Advocating for the social and economic wellness of Kawartha Lakes.

Even when life circumstances pulled me to other cities and towns throughout my life, there was a greater part of me that always wanted to be home, here in Lindsay and Kawartha Lakes.

I’ve come back to try and make a positive difference in my community – and this time I’m not alone. My wife and I created The Lindsay Advocate to be media with a social purpose, to advocate for people over corporations, to push for a fair society where all citizens can reach their full potential.

As a family business, we know that our institutions, non-profit sector, and small businesses in our area are critical community partners. We thank them for their early support and we pledge to work together for a healthier, more prosperous Kawartha Lakes.

— Roderick and Joli 


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Meet the Team


Roderick Benns

Publisher and Writer-at-Large

Roderick was raised in the east end of Lindsay. In the mid-1990s he was a journalist for Lindsay This Week (as it was called then) capturing a First Place national newspaper award through the Canadian Community of Newspapers Association (CCNA) in the category ‘Reporter Initiative.’

For several years he has turned his attention to public policy, advocating for a basic income for all Canadians. He started The Lindsay Advocate to shed a light on important issues, to advocate for the social and economic wellness of Kawartha Lakes, and to improve community life in his hometown and municipality.



Joli Scheidler-Benns

Research, Strategy, Community Development

Joli is a PhD Candidate at York University in Health Equity and Policy. She is also a sessional instructor at UOIT. Her main interests are in the political, economic and social structures of society that create inequities.

She provides invaluable research for The Lindsay Advocate and is especially interested in the social determinants of health.


Trevor Hutchinson

Contributing Editor and Writer-at-Large

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Trevor Hutchinson is a songwriter, writer and bookkeeper.

He lives with his fiancee and their five kids in Lindsay.

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Nancy Payne

Associate Editor and Writer-at-Large

Nancy Payne is a freelance writer, editor and communication trainer, and a part-time pastoral care worker.

She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University and is a proud graduate of the former Ops Elementary School and I.E. Weldon S.S.

She lives just northeast of Lindsay with her husband and two teenage sons.

Jamie Morris


Jamie Morris

City Council reporter and Friends & Neighbours/Libraries Columnist

Jamie Morris is a retired teacher and a member of the Kawartha Lakes Library Board.

He is the City Council reporter for The Lindsay Advocate, while also reviving the ‘Friends & Neighbours’ column he wrote for the Lindsay Post. Jamie also contributes columns about the library’s contributions to the community.

Ian McKechnie

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Ian McKechnie

Local History Columnist

Ian McKechnie is a graduate of Trent University and a lifelong resident of Lindsay.

He presently works as an assistant manager at the museum in Lindsay, and is secretary of the Kawartha Lakes Heritage Network. Ian writes regularly on issues of historical significance.

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Geoff Coleman

Geoff Coleman


Geoff Coleman has been a freelance writer since the days of the Commodore 64.

When not fishing or in his woodworking shop, he can be found playing in an as yet undiscovered classic rock band.

Denis Grignon

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Denis Grignon

Humour Columnist

Denis Grignon is a professional stand-up comic and occasional columnist for the Advocate.

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Judy Paul

Social Policy Columnist

Judy is interested in promoting ideas that shift our society in a more just, sustainable direction. Newly retired, she spent her career facilitating positive change in the areas of adult and family literacy, mental health, community development, and outdoor recreation.

As a volunteer, she worked on climate justice issues, peace education with youth, and blogging about local food.

Judy lives in Haliburton where she loves to ski, paddle, read and watch the birds. She writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate as a social policy commentator.

Sylvia Keesmaat

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Sylvia Keesmaat

Occasional Columnist

Sylvia Keesmaat, who lives on an off-grid solar-powered farm in Cameron, has a diploma in Permaculture Design and a doctorate in Biblical Studies. Every summer she and her husband welcome interns to their farm to learn about resilient gardening and farming, and sustainable living. Sylvia is also an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at the Toronto School of Theology, with a focus on agrarian and anti-imperial readings of the biblical text.



Kimberley Griffith

Web Developer

Kimberley is the only team member with The Lindsay Advocate who doesn’t have a local connection, but her inspiring web development has made her integral to the Advocate team.

Kim is an avid web developer from the island of Barbados. She is passionate about code and entrepreneurship. In addition to her work with The Lindsay Advocate, Kimberley undertakes a very diverse set of things in the technology sphere, from websites to end-user support.

Kim loves to create amazing websites for passionate people which are responsive and mobile friendly.


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Robyn Barton

Graphic Designer

Robyn Barton is a Kawartha Lakes-based, multi-talented creative professional responsible for the graphic design of the Lindsay Advocate’s print edition.

She has over a decade of design, brand, and marketing experience, including formal graphic design training and a past career as a Communications Manager in the telecommunications industry.

Robyn is half of a two woman team (with her sister-in-law, Megan Barton). Together, they operate Barton Creative Co., where they have combined their skill sets to offer a variety of creative services.

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