Hanover Council

Hanover Council 2012

Hanover Council

Residents of Hanover elected the current Town Council, consisting of five Councillors, a Deputy Mayor and the Mayor, to a four year governance term (November 2010 to November 2014).  Mayor Kathi Maskell and Deputy Mayor Bob White also represent Hanover on Grey County Council.

Hanover Council functions very cohesively to ensure all members are engaged and truly responsive to our community. Working closely with the Chief Administrative Officer and Department Heads, Council’s priorities are the implementation of the Strategic Plan objectives, quality leadership, community vision and sustainability and local government that Hanover citizens can trust and feel confident in.  Together, we are well positioned to address current and future challenges, while embracing change and opportunities. 

Your future in Hanover has stability, promise and assurance.  It is good for you to be here!

Kathi Maskell – Mayor 
kmaskell@hanover.ca | 519.364.2780 x 230 (B)

Mayor Maskell was born in Toronto but raised from the age of five in Northumberland County where her parents were apple growers and exporters.  She and her four siblings enjoyed their one room schoolhouse and life in rural Ontario. She attended Peterborough Teachers College and later earned her degree from the University of Western Ontario. She and her husband George moved to Hanover in 1965 and they have always considered the move to be one of their best decisions. Kathi believes that their three children have had excellent educational, recreational and social opportunities growing up in Hanover and is pleased that her two granddaughters will have those same advantages. Following her retirement after 34 years as a school teacher she devoted much of her time to volunteer work until running for Council in 2003.  She was acclaimed Mayor in 2006 and again in 2010. Kathi’s vision for Hanover includes a bustling revitalized downtown, good, productive employment opportunities for Hanover residents, and a social and physical environment that will support healthy behavior in all of our youth.

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Bob White - Deputy Mayor
bwhite@hanover.ca | 519.364.1180 (H)

Deputy Mayor Bob White was born in Mt. Dennis, Toronto.  He and his wife Lois moved to Hanover in 1975.  They have three children, Steven, Scott and Stacey and six beautiful granddaughters.  Bob has recently been recognized for 25 years of Municipal Service as Town Councillor, Mayor, and currently as Deputy Mayor for the Town of Hanover.  He presently is Chair of the Hanover Police Services Board, a member of Grey County Council, and sits on the Hanover Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee.  During his political career he has served on the Planning Advisory Board, Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, Hanover, Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society, Parks & Recreation Board, and Chair of the Economic Development Committee.  Deputy Mayor White’s vision for Hanover is to continue to be a caring, vibrant community which accommodates the young, our seniors and those in between.

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Peter Hambly - Councillor
phambly@hanover.ca | 519.364.5058 (H)

Councillor Peter Hambly was born in Toronto but left when he was two, living in smaller Southern Ontario communities, twelve in all. He obtained a degree in mathematics from the University of Western Ontario then worked in financial services for over 40 years, earning the Canadian Investment Management & Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations along the way. Peter was Senior Director & Regional Manager for Meridian Credit Union before retiring in 2013. Peter & his retired spouse Beverly have two married daughters and four grandchildren. They have lived in Hanover for over 28 years. Peter has been active in the community, serving as a Director of Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority for a decade plus various council committees, and previously as President of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, board member of Hanover DIA, treasurer of Hanover Tennis Club, etc. He is an avid reader and tournament bridge player. Peter is currently serving his fourth term on Council and is seeking re-election this fall.

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Selwyn Hicks - Councillor
shicks@hanover.ca | 519.364.1248 (H)

Councillor Selwyn J. Hicks was born in Georgetown, Guyana, S.A. and emigrated to Canada at age nine.  Selwyn was raised in the troubled Jane/Finch community of Toronto.  A graduate of Centennial College’s Social Service Worker program, Selwyn worked as a Social Worker for 13 years before making the decision to return to school and study law.  Selwyn attended the University of Windsor and obtained a law degree (LL.B.) in 2000 and a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) in 2002.  In 1997, Selwyn married Barbara Hicks (nee Caughy) who was born and raised in Hanover.  Selwyn and Barbara (also a lawyer) moved to Hanover in 2003 and established law practices in Hanover and Walkerton.  They have four children (Selwyn IV, Rylee, Connor and Chloe).  Councillor Hicks is serving his second term on Council.  He is an active coach with Hanover Minor Soccer and the Hanover Gymnastics Club.  He is a member of the Board with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hanover & District as well as Bruce Grey Child & Family Services (CAS).  Selwyn is currently serving as a member of the Economic Development Committee, the Saugeen Municipal Airport Commission and the Community Improvement Partnership Committee.  In his spare time, Selwyn enjoys movies, listening to music, dancing and traveling.  Selwyn’s vision for Hanover is that it will be a place where citizens can enjoy both small-town charm and big-city amenities.  He wants Hanover to be a place where you can raise a family, recreate and do business.

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Rick Hopkins – Councillor
rhopkins@hanover.ca | 519.364.4496 (H)

Councillor Rick Hopkins moved to Hanover from Bramalea in1975. He and his wife Debby have two grown children. Councillor Hopkins is the owner of "Rick's Place", a men's barber shop and has been a volunteer fire fighter in Hanover for 18 years.  He was elected to Hanover Town Council for his first term in 1997.  While on Council Mr. Hopkins has served on numerous boards, the most lengthy being on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Police Services Board, which he has been the Chair and Vice Chair.  Councillor Hopkins enjoys playing golf, traveling and has recently taken up yoga.  His vision for Hanover is to maintain a small town feeling, yet provide the services and amenities of a larger urban centre.

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Ed King – Councillor
eking@hanover.ca | 519.364.4690 (H)

Councillor Ed King was born in London Ontario.  Councillor King has spent 25 years in Hanover with his wife Elise and their children Adam, Justine and Anthony. Councillor King has spent 33 years teaching High School.  His interests are in Conflict Resolution Management which he is currently taking at York University.  Councillor King has a strong interest in keeping our youth in this area and providing meaningful employment.  As a first term councillor, Mr. King is learning a lot about keeping a town running smoothly.

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Susan Paterson – Councillor
spaterson@hanover.ca | 519.364.4535 (H)

Councillor Sue Paterson is a lifelong resident of Hanover.  Sue and her husband, Rick Wttewaall love the lifestyle Hanover offers.  Sue is very involved in the community, particularly with the Royal Canadian Legion.  She is a past president of the Hanover Branch and has held two positions at Zone level.  Sue has always enjoyed the challenges of learning new things and has obtained accreditations in fund raising and resource development and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.  She is employed full time as the fundraising coordinator for the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation.  This is Sue’s third term on Council.

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