Colin is a fisherman, father and successful entrepreneur with deep roots in Annapolis County. He has a proven track record as a board member and spokesperson for the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen’s Association. Colin is a licenced sea Captain with more than 20 years of experience and a graduate of the Nova Scotia Community College.
Colin sits on the organizing committee of the South West Nova Lobster Forum, which brings fishing groups together to collaborate on strengthening the lobster fishery in South West Nova. He has also worked closely with the Council of Canadians, the Ecology Action Centre, Maritime Fishermen’s Union and World Wildlife Foundation to help protect Nova Scotia’s natural resources.
Colin is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending time in the backwoods of Nova Scotia with his young son who he raises in the community of Litchfield.
Colin will work hard to find better solutions to the challenges our communities face.
Moraig was born in Antigonish, where her family roots go back to the 1700s. After graduating from St. FX with a BA in Psychology, she earned an English as a Foreign Language teaching certificate. Moraig spent five years living and working as a teacher and writer in Asia, Europe and the US, before moving back to Antigonish to start a family.
Today, Moraig spends her time raising her two children, running her small business, organizing for social justice, and volunteering with Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace (SAFE), a refugee support group.
Moraig entered politics inspired by the Antigonish movement – which helped communities organize for a fairer society. She believes we can and must create an economy that works for all of us.
Greg Foster’s concern for the environment and the local economy is rooted in his experiences growing up in Hubbard’s Point, where he learned to harvest Irish moss and fish at an early age.
Greg holds one of only 27 gill net licenses for fishing gaspereaux on the Tusket River. He’s a proud Acadian, a teacher, and has been elected to both the Argyle Municipal Council and the Clare-Argyle School Board.
Greg has spearheaded many community projects, including the Hubbard’s Point Community Hall and the restoration of the Hubbard’s Point Wharf. He holds a B.Ed and an undergraduate degree in political science.
Greg lives in Tusket with his wife Maureen. They are the parents of two adult sons.
An experienced lawyer with expertise in Aboriginal, environmental, maritime, and immigration law, Blake is also a skilled negotiator and mediator. He regularly teaches in courses focused on Indigenous and environmental issues.
Blake is a long-time political activist who is invested in the work of the New Democratic Party, and always willing to stand for matters that advance the cause of social, economic and environmental justice. He was the NDP candidate for Clayton Park West in the 2013 provincial election.
Born in Tulsa Oklahoma and proud of his Cherokee ancestry, Blake holds dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. In addition to his legal education at Dalhousie, he holds a B.A. in Business (Baylor University), a B.Th. in History and an M.A. in Ethics and History (University of Ottawa and St Paul University). Blake is married and lives in Halifax with his wife and children.
Tammy Martin was raised in New Waterford as part of the Kennedy Family from "Up 12" where she continues to live with her partner Paul and her daughter Baillie. Tammy was an employee at the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Sydney for close to twenty years. Currently, she is on staff with the Canadian Union of Public Employees as a National Servicing Representative. Tammy also served on her local union executive as both President and Vice President.
Tammy has a long history of community service. She has volunteered as a coach, parent volunteer and sat on the board of directors for the Coal Bowl Classic. Tammy has also volunteered with her local church, school groups, and as a canvasser for local charities.
Larry lives in Port Royal with his wife Jennifer and their three children. He is an instructor at the NSCC Marine Institute in Port Hawkesbury and, as a certified Ocean Navigator, has sailed for many years in the waters of Atlantic Canada.
His years working on the sea have given Larry an intimate knowledge of the maritime industry, from the inshore lobster fishery to the Straight of Canso Superport, which is so important to the economy of Cape Breton-Richmond.
An accomplished musician in his spare time, he is well known to people from all over the riding for his appearances at community concerts and benefits.
An advocate for parents and children, Nancy Jakeman was first elected as a representative to the Halifax Regional School Board in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She has chaired the HRSB Audit Committee and Policy Development and Review Committee, overseeing the board’s annual budget and its implementation.
