and amphibians for hands-on interaction.
Orillia celebrates outdoor art and creativity through large scale outdoor art exhibits in the core of Orillia each summer season. Drawing attention to art and artists, the mandate of this organization is to present Orillia as a unique arts & culture destination. See sculptures on display at their booth.
Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee
The TO2015 provides communities with an opportunity to learn about the Toronto 2015 Games. Visitors can discover how to get involved in the Games, try their hand at sports and learn about the athletes and their achievements. There will be inflatable interactive sports activations, give-aways and more.