Your Council & How to Communicate With Them


Tyendinaga Township Council have a term of four years. 

The 2022 Municipal Election is this fall, visit the Voting Page for more information.

Council Members

rick phillips reeve
Reeve Phillips has been a part of the Township of Tyendinaga Municipal Council for many years now, having spent four years as Councillor before serving the last three terms as Reeve.
“I have resided in the Township for over 60 years. I am married to my lovely wife Cheryl and have been for over 45 years. I have two sons, Mike (Jen) and Tim (Lynn). I have five grandchildren, Sarah, Sam, Sophie, Ellie and Katie.
I am retired from CN Rail and have been a member of the Canadian Legion for over 40 years. I am also a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church located in Roslin.
I am a member of Hastings County Council and am currently serving another term as Warden. I am a Director of Hospice Quinte (Building Committee), a Director of Belleville General Hospital Foundation and a Director of the Children’s Foundation.
My hobbies include playing golf and volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society.”

adam hannafin deputy reeve“My primary reason to run for council was to help the community.  I have enjoyed meeting many new people over the last 4 years and I am looking forward to the next 4 years as Deputy Reeve. I will do my best to represent the Township and the people who live within it.

I grew up in this area and my family originates from Tyendinaga. I love it here, so naturally I married someone local, Kristen Hannafin (nee Whalen). We have 4 beautiful children, all in school. I have worked in Belleville as a Software Designer for the last 16 years and for the last 2 as a business owner.

I am on the Rec Committee and the Emergency Response Group as well as other committees like Canada Day and Family Day.

Feel free to give me a call with negative and/or positive feedback or any ideas that you have, that would help improve our community.”

I have lived in the Township for over 60 years, and am presently retired.

claire kennelly councillor

I have been married to Cathy for 43 years, have 4 children and 6 grandchildren, and reside on South River Road.

I have served 9 years on Tyendinaga Township’s Municipal Council, presently serving in my 4th term. Our family actively takes part in all township functions and activities. Some of my proudest achievements on Council are helping establish the Volunteer Fire Department, organizing the original Canada Day festivities, was an initial promoter of Quinte Recycling, and voted against Municipal Restructuring. I will take a common sense approach when making Township decisions.

don mcfarlane councillor“My wife Lori and I moved back to Tyendinaga Township 17 years ago to live and raise our family. We both grew up in Tyendinaga Township and wanted our kids to have the same experience growing up in a rural community with family and friends.

I ran for Council to help maintain the quality of life that is offered in Tyendinaga Township through all the activities that Municipal Government provides, and to carry out the important responsibilities that are entrusted to us.”

“I have lived, worked and raised my family (3 daughters) here and consider Tyendinaga home. I first came to Tyendinaga when I married my husband Fred Lang. I worked alongside Fred and his family on the farm for 20 years. I also run an independent financial advising company called Cedarlane Financial Consulting and have done that for the past 10 years.

In the past, I have participated in many community activities from youth soccer, adult beach volleyball, Canada Day and am an active member in the Hastings Federation of Agriculture, Shannonville Agricultural Society, Quinte Source Water Protection Committee and several Equestrian groups.”

Communicating with Council

There are a number of ways to communicate with Council, either as a whole or individually. Please review the information below for full details.

The Reeve and Council Members contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.

All correspondence should be addressed to “Reeve and Members of Council” in order to be considered for placement on a Council agenda.

Submissions may be dropped off at the Municipal Office, mailed, faxed or e-mailed. Submissions received before 12:00 Noon on the Thursday prior to a regular Council meeting will be considered for placement on that agenda and will generally appear within the “Correspondence” section.

If you wish to receive a response, please include your complete mailing address with your postal code, phone numbers and email address as part of a covering email or cover page to your submission, in order for staff to contact you.

It is the Township’s practice when emails/letters are received and also circulated/copied to all members of Council by the author, that it not be placed on an upcoming agenda. The purpose of this practice is to eliminate the duplication of items received by members of Council.

Any member of Council may request to have an email/letter they have received, to be placed on an agenda for discussion.

Do not include personal information within the correspondence if you do not wish this information to be published.

Letters containing profanity or submitted anonymously will NOT be circulated or placed on an agenda.

The Township of Tyendinaga collects personal information in your communications to Council or its Committees under the Municipal Act, 2001.  This information is collected to enable Council and/or its Committees to make informed decisions on the relevant matter.  Individuals who make submission to Council should be aware that any personal information in their communications may become part of the public record and may be made available to the public through the agenda process which includes publication on the Township’s website.

You can register as a Delegation by submitting our Request for Delegation Form to the Clerk no later than 12:00 noon on the Thursday preceding the meeting you wish to appear at. Should delegations be full for that meeting, another date can be requested.

Please see our upcoming meetings on the Council Portal.

If you do not provide sufficient information or refuse to disclose the reason for your delegation you will not be permitted to appear as a delegation. The request can be emailed or delivered in-person. If your request is received after the deadline, or if there are already two (2) delegations scheduled, your request will be placed on the next regular Council agenda. Delegations will be scheduled to make a presentation to a regular Council meeting, at the discretion of the Clerk in consultation with the Mayor. The Office will contact you by telephone, letter, or email regarding your request. The Clerk will inform Council of requests that are not granted.

If a deputation request is granted, all presentation materials must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office by 12:00 Noon on the Thursday prior to the Council meeting date. Material submitted by this time will be included in the Agenda package. If a delegation is unable to submit the written information in advance of the meeting, he/she should provide 7 copies for distribution to Council and staff.

Delegations are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. The purpose of the delegation is to provide information to Council; Council may ask you questions but will not debate on your presentation; it may be referred to staff if additional reporting is required.

If you wish to present an issue to Council and do not want to appear as a delegation, you can write a letter directed to Council and it may be brought forward as correspondence on an upcoming agenda, or you can contact Councilors’ by finding their contact information at the bottom of this page.

As a delegation, you must also be aware that all Committee and Council meetings are open to the media and your comments may be reported in the newspaper.

Delegation Guidelines

There are some restrictions regarding delegations/deputations:

  • The subject matter of the deputation must be within municipal jurisdiction.
  • Any person who has previously addressed Council on a topic will not be allowed a second deputation unless the person can prove that there is new information to present to Council.
  • Each deputation will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes except that a delegation consisting of more than five (5) persons shall be limited to two (2) speakers each limited to speaking not more than ten (10) minutes.
  • No more than two deputations shall be scheduled for any Council meeting, subject to the necessity to deal with matters of an urgent nature.
  • Deputations to Council from declared candidates for elected office shall not be permitted.
  • Deputations shall not promote a specific business.

Contact Us

Rick Phillips
~ Reeve
3181 Shannonville Road, RR#1, Plainfield, ON K0K 2V0
Adam Hannafin
~ Deputy Reeve
317 Read Road, Tyendinaga, ON K0K 2N0
Claire Kennelly
~ Council
30 South River Rd
Heather Lang
~ Councillor
979 Wyman Rd, Shannonville, ON K0K 3A0
Don McFarlane
~ Councillor
1709 Lazier Rd, Tyendinaga, ON K0K 3A0