Donaldson sworn in as Tudor and Cashel councillor

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At the Nov. 2 Tudor and Cashel Township council meeting, Wanda Donaldson was sworn in as a member of council following the resignation of Councillor Noreen Reilly last month. Donaldson says she is happy to be back on the council and looks forward to doing her best to serve the ratepayers of Tudor and Cashel Township over the coming year.

During Tudor and Cashel Township’s council meeting on Nov. 2, Mayor Libby Clarke brought up one of the first orders of business on council’s agenda that day; the swearing in of Donaldson as the new councillor.

This swearing in follows the resignation of Reilly at the beginning of last month, which was revealed to the public at a special meeting on Oct. 12. Of the three options available to council to fill the vacancy; having a byelection, approaching Donaldson (the next eligible runner up in the 2018 election) about filling the vacancy or soliciting applications from interested local parties for the councillor role, they decided to approach Donaldson. In an Oct. 19 media release, they announced that Donaldson had accepted the invitation to fill the council vacancy.

Sheryl Scott, the deputy clerk and treasurer, who attended the Nov. 2 meeting in the place of Nancy Carrol, the clerk and treasurer, brought a Bible over to Donaldson and had her place her hand on it while she was sworn in. Once she’d recited the oath of office, council continued on with that day’s agenda.

Donaldson spent over 30 years working with Tudor and Cashel Township, beginning her public service career as deputy reeve in 1998, being elected reeve in 2007, and also representing Tudor and Cashel as a councillor on Hastings County council. Clarke told The Bancroft Times on Oct. 25 that the township was fortunate to have her come back to council, and that she looked forward to working with her again.

Donaldson says that she was looking forward to working with the council of Tudor and Cashel Township for the coming year.

“I will fulfill the role to the best of my ability and I’ll do my best to serve the ratepayers. At this time, I do not plan to run in the next election. I am very close to 83 [years of age],” she says. “I should retire at some point."

Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times

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