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Four New Trustees Join Upper Canada District School Board Table Following 2022 Municipal Election
Four New Trustees Join Upper Canada District School Board Table Following 2022 Municipal Election
Posted on 10/25/2022

October 25, 2022The 2022 municipal election has resulted in a shuffle around the trustee table for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). In the new term, starting Nov. 15, the UCDSB will welcome four newly elected trustees, four incumbents and two acclaimed.

The trustee results of the Monday, Oct. 24 election have all been officially verified by municipalities, except for Wards 3 and 4. The results are as follows:
Ward 1 – Lynda Johnston (new)  Ward 2 – Carole Dufort (new)   Ward 3 – Jamie Schoular (incumbent)   Ward 4 – John McAllister (incumbent)   Ward 5 – Michel LaBonte (new)   Ward 6 – Lisa Swan (incumbent)   Ward 7 – Larry Berry (acclaimed)   Ward 8 – David McDonald (incumbent)   Ward 9 – Curtis Jordan (new)  Ward 10 – Corina Parisien (acclaimed) 

“Congratulations to the trustees elect and to everyone who was a candidate for the office of UCDSB trustee. It is admirable to see everyday citizens put their name forth to serve the communities in which they reside, in the name of public education and advocacy for students and families,” says Director of Education Ron Ferguson. “I’m looking forward to working with the new board when they take office. As a school district, our primary focus is to prepare all students to have successful lives and help them achieve their fullest potential. I strongly believe we are well-positioned to continue with that mission."

Ward 1 has a new representative, Lynda Johnston, who will represent the communities of Mississippi Mills, Beckwith Township and Carleton Place.  

Carole Dufort is a newcomer to the Board table representing Ward 2, which includes Lanark Highlands, Perth, Tay Valley Township, Montague, and Drummond/North Elmsley.  

In Ward 3, Jamie Schoular was re-elected to serve a second term. Ward 3 covers Merrickville-Wolford, Rideau Lakes, Smiths Falls and Westport.  

John McAllister retained his seat and will serve another term for Ward 4, which encompasses Leeds and the Thousand Islands - Gananoque, Athens, Front of Yonge, and Elizabethtown Kitley.   

Ward 5 has a new trustee at the Board table, Michel LaBonte. Ward 5 takes in the areas of Augusta and Brockville.  

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

Ward 7’s Larry Berry returns to the Board table after being acclaimed to serve his second term. Ward 7 covers the townships of South Dundas and North Dundas. 

David McDonald will serve another term after being re-elected to Ward 8, which encompasses Cornwall.  

Ward 9 voters elected Curtis Jordan to be their new representative. Ward 9 covers the townships and communities of North Glengarry, South Glengarry, North Stormont and South Stormont. Trustee John Danaher was the face of this rural area for the last four years but did not seek re-election for a second term. 

Corina Parisien will serve her second term as trustee for Ward 10 after being acclaimed. 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 Nov. 16 during their inaugural Board meeting of the 2022-2026 term. 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 Nov. 9, with the new term taking effect on Nov. 15.  

The trustees of the UCDSB serve more than 27,000 students in 78 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 media inquiries, please contact:   

April Scott-Clarke   Manager of Communications   Upper Canada District School Board   [email protected] 

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