Town Council meets twice each month and all meetings of Council are open to the public. View the Council meeting schedule for 2018 here
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Mayor Sandra Snow
Mayor Sandra Snow and her spouse, Richard have lived in Kentville since September 1994. They moved here to raise their only son in a small town, where the kids he started with in primary at KCA, would be the same ones he graduated with at NKEC. Sandra retired from the RCAF in 1999, as a Master Warrant Officer. Upon retirement she went to work for an engineering firm in Halifax. In 2000, her services were contracted to the RCAF at 14 Wing. She was employed by Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit as the Suitability Project Officer in support of the upgrades to the CP140 Aurora Aircraft. The contract ended in March 2015. In September 2014, Sandra was presented with the Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award for her contribution to aerospace in Canada. Sandra has always been committed to her community, serving as a volunteer with a number of local groups. She is a runner. Sandra and Richard own the Grand Street Inn B&B, which Richard operates year round. They have one cat, JoJo. Their son Alex lives and works in Calgary AB.
Councilor Eric Bolland
Councilor Bolland lives in Kentville with his wife Laurie and his two children – Thomas and Marcel. He is the Owner of Bolland Driving Solutions. A new member of Town Council following the election of July 2005, Eric had previously served as a citizen appointee on The Police Commission and Water Commission. He is also a past member of Kentville and District Kinsmen Club, and an original member with his father Martin of the Kings County Citizen Patrol. He is past chair of the Eco-Kings Action Team with the R.D.A, past chair of UNSM’s Sustainability Practices Committee and current chair of the TOK Environmental Advisory Committee. Eric is former Chairman of the Pumpkin Mile Road Race. Eric is also a member of the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. During his free time, Eric enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his family.
Councilor John Andrew
Councilor John Andrew lives in Kentville with his wife Lisa and their children Isaiah, Ezra and two foster children. Daughters Ella, Sarah and Isabella live in Halifax and Charlottetown. John’s past experience includes being a small business owner, church pastor and a youth worker. He worked with at-risk youth in outreach and as a youth shelter manager. He is a founder of Open Arms, Inn From The Cold, SAFE House Program and is currently spearheading efforts to establish true affordable housing in Kings County. He is an ordained minister and an Acadia alumnus who is currently Executive Director of Open Arms Resource Centre Society which serves people in crisis throughout the Annapolis Valley. Open Arms is a community outreach with more than 250 volunteers serving at-risk people through three drop-in centers, a shelter program, housing for people in transition, a furniture bank and much more. John’s favorite pastimes with his family include hiking, camping, reading and visual arts.
Councilor Craig Gerrard
~Zoning regulations that retain and protect neighbourhood character and its historical appearance.
~Working with developers to build the kind of housing we need. Promoting young families to come to the area and buy those homes.
~Creating new and preserving existing green spaces. Parks and playgrounds are meeting places and promote a healthy life style.
~Retain existing business and be proactive about getting new businesses to open and move to Kentville. Our residential taxes are lower because of the commercial taxes we collect. We need new businesses in the town to maintain or even lower the residential tax rates.
~We need to support the arts and create spaces where local artists can show their work and teach the youth of our community their knowledge. Public displays of artwork encourage visitors to come to our beautiful town and want to stay.
~We need to promote the industrial park to bring good paying jobs to our community. We appreciate the businesses that are there now and want that area to grow.
~Green is the way of the future. We need to increase our use of renewable energy and promote the public to start using it. The young scientist that discovers the energy that changes the world could be living here right now.
~The police in our community are second to none. We need to maintain their presence in town and we need a community police officer. Engagement with the community is absolutely the number one way to decrease crime and continue to make Kentville a great town to live in.
We need to have absolute transparency when it come to town government. The only time we have a large number of people in town council meetings is when there are issues. I would invite all town residents to attend as many council meetings as they can and stay involved, voice their opinions and become members of committees. More ideas means more options to choose from.
And lastly we need to lead by example. We must keep our town clean and encourage all property owners to do the same. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Councilor Cathy Maxwell
Councilor Cathy Maxwell lives in Kentville and is rarely seen without her little dog Sophie in tow. Cathy is a retired school teacher who greatly enjoyed teaching and coaching hundreds of Kentville and area kids over the years. Cathy has a specialized university background in Recreation and Physical Education and has spent years volunteering with youth from across the Annapolis Valley.
Cathy’s commitment to educating and engaging seniors has heightened her interest in embracing and promoting wellness and enjoyment for all. Family values have always been what the Maxwells are all about. Having spent her life as a Kentville resident, Cathy has known this town at its finest and has a vision for connecting with the citizens of Kentville to bring our community to its highest potential. Cathy is excited to be working on Council as Chair of Parks and Recreation Committee, and sitting at the tables of the Collective Bargaining, CUPE, Police Commission, and Regional Emergency Management groups.
Deputy Mayor Lynn Pulsifer
Deputy Mayor Lynn Pulsifer lives in Kentville with her husband, Brian. They have three children…son, Greg, and daughters, Leslie Kinsella and Janet Reed. Lynn has lived in Kentville since 1983 and is now retired from the Department of Justice where she worked as a Court Reporter. She is a volunteer with the Friends of the Library and the Look Good Feel Better program at the Valley Regional Hospital. Lynn recently initiated the Margaret Atwood “Killam Corner” fundraiser for the Kentville Library. She is a new member of Council following the recent election of October, 2016, and will be serving on the Water Commission, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board, Kings Partnership Steering Committee, Kings Point-to-Point, KCA/PTA, and representative for the Friends of the Library Committee. Lynn’s favorite past-times are reading, photography, walking and spending time with family.
Councilor Cate Savage
Councilor Cate Savage lives in Kentville and enjoys the friendly welcoming atmosphere Kentville provides. Cate graduated from SMU with a Degree in Psychology. Cate is a long time Banker and has held various positions with different financial institutions and is currently with RBC, as Senior Commercial Account Manager for the Valley and South Shore regions.
Cate is a past President of the Kentville Development Corporation Limited, Past President and Co-Founder of the Valley Woman’s Business Network Association, Past Chair and current Director of Landmark East Association, and Chair of the Landmark East Foundation. Cate is a director of the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, a group who has been active in lobbying for a Hospice in Kentville, and is also proud to call herself a Rotarian.
Cate enjoys running and cycling and appreciates the opportunities Kentville provides for staying active. She very much enjoys giving back to her community in and around the Town of Kentville, which she affectionately refers to as “a gem”, and is excited to be serving on Kentville’s Town Council.