SDG treasurer retiring after leaving ‘important mark’ on United Counties

Seen in image above: SDG Counties Building, 26 Pitt Street, Cornwall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SDG — After 20 years with her eye on the coffers of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Vanessa Metcalfe will put the numbers behind her next month.

The SDG Treasurer and Director of Financial Services is set to retire May 31st, officials with the upper-tier local government announced today from their headquarters in Cornwall. Rebecca Russell has been tapped to replace the outgoing treasurer in both capacities.

Metcalfe joined the United Counties in August 1999, a time when SDG’s constituent municipalities were still adjusting to the realities of fresh amalgamations and the realignment of services imposed by the provincial government of the day.

“I think I speak on behalf of everyone who has worked with Vanessa over the years — she is a highly professional, dedicated and loyal employee who left an important mark not only on the County, but on the entire municipal sector,” said Tim Simpson, SDG’s Chief Administrative Officer. “This is a great honour and legacy. Congratulations for a job well done!”

“Vanessa’s dedication to her job was obvious.  As an elected official, I could always rely on the sound advice she provided on all financial issues,” said SDG Warden Jamie MacDonald. “Her knowledge and sound judgment are part of the reason why the County continues to be in sound financial shape.”

Prior to arriving at the United Counties, Metcalfe served as the Treasurer/Deputy Clerk and Treasurer with the former Township of Charlottenburgh as well as the Township of South Glengarry.  She worked as an accountant in the private sector before making the leap into the municipal world.

Over the decades with her current employer, Metcalfe has been involved in a variety of important financial initiatives, including the provincial OMPF round table and various undertakings of the Municipal Financial Officers Association.  She also earned her status as a Certified Municipal Officer, the most comprehensive accreditation program for municipal professionals in Canada.


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