Lindsay Chamber finds its new executive director

By Lindsay Advocate

Allyssa Adams is looking forward to working with the small business community. Photo: Sienna Frost.

The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce has hired Allyssa Adams to be its next executive director. The 32-year-old Adams, a former board member of the LDCC, brings a great deal of event planning and administrative experience to the role and says she is looking forward to working with the small business community.

“I am excited to meet and work with our local business owners across the LDCC district,” Adams says. She worked most recently for Pinnguaq, a non-profit based in Lindsay. She also worked for several years with the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team.

“Kawartha Lakes has such a diverse business landscape from agriculture, to retail, manufacturing and more. I want to make sure the Chamber is hearing the needs of these businesses and responding with resources, events and information that matter to them and help support their work.”

The board was looking for someone who, ideally, knew the local area, was used to interacting with small business owners, and who would be an effective planner for key events, says Advocate publisher Roderick Benns, who is beginning his third year as president of the LDCC. 

“Our chamber is growing in many ways and we want to see that continue “including holding more in-person events this year,” Benns says. “We see Allyssa playing a big part in this growth plan.”

The board also returned Kim Downey as treasurer, Shana Kelly as secretary and Brett Goodwin, Waylon Skinner and Sarah Brown as directors, while also adding Dawn McColl as a director. The LDCC continues to look for three more board members. If interested, email

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