Library Board

Anne Coleman
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. 

Valerie Loney
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.  

Kristena Schutt-Moore
 

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. 

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Colette Freeman

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
Arena Canteen.

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. 

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Dorothy Gerrow

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. 

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Neil Douglas

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Nuclear Training Consultant

BACKGROUND:  I worked for Ontario Power Generation, both as a licenced Darlington Nuclear Operator and a trainer of licenced Darlington Nuclear Operators. I retired from OPG and am now consulting on Operator Training for WorleyParsons. I am an avid “motorhead” and spend most of my free time working on my classic cars, snowmobiles, and ATVs.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: I have volunteered with Maynooth Madness, Maynooth Pride, and other community events. I also enjoy going to community events at places like the Bancroft Village Playhouse and watching the The Rally of the Tall Pines (an event I’ve attended for the past 30 years).

PREFERRED READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: My main fiction reading is mystery and suspense, such as the Bowers Files series by Steven James and the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. In terms of non-fiction, I enjoy reading books about politics and the social sciences such as Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas and Dark Money by Jane Mayer. I also read car-related books such as Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic by Rob Siegel.

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Tracy Hagar
 

CURRENT OCCUPATION: For the past 12 years I have owned and operated my own business using my passion for vintage, antiques as well as retail gifts and clothing in the heart of Maynooth. 
I was successful in the 2014 election becoming a councillor for Hastings Highlands. In 2018 I was successful in winning the seat of Deputy Mayor. Our Mayor resigned April 1st 2021 and I was appointed by our council to fill that vacant seat on May 19th

BACKGROUND:  I was raised in the small town of Fonthill located within the Niagara Region. Frank and I were married in 1988 and raised 4 kids. Our family moved to Maynooth in 1997 where we continued to raise our children. We have always been active in this community one way or another. 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:  Once we were settled here I started volunteering at the Maynooth Public School doing whatever I could. 
I was 1 in a small group of 4 that ran the Maynooth Mud Run for 12 fun filled years. An event that was enjoyed by many over the years.
I Volunteered at the Maynooth Madness event for a few years then took on the role of running it for a few more years.
I was a board member of the Maynooth and Area food bank for at least 8 years as well as a member of the ANAF ladies auxiliary ending up in the role of First Vice President.
I am currently on several Boards and Committees through my role on Council.

FAVOURITE READING MATERIAL/AUTHOR: I have always loved reading any autobiography I happened to pick up. I don't have any particular author at this time as I love to read about people and their lives written in their own hand.
I was in my 20's a big Stephen King reader.