Dorothy Shephard / Saint John Lancaster

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Dorothy Shephard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the September 27, 2010 provincial election as the MLA for Saint John Lancaster. On October 9th, 2012 she was sworn in as Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities.

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Shephard graduated from Saint John Vocational School in 1979.

Shephard has been a volunteer since her teens, beginning with little league baseball and Scouts Canada; a program aimed at youth engagement and development.

Since graduating, she has been actively involved with the IODE, for which she still sponsors an annual fundraising dinner and Spruce Lake Women’s Institute. She also dedicated considerable time to the Homeless Women’s Shelter.

Through her business affiliations Shephard has been a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses and the Saint John Board of Trade. She remains a member of Saint John Women Business Owners – a group of women entrepreneurs who support each other and their communities.

As an MLA she continues her dedication to many community driven and charitable organizations within the Saint John area.

She has also been a member of several legislative committees that touch on community essentials such as business, policy, and health care. They include Public Accounts, Estimates (Chair), Health, Select Committees on Point Lepreau and Legislative Reform. In addition, she chaired the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick’s Southern Regional Caucus from September, 2010 to August, 2012.

Prior to becoming involved in politics, Shephard owned and operated a Benjamin Moore Colour Center, a retail decorating store, for 15 years.

Dorothy and her husband Art have been married for over 30 years and live on Saint John’s lower west side.

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