Bark Lake plans clarified

To the Editor

I am writing in response to the article published on March 29 about the county council meeting regarding The Bark Lake Leadership Centre.  As the program director and 12 year resident of Haliburton County I would like to offer some clarification on the plans for the Leadership Centre.
The report in the council meeting about the proposed Bark Lake subdivision development describes only one of the potential outcomes. The owner Columbia International College is committed to the youth leadership and personal development training that has been at the core of Bark Lake’s successful history and is exploring means by which these programs can be offered within a financially sustainable business model. This includes investing in infrastructure developing corporate facilitation programs holding special events and hosting private functions such as weddings.
Bark Lake Leadership Centre places high value on being part of the Haliburton County community and recognizes the positive impact of its programs on residents visitors and broader social development.
The Leadership Centre will continue its operations year round.   If you require further information please contact Pat Hurley general manager at

Maria Paterson
Program Director
Bark Lake Leadership Centre