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:
Retention programs include:
Volunteering is an important contributor to the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. It gives a sense of being part of a solution, as well as the opportunity to:
Since KLHCI believes that "it takes a whole community to recruit a doctor", there is a significant need for community volunteers to support the efforts of KLHCI. If you have time available to assist with any of the following, please contact us for more information:
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.
Rory is a Lindsay resident who joined the KLHCI Board in September 2017. He is a versatile businessman with expertise in general management, finance, human resources and sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samantha is a Lindsay native who graduated from Carleton University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Neuroscience and Mental Health. Samantha recently returned to live in Lindsay and was looking to give back to the community. She believes her enthusiasm and penchant for learning will allow her to have a positive impact on the effort to recruit and retain family doctors.
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.
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 from the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters in 2017. 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.