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Paws for Appreciation

Paws for Appreciation

Celebrating Volunteers

Every year the Kawartha Chamber hosts a Volunteer Breakfast to celebrate the amazing volunteers who help make the Chamber so great! Unfortunately, COVID-19 threw a wrench in our plans last year. This year we decided to get together and celebrate however we could… and so Paws for Appreciation was planned! Paws for Appreciation allowed us to celebrate two things – our volunteers and the animals that help us through! This event was sponsored by Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Rep, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate & Herod Financial Services.

April 14, 2021, we got together via Zoom to celebrate our volunteers. We had nearly 30 in attendance and furry friends joined in on the fun too! After introductions were made and animals cooed over, we moved from animal trivia onto the main event.

Zoom Snapshot

Jillian Harrington, Board President & Owner of Clearview Cottage Resort began the morning by welcoming guests and introducing them to our Zoom format. Jillian also conducted a Land Acknowledge, welcomed participants and then introduced Lorri Rork to begin volunteer thank-you’s.Lorri Rork, Chair of the KCCT Human Resources & Governance Committee, acknowledged our amazing Chamber volunteers. The Chamber is very appreciative for the time, energy and skills that our volunteers bring to our committees and events. The Kawartha Chamber would like to extend thanks to the following volunteers:


  • Bruce Casey, Community Volunteer
  • Bryan Kingdon, ISL Insurance Brokers
  • Casey Kidd, Community Volunteer
  • Cathy Smith, The Kawartha Buttertart Factory
  • Chris Whelan, Whelan’s Flooring Centre
  • Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing
  • David Darby, Lakefield Collage School
  • Gail Moorhouse, Community Futures Peterborough
  • Gary Harris, Community Volunteer
  • Glen Millar, Darling Insurance
  • Jeff Park, Bowes & Cocks Ltd. Brokerage
  • Jillian Harrington, Clearview Cottage Resort
  • Jo-Anne Dowdall-Brown, Sipology by Steeped Tea
  • Kelland Sewell, rPM3 Solutions Canada
  • Kelsey Sewell, Community Volunteer
  • Kevan Herod, Herod Financial Services
  • Lauren Black, Cló Design Studio
  • Leslie Nunes, Kinetic Therapeutics
  • Lorri Rork, Community Care
  • Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Rep, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate
  • Mary Brown, Sales Rep, Bowes & Cocks Ltd. Brokerage Apsley
  • Mary Henry, Omniworx
  • Maureen Tavener, Sales Rep, RE/MAX Eastern Realty
  • Michael Davidson, Michael Davidson TD Wealth Private Investment Advice
  • Michelle Gay, Garden Style
  • Mike Corner, Assante Wealth Management
  • Mike Walker, Agilec
  • Paul Found, Community Volunteer
  • Scott Matheson, CIBC
  • Sheri Hockaday, Salon Sorella & Day Spa
  • Susan Ramey, Camp Kawartha
  • Tania-Joy Bartlett, New Beginnings Contracting Services
  • Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates
  • Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts

Alice Czitrom & Pixie

Pixie, Facility Dog

We were pleased to have Alice Czitrom, Victim Services Coordinator and Pixie, Facility Dog for Peterborough Police Service on as our first guest speakers.

Alice noted how fitting it was to be a part of this event as Pixie’s training and care was all managed by volunteers when she was in training. The training center Pixie came from specializes in PTSD dogs for veterans, autism dogs, and facility dogs- like Pixie!

Pixie works as a Facility Dog for Peterborough Police Service, she began her service in January 2020. Pixie works everyday with Alice, her work includes:

  • support giving statements
  • going to court
  • going out into community
  • peer support member for police officers & 911 communicators

Pixie lives with Alice and she gets breaks too! Alice stressed the importance of treating her job like a job, she gets breaks, vacations, has fun on her time off and gets treated like a normal dog outside of work.

Pixie is one of the few Police Facility Dogs in Ontario. Our community is very lucky to have a support like her to offer residents.

Thanks to Pixie and Alice for all they do to support the community!

Peterborough Humane Society

We were lucky to have Shawn Morey of the Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) join us as our second guest speaker. Shawn started with an introduction to 12 day old kittens that will be available for adoption at PHS.

PHS Staff & Kittens

COVID-19 & Adoptions

PHS facilitated 563 pet adoptions, reunited 162 pets with owners throughout 2020. Enthusiasm & interest in adopting has been strong throughout the community. Limited contact adoption process allows adopters to view animals online, complete application and connect with their Adoption Coordinator to schedule an in person meet & greet. Bottlenecks to getting animals in and out our doors are typically waiting on spay/neuter surgeries, another reason they are so eager to get into the new Centre!


Shawn also spoke of the services PHS provides. Their four main services are pet adoption, animal control, pet licensing and community services & programs. They also offer programs like the Safe Nights for Pets (SNooPy ) Program that offers pets a temporary safe haven when their owners are faced with hospitalization, domestic abuse or temporary displacement. They also have the Milo fund that provides life-changing surgery for animals that need it, allowing them to be adopted into loving forever homes. PHS has been operating for 80 years and continues to grow and evolve… and now they are working towards a new state-of-the-art Animal Care Centre!

Peterborough Animal Care Centre

24,000 sq. ft, one of the first-of-its-kind in Canada, bringing together three facilities under one roof:

New Building Rendering

  • Peterborough Humane Society’s Adoption & Education Centre
  • High-Volume Spay & Neuter Clinic to support other humane societies/rescues and community members access veterinary care for their pets
  • Partnering with Ontario SPCA to bring to life Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre
  • Fundraising goal of $10M is just over 70% complete, sitting at 7.3 million
  • Break ground hopefully in May 2021 and fully functioning by early 2023

We look forward to having this amazing Centre in our community! Thanks to Shawn and all the PHS staff for their incredible work!

Paws for Appreciation

We appreciate all that our volunteers do and we recognize the tremendous amount of hours that they have contributed to the Chamber. We couldn’t do all that we do without the help of our volunteers.

Re-watch the Paws for Appreciation event on our YouTube channel!

The Kawartha Chamber’s next event is “Not Your Typical Hop” on May 12th, watch our NewsFlash and website to sign up!

Volunteers & Pets