Liberal Candidate for Lunenburg
Suzanne is honoured to serve the constituents of Lunenburg since 2013. She has served as Deputy Speaker, Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and chaired/vice-chaired numerous committees of the legislature. Suzanne currently serves as the Minister for Communities, Culture and Heritage and Minister for Gaelic Affairs.
After graduating from the Old Mahone Bay School, Suzanne attended Mount Saint Vincent University to study Early Childhood Education, and would later teach at the Child Study Centre. In 1989, she and her husband Ken returned to Lunenburg County where she participated in community activities and was recognized as a Provincial Representative Volunteer in 2010 for the Town of Mahone Bay. Having raised three sons, Suzanne is enjoying grandparenting three young granddaughters.
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Suzanne has always been a strong voice for rural Nova Scotia around the caucus table. She has been part of many important projects to revive the world-renowned Bluenose, including investments to repair the ship and allow future generations to enjoy its rich history. As Bluenose Celebrates its 100th Anniversary, Suzanne is honoured to be Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage during this significant time for Lunenburg and our province.
Suzanne also worked to secure funding for a new water tower in Osprey Village that will help enhance water flow for firefighting and increase access to drinking water. Other priorities have included lifting fees from the LaHave Ferry to help make transportation more accessible and affordable, and improving roads in the community including the paving of Highway 332.
Throughout her time as MLA, Suzanne has been a strong advocate for quality end-of-life care. Seven years ago, she was approached by members of the Fishermen’s Memorial Auxiliary to help get a palliative care bed for their facility. After years of meetings, hospital tours and advocacy, her efforts have helped secure a five-room dedicated palliative care unit at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg.
The current government recently announced it will invest $1 million annually in this new unit which is expected to open this fall. This investment means better access to end-of-life health care services that bring comfort and support to patients and their families.
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