Our mission is Preserving and Enhancing our Lake Community. Much of our focus is on environmental issues, with an aim of maintaining or improving our natural environment and the overall quality of life on our lakes. We are organized to support five different strategies:
Membership, Education, Lake Stewardship, Communication and Social Programs.
History of the HHLPOA
On August 24th, 1946 there was a meeting to organize a cottagers’ association at Halls Lake. Much has been accomplished since then. 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of HHLPOA.
Annual General Meeting
Conducting an Annual General Meeting to provide members with up to date information regarding current issues, financial information and Board business. See our Events page for more details on this year’s AGM. Minutes from previous AGM meetings are posted here.
As part of our goal to enhance the connections to each other through fun events, there are opportunities planned for that purpose:
You don’t need to be a member of HHLPOA to receive our periodic newsletter that will help to keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in the Halls Hawk Lakes area. There is also a Facebook group as well as an Instagram account, at the bottom of this page.
Our goal is to establish a positive working relationship with various government agencies and to co-sponsor various projects. Examples include shoreline rejuvenation at Elvin Johnson Park which happened over two years in partnership with Watershed Canada and the Township of Algonquin Highlands. Trent University has also partnered with HHLPOA on Benthic -Aquatic Lake Health testing on Halls Lake.
We work with and support a number of other groups as well as participating in various stewardship workshops. We are also prepared to take political stands, if the situation warrants. Membership fees and voluntary time are also given to these organizations.
Our Board consists of a group of people who care deeply about our lakes. Our Board meets on a monthly basis via conference call and face-to-face meetings. Brief bios and information are available on our Directors page
If you are not already a member, please consider joining our Association. Click here to join the association or manage your membership
2021: HHLPOA’s 75th anniversary
The organization has a long history of working for our community. Here are some of the things the Association has done over the years:
- Monitoring and advocating reasonable lake levels with the Trent Severn Waterway, including participating at public meetings, submitting written materials as early as 1949
- Submitting an engineering formula regarding the water levels and more recently, supporting the Coalition for Equitable Water Flow (CEWF), a group established (2006) to work with the TSW on a more equitable solution
- Organizing annual regattas (in the 1950’s)
- Working with the Haliburton Fish Hatchery to establish fish spawning areas
- Researching the feasibility of individually purchasing Road Allowances (1972)
- Establishing an accurate property numbering system with related maps which were used by municipal governments and emergency response organizations
- Compiling statistics related to over use of camping areas and promoting what has now become the Land Use Model for recreational lands within the Halls and Hawk watersheds
- Researching and creating a Lake Plan based on resident participation, which outlined quality of life goals, objectives and action plans
- Establishing educational programs including “Logging on the Hawks” and Summer Symposiums
- Conducting fundraising events, for example to assist with the purchase of a fire boat for our lakes
Heres what has been done in the last few years.
- Support for Haliburton County tree preservation Bylaw (2013).
- Elvin Johnson Park (Halls Lake), shoreline restoration projects.
- Healthy Waters Eco seminar for Kids.
- “Shoreline and Septic systems” presentations.
- “Natural Shorelines” presentation by Professor Barbara Elliot.
- Septic pump out cost sharing for water access properties.
- “Lake Partner Program”, annual water quality sampling.
- “Love Your Lake” shoreline property evaluations.
- Beech Tree disease presentation and “Beech Bark” publication.
- “Native Plants” presentation.
- Shoreline rehabilitation assessments and native plant sale.
- “Green Up Day”, trash removal from our roads and parks.
- Abandoned docks removal.
- “Bird Life in the Highlands” seminar.
- Benthic bio monitoring Halls Lake
- New communication tools to broadcast our programs.
- Involved in shaping the draft Haliburton County Shoreline Bylaw.
Board Of Directors
Your board is made up of a group of dedicated volunteers. At present, the HHLPOA board is:
Peter E. Dadzis, President
Big 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.
Mo Jansons, Vice President
Little 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.
Graham Mino, Treasurer
Halls Lake –
I spent summers at the cottage with my family. My mother, grandmother and two sisters, my great-grandmother (who passed away at the cottage), would spent days running around, walking to Buttermilk Falls, not getting out of the water, and nights playing cards, cribbage, board games…My father, like other fathers, would come up on weekends and stay for a few extra days here and appreciate. My parent’s friends and families would often come up for weekends and the place would be crowded with people sleeping everywhere, a good time always seemed to be had by all.
