St. Mary’s Catholic School (Collingwood)
Jean Vanier Catholic High School
Engineer Associate at Barill Engineering Limited, recipient of the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay Award and avid community volunteer.
Jamie Barill’s teachers at Jean Vanier knew that her strong leadership and teamwork skills would lead her to great success. She was an all-round student in high school - combining high achievement in athletic endeavours, with strong academics and commitment to community. She graduated from high school with distinction, qualified for OFSAA championships in three different sports and was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay Award.
Jamie went on to study Civil Engineering at Queen’s University, and was a member of the Queen’s Varsity Triathlon Team. Her biggest challenge and accomplishment was a one-year volunteer position, working as the main structure manager for the university’s famed Science Formal. Students have only one week to use a culmination of skills learned in their engineering program to transform a hall into a fantastical setting for one night.
After university, Jamie moved to Alberta to become a designer and project engineer. After four years, she decided to return to her hometown of Collingwood to take on the role of Associate with Barill Engineering Limited. Despite her demanding career, Jamie still makes time to give back to the community that shaped her childhood. She assists with player development at the Collingwood Trailblazers Basketball Club and the Collingwood United Football Club. She also co-coordinated Paint Creemore Pink, in support of women’s cancer research and participated in the 24-hour relay at Blue Mountain to raise funds for the local hospital.
The students and staff at Jean Vanier are very pleased to welcome Jamie back through their doors as the coach of the junior girls basketball team.