Wendy is delighted to serve the citizens of the Town of Carleton Place as their Mayor. Winning by a decisive margin in the October 2010 election, she had previously served two terms – seven years – as Councillor in Carleton Place, and in each election garnered the largest number of votes for the five Councillor positions. Wendy’s experience and involvement in the affairs of the community along with the encouragement and support of many Carleton Place residents, led her to make the move to the position of Mayor.
During her terms on Council she served as Chair of the Physical Environment Committee and the Corporate Services Committee, and as Council liaison for the Urban Forest/River Corridor Committee, Arts Carleton Place, the Public Library Board, the Municipal Heritage Committee, and the Carleton Place and Beckwith Historical Society. Wendy is a member of the Tourism Team led by the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Committee, the Façade Improvement Committee of the BIA, the Sister City Committee, and the Town Hall Auditorium Committee. She has served the community on a variety of ad hoc committees including the Seniors’ Affordable Housing Committee, the Strategic Plan Committee, the Highway 7 Corridor Study, and the Recreation Master Plan.
In community volunteer positions, she continues her many years of involvement with Carleton Place in Bloom Committee, is a Past-President and a current Coordinator in the Carleton Place and District Horticultural Society, and regularly volunteers at the Victoria School Museum. She is an active member of St James Anglican Church.
Wendy has lived in Carleton Place for the past 24 years. Born and raised here, daughter of Ken (late) and Betty Robertson, she moved away following her marriage to Frank, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. They lived and traveled extensively in Canada and Europe for the next 20 years. When their daughter, Sarah, was four, Frank was posted to Ottawa, and the family seized the opportunity to return to Carleton Place where they bought their home on Bell Street. Sarah received an excellent education in Carleton Place schools, and now lives in Kingston with her husband, Colin Davies, as she studies medicine at Queen’s University following her degrees at McGill in Montreal.
Wendy had a successful 35-year career as an elementary school teacher; she taught many grades but found her time with young children and special education students the most rewarding. She has a BA and MEd from Queen’s University and Specialist Certificates in Primary and Special Education. Wendy retired in 2001, and continued to volunteer in local schools until 2007.
Wendy is an enthusiastic gardener, an amateur chef, and a mediocre piano player.