June 7th, 2017
At a special meeting of the board tonight, Waterloo Region District School Board trustees chose Courtney Waterfall, a Cambridge resident, as its newest member.
Trustees voted Waterfall to office as trustee for Cambridge and North Dumfries after Trustee Andrea Mitchell retired in March. Trustee Waterfall will serve on the board until the end of the current board term in 2018.
“I am excited to work with this great team of trustees to make a difference for education in Waterloo region,” said Trustee Waterfall. “I was inspired to apply to be a trustee as my three children go to school here in the region, but I also want to be a voice for all of the students of our great region.”
Nine candidates from across Waterloo region each gave a five-minute address to current trustees, on a topic of their choosing. Candidates talked about physical education, the WRDSB strategic plan and operational goals and their individual experiences in the district.
Trustee Waterfall highlighted the importance of student well-being in her bid to become a trustee. “The mental and physical health of our students go hand-in-hand to create their well-being and ultimately help them achieve success – whatever that may be,” she said.
Current trustees applauded as Waterfall signed the oath of allegiance and took her seat at the board table. She will start her duties at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, June 12, 2017.
“I am delighted to welcome Trustee Waterfall to Waterloo Region District School Board,” said Scott McMillan, chair of the board of trustees. “I am confident that Courtney’s experience on our Parent Involvement Committee and school councils will help her as this board seeks to innovate tomorrow with a first-class public education today.”
Trustee Waterfall has been a member of school councils for six years and has supported the Parent Involvement Committee and Waterloo Region Assembly of Public School Councils. Her three children attend elementary schools across WRDSB. She lives in Cambridge and attended Galt Collegiate Institute.