MaryAnn Lowry, 2017 Senior of the Year

Prior to her retirement to full-time life in Mulmur, MaryAnn was a management consultant, specializing in change management and strategic planning. She was a Partner and global account executive with Mercer, and before that, a communication specialist and editor with McKinsey & Company. She became known as a pioneer in both firms – introducing new programs, services and research around the world. She built teams that combined experienced and novice members, ensuring that everyone had a say and learned something from each other. Her background as a coach, teacher and author for a wide range of business and student users was an asset, but it was sticking with community values that earned her the respect of clients and colleagues.

While raising a son and a daughter, globe-trotting, and writing, MaryAnn served actively on boards and committees, including the Arthritis Society of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Independent Schools, the Special Education Advisory Committee, and the Association of Bright Children in Middlesex. She was one of the founders of the Mercer Women’s Business Network, and a mentor to several young colleagues as they found their career paths.

And then, she and her husband, Keith, moved to 3rd Line East to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in the country – and delighted in finding those same positive values alive in Mulmur. As former French teachers, the Lowrys established an annual French language award at Primrose Public School.  MaryAnn assisted in the development of Mulmur’s first Strategic Plan, and followed up by chairing the 2015-2016 Economic Development Task Force. She now serves on the Dufferin County Economic Development Steering Committee. She recently joined the board of Better in Mulmur, a business and community association, where she brings experience and passion to mentoring and supporting her neighbours.