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Joanne Bernard

Liberal Candidate, Dartmouth North

Joanne has dedicated most of her working life to the non profit sector. For the past eight years Dartmouth North has been her main focus.

As the Executive Director of Alice Housing, Joanne was the architect of Healing the Bruises which has been internationally recognized for its work with child witnesses of violence. Under her leadership, Alice Housing has been awarded multiple national awards from the Donner Foundation and the Better Business Bureau Ethics Award for the Non Profit community.

Joanne was awarded the Peter F Drucker Award for Non Profit Management in Canada and the Holly House Hero Award for her work on homelessness in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Because of her understanding the dynamics of addiction and how it tears families apart, Joanne developed the Marguerite Centre in 2002. It is the only long term residential facility for women recovering from addictions in Nova Scotia.

Joanne has held positions on the Board of Directors of Bryony House, Silent Witness Nova Scotia and of the Federation of Community Organizations. She is currently the Co-Chair for the Metro Interagency Committee on Family Violence and Member at Large of the Public Good Society of Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Community Network.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Masters Degree in Political Science from Acadia University and is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University‘s Certificate in Leadership Excellence.

As a parent, Joanne volunteered extensively in her child’s school including Chairing the School Advisory Committee for 3 years.

Joanne is married to Annette and the mother of their adult son Taylor and 5 rescued cats.
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Your Homophobic Letter Won't Stop My Campaign

I have always been proud of my accomplishments. I have always been gay. I won the nomination for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party for the provincial riding on Darmouth North in February, and the first piece of literature I wrote introducing myself to the community stated I was married to Annette. A few days ago, my campaign staff laid a neatly hand-written letter on my desk. The feminine script was neat with no return address. The plain paper inside started with "I was interested in your campaign until I read you were married to Annette." The letter then went on to call me disgusting, gross and to say that I would never be elected and that I should find something else to do.
09/26/2013 12:24 EDT