Our Team

Matt Lafond - Owner

Jollytails Resort franchise owner Matt is a long-time animal lover and erstwhile country boy who lives with Chance the Sheltie, superhero goats named Jitterbug and Foxtrot, and his husband/sidekick, Kevin. In addition to his mission at Jollytails Resort, Matt has a regulatory consulting practice, and once upon a time, he practised law (before realizing that dogs make the best clients – although they make terrible character witnesses). Matt has finally found his dream workplace and will welcome every canine customer with a smile and generous ear-scratches.

Kevin Schulz - Operations Director

Husband, animal lover, vegetarian and dad to a Sheltie and two goats, Kevin is the Director of Operations at Jollytails Resort. Before Jollytails Resort, Kevin had a successful career in fundraising - working with national and local charities as well as in the education sector. Most recently, he worked with an environmental not-for-profit organization, helping protect important natural places in Atlantic Canada so that at-risk species of wildlife and plants have a chance for survival. Kevin loves dogs, goats, wildlife and a good veggie burger (in that order!). He treats every dog he meets like his own, and is excited to welcome your family member to Jollytails Resort with the same care and attention he would give his own pup. 

Chance the Sheltie - Chief Barking Officer

Chance is the official mascot and greeter at Jollytails Resort, although he prefers the title Chief Barking Officer. He is a 9 year old Sheltie mix who made his way into the lives of his dads, Matt and Kevin, after spending time at rescue shelters in Quebec and Ontario. He crossed paths with his future family during a chance encounter at one of his shelters, and has been a member of the family ever since. In his spare time, Chance enjoys barking, toys and treats, more barking, and playing with his two goat brothers.  Chance is looking forward to greeting you and your pup with a hearty bark at Jollytails Resort.


Allie Williams - Resort Manager

Isabela Martins - Doggy daycare Supervisor

Marion Waldron-Blain - trainer

John Park - Groomer

Cheryl MacKinnon - Groomer

raymond o’sullivan - Doggy daycare and boarding attendant

Lindsay Gates - assistant manager

ethan Langille - DOGGY daycare and boarding attendant

Stephanie Elliott - Doggy Daycare and Boarding Attendant

Alyssa Brown - Doggy Daycare and Boarding Attendant

Melissa Hawkes - Consultant

Melissa’s adoration of local business, entrepreneurial spirit, and dogs led her right to the doors of Jollytails Resort. Having spent 18 years in the corporate marketing, event management, and consulting world, she was ready to apply her extensive business background to something closer to her heart.
Melissa has spent the majority of her career working with local businesses to market and support their growth. While all have been human focused, she cannot wait to dive into the pet industry and learn more about the best products and services to support these beloved family members.
She will be more than eager to share pictures and stories of her own fur babies - Finnegan (a labradoodle, gone but never forgotten) and Farley (a great pyrenees/poodle). These typically outnumber those of her fabulous daughter, Emme and husband, Patrick.

Chantal Jacklyn-MacLean - Doggy daycare and boarding attendant

shari RobichaUd - doggy daycare and BOARDING attendant

Lora tanner - Boarding Attendant