Sheila Richardson – Green
Occupation: Home support worker
Family: Grandchildren Gemma, 3, and Mia, 3 months
Past relevant experience: Teacher, adult educator, counselor, mediator; worked on 13 campaigns.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Listen. The person who listens doesn’t say as much, but it makes the person feel heard and then they think you’re wonderful and you didn’t have to say anything.”
Who is your biggest influence?
“Alexa McDonough – she was my heroine, got me involved in politics, and Elizabeth May with the Green Party. They’re both female political role models.”
What are you passionate about?
“I love to sew and quilt, just spend time sitting with myself. My recent passion is my grandchildren.”
If you could offer one piece of advice to teens today, what would it be?
“I used to be a foster mother – I’d tell them to practice safe sex and if you’re drinking underage and the police catch you, they will charge you. And I’d suggest joining the Young Greens. I think if youth of today vote, you’ll see a big difference in the numbers.”
Why are you running?
“My grandchildren – I want a future for them. My granddaughter goes to school in two years, I want a good education for them. I just had cancer; I want Nova Scotia to be cancer-free…I’d like to make a difference. Sometimes it feels like I’m running just to raise the issues.”
What do you think is the single most important issue in your riding?
“Food security and land for agriculture. We’re the breadbasket of Nova Scotia, we need to keep our land for agricultural use.”
Why should people vote for you?
“Once they read the vision and value and principles of the Green Party, I think they’ll agree.”