Mission Statement

Improving lives in the City of Kawartha Lakes by engaging people and working together.

Vision Statement

Building commitment and communities.


  • Provide non-partisan leadership in social change by focusing attention and resources on issues related to our mission.
  • Endorse innovation, partnerships and collective action to stimulate new ideas, create opportunities and build relationships that advance our mission and build community.
  • Respect community wisdom and encourage citizen involvement in mobilizing communities.
  • Encourage and promote volunteerism and volunteer leadership in all that we do.
  • Demonstrate trust, integrity, transparency, efficiency, inclusivity and respect in all our actions, programs and relationships by maintaining the highest ethical standards.
  • Embrace diversity by reaching out to and building on the diversity within our community and proactively removing barriers to participation.


Penny Barton Dyke

Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director

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Malcolm Weaver

Malcolm Weaver, Financial Administrator

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Shantal Ingram

Shantal Ingram, Community Investment Coordinator

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Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger, Projects and Communications Coordinator

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Board Governance

United Way is powered by people

United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is steered and driven by the collective strength, wisdom and energy of its volunteer Board of Directors.

People who live here steer the United Way through transparent and accountable processes, ensuring every dollar given is invested back into our community through programs and community development work.

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Executive Director: Penny Barton Dyke
President: Duncan Gallacher
Secretary: Angela Stoner
Treasurer: Don McDonald

  • Rachel Hartwell
  • Michael Giese
  • Aaron Hill
  • Melissa Judson
  • Maja Saletto


Join our Team!

Volunteers make our community stronger by sharing their skills, expertise and time. Our volunteers unite to pool their talent: sharing their expertise to help bring critical programs to 1 in 3 citizens. The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes is preparing for an exciting year and invites you to consider how you can help change lives. Volunteering provides an opportunity to learn new skills, create networks and to feel great about your efforts! The United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes has several opportunities to match your talent, time and energy to teams: community gardens, office, special events and fundraising. Fill out a form by clicking here, and let us know what you’re interested in!

The United Way is currently seeking citizens from across the City of Kawartha Lakes for its Board of Directors. This is a volunteer board that works as a team to identify key community priorities. The United Way’s board members play a pivotal role ensuring high priority strategies are in place to help improve lives in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Please fill out the application.