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Mayor and Council Contact Information & Biographies

Hastings Highlands Council

2018-2022 Hastings Highlands Council
From Left to Right: Councillor Alex Walder, Councillor Nancy Matheson, Councillor Keith Buck (Appointed August 11, 2021), Mayor Tracy Hagar (Appointed May 19, 2021), Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, Councillor Tammy Davis and
Deputy Mayor Dorothy Gerrow (Appointed June 16, 2021).

Tracy Hagar, Mayor

I was born and raised in Fonthill, a small town in Southern Ontario.  I met my husband when we were both 19 years old and just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  We have 4 children, 2 girls, Nikki and Rikki-anne, 2 boys, Frank and Jesse, we also have 2 grand kids, Isaiah and Alanah, we are very proud of them all.  Frank and I moved here 20 years ago, we had never been here before, but knew when we entered Maynooth that it was going to be our home and where we were going to raise our children.  We both love the outdoors and enjoy fishing and 4-wheeling whenever we get the time.  I also take advantage of walking most mornings and can often be seen strolling through Maynooth before I get myself ready for work.  I immediately got involved with volunteering in the area as soon as we moved here, and also started working locally giving me the pleasure to get to know a lot of people.  Having worked in the community for all these years I feel I have had great opportunity to chat with most people from our area and hear their concerns.  4 years ago with the support of my husband and kids I decided to open my own business, Foxfire, a gallery, gift and antique store in Maynooth.  This gives me the opportunity to meet new folks that come to our area to live and the chance to get to know them.  I am currently involved in several local organizations, ladies auxiliary at the Army Navy and Air Force, Maynooth and Area Food Bank, Maynooth and Area Business Association, the Maynooth Madness Committee and the Maynooth Mud Dawgs Committee.  The last 2 of these bring great entertainment to our town on labour day weekend annually. 

I am certain with all this experience I will bring a unique new progressive voice to council and I look forward to having the opportunity to work together with the ratepayers of Hastings Highlands and Council to make our Municipality the place to live, work and play.

I can be reached any time at (613) 334-7421 cell or email me at [email protected]

Dorothy Gerrow, Deputy Mayor

I was born in Port Perry, Ontario and raised in Utica, a village west of Port Perry.  I was seasonally raised in Haliburton from infancy through my teen years.  Married for over 40 years with 3 children, 5 grandchildren and expecting another grandchild in April 2019.  I enjoy auto racing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting, music, gardening.

I am a retired legal assistant after almost 30 years in the business, specializing in Estate work along with other areas of law including legal bookkeeping. I was self-employed for 11 of those years as a freelance legal assistant working on-site and remotely.  Over the years I have worked as a Patient Advocate under the Mental Health Act, worked in hospitals, factories, restaurants and stores.  I have a Market Gardening business and attend regularly at the Maynooth Farmer’s Market as a vendor.

My interest in Council started in early 2015 and I attended approximately 62 Council Meetings over that period as a concerned rate payer and eventually considered it training for the future. 
I was appointed to Council May 30, 2018 to fill a vacancy but had already filed my nomination papers to run for Council. This was my first time running in an election and I opted to campaign door to door and while I didn’t meet everyone, I met some great people and got a better understanding of just how beautiful our municipality is. It is my ultimate goal to continue to advocate for the rate payers of this municipality financially and socially and to pursue transparency and accountability for all of us.  Thank you for putting your trust in me and please contact me any time to discuss ideas for the municipality or concerns you may have.  I am always willing to listen.

Cell: 705-340-1075
(try cell # first)
Home: 613-338-5405
[email protected] 

Tony Fitzgerald, Councillor

I am a lifelong resident of Hastings Highlands, living in Greenview on the family farm where I was raised. Together with Judy, my wife of over 30 years, we still run the farm as a cow / calf operation to raise natural grass fed Simmental beef. For many years I was a volunteer firefighter with the Monteagle Station and I coached minor hockey for almost 20 years in Bancroft. I enjoy music as a member of The Merry Micks and have been very active in raising funds for various charities, such as The Maynooth and Area Food Bank. I enjoy playing hockey, golf, canoeing and camping. I recently retired after 30 years of teaching elementary school in Bancroft, and now have opportunity to visit our four children and four grandchildren more often.

I am looking forward to the challenges of the next four years on council. I work well with others and will always be prepared for meetings and discussions at council. I believe that together we can make realistic, affordable and wise decisions for a sustainable and productive future for all the residents of Hastings Highlands.

I was elected to represent all ratepayers, both permanent and seasonal, so please feel free to contact me by phone at 613-338-3092 or by email at [email protected]

Nancy Matheson, Councillor

Councillor Matheson Photo

I am very excited to be able to continue to serve all of the residents of Hastings Highlands once again. I have served two years by appointment, and this is my second term elected.

