Council Members

Reeve Stan Toews

Phone: 204-326-8966

Stan and his wife Mary have live in the New Bothwell area since 1972, raising two sons and two daughters. Stan farms with his son Kevin.

Stan has served as a member of Council since 1995. He was first elected to represent Ward One which includes the Village of New Bothwell and the rural areas surrounding New Bothwell and the Town of Niverville.

Stan was elected as Reeve of the Municipality in October 2006.

Stan has been on the AMM Board of Directors (Eastern District) since 2016.

In his spare time, Stan enjoys fishing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.

Councillor Travis Doerksen

Ward 1

Phone: 204-371-1949

Travis and his wife Tesslyn live in New Bothwell and have two children, Carter and Chloe.

Travis owns and operates a small business out of the Town of New Bothwell.

Travis was a member of the New Bothwell Fire Department prior to being elected as a Councillor for Ward 1. Travis enjoys much of his spare time coaching his kid’s sports teams.

The Doerksen family enjoys camping, fishing and sports.

Councillor Brian Esau

Ward 2

Phone: 204-326-8504

Brian has been a resident of the RM of Hanover all of his life, growing up on and later owning the family dairy farm southwest of Mitchell. Brian has been married to Cheryl for 41 years. They have four children and 9 grandchildren. They moved into Mitchell in 2002 after selling the farm. From 1999 to 2020 Brian was office manager for an electrical company in Steinbach, serving the agricultural community across Manitoba. 

Over the years Brian has been involved in many community programs including softball, hockey as well as Mitchell and Area Fun Days. In 2010 Brian was elected onto the LUD of Mitchell, serving as chair of the LUD for eight years. In May of 2020 Brian was elected in the bi-election to be Councillor Ward 2 - Mitchell for the RM of Hanover. He continues to look forward to serving the residents of Ward 2. Some goals are expanding the already started walking paths connecting the community and providing recreational opportunities for all residents.

Councillor Bob Brandt

Ward 3

Phone: 204-371-0530

Bob and Linda have been married for 42 years and have 2 children, Rob and Jen Brandt and Brenda who lives in Redding Ca. They are very proud of all 5 of their grandchildren; Taylor, Hunter, Jackson, Treyden and Reese. They still live in the Clearsprings area and have for the last 40 years.

In his early years he spent 4 years in construction working on road building projects and projects like the Portage Diversion, the Red River Floodway and spent 6 months working up in the Arctic. This work gave him an appreciation for engineering and the challenges involved in this type of work.

Bob started in sales in 1971 selling farm machinery. After that he spent 8 years with Harvestore covering an area from the Red River to Nipigon north east of Thunder Bay. This gave him an appreciation of the complexities of agriculture in different regions of the country.

In 1985 they purchased a resort in the Whiteshell which they sold 3 years later after which they started a company called Double R Farm Equipment which they sold to his brother in law in 2002.

They started Crikside as a powersports dealership in the fall of 2002 which has evolved into taking on the Husqvarna line covering chainsaws, lawn and garden equipment to taking on the full line of their commercial construction equipment. In the last few years they took on the Kioti tractor line providing tractors from 22 hp to 90 hp. Through the years Bob was fortunate enough to take over situations where businesses were dead in the water and turn them around and make them go. Doing this for the fifth time with Crikside this might be his last time! Who knows?

They have been involved with Southland Church where Bob served on the Elder Board for 13 years stepping down in 2005. In the Spring of 2007 he went to Uganda for the first time and helped establish a Canadian Charity called Tupendane. They are providing farm equipment and help to the Ugandan church to develop agriculture to help feed the people of Africa. Presently they provide help to feed 2200 kids daily with a goal to have them self-sufficient in another 2 years. Bob has been back there twice more and finds it a very fulfilling task.

On Council Bob has served on the Planning committee and spent the last 4 years on the Finance and Administration Committee and served as Chair for the last 2 years. Presently Bob is back on Planning as Committee Chair.

Bob also serves on the Board of Directors of the Seine Rat River Conservation District. He is also Chair Sub District 8 of the Conservation District. Drainage, water retention, water control and the preservation and development of wetlands are becoming more important in our region.

Bob believes that they must always remember on their tenure on Council to leave our RM a better place than where we started from.

Councillor John Giesbrecht

Ward 4

Phone: 204-346-2310

John has been richly blessed to be married to his soul mate Beth since 1979. Together they have 3 wonderful sons and 2 beautiful daughter-in-law’s. Many others, who entered their home as friends of the children, have also entered their hearts and now get called sons and daughters too.

John was born and raised in the Steinbach area and has lived in the in the ward for almost 30 years. He has always been someone who sought to think outside the box and learn new things whenever possible, sometimes leaving Beth scrambling to keep up with his ideas. Life’s adventures have led John to be a successful race car builder/driver, being a licensed Red Seal Heavy Duty equipment mechanic by the age of 19 and the experience of hog farming. He successfully started and built up two businesses that are still operational today – a welding business and a heavy truck repair shop. He is currently working as a real estate agent in South East Manitoba.

Acquiring his private pilot license at the age of 40 has really opened the door to his life’s passion which is missions! Helping others, including charity flying with his own plane and working with various missions organizations that support the Gospel, has been one of the greatest joys in his life. This work has taken him to Costa Rica, Mexico, northern reserves and some disaster zones, often serving as a leader of small teams.

John is looking forward to using his experience and knowledge to serve the people of Hanover’s Ward 4 on a personal level. Working for the taxpayer is his priority!

Councillor Darrin Warkentin

Ward 5 - Kleefeld Area

Phone: 204-346-3077

Darrin Warkentin was first elected as Councillor for Ward 5 in 2018.

A lifelong resident of the Kleefeld area, Darrin owns and operates a family hog farm east of Kleefeld. As a Council member, Darrin’s priorities are ensuring responsible use of taxpayers’ dollars, strategic investments to support young families and seniors, and building a stronger sense of Community.

He has previously served as a member of the Kleefeld Recreation Association, as well as holding numerous volunteer positions with his local Church. Darrin enjoys spending time with his wife Alvira, and four adult children Jacey, Amy, Matt and Scott. In his free time, Darrin can be found playing hockey, baseball or doing construction projects.

Councillor Jim Funk

Ward 6 - Grunthal Area

Phone: 204-371-5305

Jim grew up in the Grunthal area and attended Green Valley School. Jim and his wife Rose have been married since 1979 and have lived in the Grunthal area throughout this time. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Jim has been self-employed for 35 years serving Grunthal and surrounding areas.

Jim was first elected to the LUD of Grunthal Committee in 2010. Prior to this, Jim served as Chairman of the Grunthal Motocross Association for 10 years. He also spent 25 years on the Grunthal Arena Board, as a Committee member as well as President.

Jim has enjoyed serving the Grunthal residents on the LUD Committee for the past 8 years, and welcomes the opportunity to continue to serve them along with the rural residents in Ward 6 as his new role of Councillor.

Jim is well-known throughout Grunthal and area through his business and extensive community involvement. He has developed a reputation of being approachable and taking the time to listen to others, displaying a common-sense approach to concerns, and being responsible and accountable in decision-making.