Our Board & Team




Allan & Lynn Smith-Reeve


Allan is an innovator and creator of many collaborative community projects. In Toronto’s east end, his church was a woodshop and business incubator. He’s taught Community Development at George Brown and Fleming colleges. Rev. Reeve has served both urban and rural congregations in Bobcaygeon and Peterborough. He is passionate about bridging class, religious, and cultural divides.


Lynn brings extensive knowledge and creative energy as an educator and artist. Lynn’s lived experience of poverty – raising her five children and caring for a disabled husband for two decades – has inspired her desire to organize community resources to serve low-income families and lead her to become a certified Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator. She’s been pursuing the Emerging Church from evangelical roots, through the Third Wave movement, to Diaconal Ministry within the United Church. Lynn’s motto is “It has to be fun.”




Katherin (Kat) Snajdr Zabehlicky

Kat went to Ryerson University and holds a BAA in Media and Comms. She completed an Hons. Diploma from Fleming College as a Social Service Worker, and has received an Indigenous Perspectives Designation.

She worked in film/tv and advertising for over 20 years before acknowledging a need and desired vocation within social & community justice. Some wayward adventures of hers have included teaching English in Asia, managing product placement in films like Hostel I/II, and pouring pints of Murphy's on Carnaby Street. After traversing across 4 continents, Kat landed a film gig in Prague where she met her life partner and Father to the two other loves in her life.

Needless-to-say, these life and career defining experiences offered incredible insight and curiosity into the human condition, and many cherished cross-cultural life-long friendships.

The Bridges Out of Poverty philosophy has provided Kat a new framework of understanding and clarity into human equity and dignity. Bridges Peterborough is building on those values and principles and working to create a network for community & gloabl connection, resources, and supporting the incredible work of Catalysts and folks devoted to changing the conversation about poverty.

So honoured to be a part of this team!


Matthew Barlow

Todd Coombes

Ralph Gutkin

Rebecca Turland

Laura Warren


Miriam Lyall

BOARD MEMBERS - Bedford House & Bridges Peterborough



Cheryl Lyon

Cheryl is well known in Peterborough as a catalyst for social transformation. She works as a local advocate of the global shifts emerging because people like her are paying attention and acting. She has a wicked sense of humour and a sly wisdom we really love.


Geneviève Lavallée

Gen spent over 20 years in the financial industry in Toronto before  moving to the Peterborough area with her son. She was fortunate enough to become involved with several community organizations. With a strong sense of purpose and through her work with Bridges Peterborough, Gen feels optimistic that she is part of a solution to change the conversation about poverty and privilege and build a community that provides everyone the opportunity to be their best self!


Peggy Abbott

Peggy & her husband Richard,  moved to Peterborough to retire in  2016, to be closer to their children & their growing families. Peggy was a member of the first Bridging Team in 2017, and found the experience very rewarding while making lasting friends. Retiring after 30 years of working in different areas of social services, her passion has always been working with families and supporting parents through all the ages and stages of their growing families. She and her husband now volunteer supporting individuals that are readjusting after coming out of prison.
She's happy to be back in the Bridges bubble.


Ann Barrett

Ann was a sexual health educator for 40 years. She worked with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, communities, ages and abilities. Most recently she has  been part of a group that is involved with supporting people released from the prison system. She is a member of Greenwood United Church.


Rebecca Turland

Rebecca has been part of the social enterprise, The Company of Conversation Changers (CCC) for over a year now. As appointed Secretary for the CCC, Rebecca also sits on the Bedford House Board representing the CCC interests. She began her journey with Bridges Peterborough as a Catalyst on the 2021/22 Bridging Team. Starting in the Fall of 2022, Rebecca will be co-facilitating one of (3) new Bridging Teams happening in Peterborough, ON.


Joint Venture Partners in the Bridging Teams Project. Representatives from Greenwood United Church.

Ruth Benson

As a long-time member of Greenwood, she currently serves as its Treasurer. Ruth served as the deputy-treasurer of Douro township and deputy clerk before her retirement. She continues to serve the township as a volunteer and pursues her passion for the environment as beekeeper and avid gardener.

Bonnie Jull

Bonnie is a retired teacher and fabric artist. She journeyed with Lynn as a member of the Diaconal Ministry Circle of Accompaniment. This process inspired the seeding of Bedford House and the development of the Bridging Teams project. Bonnie represents Greenwood United on the Bridging Teams Joint Venture Project Management Team.