Gary was elected leader of the Nova Scotia NDP in 2016 and MLA for Halifax Chebucto in 2017.
A life-long campaigner against inequality, he is also an outspoken advocate for investments in mental health care, long-term care, and affordable housing. As the NDP’s spokesperson for the Environment and Climate Change, he has introduced several pieces of legislation to address the climate crisis, including Bill 32, the Green Jobs Act.
Gary is a graduate of Queen’s and Harvard. He has lived and worked across Nova Scotia as a community organizer, publisher, university lecturer, and United Church minister. He and his partner Debbie Perrott live on Poplar Street. They have four grown children.
Cheryl Burbidge is a dedicated health care worker and advocate.
On the frontlines, she is a Licensed Practical Nurse with over 35 years of experience. Cheryl currently works in the Emergency Department at Valley Regional Hospital. She is a community leader, having led 4-H groups for 15 years. She served as President of the Nova Scotia 4-H Leaders’ Council and held a seat on the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture.
Cheryl and her husband keep horses and foster dogs from animal shelters. She is the proud mother of 3, and grandmother of 5.
Moraig is both the descendent of an “old Antigonish family” and an Antigonisher-by-choice.
Born at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, she grew up going to school in Truro while spending summers at Mahoney’s Beach. After graduating from St.FX, Moraig spent five years abroad teaching and writing before returning home to raise a family and start a small business in Antigonish.
Moraig now works at the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association as a coordinator of youth programming aimed at ending gender-based violence.
Her passion for climate, racial and social justice has driven her to get politically engaged and this is why she's running to be the MLA for Antigonish. Moraig believes that the insights and problem solving skills she developed over her years as a teacher, world traveler, small business owner, youth programming coordinator and mother will make her an effective representative for Antigonish in the provincial legislature
Jacob has spent most of his life in Bedford, growing up and working here.
As a child, his family was touched by severe disability, giving him firsthand experience of what happens when the government lets families fall between the cracks. Now, he is driven to make life better for all families, and that’s why he’s running to represent our community in the legislature.
His work and volunteer experience have seen him engaged with groups like the Workers’ Action Centre, Fight for $15 and Fairness, Solidarity Kjipuktuk-Halifax, and the Affordable Housing Association of NS’s homeless shelter. He is also a long-time construction worker and was recently hired as an organizer with the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
In his spare time, Jacob volunteers with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and is an active member of the local theatre and choir communities.
David is a teacher in Bedford and a disability rights advocate.
As the MLA for Bedford South he will fight to decrease traffic congestion, reduce overcrowded schools, and protect the environment as our community rapidly grows. David holds a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies alongside a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Minor in Economics.
Before teaching, David was a senior manager at Autism Nova Scotia where he supported Autistic youth and adults with autism to connect with paid employment opportunities and inclusive social programming.
In his spare time, David is a recreational flag-football player and a music enthusiast. As a teacher, he is known for integrating his love of music into the classroom, and always has his guitar on hand.
Kendra Coombes was elected as MLA for Cape Breton Centre on March 10, 2020.She served as CBRM Councilor for District 11 from 2016 to 2020.
Kendra is a passionate advocate for affordable housing, public transit and health care, and she has championed initiatives that empower women and youth, and fight for seniors. Kendra has a Masters in Canadian Politics, a B.A. (Hon) in Political Science and a certificate in Public Administration from Cape Breton University. She has also worked as a policy analyst.
Kendra is a lifelong resident of Scotchtown, where she lives with her partner Matthew Brown and daughter Rory.
Barbara Beaton is a health care professional who has worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant for 18 years and was the owner/operator of Beaton’s Blood Collections.
She is an active community volunteer with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Good Food Bus, and the SPCA. Barbara is a singer/songwriter and actress and has performed in several theatre productions and television shows.
She is passionate about addressing child poverty, homelessness, and the living conditions of seniors in long-term care facilities, and building a thriving local economy in Cape Breton.
Janet is a community builder dedicated to keeping rural communities together.
She moved to Nova Scotia in the late 1970s, where she continued her career as a computer programmer and systems analyst with a degree in math and physics. After working for industry for 10 years, Janet taught technology to business students at the Nova Scotia Community College.
She is an active volunteer in our community, dedicating time to her church, the Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre, and the Musquodoboit Valley Square Roots and Healthy Food projects. She believes in local farms and in helping those in need of healthy, sustainable food.
