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Cape Breton Lawyer Tuma Young was recently acclaimed as the Society’s Second Vice-President for the 2019-2020 Council year. He currently contributes his time, experience and voice as a member At-Large on Council.
We’re currently accepting 2019 At-Large Election nominations so we asked Tuma about his experience as a member At-Large on Council to give members insight into the role.

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Sharing my Perspectives with the Profession as a Member At-Large

by Tuma Young
Before serving as a member At-Large, I never gave the Society’s Council a second thought except for when it came time to pay my fees. I would grumble about the fees but it never occurred to me to find out exactly what our Council was doing. 
I now see firsthand the work that Council does and the healthy and robust discussions Council has on many issues. These discussions inform the Society’s strategic direction and initiatives.
As a member At-Large on Council, I bring my diverse views, skills and perspectives to the table. I think it’s very important for all members At-Large to think of the larger picture and of Council’s entire role.
Read more about Tuma's experience

Contribute to the Legal Profession as a Public Representative

We’re seeking a member of the public to fill a vacant Public Representative seat on Council. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to apply for this position as we aim to reflect Nova Scotia’s diverse population. The position will begin on June 15, 2019, and is a two-year renewable term for up to three terms.

Public Representatives bring their varied expertise and insight to the table and ensure that the public’s perspective is reflected in Council’s decision-making.

We encourage you to share this opportunity widely!
“Being a Public Representative on Council is very rewarding, both personally and professionally. The perspective and experience I bring to the Council table, as a woman and an African Nova Scotian, is valued by the Society’s Council,” Natalie Borden, Program Director, NS Department of Health and Wellness
Learn more about this opportunity

Your Council

2019 Halifax District Election Results

Four members were elected to the Society’s Council following the 2019 Halifax District Election (March 4-18, 2019). They will begin their two-year terms following the 2019 Annual Meeting on June 15th.

The successful candidates were Sheree Conlon QC, Josie McKinney, Michelle Kelly, Deanna Frappier QC. As Council members, these successful candidates will lead the Society and lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia's legal profession. Learn more about the newly elected Council members here. 

The results were as follows:

  • Sheree Conlon QC - 335 votes (19% of votes)
  • Josie McKinney - 312 votes (18% of votes)
  • Michelle Kelly - 309 votes (18% of votes)
  • Deanna Frappier QC - 268 votes (16% of votes) 
  • Cheryl A. Canning QC - 251 votes (15% of votes)
  • Brian K. Awad - 246 votes (14% of votes)

Voter turnout for this election was 30.96% with 579 votes of a total 1870 eligible voters casting electronic ballots.

Thank you to our members who participated in the 2019 Halifax District Election!

At-Large Election Nominations Open  

The At-Large Election, the second phase of the Council Election process following the District Election, elects both practising and non-practising members to fill in existing gaps on Council as the Society seeks a diversity of representation.

Through the At-Large Election, we seek to ensure that Council reflects the membership it represents and includes members from:

  • equity-seeking groups;
  • different practice areas (e.g., corporate, litigation, property, family, etc.);
  • different practice venues (e.g., private firm, government, legal aid, etc.); and
  • other areas of potential under-representation.

Nominations for the Society’s At-Large Election will be open from Tuesday, March 19 to Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM. All members, both practising and non-practising, are eligible to be nominated as the Society seeks to elect three At-Large members to Council.

Voting is conducted online and is open to all members from Monday, April 15 to Monday, April 22, 2019. 

Learn how to submit an At-Large Election nomination

March Council Highlights

  • 2019-2020 Budget Presentation 
  • Update from the Truth & Reconciliation Working Group
  • Southwestern District Council Vacancy
  • Council & the Society's Senior Management Team participated in a workshop on regulatory risk and outcomes


Your Practice

Nominate a Colleague for an NSBS Distinguished Service Award (April 1-May 31)

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) is presented to a member who has made significant contributions to the community, the legal profession, and to the Society. Nominations may be submitted by lawyers and the public starting April 1, 2019 until May 31, 2019. 

Learn more about the DSA here

Changes in Category

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