Barrie Block Parent®
OCTOBER 2009 NEWSLETTER October 2009/ issue# 1

In this issue:

  • Thank you
  • National Block Parent®Week
  • 211 Simcoe County
  • Hallowe'en Contest
  • Hallowe'en Safety Tips
  • Website Updates
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Did You Know?


We would like to say "Thank You" to all of our veteran and "newbie" Barrie Block Parents. We really appreciate your patience while we transition to a completely new Board of Executives and establish a new process for sign processing and delivery. We are making every effort possible to get your signs to you quickly and efficiently.


Celebrate National Block Parent® from Sunday, October 25th, Saturday, October 31st with the theme of "Proud of our Past ... Prepared for the Future". Thank you to all Block Parents across Canada who generously volunteer their time to ensure the safety of the residents of their communities!

211 Simcoe County

The City of Barrie is priviledged to now have a vast array of community, social, health and government resources at our fingertips!

211 is a community helpline being established across Canada to connect people with services and programs in their community.

Funded by the United Ways of South Georgian Bay and Greater Simcoe County this helpline provides 24/7 multilingual access by dialing 211* on your touchtone phone or by visiting


Ontario Block Parent® is having a contest for all registered Block Parents! Simply take a picture of your house all decorated up for Hallowe'en, (make sure to have your sign displayed and visible), and send it to
The winner will receive a Tim Horton's Gift Certificate and be mentioned in the upcoming OBBPI Newsletter and on the OBBPI website for all Block Parents in Ontario to see! Good Luck to everyone!


Make sure your children have a safe and happy Halloween.

1. Wear a light coloured, flame-resistant costume. Use reflective tape strips on front and back so motorists can see you better.

2. Wear a short costume so you will not trip. No bike riding - your costume might get caught in the spokes.

3. Make up is better than a mask. If you do wear a mask, wear one with large eye holes so you can see clearly.

4. Carry a flashlight so you can see in the dark and be seen better by passing motorists.

5. Never "Trick-or-Treat" alone, have at least two "buddies" with you for the entire evening.

6. Younger children should "trick-or- treat" while it is still light out with older children or an adult.

7. Tell your parents your route and when you will be home.

8. Never go into a home. Remain at the front door at all times.

9. Do not take short-cuts through backyards, alleys, or parks

10. Trick-or-Treat on one side of the street, then the other. Walk on sidewalks, not the street.

11. Cross only at street corners: look in all directions before crossing; obey all traffic lights and walk, don't run, across the street.

12. Never criss-cross the street or cross between parked cars.

13. Do not eat or drink any candy or food until you arrive home and have your treats checked by an adult. Have a snack or meal before going out.

14. Accept only professionally wrapped candy. Discard all candies which are not wrapped or whose wrapping appears to have been opened or punctured.

15. Look for Block Parent® homes along your route. If you are in trouble, they are there to help.

Barrie Block Parent® would like to wish everyone
a safe and Happy Halloween!!!!


Our website is up and running and we're making every effort to make being a Block Parent® in Barrie as easy for you as possible! Visit to view our site and just how easy it is to submit your Personal Information Changes (ie: address or phone #) and Incident Report Forms electronically! All of the information you need to know about being a Block Parent is available on the website. Please tell your family and friends about the Program and our website. Should anyone have any questions please contact us!



We are currently in need of a new Block Parent® Secretary!

The Board typically meets at 7:15pm on the 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month to discuss progress and new endeavors. If you are interested in becoming our new Secretary we'd love to hear from you! Please send an email expressing your interest to We look forward to hearing from you!

We are always looking for extra bodies to help out at special events that we participate in through out the City of Barrie. If you are able to donate some time here and there we would love to hear from you. Please send us a quick email to be added to our Available Volunteer List. You are under no obligation to participate, but we would greatly appreciate it!



While the Block Parent® Program was primarily designed for children, our network of safe homes can also be used by seniors in times of distress. Block Parent® can summon police, fire department, medical services or other agencies to help you. If you feel ill, vulnerable, distressed or lost while in your community - or elsewhere - simply look for a house displaying the red and white Block Parent® sign.

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