I live in Rockland, Kings County, with my husband and our three children. I’m a seventh generation member of Lutz Family Farm where we grow apples and peaches. I was born in Berwick and raised on the farm, where I developed strong roots in the Valley.
I have served one four-year term representing District 7 as both Councillor and Deputy Mayor from 2016-2020, and was re-elected in 2020. Council again elected me as Deputy Mayor for a two-year term. District 7 encompasses the communities of Berwick East, South and West, Blue Mountain, Canaan, Casey’s Corner, Forest Home, Highbury, Murphy’s Lake, North and South Alton, Prospect, Rockland, South Cambridge, South Waterville, Tupper Lake, Welton Landing, Windermere, and parts of Aylesford Lake and White Rock.
My lifelong passion for building resilient communities led me to earn a degree in Political Science and Philosophy from St. Thomas University, followed by a master’s degree at Acadia in Social and Political Thought with a focus on municipal government, where I was a recipient of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I also completed the Nova Scotia Municipal Internship Program in the Municipality of Cumberland County in 2012.
I served as Vice President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities in 2020, and am serving as the President in 2021. I am and have been a volunteer for Grand View Manor, Berwick and District Nursery School, Kings Doctor Recruitment Committee, Engage Nova Scotia, and I’m a member of the South Berwick Women’s Institute. I love my work on Council and see it as an incredible way to give back to the community and create positive change.