Photos (c) Carol Moffatt

Community Involvement

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)




  • 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)

Opening Stanhope Museum

Stanhope Heritage Day

Opening Hawk Lake Log Chute

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