Joan Gauvin District 19 Borden-Kinkora

Joan has lived in Central Bedeque, since moving to the Island in 2010. Joan, her parents and husband have been New Democrats since the mid 1960s with the election of Ed Schreyer.  She was born in Dunrea, Manitoba in 1942. Her parents were struggling farmers who ran a half section mixed farm in Cartwright, Manitoba. Her husband was from New Brunswick where they were married and lived as newlyweds. Joan worked as a Registered Nurse after her training at Misericordia General Hospital in Winnipeg. Her nursing career continued until 2007. Nursing lead her to be an advocate and problem solver in her community. Her four living children reside in Winnipeg, Calgary and in the States. She is a regular visitor with her eleven grandchildren who are precious to her. Joan and her husband made three work sojourns to Africa where they served with a congregation of Sisters in Lesotho. They also went to Congo as international observers in their election in 2006. Joan’s husband passed away last year due to complications of a neurodegenerative disease. Joan has a passion for knowing what’s going on in the world. She believes in New Democratic values of social justice, equal opportunity for all, food security, affordable housing, security, basic income guarantee and commitment to combatting the causes and effects of climate change. Corporate land ownership on the Island is a real concern of hers. She is an active Member of Women’s Institute, Catholic Women’s League and is involved with church choir