Community Garden’s Grand Opening


We have been chosen as the Ontario Flagship Event.  This means that EVERY time #GardenDaysCanada is mentioned in the media in Ontario, our event will be highlighted.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at Durham St at 2:30 pm.  The UWCKL locations will be handing out lemonade and a snack, the Fleming location is going to make some tea from their herb garden for people to sample and provide tours.

We invite you to visit all or one of our sites:   50 Mary St. W, or Durham St. E at Duke St.   If your school or agency has one of the United Way Garden Kits, bring pictures and share you garden updates. Your staff and clients/students are all welcome.  Let’s celebrate Garden Days Canada together.

This is what is planned:

  • “Lemonade in the Garden “Join in a celebration of our local Community Gardens.  3 Lindsay locations to choose from or visit each garden.
  • The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is celebrating Lindsay’s newest Community Garden at Durham St. E/Duke St.  Ribbon cutting at 2:30pm. Lemonade and snacks will be available.
  • Visit the original United Way CKL Community Garden at 50 Mary St. W. for lemonade, snacks and companionship.
  • The Fleming Community Garden will be providing garden tours and sampling teas made from their herb garden.

Help us raise awareness about Lindsay’s Community Gardens and the United Way CKL’s New Intergenerational gardening program. All ages welcome.  Share your gardening stories with kindred spirits and learn about Lindsay’s Community Gardens.”

Women United Donate Funds

Women United Donate Funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton

From left: Shantal Ingram - Community Investment Coordinator United Way, Robin Nisbet - Women United, Jim DeFlorio - Executive Director BBBS and Colleen Ward - Women United.

From left: Shantal Ingram – Community Investment Coordinator, United Way; Robin Nisbet – Women United; Jim DeFlorio – Executive Director BBBS and Colleen Ward – Women United.

At their April meeting, the members of Women United voted to donate the funds raised from that meeting to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Kids and Kops Program. Thanks again to this amazing group of women for their contributions to our community!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes – Haliburton

What an amazing group of women! They are helping us to maintain the Kids N’ Kops program for another year! Children involved in this group get to learn about our local police services by spending the mornings for a whole week at the local stations (both City of Kawartha Lakes and O.P.P.), enjoy lunch with some officers and then participate in a daily activity with officers. The children get to build friendships with the participating police officers, which is a special opportunity for most of them. Thanks Women United!

Women United Present Cheque for Dental work

Helen Yazdani, Maria Bennett and Zita Devan (all Women United members), Linda Reid, Executive Director of the Community Care Foundation and Nancy Johnsen, hygienist with the Community Care dental clinic.

Helen Yazdani, Maria Bennett and Zita Devan (all Women United members), Linda Reid, Executive Director of the Community Care Foundation and Nancy Johnsen, hygienist with the Community Care dental clinic.

Members of the United Way for the Kawartha Lakes “Women United” group presented a cheque for $950 to the Community Care Low Income Dental Clinic on Monday. The Community Care Low Income Dental Clinic was chosen to receive this donation from the Women United Group during their last meeting.

“With the help of United Way’s financial support, the dental clinic has been able to serve more local residents each year since it opened in 2011. In 2014-15, close to 1,400 local residents received dental services from the clinic,” explains Mike Puffer, Communications Officer for Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes.
“Good oral health is important to everyone’s overall health, as well as self-esteem and a sense of well-being. The Community Care Dental Clinic can help local residents identify oral health problems before they start. The United Way’s support has been very much appreciated as we strive to meet the health care needs of the community.”

Zita Devan, a member of Women United says, “Our Women United quarterly meetings are a great opportunity to meet other like-minded women, to network and learn more about the good work agencies within our community are doing. Our Team was so pleased that the Women United chose our nomination of Community Care Dental Clinic Program to be the recipient of this month’s donations.”

Women United meets four times a year. Membership dues are $100 per meeting for a single individual or $25 per person for a team of four. Members nominate programs or agencies to be considered for a donation at each meeting and a vote is taken to determine which of the nominated programs or agencies will receive the funds collected from that meeting. All money collected is donated to the organization voted on by members at that meeting. Women United has been operating for almost 2 years.

The next meeting will be on Monday, April 11th.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator for more information.
Phone: 705-878-5081

The 9th Annual Bonspiel teams up for sponsorship

The annual United Way Bonspiel has grown into a family fun event over the past eight years thanks to caring leaders in our community.  This year the event will run under a new moniker, Nexicom Bonspiel in support of the United Way.

“Nexicom, a long-time supporter of United Way, is excited to join the loyal bonspiel team. We are looking forward to working with other sponsors and supporters to make the event a success. It is really impressive that 80 sponsors and supporters annually join together to support the bonspiel for United Way. We are proud to be a part of this worthwhile annual event. Together as business leaders, we can ensure vital programs continue to help our families, neighbours and colleagues through United Way support,” explains Nexicom’s Melinda Clarke.

For our full press release, click here (pdf format)

Funded Agencies Explain

Each year over 300 individuals and family members are given a warm bed, hot meals and positive support in our shelter. With United Way’s support, A Place Called Home can continue to ensure that these people have a safe and caring place to go at the end of their day.

Lorrie Polito, Executive Director
A Place Called Home

Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes has been a grateful recipient of United Way funding for over 25 years. During this time, United Way funding has enabled our organization to provide Mental Health Supports, Meal Programs, Academic Support, Transportation, Sport/Physical Activity, Mentorship/Leadership, Arts & Culture, After-School and Summer Camp programming to tens of thousands of children and youth. United Way funding enables us to level the playing field for young people whose families struggle financially. The funds provide supplies, equipment and staffing for programs geared toward creating positive short, medium and long term outcomes. United Way has helped the Club through many difficult times and assisted greatly in ensuring that no child is turned away due to a lack of financial means. Our partnership with United Way has strengthened and stabilized our organization and made the community a better place for all of us!


Scott Robertson, Executive Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes

With the support of the United Way City of Kawartha Lakes, the Trustee Program at Canadian Mental Health Association-HKPR is able to provide many vulnerable people in our community with assistance to manage their funds so they can live in the community with financial stability. Being able to maintain stable housing and food enables them to have a better quality of life and reduces their stress which improves their mental health. This program helps men, women and children in this community through the continued support of United Way.

Canadian Mental Health Association