Nancy’s 20 year history of volunteering, has instilled in her a passion for giving back to her community. Nancy has volunteered with RCMP Cole Harbour Detachment and the Tallahassee Community School, and worked to raise money for the Eastern Passage / Cow Bay Carnival Days.
Nancy graduated from Cole Harbour District High School and has two diplomas from the Nova Scotia Community College. She works with Support Services Group NS, a not-for profit cooperative that empowers persons with disabilities to become independent by living and working within the community.
Nancy was born and raised in Eastern Passage. She is married to Donnie Jakeman and is the proud mother of two children.
Nancy will work hard, and fight for what matters.
Raised in Cole Harbour - Portland Valley, André is strongly committed to our community, standing up for you and your family.
A lawyer with a background in human rights and advocacy, André is also a graduate of Prince Andrew High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, and his law degree from Dalhousie University.
Working with Canadian Parents for French, André worked to improve French-Second Language education offered to students in the province. As a community organizer with the Public Service Alliance of Canada he had the opportunity to advocate for better working conditions for young public service employees in Nova Scotia. As a Board Member on the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, it was his responsibility to assist in remedying the injustices faced by everyday Nova Scotians.
André will work for you and make sure the concerns of our community are heard.
Denise has been an energetic, effective MLA since 2009 who has been devoted to the constituency of Chester-St. Margaret’s. She is known for getting the job done!
She’s been a strong voice fighting for the rights of health care workers, nurses, teachers and the film and TV industry in the province.
Denise has effectively assisted community organizations in obtaining government funding; $1M for the New Ross Learning Centre, $1/2M for the Our Health Care Centre, Emergency Vehicle for Big Tancook Island, construction and improvements of seniors housing and protecting our heritage.
She has secured over $50M in road improvements including some roads that had not been paved for over 60 years!
In the Spring of 2016, Denise was diagnosed with MS but she continued her work as an MLA and didn’t miss a beat! She wants to continue helping others by being the MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s!
Harold Neil lives in Church Point with his wife Yvelle, and their two children Cohen and Isabelle. Harold has worked for Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources as a helicopter pilot and a wild land firefighter. He also has international experience in the oil and gas industry, including in spill response supervision.
Currently, Harold is working on the NB-PEI Interconnect energy project in the Northumberland Strait. He volunteers as an assistant coach with the Clare-Digby Minor Hockey Association and helps out with maintenance work at La Petite Academie non-profit daycare.
Harold enjoys hockey and everything on or in the water: boating, scuba diving, whale watching, and fishing with the kids.
Born in St. John’s, NL, Janet graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a B.Sc. in Math and Physics, and worked as a programmer/analyst. She moved to Nova Scotia in the 1970s where she continued her career, married, and had three children. She taught Technology to Business students at Nova Scotia Community College and has also taught internationally.
Janet has been an active volunteer with Scouting, Church and the Theatre in the Musquodoboit Valley.
Now retired, Janet enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren; it is because of them she has turned her attention to the many serious challenges in our society and become politically active.
James Finnie was brought up in a working-class family in Scotland, and now resides in East Mountain, Colchester County. He is the President of the first Colchester Highland Games and Gathering Society. He has worked in data processing and was the head of an international company. He now has his own small business. He is married to Linda, a nurse at the Truro ER, and has five children.
Driven by the injustices and hardships of the Thatcher government, James became actively involved in the Scottish Labour Party. He believes that a strong, mature, common-sense approach to politics is the best way to improve life for all.
Rana Zaman, a well-known social activist and community volunteer, immigrated from Pakistan to Canada at the age of 6.
Rana volunteers for 13 not-for-profit committees, and is a founding member of United for One Association, and The Caring Human Association, which serves home-cooked meals to aid organizations. In 2015 Rana coordinated a fundraising event that raised over $200,000 for Syrian refugees. She regularly mentors youth to take leadership in community activities and causes.
Rana first became politically active in response to the anti-democratic legislation, Bill C-51, and has worked with politicians at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. She has been invited to speak on various subjects, including The Ivany Report, feminism, and racism. She is the recipient of HRM and Provincial Volunteer Awards, as well as the Exceptional Volunteer Award from the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.
