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Loralea Carruthers, Councillor Ward 1

Councillor Loralea CarruthersCouncillor Loralea Carruthers has enjoyed serving our community for the past 15 years as our elected Public School Trustee. She has served as the School Board’s Budget Chair for many years, overseeing a budget in excess of $1.5 billion as well as chairing many other committees including Property Management and the Joint Board Consortium (managing student transportation across York Region). During her time as Trustee, she worked to ensure that two new elementary schools opened in East Gwillimbury and that land was set aside for many more as our community grows, including high schools. 

In December 2016, Loralea stepped up and won election as Chair of the Board. Under her leadership, the Board aggressively worked to address equity concerns and improve public accountability. She was widely praised for her leadership in putting the board back on track, including winning a Human Rights Award for her leadership.

Councillor Carruthers is also a former Vice-President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, where she served as the Association’s spokesperson and advocated directly with the Ministry of Education for students cross Ontario. As Vice-President, she represented all Ontario public school boards in the 2008 salary negotiations with the teachers’ unions.

Loralea is an environmental and consumer activist, including working as a consumer advocate for new homeowners on the Tarion Home Warranty Board, serving as a Director and Chair of the Consumer Committee.  

Prior to entering politics, Councillor Carruthers was an advertising executive handling multi-million-dollar accounts as a media supervisor, manager and lead negotiator for major clients. 

Living in rural Holland Landing for the past 25 years, Loralea has been actively involved in our community volunteering in various capacities including the East Gwillimbury Public Library Board and the East Gwillimbury Environmental Advisory Committee, a reprisal of a role she held when first moving to the town in the 1990’s.  

Councillor Carruthers is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French, earned a Master's of Education degree in Digital Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as well as certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Loralea is a proud mom of two adult children and a trained silversmith which she practices as a hobby. 

Message to Residents:

As our town grows, my priority will always be balancing our quality of life with affordability. That means working to keep our taxes low while not sacrificing the programs and services that makes EG a great place to live. I will work hard to earn your confidence and serve our community openly and responsively. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your comments, ideas and concerns. I look forward to serving you.