WATERFORD — Jamie L. Toohey, a candidate for Waterford Select Board, today announced she will take part in a masked, socially distanced meet-and-greet event on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Waterford Town Common.

Toohey is a well respected community member who has made volunteerism and advocacy cornerstones of her life. If elected, Toohey will bring a fresh perspective to the Select Board, as well as leadership experience in education, finance, and communication.

“Waterford has been my home since 2004. My husband, Kevin, and I are raising our children here because we value rural living and all it has to offer, especially neighbors helping neighbors,” says Toohey. “We all have a part in making sure our community is connected, peaceful, and pristine for future generations. As a Select Board member, I will work hard to ensure our town’s overall health and well-being remain a top priority.”

Toohey’s platform of community engagement and enrichment is based on three pillars:

  • Building strong, supportive relationships with Waterford’s residents and local businesses.
  • Protecting Waterford’s natural assets and beauty.
  • Ensuring sound management and fiscal responsibility.

Toohey continues: “The Select Board is liable for everything from hiring the town’s recreation director to snow removal. Having lived here a long time, I’m tuned in to the happenings around town and what’s needing attention, both in the short-term and long-term. I’m committed to being a voice for all of Waterford’s residents and finding win-win solutions to complex situations.”

Voting for Waterford Select Board will take place Friday, March 5, 1–6 p.m. at the Waterford Town Office.

About Jamie Toohey:

Community engagement is a way of life for Toohey. In addition to serving as Secretary of the Harrison/Waterford Parent-Teacher Organization for the past five years, she mentors Oxford County youth. She also is a former Director at Norway Country Club; serves on the Education and Outreach Committee for the Alan Day Community Garden in Norway; and volunteers with the Maine chapter of the National Association for Mental Illness, guiding families and educators as they navigate Maine’s mental health, education, and health-care systems.

Professionally, Toohey is an Assistant Vice President of Talent Development in the Learning and Development department at Norway Savings Bank. In this role, she develops and delivers leadership training to bank executives and managers, including coaching, mentoring, and managing. Before joining the bank, Toohey spent 14 years in the Oxford Hills School District. She taught at Harrison Elementary School for seven years before transferring to Oxford Hills Middle School where she taught for another five years. Later as an instructional coach, she worked with both teachers and administrators to ensure a quality educational experience for all students.

While at the District, Toohey worked on numerous school and district committees. She also led professional-development training for staff. As an active member of the Oxford County Resilience Project, Toohey also spearheaded efforts to bring trauma-informed practices and resilience strategies to the schools and the greater Oxford County community. Because of her expertise, Toohey was invited to keynote the 2019 Maine Association of Middle Level Education’s annual conference; testify in Augusta on behalf of trauma-informed practices in schools; and present at the Maine Assistant Principal’s annual conference.

Toohey began her career in finance at General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Atlanta. She received several promotions because of her ability to communicate clearly, meet deadlines, and oversee multiple projects with ease. In her final assignment with the company, Toohey was a Commercial Lending Analyst overseeing a multi-million-dollar portfolio of dealerships.

Toohey received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia; a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from the University of Southern Maine (USM); and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from USM – making her both a Maine-certified teacher and building principal.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or follow Toohey’s campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TooheyforWaterford.

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