Being community-minded comes naturally to Leslie Clarkson of Scotsman Point Resort in Buckhorn. And when the COVID-19 pandemic continued, she wanted to show appreciation for the front-line workers.

            She organized a contest to award some time at the resort to a deserving front-line worker. Other local businesses – Buckhorn Foodland, Pizza Alloro and the Canoe & Paddle in Lakefield – stepped up to give prizes as well.

            The response to the contest was overwhelming, and a committee of judges decided to award three prizes instead.

Buckhorn businesses give back

            Kristy Asling (above left) works in the COVID-19 Unit at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. A single mother of three young children, Kristy has worked since the beginning of the pandemic and made a tough decision to stay away from her children to help keep them safe. Kristy is also a volunteer firefighter in Trent Lakes. She won a full week stay at Scotsman Point Resort this summer, a $75 gift card from Foodland, a Pizza Alloro pizza dinner and four dinners from the Canoe & Paddle.

            Peterborough Paramedic Melissa Packman (above middle) and PSW Thomas Flynn (above right) were also awarded for their efforts during the pandemic. Each will receive a 3-night mid-week stay at the resort and dinner from the Canoe & Paddle.