Deputy Mayor Lisa Blackburn is a lifelong resident of District 14, graduating from Sackville High School in 1986 and earning an honours degree in journalism from the University of Kings College in Halifax.
Lisa feels blessed to have been able to grow her career in the city where she was raised, working as a broadcast journalist in radio and television with Q-104, LITE 92.9, ATV and Global. Lisa has also worked in print as a newspaper columnist with The Daily News and most recently as a web reporter with CBC.
Giving back to the city that has given her so much has always been a priority for Lisa. Her community service work includes leadership roles with the Cobequid Community Health Centre, Crime Stoppers, The MS Society, The Metro United Way, Muscular Dystrophy, the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre and local schools.
In 2015, Lisa was presented with the HRM Volunteer Award and sees serving a municipal councillor as a natural extension of her community service.
Married a decade, Deputy Mayor Lisa Blackburn lives in Beaver Bank with her husband Jamie Paterson and daughter, Bronwyn who graduates from high school this year. She also has a 22-year-old step-daughter who lives in London, Ontario.
Councillor Blackburn is a member of the following boards and committees:
- North West Community Council, Vice-Chair
- Appeals Standing Committee
- Environment and Sustainability Standing Committee
- Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Halifax Regional Library Board
- Special Events Advisory Committee
- North West Planning Advisory Committee
- Discover Halifax
- Halifax Water Commission