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 ministers, senators, and former Prime Ministers of Canada; his writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post. Roderick is the author of five books, the latest of which is called Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World.

Dawn McColl

Vice President

VCCS Employer Services

A long time resident of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Dawn and her family have enjoyed attending schools, working, playing and enjoying all that the area has to offer.  For over 20 years she and her husband have owned and operated McColl Construction. She is a graduate of Sir Sandford Fleming College with diplomas  in Museum Management, Art Conservation and a certification in Human Resources Management. Prior to her current role, Dawn worked 15 years in various community development and management roles within the non profit sector including health and long term care, human resources, municipal and National Heritage Museums.  Dawn has worked in the Employment Services Field for over 15 years in a variety of roles. Dawn serves as Past Chair  on the board of the Workforce Development Board and is currently in  the role of  the Assistant Executive Director at VCCS Employer Services in the City of Kawartha Lakes. 

Shana Kelly


Kelly's Glenn Golf Learning Centre

Shana is a life-long resident of Kawartha Lakes. She was raised in Bobcaygeon and moved 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 backyard in 2011, and has recently opened her indoor golf studio in Lindsay. Shana is also the Teaching Professional at Lindsay Golf & Country Club.

Waylon Skinner


Staples & Swain

Professional Corporation

Waylon grew up in Lindsay. His post-secondary education was at 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 and then moved back to Lindsay in July of 2020, where he joined Staples & Swain. He is building a practice focused primarily on corporate law, including partnership and shareholder agreements, commercial lease drafting and review, incorporations, and business purchase and sale transactions. He also practices residential real estate, 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 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.

Dr. Brett Goodwin

Fleming College Frost Campus

In 1993, Dr. Goodwin earned a B.Arts.Sc. from McMaster University, majoring in biology. In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. in landscape ecology and ecological modeling from Carleton University. 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 the undergraduate curriculum to follow a more active and collaborative approach. 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 space.

Dr. Goodwin became the dean of Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences in May, 2017. Since then he has been working with a diverse and dedicated group of faculty, technicians, and staff at this unique school.

Joby Lake


Lindsay Movers

Joby was born in Collingwood and raised in Lindsay.  After graduating from Seneca College with a diploma in Business Administration – Sales and Marketing, he spent several years working for multi-national furniture manufacturing companies in Southern Ontario.  In 2002 the opportunity to return his young family to the Kawartha’s and work with one of his best friends presented itself.  20 years later Joby is proud to be a partner at one of Central Ontario’s most successful moving and storage companies.

Suseth Allen


The Lindsay Lounge

For 7 years, Sue owned and operated a wedding and events planning and decor company in Toronto. After almost 300 weddings and events, good old Covid brought her operations to a halt in 2020. Still filled with lots of love of weddings and events, Sue seized at the opportunity to open a boutique events space right here in town called The Lindsay Lounge. The Lindsay Lounge is a boutique venue space that is suitable for all your intimate event needs. The Lindsay Lounge offers a variety of services and convenient options for its clients. Sue joined the LDCC Board of Directors to be able to extend a helping hand in the events planning committee as well as her creative outside-the-box thinking. Sue is very excited to be a member of the LDCC and looks forward to all the planning adventures!


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