Thursday, November 29, 2018
A Job Well Done
Howard County Board of Education members may not approve of Cindy Vaillancourt, but Howard County voters do. - - Blair Aimes, HoCo Times (November 5, 2014)
Today will be Cindy Vaillancourt ‘s last meeting as a member of the Board of Education. Over her years of service she has moved from being a much-maligned voice of dissent on the board into solid leadership. If there were a special gift for the number of times one has been falsely accused she would win it, hands down. Ms.Vaillancourt’s resolve has been tested, and tested again, by people who wanted to get her out of the way and silence her voice.
To lean a bit biblical here, the fiery furnace was no match for Ms. Vaillancourt. She has shown herself to be to be the embodiment of the now familiar quote:
She was warned. She was given an explanation.
She did all this while being the recipient of one false accusation after another. She was often excluded from the inner workings of the Board as a way to circumvent her involvement. She never quit.
She never gave up on the people of Howard County who needed her.
In recent years she balanced two open heart surgeries with Board responsibilities. Even when slowed by health issues her priorities have always been responsiveness, transparency, and accountability. Oh, and a deep and respectful sense of human kindness. On good days and bad, that has been Cindy Vaillancourt.
I hear she is looking forward to retirement where she will enjoy being a first-time grandmother and have the time to cook more. She will also now have to ability to speak on local issue as a private citizen.
I am looking forward to that.