Rana Zaman will be a strong unifying force for Clayton Park West.
Earl was born, raised and educated in Amherst, Nova Scotia. A father of three children, he has worked in the aerospace industry since 1979. He is a lifelong union activist with the Steelworkers with several negotiated contracts under his belt.
Earl is a member of the Amherst Golf Club and the community radio station CTFA 107.9. His passion for music has taken him to almost every community hall, Legion and bar in Cumberland County as well as many outside the County.
Larry is a retired school teacher and newspaper reporter. He holds a BA from Mount St. Vincent University and a B.Ed. from Dalhousie University. He spent ten years teaching in First Nations schools in northern Quebec and northern Ontario.
Larry has run for the NDP several times in Nova Scotia and PEI, and was the PEI NDP leader for three years in the 1990s.
Born in Bedford, Larry now lives in Cumberland County where he is an active community volunteer in the Oxford area. He is the father of four children, all living and working in Nova Scotia.
Susan cares deeply about the community of Dartmouth North, where she is raising her two young children with her partner.
An active community member, Susan has sat on the board of the Ropeworks Community Garden (on Pelzant Street) and volunteers with her local childcare centre. You can often find Susan and her family at Monday night suppers at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and at many playgrounds in the neighbourhood.
Originally from Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia, Susan has performed on stage and film for over 18 years, including as a lead member of Zuppa Theatre Company. Susan has represented our local theatre scene nationally and internationally and mentored countless young artists. She has also served on the board of the Mayworks Festival, Theatre Nova Scotia, and the St. Patrick’s Church Refugee Committee.
Susan is committed to our community and will stand up for the people of Dartmouth North.
Claudia lives in the flower streets along with husband Jamie, and their three young children. As the owner of a commercial property on Portland Street focused on finding local businesses as tenants, she is also a strong advocate for the promotion of Downtown Dartmouth.
Claudia is active in the Dartmouth South school community as a member of the Hawthorne School Home and School Association, and the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission.
A trained lawyer, former legal educator with the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society and associate publisher of a non-profit media group, Claudia has a wide range of experience to help serve the Dartmouth South Community.
Claudia is deeply committed to the people of Dartmouth South and will work hard to stand up for you and your family.
A 32 year-old professional teacher with deep roots on the Shore, Devin Ashley lives in Gaetz Brook with his wife Tanya and their young daughter Aubree.
Devin teaches at Oyster Pond Academy and as a life-long musician has always understood the value of arts in the classroom. He helped found the Sheet Harbour Association for Dramatic Education (SHADE) and is a director of the Trunk 7 Music Festival.
An outdoor enthusiast, Devin values the wonderful trails, lakes and forests that are so important to the people of the Eastern Shore.
Devin is a committed New Democrat who understands the need for significant investment in education and health care and for attracting businesses to the Shore. Like NSNDP leader Gary Burrill, Devin is ready to put an end to the McNeil Liberal’s emphasis on what we can’t do.
Devin knows that, ‘together we can do this’!
Joanne Hussey was born in Cape Breton, grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador and has raised her two children here in Halifax. Her oldest son attends Clayton Park Junior High and her youngest attends Ecole Rockingham School.
An experienced researcher and project manager, Joanne was the President and owner of a small business specialising in program evaluation and social policy research and currently works with the NS NDP Caucus.
Joanne’s research has included a project on unpaid caregiving for the Atlantic Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, coordinating public consultations on early learning and childcare, and a report on the changing role of women in Newfoundland and Labrador for a Royal Commission.
Joanne has a degrees from Mount Allison University and the University of Leeds, UK. She is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, and has volunteered as a Board Member of the Nova Scotia Midwifery Regulatory Council, the College of the North Atlantic Board of Governors and the Discovery Women’s Network Board of Directors.
Away from work, Joanne enjoys growing vegetables in the backyard, running and baking bread.
Lois MacDougall was born and raised in Glace Bay. She is the mother of two daughters, Shellyse and Chevon.
Lois sees first hand the importance of health care as an employee with Mental Health and Addictions. Lois holds bachelor degrees in business administration and community studies from Cape Breton University.
