Lynda Taylor-Basilij

Lynda Taylor-Basilij - President

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Lynda and her husband Bob came to Hanover 33 years ago. They have loved their adopted community ever since. Lynda spend most of her years as an educator with the Bluewater Board of Education, and raising 3 kids. Now released from most deadlines and duties, she is free to enjoy skiing, travel, the family cottage and spending time in her children's homes! 

Joel Cote

Joel Côté - Past President

Joel arrived in Hanover in 1986 to begin a teaching career with the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board. Along with his wife of 33 years, they both retired from teaching in 2015. Together they have two adult children. Josh is serving full time in the Canadian Armed Forces and our daughter Rebecca is a nurse at the The Hospital for Sick Children. Joel and his wife are actively involved in the community. In addition to being members of the PROBUS Club, they also help out at Light on Main, Meals on Wheels, and Operation Christmas Child.




Jeannette Wilken - First Vice President

Jeannette (Ahrens) Wilken was born and raised in the Hanover area. She graduated from College in 1971 and married her husband John in 1972. They lived and worked in Hanover raising their two daughters and she taught elementary school at James A Magee Community School, retiring in 2004. Jeannette has fulfilled various leadership roles including Literacy Consultant with the BWDSB, member on her church board and is involved with the Patient Family Advisory Committee for HDH. She volunteers her time as a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and Hanover Heights Community School. Jeannette enjoys spending as much quality time as possible with her 3 grandchildren.


Helen Peppler - Second Vice President & Hospitality Co-Chair

Helen grew up in the former Bentinck Township, now part of West Grey on the Hastie family farm settled in 1854. She has just retired from Bruce Power after being on site for 29 years, but prior to that worked in Hanover at New Life Mills and at two Accounting firms.
Retirement is allowing time to work on the family trees, experiment in the kitchen and wood fired oven, read, and spend time with her granddaughters.


Jan Stocovaz - Secretary

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Jan moved to Hanover to start her teaching career and stayed.  Jan loved teaching, primarily physical education, and coaching, particularly volleyball. Retired now, Jan’s three children and grandchildren keep her busy and loving life.


Judy Turnbull - Treasurer

Judy was born and raised in Walkerton. She has two children and is blessed to have six grandchildren between the ages of 15 and 21 years of age. After working for 20 years in the office of Community Care Access Centre, she retired in 2007. Judy's new dachshund puppy, Sophie, is great company and keeps her very active.

In addition to her new appointment as Treasurer, Judy also keeps busy as Secretary at St. Thomas Anglican Church and assists her 92 year old Mother who still lives in her own condo.

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Joan Ferguson - Membership Chair

Joan was born and raised in Toronto and after attending the University of Western Ontario, she began her 30 year teaching career. After retirement, she moved from the Alliston area to Hanover and now finds herself busy in with many activities: golf, bridge, attending lecture series, photography, kayaking, walking and volunteering with the St. John’s Dog Therapy program. Her passion however, is travel, and she is always looking for the next travelling adventure.


Loretta Dunn - Communications Chair

Loretta Dunn has lived in Grey Bruce since 2010.   She took early retirement in 2012 after a 32 year career in marketing and communications, most of those years at head office for The Co-operators in Guelph.

She is semi-retired and has worked in a variety of sectors in GB since then - from communications coordinator for SBGHC to special event coordinator with Heart and Stroke. For the past three years she has been working PT as Coordinator of Volunteers with VON Grey Bruce.

Loretta and her husband Dean live in Allan Park Estates (between Hanover and Durham) and share their home with their four legged companions – dogs Murphy and Wilson. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.


Karen Creighton - Program Co-Chair

Karen was born in Hamilton Ontario. She is a proud graduate of Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in London. Karen worked in public health in Etobicoke then the County of Bruce.  She finished her career as an office Nurse. Karen is enjoying the PROBUS club and hopes to contribute in the future. 

Bob Farrow

Bob Farrow - Program Co-Chair

Bob grew up on a farm outside of St. George. He began his career as a Radio Host in Cambridge and then on various radio stations including Brantford, London, and Kitchener. He took a break from radio when he and Karen moved to his family’s farm and he took over the Apple Orchard. After a number of years, he returned to radio where he ended his career hosting a Morning Show with a radio station in Hamilton. As his children lived in British Columbia and Karen’s son lived outside of Durham, they moved to Hanover. He and Karen have lived in Hanover for almost 8 years and have enjoyed getting involved in the community.

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Sheryl Newton - Activity Chair

Sheryl was fortunate enough to retire early 6 years ago. Her career was in finance from everything from payroll clerk to tax collector. She retired from Homewood Health Centre in Guelph; a very interesting and rewarding job. At that time, she and her husband moved back to Walkerton, where they had lived the 1st eleven years of their marriage. It didn't take much to adjust to small town living after many years away. Last fall, they sold their Walkerton home and moved to Hanover.

Sheryl has a son and a daughter, both married and three beautiful grandchildren. She is filled with great pride to go the grandchildren's hockey games or dance recitals.



Pat Brunner - Hospitality Co-Chair

Pat's profile is coming soon.

Karen Farrow

Karen Farrow - Greeter Chair

Karen shares three children and five grandchildren with her husband Bob. Five years ago in November Karen and Bob moved to Hanover and are enjoying the camaraderie of many new friends. Previous to that Karen worked for Union Gas for 25 years managing several departments. She also volunteered at Lisaard House (a Cambridge Hospice) and on the CIBC annual 5K run to end Breast Cancer in the Waterloo Region. She also walked in and completed two 60K weekends to end Breast Cancer, one in Calgary and one in Toronto. Travels have taken Karen and Bob to Vancouver, Alaska, France, Canary Islands, Portugal and most recently to Scandinavia.