Rhubarb’s founder and owner Chad Ballantyne continually takes a leadership role in the community, encouraging the collaboration of businesses, mentoring of youth and modelling social responsibility.
In addition to donating these invaluable services, Rhubarb’s founder and owner, Chad Ballantyne, has sat on the ‘Pathways Committee to End Homelessness’ and the ‘Entrepreneurship Advisory Board’ for Georgian College. Chad is a contributor to our community newspaper, challenging readers to pursue passion, creativity, care for others and personal responsibility.
Rhubarb sponsors The “Creative Space”, a coworking space of over 40 small business members (created by Chad and his wife Sandra) which supports Barrie’s entrepreneurs through collaboration and community, mentorship of students and encourages the revitalization of Barrie’s downtown core, which is one of the priorities addressed in the city’s 2010-2014 Strategic Plan.
Rhubarb’s owners, Chad and Sandra Ballantyne live and run their business in a way that truly reflects their understanding of the connectedness of each of these elements to a healthy, thriving community. They put heart into their business.
Ballantyne volunteers at the organization he started and Rhubarb sponsors, ‘The Creative Space’, where local businesses can sponsor a desk for a Georgian Student through their ‘Trep’ (entrepreneur) program.