Occupation: Politician/former teacher
Family: Three grown children, one deceased; one “fantastic” grandson
Past relevant experience: Teacher for 30 years, MLA Kings South June 2009-Sept. 2013, past Minister of Service Nova Scotia, Immigration, EMO, current Minister of Education
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You never get over grief – you learn to live with it. That made a difference to me, grounded me a little. It came from my dearest friend, he lost a son, too. There’s a club you join when you lose children.”
Who is your biggest influence?
“So many wonderful people. Alexa McDonough – I admire her on so many levels. She broke ground for women in politics.”
What are you passionate about?
“My community, local food…We’re so blessed to live here.”
If you could offer one piece of advice to teens today, what would it be?
“Follow your passion. Some people say connect yourself with a good job. What I said to my daughter, when she was getting a lot of advice at school about choosing a job, I told her to follow her passion…You need to love what you do.”
Why are you running?
“I am deeply committed to my community and Kings South. I’m going to do whatever I can to help it continue to grow, flourish and prosper.”
What do you think is the single most important issue in your riding?
“The continuation of the creation of jobs not only for our youth, but for anybody that wants to work in the community.”
Why should people vote for you?
“I have worked hard and will continue to work hard for and with the people of Kings South. I’m a very dedicated MLA.”