Monday October 15, 2018

Meet Your Directors

Our Board consists of a group of people who care deeply about our lakes. They include:

Peter E. Dadzis, President

Peter_DBig Hawk Lake – My first experience with Big Hawk Lake was in the mid 1970s when my future wife, Rita, invited me to their family cottage for a weekend. It was love at first sight. The clean air, the clean, cool deep waters, the fantastic Canadian Shield shore line, the wildlife and the endless Group of Seven images were everywhere you turned. We purchased the property in 1988. It has been the best decision that we have made. Our Big Hawk Lake cottage has been our anchor to all the best of what Canada has to offer. We have lived and worked in many countries in the world and every summer, Rita and our sons, would come back from whatever country we were living in to enjoy the lake environment. I was fortunate to join them for three weeks or so to renew my spirits and energy. While I was lucky to live and work in the world during my career there is no place as dear to my heart as Big Hawk Lake. Now that my professional career is over, it is time to give back to something that is very important to me – the protection and promotion of the exceptional natural environment of our lakes.

 Jon Williams, Treasurer

Little Hawk Lake -Born and raised  in St Catharines.  Queen’s University Hon B Commerce 1982. Chartered Accountant 1985.  Now lives in Toronto with Ann & 3 boys aged 20, 21 & 23.   Haliburton area vacationer with parents from 1 year old on Mountain Lake at Fairfield Bay cottages. Commenced enjoying Little Hawk Lake in 1982 visiting Ann.  Enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing & gardening.

Mo Jansons, Vice President

MoJansonsLittle Hawk Lake – I and my wife Con built our cottage on Little Hawk Lake in 1995, on land that has been in Con’s family since the 1940’s. We are both newly retired, I completing a career in banking and Con in teaching.

Having retired in 2013 from a business career, we now have the opportunity to fully enjoy the lakes.  Our grandkids are now the fifth generation on the lake.  The Association is a fantastic way for neighbours to work together to preserve the natural wonder of our land and waterways.  

Full time residence is in Burlington, Ontario, where we are both getting used to being retired and grandparents. I have previously been on the Scholarship Board of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, Canadian Insurance Accountants Association, various senior committees and task forces of the Canadian Payments Association and spent many years on the Canadian Ski Patrol.

Rita Dadzis, Secretary

Rita_DBig Hawk Lake – My husband Peter and I bought our cottage on Big Hawk Lake from my stepfather, Mervyn Holt in 1988. Mervyn had bought the land from the Crown in the late 1940′s and built a solid cottage that forms, even after renovations, the core of our cottage today. While I came up to the cottage intermittently as a teenager, I didn’t really appreciate it until after our sons, Eddy and Alex were born and then it became an important home base. After having lived around the world in many countries, Big Hawk Lake remains the best place on earth!

Curt Alpeter, Director

Little Hawk Lake – I am a third-generation Little Hawk Laker. My grandfather and grandmother, Art and Verna, purchased our island, Hawk Isle, in 1946. Along with my 2 brothers, we have now taken over ownership and caretaking from my father Dave who is coming up on his 75th year on the lake. Little Hawk has been our family gathering spot for decades and is my most favorite place. Although I live and work in Vermont, my wife and I make numerous trips north every year with our 2 children to enjoy the Highlands and pass on the gift of being outdoors in such a special place. I have spent the majority of my career with two software and internet companies but gave up the stability of a corporate job to help start a company; Runamok Maple, a specialty maple products company based in Vermont. I am an avid environmentalist and have spent time on the Charlotte Vermont Land Trust and presently I am Board Chair of Audubon Vermont. The HHLPOA is the perfect opportunity for me to give back to a place that has given me so much and to help protect and conserve the Halls and Hawk Lake area for future generations.

Ken Comrie, Director

Ken ComrieLittle Hawk Lake – Although my family never had a cottage, from the age of 3 our family summer vacations were spent at a Lodge on Sparrow Lake and then I worked there for 2 summers when 15 & 16 as the gas dock attendant spending long summer days dreaming of owning a cottage someday. My dream came true when we found and bought our cottage in 1997 and have been fixing it up ever since. I just retired last year from 40 years at Blue Mountain Resorts, as Manager of Operations, Sales and Technical Services, also responsible for Managing Bombardier/Prinoth Grooming Vehicle Sales, Parts and Service. So with my partner Lynn (a retired Teacher) we are now able to spend as much time as possible up here from April to October as well as back snowmobiling in the winter. With 2 grown adult children and 2 grandchildren I am very concerned about our pristine lakes staying as clean and wonderful as they are for future generations. I am honored to be on the board to help our association where I can to have a strong active voice in the community with hopefully more members getting involved in protecting what we have.