Lois has been a long-time activist within her union, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU). Lois has taken on a number of key roles within the union, including serving as President of her local for 10 years.
Lois is dedicated to serving the people of Glace Bay and fighting for better health care and education in our community.
Marney is a long-time resident of Mulgrave with family roots in Amherst, NS. Holding a BA in English Literature and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, she is self-employed as an editor and writer. Marney served as Mayor of Mulgrave from 2008-2010 and was the federal NDP candidate for Cape Breton-Canso in 2011. She is an organic gardener, quilter and avid outdoors person. She has two sons and three granddaughters.
Having spent time living abroad, Marney believes there is no place in the world as fine as Nova Scotia. Her intention is to make this province a better place to live for all its citizens.
David Wheeler is an educator and entrepreneur. He has served as President of Cape Breton University and the Dean of Management at Dalhousie University, among other senior positions at universities in Canada and the United Kingdom.
David’s business experience includes various executive leadership positions with the Body Shop International and a number of social enterprises and advisory firms focused primarily on international development, sustainable business practice and energy policy. David has advised UN agencies, the World Bank, national and provincial governments, development agencies, environmental organizations and corporations. David has worked in more than thirty countries around the world.
Originally from the UK, David was an advisor on environmental policy and business, to the British Labour Party and the UK Government. Here in Nova Scotia, David led the independent panel on fracking, and the processes which set up Efficiency Nova Scotia.
An experienced leader, David will be a strong representative for the people of Halifax Armdale.
Trish Keeping, who grew up in Sambro and has lived in Spryfield, is an entrepreneur, volunteer, and has worked in the private and public sector. Her commitment to social justice, education, and the environment, makes Trish the right choice for the people of Halifax Atlantic.
When she was president of a recreation commission, Trish worked tirelessly with community groups to build parks and playgrounds for children. She has been a coach for minor sports, a fundraiser for school breakfast programs, and a mentor with the Literacy Network. Recently, Trish played an instrumental role in Nova Scotia Parents for Teachers, the province-wide organization that united teachers and parents to call on government to improve our education system.
Trish Keeping is committed to making sure that all citizens have an opportunity to get ahead. She will be a strong advocate for the people of Halifax Atlantic.
Gary was elected Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP in 2016. He has spent his life working in communities around the province
Gary is a United Church Minister and was an MLA from 2009-2013. A graduate of Queen’s University and Harvard, Gary has worked as a community organizer, a writer, and an editor. He has published books in poetry, political economy and oral history.
In his spare time, Gary plays guitar and piano and has accompanied fiddlers at dances and community events for many years.
Gary is married to Debbie Perrott. Gary and Debbie live on Poplar Street and they have four grown children: Clayton and Rosanna are musicians and members of the band Hillsburn; Eva is a clinical therapist in addictions; and Fred is a community organizer and historian.
Glenn was born, lives, and works in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island. The son of community theatre legend Pat Walton and daredevil navy pilot Wally Walton, he travelled the world as a military brat before his family settled in Halifax. Glenn is a popular professor of English literature and film studies at Saint Mary’s University.
Glenn has written and directed a string of award-winning films. He has been a columnist for the Daily News, a writer for The Coast, and has led a celebrated South End book club for over thirty years. Glenn also sings in a community choir, and –whenever he can—plays piano in seniors’ homes.
Glenn Walton is a passionate advocate for students, seniors and anti-poverty measures and will work hard to improve life for the people of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island.
Lisa Roberts was elected as the MLA for Halifax Needham in August 2016. Lisa is committed to supporting everyone in our community to access the services and resources they need.
Prior to being elected, Lisa was the Executive Director of Veith House and worked as a facilitator of the North End Community Circle, which brings people together through community meals, barbecues, workshops and community gardening. She also played an important role in fostering communication and collaboration amongst North End non-profits and other service providers by initiating a monthly roundtable.
Lisa’s work has led to community-based projects in Halifax-Needham, like the community garden on Needham Hill and Future Roots, a program that employs youth to provide services for older residents of the North End. Lisa was a founding board member of the North End Opportunities Fund, a non-profit that enables low-income children to attend summer camp.
