Wendy MacPherson stepping down
After serving one term as trustee on the Upper Canada District School Board, Wendy MacPherson has announced that she will not run again in this fall’s election.
The 49-year-old Glen Robertson area resident, who once represented the Lochiel ward on North Glengarry council, says she is stepping down for health reasons.
“I have a major surgery coming up,” explains Mrs. MacPherson, who was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2015. Her condition made it impossible to travel to school board meetings, though she was able to participate through teleconferencing.
She says she has a heavy heart about her decision but is optimistic that the right people will run for the job and that the public school board will be in good hands.
In 2016, when the UCDSB identified five Glengarry schools for closure, Mrs. MacPherson worked with a number of grassroots groups to convince her colleagues to retain four schools. For the last four years, she has been the member for North and South Glengarry and North and South Stormont.
Her election to the school board in 2014 was, perhaps, the biggest story to come out of that year’s municipal election. In a year that was marked by acclamations and predictable twoperson races, Mrs. MacPherson defeated veteran trustee Art Buckland by more than 600 votes, winning all the townships that make up her constituency, with the exception of South Glengarry.