Shelley Fellows, Director

Fellows - ShelleyBig Hawk Lake – My husband, Ross Rawlings, & I have spent part of every summer at Big Hawk    Lake since 2002 and purchased a cottage in 2008.   We treasure our time on the lake and love to introduce new visitors to the joy of a late night swim, picnics at the Crab, tranquil morning coffee time on the dock and stories around a beach bonfire in the fall.    Much of my community involvement focuses on skills development, entrepreneurship and women in the workforce.   Our home is in Essex, Ontario.

 Joan Hamilton, Director

 Joan in KayakI fell in love with Big Hawk Lake shortly after I met my husband, John Logan in 1980. John purchased the old “Government House” in 1973 so he had a head start on fixing up the grand old place that stands at the end of lake by the bridge. John was a long time member of HHLPOA and rarely missed an annual meeting. His death in 2015 was directly linked to fixing up the Government House. Little did we know the insulation poured into the walls had asbestos in it. His cancer, mesothelioma, is a very deadly cancer. He died before we were able to enjoy retirement together at Big Hawk. I want to honour his legacy by becoming more involved and continuing with the concerns that we have always had, i.e., water quality and shoreline maintenance. This would also mean helping to involve more cottagers as new members. I believe that the association has done good work, especially in the last few years and there is always strength in numbers. A bit more about me. Like John I was a long time educator. The last two decades of my career were as an elementary principal. I retired when John was sick in 2014.I don’t believe in doing things as we always have done them. I opened the first year-round school in our region. I am always looking for ways to improve and sometimes in innovative ways.  I continue to mentor young leaders and also hope to volunteer my time in other ways in the education and health care system. Yet I am also committed to learning more about HHLPOA and helping there too.

Will L’Heureux, Director

 IMG_4134I have never known life without Hall’s Lake. My family cottage was built by my Great Grandfather in the 30’s and is today shared across 3 branches of my family. I have taken over as the de-facto custodian from my late grandfather Dr. Button. It is rare for me to miss an opportunity to come up to the cottage and this truly is my favorite place in the world to be. I feel honored to have a chance to give back to the place that I hold so dear. I own my own contracting company so am busy most of the time but I hope to be of assistance to the community both with my expertise as a builder and as a voice on the committee. Hall’s Lake water runs through my veins and a part of me will always be up here.

Matty Burns, Director

Little Hawk Lake – He is extremely thrilled to have recently achieved a lifelong goal: buying a cottage on Little Hawk Lake. Matty has been coming to the Hawk Lakes since he was a baby. His father was the Camp Doctor at Kawabi, and he was the resident cute toddler. As an older kid, he also attended the Camp and has many fond memories of growing up on Big Hawk Lake. As the Nephew to Dean & Marie Carrotte, Jeff & Lynn Quigg, and Brother to Sarah Burns & her husband Greg Bathe, all Cottage owners now on the Lakes, the family are everywhere! That is why it was so important to him to have his own little slice of heaven and begin building his own traditions, memories, and family for years to come in his happy place. As a young cottage owner, and someone who truly wants to get involved in the community, Matty can think of no better way than joining the Board to soak up as much knowledge as possible to pass on to others new to the lake and those yet to come. His goals would be to help protect and preserve our paradise, educate the current and future caretakers of our lakes on important issues that affect our community, and use his social media, marketing, and artistic skills to share the rich history of our lakes, issues that need addressing, and bring together our community in new, and innovative ways through the amazing stories and history we all share.

Sam Perri, Director

As a child I fondly remember my school camping trips to Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park. In early 2016 when my wife and I were searching for a cottage we happened to come across this property on Halls Lake. As soon as we got out of the car, we both looked at each other and knew it was the one. Since the summer of 2016 we have been making memories at our small piece of paradise. We feel very blessed to have found a precious place where we can escape the reality of everyday life and reconnect to the beauty of our lakes.