Lisa also worked as a journalist, including five years with CBC Radio’s Information Morning in Halifax. She has a Masters in Development Economics from Dalhousie University. She and her partner, Andrew, have two children and live in Halifax Needham.
Paul and his family have lived in Hammonds Plains since 1998. Paul's 30-year career in Information Technology has included fifteen years in the public sector.
Paul has held senior positions in the information technology, telecommunications, education, government, and defense & aerospace industries.
Paul is also involved in many community events and associations and a long-time volunteer soccer coach.
Paul believes that every individual has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. He strongly believes that eliminating the need for food banks should be a priority in Nova Scotia.
Liam Crouse lives in Elmsdale. A recent political science graduate from Kings College, Liam is a fresh, informed voice for community development. He has worked for his family’s small business, in NS film, for campus security, and created his own work in house-painting and photography.
While at King’s, Liam fundraised for the Parker Street Food Bank and helped organize student protests in 2015 and 2016. He is also an active member of his family’s church.
A self-starter and community organizer, Liam is passionate about serving the people of Hants East. He will work hard for equality and growth throughout the area to ensure that no one is left behind.
Lalia Kerr is a lifelong resident of Three Mile Plains, where she lives with her husband and raised two children. She has worked as a teacher for 28 years at Brooklyn Elementary and Three Mile Plains Elementary.
Lalia has written numerous educational texts, worked in curriculum development, and served as the director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hants County. Much of Lalia’s volunteer work is accomplished through her school life: she helps out with events like the spring fling and fall fair, and family literacy night.
Lalia is a fierce advocate for communities strengthened by quality public services and will work hard to represent you and your family.
Michelle Smith has been market gardening and farming in Cape Breton for 30 years. Using and growing a variety of open-pollinated heirloom seeds she has developed ways to manage the challenges of her bioregion and work her family farm. Over the years she has built up a store of practical and technical knowledge.
Michelle is familiar to many for her gardening and seed workshops directed at growers and community groups across Canada. She serves on the board of the Federation of Agriculture and the very successful Mabou Farmers Market. A staunch advocate in many arenas for farmer-driven agricultural policies and farmer-centered rural development, Michelle is committed to continuing that work in the House of Assembly as a member of Gary Burrill’s NDP Team.
She has three grown children, 21, 28 and 30 and is more comfortable in rubber boots than business suits.
Ted Champion is a long-time resident of Port Williams, where he’s raised three children with his wife Sherri. He worked as a paramedic and a stay-at-home parent before beginning an almost twenty-year career as an educational assistant for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. He primarily works with children who have learning disabilities.
Highlights of his career include organizing and implementing after-school and breakfast programs at Northeast Kings Education Centre. He’s also coached robotics and participation soccer for over a decade.
Ted has dedicated time to many organizations across Kings North: New Minas Volunteer Fire Department, Boy Scouts of Canada, East Kings Soccer Association, Port Williams Baptist and Kings Presbyterian churches. At present, he cooks for the Open Arms Resource Centre.
Deeply connected to the people of Kings North, Ted Champion will work hard for you and your community.
Stephen Schneider has lived in the Valley since 2003, first on Aylesford Lake and now in Wolfville with his wife, Meg Townsend, and their six-year-old daughter. A criminology professor at St. Mary’s University, with a research interest in crime prevention, Stephen is a voice for government that addresses inequality and creates economic opportunities for all.
An author, researcher, and commentator in his field, Stephen puts his expertise to work in the community. Stephen designed and implemented SMU PALS, a social developmental program for at-risk children, and is currently spearheading a tutoring and mentoring project for African-Nova Scotian youth to help them graduate from high school and enrol at Saint Mary’s. Recently, he also served as a member of the HRM Mayor’s Roundtable on Violence.
Passionate about community development, Stephen will stand up for the people of Kings South.
