Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) has been successfully recruiting family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) since 2004 and is the lead organization for family doctor recruitment and retention in the City of Kawartha Lakes. KLHCI is an incorporated non-profit, charitable, volunteer organization whose mission is to recruit family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes, and to conduct research, public education, outreach and advocacy as it relates to recruitment and retention of family doctors. KLHCI’s vision is that everyone living in the City of Kawartha Lakes has a primary health care provider, in CKL.  KLHCI is funded by the City of Kawartha Lakes and Ross Memorial Hospital.



KLHCI includes Medical Education Coordination as part of their recruitment programs and works closely with our CKL medical community, the Ross Memorial Hospital, the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) and medical schools to facilitate this program.



Recruitment programs include:

  • Family Medicine Resident Weekends
  • Attendance at medical school job fairs
  • Advertising in medical journals and on recruitment websites
  • Hosting site visits
  • Presenting to Family Medicine Interest Groups at medical schools on the benefits of rural electives during training
  • Providing an e-Newsletter to update on KLHCI activities (Contact us to be added to the distribution list)
  • Coordinating efforts with the Ross Memorial Hospital with respect to recruitment of family doctors
  • Communicating with all levels of government concerning family doctor recruitment including being an active member of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR)


Retention programs include:

  • Hosting Family Doctor Appreciation Week (annually held first week of June)
  • Hosting and coordinating continuing medical education events for the local medical community
  • Hosting social events for local medical community
  • Providing an e-Newsletter to update on KLHCI activities (Contact us to be added to the distribution list)
  • Coordinating efforts with the Ross Memorial Hospital with respect to retention of family doctors
  • Communicating with all levels of government concerning family doctor retention, including being an active member of the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (CASPR)


Board of Directors

President - Lisa Green

Lisa and her husband, Dr. Charles Noronha, relocated to the City of Kawartha Lakes from Newfoundland in 2006 and they reside in Little Britain.  She has worked as a nurse and hospital administrator for over thirty years.  Lisa recently retired from the Ross Memorial Hospital where she held many leadership roles, most recently as the Manager of Quality and Patient Experience.  She was presented with the James Ross Award of Excellence in 2013.  Lisa was previously a board member, however in 2015 she stepped down to provide palliative care for her father.  Lisa is a very proud mother and grandmother. 

Secretary/Past President - Barbara van der Veen

Barabara has an extensive background in physician recruitment.  Following her retirement as Manager-Medical Affairs to the Office of the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Barb and her husband retired to the Woodville area and are the proud owners of a horse farm.  Her medical and legal background/expertise are great assets to the KLHCI Board of Directors.  Barb joined the Board in June 2016 and is assisting with the Rentention and Rural Residency Program committees.

Treasurer - Linda Curtin

Linda is a senior executive with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience.  She has held senior roles with private entrepreneurial owner managed organizations and large national corporate entities as the Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.   Linda has a solid audit background, holding positions in both internal and external audit roles.  She is currently a Principal with The CFO Centre, offering professional services on a part time basis to small to mid size enterprises.   Committed to quality, integrity and efficiency, her strengths include building and leading teams to create value within the finance group.  Driving change thru process improvements and strategic leadership, Linda proactively identifies and implements methods to improve the overall success of overall organizational success.   Linda is a CPA, CA and has a Bachelor of Accounting from Brock University.  Linda and her husband have three active boys and proudly own a cash crop farming operation west of Lindsay.  Linda joined the board in December 2020.       

Director - Kathy Anderson

Kathy has lived in Lindsay since 1982.  She is the mother of two and grandmother of three.  Kathy is a retired teacher who taught both Elementary and Secondary Levels along with Adult Education.  She has previously volunteered for Kawartha Lakes Village Housing, Kawartha Lakes Community Care, the Academy Theatre and Women's Resoures.  Along with being a volunteer for KLHCI, she continues to volunteer with Machik Canada.

Director - Judy Emrich

Judy is a newer citizen of the City of Kawartha Lakes and brings to the KLHCI board a strong background in business management, including financial management, human resources, and marketing.  Following her retirement to the area, she was looking to volunteer and believed her background would be of assistance with the recruitment and retention of family doctors.  Judy joined the KLHCI Board in October 2018.

Director - Kelly Isfan

Kelly joined RMH as President and CEO in April 2020.  She has been a healthcare leader for more than 30 years, working in acute, community and long-term care sectors in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.  Kelly previously served as President and CEO of the Norfolk General and West Haldimand General Hospitals.  She has served on the Ontario Hospital Association Board of Directors and has contributed to several OHA and Ministry of Health committees.  Her strengths include a strong focus on community outreach, partnership development and quality care and she is an advocate for bringing exceptional healthcare to rural communities.  Kelly sits on the board as the RMH representative.

Director - Dan Joyce

Dan has a passion for event management and continuing medical education that has culminated in the production of a variety of trade/consumer events, specializing in CME conferences for healthcare professionals. Currently Dan is Vice President Business Development at Diversified Communications Canada. Dan is married with one adult daughter and lives in Lindsay. Dan joined the KLHCI Board in August 2016.

