Martha (Marty) moved to Ottawa in 1999, and since 2004 has lived with her family in the Alta Vista neighborhood. She holds an M.A. in Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition) from Laval University and a B.A. in French from the University of Alberta. Marty is currently a director in the federal government, where she has spent the last 11 years as a manager in communications, project management, stakeholder engagement, and program development.
Passionate about volunteerism and contributing to the community, Marty has served on the Alta Vista Public School Council since 2012 in a variety of roles, including Chair, Co-Chair and Vice-Chair. She has been a key organizer of community building events at the school, has led advocacy issues on a number of fronts, and oversaw the implementation of a brand new play structure at Alta Vista Public School, for which she raised over $25,000. These efforts led to her nomination for OCDSB Volunteer of the Year in the 2017/18 year.
In addition to her role on School Council, she also served on the Blair Court Community House Board for three years and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Alta Vista Community Association. She lives with her husband, Christian McPherson, and her two children, both of whom are Zone 6 students. Her son will be continuing his studies at Alta Vista Public School when he enters Grade 7 in the fall of 2018 and her daughter will be attending Grade 9 at Ridgemont High School.