Cheryl Burbidge works as an LPN in the Emergency Department at Valley Regional Hospital. In her 30 years in healthcare, Cheryl has worked in a variety of other settings, including a medical/surgical ward, a long-term care facility, and a primary care office. Her work experience makes her a strong voice on healthcare issues.
Cheryl has held elected roles in her union’s local and served on provincial bargaining teams.
She has led 4-H groups for 15 years. She served a term as President of the Nova Scotia 4-H Leaders’ Council and held a seat on the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. She and her husband also keep horses and foster dogs from animal shelters.
Proud mother of 3, and grandmother of 4, Cheryl is committed to standing up for the needs of people in Kings West.
Marc Breaugh is a resident of Old Town Lunenburg, along with his wife Hayley and their four young children. A counsellor at Bayview Elementary with 17 years of public school teaching experience, Marc knows what it takes to build thriving school communities. As an elected member of the NSTU’s provincial executive, Marc represented the concerns of 435 members in the union’s first province-wide strike.
Marc is fluent in English and French and has graduate degrees in Educational Counselling and Curriculum Studies, with a focus on technology integration.
Active in his community, Marc has organized community events, professional development sessions for teachers, and political actions. He recently served as the education lead for the Mahone Bay and Area Refugee Sponsorship Group.
Marc is ready to find broad-based solutions to the challenges families face in the Lunenburg constituency.
Lisa Norman lives on a hobby farm in Chelsea with her husband David and their school-aged son. As a Child Welfare Case Aide with the Department of Community Services, Lisa has a deep understanding of the challenges that families face in our province, particularly the cyclical nature of poverty and difficulties accessing health services. She has also volunteered and worked at Second Story Women’s Centre, and served on the board of Harbour House, a shelter for women and children leaving violence.
Lisa is a delegate for her union on the South Shore Labour Council and serves on the South Shore Regional Council.
An experienced advocate in Lunenburg West, Lisa Norman will work hard to improve life for you and your family.
Ronald owns a house in North Sydney where he lives with his two daughters, Rilee and Calee. A graduate from the culinary program at Holland College, he worked at family owned restaurants to pay off his student debt before taking on his current job at Harbourstone Enhanced Care.
At Harbourstone, Ronald is an active member of his labour union, CUPE 1183. As a shop steward, he represents fellow workers in meetings with management and ensures that the workspace is safe and fairly run. Always trying to make life better for those around him, Ronald convinced his employer to introduce a grants program to help employees pay off their student loan debt.
Ronald is hardworking and dedicated to serving our community of Northside-Westmount.
Henderson is a lifelong resident of New Glasgow. He is retired after working several years in the retail sector and 31 years in manufacturing He and his wife Carol have two sons and three grandchildren.
An avid track and field distance runner and lifelong athlete, Henderson founded the Run Against Racism in 1990. He has received numerous human rights awards, and was appointed to the NS Human Rights Commission in 2010.
Henderson served as a New Glasgow Town Councillor for 12 years and ran for Mayor in 2016.
Henderson is driven by a passion for serving his community and improving life for all residents of Pictou Centre.
Deborah lives in the East River Valley of Pictou County, where she is working to establish a sustenance farm. Born and raised in West Virginia, she has a background in agriculture and graduate degrees in creative writing and history. A Canadian since 2004, she teaches history, literature, writing and rural studies at the Dalhousie University's Faculty of Agriculture.
An advocate for rebuilding the local and regional food system and sustainable rural living, she has spent much of her life in or near rural coal mining and other resource extraction communities, witnessing first-hand the impacts of precarious work and economic inequality. She is a mother, poet, and writer.
Born in Glace Bay, Shawn has been a Pictonian for the past 40 years. He is retired, having worked at the Michelin Plant for 38 years and owned/operated Shawn’s Burger Bus for 25 years. A father of five and grandfather of eight, he is an active volunteer and community organizer. In 2015 Shawn received a Paul Harris Fellowship award from the Pictou Rotary Club in recognition of “Outstanding Community Commitment.” He served on Pictou Town Council for eight years and ran for Mayor in 2016.
Shawn is motivated by a deep commitment to improving life for people, a dream of a better province, and hope for the future of his grandchildren.
