Director of Finance retiring from Town of Bracebridge

Carol MacLellan retiring after six years as Bracebridge Director of Finance and Treasurer

Posted March 27, 5pm: Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith today announced that Director of Finance/Treasurer Carol MacLellan will be retiring from the Town of Bracebridge after six years of dedicated service to the Town. Her last official day will be June 20, 2014.

“We are sorry to see Carol retire from the Town,” says Smith. “Throughout her tenure she has shown dedication, professionalism, and significant initiative in her role as it became increasingly diverse over the years.”

Born and raised in Toronto, Carol obtained her Professional Accounting designation (CGA) in 1984. In 1996 Carol made a „lifestyle‟ change, leaving her position as Director of Finance at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto and moving her family to Bracebridge. After holding a number of senior financial roles with local businesses and not-for-profit organizations, Carol transitioned to the Municipal Sector in 2006 when she took a newly-created management position at the District of Muskoka. In 2008, Carol joined the Town of Bracebridge as its new Municipal Treasurer.

Over the past six years, Carol has been responsible for a wide range of activities and projects at the Town. One of the key initiatives has been the continued refinement of the annual budget development process. The result is the production of a comprehensive combined Municipal Budget and Business Plan document, with extensive input from Council as part of that process. As well, detailed quarterly reports to Council on the Budget and Business Plan document are part of the Finance Department‟s core business processes which strive to ensure accountability and transparency to the public.

Other key changes in the past six years include the implementation of new financial software for the Town, which in turn has allowed the refinement of many of the Town‟s financial business processes. Many of the Finance Department‟s manual processes have been replaced with electronic processing. Not only is this more efficient, timely and cost-effective, but the Town‟s customers and the public also appreciate these improvements.

Carol has also been successful in obtaining grants for the Town for a number of infrastructure projects such as for Arena upgrades, SkatePark construction, Manitoba Street bike path construction, Village Square Playground installation, and Town Hall HVAC upgrades. As well, the detailed Ministry reporting for these and other grant-funded projects was a high priority over the past six years to ensure that all funding available to the Town was secured.

An annual program for Community Grants was also developed, which has been well received by local not-for-profit organizations which are eligible to submit applications each year for consideration of grant funding for worthy community projects.

From her role on the Town’s committee for Collective Agreement bargaining, to working with the Ontario Heritage Trust for the continued preservation of the historic Woodchester Villa, to negotiating favourable new agreements with service providers for banking, audit, and insurance/risk management services, Carol has had wide-ranging involvement in the affairs of the Town.

Carol has indicated that she will be enjoying some extended motorcycling trips this summer as well as a few more rounds of golf at her favourite local golf course. In addition to her ongoing membership in the Rotary Club of Bracebridge, Carol is looking forward to using her additional free time in support of other local volunteer boards and organizations.

Mayor Smith, members of Council and all Town staff wish Carol well in planning for her up-coming retirement.

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