2018 Lifetime Achievement, Audrey Von Bogen


Audrey Von Bogen. Photo by Erin Caitlin Photography.

Congratulations to Audrey Von Bogen!

Audrey was the recipient of our Lifetime Achievement award (sponsored by ISL Insurance Brokers) at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence. This was a special award for 2018.

After cottaging in the area since 1975, Audrey moved here full-time in 1994 and has been an inspiring community advocate ever since.

Spending three terms in municipal politics as Councillor, Audrey also chaired the Police Advisory Board and Fire Committee, and was Vice-Chair of the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority during her tenure.

Numerous community initiatives have benefited from her longstanding involvement, including the following.

Audrey has volunteered for 25 years for Community Care at the local level and served on the Board at the County level, the Finance Committee and the Elder Abuse Committee.

For five years, she served as Chair of the Buckhorn Regional Health Centre Foundation and actively fundraised for many years prior to the construction of the Centre.

A volunteer with the Beautiful Buckhorn Foundation for 20 years, Audrey served 10 years as President. This group fundraises for as well as plants and maintains the striking geraniums throughout Buckhorn. They have also fundraised to repair the iconic Buckhorn Buck and organized Christmas parties for area children.

Volunteering for 20 years at the Buckhorn Community Centre, Audrey served on the Board for ten years, two of which as President.

Serving as a volunteer and Board member of the Buckhorn District Tourist Association for 22 years, Audrey acted as President over the past year and helped to rejuvenate the organization.

As her nominator notes, “If there is a cause, she will be in the middle of it.”

Audrey has co-owned Shambhala B&B for close to 15 years and her home baked muffins are a highly sought-after treat! While the B&B is elaborately decorated for Christmas, Audrey holds a high tea over December and January. Last year, she hosted almost 400 people, many of whom are from out of the area.


2018 Entrepreneur Innovation, Vetterview


Alex Gastle, Vetterview. Photo by Erin Caitlin Photography.

Congratulations to Vetterview!

Vetterview was the recipient of our Entrepreneur Innovation award (sponsored by Gastles Registered Patent Agents) at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence.

The concept was created while completing a thesis on celebrity endorsement. A gap in the market was realized and despite no web development experience, the founder launched the platform to streamline the influencer marketing process and open it up to businesses of all sizes. Under their own initiative, over 21,000 influencers from all social platforms have listed. Vetterview has over 300 million global followers. The United Kingdom’s government has deemed them to be, “a unique disruptive technology of exceptional global potential.”

2018 finalists: kawarthaNOW.comMolly’s AcresThirteen Moons Wellness

2018 Customer Service Excellence, Logan Tree Experts


Tracy & Matt Logan, Logan Tree Experts. Photo by Erin Caitlin Photography.

Congratulations to Logan Tree Experts!

Logan Tree Experts received the Customer Service Excellence award (sponsored by CIBC) at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence.

In a rough and tumble industry, Logan Tree Experts offer a professional, courteous and experienced team that strives to understand clients’ needs. Employees understand that customer care is key to a job well done. Most clients come from referrals and a no pressure approach is used to educate them on options. A client notes, “Once again, it is a pleasure working with you: professionalism, excellent communication, timelines, directness…I can’t say enough good things.”

2018 finalists: Happenstance Books & YarnsThe Regency of Lakefield & Village Pet Food & Supply

2018 Commercial Development or Renovation, Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals


Congratulations to Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals!

Jack’s Lake Lodge Cottage Rentals received our 2018 Commercial Development or Renovation award (sponsored by BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage) at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence this year.

Constructed in the 1950s, two cottages were demolished and rebuilt complete with magazine quality interiors, patio and campfire pit. One is wheelchair accessible. Both were winterized, providing much needed year-round accommodation in Apsley to help boost the local off-season economy. A third was extensively renovated while retaining the ‘old school cabin’ charm that many guests seek. The fieldstone boulder shoreline aesthetically helps to prevent erosion.

2018 finalists: The Cozy Home, Lock Stop Cafe, and The Regency of Lakefield

2018 Citizen of the Year, Cindy Windover


Cindy Windover. Photo by Erin Caitlin Photography.

Congratulations to Cindy Windover!

Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing received the Citizen of the Year award (sponsored RBC) at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence.

Cindy has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to this area, both as a business person and community motivator.

As an employee, she has supported and encouraged her employer’s involvement in various community initiatives. As the co-owner of a local business, contributions are made to many fundraising initiatives. Cindy manages the administrative side of the business including apprentices and has been an advocate for improving this certification process.

One nominator noted, “She has an endless supply of energy to help organize and advise in many groups, setting an outstanding example for all of us.”

Another says, “She is very active in advocating for and building affordable housing.” In addition to being a Steering Committee member, Cindy was the Volunteer Coordinator for the two Habitat for Humanity builds in Lakefield and has recently joined Habitat’s Board as a rural community representative. As a Steering Committee member for the Abbeyfield Society, the goal is to provide affordable housing for seniors.

For eight years, Cindy has been a Planning Committee member for the Lakefield 5K run which raises funds for local not-for-profits. Two years ago, she joined the Steering Committee for the Lakefield satellite of Youth Unlimited.

The Kawartha Chamber’s Membership & Programs Committee and Awards Gala Committee has valued Cindy involvement for seven years, and she has been a voice at the Board table for four years including a term as President. She also represented business on the Accommodation Review Committee regarding the closure of Lakefield High School.

In her current role with Selwyn Outreach, Cindy is increasing awareness in the area regarding Internet safety and the local opioid crisis. Her passion for the community and tireless effort is inspirational. As one nominator says, “If everyone did one tenth of what she does, there would be no more volunteers needed!”