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School board advises of the passing of Michael Rush, Trustee for Belleville/Thurlow

Michael Rush
Trustee Michael Rush was elected for Belleville/Thurlow in the October 2018 municipal election. He passed away in July 2019.

July 3, 2019—It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Michael Rush, Trustee for Belleville/Thurlow in the early hours of July 2, 2019. Rush was a new Board member, having been elected in the October 2018 municipal election.

“Michael was a warm and compassionate member of our team. His dedication to following policy and Board processes was appreciated, and his humour and enthusiasm will be sadly missed,” said Shannon Binder, Chair of the Board.

Rush was sworn in at the Initial Meeting of Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board on December 3, 2018. At that time he was elected to serve as chair of the Operations and Finance Committee, be a member of the Program and Human Resources Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee. He also served on various other committees, including Food for Learning, Instructional Technology Advisory, and Specialist High Skills Majors. Rush had expressed an interest in being involved at the provincial level with the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.

Rush is survived by his parents who were long-time employees with HPEDSB and a sister.

The Board of Trustees will determine the process to fill the vacancy in the coming weeks, as per school board policy.

All in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board community send deepest sympathy to Michael’s family and friends as they come to terms with their loss.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 62354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: July 3, 2019 at 11:08 am