The Glengarry-Stormont Branch of Clan Donald is very pleased to know their commissioner, Glenda McDonell, was elected to lead the national organization of Clan Donald at the AGM held in Windsor, Nova Scotia, this fall.
Glenda McDonell, along with her twin brother Glendon, was born in the historic town of Williamstown in Glengarry County, Ontario. Her parents, both McDonells, were fifth generation Canadians whose ancestors emigrated from Knoydart in the Highlands of Scotland. Along with her nine siblings she attended the local schools and enjoyed having her father as her elementary school principal.
During her High School years, Glenda excelled in sports and wore the tartan as a member of the school’s cadet corps. Following teacher college training, she began teaching with the Ottawa Catholic School board. She received her BA from the University of Ottawa. Her leadership qualities and excellence in, as well as love of, sports led her to be appointed to the position of Physical Education Consultant for the board and later to serve as principal in several Ottawa schools for 30 years.
Her Scottish heritage was modelled for her students and staff as she introduced them to St. Andrew’s and Robbie Burns’ Days as well as frequently entertaining with some good Glengarry fiddle or bagpipe CDs over the PA system.
After Glenda retired from teaching and returned to her Glengarry roots, she continued to demonstrate her interest in promoting and preserving the local Celtic culture and history by serving on the executive of the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame and the Friends of the Ruins of St. Raphaels. She joined the executive of Clan Donald Glengarry-Stormont and in 2006 was elected Commissioner. On most sunny summer days Glenda can be found on the golf course or working in her flower gardens.
She has served as both Director and Deputy Commissioner of Clan Donald Canada before being elected High Commissioner for Canada in 2009.
Glenda has many ideas for increasing membership and is looking forward to working with the executive to make the clan organization better known across Canada.
We wish Glenda much success and enjoyment during her term.