RELEASE: PVNC Board selects new trustee to fill vacancy

Profile of Trustee Loretta Durst

Peterborough resident Loretta Durst to serve in trustee role until October 2022 municipal election

Nov. 16, 2021

PETERBOROUGH – The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board has selected a new trustee to fill a vacancy on the board until the 2022 municipal election.

The board of trustees selected Peterborough resident Loretta Durst to fill the trustee vacancy following  a special in-camera Board meeting held last night (Nov. 15, 2021). Trustees heard presentations from nine candidates who applied for the position. 

Durst holds a Bachelor of Education from Trent University and she has worked in various administration roles at the university throughout her career. She is currently the manager of finance and administration at Trent University’s library and archives, a role she has held since 2012. Durst served as a Board member for Trent University from 2015-2017 as an elected staff representative. 

“I am deeply committed to Catholic education. Our own four children attended Catholic schools here in Peterborough. It was a wonderful experience being a partner with the teachers and schools to support our children in their education and be part of their faith journey,” Durst said. “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the PVNC Catholic District School Board as a trustee until October 2022.”

The board began advertising for interested trustee candidates in mid-October following the resignation of Kawartha Lakes trustee Michelle Griepsma, who moved out of the Board’s jurisdiction after serving 11 years as a trustee. 

“We were happy to see such a strong interest in this trustee vacancy. We were impressed by the quality of candidates who put their names forward to serve Catholic Education in this jurisdiction,” said Dave Bernier, PVNC Board Chairperson. “We are happy to welcome Loretta and I know we will benefit from Loretta’s experience at the Board table.”

Durst will begin her new role at Tuesday’s regular board meeting (Nov. 23, 2021).

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For more information, please contact Galen Eagle, PVNCCDSB Communications Manager, at: (705) 748-4861 ext. 1245 or [email protected]