Shelley is a long time resident of Lake Echo, where she raised a family of three sons with her husband Ray. Originally from Cherry Brook Road,Shelley has been an advocate and community volunteer for over 30 years.
Shelley is a founding member of the first Nova Scotia Arts Council, the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, and the African Nova Scotian Music Association. Shelly has also served on the board of the East Coast Music Association, the HRM Diversity Committee, and the board of the Lieutenant's Awards of Excellence. She is a past member of the Lake Echo Lioness Club and a former coordinator at the Lake Echo Recreation Centre.
Shelley worked as an Employment Counselor with the former Watershed Area Development Enterprise (WADE) and currently works with the Department of Health and Wellness. Shelley is also a documentary filmmaker and co-creator of The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival celebrating its 7th year.
Shelley cares deeply about the future of her community and wants to be a strong and unifying voice.
John has been a long-time advocate for rural economic development and a sustainable fishery. He’s been a fisherman and vessel owner, fish plant owner/operator, and producer for National Geographic’s “The Sea Hunters”.
John chaired the Lockeport Industrial Adjustments Committee tasked with finding a new employer in Lockport following the closure of the National Sea Products Plant. He also worked as an editor for the Shelburne Coast Guard.
John is the past co-chair of the “Inshore Alliance,” served as the Scotia Fundy Coordinator for the Maritime Fisherman’s Union, and was the first Director of NORIG, which successfully protected Georges Bank from offshore oil exploration.
John is currently the Director of the “Clean Ocean Action Committee” a consortium of crew members, Captains, vessel owners, fish plant owners and workers who are dependant on the Scotian Shelf.
John has been a long-time home owner in the riding of Queens-Shelburne, is married to Pat and has two adult children.
When Dennis Kutchera sees a need, he quietly steps in to help.
Dennis is a film editor and colourist. His wife Diane is a nurse. Son Byron is a camera operator and younger son Joe attends university. The entire family was hurt by the gutting of the film tax credit, cuts to long term care, and rising tuition rates – all outcomes of McNeil Liberal policy.
The way Dennis sees it, the primary job of government is not to balance budgets, but to make life better for all its citizens. This outlook was influenced by a young Jack Layton at Ryerson and later, by experiencing social democracy in Finland, where egalitarian values and prosperity go hand-in-hand.
Dennis has stepped in to offer an ear to his friends and neighbours, a voice to speak for their concerns, and an NDP commitment to invest in the lives of people.
Dave Wilson has lived in Sackville for over 40 years. Dave was first elected to represent the people of Sackville-Cobequid in 2003 and he was re-elected in 2006, 2009 and 2013.
Dave is a paramedic by profession with 10 years’ experience as a volunteer firefighter. He was the first paramedic elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature.
Throughout his 14 years as an MLA, Dave has served many roles including Minister of Health & Wellness, Minister of Acadian Affairs and the province’s first Minister of Communities Culture & Heritage. He is currently the NDP House Leader and the NDP spokesperson for Health and Wellness and Labour.
Dave has been married to Penney for 21 years, has two teenaged children, and a rescue dog named Boots.
Bill is currently president of the NS NDP.
He has ties to both Cape Breton and Pictou County. Bill’s father was from Donkin, where his father was a coal miner, and his mother is from Pictou. Bill grew up concerned about social justice and human rights, with a strong commitment to volunteering and public service.
Bill has always voted for the NDP provincially and federally. He has served on NDP constituency associations both federally and provincially, and on provincial Council and Executive. He worked as an MLA’s constituency assistant for 11 years. In addition, Bill has been active in a number of non-profit organizations.
Bill has a degree in psychology from Dalhousie University.
Bill met Jane Creelman when they were in high school, and they have been married for 40 years. They have two adult sons, Ian and Neil.
Madonna lives in Sydney with her three sons, Breton, Gabriel and Rowan. For the last five years, she’s worked for the Ally Centre of Cape Breton as the LGBTQ Education Coordinator. Madonna recently accepted a position with the Youth Project to do education and support work for the LGBTQ community at schools in Cape Breton
A dedicated volunteer, Madonna recently became a facilitator for Breakthrough, a support program for at risk youth. She also sits on numerous boards including the NSCC’s Diversity Leadership Council, Pride Cape Breton, and RELAY’s Advisory Board.
