Our Funders

The Animating Project was made possible through generous support from the following funders:

Ontario Trillium FoundationNorthern Ontario Heritage FundAlgoma Public HealthCity of Sault Ste. MarieEmployment OntarioNORDIK Institute

Community Partners

The NORDIK Institute would also like to thank the many individuals and organizations that guided the development of the Trail Guide, website, and audio tour, including members of the Indigenous and Francophone communities, representatives of the boards of education and early childhood educators, families, community partners and the Trail Guide Committee.

Trail Guide Committee

  • Alison Dutkiewicz, Algoma Public Health
  • Tracey McClelland, Algoma Public Health
  • Andrea Welz

Focus Groups

  • Indigenous Advisory Group
  • Families Focus Group
  • Early Childhood Educators Focus Group
  • Boards of Education Focus Group

City Staff

  • Don McConnell, City Planning Department
  • Steve Turco, City Planning Department


  • Barbara Nolan, Anishinaabemowin
  • Monique Beaudoin, French

Freggie and Hearty Artie

Thank you to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) for the use of the Freggie™ character and to Algoma Public Health for providing Freggie™ tips adapted from Paint Your Plate! Create a Masterpiece. Workplace Vegetables and Fruit Action Guide, 2007. Gratitude is also extended to Algoma Public Health for digitization and use of the Hearty Artie character.

NORDIK’s Animating the John Rowswell Hub Trail Project Staff

  • Jude Ortiz, Project Lead
  • Lindsay Mantzel, Web Developer
  • Stacey Devlin, Communications and Research
  • Brent Miron, GIS and Audio/Visual
  • Luke Hazelton, GIS and Audio/Visual
  • Candace Neveau, Indigenous Advisory
  • Chantal Bernard, Educational Resource Research
  • Dr. Gayle Broad, Director of Research