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HASTINGS HIGHLANDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am a retired High School Teacher and Teacher Librarian.
BACKGROUND: Originally from Stoney Creek, Ontario, I have been coming to the Maynooth area since 1975 in connection with a large family project rebuilding Sunrise Lodge on Baptiste Lake.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Now involved as a director of the Baptiste Lake Association and as a trustee on the Hastings Highlands Public Library Board, I am enjoying living in this beautiful area after many years of travelling weekends and holidays.
I am a retired High School teacher from the Durham area, where I taught Math, French for 37 years plus was a teacher-librarian for the last ten years of my busy career. I also raised 5 children with my husband, being involved in many associations, clubs and other post- secondary educational experiences. This extensive experience has added to my resolve that education of any description is the key to self- enhancement.
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: Reading is a main source of enjoyment for me. 'All The Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr is still resonating for me, particularly since my parents immigrated from Holland after experiencing first-hand the atrocities of World War II. Wayne Johnston’s 'First Snow, Last Light' is also an intriguing read. I also read books about furniture construction, renovations, and historical novels as a first choice. However, a good lighthearted subject such as 'The Sophie Project' or Alan Doyle’s 'A Newfoundlander in Canada' makes me happy.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am a retired elementary school teacher.
BACKGROUND: I taught in the two elementary schools in Hastings Highlands for 30 years. I and my husband have lived in Maple Leaf for almost 30 years. Since retiring in June 2016, I have been able to spend more time painting, cycling, skiing, and travelling.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I now hope to use my skills and experience to contribute to our community.
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: My preferred reading material is contemporary fiction. Recent books I have read are: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: I am the Head Reporter/Photographer of The Bancroft Times.
BACKGROUND: I'm the first female student of NHHS to receive a Specialist High Skills Major in Forestry. I also received awards for my work in my English and Media studies. After high school, I started working at The Bancroft Times at the age of 19 as one of their Reporter/Photographers; a
position that has allowed me to cover everything from Federal events such as the Algonquin Land Claim to talking to local public school students about their Christmas wishes.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: I am an Actress and Props Designer for the Bancroft Theatre Guild. I was an Archery Instructor, Range Safety Officer and Organizer of the Youth and Adult Archery Program at the Bancroft and District Fish And Game Protective Association Inc., a Secretary and Board Member for several boards including the local Lion’s Club, a Volunteer at Hershel Fire Hall throughout High School, and a volunteer for HHPL during events even before I was a Board Member.
FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: My favourite genre is Mystery. I love trying to figure out what is happening before the character in the story does. But I also read Historical, Fantasy and Non-Fiction. I don’t have a favourite author.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: The Mayor of Hastings Highlands
BACKGROUND: A carpenter by trade, I moved up into supervisory positions and then into training and developed and taught programs on provincial, national and international levels. I retired to the area but continue to be involved with several levels of government. I am an avid auto racer (pro rally) and scuba diver.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Volunteer at North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery and accessed funding money to help with operations for the Hatchery.
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I enjoy Science Fiction and Tristan Jones Sailing adventures.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired Teacher
BACKGROUND: I am a retired teacher, having taught the majority of my career at Maynooth Public School. Instilling the love of reading in children has been a lifelong pursuit. It makes me proud to see how our library has become a vital hub of the community.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I volunteer at Care North Hastings, creating a library of magazines on CD for people with vision impairment. I also volunteer cooking at the
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I love to read mysteries and spy thrillers. My favourite authors are Robertson Davies, Dorothy Gilman and David Rosenfelt. I also love to read and collect cookbooks.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired Legal Assistant; Councillor, Municipality of Hastings Highlands
BACKGROUND: In 2006, my full-time career as a legal assistant ended on the retirement of my employer. At that time, I started a Freelance Legal Secretarial Service and retired from that in 2017. My interest in municipal matters started in 2015 and I made the decision to run for Council. I was appointed to Council on May 30, 2018 to fill a vacancy and was fortunate to stay in my position as a result of the 2018 Election. In addition to my Council duties, I have a Market Gardening business.
I have enjoyed Hastings Highlands as a seasonal camper, a part time resident and then in January of 2014 this became our full-time residence. I am married with three children and 6 grandchildren.
My favourite hobbies are auto racing which I was fortunate enough to have driven for 5 years. I also enjoy Ancestry research and snowmobiling.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I am a member and volunteer with a local church organization and I am the Volunteer Coordinator with Maple Leaf Snowskimmers. I am also on several Committees of Council including the Library Board. It was suggested at the Council level that I fill a vacant position and I was happy to do that.
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I enjoy all things sleuthing. My favourite Authors are Lisa Gardner; Iris Johansen and Harlen Coben. I also love Danielle Steele and I think I have read every book she has written. I also enjoy history literature. We learn so much from our history.