In 2015, Madonna was the NDP candidate for Sydney-Whitney Pier. Through hundreds of conversations at door steps across Sydney, she has a unique insight into the challenges and priorities of our community.
Madonna is dedicated to serving the people of Sydney-Whitney Pier.
Lenore was first elected as MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River in 2009. She is passionate speaker known for her openness, integrity, and willingness to listen to opposing members.
Lenore is a tireless advocate for education, the environment, First Nations and women’s rights, mental health, poverty eradication, culture and heritage, and the arts.
Lenore is also an award-winning actor with 33 years of experience in film, TV, radio, animation, and theatre. She has received a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Lifetime Award for Service to Community and Country.
Linda Moxsom-Skinner, resident of Timberlea, has wide and varied experience working to improve life for Nova Scotians. Passionate about social justice, she was the Executive Director of the Youth Alternative Society during the development and implementation of Nova Scotia’s internationally recognized youth restorative justice program.
Currently the Director of Advancement at the Atlantic School of Theology, she has also served and advised numerous non-profit agencies, including Girl Guides of Canada, Dalhousie Legal Aid, and United Way. She is a proud founding member of BLT Today!, an organization that hosts free family-centred events throughout Beechville, Lakeside, and Timberlea, and has served on the board of the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organisation.
No stranger to political life, Linda was the Director of Caucus Services for the NS NDP in 2013 and worked in the offices of the Premier and the Minister of Justice.
Linda is a proven, engaging leader who will work hard for the communities of Timberlea-Prospect.
Lisa Bond wants to be the MLA for Victoria the Lakes for deeply personal reasons:
“First things first I'm a mom of two boys. I'm worried about the future for my kids under the current government. I was an active member of parents for teachers and the broken glass voter movement before I became a candidate. I don't think that anyone in Nova Scotia should be hungry or sick and can't see a doctor. Everyone should have access to primary care.
Nova Scotia can be the best province in the world if we put the work in to make it that way.”
Lisa Bond is doing that work and asks for your support. She knows that together we can do this.
Trevor has a history of serving communities and working to make life better for people. For 10 years, Trevor has worked for the Department of Justice as both a probation officer and correctional officer.
Trevor has served on the Diversity Round Table and the First Nations Committee for provincial government employees, Restorative Approach Committee in schools, and the Native Council for the Halifax region. Trevor is trained in issues of human rights and Aboriginal perceptions, an active keeper of traditional Mi’kmaq ceremonies, and a facilitator of talking and sentencing circles.
Trevor also enjoys arm wrestling and participating in Mi’kmaq culture and events and speaks at schools throughout the Atlantic provinces, encouraging youth to pursue their dreams.
Trevor and his partner Chantel have three children: Sage, Corey and Levi.
Trevor will serve Waverley - Fall River - Beaver Bank with his commitment environmental sustainability, and building strong communities.
David Olie, originally from Spryfield, moved to Yarmouth in 1995 when he became the general manager of Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre. Since 2003, he’s worked as a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
David is well known as the Yarmouth Town Crier, a contributor both onstage and behind the scenes at the Th’YARC, and as Yarmouth’s NDP provincial candidate in 2009. David also chairs the board of Yarmouth Life Skills For Disabled Adults and helped organize events for Yarmouth 250. His hobbies include historical reenacting, gaming, and gardening.
Here in Nova Scotia, we could be doing so much better than we are.
Stephen McNeil’s Liberals have cut left, right and centre – making things harder for everyone, and telling us what they can’t do.
is standing with Gary Burrill and the Nova Scotia NDP because we know there’s a lot we can do in Nova Scotia:
• We can invest again – in our hospitals, our communities, our schools.
• We can make a good education something young people can actually afford.
• We can make sure every job pays a decent wage.
• We can see to it that kids in our province don’t have to go to food banks.
Together, we can do this.