Barbara Oliver Hagerman

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The Honourable
Barbara Oliver Hagerman
27th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
In office
July 31, 2006 – August 15, 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Michaëlle Jean
David Johnston
Premier Pat Binns
Robert Ghiz
Preceded by Léonce Bernard
Succeeded by H. Frank Lewis
Personal details
Born Barbara Ann Oliver
(1943-02-09)February 9, 1943
Hartland, New Brunswick
Died October 6, 2016(2016-10-06) (aged 73)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Spouse(s) Nelson Hagerman
Alma mater Mount Allison University
Profession Choral performer, music teacher

Barbara Anne Hagerman, OPEI (née Oliver; February 9, 1943 – October 6, 2016) was a Canadian music teacher and performer and was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. She was the second woman in the province's history to have held this position.


Born in Hartland, New Brunswick in 1943,[1]

She earned 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.[citation needed]


She was married to Nelson Hagerman, and together they had two children, Kurt Hagerman (Rupal), Brynne Trites (Matthew) and three grandchildren, Asha Hagerman, Kyle Hagerman and Abigail Trites. 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.[citation needed]


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 March 12–13, 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."[citation needed]


She died at the age of 73 from cancer on October 6, 2016.[2]


  1. ^ "Barbara Anne Hagerman - The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2016-10-07.
  2. ^ Former P.E.I. Lieutenant-Governor Barbara Hagerman dies,; accessed October 12, 2016.

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