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
Meet the Team
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.
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.
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 Glenarm, within Kawartha Lakes.
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.
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.
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.
Community Care Columnist
Mike Puffer is the Communications Officer for Community Care Health & Care Network. He writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate on issues related to health and wellness.
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. She writes occasionally for The Lindsay Advocate.
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.
Erin is a natural light, lifestyle, fine art and wedding photographer.
Growing up in Orangeville, Ontario, Erin became a sucker for the simple things such as colours and candids.
Her eye for detail and outgoing personality make her easy to work with clients. When Erin isn’t out with her camera, she works as a lifeguard and swim instructor.
Erin now resides in Peterborough, Ontario with her partner.
Mental Health Columnist
Jack Veitch is the Health Promoter and Educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch.
Jack has worked with his local CMHA branch for over 10 years in a variety of roles including; Housing, Community Support, Intensive Case Management and Forensic Case Management.
He writes regularly for The Lindsay Advocate on mental health issues.
Denis Grignon is a professional stand-up comic and weekend morning host at BOB-FM in Lindsay. He writes occasionally (and hilariously, we have to say) for The Lindsay Advocate
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.
Ryan Oliver is a Lindsay entrepreneur and is the owner and lead producer/designer with Pinnguaq, which aims to bring quality “play” experiences that foster learning, growth and fun. He is an occasional technology columnist for The Lindsay Advocate.
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.
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.