Celebrating Women in Municipal Politics

For decades, women have been elected to municipal governments in the Halifax region. The following is a chronological list of elected women in the City of Halifax (1841-1996), County of Halifax (1880-1996), Town/City of Dartmouth (1873-1996), Town of Bedford (1979-1996), and the amalgamated Halifax Regional Municipality (1996-present). This chronology is based on the Municipal Archives' list of elected officials for the Halifax region.

1930s and 1940s

Black and white photograph of a group of councillors, 1940s

Halifax County Council including Mary King, ca. 1940s. Photograph by Allen Fraser. HMA 312-1F-010

Catherine MacLean Sullivan - first female Alderman, City of Halifax, Ward 3, 1934-1940

Mary Theresa King - first female Councillor, County of Halifax, District 27; Canada's first female councillor in a rural municipality, 1938-1949

Mary Theresa King‐Myers - Councillor, District 27, County of Halifax, 1949-1950

Portrait of Abbie Lane

Portrait of Abbie Lane from photographic collage of Halifax City Council & staff, 1955, 102-1P.002

1950s

Abbie Lane - Alderman, Ward 2, City of Halifax, 1951-1965; first female Deputy Mayor, 1954-1955

Gladys W. Guptill - first female Councillor, Town of Dartmouth, Ward 3, 1952-1960; Deputy Mayor, 1957-1958

Mary Theresa King‐Myers - Councillor, District 27, County of Halifax, 1956-1958

Eileen Stubbs - Councillor, District 14, County of Halifax, 1958-1960

1960s

Eileen Stubbs - Councillor, Ward 6, Town of Dartmouth, 1960-1960; Alderman, Ward 6, City of Dartmouth, 1961‐1971; Deputy Mayor, 1967-1968

Mary Theresa King-Myers - Councillor, District 6, County of Halifax, 1961-1967

Norma Mosher - Councillor, District 23, County of Halifax, 1964-1967

Silvia F. Hudson - Councillor, District 6, County of Halifax, 1967-1973

Margaret B. Snair - Councillor, District 7, County of Halifax, 1969-1973

1970s

Colour photograph of a woman wearing the robes and chain of office for the City of Dartmouth

Dartmouth Mayor Eileen Stubbs, [197-?]. Dartmouth Heritage Museum Collection, 1983.058.025

Margaret Stanbury - Alderman, Ward 6, City of Halifax, 1971-1977; Deputy Mayor, 1974-1975

Silvia F. Hudson - Councillor, District 14, County of Halifax, 1973-1976

Eileen Stubbs - first female Mayor, City of Dartmouth, 1973-1977

Brenda M. Shannon - Alderman, Ward 2, City of Halifax, 1974-1980; Deputy Mayor, 1977-1978

Elizabeth A. Lawrence - Councillor, District 3, County of Halifax, 1975-1981

Francene J. Cosman - Councillor, District 17, County of Halifax, 1976-1979

Colour photograph of a woman

County Warden Elizabeth Lawrence, [197?]. Posted with permission of Sherman Hines. HMA 312-1F-28.

Barbara Hart - Alderman, Ward 5, City of Dartmouth, 1976-1983; Deputy Mayor, 1982-1983

Helena D. Poirier - Councillor, District 2, County of Halifax, 1976-1991

Nancy Wooden - Alderman, Ward 7, City of Halifax, 1977-1982

Doris Crawford Maley - Alderman, Ward 1, City of Halifax, 1977-1982; Deputy Mayor, 1981-1982

Francene J. Cosman - first female Mayor, Town of Bedford, 1979-1982

Elizabeth A. Lawrence Salton - first female Warden, County of Halifax, 1979-1982

Lois Wiseman - Councillor, District 20, County of Halifax, 1979-1988; Deputy Warden, 1985-1988

1980s

Phyllis Doyle - first female Councillor, Town of Bedford, 1982-1985

Jean Beeler - Alderman, Ward 2, City of Dartmouth, 1983-1986

Eileen Stubbs - Alderman, Ward 5, City of Dartmouth, 1983-1986

Deborah Grant - Alderman, Ward 1, City of Halifax, 1985-1989

Moira Leiper Ducharme - Alderman, Ward 10, City of Halifax, 1985-1991; Deputy Mayor, 1989-1990

Gloria McCluskey - Alderman, Ward 4, City of Dartmouth, 1986-1992; Deputy Mayor, 1991-1992

Peggy Draper - Councillor, Town of Bedford, 1988-1991

Marie O'Malley - Alderman, Ward 5, City of Halifax, 1988-1994; Deputy Mayor, 1990-1991

