Thank you!

Thank You to the Residents of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County!


On behalf of the United Way Team, a heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to make the 2014/15 Campaign the most successful one ever!  Through your generosity we raised a total of  $473,778.00 for our funded agencies and programs serving 1 in 3 residents in the area.

The Campaign Touchdown event, hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, was held March 31, 2015.  UW CKL Executive Director Penny Barton Dyke spoke from the heart when she thanked the community, as did Campaign Co-Chair Robin Nisbet.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year award recipient was Barb Thomason who helped out in the office and at a number of fundraising events during the campaign.

Community Spirit Awards were presented to the following supporters of the United Way:

  • David E. Burns
  • Grace Cork
  • Chef Efren of Misto Restaurant
  • Debbie Farr-Archer
  • Mark Fevang
  • Theresa Fierheller
  • Laurie Lawder
  • Kyla Maude
  • Corry McClure
  • Audrey Quibell
  • Gary Pearson
  • Scott Robertson
  • Len Siegel
  • Bonnie Staples
  • Andrew Veale
  • Catherine Whitnall

Several cheque presentations were made by the Lindsay Tai Chi Club and the LCBO.  Frank Geerlinks, Area Manager, presented a cheque on behalf of Home Hardware Lindsay, Home Design Centre Lindsay, and Home Building Centre Lindsay and announced their commitment to an ongoing partnership with UWCKL to alleviate food insecurity through the promotion of Community Gardens throughout the City.

Together we are creating a caring, responsive community.

Charity sees the need, not the cause….

Charity sees the need, not the cause ..

Christmas came a bit early this year thanks to an anonymous donor who donated this lovely children’s quilt to the United Way with the request that it be given to our funded agency A Place Called Home for use …

The actions of people such as this donor are creating a caring, responsive community.

Dave Tilley, Manager of Fund Development, A Place Called Home with  Sue McDermid, Community Resource & Development Co-ordinator, United Way CKL

Dave Tilley, Manager of Fund Development, A Place Called Home with Sue McDermid, Community Resource & Development Co-ordinator, United Way CKL

Crayola Sale Triumphs Again!


The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes 2014-15 Campaign received an enormous boost towards their goal on Tuesday when Crayola Canada proudly presented them with a cheque from the 26th Annual Crayola Sale and Gift Basket Raffle which raised $39,882.10.

Shoppers braved the inclement weather and came out to find some incredible products at extremely reduced prices. “This year’s sale was very good,” says John DeBois, Finance Manager Crayola Canada. “We had an increase in shoppers over the two days looking for those great Crayola deals.”

“The generosity of Crayola Canada continues to help United Way commit to important work in the community,” says Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director United Way CKL. “Crayola and its employees continue to be remarkable leaders. We feel very privileged to have such ongoing support from them and the Lindsay Agricultural Society. This year we saw shoppers from across Ontario, many of them attending the event for the first time. It was a great success!”

The Lindsay Agricultural Society has also been a great supporter of the sale for many years now, generously donating the use of the Lindsay Exhibition Fairgrounds. The sale would not have been able to develop into what is today without their support.

Crayola Canada in Lindsay has a long, proud and generous history of giving to the United Way. To date, Crayola Canada has contributed more than $850,000 through the sale and active workplace campaigns. This year to date they have raised an additional $3,081.00 through payroll deductions and in house fundraising to bring their total campaign contribution to $42,963.10. They have been a major asset to the United Way campaigns and help support the vital programs accessed by one in three residents throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes.

For more information, please contact the United Way office at (705) 878-5081.


2013-2014 Campaign Chairs Thanked

The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes

Would like to give a sincere thank you to the 2013-2014 Campaign Cabinet. Co- Chairs Mike Perry and Max Miller; Cabinet Members Barry Marr, Bob Knight, Carol Davis, Corry McClure, Rev. Denise Boyd, Larry Hope, Lyn Edwards, Michael Klein, Mike Cavanagh, and Sandra Barrett.

With all of the hard work and dedication from board members, campaign cabinet, donors, community supporters, and volunteers, the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has been able to raise an astounding


Touchdown Website Photo

How Does your Garden Grow?

The United Way is pleased to partner with area schools and other community groups to help create sustainable food sources in the City through the creation of Community Gardens.
Our gardens here at the office at 50 Mary St West are flourishing and producing vegetables and herbs that are being harvested by our neighbours in the community.

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped construct, fill and plant our raised beds and to the following local merchants who donated building materials, tools and soil:

  • David E. Burns Landscaping & Snow Removal
  • Home Hardware Building Centre, Lindsay

Local Scholars Honoured

Since 2002 the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has given out $56,000 in bursaries and awards to students who demonstrate community involvement and leadership within their schools. This year there were 4 bursaries and 4 Book Prizes given out to local students to help with the cost of their post-secondary education. United Way CKL would like to congratulate these recipients and wish them luck in their future scholastic endeavours!

Recipients of  United Way Bursaries:

Shelby Scott, L.C.V.I; Sarah Holt, St. Thomas Aquinas S.S; Samantha Hamilton, I.E Weldon S.S and Erin Duggan, Fenelon Falls S.S.

Recipients of  United Way Book Prizes:

Johnny Dewhurst, Austin Long, Emily Parrott and Jessica Empey – all of Fenelon Falls SS.

Thank you to our generous donors for making these awards possible for our youth.

Community Gardens

Call United Way if you are interested in seeing a garden near you.   To download pdf of this click here. For the

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Crayola Sale Triumphs Again!

Our 2013-14 Campaign received an enormous boost towards our goal this morning when Crayola Canada proudly presented us with a cheque for over $40,000. A BIG thank you to Crayola Canada, Lindsay Agricultural Society, our fabulous volunteers and of course all of the excited shoppers!!

Congratulations to the Crayola Gift Basket Raffle Winner!

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the 25th Annual Crayola Sale. It was definitely a full house! We hope everyone had a blast and found some great deals. A BIG congratulations to Crystal Jessup of Peterborough, ON, who is the winner of the Crayola Gift Basket valued at $600.

Thank you to our Amazing Sponsors

100 Mile Dinner

Congratulations to the 100 Mile Dinner Raffle Winners!

Thank you on behalf of United Way CKL and KCFF to everyone who purchased a ticket and came out! It was a great night and we hope to see everyone again next year!

Gary Kennedy
Carson Durward
Carolyn Lewis
M. Davies
Jeanne Blewett
Heather Richardson
Kathy Simpson


Duck Derby 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Duck Derby Winners!

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes would like to thank everyone who came out and purchased ducks at the annual Duck Derby in support of the United Way CKL and the Coboconk Lions Club. We would also like to congratulate all of the winners listed below on their fast swimmers! It was a great day and we look forward to seeing you and your ducks again next year.

1st Place: Arlene Ray, Aurora
2nd Place: Carly Wiseman, Toronto
3rd Place: Jason Vaughan, Bobcaygeon
4th Place: Rick More, Coboconk
5th Place: Ashlyn Macey, Barrie