‘It was quite a shock’

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff “It was quite a shock,” said Tish Ni­chol­son. “I’ve loved my job in North Glen­garry and I’ve loved work­ing with coun­cil and the staff.”

She had been the town­ship’s part-time com­mu­nity grant co­or­di­na­tor and spe­cial events plan­ner for close to seven years be­fore her job was elim­i­nated by mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil in an ef­fort to save money.

She was told it was “strictly a mat­ter of bud­get, num­bers and money.”

“I have had a lot of what I call high mo­ments,” said Ms. Ni­chol­son.

“I’m re­ally sad to be leav­ing,” she com­mented. “I’m keep­ing op­ti­mistic and I’m hop­ing a win­dow of a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity will come along.”

She was told by CAO Daniel Gagnon that she had done ex­cel­lent work but the mu­nic­i­pal­ity needed to re­struc­ture some de­part­ments.

The Van­kleek Hill res­i­dent, who turns 62 in March, plans to stay in the area and en­joys be­ing near her son and daugh­ter who live in the Ottawa re­gion.

Ms. Ni­chol­son said she is “en­thu­si­as­tic” about the fu­ture and con­tin­ues to vol­un­teer to help se­niors.

She has helped with the Alexan­dria and Maxville Cham­bers of Com­merce, the Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage Ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, the Canada Day com­mit­tee, the Dalkeith His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, the Fes­ti­val of Lights, and on fundrais­ing projects for Maxville Sports Com­plex, Dun­ve­gan and Dalkeith com­mu­nity halls, and the Ap­ple Hill and Maxville play­grounds.

Ms. Ni­chol­son has also vol­un­teered in North Glen­garry and Cham­plain, be­ing hon­oured in 2012 with the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Di­a­mond Ju­bilee Medal.

She has a back­ground in a va­ri­ety of fields, in­clud­ing emer­gency man­age­ment train­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice train­ing, mu­nic­i­pal recre­ation, and project man­age­ment and prop­erty man­age­ment. Un­der the new struc­ture, grant re­quests will be han­dled by eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ker­riLynn Strot­mann, while the town­ship hopes vol­un­teers will as­sume full re­spon­si­bil­ity for events plan­ning.

The town­ship still will be or­ga­niz­ing its an­nual awards gala.

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