TRENTON – Well-known community leader Nicole LeBlanc is adding her name to the ballot to be a voice at the Trenton Town Council table.
“I’ve spent much of my life listening to and appreciating the wisdom of those generations who built Trenton and our community, and am looking to provide a voice for the young people who have chosen and will choose Trenton as their home,” said LeBlanc. “I’m ready to work, I’m not afraid to ask questions, and I’m ready for a new way to contribute to this community.”
Growing up in Pictou County, LeBlanc has worked and volunteered to build a stronger community. The past chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County and as Big Sister to Brianna, LeBlanc also served as a director for the New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee and actively participates in a variety of community fundraising efforts. She is a board member of the Pictou County YMCA, on the leadership team for Pulse Pictou County, and volunteers with the annual Ride the River.
“Nicole’s commitment and dedication to the youth in our community while serving on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County has been second to none,” said BBBS of Pictou County Board chair, Trish Fraser. “Nicole puts her heart in everything she does, always with a greater Pictou County in mind. The time she gives to our organization to help us invest in the youth of our community is directly aligned with Nicole’s passion to have a brighter Pictou County.”
LeBlanc has proudly served on the Hemlock Group since its inception, which is the community group taking leadership on the $3.8 million Trenton Park Revitalization Project.
“I can attest to Nicole’s commitment and dedication to a project,” said Jenn Bethell, chair of the Hemlock Group. “This process started over six years ago and Nicole has persevered to see the project come to fruition. Her education, experience, and enthusiasm rounded out a skill set that was key to advancing this large scale capital project and our exciting subsequent success. I hope the residents of Trenton recognize how very fortunate they would be to have someone as accomplished and progressive as Nicole LeBlanc on council.”
A graduate of St. Francis Xavier and Mount Saint Vincent universities, LeBlanc began her career helping bring the Pictou County Wellness Centre to life in her role as communications and fundraising manager. Once the Wellness Centre was up and running she moved to Sobeys Head Office as a communications specialist. In late 2015, she invested in her community again, moving to a new role where she worked as director of communications for MP Sean Fraser.
Since 2018, LeBlanc has been working to recruit much-needed healthcare providers and students to Pictou County in the role of project navigator for Healthy Pictou County — a physician-led community strengthening effort.
“Nicole has always demonstrated steadfast commitment to the people of Pictou County, and has been passionate about ensuring that we all continue to move forward together, celebrating our successes and focusing on making our home more vibrant, socially connected, welcoming and economically successful,” said Dr. Aaron Smith. “She has a rich understanding of how communities and municipalities can act to improve our health and wellbeing, and I hope that the voters in Trenton see this and allow her to bring this knowledge forward in municipal government.”
LeBlanc describes herself as “optimistic but realistic.”
The candidate calls Seventh Street home with her fiancé John, himself the co-owner of a family-run small business specializing in moving houses across the region. Many may recognize LeBlanc from her many walks through the streets and trails with her six-year-old boxer, Tyson.