DBS Heritage Consulting & Communications was established in 1995. A sole proprietorship registered in the Province of Ontario, DBS specializes in bringing history to life in both the electronic and print media. The firm undertakes historical, heritage and media projects, supplying research, writing, editing, and media relations skills.
DBS maintains on-going computer databases on Canadian, Ontario and SimcoeCounty history. Currently, these databases hold over 37,000 records. The firm takes full advantage of the application of current trends in personal computing, including word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, desktop publishing, communications, and database applications.
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DBS has published three books: Simcoe County Book of Days (1998) and Streetwise in Barrie: An Historical Guide to Barrie Streetnames (2001) and Beautiful Barrie: The City and Its People – An Illustrated History of Barrie, Ontario (2005). Beautiful Barrie received The Ontario History Society’s 2006 Fred Landon Award for the best book on regional history in Ontario published in the previous three years. A fourth book, Playing Through: The History of the Barrie Country Club, 1913-2013, will be released later this year.
About the Principal
The firm's principal, Bradley E.S. Rudachyk, holds a Ph.D. in Canadian History from Queen's University at Kingston (1992). He is the author of several academic and popular papers and is widely sought after as a speaker.
Currently President of The Ontario Historical Society, Dr. Rudachyk is deeply involved in the promotion of history and heritage throughout the province in addition to teaching at Laurentian University at Georgian.
Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae
Ph.D. History, 1992, Queen’s University, Kingston
M.A. History, 1984, Dalhousie University, Halifax
B.A. (Hons.) History, 1980, Queen’s University, Kingston
Membership And Contribution In Professional Organizations:
2011 to present
President of The Ontario Historical Society; Chair of Human Relations Committee; member Audit Committee; member Honors and Awards Committee; regular contributor to OHS Bulletin
2010 to 2011
First Vice President of The Ontario Historical Society, Chair of Affiliates Committee, and member of Honors & Awards Committee; assumed presidency in June 2011
2009 to 2010
Second Vice President of The Ontario Historical Society, Chair of Affiliates Committee, and member of Honors & Awards Committee
2007 to 2009
Director of The Ontario Historical Society, Chair of Affiliates Committee, and member of Honors & Awards Committee
Academic/Professional Awards, Prizes:
Recognized by the Simcoe County Historical Association for significant contributions to furthering the knowledge of the history of Simcoe County.
Received The Ontario History Society’s 2006 Fred Landon Award for the best book on regional history in Ontario published in the previous three years.
Received Barrie 150 Sesquicentennial Award in recognition of contributions to the history and heritage of the City of Barrie.
2002 to 2008
President of Simcoe County Historical Association; First Vice President from 1999; chaired constitutional review committee; upgraded quarterly newsletter, News & Views; instituted Andrew Hunter Essay Prize.
Co-produced a 34-minute video featuring Lieutenant Governor James K.Bartleman at Simcoe County Historical Association’s 3rd Annual BBQ at Orillia, September 2002.
2001 to 2003
Executive member of City of Barrie Sesquicentennial Committee.
2001 to 2003
Member of City of Barrie Development Advisory Committee.
1999 to 2001
Member of Barrie Examiner Community Editorial Board.
Wrote and hosted “Urban Heritage,” a series of six half-hour television programmes, in conjunction with Shaw Community 10.
1996 to date
Charter member of Barrie Historical Association.
1995 to 1997
Member of Mulcaster Street Armoury Restoration Committee.
1995 to 2010
Director and Vice Chair of Barrie Bell Restoration Committee, an incorporated not-for-profit charitable organization devoted to the restoration of a Barrie-built Bell automobile; responsible for historical research and media relations. The Barrie Bell won first in its class at the Antique Automobile Club of America 2004 Eastern Division National Fall Meet at Hershey, PA in October 2004 and was officially transferred to the City of Barrie in June 2005.
1994 to 2001
Appointed to Barrie Public Library Board; re-appointed 1995 and elected vice-chair; elected chair December 1996; re-appointed and elected acting chair December 1997 re-elected chair 1998; upgraded Canadian History collection.
1994 to 1996
Member of City of Barrie Public Library Building Committee. This committee oversaw the design and construction of the new $8.1M, 40,000 sq. ft. Barrie Public Library which opened December 1996; ensured that a Local History Room was an integral part of the library design.
1993 to 1997
Appointed to City of Barrie Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee / Heritage Barrie; re-appointed 1995 and elected chair. Advised Barrie City Council on all matters relating to history and heritage in Barrie, including building inventory, provincial legislation and public awareness and education.