Photo of Woodcarving of Early Stanhope Council

The Council for the Township of Algonquin Highlands is comprised of the Mayor and four Councillors representing three Wards, one of whom is elected by Council to serve as Deputy Mayor. 

The role of Council is noted at the bottom of this page. 

Please feel free to contact your member of Council any time. The 2014-2018 elected officials for Algonquin Highlands are:

Mayor Carol Moffatt


Committee Appointments:
County of Haliburton: Tourism; EMS

Algonquin Highlands: Community Policing Advisory Committee (CPAC) and ex-officio on all municipal committees

Deputy Mayor Liz Danielsen
Councillor Ward 2, Stanhope 

705-489-3907 | Cell: 705-754-5962

Committee Appointments:
County of Haliburton: Finance and Correspondence; Roads; Doctor Recruitment; Joint Accessibilty and Housing; 
Accessibility; Library
Algonquin Highlands: Stanhope Museum; Airport; Committee of Adjustment
External Boards: Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

Councillor Brian Lynch  
Ward 1, Sherborne


Committee Appointments: 
Algonquin Highlands:  Committee of Adjustment; Airport; Oxtongue Lake Community Centre; Environment & Stewardship; Dorset Museum;
External Boards:  Dorset Health Hub; Dorset Community Partnership; Muskoka Watershed Council

Councillor Lisa Barry
Ward 2, Stanhope


Committee Appointments: 
Algonquin Highlands:  Dorset Museum; Stanhope Museum; Dorset Recreation; Environment & Stewardship; Cultural Resources
External Boards: Community Food Assessment

Councillor Marlene Kyle
Ward 3
McClintock, Livingstone, Lawrence & Nightingale


Committee Appointments: 
Algonquin Highlands: Dorset Recreation; Oxtongue Lake Community Centre; Cultural Resources
External Boards: Lake of Bays Economic Development; The Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching Source Protection Authority

The role of Council is to represent the public and to consider the well-being and best interests of the Municipality as a whole, for the long term. 

Council is responsible for developing and evaluating policies and programs for the municipality; evaluating the services which the Municipality provides; and ensuring the maintainance of the financial integrity of the municipality.

Councillors are governors, not managers. They have no involvement in day-to-day operations and don't direct staff. They do, however, make decisions at Council meetings that provide direction to staff through the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), who is the manager of the corporation. Council ensures the administrative policies, practices and procedures of the corporation provide for accountability and transparency.

Councillors make decisons as a group in scheduled, public Council meetings. While the Mayor has additional duties under the Municipal Act, provides leadership, and acts as the Chair of Council meetings, he or she has only one of the votes at the Council table.

The Mayor is elected by voters across the entire municipality. The Deputy Mayor is elected from among Councillors at the first meeting. There are three Wards in Algonquin Highlands: Ward 1 represents Dorset; Ward 2 represents Stanhope and Ward 3 represents McClintock, Livingstone, Lawrence & Nightingale.

Members of Council are appointed to various committees and boards in Algonquin Highlands. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are Algonquin Highlands' representatives on Haliburton County Council and are appointed to committees and boards at that table.

Councillors liaise with community members on a regular basis. Feel free to reach out to your Councillors any time.





Council Code of Conduct