I was raised in Toronto and attended Humber College, where I received my Business Management Diploma.

Following school, I worked for the federal government in various departments, including Citizenship Registration, Immigration and Canada Post.  We moved to Birds Creek in 1995 as owner/operators of Matheson’s Country Store for a period of 12 years.  Currently, I am employed as Activation Coordinator at the Riverstone Residence.

My husband Jack and I have been married over 38 years, and have 2 children, Ashley who currently resides in Peterborough with her husband Andrew, and Wayne who also lives in Peterborough with his partner Shalin, and our 3 grandchildren.

I am currently the council representative for the Maynooth and Hastings Highlands Business Association Committee, member of Committee of Adjustment, and member of the Economic Development Champions  Group. I was also the founder and committee chair of the Honorarium Committee, which transformed the gym into a “multi purpose centre” (thanks to the unprecedented donation of former Mayor Emond, of just under  $100,000).  Deputy Mayor Hagar and myself, were successful in attaining a seniors grant, and hosted Hastings Highlands first Seniors Expo. In the past, I have served as board member/fundraiser for the Bancroft Skating Club, Transition House (women’s shelter) and HART.

I look forward to both the challenges and accomplishments over the next 4 years, moving our municipality forward in a proactive and responsible manner.

[email protected]

Tammy Davis, Councillor

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Alex Walder, Councillor

My wife Linda and I were visitors to the Maynooth area since 1973, some 25 years prior to 1998 when we purchased our property which the family has named “Walder’s Woods”. Since then and over the subsequent 8 years, we designed and built our dream house with the help of local trades and suppliers. In the spring of 2006, two weeks after my last day as Principal in a Toronto High School, we moved to our new home in the beautiful hills of Hastings Highlands.

Linda and I have been married for over 50 years. We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Our son has made a wonderful life for himself, his wife and 3 children on their own land near us.  Our daughter, a successful small business owner, lives in the GTA with our two other grandchildren.

I was born in Hungary, arrived in Canada at the age of 11, unable to speak English. But I learned quickly. The most important thing I learned was “how to learn”. Learning is an activity that I have done all my life and God willing, will continue to do. I have not abandoned my roots, I am fully bilingual (English and Hungarian). I read, write in both and translate from one to the other mainly so that my children and grandchildren will know and appreciate my side of their heritage.

My professional career as Teacher, Math & Sci. Dept. Head, York University Adjunct Professor and Principal spanned more than 40 years. For over 20 years, in addition to my “day job”, I was the Chairman, Treasurer and a Director of corporations with budgets, balance sheets and total worth into seven figures. I quickly learned and became and very good at working with staff and at understanding corporate budgeting, financial reports and documents.

I am a team player, a team builder and one who on occasions has had opportunities to be a team leader. My academic qualifications, my wide ranging professional career, my varied personal interests and my continued desire to listen and learn are the pillars of my information based decision making style. I have been a truck driver, an educator, corporate director, president and treasurer. I have pursued interests in mechanics, building, cooking/baking, history, writing/translating, community activism. I am a loyal and trusted friend and colleague and when occasion calls, a passionate formidable adversary. But I am most happy being a husband, father and grandfather.  

I enjoy face-to-face contact and maintain accessibility by phone and on line.

Call me at home: 613 338 0028 or at the office: 613 338 2811

Send me an e-mail message to:  [email protected]

Be sure to visit my web site where you will find my monthly reports updated on the last day of each month.

Keith Buck, Councillor

Born in Renfrew County, I spent my early years at RCAF Base Foymount.

For more than a decade my wife Donna and I have called Hastings Highlands home. Married for over 43 years, we came here to enjoy the tall trees and rolling hills and to rejuvenate an old farm. Over the years our four sons and their wives and now, four granddaughters, have come to the farm to relax, have fun and pick a few weeds in the gardens.

I have a degree in fine arts … and for over thirty-five years I worked in communications in one capacity or another. Before retiring to beautiful Monteagle Valley, I had worked in broadcasting as an Executive Producer / Producer developing television content.

At home in Hastings Highlands, I have been active in many community efforts which include: council meetings and events, the Disaster Relief Committee, the First Impressions Community Exchange Program (FICE), the Business Retention and Expansion Program (BR+E), and one of my and Donna’s favorites, The Maynooth Garlic Festival, which we created in association with the Bancroft Area Stewardship Council (BASC). Currently, I am the Co-Vice Chair of BASC.

I am looking forward to this exciting new chapter of my life. In particular, I look forward to serving our community. Should you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to call me at home, (613) 338-3283.

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