Ryan MacKay launces a “Fresh Perspective for Cornwall.”

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Ryan MacKay launces a “Fresh Perspective for Cornwall.”
Ryan MacKay Candidate for Ward 8 – Cornwall, UCDSB

Today, I am excited to officially launch my campaign to represent the City of Cornwall on the Upper Canada District School Board as trustee. My campaign is focused on the promise and commitment to bring a Fresh Perspective to the Board and all matters pertaining to education locally.

My livelihood, and that of my entire family, is rooted in our education system. For the past 19 years I have been employed at Carleton University in Ottawa, currently serving as the Departmental Administrator for the Department of Neuroscience. I have witnessed many changes over the years and have a unique perspective on what our students need to be successful in their post-secondary pathways, wherever that might lead them.

My wife of eight years is a Registered Early Childhood Educator at Rockland Public School. Seeing her work and dedication has given me a deeper appreciation and respect for the work all educators do to support our kids and foster a positive environment for growth. My daughter attends Eamer’s Corners Public School. I have experienced her learning firsthand, and like all families, have had to navigate and adapt to the challenges of online learning these past two years. This fall, my son will enter junior kindergarten. As he enters his first year of school, I am hopeful for a return to normalcy in routine and the resumption of extra-curricular activities.

Within our community, I have long been active in local politics as a volunteer on multiple municipal, provincial and federal campaigns. My work ethic and commitment to be of service to constituents comes from the example I witnessed as a staffer to former Member of Provincial Parliament, John Cleary. Most recently, for the past two years I have served as the secretary to the executive board of Bereaved Families of Ontario – South Eastern Region. This passion for politics, the drive to volunteer, and duty to be of service has led me to this candidacy.

Education is deeply rooted in our daily lives. I see the system from multiple perspectives. I am ready to take this real-world knowledge and turn it into practical decision making. On October 24th, I am asking the residents of Cornwall to make a change and give local education a Fresh Perspective.

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