Mayor Karen Mattatall
Four years ago I first had the great privilege of being elected Mayor of our wonderful Town. On Oct. 15 of this year I was again honoured with that privilege.
During the last term, your Council recognized the importance of long-term planning that would continue to move our town forward. As a result we now plan projects 5 years out.
As part of that planning process, we have developed many new policies, created much needed operating and capital reserves, introduced a tax rebate for low income residents, improved deteriorating infrastructure including culvert replacement that has finally addressed the south end flooding, replaced sidewalks, and resurfaced streets. Additionally, staff have accessed millions of dollars in external funding that have allowed us to replace the Guild Hall, install new signage, widen some streets to create bicycle lanes, and upgrade our sewer treatment plant. They continually look for additional funding opportunities for the betterment of our community.
We will continue to move Shelburne forward making it a very attractive place for residents and businesses.
Karen is a long time resident of the Town of Shelburne. She has been a business owner/operator in our Town for over thirty (30) years and is the current owner of the Men’s Place Barber Shop.
Our Mayor is the proud mother of three adult children including two daughters and a son; she is the grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren. Her daughters live in Ottawa and Alberta respectively with the oldest working as a Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Ottawa and the younger as Rooms Division Manager at Sodexo Canada. Her son is a lobster fisherman and carpenter who is now living in Shelburne with his wife.
Since moving back home to Shelburne in 1983, Karen has been an active volunteer contributing numerous hours, in a variety of roles, for the following organizations:
- Past Chair of Little People’s Place
- Past Chair of Shelburne Elementary Home and School
- Past Chair of Shelburne Regional High School Advisory Committee
- Past Vice Chair of Crime Stoppers
- Past Chair of Community Health Board
- Member of the Southwest District Health Authority
- Coordinator of Shelburne Regional High School Replacement Committee
- Past Treasurer of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #63
- Past Member of the Tri-County District School Board
- Past President of Nova Scotia Barbers’ Association
In addition to the time spent on these boards, Karen has been actively organizing events and fundraisers in the community including Community Christmas Giving Tree, Shelburne Street Dance, Support our Troops Ball Tournament, Tsumani in Indonesia Fundraiser, Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser, The Bill Cox Roast, volunteer bartender at the Osprey Arts Centre, and volunteer at the Christmas Dinner provided by the Anglican Church Hall to name a few.