Barbara Oliver Hagerman
|Her Honour the Honorable
Barbara Oliver Hagerman
|27th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island|
July 31, 2006 – August 15, 2011
|Governor General||Michaëlle Jean
|Preceded by||Léonce Bernard|
|Succeeded by||H. Frank Lewis|
February 9, 1943 |
Hartland, New Brunswick
Barbara Oliver Hagerman, OPEI (born February 9, 1943) is a distinguished Canadian music teacher and performer and was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. She is the second woman in the province's history to hold this position.
Life and career
Born in Hartland, New Brunswick, Hagerman received a degree from Mount Allison University specializing in voice and organ, and began her career in music in Charlottetown and Summerside, Charlottetown being her current place of residence. She had a very distinguished performance career on the island as a vocal soloist with the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra. For seventeen years she was the conductor of the Summerside Community Choir which performed throughout the Maritimes and even at Carnegie Hall under her leadership.
She is an active volunteer as well as a great participant in Canada's music domain. She has volunteered with the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals and the P.E.I. Music Festival Association, and she has also helped seniors and children with special needs.
She is married to Nelson Hagerman, and together they have two children and two grandchildren. Hagerman's mother lives in Summerside.
Her appointment to represent Queen Elizabeth II on Prince Edward Island as Lieutenant-Governor was confirmed by the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on July 12, 2006. Hagerman was installed as Lieutenant-Governor on July 31, 2006. Her duties as Lieutenant Governor were briefly performed by John A. McQuaid from 12–13 March 2008 as the Administrator of Prince Edward Island).
Before her appointment there was some controversy that it was nothing more than a patronage appointment by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Barbara Hagerman's husband, Nelson Hagerman was the "treasurer of the P.E.I. Chapter of the Conservative Party of Canada, president of the Winsloe-West Royalty Progressive Conservative Association, and the financial agent for the PC party in the province.". Her husband was also the chief organizer for Belinda Stronach in the 2003 Conservative Party leadership race. Prior to her appointment, she did not have any experience in law or politics.