‘It was quite a shock’
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.