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.

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 has worked with brokerages such as Re/Max and Sutton Group. 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. 

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. She has previously volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

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.

Allyssa Adams

Pinnguaq Asociation

Allyssa Adams is an outgoing and energetic community member who joined the LDCC Board of Directors in December 2021. Hailing from Little Britain, Allyssa is a passionate champion for women's participation in civic and community life. She plays an active role in her community through multiple volunteering roles including the LDCC, Lindsay BIA's Classics on Kent, and the Little Britain Minor Baseball Association, where she was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by the Kawartha Lakes Sports and Recreation Council in 2018. Allyssa graduated from the Social Service Worker program at Fleming College in 2012 with the Indigenous Emphasis Endorsement. She holds training in mental health, diversity and inclusion, addictions, youth mentorship, and coaching. She currently works at the Pinnguaq Association as the HR & Office Coordinator and has worked in a number of small businesses and not-for-profit organizations across the City of Kawartha Lakes. 

Tammy Adams

Silver Lights Senior Services

Tammy Adams was born and raised in Kawartha Lakes. With a background in the education and social service field, 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.

Tammy felt there was a lack of senior services that offered a more personable approach. With the support of her family, she decided to venture out and open up her own business to help seniors in the Kawartha and Durham Regions - Silver Lights Senior Services.

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.

Rochelle Pickering

Optimize Wellness Solutions

Rochelle Pickering’s passion for a healthy and balanced life has brought her a rewarding career in corporate wellness for over 10 years. She co-founded Optimize Wellness Solutions to provide businesses in the Kawartha Lakes with health and wellness programming.

Rochelle led the Lindsay Business to Business Referrals Club from 2019 to 2020. Rochelle is currently on the committee for the LDCC Evening of Excellence, assisting with planning and nominations. In October 2019, she hosted a successful conference during the Kawartha Small Business Week. She has event planning and teaching experience at the college level, and is very comfortable in networking situations. Rochelle looks forward to continuing to support her community and the LDCC.

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. 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. 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.

Sarah Brown


Browning Reptiles

Born and raised in Lindsay, Sarah is the owner and founder of Browning Reptiles - Exotic Animal Education. A caring and dedicated small business owner, Sarah has always had a passion for animals - especially herpetology, the study of amphibians and reptiles. Owning and studying exotic animals has been her way of travelling and experiencing the world.

She also offers education on the proper care requirements for keeping exotic animals in captivity. Her goal is to educate, entertain, and inspire others, to bring a better understanding and appreciation for reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and more. Part of her business is to do private shows with her animals, available for birthday parties and other social gatherings.

Sarah’s post secondary education was at Fleming College’s Frost campus, where she graduated as a Geological Technician and Geographic Information Systems Applications Specialist. She was also awarded a spot with the Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre Starter Company PLUS Program in 2020.


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