The 6th Annual Friends for Life Walkathon was a Sunny Success


Once again we are completely overwhelmed by our amazing community of supporters!!

On Saturday September 23, 2018, the Georgian Triangle Humane Society held the 6th Annual Friends for Life Walkathon. It was a fun sunny day for 200 Walkathon participants and their dogs who walked 3K and 5K routes around Blue Mountain Village to raise funds to save animal lives.

Highlights of day included fan favourites Paw Patrol mascots Marshall and Chase, face painting that had a constant line-up of kids, a pet costume and pet/owner look-a-alike contest that had everyone grinning ear to ear, and the outstanding community turn out  – especially the furry family members!



As donations continue to roll in from Sunday’s event the Georgian Triangle Humane Society is happy to announce that this year’s Walkathon has been the best yet raising just over $50,000!! “It has been incredibly gratifying to see the support and generosity from our sponsors, donors, participants and volunteers that have made the Walkathon so successful. It was beautiful day with lots of fun for everyone including the dogs. This event helps the GTHS to continue to provide hope to homeless, abandoned and abused animals in the Georgian Triangle,” exclaims Monika Merz, 2018 Walkathon Committee Chair. All proceeds raised go directly to helping over one thousand animals that come through the Georgian Triangle Humane Society’s doors each year.

A huge huge thank all the individuals who helped make the 6th Annual Friends for Life Walkathon such an amazing event. Thank you to the event volunteers, the Walkathon Committee, and all of our Sponsors. A special thank you to our 2018 Walkathon Committee Chair Monika Merz. This event was only possible because of her unwavering leadership and guidance.

If you attended the event please take some time to complete our post-event survey:



$3,300.00   Elizabeth Parker $5,165.50   Walk Fur Paws
$2,958.00 Janet Saddler $4,697.00 White’s Bay Babes
$2,295.00 Monika Merz $4,511.00 Merz/Miller
$2,2012.00 Michael Miller $2,272.00 Perry’s for Paws
$1,530.00 Barbara Foster $2,271.30 Dog Team
$1,500.00 Amber Perry $1,570.48 Tatham Trotters
$1,223.00 Cindy Warsh $1,141.20 Bellbrae Bunch
$1,147.50 Pam Odam $1,101.00 Fur Friends
$940.00 Cynthia Torokvei $1,047.30 Meridian Credit Union
$809.80 Beth Nigh $671.00 Treasure Tails









Walkathon Committee

Event Chair – Monika Merz | Jaclyn Jones | Abigail Krogman

 Sonya Reichel | Ana Reid | Cindy Warsh | Sarah Watts


CIBC Collingwood | Huronia Alarm & Fire Safety | Mullin’s Pet Market

Boehringer Ingelheim | Ontario SPCA | Blue Mountain Village 


 Town of Collingwood | Municipality of Meaford


Collingwood Today | Georgian Life Media Inc. | 95.1 The Peak FM | MYCOLLINGWOOD.CA


Crozier Consulting Engineers | WSP | Eagles Weed Control & Lawn Services | Blue Mountain Veterinary Services

Dogs at Blue | Thornbury Home Hardware Building Centre | The Water Store | See Sawyer Run | CC Tatham & Associates Ltd.

ProGuard Property Management | Noble Insurance | Nestle Purina | OptimaAir HVAC Products & Coleman Heating & Air Conditioning

Event Day Volunteers

Beverly Frosch | Rachele Mortveit | Leslie Worts | John Worts | Liam Walsh | Michael Robinson | Megan Macdonald

Debbie Bowes | Christie Craig | Jesse Bartle | Sierra Egan | Shawn McLean | Deb Boyd | Mathieu Beaulieu

Suzanne Walsh | Valerie Green | Krista Hammond | Liam Hammond | Kennedy Syrota | Abby Gerschwiler

Joanne Harricks | Kyle Murray | Connie Tahin-Brebner | Lori Trebb | Kathy Phillips | Elsa Stiefeling

Jessica North | Daniela Schulze | Bonnie Bodkin | Kyle Burton

Honourable Mentions

Sandy MacKay Photography | Fanciful Faces by Ellie | Collingwood Mascot Rentals

Crockadoodle | Dave West Photography


Photographs by Dave West and Sandy MacKay Photography

To view more photographs from the exciting day visit Dave West Photography.



Stay informed on GTHS events, initiatives and programs. Learn how the GTHS team is serving the pets and people of the South Georgian Bay Area. Read heart-warming Happy Tails about GTHS Alumni. See a lot of really cute pictures of dogs and cats!