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About Pauline


1954 Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland… I grew up in self-employed household of small shop-keepers.

1973 Immigrated to Ottawa, Canadian Citizen since 1975

1976 Moved to Kings County

Married 41-years to Gerald Cudmore

2 Sons & 2 Daughters (in-law)… Dorion Cudmore (Anna-Leigh Snyder), Keswick Ridge, NB; Adam Cudmore (Monique Harvie), Ellershouse, NS.


Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers 1975; Honours Degree Psychology 1989 & Masters Degree Sociology Acadia 1990, Adult Education Certificate, Dalhousie University 1992. I was the first member of my immediate and extended family to graduate from university. 


1990-2003 Executive Director in non-profit sector (Planned Parenthood of Nova Scotia, Annapolis Valley-Hants Community Action Program for Children-Established Kids Action Program, YWCA Halifax).

1990-2012 Independent researcher, communications specialist, and project manager (Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Halifax). Latest major project “Loving Care” series, Nova Scotia Department of Health’s provincial publication for families with children aged 0-3 years.

Volunteer work as board director locally, provincially and nationally. Author of Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card 1999-2009.

2012-2016 Kings County Councillor.


2011. Nova Scotia Environmental Network Eco-Heroes Award for Save Our Soils, No Farms No Food campaign.

2009. Spirit Award. Association of Fundraising Professionals, Nova Scotia Chapter. Recognizes excellence by volunteer fundraisers in the Maritimes.

2002. Queens Golden Jubilee Medal awarded by the Governor General of Canada for sustained contribution over and above what might reasonably be expected of paid employment or voluntary action.
2000. Deputy Minister of Health’s Annual Award for Team Excellence and Achievement. Given to one Canadian individual or team each year to mark extraordinary contribution to the health and well-being of Canadians.
1997. Nova Scotia Community Action Program for Children Outstanding Leadership Award commemorating lobby efforts that eradicated a 51.9% cut ($200M) in annual federal funding to 365 family resource associations across Canada. (Funding remains in place and supports Kids Action Program here in Kings County).


2006. Unfolding the Community Action Program for Children Experience in Cape Breton. Family Place, Sydney.
2005. If Spaces Could Talk: A decade of Progress with Vulnerable Families and Children in Atlantic Canada. Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures Inc. (Also available in French).
2003. Linking Empowerment-Based Evaluation and Social Change: Family-Focused Research Using Community Development Strategies. In Making a Difference: Research and Families, Allen & Unwin.
2001. Politics and Practice of Empowerment Evaluation and Social Interventions. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.
1998. Role of Evaluators in Participatory Action Research. American Evaluation Association Conference. Chicago, IL.
1999-2009. Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
1990-Present. Many published editorials on issues of women and children's health, poverty and social justice issues.

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