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Business leader takes community building seriously

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Marlene Morrison Nicholls has been operating as an insurance broker in Kawartha Lakes since 1976. Her story and the reason for her continued community involvement, however, starts years before this.

Morrison Nicholls’ father, Stewart Morrison, established his first office in Sunderland in 1976. Under his name, Stewart Morrison Insurance grew, and so did the family’s drive for their community.

“He believed that volunteering and helping people was important,” explains Morrison Nicholls. The now president of the firm says that her father’s message during that time was to “support the people that support you.”

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Fenelon Falls’ downtown undergoing major facelift

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Photo courtesy City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Fenelon Falls main streetscape will get a facelift when recommendations from the 2016 Fenelon Falls Corridor Study of Lindsay Street and Colborne Streets (CKL 121) are implemented. And while the restructuring is intended to contribute to “traffic calming,” it may result in the opposite reaction from drivers looking for a spot to park.

Benches, waste receptacles, and tree plantings will freshen up the sidewalks, but the most noticeable change for residents and visitors will be a loss of seven parking spots on Colborne Street (the main thoroughfare) between Water Street and Bond Street.

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New directions, great traditions combine at Lindsay Golf and Country Club

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Russ DaSilva and Nicole Haddlesey. Photo: Roderick Benns.

There’s a new buzz at the Lindsay Golf and Country Club. That’s what happens when you mix the tried and true – like great golf on a professional-grade course – along with some new blood to shake things up.

General Manager Russ DaSilva says it’s going to be a banner year for the club for a number of reasons. To start, Lindsay native Nicole Haddlesey is events co-ordinator, while Ron Carter, culinary manager, has come on board with a brand new menu for diners.

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Board game teaches organizations how to innovate

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“When they play the game, they start with a business problem of their own that they would like to solve."

Dennis Geelen, owner of a local consulting firm based in Lindsay, has created a new ‘innovation board game’ as a way of helping to teach organizations how to be innovative.

Geelen, principal of Zero In, helps educate individuals on leadership, innovation, and change management. The Zero In – Innovation Board Game is designed to be an engaging, fun, and informative way of helping to teach organizations of any size in any sector how to innovate.

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City launching Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Housing Program

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City receives $5.6 million in one-time funding from Province, Feds

In partnership with the municipality’s Million Dollar Makeover program, Housing Help is launching a Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program for residents in Kawartha Lakes. To apply before the deadline of July 5, 2019, visit the Housing Help website.

“We’re so excited to launch the Multi-Unit Rehabilitation Program with Million Dollar Makeover,” said Hope Lee, Manager of Human Services-Housing. “This program operates through forgivable loans, which means that those who participate are able to create a safe and affordable home. This program works toward Kawartha Lakes’ goal of increasing affordable housing in our municipality.”

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Lindsay’s Pinnguaq wins Smart Cities Challenge $10 million prize

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Lindsay’s Pinnguaq wins Smart Cities Challenge $10 million prize
Pinnguaq has grown to act as the major provider of technological education and digital exposure in Nunavut.

Lindsay’s Pinnguaq Association, in collaboration with the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM), and the Embrace Life Council and Qaujigiartiit Health Research, has won one of two $10 million prizes through the Canadian government’s Smart Cities Challenge.

The Advocate caught up with Ryan Oliver, director of Pinnguaq, shortly after their prize was accepted in Ottawa. Would there be any benefit to Lindsay and area as well, we wanted to know.

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The value of a travel agent; travel presentations starting May 1

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The value of a travel agent; travel presentations open starting May 1
Learn more about your bucket list destinations.

Your vacation is an investment of precious time and money. With so many travel options out there, it can be overwhelming. Why not consult an expert and make sure you get it right?

Travel Presentations

Join us for our next set of travel presentations from a few of our preferred partners to learn more about your bucket list destinations:  Royal Irish Tours featuring Ireland & Scotland (May 1 at 3 pm & 6:30 pm); Holland America featuring South America & Antarctica (May 14 at 3 pm only); AMA Waterways river cruising (May 28 at 3 pm & 6:30 pm) and GOWAY Travel featuring Africa (June 11 at 3 pm for South Africa & 6:30 pm for East Africa). Contact us at 705-324-3110 to reserve your seats.

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Women in Business Profiles: Colleen Collins and Miranda Popovic, Lindsay Chamber

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Colleen Collins, Executive Director of the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce, and Miranda Popovic, Administrative Officer of the Chamber, are two women everyone should meet before setting up their business in Kawartha Lakes.

Colleen and Miranda can point entrepreneurs in the right direction for local support and assistance and sometimes possible funding opportunities.

“We have many connections in the community through our members that support small business owners.”

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Women in Business Profile: Shelly Hardaker, Smitty’s Restaurant

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Shelly Hardaker and her family have made the City Of Kawartha Lakes home for 16 years.

A food services industry veteran, she worked for the previous Smitty’s owners before purchasing it from them three years ago.

Shelly has also worked in the dental industry while also taking Economics and Business Management courses. But it’s the “people, food and the ever-changing environment” that keep her coming back. “It’s a go, go, go industry.”

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Women in Business Profile: Candace Buckley of Days Inn & Suites Lindsay

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Candace Buckley was just 23 when she was hired as General Manager of the brand new Days Inn and Suites in Lindsay four years ago. She attended University of Guelph for business commerce, and majored in hotel and food administration. During this busy time of her life, in the spring of 2015 she opened Lindsay’s newest hotel and then walked across the stage with her degree in hand just one month later.

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