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These winners discover it pays to fill out survey

Eight citizens who completed Orillia and Area Community Wellbeing Survey picked up $250 just in time for Christmas

Happy Christmas shopping to eight local winners of $250 pre-paid Visa cards.

Information Orillia (IO) handed out three gift cards in person to the winners that entered the draw with the Orillia and Area Community Wellbeing Survey earlier this year.

All winners were invited to the Information Orillia office, located at the Orillia Public Library, where Nicolette Hawco, operations manager presented those present with the cards.

The winners are:

Rob Jolicoeur (Orillia), Joyce Smith (Orillia), Rebecca Jackson (Orillia), Adrienne Volgmann (Ramara), Marta Dowanik (Ramara), Fran Ricetto (Ramara), Deborah Forrest (Oro-Medonte) and Jackie Duffy (Coldwater)

Those who weren’t at the presentation last week were notified through a phone call and are asked to visit the IO office at 36 Mississaga St. W. to pick up their card.

Delighted by the win, Ricetto said she planned on sharing her windfall with the less fortunate in Orillia.

Dowanik said she hoped the survey would highlight the difficulties with Internet connectivity and rural transportation.

Earlier this year, 8,000 survey invitations were mailed to randomly selected residents of Orillia and surrounding townships. People who completed the surveys received a ballot to enter a contest to win one of eight $250 pre-paid Visa gift cards.

The prize winners were randomly selected from among the 595 people who entered the draw, once they had filled out their survey.

Information Orillia is overseeing the Canadian Index of Wellbeing survey with multiple partners, including the University of Waterloo and its CIW network. This milestone event provided an opportunity for residents to comment about quality of life and wellbeing in the community.

For more information about the Orillia and Area CIW project, contact Michael McMurter, project manager, at

Information Orillia is a not-for-profit charitable organization located in the Orillia Public Library and in 2019 will be celebrating another milestone: 50 years of serving our community.

The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) Network is housed in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.