Waterloo Region District School Board Trustees accepted the resignation the representative for Cambridge/North Dumfries, Trustee Andrea Mitchell, today.

“I would like to thank Trustee Mitchell for her tireless and dedicated service to the students, parents, staff and community members of the Waterloo Region District School Board,” said Chairperson Scott McMillan. “My fellow trustees and I are extremely grateful for her commitment to student achievement and well-being over the last 16 years, and we wish her the very best in retirement.”

Trustee Mitchell (centre, pink jacket) at the groundbreaking of Ryerson Public School.

Trustee Mitchell took her seat at the board table in 2001 as a representative for Cambridge and North Dumfries. During 16 years as a trustee, she served as Chairperson from 2007-2008 and as Interim Chair in 2012. She served as Vice-Chair from 2005-2006.

Upon her election as Chair at the Inaugural Board meeting in 2007, Trustee Mitchell emphasized her commitment to the Waterloo Region District School Board and public education. “Excellence in education will require a steadfast and dedicated approach. As Chairperson of this Board, I shall support our board in our collective goals and responsibilities of stewards of public education.”

Her colleagues around the board table echoed her commitment to public education. “I am very proud of my colleague’s long service and accomplishments. Regardless of the circumstances, she always managed to provide efficient and effective service to all supporters of public education,” said Trustee Mike Ramsay.

Trustee John Hendry said he was sad to hear the news of her decision to step down. She served the people of Cambridge and Region of Waterloo with class and dignity. “Andrea was a vocal supporter of maintaining arts programs, particularly music in our schools,” he said. “I wish Andrea the very best; it was truly an honour serving with her.”

“Andrea has devoted a good portion of her life to education and students. Her professional life was a teacher for the WRDSB, and in her retirement, she was elected to represent the people of Cambridge,” said Trustee Kathi Smith. “Andrea approached her work with care, humour and dedication. She will be very much missed by her constituents and by the WRDSB.”

During her time as Chair, Trustee Mitchell officially opened Williamsburg and J.W. Gerth Public Schools and cut the ribbon on the very first day of school at Moffat Creek and Grand View Public Schools. A supporter of alternative education, she served yearly on the student program review committee.

“I very much enjoyed working with Trustee Mitchell during my time as director of education. She was a passionate representative for the people of Cambridge and public education,” said John Bryant, director of education. “It is evident that she was well respected by her community and her peers and I wish her all the best for her retirement.”

Information on possible options to fill the vacancy at the board table will be presented to trustees on April 10, 2017, at the Committee of the Whole Meeting. Per the Education Act, the position must be filled within 90 days.

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