Wendy MacPherson step­ping down

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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