Caucus Whip Critic Responsibilities: Department of Education Committee(s): Standing Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Kim Masland is a life-long resident of Queens County. Growing up in North Queens with 3 brothers, Kim was an avid sports player and fan and quickly learned the values of teamwork and communication. Kim attended the North Queens School system graduating in 1988. She went on to Halifax Business Academy where she graduated with a diploma in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Kim worked with Royal Bank of Canada in Liverpool for 8 years in Personal Banking. During her banking career, Kim was the recipient of many quarterly performance awards and the recipient of the Top Performer Award in 1995 - an award given to those who display exemplified customer service, sales and team building. Kim always put her clients first and was able to deliver innovation and growth while being held to the highest standards to build trust. While juggling a young family, caring for her grandparents and continuing with her successful career, Kim always carried forth the strong political values of her grandfather. Volunteering in many political campaigns, Kim’s strong work ethic, commitment and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed by Progressive Conservative Party of Canada candidate Gerald Keddy. In 1997, Kim made the decision to follow her dreams and enter the political world accepting the position of Chief of Staff for Gerald Keddy, MP. Kim worked with Keddy serving the constituents of the ridings of South Shore and South Shore-St. Margaret’s. During her 18 years as a political staffer, Kim assisted constituents in key areas such as Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. She also assisted community organizations and municipal governments to navigate and apply for federal funding. Her proudest accomplishment was assisting Mr. Keddy to secure federal funding for the North Queens Business Centre & Innovation Hub. There are not many projects that you can name in Queens-Shelburne that Kim was not involved in in some way or another. Many of you may recognize Kim as she attended meetings, functions and speaking engagements throughout the riding in Mr. Keddy’s absence. She was also an integral part of Mr. Keddy’s six successful election campaigns. Kim’s service in the Member of Parliament’s office has provided her with the experience, the compassion and the training to understand and advocate for the issues facing Nova Scotians and more locally the riding of Queens-Shelburne. Upon Keddy’s retirement in 2015, Kim accepted the position of Coordinator for the Queens County Senior Safety Program as she saw the position as a way to give back to her community. As Coordinator, Kim has made a tremendous impact in hundreds of seniors’ lives. Kim is very proud of the relationships she has developed with so many seniors in Queens County and the assistance she has been able to provide in the areas of accessible affordable housing, transportation, social isolation, health and well-being, and safety issues. Kim has positively contributed to many seniors and their families’ lives. Kim’s role has allowed, and continues to allow, many seniors to live healthy, happy and independently in their own homes. Her dedication to this program is way beyond the call of duty. Kim is a foot soldier of the community always available and willing to do whatever is asked of her without expectation of recognition or reward. Kim is an active member in her community, often seen at local sports functions supporting local teams and athletes. She is a member of the V.O.N. Queens Branch, Queens County Senior Safety Association, Queens Care Society, a participating member of an Ad hoc committee advocating for accessible transportation in Queens, a driving force to launch Helping Hands in South Queens, a former director of Queens County Rink Association, former assistant coach/manager of High School Basketball, former Crime Prevention director and host parent to 7 International students. Kim has also been the recipient of Volunteer of the Year for Queens-Shelburne PC party in 2013-2014. Kim’s work ethic is admirable as well as her compassion and concern for her fellow citizens needs. She has a deep love of our country and province and believes strongly in rural values. Kim enjoys all sports, cooking, campfires, interior design, gardening, photography, and politics. Kim is the proud mother of two girls and a very handsome grandson. Kim resides in Liverpool with her husband Adam and two dogs.