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'An awesome friend'

Entrepreneur, volunteer - Barb Vaughan was committed to her community.
Barb Vaughan, committed member of the community, passed away Nov. 10. Miriam King/Bradford Today

Barb Vaughan was involved in a long list of organizations and activities in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, both as an entrepreneur and as a volunteer.

She became involved in the Bradford Farmers’ Market, initially selling her hand-made doggie kerchiefs and treats in the BowWow Boutique, then building a name as the Bradford Gluten-free Shoppe. 

Vaughan wasn’t simply a vendor at the market; she delighted in creating gluten-free treats for people suffering from celiac disease and other sensitivities, ensuring that they - especially kids – could enjoy every celebration.

She was a member of S.W.A.N. – Successful Women Always Networking – but she was also deeply involved and engaged as a volunteer.

Vaughan was involved in the Tuesday morning Life Meetings, held at Coffee Culture Café.

“She was my big sister,” said Nikki Kim. “She taught me so many things about myself.”

She volunteered for the Bradford West Gwillimbury Community Initiatives, and the weekly Bradford Community Meal, taking on the role of Chair of the Community Initiatives to reach out to the community for support.

And Vaughan was deeply engaged in the Green Valley Alliance Church community, playing a key role in its fundraisers and fundraising dinners.

“She was one of the people who helped us put on the Indigenous Feast (at Green Valley Alliance Church),” said Paul Burston. “She was so involved in our church.”

Barb Vaughan, volunteer, friend to so many, passed away on Nov. 10, at the age of 65. Family, friends, and representatives of the many groups with which she was involved attended a funeral service and celebration of life on Nov. 15 at Skwarchuk Funeral Home.

“Barb was always concerned about you,” said Pastor Andrew Hamilton. Even with a diagnosis of terminal cancer, “she was more concerned for us – and that was Barb.”

He added, “Remember the smile. Remember the good times. Remember the cookies.”

“Barb loved to be involved, and she loved to be busy,” said Anita Horlings. “Barb was always thinking of others… The love and caring that Barb had for others never quit.”

“See how much she touched people,” said friend Barb Watson. “She was one of the most courageous people I’ve had the honour of knowing. “She was an awesome friend.”

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About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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