Council Members

Reeve Jim Funk

Phone: 204-371-2737

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 and in 2018 elected to represent Ward 6 as Councilor. 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 residents of Ward 6 and welcomes the opportunity to continue to serve all residents of Hanover his new role of Reeve.

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.

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 Roberto Hiebert

Ward 3

Phone: 204-392-8544

Councillor Ed Penner

Ward 4


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 Curtis Dawydiuk

Ward 6 - Grunthal Area

Phone: 204-371-2950

Curtis and his wife, Sheryle live in Grunthal along with their two children Austyn and Thayne.

 The RM of Hanover has been Curtis’s focus in actively participating and volunteering to promote our communities in the region, bringing quality family activities to the area and involvement in projects building for our future. The RM of Hanover is where I live and raise a family. I want to see the RM flourish now, and in the years to come.

 Community Involvement and Leadership Skills

Grunthal Community Center Board: President 2017-2018, 2022, Board Member 2019-2021, Vice President 2012-2016

Hanover Ag Society Inc: President 2013-2018, 2020-present, Sponsorship Director 2008-2003 and 2017-2021, project management for complete fairgrounds redevelopment. Hanover Ag Fair: Chair 2013-2015, 2019-present.

MRCA (Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association): Vice President 2015-2017, Committee Rep. 2014-2016

Working/volunteering at events such as Summer in the City, 4H, Vita & District Wildlife, kids’ school activities and anywhere a helping hand is needed.

Employed at Barkman Concrete Ltd for 17 years and part of the leadership team.

Recognized with the inaugural Volunteer Recognition award from RM of Hanover in 2015, was the recipient of the prestigious MRCA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 and Hanover Ag’s Dedication Award recipient for 2021.

 I believe with my experiences that I’m equipped to join the RM of Hanover leadership team, assist in setting a strategic direction and executing a plan that will position the municipality very well for future growth and be a leader in the region and province.  I will do my best to represent you, the Ward 6 constituent, and be a strong voice at the table.  I believe in doing things the right way the first time and being fiscally responsible.   I want to keep the RM of Hanover a great place to live now and well into the future. 

 Thank you for allowing me to be your representative.

Chief Administrative Officer Luc Lahaie

Phone: 204-346-7122

Chief Financial Officer Derek Decru

Phone: 204-346-7127

Derek is a current resident of the south-east.  Married to Kelly in 2001, he has two wonderful daughters.  He entered a career of municipal finance in 2013.

 Prior to a career in municipal finance, Derek has many years of experience managing and operating small businesses.  Derek is a graduate of the Asper School of Business with a degree in Marketing and obtained the CPA-CGA accounting designation in 2015.