Leeanna Pendergast

Leeanna Pendergast is a Canadian politician. She was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2007 provincial election, representing the riding of Kitchener—Conestoga. She is a member of the Ontario Liberal Party.

Pendergast, a teacher and vice-principal, was born and raised in Kitchener. She currently lives in Conestogo, just outside of Kitchener, with her family and is a Vice-Principal at Sir John A. MacDonald Public School

Pendergast has worked at numerous high schools in the region, serving as the vice-principal of four schools and as an education consultant for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Pendergast has helped develop various programs for youth in Kitchener, including the Safe Schools Initiative and the Breakfast Program for Needy Students. She has also chaired the Education Foundation golf classic, raising money for literacy and numeracy initiatives.

Pendergast obtained a BA from the University of Waterloo. She has also studied at the University of Toronto and at Oxford University in England, receiving numerous degrees including a MA, BEd and MEd.

Pendergast and her husband, Richard, have lived in Conestogo for over 15 years with their sons, Adam, Alexander and Benjamin.

On October 30, 2007, she was named the parliamentary assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women's Issues, Deb Matthews.

On September 11, 2009, Pendergast was named the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Education. She is the Co-Chair of the Working Group on Financial Literacy tasked with submitting a report to the Curriculum Council with recommendations on how to seamlessly integrate financial literacy into the Ontario curriculum from Grades 4 to 12.