Now retired, Janet enjoys spending time on her woodlot, doing Tai Chi and with her four grandchildren.
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, three of whom are living and working in Nova Scotia.
Tyler is a dedicated and passionate community volunteer.
A Community Director with the non-profit Inspiring Communities, he has 16 years of experience working in the sector. Tyler shares his talents fostering social innovation, tourism, communications & marketing, and the creative arts. He graduated from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Social Work.
Raised in a Nova Scotia military family, Tyler’s connections to Dartmouth run through two generations and for the last decade he has called Dartmouth East home. His service of others has been recognized having received the Caring Canadian Award in 2015 and the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers in 2016.
Tyler is committed to a just recovery, where leaders and community members work together to allow constituents to thrive in healthy environments with dignity and respect.
Susan Leblanc was elected as MLA for Dartmouth North on May 30, 2017.
As a former actor and co-Artistic Director of Zuppa Theatre, Susan has been a vibrant and dedicated advocate for the Arts in Nova Scotia for over two decades. She has mentored countless young artists in the local, national and international theatre scene.
Since being elected, she has been a tireless advocate for the people in her community, fighting for rent control, child care, more affordable, adequate housing, Dartmouth lakes and better access to primary health care. She has challenged systemic anti-black racism in her opposition to street checks, and has been lobbying for satellite mental health services in Dartmouth North.
She cares deeply about Nova Scotia and her community of Dartmouth North, where she lives with her partner, her two children and two dogs.
Claudia Chender was elected as MLA for Dartmouth South on May 30th, 2017.
A lawyer, former legal educator, and associate publisher of a non-profit media group, Claudia has a wide range of experience serving the Dartmouth South Community. She is a strong advocate for Dartmouth’s vibrant, locally owned and supported businesses.
Claudia is active as a volunteer, supporter and resource in the Dartmouth South community, and as a member of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission. She has been actively working to improve the Dartmouth General Hospital, improve access to child care and housing, and to protect our treasured Dartmouth Lakes.
Claudia and her husband Jamie are raising their three children in Dartmouth South.
Tammy Jakeman has lived in Eastern Passage, for 27 years.
She is married to her partner Ron, a lifelong resident of the Eastern Passage area, and together they’ve raised two amazing kids. She is also a proud military brat.
Tammy is an Education Program Assistant with the HRCE, working with students who require additional support outside their academic programming. It requires her to think outside the box and work collaboratively with others on all levels. As a community volunteer, Tammy has worked quietly behind the scenes, helping out where and when needed at the Eastern Passage Legion, the Buffalo Club, and the schools her children attended.
Tammy is a hobby photographer and enjoys capturing scenes from around her community. She’s a fierce advocate for equality and justice for all.
Born in Cape Breton, Joanne is a long time resident of Halifax, raising her family here.
A graduate of Mount Allison University and the University of Leeds, her varied career in government and the private sector has included time as a researcher, project manager, and small business owner. An active member in our community, Joanne has volunteered time at her children’s schools, the Nova Scotia Midwifery Regulatory Council, the Discovery Women’s Network, and Square Roots Fairview Clayton Park.
Currently, Joanne works as a researcher for the Nova Scotia NDP, continuing her lifelong commitment to increasing access to early childhood education and women's rights.
John Morgan was born and raised in Glace Bay and served as mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality for twelve years.
He is a past president of the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities and holds degrees in science, business and law.
John has spent decades fighting for the rights of the people of Cape Breton as a lawyer and poilitician.
Julie is a long time resident of Halifax and proud to be an active member of our community.
Recently, in her role as President of Halifax Recovery Society, Julie worked with City Hall to have Halifax proclaim September 12, 2020, as the first annual Halifax Recovery Day, a day to celebrate recovery and break societal stigmas on mental health and substance use disorders.
Julie is also active in local sport, and is a long time player with the Anchor City Rollers, Halifax’s roller derby league. As well as playing, Julie has also served as a board member with the league, amplifying their work to support new players and charitable initiatives.
Julie is running to continue her work creating opportunities in our community, and to advocate around issues like affordable housing, community empowerment, and combating the climate crisis. Julie is also of proud Acadian and Guyanese descent.
Shauna is a proud and long time resident of Spryfield
A fixture in the film and television community, Shauna has been a dedicated and tenacious supporter of the arts in Nova Scotia for over two decades. She’s worked on several local projects, most notably as a producer and production manager on Mr. D. Shauna fought valiantly to save local jobs from the Liberal government's decision to cut the Film Tax Credit, the ripple effects of which are still felt today.
