Lester B. Pearson Board chairman resigns
Marcus Tabachnick embraces private sector job, family time
After almost a quarter century serving English students, Lester B. Pearson chairman Marcus Tabachnick is calling it quits to take a job in the private sector and to spend more time with his family.
Tabachnick made the announcement Monday during a press conference held at the board's head office in Dorval.
In an open letter that he read to reporters, Tabachnick said his resignation as board chairman, executive committee member and commissioner ofWard 11 in Dollard-des-Ormeaux will be effective April 1.
The board's council of commissioners will have 30 days to fill the position Tabachnick has held for the past 12 years.
"I have spent almost 24 years serving the Lester B. Pearson School Board and its predecessor, the Lakeshore School Board," Tabachnick said in the letter. "I have had the rare opportunity to be part of shaping the educational path of the board's community in a way that has provided the best possible education for all learners and has put the LBPSB at the forefront of education in Quebec and in Canada."
Then nipping speculation in the bud, the frank-speaking chairman said he was not leaving the job for health reasons, was not running from scandal, nor did he aspire to another political office.
The 60-year-old will also embrace a new but unspecified career shift.
From January 2003 to September 2008, Tabachnick served as director of sales and marketing for Bio-Botanical Labs.
He also worked as a general manager for Canuck Pride, an exporter of Canadian food and beverage products to the Middle East.
Having more time for family was another primary reason for stepping down.
"My schedule in the last 10 years has not allowed enough time with my family," including four grandchildren seen only a handful of times in past years, Tabachnick noted.
His office at the board was filled with family photos, as well as professional accolades.
Calling his wife Karen "my rock and the love of my life," the normally private chairman said his wife has "stood beside me through the best and the worst days of
my almost 25 years of public service."
"Personally and professional it's a loss," LBPSB Director General Robert Mills said following Tabachnick's announcement.
He said vice-chair Angela Nolet will act as interim chair until Tabachnick's replacement is named.
Monday afternoon, The Quebec English School Boards Association, QESBA, where Tabachnick served as president, said he has been a champion of English education in Quebec.
'Tabachnick spearheaded projects like the seminal QESBA Advisory Council Report, a commissioner certification initiative and a watershed collective agreement with all English sector education employees,' theQESBA said on its website.
The 2006 Advisory Council report lead the call for linguistic exchanges to better serve Quebec students.
Tabachnick was first elected as a school commissioner in 1984 for the then Lakeshore School Board. He headed the board when it merged and became the Lester B. Pearson School board in 1998, maintaining that position until Monday's announcement.
Lester B. Pearson School Board chairman Marcus Tabachnick will step down from his job Friday.