Baytech Plastics

Thank you for all the wonderful times you and your colleges have kept us entertained. Finding you and your company has been a real treat. You have a way about you that keeps everyone young and old wanting more. You are a professional in all you set out to do.

Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation

On behalf of the Small Business Week Management Committee, our sponsors, and the Innovation Awards presenting sponsor, the City of Kawartha Lakes, we extend our very best wishes to you in being recognized as a City of Kawartha Lakes Innovator. You should be extremely proud of your achievement. We know that you will display your award in a prominent position and utilize it within the promotion of your business.

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

I recently had the pleasure of having Sharon Bell present her Laughter Therapy Workshop at our annual Wellness Day.  Her workshop was full of energy, laughter, and she had everyone up participating, interacting and having lots of fun.  Sharon has a great sense of humour and a positive outlook on life.  Everyone had a great time.  I received wonderful feedback from everyone involved telling me how much they enjoyed Sharon’s workshop.

I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to have a good time and lots of laughs.

Julie – Central East Correctional Centre

Campbellford Waterfest

You are the bubbles in the soda, the cherry on the sundae, the parmesan on our pasta. Thank you for your energy! Your talent as a face-artist is tres-extraordinaire. Everyone was completely thrilled. Thank You!!

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

I highly recommend Checkers Entertainment Service. She works with you in planning your event. She listens to what you want to do and then gives you suggestions and ideas. Checkers is great to work with.

Brookfield Properties

One call to you and that covers everything that has to be done for our Children’s Holiday Party.  Every year there are more children and you never seem to run out of all those Special Ideas, Characters and much more. You have my favourite Santa. He is truly the best…Thank you so much for making the party easy and a success every year.

Kawartha Child Care Services

Bookie’s leadership skills allow her to interact openly. She is conscious of everyone’s comfort level and uses good judgment in making all feel part of what she is doing an educational camp for a group of school age children or a night of entertainment for a Staff Appreciation event. Her high energy level impacts all in a manner to induce fun and smiles.

McFadden Electric

You are truly blessed to be able to bring such joy to so many people. Keep up the good work!

Minden Rotary Club

Bookie Bell is honest, reliable, punctual and easily conforms to our clubs requests. She is knowledgeable and understands how to run a business professionally.

Dot & John Owen

You have a wonderful gift of bringing happiness into people’s lives. Everyone at our event enjoyed your service

City Of Kawartha Lakes

Bookie, you were amazing as Master of Ceremonies during Small Business Week for the Business Connections Luncheon Hosted by the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce. It was your help that made it such a success.

Kawartha Lakes Northumberland Training Board

We had the opportunity to have Bookie Bell be part of a presentation team put together for the benefit of educators from the Lindsay area schools. Bookie was asked to address the issue of how to motive students. She shared her journey how she became an entertainer. This in itself is an inspirational story. She addresses the topic of “doing the work you love” with great passion. This is an important message for all educators and students to hear. We would recommend that Bookie Bell as speaker for all motivational events.

Curve Lake Health Centre

Bookie Bell has played a large part in bringing our youth and the community through a number of projects and plays. She is reliable, punctual, professional, very sociable with a great sense of humour. Bookie Bell is hard working and a committed individual at everything she does. We would highly recommend her.

City of Kawartha Lakes

As always your shows are a hit. You bring amazement and joy to the children and adults a like with your wonderful stories. Thank you again for making our library week a great success. 

Community Care

The real secret of happiness is not what you give or what you receive. It’s what you share. Thank you for sharing!!!

Farmers’ Mutual Insurance

Checkers Entertainment takes the worry out of event planning. Reliability is key to a successful event.

Beaverton Lions Club


Always Happy Smiling Faces!

This picture truly represents what Sharon Bell is all about!  Photo taken at the Beaverton Lions Club Winter Carnival February 7, 2015

Cyndi – Beaverton Lions Club



Business Leader of 2015 Nomination

Sharon ‘Bookie’ Bell describes her sixteen years as ‘Checkers The Clown’, a successful entrepreneur managing Checkers Entertainment, as an amazing journey that fulfills her soul and she approaches her work with great passion.

Checkers Entertainment isn’t her first business. She was a partner with her husband in an automotive repair shop with three tow trucks when she was elected, and honoured, as the first woman in Canada to sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Towing Society. This was quite an accomplishment for a woman, in a definitely masculine occupation, at that time. She honed her business sense working in this first business, learning how to manage a healthy cash flow, deal with suppliers, employees and customers. This business sense has been a great asset in the artistic environment surrounding Checkers Entertainment.

Her past experience also adds an incredible ability to work with others gained from her service to her community as Fenelon Township councillor and also as a member representing Fenelon Falls on the Economic Development amalgamation committee. Other community involvement includes; Kids Help Phone, Encore Productions, Alzheimer Kawartha & Peterborough, Dr. George Hall Public School, Holy Cross Catholic School, St. John Catholic School, Fenelon Falls High School Drama Club, Beaverton Lions Club, Lindsay Central Exhibition and Fenelon Court Recreation Programs.

Her positive energy, hard work and resourcefulness have taken Checkers Entertainment from one very much in demand bubbly fun clown to over 500 professional entertainers and services that she has screened, often mentored and added to her resources on offer. She travels to conferences and workshops throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes and beyond spreading her special brand of fun.

Checkers Entertainment and the Checkers Teams have created a positive economic spin for the events that they enrich and also for the performers that might otherwise find it difficult to do the type of excellent promotion that Sharon does. She has innovative marketing ideas and has provided hours of clean fun for families, corporations and organizations. People who contract Checkers Entertainment know the kind of quality and professionalism that they can expect based on Sharon’s very high standards.

Sharon began in 1998 with a determination to succeed and took a couple of courses that have formed the grounding for a career that has blossomed into a multi-faceted business. From caricaturist, face painters, motivations speakers, themed characters to events offered at her Green Eggs and Ham Farm she offers a unique attraction in our community. Her list of specialty entertainment is attached.


I have personally known Sharon since “Checkers” was born. I had the pleasure of working with her in one of the Entrepreneurship Courses that she sailed through with her innovative business idea. Although I was sure her enthusiasm alone would lead to success, I couldn’t have predicted the results that Sharon’s vision would bring to her endeavours. Many business people stay at the level where they use their talents as a resource to grow their business, but fewer reach out with confidence to bring in other professionals to expand the resources that they can offer. It’s a scary step for entrepreneurs to take. A step that requires confidence when losing a bit of control and a lot of team work ability. Heightened management skills and astute business acumen are required to cope with the increased complexity of financial arrangements, busy schedules while always focusing on customer satisfaction. Sharon does a great job of all of this, bringing her keen sense of humour and high standards to every job, as if it is her most important contract ever. Therefore it is my pleasure to nominate her as Business Leader for 2015.

Lynda  – Rickard Corporate Services


Innovation Award – Kawartha Lakes CFDC

On behalf of the Small Business Week Management Committee, our sponsors, and the  Innovation Awards presenting sponsor, the City of Kawartha Lakes, we extend our very best wishes to you in being recognized as a City of Kawartha Lakes Innovator. You should be extremely proud of your achievement. We know that you will display your award in a prominent position and utilize it within the promotion of your business.