Shauna is a mother of one, whose son has left the nest. She loves saltwater fishing and walking her foster dogs around the neighbourhood.
Lisa is dedicated to building community and supporting economic development.
For over 30 years, she has been active with local organizations such as Bryony House, Phoenix Youth Programs, Stepping Stone, and local school organizations. After earning two degrees at Dal, she worked in the federal government on policy, finance, and international human rights. Following that, Lisa managed a youth mental health network at Dalhousie and started her own business.
She is also a PhD candidate in Health, studying mental health services. Lisa loves exploring the Nova Scotia outdoors with her family. Lisa understands government, community, and small business. She knows from personal experience the challenge of supporting a family when governments steps away.
Lisa is ready to support our community as we emerge from the public health crisis and move forward together.
Suzy Hansen is running to continue her strong record as a champion for our community.
Born and raised in Halifax’s North End, Suzy is a grassroots organizer, community leader, and mother of seven beautiful children. In 2016, she won a seat on the Halifax Regional School Board for District 5 (Peninsula North/Fairview), where she advocated passionately for our students and schools. Suzy has worked with Phoenix Youth Programs for the past 9 years, supporting youth and community, and building trusting relationships between stakeholders and service providers.
Suzy is also a member of HRM’s Community Mobilization Team, preventing violence by reducing distress, restoring unity and building resilience. Her board experience includes the Provincial Advisory Council on Education, Housing Nova Scotia, and Veith House.
With family ties to Africville, Suzy supports various initiatives throughout Halifax’s North End and the African Nova Scotian community, raising her voice in celebration, protest, and song.
Abby Cameron spent more than a decade telling people’s stories in East Hants.
As a journalist and former editor of the Enfield Weekly Press and The Laker, Abby has a unique knowledge of the struggles and the triumphs of our communities.
She has hosted several candidates’ forums for all levels of government throughout the years with community partners and prides herself in bringing more attention to political issues in Hants East.
As MLA Abby will continue to work with the community and get results for Hants East
Erin is a dedicated small business owner and librarian.
Erin is an academic librarian with twenty years of experience. She has held numerous executive positions at the local and national levels with the Acadia University Faculty Association and the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
A dedicated small business owner, Erin spent the last ten years of Saturdays working side by side with her husband at their local farmers' market, and she is proud to be known as “Mrs. Noodle Guy”. The business is known for its commitment to supporting local farmers and producers and to paying their seventeen employees a living wage.
Erin is running for the NDP in Kings North because she believes that helping people in need creates a more just society and fosters prosperity for all Nova Scotians.
Erin lives in Glenmont with two Great Pyrenees dogs, four rescue cats, and a bunch of chickens.
Mercedes is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, local food champion, committed public servant, and resident of Kings South since 1978.
She values evidence-based decision-making, and considering all voices. Her career has included teaching, real estate, and now making, selling and leading workshops on healthy fermented foods. She chairs the Halifax Brewery Farmers' Market Cooperative, supporting food producers across the province.
Mercedes served 8 years as Councillor for Wolfville. She was inaugural chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee, sponsoring the Climate Emergency Declaration and innovative responses. Unstoppably hardworking, she also chaired the Audit and Planning and Heritage committees, along with the Kings Transit Authority and Point-to-Point Transit, where she championed improved transit throughout Kings.
A founding member of the Midwifery Coalition of NS, Mercedes works for a healthy future for all children. She is terrifically proud of her 4 strong-minded children, and she and her husband are having a blast with their grandchildren.
Jason is a long-term care worker who’s fighting for something better.
Jason has worked in long-term care for 24 years, is President of CUPE Local 1472, and has held many positions in the trade union movement. He has sat on the Kings County Police Advisory Committee.
Working families face many challenges today in Kings West. Jason is a vocal advocate for public day care, living wages, and dignity for seniors. As a front-line worker he understands the need for robust public services to keep people and communities healthy and thriving. Jason is proud to be working with Gary Burrill’s NDP for a Nova Scotia where prosperity is shared by all.
Jason has lived in Kings County his entire life and has been married for 23 years. He and his wife Loretta have two young adult children, Tyler and Crystal.
A mother, researcher, award winning writer, and community advocate, Alison is running to build something better for Lunenburg.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the urgent need to build local economies that are supported with good-paying jobs, access to childcare, healthcare and affordable housing, and that seek climate justice for all. As your MLA, Alison would be a champion on all these issues.
