Committees

Hanwell currently has eight running committees and one ad-hoc committee that runs from January to May. Several of the committees are comprised of volunteers who live within Hanwell and dedicate the time to meet and discuss the various topics important to these worthwhile committees, usually once a month on a set date to make it easier to schedule. Below you will find a list of committees, members, and statuses.

Our volunteers are very important to us, for they are the voices of our community. Committees meet on a specific day every month or so, and have committed their time, energy and skills to their respective roles – they are vital to the success of these committees.

Please take a moment to peruse the information below, and if you would like to volunteer let us know, we would be happy to have you!

PLANNING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Chair: Darren MacKenzie, Councillor
Vice-Chair: Susan Jonah, Councillor
When: This committee meets when necessary
Members: Various engineers, planning managers and members of the public.
The Planning Management Committee meets when necessary to discuss planning management strategies for the Rural Community of Hanwell.  Status: This Committee is open to volunteers who have a background in planning management strategies and have Hanwell’s best interests in mind.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Chair: Susan Cassidy, Mayor
Vice-Chair: Darren MacKenzie, Councillor
When: This committee meets when necessary
Members: Dave Morrison, Deputy Mayor; Holly Hyslop, Councillor; Melissa Smith, Councillor; Susan Jonah, Councillor; Dan Fortier, Councillor; and Clerk/Treasurer Terri L. Parker
The Finance Committee meets when necessary to discuss financial strategies for the Rural Community of Hanwell.  Status: This Committee is not open to volunteers.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE
Chair: Dave Morrison, Deputy Mayor
Vice-Chair: Darren MacKenzie, Councillor
When: This committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month
Members: Susan Cassidy, Mayor; Sherri Johnston, Administrative Assistant; and members of the public.
The Parks & Recreation Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the Hanwell Recreation Park and Trails, and the various events hosted by the Rural Community (such as socials). Status: This Committee is open to volunteers.

EMERGENCY MEASURES COMMITTEE
Chair: Susan Cassidy, Mayor
Vice-Chair: (Vacant)
When: This committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Members: Terri L. Parker, Clerk/Treasurer; Cindy Hackett, Assistant Clerk; Sherri Johnston, Administrative Assistant; and members of the public.
The Emergency Measures Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The Committee and staff of Hanwell Rural Community work together to ensure the safety of our residents through our Emergency Plan, as well as emergency exercises throughout the year. Status: This Committee is open to volunteers.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Chair: Melissa Smith, Councillor
Vice-Chair: (Vacant)
When: This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month
Members: Susan Cassidy, Mayor; Dan Fortier, Councillor; Cindy Hackett, Assistant Clerk; and members of the public.
The Communications Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss communications strategies for Hanwell Rural Community, as well as information provided to the public through social media, the website, and the Hanwell Herald. This Committee is open to volunteers.

FACILITIES COMMITTEE
Chair: Susan Cassidy, Mayor
Vice-Chair: Darren MacKenzie, Councillor
When: This committee meets when necessary
Members: Dave Morrison, Deputy Mayor; Holly Hyslop, Councillor; Melissa Smith, Councillor; Susan Jonah, Councillor; Dan Fortier, Councillor; and Clerk/Treasurer Terri L. Parker
The Facilities Committee meets as necessary, and oversees the facilities planned in the Capital Budget. Status: This Committee is not open to volunteers.

AGE-FRIENDLY COMMITTEE
Chair: Susan Jonah, Councillor
Vice-Chair: (Vacant)
When: This committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month
Members: Susan Cassidy, Mayor; Dan Fortier, Councillor; Terri L. Parker, Clerk/Treasurer; and members of the public.
The Age-Friendly Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss ongoing strategies of making Hanwell an “age friendly community”. Their focus is mainly residents aged 50 and up, however they include all ages in their discussions. Status: This Committee is open to volunteers.

HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Chair: Melissa Smith, Councillor
Vice-Chair: (Vacant)
When: This committee meets when necessary
Members: Susan Cassidy, Mayor; Dave Morrison, Deputy Mayor; Darren MacKenzie, Councillor; Holly Hyslop, Councillor; Susan Jonah, Councillor; Dan Fortier, Councillor; and Terri L. Parker, Clerk/Treasurer.
The Human Resources Committee meets when necessary to discuss issues related to human resources. Status: This Committee is not open to volunteers.

HANWELL DAYS COMMITTEE (Ad-Hoc)
Chair: Dave Morrison, Deputy Mayor
Vice-Chair: (Vacant)
Members: Members vary year to year.
Hanwell Days committee meets on the first Monday of each month leading up to Hanwell Days (January to May). In the months before Hanwell Days, this committee is a busy one and requires volunteers to make the magic of Hanwell Days happen. Status: This Committee is open to volunteers starting in January.

Do you want to be an integral part of your community? Want to meet other like-minded folks? Why not volunteer? The Parks and Recreation, Emergency Measures, Communications, Age-Friendly, Planning Management, and Hanwell Days committees are looking for YOU.

“There’s no ‘I’ in team, but there’s a ‘U’ in volunteers!”

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