Parkinson throws hat into ring in Ward 2

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New Glasgow’s Jessie Parkinson is running for town council to represent Ward 2.

A graduate of the University of Montreal and Dalhousie Law School, Parkinson practised criminal, personal injury and family law for 28 years in Vancouver before returning home to New Glasgow in 1999.

In 2005, Parkinson helped establish an office for Pictou County Injured Workers in downtown New Glasgow. In 2007, she was hired by the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour for a two-year pilot to implement a similar provincial-wide program advocating for injured workers. The success of the pilot led to permanent funding from the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia. Parkinson retired from the position of program director in 2015 and has since devoted her time to volunteer activities.

Through her work with several diverse organizations, Parkinson supports the community and its citizens. She is currently chair of the Board of Directors, Tearmann Society; chair of the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Dragon Boat Team; vice-president, Federation of Music Festivals of Nova Scotia; board member, New Glasgow Music Festival; youth mentor, Mentoring Plus, (a project through the Town of New Glasgow and Dalhousie College of Continuing Education); vice president, Nova Scotia Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada; and Parish Council Member, S. John the Baptist Parish where she also directs the senior choir.

“I am acutely aware of the societal changes brought about by the global pandemic, including its effects on businesses and the well-being of our community,” she says, “I believe that this is a time for community rebuilding and rebranding and I am excited about the opportunity to help develop a vision for our future.”

She continues, “New Glasgow is a beautiful town with many positive attributes. To survive and grow — flourish — we need to decide what kind of community we want to be and what kind of industry we want to attract to foster diversified growth.” She believes this will require vision, experience, leadership and collaboration and knows she possesses all of these skills. She says her education and experience position her to take a seat at the council table ready to act as an effective representative for the people of Ward 2.

“I will listen to you and work hard to earn your vote.”

For more about Parkinson visit www.jessie4ward2.org and see her on Facebook.