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:

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

As a result of the fabulous attendance of Spinning Reels enthusiasts, we were able to make a one-time donation of $2,000 to the Manna Food Bank on December 9, 2014

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

Our 2017 Recipients

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

This year for the ninth annual Spinning Reels Bursary, we are happy to announce that we gave two awards of $1,000 to two local students.

The proud recipients of Spinning Reels bursary are John Kahn and Jesse Ricottone

John attended BMLSS and actively participated in making short films and music videos. He will attend Ryerson University to become a Film Editor. He was pleased and thankful as he said, “Thanks to Spinning Reels I will be able to buy equipment for school to make the videos I love”.

Jesse attends St. Dominic and states that he has been running Live video broadcasts throughout the school for over a year.

Jesse says, “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 also has been involved in making short films and videos. He wants to attend school for Cinematography and wants to make films and videos that are creative and make people laugh.

Our 2016 Recipient

2016 Bursary WinnerMoira 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.

Our 2014 recipients

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.

Our 2013 recipient

SR 2013 Bursary Winner Tori Wines receiving her cheque from Maria Duncalf-Barber and Sandy Yudin

SR 2013 Bursary Winner Tori Wines receiving her cheque from Maria Duncalf-Barber and Sandy Yudin

Our 2012 recipients

Student Bursary Recipients: $1,400 to Kris Finley and Jason Thomson, to help with their post-secondary education. Read More

Our 2011 recipients:

Bursary recipient Connor Doran with Spinning Reels' Maria Duncalf Barber, August 2011

2011 bursary recipient Connor Doran with Spinning Reels’ Maria Duncalf Barber, August 2011

  • Student Bursary Recipient: $1,200, to Connor Doran, to help with his media-related post-secondary education.
  • Bracebridge Public Library: $1,500 for their DVD collection
  • Muskoka Lakes Library: $1,000 for their DVD collection
  • The Pines Long Term Care Home: $500 for their DVD collection
  • Leisureworld Caregiving Centre: $500 for their DVD collection

Our 2010 recipients:

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

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

  • Student Bursary Recipient: $1000, to 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! We’re going to try to screen it or at least put a link to it for you.
  • Bracebridge Public Library: $2,000 for their DVD collection
  • Muskoka Lakes Library: $1,000 for their DVD collection
  • The Pines Long Term Care Home: $500 for their DVD collection
  • Leisureworld Caregiving Centre: $500 for their DVD collection