Director - Cynthia Kelly

New to the Kawartha Lakes community, Cynthia recently moved back to Ontario after living in British Columbia these last few years.  Cynthia was employed in the not-for-profit industry for over a decade.  During that time, her roles varied from policy writing and strategic planning, to event management, grant writing and fundraising.  Following her tenure in fundraising, Cynthia worked for the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in Northern Ontario.  For the last ten years,  Cynthia has worked as the Office Manager and bookkeeper for her husband's surgical practice.  In addition to her empoyment experience, Cynthia has been involved in her local communities in various volunteer capacities.  She has sat on the Board of the Porcupine District Medical Society as a non-medical member, and the Board of Directors, Policy & Procedure Committee and Finance Committee for the Fernie Heritage Library.  Cynthia made the move to Lindsay with her husband and three young sons.

Director - Caleb Kim

Caleb is a resident of Fenelon Falls and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University.  Having returned to Fenelon Falls upon graduation, Caleb is enthusiastic to work with KLHCI in order to serve the community and to gain relevant experience for his pursuit towards becoming a physician.

Director - Wesley Letsholo

Wesley Letsholo is a Product & Service Procurement expert. Known for Solution Based Business Approached.  He is the owner of LGS Group.  Wesley connects Canadian Manufacturers with Distributors and Resellers in the Caribbean and South Africa.  He helps businesses to increase their Product & Service Profile by facilitating the sales process and building meaningful relationships with customers. Wesley has 20 years in the Sales & Service Industry and a Diploma in Business Management.  Wesley is passionate about his community. He is a member of Kawartha Lakes Family Doctor Recruitment Board and Kawartha Lakes Community Care Foundation Board. Wesley is a supporter of Soldiers of Change Charity and YMCA Strong Kids Charity.

Director - Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls

Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls is owner and chiropractor of Adelaide Clinic in Lindsay.  Dr. Nicholls moved to Calgary from Ontarion in 2014 to work on the Medical Team with the Alberta Ballet Company and with the School of Alberta Ballet.  She is excited to bring her multidisiplinary experience back to where she grew up and is so happy to be back at home with her husband John, daughter Anna, and their two dogs Gus and Wilhelmina.  She is passionate about helping her comunity thrive and is looking forward to assisting family doctors to find a great work-life balance, as she has, in the Kawartha Lakes.

Director - Andrew Veale

Andrew was born and raised in the City of Kawartha Lakes and has always been a strong supporter of Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative as a previous board member and President.  He is currently a City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor and sits on the board as the City's representative. 

Director - Dr. Sheila-Mae Young

Sheila-Mae is a retired Lindsay Family Physician with many years of service that culminated in working within the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team. Throughout her career, Dr. Young has had multiple leadership responsibilities within her community hospital, the Ross Memorial Hospital.  She has served as Chief of Medical Staff, President of Medical Staff, and Clinical Medical Director of the Continuing Care Program. Dr. Young was pleased to accept the James Ross Award of Excellence, Ross Memorial Hospital in 2007 and the Glenn Sawyer Service Award, OMA in 2008. From 2002-2006 she was the Co-Chair of Quality Assurance Program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and from 2007-2019 was a member of the Discipline Committee. From November 2008 until 2015, Dr. Young held the position of Primary Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program of Cancer Care Ontario. Within the CELHIN, since 2020 part of the Ontario Health East Region, Dr. Young has continued to serve in family medicine leadership positions.  Volunteer participation in Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) in Haliburton remains a focus for Dr. Young.  As a Board member of ARC, Dr. Young supports the mandate of providing free residential retreats for persons living with cancer and the people who support them.


Recruitment & Retention Coordinator - Cindy Snider

Cindy has been the Recruitment & Retention Coordinator for the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative since 2008.  This position is responsible for the recruitment and retention of family doctors in the City of Kawartha Lakes and reports to the volunteer Board of Directors.   In addition to her recruitment role, Cindy is the Medical Education Coordinator for the City of Kawartha Lakes.  Assisting young people to reach their goals is a professional and personal passion which guides her work with the medical students and residents.  She was very proud to receive the ROMP Community Education Coordinator of the Year award in 2015. She was also honoured to receive the Recruiter Recognition Award in 2017 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 from the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters.  A background in marketing and administration, including a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, has been extremely helpful in her position.  Cindy and her family have lived in Bobcaygeon for the past 30 years.

Associate Members

Chair, Medical Learner Committee - Robyn McNabb

Robyn was born and raised in the City of Kawartha Lakes. After receiving post-secondary education at McMaster and Queen's Universities, she and her husband (a local general surgeon) returned to the area to raise their family. Having worked as a registered nurse in the ER at Ross Memorial Hospital, Robyn now spends her time at home raising two boys and volunteering for many community organizations including KLHCI and Kawartha Lakes Hospice.  Robyn is a Past-President of KLHCI and currently Chair of the Medical Learner Committee.