Being a member of a vibrant, welcoming community is very important to me. A place that takes care of each other, and offers help to all.
Having recreation facilities, parks, trails, that everyone can enjoy. Streets, sidewalks, and other infrastructure that is kept in good repair. Safe drinking water, and access to municipal services is necessary for the comfort of all. Lower Sackville is that kind of community.
My education includes a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Mount Saint Vincent University. I have a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University.
Before starting my own business I worked in a group home for mentally ill adults. I was president of my union, the NS Rep on the CUPE National Women’s Task Force, a founding member of and NS Rep on the CUPE National Pink Triangle Committee, and assisted in the development of National anti racist, employment equity, pay equity and anti harassment policy.
All my working life I have provided services to people. I worked for over 30 years providing community based options for people with mental illness, teaching life skills, providing crisis management and suicide intervention. I worked at the Department of Education, Student Assistance Office assessing student applications and determining eligibility for the Program. I have been self employed for over 25 years. I am a Critical Incident Stress Management Specialist. I was a crisis counsellor contracting for Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. I met the survivors, and provided service to many of the families of those who were killed.
My volunteer work has included Mission to Seafarers, St Vincent’s Guest House, CWL, Women’s Health Education Network, Dalhousie Women’s Group, St Theresa’s Church Folk Choir, Halifax Pride. Former Board member of : Halifax Transition House Association, Mt St Vincent University Alumnae Association, Hope Cottage, Mayor’s Task Force on Drugs. I was a member of the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Services, and was one of the first Canadian Red Cross personnel to provide services in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. In Louisiana I provided Health Services as a member of a behavioural analysis, mental health team in a shelter in Gonzales, Louisiana serving over 2000 evacuees. I am a member of the executive of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 162, Lower Sackville. I am a volunteer at the Sackville Area Warming Centre.
As your Municipal Councillor, I will use my problem solving, decision making, compassion and communication skills to provide all residents of Lower Sackville with the best possible service. When you call, I will be there for you!
On October 17, vote for me. I will work for you!