CAO/Clerk Suzanne Klatt announced the appointment of Stephanie Plebon as Madawaska Valley’s new Recreation & Community Development Coordinator at the Council meeting on September 4 2018. The Current spoke to Plebon a few days later. She talked about growing up in the Valley and attending Madawaska Valley District High School in Barry’s Bay where she met her husband, Gary. She said the two summers spent working at the Railway Station when she was a student sparked an interest in a career in the tourism industry. After high school Plebon went away to college and graduated with a diploma in Travel and Tourism. She then worked as travel agent in Ottawa for two years before returning to Barry’s Bay. For twelve years she worked at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in various administrative roles.
The Plebons love outdoor activities. and are avid campers. She, her husband and their children, Brady, 8, and his sister, Jordyn, 6, usually spend a week in Algonquin Park each summer. Plebon is used to working with local community groups. She has volunteered with minor hockey, is a member of the Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary, and three years ago she started the local Girl Guides group. She finds time to play hockey regularly as a member of Chicks With Sticks.
From left: Mayor Kim Love, Recreation Chairman Carl Bromwich, Stephanie Plebon, CAO Suzanne Klatt
Plebon said her first few days in the role have been exciting with lots of opportunities for learning new things as she assesses all aspects of the job. She looks forward to getting her feet on the ground.