Anne Cosgrove - Councillor, Town of Bedford, 1988-1996

Judy Smiley - Councillor, District 11, County of Halifax, 1988-1996

1990s

Anne Cosgrove - Councillor, Town of Bedford, 1990-1991; Deputy Mayor, 1991-1992

Moira Leiper Ducharme - first female Mayor, City of Halifax, 1991-1994

Mary Ann Crowley - Alderman, Ward 11, City of Halifax, 1991-1996

Gloria McCluskey - second female Mayor, City of Dartmouth, 1992-1996

Barbara Joan Pryde - Councillor, Town of Bedford, 1994-1996

Kate Carmichael - Alderman, Ward 2, City of Halifax, 1994-1996

COlour photograph of a woman stadning beside a chair wearing the Mayor's chain of office for the City of Halifax

Halifax Mayor Moira Ducharme, 1992. Posted with permission of Jarvis of Halifax. HMA 102-5-1-87.1

Sue Edmonds - Alderman, Ward 6, City of Dartmouth, 1994-1994

Colleen Hache - Councillor, District 19, County of Halifax, 1994-1996

Theresa Scratch - Councillor, District 20, County of Halifax, 1994-1996

Lynn Turner - Councillor, District 23, County of Halifax, 1994-1996

Sheila Fougere - Councillor, HRM District 14 Connaught-Quinpool, 1998-2008

Sue M. Uteck - Councillor, HRM District 13 Northwest Arm-South End, 1999-2012; Deputy Mayor, 2006-2007

Colour photograph of a woman standing beside a chair wearing the mayor's chain of office for the City of Dartmouth

Dartmouth Mayor Gloria McCluskey, [199-]. Dartmouth Heritage Museum collection, 1996.013.001.011

2000s

Colour photograph of a group of councillors

HRM Council, including Sheila Fougere and Sue Uteck, ca. 1999. HMA 400-5-1-11C

Diana Whalen - Councillor, HRM District 16, Rockingham-Wentworth, 2000-2003

Dawn Marie Sloane - Councillor, HRM District 12 Halifax Downtown, 2000-2012

Linda Diane Mosher - Councillor, HRM District 17 Purcell's Cove-Armdale, 2000-2012

Krista Snow - Councillor, HRM District 2 Waverly-Fall River-Beaver Bank, 2003-2008

Debbie Hum - Councillor, HRM District 16, Rockingham-Wentworth, 2003-2012

Becky Kent - Councillor, HRM District 8 Woodside-Eastern Passage, 2004-2008

Mary Wile - Councillor, HRM District 10 Clayton Park West, 2004-2012

Gloria McCluskey - Councillor, HRM District 5 Dartmouth Centre, 2004-2012

Jackie Barkhouse - Councillor, HRM District 8 Woodside-Eastern Passage, 2007-2012

Jennifer Watts - Councillor, HRM District 14 Connaught-Quinpool, 2008-2012

Lorelei Nicoll - Councillor, HRM District 4 Cole Harbour, 2008-2012

2010s

Lorelei Nicoll - Councillor, HRM District 4 Cole Harbour-Westphal, 2012-2020; Deputy Mayor, 2014-2015

Gloria McCluskey - Councillor, HRM District 5 Dartmouth Centre, 2012-2016

Jennifer Watts - Councillor HRM District 8 Peninsula North, 2012-2016

Linda Mosher - Councillor HRM District 9 Peninsula West-Armdale, 2012-2016

Lisa Blackburn - Councillor, HRM District 14 Upper/Middle Sackville-Beaver Bank, 2016-present;  Deputy Mayor, 2019-present

2020s

Cathy Deagle Gammon - Councillor, HRM District 1 Waverley, Fall River and Musquodoboit Valley, 2020-present

Becky Kent - Councillor, HRM District 3 Dartmouth South - Eastern Passage, 2020-present

Trish Purdy - Councillor, HRM District 4 Cole Harbour Westphal Cherry Brook, 2020-present

Kathryn Morse - Councillor, HRM District 10 Halifax - Bedford Basin, 2020-present

Patty Cuttell - Councillor, HRM District 11 - Spryfield - Sambro Loop - Prospect Road, 2020-present   

Iona Stoddard - Councillor, HRM District 12 Timberlea - Beechville - Clayton Park - Wedgewood, 2020-present

Pam Lovelace - Councillor, HRM District 13 Hammonds Plains - St. Margaret's, 2020-present 

Lisa Blackburn - Councillor, HRM District 14 Upper/Middle Sackville-Beaver Bank, 2020-present;  Deputy Mayor, 2019-present