Municipality of the County of Inverness

Our Council

Municipal Council consists of 6 elected Councillors representing a population of 13,190. Elections are held every four years with the next one taking place in October, 2020. Council chooses its own Warden by ballot. A similar process is used to elect a Deputy Warden.

Council meetings are held on a monthly basis, on the first Thursday of each month. In the event of a holiday, Council meets on the following day, Friday. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers which is located on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Administration Building. Council meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

Occasionally, meetings are required outside the regularly scheduled dates. When this occurs, notice of such meetings is broadcast via the local media and posted in the news section of this website. Committee meetings and Public Hearings are scheduled on an as required basis.

Warden Laurie Cranton

Warden Laurie Cranton

District 2 (Margaree/St. Joseph)

Telephone (C): 902-323-0019

I live in Margaree Centre. My wife Mary Ann and I have four grown children, and several grandchildren. I have dedicated the better part of my life working to promote positive community and economic growth. I am working to do exactly the same for the county and District 2 now that I have been elected to Council. As someone with a passion for my community, I believe that the residents of this county can accomplish great things if we work together.

I have worked and volunteered in community development and other county initiatives. With experience that spans grassroots community development (Cranton Cross Roads Community Centre and the River Valley Equestrian Centre); research with the Government of Nova Scotia on Off-Highway Vehicle strategies as chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health Promotion and Minister of Natural Resources; as well as trail development strategies, serving as chairman of Cape Breton Island Pathways Association and Inverness County Trails Federation; and service on numerous boards (including chairman for Homes for Independent Living; Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia; Margaree Tourism Association; Vice Chair of the National Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations) plus various committees (United Way; Pan Am Games; Rick Hanson’s World Tour; Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation; and the North East Margaree Credit Union and Highland Credit Union), I hope that my breadth of experience will be an asset to Council. In addition to volunteering with non-profit organizations, I have also worked as an Employment and Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, assisting persons with disabilities.

Going forward, I believe that improving cell phone service and high speed Internet are major issues for the municipality and that senior and low-income housing are critical areas of infrastructure that must be addressed.

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Deputy Warden Bonny MacIsaac

Deputy Warden Bonny MacIsaac

District 3 (Inverness/Glenville/Dunvegan)

Telephone (C): 902-323-0015

I am a mother of four, grandmother to three, a proud military mom.  I have always been an active member of numerous community committees as I believe not only is the volunteer the lifeblood of an organization but of our small communities.

I have an extensive background in dealing with the public. My list of involvements is numerous, here are some of the highlights: The first female firefighter on the Inverness Volunteer Fire Department (13 years). Vice President of the Inverness Development Association for 8 years. Secretary for Inverness’ 100th Anniversary Committee and helped organise events and raise funds that were distributed to community groups afterwards. Member of the R.C.M.P. Advisory Board for Inverness District. I was on the original committee and trained to bring LifeFlight to our area, which has since saved numerous lives! Breaking the Silence – Suicide Prevention, educating the public and trying to improve the awareness of mental health concerns throughout the general public. In 2005, I developed and presented a program geared towards Junior and Senior High School students on Depression, Schizophrenia and Suicide Prevention. I will always provide a listening ear to those that need it.

I have always believed it is important for our elected officials to  promote physical and mental health wellness to their citizens. I have in the past two decades been recognised both provincially and nationally for my work on smoking prevention. I was an Ambassador for The Better Choice Challenge with CBC’s Steven and Chris, again being recognised for encouraging mental, physical and financial wellbeing of consumers in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

I am the National Founder of Tar Wars Canada, a smoking prevention program for children. After seeing the results this program had,  I volunteered to bring it to Canada. The American Academy of Family Physicians in Washington, D.C. granted me permission to adapt their program so I could deliver it to our youth. In turn it made a great program better and targeted a wider age group than 12 year olds.  It has been presented across Canada with various health boards – including with McGill University medical residents. Our local Health Board funded the program and I presented it to students across Cape Breton. UCCB, now Cape Breton University in Sydney had also employed me to give the program to their mature students. I also did nutrition and budgeting programs for them when requested. As well as sun sense to our school aged children.