Alison grew up on the South Shore and returned 20 years ago with her partner Alex to raise their two children in New Germany. She is an active member of the arts community and currently works as a researcher for the Nova Scotia NDP.
Merydie was raised in LaHave and is ready to put her background in community development to work for Lunenburg West.
She graduated from Parkview Education Centre in Bridgewater and holds a BA in International Politics.
Merydie has worked for a number of community and environmental organizations including Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, Clean Foundation, and the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum. She has also been a volunteer with United Way of Lunenburg County and other local initiatives.
Merydie has been married to Charles "C.J." Crossen, her university sweetheart, for over five years. Together they love spending time at the beach, hiking, exploring new places, and watching movies.
As your MLA, Merydie will focus on representing your interests and fighting for better health care here on the South Shore, more affordable housing and real action on the climate crisis.
Jennifer Morrison is an educator with over 20 years’ experience.
She was born and raised in Westmount, where she now works as a classroom teacher. Jennifer has a Masters in Educational Counselling and worked as a guidance counsellor in several northside schools.
Volunteering was a large part of Jennifer's upbringing and this continued in her roles as former legion ladies auxiliary member, teacher liaison for the K-Kids of Sydney, union representative, and member of the equity committee for the Nova Scotia Tearchers Union.
Jennifer is a working mother of three boys with a desire to make positive and effective change for Northside- Westmount.
Joy Polley is an engaged community advocate in Pictou County.
Joy is a queer, non-binary white settler living in Mi'kma'ki in the community known as Fraser's Mountain. They have a long history of giving back to the community and were the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award.
They are an active volunteer in many groups, particularly those concerned with public health and human rights and equity including: Heart and Stroke Foundation, MADD Pictou County, People First of Nova Scotia, Mental Health Roundtable, Pivot, Global Pride, and PictouCounty Rainbow Community where they received the Ed Bowden Wellness Award for the parent support group they developed.
Lara Fawthrop is an experienced community builder.
She has been a teacher for the last 20 years, currently teaching Music, English and Healthy Living at Sackville High School. An experienced conflict mediator and restorative justice facilitator, her work focuses on mental health, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion in schools.
Lara is known for her community work, directing musicals, chairing community fundraisers, hiking Sackville’s many trails and singing at Knox United Church. She’s also an active member of the Friends of First Lake community.
Lara is passionate about ensuring people have access to the health care they need, and that our children receive the best education possible.
Darren Stoddard is a dedicated teacher at Hillcrest Academy in Shelburne.
An educator with a decade of experience across Shelburne County, Darren has worked with students from the ages of five to sixty-five. He volunteers coaching basketball and soccer and is an active board member for the Barrington Area Soccer Association. He owns and operates a small business - Stoddard Multimedia, which promotes businesses and residential real estate sales in Shelburne County.
As MLA Darren will be dedicated to fixing the emergency room closures at the Roseway Hospital. He wants to ensure teachers have a voice to create meaningful change in the education system, and to protect the owner-operator inshore fishery.
Born at the Roseway Hospital, Darren’s has deep roots with over a century of family ties in Shelburne County. He lives in Jordan Falls with his wife Melody, their two sons, two dogs and a cat. Darren enjoys motorcycling, duck hunting and playing drums in his spare time.
Madonna Doucette is a grassroots community organizer with deep roots in the non-profit sector in the CBRM.
She is a vocal advocate for women’s rights and gender equality, the 2SLGBTQ+ community and child poverty in Cape Breton. Madonna is a proud past employee of the Ally Centre of Cape Breton and currently works with the Youth Project, where she offers educational workshops and queer support across the island.
In her 30 years as an educator Adrianna MacKinnon has been welcomed into many communities all over the island; this has given her a unique understanding of the issues facing our communities.
Passionate about education, equality and developing local opportunity, Adrianna believes a brighter future is possible. She has the energy, enthusiasm and dedication to bring fairness, empathy and transparency to the role of MLA in the riding of Victoria- the Lakes.
Christina has lived, worked, and volunteered in Waverly-Fall River-Beaver Bank for over 22 years.
She and her husband, Dana, have three adult children. She is a passionate environmentalist, an early childhood educator, and a health and fitness specialist.
She is a concerned advocate for people who are experiencing financial, emotional, and personal difficulties.