Elect Pam Councillor
Born in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley, I have lived across Canada
including Edmonton, Montreal, Fredericton and Halifax. My husband David and
I settled in Nova Scotia to attend university and raise our family.
As a teenager in Aldershot, Nova Scotia, I joined the Royal Canadian Air Cadets
where I learned to give back to my community. Volunteering became second
nature to me and I've never questioned pitching in to help when needed.
My connection to the military has remained strong my whole life. Both of our
children are army cadets.
A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, I recently returned to school to complete a Master of Education degree (Adult Education). A firm believer in lifelong learning, I am always striving to help people reach for their full potential through education.
I've had the pleasure to work with smart and inspiring individuals at HRM, CBC, Health Canada, NSCAD, Mount Saint Vincent and Dalhousie universities. I have been blessed with a full and exciting career in broadcast television, communications, and project management. My professional development includes crisis communications, emergency management, equity and inclusion, and more.
As a community advocate in Hammonds Plains-St. Margaret's, I have marched along Hammonds Plains Road (2011) demanding it be widened and safer; fought for cash-starved schools (2012) to hold cake walk fundraisers; started a volunteer farm market (2013), which is now open with full-time staff 7-days a week on Gary Martin Drive across from the BMO Centre; and, I petitioned the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board (2014) to demand that property owners have the right to appeal the Ditch Tax and not be forced to prove we didn't receive service from Halifax Water. I have worked these last six years supporting many property owners in their appeals and struggles with Halifax Water's Ditch Tax, and I will continue to assist when called upon.
As the coordinator of the Hammonds Plains Remembrance Day Ceremony, in 2014 I decided to strike a community committee to build a Veterans Monument in Uplands Park. The Hammonds Plains-Lucasville Cenotaph was installed in 2016 and was a collaborative effort between Acadia First Nation, Halifax Regional Municipality, the Province of Nova Scotia, Government of Canada, private business, and caring volunteers. I am most proud of the community effort that brought this monument to life. We grew our Remembrance Day Ceremonies from a few hundred attendees to 6000.
Halifax Council has recognized my commitment to community and appointed me to various committees including North West Planning Advisory, St. Margaret's Bay Coastal, and Arts Halifax Advisory. In 2016, I put my name on the municipal ballot for Halifax's District 13, Hammonds Plains-St. Margaret's.
In 2017, our family was honoured by the Canadian Forces, which named a LEOPARD 2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle - LOVELACE - after SSgt H. Lovelace. My husband’s late grandfather was awarded the British Empire Medal for his bravery on the battlefield in WWII.
As a volunteer, I have contributed to community organizations including the Hammonds Plains Business Association, Hammonds Plains Community Centre, Hammonds Plains Elementary PTA, 250 Vimy Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, St. Margaret’s Bay Food Bank, Maplewood Residents Association, Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children, Equal Voice Canada. I currently serve on the board of directors for Friends of Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Society.
For my community service, I was awarded the Canadian Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Pin, Province of Nova Scotia Volunteer Award, and Halifax Regional Municipality Volunteer Award.
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