Debbie Macdonald 


Debbie Macdonald is happily retired and living in her home town of Renfrew. Debbie graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury, and later worked for Bell Canada in Ottawa and London, Ontario. Throughout her career with Bell Canada, Debbie managed to work her way up to Provisioning Manager by attending night school at Algonquin College to graduate as a Micro Computer Support Specialist. She managed staff and several large projects, one of which introduced High Speed Data Transmission to Ottawa and Toronto, and to other parts of Ontario as well as western Canada. Her final project with Bell Canada was provisioning Bell Fibre equipment to all communities within the 613 area code. Upon retiring, Debbie moved back to Renfrew to be near family and her family cottage on Jeffrey’s Lake in Haley Station. The waters of Jeffrey and Olmstead Lake flow into Muskrat Lake and as a concerned property owner in the watershed, she felt compelled to help restore the water quality of Muskrat Lake.  She also volunteers with the Renfrew Rotary Community Corp. and is also the membership/organization convener with the St. Francis Xavier Parish CWL.  Any steps taken and lessons learned in rejuvenating Muskrat Lake will surely benefit Olmstead-Jeffrey Lake as well as other lakes in the Muskrat Lake Watershed.

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