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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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Women in Business Profile: Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls

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Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls grew up in Lindsay with a family deeply involved in the social, political and economic aspects of the community. A competitive dancer while growing up, she eventually chose York University for a double major in Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Nicholls went on to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for her four year Doctor of Chiropractic. During this time she also went to McMaster University to study under Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco MD, learning Contemporary Medical Acupuncture.

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Women in Business Profile: Miryal

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Kim Thompson grew up in the Lindsay area and still lives in Kawartha Lakes to this day. She and her husband, Chris Cookman, and son Jacob Cookman, own three businesses, Stigma Style Landscaping Inc., located in the Kawarthas and Greenbank Garden Centre and Cookman Corporation, located in Durham Region.

Kim’s passion of late though has to do with a new innovation she sells across Canada, sold in over 32 retail outlets, and used by growers and landscapers – an incredible discovery from a few short years ago about the power of mycorrhizae.

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Women in Business Profile: Wards Lawyers

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At WARDS LAWYERS PC we are committed to being leaders in our community in the way we do business, how we practice law and the ways we give back to our community. We are proud to feature five of our business leaders (Melissa, Monique, Amelia, Broghan and Karissa) and share their perspectives on what qualities are important for successful leadership.

Melissa Wemyss – “Leadership is about the team – the culture they keep and embrace, its about empathy for your customers, clients, employees and communities where you do business, its about doing the right thing for the right reasons, being confident enough to take risk and responsible enough to think of those who your decisions and risk may affect.”   Kat Cole – President of Cinnabon

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Women in Business profile: Marlene Morrison Nicholls

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Marlene Morrison Nicholls is the president of Stewart Morrison InsuranceMarlene grew up on a farm west of Little Britain with three sisters. Although they didn’t use the language of gender equality her parents never imagined that they weren’t capable of doing any task that was set before them.

Marlene’s father and mother both worked hard and were partners. Her mom was an RN and was a partner in the farm business. Her dad ran the farm and started his insurance agency in the 1960s.

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VCCS announces Brenda Roxburgh as new ED

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VCCS Employment Services has announced Brenda Roxburgh as the new executive director of the not-for-profit organization. VCCS Employment Services recently celebrated 30 years of providing employment services in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

After 31 years of leading VCCS, Carol Timlin, outgoing executive director announced her intentions to retire in spring 2019. After undertaking a search for the next ED, the board was very pleased to have Roxburgh succeed Timlin.

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Big scoop? Kawartha Dairy says rumours it may go national are premature

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Kawartha Dairy to go national this fall?

CEO and General Manager of Kawartha Dairy, Brian Kerr, says rumours that one of this area’s most iconic brands is set to go national is premature.

“We have growth plans, but not a national expansion in the near term.”

Instead, says Kerr, there is “lots of room to grow right here in Ontario.”

A source told The Lindsay Advocate that a national expansion was in the cards this fall, but Kerr shot down this rumour.

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