Roderick Benns


The Lindsay Advocate

Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate, a magazine and news site focused on the social and economic wellness of Kawartha Lakes. In the 1990s he won a first place national newspaper award through the Canadian Community of Newspapers Association while with Lindsay This Week. Since then he has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Ministers, and Senators, and his writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post. Roderick is the author of five books, the latest called Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World. 

Mike Perry

Vice President

Kawartha Counselling & Consultation Leadership Training | Professional Services

Mike Perry is a lawyer and social worker by profession who grew up

in Fenelon Falls. He is past Executive Director of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team and a past President of the Lindsay Chamber. Mike was recognized as Citizen of the Year for Kawartha Lakes in 2017.

Mike has always been involved in building our local community . He is also a proud past member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and served as a Governor of Fleming College. Mike offers leadership training and professional services to local businesses and organizations. Mike is a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario.

Shana Kelly


Kelly's Glenn Golf Learning Centre

Shana is a life-long resident of Kawartha Lakes, being raised in Bobcaygeon before moving to Lindsay in 2017.

A graduate of Georgian College Business Administration - Professional Golf Management, Shana has been a proud member of the Professional Golfers' Association of Canada since 2006.

She opened her business, Kelly's Glen Golf Learning Centre, in her family's back yard in 2011 and recently opened her indoor golf studio in Lindsay. Shana is also the Teaching Professional at Lindsay Golf & Country Club.

Kim Downey


Atrium Realty Group Inc.

Kim Downey relocated to Little Britain about four years ago and is looking to put down roots in Kawartha Lakes

As a licensed realtor for almost 19 years, she worked with big brokerages like Re/Max and Sutton Group for almost 17 years. However, two years ago she decided to open her own boutique brokerage and is now the owner and broker of record for Atrium Realty Group Inc. 

Kim has always been a mentor for other realtors, many of whom she still works with on a weekly basis. She previously worked in the financial sector of Toronto with money and portfolio managers in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and more.

A former BNI networking group member for almost seven years, Kim has held the positions of president, vice president and education coordinator.

Kim is also a former Whitby Chamber of Commerce member and sat on several committees there. Her interests have also included being a former volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Woman's Build Day.

Tammy Adams

Silver Lights Senior Services

Tammy Adams was born and raised in Kawartha Lakes. With a background in the Education and Social Service Fields, Tammy has been described as caring, compassionate, trustworthy, dedicated, and personable.

She has several years’ experience supporting and advocating for adults and children with exceptionalities.

With the support of her husband Brad and two daughters Meghan and Summer, she decided to venture out and open up her own business to help seniors in the Kawartha and Durham Regions -- Silver Lights Senior Services.

Tammy felt like there was not enough services available being offered for seniors with a more personable approach. Tammy enjoys her family time along with boating, snowmobiling, long walks and giving a helping hand wherever needed.

Dr. Brett Goodwin

Fleming College Frost Campus

In 1993, Dr. Goodwin earned a B.Arts.Sc. majoring in Biology from the interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program at McMaster University. In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. in landscape ecology and ecological modeling from Carleton University in Ottawa. From 2000 to 2003, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. In 2003, Dr. Goodwin joined the Department of Biology at the University of North Dakota, where he earned tenure and promotion. At the University of North Dakota he took on a number of leadership roles including Chairing the Biology Department and playing leadership roles in University-wide service such as undergraduate curriculum review and institutional accreditation.

Over his career, Dr. Goodwin has taught primarily ecology and statistics courses. At the University of North Dakota, he took a leadership role in transforming undergraduate curriculum to a more active- and collaborative-learning pedagogy. This included helping get a 180 seat SCALE UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) room on campus and providing the faculty development necessary for a successful transition into such an active-learning focused space.

Dr. Goodwin took on the Dean role for the School of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences at the Frost campus of Fleming College in May, 2017. Since then he has been working with a diverse and dedicated group of faculty, technicians, and staff at this unique school focusing on career preparation and applied research in the environmental field. 

Rochelle Pickering

Optimize Wellness Solutions

Rochelle Pickering is an energetic individual that loves to help others. Her passion for a healthy and balanced life has brought her a rewarding career in corporate wellness for over 10 years, she has brought her ideas to the Kawartha Lakes, as the Co-Founder of Optimize Wellness Solutions. Her vision is to provide every business in the Kawartha Lakes with health and wellness programming for their employees.

Since April 2019, Rochelle has led the Lindsay Business to Business Referrals Club that meets once per week, to network and learn from PD sessions. Rochelle is currently on the committee for the Evening of Excellence, assisting with planning and nominations, and she hosted a successful conference during the Kawartha Small Business Week in October 2019. She has event planning and teaching experience at the college level, and is very comfortable in networking situations.

Rochelle moved to Lindsay in 2018 for the enjoyable lifestyle that the Kawartha Lakes has to offer. She is very happy to call Lindsay her home, and looks forward to continuing to support her community and the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce.

Lori Mitchell


Acu On The Go

Lori started her journey as a holistic health practitioner. She was able to learn a wide variety of natural therapies. She furthered her studies in both nutrition and various forms of body work, such as massage. Shortly thereafter she offered massage at a beautiful spa. Here she combined the many different styles of massage she had learned to create something unique that would benefit her clients the most. she was the first there to have a waiting list for treatments.

An injury to one of her hands put body work on the back burner. It was then that she focused her attention on rehabilitation, fitness and movement. she opened multiple women's wellness centers. Here she had the wonderful opportunity to use all she had learned and help transform thousands of lives. During this time she was asked to speak at various events about Women's Health, Self Confidence and how to create the life you wanted. she also got involved with a couple of charities by creating, organizing and putting on some very successful events that raised thousands of dollars for charity. As much as she loved what she was doing she felt there was something missing and more for her to do yet.

She then went on to study acupuncture at The Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since graduating she has furthered her knowledge in Sports Acupuncture, Cosmetic Acupuncture, Joint Mobilization, Wet Cupping, Various styles of acupuncture and TCM Ophthalmology.

In the summer of 2018 it was a pleasure for her to open an Acupuncture and Wellness clinic here in Lindsay. She loves the area and the people are wonderful.  She is the only female acupuncturist and the only one to offer TCM ophthalmology in this area. Lastly, Lori feels lucky to be a part of Therapeutic Paws of Canada. She is the team leader for the area. They are in the process of building a team of wonderful therapeutic pets to help those that need it. 

Waylon Skinner


Staples & Swain

Professional Corporation

Waylon grew up in Lindsay and attended both Leslie Frost and I.E. Weldon schools before moving to London, ON while attending Western University, where he studied Business and Consumer Behaviour. Following his undergraduate degree he briefly worked out West before moving to Kingston where he studied Law at Queen’s.

He articled with a full service firm in Cambridge, ON and then moved back to Lindsay area in July of 2020 when he joined Staples & Swain. He is building a practice focused primarily on Corporate Law, including incorporations, partnership and shareholder agreements, commercial lease drafting and review, and business purchase and sale transactions. He also practice residential real estate, primarily focusing on purchases and sales, but also doing work with Landlord and Tenant issues.

Waylon is thrilled to be back home and living in Lindsay now with his wife and their almost two year old daughter, and is very much excited to be reconnecting with and deepening his roots in the community.


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