I worked with special needs children for just over two decades. I see the challenges faced in our communities on many levels. I am an award winning consumer columnist/advocate and a former national radio columnist. For over twenty five years I have informed and helped consumers through a weekly column with the Inverness Oran.

These days I have been enjoying being involved with Cape Breton Film in hopes of attracting the industry and it’s spin-offs to our area. Tourism to our area is another passion. I believe that we can make Inverness County a year round destination. I am working on opening a Spiritual Lending Library. Another personal project is my relentless effort to verify the sanctity of Rev. Father Archie MacLellan.

I have been involved in politics longer than I can remember, over 40 years! I have held several volunteer positions on the Inverness PC Association during Former Premier and Inverness MLA Rodney MacDonald’s time in office and as well our current MLA Allan MacMaster. In 2012, I became President, which I stepped aside from in 2019. I have been recognised locally and on a provincial level for my involvement. It has given me a good knowledge of government regulations and programs.

I care about our community and the value good government can bring to my fellow citizens. And, it starts with your local councillor.  We need strong leadership especially with the challenges that COVID-19 has added to our daily lives.

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Councillor Alfred Poirier

Councillor Alfred Poirier

District 1 (Cheticamp/Pleasant Bay/Meat Cove)

Telephone (W): 902-224-5817

Telephone (C): 902-323-0017

Alfred Poirier represents District #1 – Meat Cove, Pleasant Bay and Cheticamp in the Municipality of the County of Inverness. He is married to Lucille, has two daughters, Joanne and Jennifer and is also the proud grandfather to Jacob and Julien. Alfred is very active in community organizations and is past president of Le Conseil Économique de Cheticamp.

As past owner of two Recycling Depots, two Dollar Stores and an Insurance Broker, Alfred will bring experience to Council and wants to concentrate much of his efforts on the economy of the County. He always has time to assist seniors, the underprivileged and his community. Alfred resides in Point Cross, Cheticamp.

Il me fera plaisir de vous servir. N’hesitez pas de me contracter si je peux vous assister.

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Councillor John MacLennan

Councillor John MacLennan

District 4 (Whycocomagh/Orangedale/Ainslie)

Telephone (C): 902-323-0018

I am a former resident of Dunvegan who now resides in Blues Mills with my family. I have coached little league baseball and minor hockey and also volunteered with the Whycocomagh and area Lions Club and other organizations. Most recently I have been a member of the Inverness Consolidated Hospital board and chaired the board for three years. I am a businessman and certified plumbing tradesman and have worked as a plumbing and heating contractor for a number of years.

I wish to thank the residents of my District for their vote of confidence. I promise to work hard to represent them and bring their concerns forward to Council.

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Councillor Lynn Chisholm

Councillor Lynn Chisholm

District 5 (Port Hood/Mabou)

Telephone (C): 902-323-0016

Office address:
Port Hood Resource Centre
214 Main St, Port Hood, NS B0E 2W0
Monday to Friday: 3pm – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – noon (by appointment only)

Raised in community minded Mabou, I moved to ‘picturesque’ Port Hood when I married Cyril. We have two grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. As such I learned a great deal about the two communities, seen and discovered from the vantage point of longtime resident; a wife and working mother;  educators I worked with for 23 years with the SRCE , and many acquaintances and friends over four decades. My involvement with community organizations and committees include: Port Hood Area Development, Chestico Museum & Historical Society, chair Chestico Days Committee,  founder and chair Port Hood Central Park Ceilidhs , founder and chair Murphy’s Pond Music Festival, founder and director of several “Ole Opry” talent shows.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done, be the change you wish to see in the world” 

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Councillor Catherine Gillis

Councillor Catherine Gillis

District 6 (Port Hastings/Judique/West Bay)

Telephone (C): 902-323-0209

I am a lifelong  resident of Judique . I have one daughter Crystal  and a son in law Stephen Dame and two lovely grandkids Jessie and Conrad Romie. I spent 6 years at ST FX and have worked for over 25 years in the Insurance Industry. I have volunteered on a number of community committees including Judique Recreation Association, parish council, and Municipal Homes board.

I am committed to serving the residents of District 6. I will work diligently with my fellow councillors and municipal staff to advance the interest and issues of the county.

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