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Five New Trustees Join Upper Canada District School Board Table Following 2018 Municipal Election

Posted on 10/24/2018UCDSB Logo


The 2018 municipal election has resulted in a shuffle around the trustee table for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). In the new term starting December 1, the UCDSB will welcome four newly elected trustees, two incumbents and four acclaimed.

The trustee results of the Monday, Oct. 22 election are as follows:
Ward 1 – Don Cram (incumbent)
Ward 2 – Bill MacPherson (acclaimed)
Ward 3 – Jamie Schoular (new)
Ward 4 – John McAllister (acclaimed)
Ward 5 – John McCrea (new)
Ward 6 – Lisa Swan (incumbent)
Ward 7 – Larry Barry (new)
Ward 8 – David McDonald (acclaimed)
Ward 9 – John Danaher (new)
Ward 10 – Corina Parisien (new & acclaimed)

“Congratulations to the trustees elect and to everyone who was a candidate for the office of UCDSB trustee. Their interest in public education and supporting local schools is greatly appreciated,” says Director of Education Stephen Sliwa. “I’m looking forward to welcoming and working with this new group of trustees for the next four years. I think the mix of new and returning will encourage a lot of discussion and bring a new perspective. We’re always working toward enhancing the learning opportunities of our students and I think we are well positioned to do that with this Board.”

Ward 1 Trustee Donald Cram retained his seat and will again represent Mississippi Mills, Beckwith Township and Carleton Place for a second term.

In Ward 3, Jamie Schoular was elected, defeating long-serving trustee Susan Richards. He will represent the areas of Merrickville-Wolford, Rideau Lakes, Smiths Falls and Westport.

John McCrea is another newcomer to the Board and will represent Ward 5, which takes in the areas of Augusta and Brockville. He claimed the seat left vacant by the Chair of the

Board, Jeff McMillan, who is retiring from public office after serving on the Board since 2010.  

In Ward 6 Lisa Swan was re-elected by voters for her third term. Ward 6 includes the communities of Edwardsburg-Cardinal, North Grenville and Prescott.

Larry Barry will be the new trustee for Ward 7, which covers the townships of South Dundas and North Dundas. The seat has been held by Jeremy Armer for the last four years.

John Danaher is the new representative for Ward 9, which covers the townships and communities of North Glengarry, South Glengarry, North Stormont and South Stormont. Trustee Wendy MacPherson was the face for this rural area for the last four years but did not seek re-election for a second term.

Corina Parisien has been acclaimed in Ward 10, assuming the seat left vacant by 1st Vice-Chair Caroll Carkner. Ward 10 includes the townships and communities of Alfred-Plantagenet, Casselman, Champlain, Clarence-Rockland, East Hawkesbury, Hawkesbury, Russell and The Nation Municipality.

The new Board of Trustees will be sworn in on December 5. In the interim, the current Board of Trustees will continue in office. The last official board meeting for the existing Board of Trustees is on November 28, with the new term taking effect on December 1. 

The trustees of the UCDSB serve more than 27,000 students in 79 schools. Trustees are empowered under the Education Act to set policy for the operation of all public schools in the counties of Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, providing an essential link between the school system and the community.   

For more information, please contact 
Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education 
613 342 0371 ext. 1234

2018 Municipal Election Key Dates:
  • On or after May 1, 2018: Nomination and Campaign Period Begins
  • July 27, 2018 (4th Friday in July) - 9 am to 2 pm: Nomination Day (Last Day to be Nominated)
  • July 27, 2018 (before 2 pm) - Final Day for Withdrawal of Nominations
  • October 22, 2018 - Voting Day
  • December 1, 2018 - School Board Term Begins
  • December 31, 2018 - Campaign Period Ends
  • March 29, 2019 (last Friday in March following election) - Financial Filing Deadline
  • November 14, 2022 - School Board Term Ends



Click here for 2014-2018 Board of Trustees, Wards and School Representation

Lead Electoral Clerk for Trustee Wards_Data to Municipalities.pdf (for nomination papers, filing and other related information)



Click here for information on the role of the school board trustee (2018).

Click here for Trustee Professional Development Modules (Introduction and 20 Modules)

School Board Trustees — Who are they? Why are they important?




School board trustees are the members of the district school board. They are locally-elected representatives of the public, and they are the community's advocate for public education. They are required to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that assists the board in fulfilling its duties under the Education Act.

A trustee's role is to maintain a focus on student achievement and well-being and to participate in making decisions that benefit the entire board district while representing the interests of his or her constituents. Trustees must also communicate the views and decisions of the board back to their constituents.

This is not as simple as it sounds. Because Ontario is large and diverse, the job of school board trustee varies widely. A trustee is responsible for identifying the needs and priorities of their community and for ensuring these are considered in the decisions that result in practical educational opportunities for students. In doing so, trustees must mediate among conflicting interests and values. A trustee must do this in collaboration with the other members of the school board by developing policies that work for all students, and ensuring they are implemented effectively. Whether it is consulting with communities on how the board will provide French Immersion programs or offer before and after school programs or name a new school, it is the local trustee who makes sure that the community has a direct way to express its views on vital education decisions that affect our day-to-day lives. School trustees play an indispensable role in preserving our democratic heritage.

If you have specific questions relating to nomination papers, eligibility and filing please contact your Municipality (list of Trustee Wards, Municipalities and Website links document below and under Downloads section).



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