Barrie/Simcoe County


Welcome to the Association of Administrative Professionals Barrie/Simcoe County Branch. Inaugurated in 2006, our Branch continues to grow with members representing a wide variety of businesses and organizations throughout the Barrie and Simcoe County area.   We strive to focus our workshops, presentations and webinars on topics that are current and relevant to office professionals as well as trying to incorporate topics on work-life balance.

If you are interested in joining/ learning more about our branch, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Sharon Crowe
President, Barrie-Simcoe County Branch
Association of Administrative Professionals


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Gourmet Grazing: The Art of Charcuterie Crafting Workshop – this event will provide
some relaxed networking time in a social setting.

When: November 30 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Location: Simcoe County Elementary Occasional Teachers/ 351 King Street #3 Barrie, ON L4N 6B5

Option # 1 Full Workshop

Each guest will have their own tools to use (knifes, cutting board and palm leaf tray) while they follow along Leanne’s demonstration and create their very own charcuterie board. The charcuterie board will be enough to feed 3-5 people! – $90 p/p

Option #2 Demonstration

Each guest will receive their own pre-made charcuterie box, perfect for snacking on while watching Leanne share all the secrets to creating a perfect charcuterie board. –$50 p/p

Register here:


Excel Excellence: Elevating your Skill Set – a two-part online event session to enhance your Excel proficiency.

  • First session: October 12, 2023 at 6:30 pm.  Completed
  • Second Session: January 11, 2024 at 6:30 pm.

General Admission for both sessions: $20.00 – If you would like to register for the second session on January 11, 2024 please email us at [email protected]


Career Boost: Mastering resumes, cover letters, and career development

When: February 11, 2024 – 6:30 pm. – 8:00 pm.

Location: Webinar hosted by Shannon Grant HR Specialist

More details to come!


PD Day 2024 – EmpowerNet: Navigating the Future Workplace with Networking Mastery and Leadership
Excellence – Bonnie Low Kramen, TEDx Speaker, Bestselling Author, Trainer, and Consultant

When: Friday June 14, 2024 – all day event

Location: Simcoe County Elementary Occasional Teachers/ 351 King Street #3 Barrie, ON L4N 6B5

More details to come!


Annual General Meeting – Our AGM took place on Thursday April 21st, 2022.  We elected a new Executive Team, noted below.

Annual Professional Development Day – We had a very successful  PD Day on Friday April 22, 2022.

EA to CEO – How to Invest in Your Career with Lora Webb, CEO MetricAid – November 8, 2022 – 6:00 pm.

Olive Oil Tasting – December 6, 2022 – 5:30-7:00 pm. – 31 Commerce Park Dr. Barrie.

Branch Meeting – February 22, 2023 at 5:30 pm.  – open to all branch members.

Branch Meeting – March 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm. – open to all branch members.

Annual General Meeting – April 27, 2023 – O’Hara’s Public House 420 Leacock Drive, Barrie at 5:45 pm.

Annual Professional Development Day – Friday May 5, 2023 – Ferndale Banquet Hall, Barrie. Doors open at 8:00 am.



The Association of Administrative Professionals have provided a wonderful forum that benefits not only my staff who participate, but also our organization.  The staff are able to network with colleagues and ask questions (i.e. Who facilitated your strategic plan?; Do you still use business cards for your staff or have you moved to virtual cards?).   It has been a great way to find out what others are doing and obtain pertinent information that can assist with cost savings, following current trends, and being environmentally friendly.

My staff also bring back nuggets from some of the training and speakers that join their meetings.  This helps enhance their skills and they share upcoming relevant trainings with other staff in the organization.

It’s great to see how the Association generates energy and enthusiasm amongst my staff, which in turn benefits both the staff and the organization.  There are so many wins at such little cost.  We are lucky to have such a committed and dedicated bunch of professionals ensuring the longevity of the Association.

Elizabeth McKeeman, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
New Path Youth and Family Services


Georgian College is now offering courses for the CCAP (formerly QAA) Program. For course information, email [email protected]


AAP Branches across Canada provide community support through volunteer opportunities or providing monetary donations to assist a local group or charity.  Dress for Success was selected as the ‘charity of choice’ this year by the Barrie Branch.

For more information on our charity of choice, please visit:


Our continued success as a branch is assisted by the generosity and support from local businesses and organizations. Our recent Professional Development event included a valuable swag bag to all attendees that contained donations from our valued supporters.  Thanks to:

Cyncor – Barrie

SmartSheets –  SmartSheets® (

Jennifer Klementti – Barrie

The Peggy Hill Team – Barrie

Olive Oil Company  – Barrie – Newmarket – Midland

Montana’s BBQ and Bar – Barrie View Drive, Barrie

Hamley’s Tea & Coffee  – Barrie

Natural Balance Day and Spa – Barrie

Kyla Vavala – Barrie


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