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HASTINGS HIGHLANDS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Board Chair -
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.
Vice Chair -
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: I own my own small business (Luscious Lashes) located in Maynooth. I also work as a Personal support worker with a family in Maynooth providing respite services. I occasionally help out at Memories Bakery and Tea room which is also located in the heart of Maynooth.
BACKGROUND: I moved to Hastings Highlands 16 years ago when I was in High school. After high school I took a P.S.W. course through Loyalist College. I then had three children and when it was time for me to return to work I was hired by the Hastings Highlands Public Library. I worked for the Hastings Highlands Public Library from 2012 until 2017 as the information services Librarian.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I was a volunteer on the Maynooth Public School parent council for 3 years, I volunteered for the Hastings Highlands centre on many occasions such as starting the movie nights, helping with the murder mystery fundraisers and many other library activities. I have volunteered for many community dinners with “Cooking with Chris and Tracy” to help raise funds for various community events such as children’s programs for the HHPL and North Hastings Children’s Services. I have spent countless hours helping to plan events, recruiting volunteers and making partnerships with other organizations in the community.
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I love a good murder mystery. One of my favourite authors is Chevy Stevens who is a Canadian author who resides in British Columbia. I also love to borrow cook books, parenting books, and craft books form the library to inspire some new ideas. Being a parent, I have read many, many children’s books over the years- but the series that I loved the most to read to my children is “The land of stories” by Chris Colfer. Absolutely fantastic stories that are fun for all ages!
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Retired
BACKGROUND: I retired in 2015. I worked as a Registered Nurse for 40 years. I was born and raised in Toronto. I have resided in many areas including Newmarket, Kirkland Lake and Cornwall. I have been visiting Hastings Highlands for the last 10 years. When I retired I moved to Maynooth.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Where ever I have lived I have been an active member in my community. Presently I am a member of this library board.
PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: As far as favorite reading there are too many to mention. I would run out of paper. I enjoy both fiction and non fiction.
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.