Community developer Jill Balser is the PC candidate for Digby-Annapolis in the next provincial election.
“I am excited to join Tim Houston and the PC team and to continue to work with communities across the area in a new way,” Balser explained. “It will be an honour to follow in my father’s footsteps, while creating a path of my own.”
Balser was born and raised in Digby. She earned a BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of New Brunswick Saint John and a postgraduate diploma in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College. She is working toward completing her Master’s Degree in Community Development.
Balser is the Project Lead for the local Turning the Tide initiative at Inspiring Communities, a non-profit organization.
“My work in community development has created a unique opportunity to bring together residents, community organizations, and businesses to solve complex problems,” she said. “I know that government must be part of the solution, and I can’t wait to bring that perspective to a Tim Houston PC government.”
Balser’s determination to contribute to her community includes being the Co-Chair of the Refugee Sponsorship Group ‘Team Rima’. She also volunteers with various events and boards in the area and led the organization of the first and second Multicultural Festival for the Digby area.
“Jill has everything it takes to be a great MLA - energy, compassion and a true desire to make life better for the people in her community,” said PC leader Houston. “She is an impressive candidate and will be an effective voice for the people of Digby-Annapolis as their MLA.”
Balser is the middle daughter of former Digby-Annapolis MLA and cabinet minister, Hon. Gordon Balser. She is a certified yoga instructor, an avid runner and enjoys golfing with her mom, Wendy and time spent with her sisters Erin and Anne.
She lives in Cornwallis Park with her partner Alex.