Donations & Student Bursary

We give thousands of dollars back to the community every year to support a life-long love of film. Here’s where the money goes.

DVD Collections in Muskoka

We  make donations to the DVD collections of local libraries and old folks’ homes. So, wherever you may be, you get to see great movies.  Spinning Reels has added to the collections at the Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Port Carling libraries, the satellite volunteer libraries of Milford Bay, Walker’s Point, and Windermere as well as the YWCA and The Pines Long Term Care Residence.

Student Bursary

Sandy Yudin, Mitchell Brock, Maria Duncalf Barber

Mitchell Brock, recipient of the 2018 Spinning Reels bursary, with Sandy and Maria.

We are committed to helping the next generation of creators, and every year we select one or more students who are moving on to their post-secondary education to receive a Spinning Reels Student Bursary.

Do you know someone in his or her last year of high school who is planning their post-secondary studies in an arts-related field such as theatre, multimedia, photography or filmmaking?

Contact Spinning Reels at tickets@spinningreels.ca to receive information about how they can apply for a Spinning Reels student bursary.

Funding and Bursary Recipients

2018

The winners of the 2018 Spinning Reels student bursary are Mitchell Brock and Preslee Bertrand. Mitchell is a BMLSS grad who is off to York University to study acting and film. Preslee, (sorry no picture!) a St. Dominic’s grad, is studying film editing at Canadore College in North Bay. [Read the full blog.]

In addition, Spinning Reels has made financial contributions to the DVD collections of the following libraries, and financial donations to two area food banks.

2017

Maria Barber (l) and Sandy Yudin present bursary cheques to Jesse Ricottone (l) and John Kahn.

The proud recipients of the 2017 Spinning Reels bursary are John Kahn and Jesse Ricottone.  John attended BMLSS and helped make short films and music videos. He will attend Ryerson University to become a Film Editor. He said, “Thanks to Spinning Reels I will be able to buy equipment for school to make the videos I love.”

Jesse attended St. Dominic where he ran live video broadcasts and also was involved in making short films and videos. He plans to study cinematography. “It’s amazing that we have boards like Spinning Reels who support the arts and students like me to attend university and to offer the support available for students to give back to the community,” he said. Here they are receiving their cheques from Spinning Reels volunteers Maria Duncalf Barber and Sandy Yudin.

2016

2016 Bursary WinnerCongratulations to Moira, our 2016 winner. Moira is from Springdale Park, Bracebridge. She attended BMLSS and has been accepted to the University of Toronto to undertake her Bachelor of Arts with a major in drama and a French minor. Moira’s aim is be a professional actor, then a drama teacher. She says Toronto is one of Canada’s best places for actors to find work. She intends to work hard and live there and maintain a YouTube channel to put herself out there.

She has been a member of the Royal Canadian Army cadets for four years, and has participated in many volunteer activities in the Muskoka community including the Remembrance Day Vigil and Fathers’ Day car show.

2015

Following our Jan 19, 2015 screening of films by renowned local filmakers, interest was so high we donated copies of each of the three movies: The Winter Camp, The Boatbuilder, and Fallen Leaves (as well as its accompanying book) to the public libraries in Bracebridge, Muskoka Lakes Port Carling, Milford Bay, Ullswater and Walkers Point for your enjoyment.

2014

Josh Ronson, Michelle Hollingshead and Melinda Wilson have indicated that the bursary will assist not only with the cost of tuition, materials and residence, but also provide a boost of confidence as they head off to study.

In addition, Spinning Reels was able to make a one-time donation to the Manna Food Bank.

2013

SR 2013 Bursary Winner Tori Wines receiving her cheque from Maria Duncalf-Barber and Sandy YudinHere is Spinning Reels’ 2013 Bursary winner Tori Wines, receiving her cheque from Maria Duncalf-Barber and Sandy Yudin.

 

 

2012

2012 recipients Kris Finley and Jason Thomson with Maria.

And here is Maria Duncalf Barber presenting the 2012 student bursary cheques to recipients Kris Finley and Jason Thomson. Are you planning to study in an arts-related field such as theatre, multimedia, photography or filmmaking? Contact Spinning Reels at tickets@spinningreels.ca to receive information about how you can apply for a Spinning Reels student bursary. We’d love to see you at the movies too!

2011

Connor Doran & Maria Duncalf Barber, August 2011

  • Student Bursary Recipient: Connor Doran, to help with his media-related post-secondary education. Here he is receiving his bursary cheque from Maria Duncalf Barber.
  • Bracebridge Public Library: For their DVD collection
  • Muskoka Lakes Library: For their DVD collection
  • The Pines Long Term Care Home: For their DVD collection
  • Leisureworld Caregiving Centre: For their DVD collection

2010

2010 bursary recipient Martin Bennet with Spinning Reels' Maria Duncalf Barber, August 2010.

  • Student Bursary Recipient: Martin Bennet, to help with his media-related post-secondary education. Update: August 2011: Martin has produced a short film that has been submitted to a CTV film competition. Congratulations Martin!
  • Bracebridge Public Library: For their DVD collection
  • Muskoka Lakes Library: For their DVD collection
  • The Pines Long Term Care Home: For their DVD collection
  • Leisureworld Caregiving Centre: For their DVD collection