We have rebuilt the cottage after a fire a few years ago and enjoy life more than ever here at the lake.
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, have spent time on the Charlotte Vermont Land Trust and presently I am on the Board of Directors for 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
Little 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 where I later worked 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 retired in 2016 after 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), my 2 grown adult children and 3 grandchildren we are now able to spend as much time as possible up here from April to October as well as back up snowmobiling in the winter. I am very concerned about our pristine lakes staying as clean and wonderful as they are for my kids and 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, Secretary
Big 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
Big Hawk Lake – I fell in love with Big Hawk Lake shortly after I met my husband, John Logan in 1980. John had purchased the old “Government House” that stands by the landing, in 1973. I quickly fell in love with that old house too. John passed away in 2015 and I want to honour his legacy by becoming more involved and continuing to work on the concerns that we have always had, i.e. water levels and water quality, shoreline maintenance and all the good stuff about the environment at Big Hawk that makes our lake special. You will often see me out in my kayak with the dog or walking to the Log Chute. I retired as an elementary school principal in 2014 and now, among other tasks am interested in collecting the stories of our lakes.
Will L’Heureux, Director
Halls Lake – I 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.
Sam Perri, Director
Halls Lake – 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.
D’Arcy LeNeveu, Director
Little Hawk Lake – Born and raised in Ottawa, I enjoyed summers at my family’s cottage in Norway Bay, Quebec. I was introduced to the wonders of Little Hawk Lake in 1986 by my spouse, Mary Chrow. Mary’s grand-parents, Max and Letty, purchased Big Hawk Lake property from the Crown in the 1940s, and her parents, Anne and Bert, raised their family on Little Hawk Lake. Mary and I bought our cottage in 1991, and along with our three children, we have cherished the long history and beauty of the lakes. We live in Chicago, and I work in structured finance. Blessed with fond memories and years of enjoyment at the lake, I am committed to assisting the Association in its efforts to protect these pristine lakes and preserve their heritage and unique qualities.
Lindsay Day , Director
Little Hawk Lake – In the summer of 2019 I realized a long-time dream of having a cottage when my friend Marc and I purchased a place on Little Hawk Lake. Having lived in Bancroft and Peterborough over the years, I was familiar with the area and knew enough to know I would love it. I have a background in health and science communications and a MSc. in Epidemiology. These days I work at a philanthropic foundation based in Toronto that has led the development of a web-based software application for sharing water quality data (DataStream.org). In this role I have the privilege of working with watershed groups, Indigenous communities, governments and researchers across the country that are involved in monitoring our rivers and lakes. I’m looking forward to contributing to our Association to help protect the beautiful waters we share here.
Directors are responsible to:
- Attend and actively participate in monthly meetings either by conference call or in person (located at a Board member’s residence); meetings are generally 2 to 2.5 hours long; continuous absence in meetings could result in a request to step down from the position
- Attend the AGM in person
- Act as an ambassador for the HHLPOA
- Commit to a minimum of 8-10 hours /month, not necessarily evenly distributed throughout the year
- Assist with the recruitment of members
- Assist with the recruitment of volunteers
- Provide oversight of volunteers for projects or initiatives they are responsible for; additional information and responsibilities regarding volunteers is currently under development
- Take ownership for developing and implementing programs and initiatives
- Participate in the preparation of the annual program by developing project proposals for the Board which include:
• proposal description
• financial requirements
• resourcing requirements
• advertising/marketing requirements
- Directors demonstrate the following characteristics and skills:
• they are passionate about our lakes and our community
• their beliefs are in alignment with the Association’s goals, and in particular our Lake Plan (available on our website)
• they are prepared to schedule time to chip in when arms & legs are needed
• they have leadership and organizational skills
• mostly, they are prepared to roll up their sleeves and work with a great team
The HHLPOA updated its constitution in 2019. The approved version is below:
Approved minutes from our most recent annual general meetings are posted below. If you are interested in the planned agenda for our next AGM or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org