Bill Karsten was elected to Regional Council in 2004 to represent District 7, Portland - East Woodlawn. He was elected by acclamation in 2008, and was re-elected in 2012 to represent the residents of the new District 3, Dartmouth South -Eastern Passage. Councillor Karsten was elected by acclamation again in 2016. The District boundaries includes the areas of Portland Estates, Portland Hills, Russell Lake West, portions of East Woodlawn, Eastern Passage, Cow Bay, Shearwater and South Woodside.
Born in Holland and immigrating to Canada as a young boy, Bill has lived in Dartmouth for 40 years with his wife Muriel. He is extremely proud of his two daughters and three granddaughters.
He has a thirty-year business background in Sales, Marketing and Management. Prior to Public Service, he spent twenty-two years as District Manager (Atlantic Canada) for Curtis Industries of Canada Ltd. In June 2016, Bill was elected the 3rd Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
A dedicated volunteer, he has coached several Woodlawn Softball teams, organized local and provincial tournaments and has done extensive fundraising. He was an active member of the Canadian Cancer Society. He also served as Vice President of Child Find Nova Scotia and on the Board of Directors of Child Find Canada.
Councillor Karsten is a member of the following Boards and Committees:
- Audit & Finance Standing Committee - Chair
- Environment & Sustainability Standing Committee
- Harbour East Marine Drive Community Council - Chair
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - 3rd Vice President and board member