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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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It’s yes to cannabis retail storefronts and no to pipeline support

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City Council opts in for cannabis retail storefronts.

In recorded votes on Tuesday council voted to support private recreational cannabis retail storefronts in Kawartha Lakes but rejected a motion that would have supported pipeline development.

If there was an overarching theme for the meeting it maybe had to do with connections.

As proceedings began, Councillor Pat O’Reilly congratulated Mayor Andy Lethem on being elected 2019 chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC), a position that will allow him to advocate on behalf of the 103 municipalities and the 750,000 property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario, including for improved cellular and mobile broadband connections.

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Lindsay Chamber supports opting in on cannabis, sees green economy connections

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Since our very name implies 'green' Kawartha Lakes should embrace cannabis as part of the green economy.

The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce has written a letter in full support of the City of Kawartha Lakes opting in to allow private recreational cannabis stories.

The letter — penned by Chamber President Bob Armstrong — was directed to Ron Taylor, Chief Adminstrative Officer of the City of Kawartha Lakes, and is printed in its entirety here:

The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce would like to provide this letter in support of the City of Kawartha Lakes opting-in to allow private recreational cannabis retail stores in our municipality. Our organization represents over 330 businesses in Lindsay and the surrounding area.

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Making ‘career resolutions’ is great to consider

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As we begin 2019 it’s common to hear talk of New Year’s resolutions. But do you make resolutions about your career each year? Maybe this is something you should consider.

Updating your career goal isn’t something only the unemployed should consider. It could involve looking for new work, but it can just as easily mean looking at a promotion or a new opportunity within the same company. If you take part in an annual performance appraisal you may be asked about your future career aspirations.

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Tourist town: To close or not to close in Fenelon Falls

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When the Fenelon Falls business that has survived the longest in one location, under the same ownership first opened, the Cow and Sow Eatery’s Dickon Robinson was repeatedly asked a seemingly simple question: “Are you going to stay open all year?”

Residents had learned that restaurants in the tourist town did not always operate year-round, even if they didn’t really know why. Robinson chose to stay open all year, and 22 years later he still operates 364 days, but the bottom line is not his only motivation.

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