Volunteering in the Haliburton Highlands provides an incredible opportunity to meet wonderful people, be involved in many exciting projects and acquire a broad range of knowledge about the community. 

I've had many tremendous experiences with some pretty fine folk helping to make our community better. 

 

I've been a founding board member of:

  • Highlands Media Arts (now Sticks and Stones Productions);

  • Canoe FM; and

  • The Friends of St. Stephen’s Church.

 

Preserving local history is my passion, and my involvement in local heritage includes:

  • Creating and developing the Stanhope Museum at the request of Stanhope Council. This included moving a building, learning museology, committee and policy development, cataloguing artifacts, developing and mounting exhibits, outreach, marketing, research, photography and so much more!

  • Creating Stanhope Heritage Day;

  • Developing, researching and writing  the Stanhope Heritage Driving Tour; and

  • Developing, managing and championing the restoration of the  Hawk Lake Log Chute.

 

Other committee and board involvement includes:

 

  • Stanhope Station 80 Support Crew (taking refreshments to firefighters on long calls);

  • Community Care, Haliburton;

  • Haliburton Highlands Trails & Tours Network (multiple committees, events and positions);

  • County of Haliburton Economic Diversification Committee; 

  • U-LINKS Centre for Community Based Education;

  • Stanhope Recreation Committee;

  • Stanhope Waste Management Committee;

  • Haliburton Highlands Literacy Program; 

  • Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce; and

  • Stanhope Fun Day Committee

 

  • I was also a staff member and then multi-year freelance writer/photographer for The Times, Minden (now the Minden Times)

 

Awards

 

  • Community Heritage Recognition Program – Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1996 

  • Stanhope Citizen of the Year, 1998 (for starting the Stanhope Museum)

  • Highlander of the Year, 2005  (for the Hawk Lake Log Chute restoration)

Community Involvement

“Thanks for the incredible amount of commitment, energy and creative thinking you provide for this County.” - Jim Blake

Photos (c) Carol Moffatt

Opening Stanhope Museum

Stanhope Heritage Day

Opening Hawk Lake Log Chute