L to R - Brandon Koebel, Harold Fleet, Selwyn Hicks, Sue Paterson, Steve Fitzsimmons, Warren Dickert, Dave Hocking
Residents of Hanover elected the current Town Council, consisting a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and five Councillors, to a four year governance term (December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022). The Mayor and Deputy Mayor 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!
- Police Services Board
- Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority
- Westario Power Board of Directors
- Grey County Council
- Grey Bruce Board of Health
Mayor Sue Paterson entered municipal government as a councillor for the Town of Hanover in 2003 and was elected Mayor of Hanover in 2014 and 2018. After a sixteen year career at P & H Foods in administration, with her last position of export logistics coordinator being the highlight, Sue accepted the position of fundraising coordinator for the Hanover & District Hospital Foundation in 2002. Sue has achieved the personal and professional competency credential of a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She retired from fund raising in 2017, but still has a soft spot for charities and community causes. Sue has a strong affiliation with the Royal Canadian Legion and has held many offices including President of the Hanover Legion and Zone C-3 Poppy Chair – a connection developed through her father, a World War II veteran. Sue has called Hanover her home for over 50 years. Sue loves Hanover and its lifestyle. If she is not in the town office you can always find her and Marco Polo, her canine companion, walking the trails or strolling the streets of Hanover.
Selwyn J. Hicks
- Launch Pad Board of Directors
- Police Services Board
- Deputy Warden - Grey County Council
Deputy Mayor Selwyn “Buck” Hicks is currently serving his fourth term on Hanover Council. First elected in 2006, he served two terms (8 years) as a Councillor before his election as Deputy Mayor in 2014. Buck is a former Social Worker. He is currently a Barrister & Solicitor with Hicks & Hicks Professional Corporation – a law firm he owns with his wife Barbara - with offices in Hanover and Walkerton. In December 2018, Buck was elected to the position of Warden for the County of Grey for 2019. Buck and Barbara have four children (Selwyn IV (21), Rylee (16), Connor (12) and Chloe (10)).
- Age-Friendly Advisory Committee
- Hanover-Walkerton Waste Management Committee
- Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART)
Councillor Warren Dickert is retired from a 37 year career in the natural gas industry. His career there has given him experience in leadership roles, budget planning and compliance, sales, human resources and municipal relations. He also has significant experience within the community serving as Chair of the Hanover Police Services Board, member of Hanover and District Hospital Board, member of the Planning Advisory Committee as well as numerous other volunteer roles in the Hanover area.
- Hanover Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society
- Hanover Raceway Committee
- Public Library Board
Councillor Steve Fitzsimmons was first elected in 2014 and is currently serving his 2nd term on Hanover Council. He has a strong background of volunteering his time in Hanover. It includes a 12-year stint on the board of directors of Hanover Minor Hockey, starting as a very successful fundraising chair of the organization and culminating as their president from 2011-2014. He also found time to coach his son’s minor hockey team for three seasons. Steve also had a long association with Heroes for Hope, formerly known as Cops for Cancer, being the emcee of their event from 2008-2016 and a board member and fundraising member for many of those years as well. Steve has been the Rogers TV Play-by-Play Voice of the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm since 2001. He has also shared his talents with the local audience of Wightman TV, as a co-host of a popular Hockey Talk show. Steve has worked at Hallman Motors for the past 8 years as a Sales Representative. He is happily married to his wife Dawn and has two sons, Quintin, 19 and Liam, 16.
- Board of Management Downtown Improvement Area
- Cemetery Board
- Heritage Advisory Committee
- Planning Advisory Committee
Councillor Harold Fleet is serving his first term as Councillor. Born and raised in Hanover, Harold has lived and worked here his whole life. Harold and his wife Heather have been married for 42 years and feel very fortunate to live in a community that offers so much. Harold has always been actively involved in his community over the years, through various sports teams, as well as volunteering. He has served on a number of Town committees, most recently the Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee and the Planning Advisory Committee. He was on the building committee for the P&H Center. Harold was a Director with Community Living Hanover for 10 years, and is a member of the Hanover Legion Br. 130. Harold has always been passionate about his community and can be seen attending many town events. He was honored to be elected, and looks forward to working with the new council and staff members over the next four years.
- Community Improvement Partnership
- Economic Development Committee
- Saugeen Municipal Airport Commission
Councillor Dave Hocking is married to his wife Lorna and has a daughter Stephanie and two granddaughters Ashley and Taylor. Dave is a proud Hanoverian who was born and raised in Hanover and attended James A Magee Elementary School and Hanover and District High School. Dave has a Honours BSc from University of Guelph and teaching certificate from Althouse College of Education in London Dave’s teaching career spanned over 31 years and he retired as principal of JDSS After retirement Dave got his licence to trade in real real estate and worked for Royal Lepage RCR Realty for another 12 years. Dave served 4 terms on Town Council from 1985 to 1993. During that tenure he was fundraising chair for the construction of the Aquatic Centre and served as council representative on the Hanover Recreation Board and Library Board. Dave was a director on the Hanover and District Hospital Board for 10 years having served as chair of the board for 3 years During that time Dave served as fundraising chair for the construction of the medical clinic. A high point for Dave was the outpouring of support for the CT scanner at the community rally at the Legion. Currently Dave is member of the Hanover and District Probus Club, steering committee member on the cultural plan process, a member of the Hanover Economic Development Committee, a director on the Grey Bruce Habitat for Humanity and a member on the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation. Dave is looking forward to his return to town council with enthusiasm and looks forward to working with the new council, the staff and community volunteer to collectively build on the accomplishments of previous councils. Dave considers it a great honour to serve the people of Hanover once again.
- Committee of Adjustment / Property Standards Committee
- Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee
Councillor Brandon Koebel has a true love for the Town of Hanover. He was raised just outside of Town, and worked for the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department for nearly a decade. Brandon returned to Hanover in 2015 after attending Trent University and Queen’s University where he obtained both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degree. He is currently finishing his Master of Education Degree focusing on Education Technology and Leadership through the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Brandon is a Secondary Math Teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton where he is actively involved as an Advisor for both Student Council and Yearbook. With an interest in healthcare and governance, Brandon served as a Governor and Vice-Chair for the Hanover and District Hospital Board of Governors from 2015 - 2018. Brandon looks forward to serving the residents of Hanover during his first term on Council.