Macdonald wins seat on Cariboo-Chilcotin school board

Former Blue River resident intends to continue as TNRD director for Area B (Thompson Headwaters)

A preliminary count indicates that former Blue River resident Willow Macdonald is the new school trustee for 100 Mile House.

It appears that former Blue River resident Willow MacDonald has won a by-election to represent 100 Mile House on the board of School District 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin).

The by-election was held Saturday, March 25.

According to preliminary results from the District of 100 Mile House, MacDonald received 40 votes versus 16 cast for her rival, Cameron Jensen, a retired business owner who has lived in 100 Mile House for thee years.

MacDonald has been the Thompson-Nicola Regional District director for Area B (Thompson Headwaters) since 2011 but recently moved from Blue River to the 100 Mile House area.

Despite her new responsibilities, she said she intends to continue on as TNRD director for the Blue River-Avola area.

“I am still in Blue River just about every week – not so much in the last few though,” she said.

According to a recent article in the 100 Mile House Free Press, she is living just outside the municipal boundaries near Horse Lake. Her daughter attends Forest Grove Elementary School.

She is quoted in the newspaper as saying, “My experience being on the (TNRD) five years has shown me that you need to speak more with the people that we represent – that they don’t feel represented. So, I think my experience gives me a good insight into how that would work.”

She told the Free Press that her role as Area B director is part-time and brings her to the TNRD for meetings twice a week.

The terms for TNRD director and for school trustee run out in October, 2018.