Gerald Tracey is publisher of The Eganville Leader. He entered the business in 1973, joining his older brother, Ron, who retired in 2007 after 51 years with the newspaper. Gerald and his wife, Wanda, a retired teacher with the Renfrew County District Catholic School Board, are both graduates of Opeongo High school. They have two grown children, Brady and Katrina, and one grandchild, Lilly Rose. Outside his duties at the Leader, Gerald has been involved in many community projects and has spear-headed fundraising campaigns for such facilities as Fairfields assisted living retirement home, Eganville’s Centennial Park and the rebuilding of St. James Church after the fire of 1997. He currently is president of the Eganville and Area Community Development Group and chair of the board of directors at Hospice Renfrew.
Terry Fleurie was born and raised in Eganville into the Fleurie Hardware business. Terry joined the reporting staff at the Leader in 1998. He and wife, Karen, a teacher at Eganville District Public School, have two children, Noah and Isabella. He also has two grown children from a previous marriage, Jordan and Nicole. Away from the office, Terry enjoys spending time with his family, running the minor ball program in the community and watching sporting events. Terry and Karen are graduates of Opeongo High School. He enjoys sharing stories on interesting people and events with our readers.
Debbi Christinck was born in Chile and raised in Colombia. She joined the reporting staff in 1993. The daughter of Roy and Joyce Wyatt, she married Ralph Christinck of Golden Lake in 1989. The couple have three children: Elisa, Robert and Sammy. Away from the office, Debbi’s interests include quilting, knitting and travel. Active in her church, she enjoys spending time with family in Canada, the US and Europe.
Senior Graphic Designer
Judy Handke is the senior graphic artist at the Leader. Born in the South Algona Ward of Bonnechere Valley Township, she also graduated from Opeongo High School. Judy joined the staff in 1990. Married to Brian Handke, the couple have two sons, Hayden and Hal. Judy enjoys fishing, travelling, camping and reading.
Rosemary Donohue is a native of the Cobden area who joined the Leader staff in 2002 as the bookkeeper. A graduate of Opeongo High School, she is married to John Donohue of Douglas where they reside. They have three children: Elizabeth, Caitlyn and Ryan. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and spending time with family.
Rebecca Glofcheskie was born and raised in Barry’s Bay, and is a graduate of Madawaska Valley District High School. After venturing to the city to obtain her Graphic Design and Advertising and Marketing diplomas, and a brief stint working in the Media industry in Toronto, decided to move back to the Valley and joined the Leader Team in July 2018 as a Graphic Designer. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, spending time with friends and family and venturing to unknown lands. She is also a crazy cat lady in the making.
R. Bruce McIntyre
R. Bruce McIntyre joined the Leader staff in November 2014 after 10 years at the County of Renfrew as the Media Relations Coordinator. Prior to that, Bruce roamed the halls of the House of Commons as a Communications Advisor to the Leader of the Opposition. He taught at the University of Calgary in the Department of History after completing his M.A. at the University of Waterloo and his B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University. Born and raised in Kitchener, he is a rabid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and each June you will find him on University Avenue in Toronto waiting for the Stanley Cup Parade. He has lived in Calgary, London and Ottawa and has called Renfrew home for close to 20 years. When not at the Leader, he spends time with his four children and his dog or on a bicycle discovering the beauty of the Ottawa Valley.
Receptionist & Sales
Amanda Webster was born and raised in Douglas, ON. After spending the last 15 years in North Vancouver, BC, she and husband Cole, along with children Eloise and Oliver have happily returned to Douglas.
It was tough to say goodbye to the mountains and ocean, but the draw of family and the beauty of the Ottawa valley has made for a great transition.
Amanda loves to spend time reading, travelling, taking photos, and being outdoors hiking with her Australian shepherd, Ozzy.