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Pauline Raven


Career Highlights

  • 2017. Appointed as a Justice of the Peace
  • 2012–present. Municipal councillor for the County of Kings (re-elected in 2016 for a 2nd 4-yr term)
  • 2003–2011. Independent contractor in research, communications, and project management. Latest major project was the “Loving Care” series, the Nova Scotia Department of Health’s provincial publication for families with children aged 0–3 years
  • 1990–2003. Administration and program development at a senior level in the non-profit sector, including 8 years at the Annapolis Valley–Hants Community Action Program for Children (CAP-C)

Examples of Volunteer Work

  • Author of Annual Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card for 10 years
  • Research Associate, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Founding Member, No Farms No Food
  • Director of non-profit boards locally (Valley Community Learning Association), provincially (Chair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–NS); and nationally (Fundraising Chair, Women’s Legal Education Action Fund)
  • Raising funds for charities, most recently Open Arms Resource Centre, Kentville, Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust, and Oxfam Canada


  • 2019. Nomination: Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Community Leader for Betterment Award.
  • 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. Government of Canada Deputy Minister of Health’s Annual Award for Team Excellence and Achievement. Given to one 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.

Significant Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1999–2009. Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
  • 1998. Role of Evaluators in Participatory Action Research. American Evaluation Association Conference. Chicago, Ill.

Published editorials are available on request related to Poverty Initiatives and Women’s Reproductive Health.


  • Certificate Adult Education, Dalhousie U., 1992
  • Masters Sociology, Acadia U., 1990
  • BSc (Honours) Psychology, Acadia U., 1989


Pauline immigrated to Canada from Northern Ireland in 1973 and became a Canadian citizen in 1975. She and her husband, Gerald Cudmore, have lived in the County of Kings, Nova Scotia, since 1976. They have two grown sons and a new granddaughter.

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