Judy E. Wilson-Shee, Mayor
Judy was born and raised in Nova Scotia. She grew up in the small community of Debert. At one time Debert was home to an active military base equipped with an underground shelter and a small runway, which is still used today. After completion of grade 12 at Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC), located in Truro, Judy wanted to further her education, so she enrolled at UNB and obtained a BPED (REC) followed by a BED (Cert.5).
In 1981 Judy and her spouse, Patrick, relocated to New Maryland so she could establish a day care centre. Judy successfully operated “Explore Your World Daycare”, providing a service to young families in New Maryland and surrounding area. After 39 years in operation, the difficult decision was made to close the doors in August of 2020.
Mayor Wilson-Shee is a board member and currently Chair of the Capital Region Service Commission (CRSC), and a member of the New Maryland Community Support Group (NMCSG). Judy oversees the Frank Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by the NMCSG. Mayor Judy is a member of the New Maryland Lions Club, Chair of the New Maryland Heritage Association, and a member of the Parish of New Maryland Zoomers (50 Plus Group). She was a long-time member of the New Brunswick Trails Council until the Club dissolved. Representing the Village as Mayor, she attends special functions hosted by the New Maryland Elementary School
Mayor Judy was married to the late Patrick Shee, who passed away in 2012. They have 3 adult children. The joy of her life is spending time with her grandson, Kale and granddaughter Ava Rose.
Mayor Judy considers it an honour to serve as New Maryland’s Mayor for another term and appreciates ongoing support from residents. Being fully retired, she has the energy and time to devote to this position and looks forward to working with this Council.
Tim Scammell, Councillor
Tim and his wife Cheryl moved into New Maryland with their twin sons Tyler and Braydon in early 2003 and immediately fell in love with the community and its residents.
This is Tim’s third term serving on New Maryland Council. Following his first term in 2008-2012 he decided to take the subsequent years to spend time with his family and be available for the activities of his sons and did not re-offer in 2012.
In 2016, Tim eagerly sought a return to public office and was re-elected. In 2021, Tim was acclaimed to his current Council position.
He is very thankful to have been selected to the position of Deputy Mayor from June 2021- November 2023.
Tim is a Professional Technologist in Civil Engineering with the New Brunswick Society of Engineering Technicians and Technologists. He is also the Chair of the Certification Board.
Tim is also certified as a Building Code Qualified Official Level 1 with the New Brunswick Building Officials Association.
Tim is employed with the Government of New Brunswick as a Technical Services Inspector of Housing with the Department of Social Development.
He has been very active in the community. During his sons’ time in the New Maryland Elementary School Tim served as president of the Home and School Association as well as the Parent School Support Committee (PSSC). For three years Tim was a member of the Bliss Carman Middle School PSSC. When his sons entered Fredericton High School, Tim served on the PSSC until his sons’ graduation.
Prior to being elected, Tim was a member of the Village’s Water and Wastewater Committee. While a Councillor he chaired the Water and Wastewater and Transportation Committees and co-chaired the Recreation Committee.
Alex Scholten, Councillor
Alex was born and raised in Fredericton, however, like many others, he and his family were drawn to the Village of New Maryland because of our great elementary school and community. Alex, his wife Tara and their two children, Madison and Caleb, have lived in New Maryland since 2005.
Alex obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1987 and a Bachelor of Law degree in 1990. In 1996, he completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Business at Dalhousie University. Alex has worked for over twelve years as a corporate and commercial lawyer in both Ontario and New Brunswick, as well as over thirteen years as a small business owner operating two convenience stores and a restaurant and plaza in Miramichi. In 2011, he was hired as President of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association, which is a national trade organization that represents the interests of over 26,000 convenience store operators in Canada. More recently, Alex and his business partner purchased Victory Meat & Produce Market in Fredericton where Alex is President and CEO. Through these experiences, he has first‐hand knowledge of the challenges that small businesses face especially when dealing with government.
Alex has been active in the local community for several years through his participation with the New Maryland Lions Club; the Parish of New Maryland (PNM) Zoomers; the New Maryland Elementary School Home and School Association; the New Maryland Recreation and Leisure Services Committee; as a volunteer coach with the New Maryland Minor Soccer Association, Fredericton District Soccer Association and the YMCA competitive youth basketball program; a member of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Immigrant Mentorship Program; a Big Brother and also a Board and executive member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New Brunswick and the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Brunswick; a member of the Board and executive of Ignite Fredericton; and a member of the Fredericton Local Immigration Partnership.
From 2020-2022, Alex held the role of President and member of the Board of Directors of the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB), which is an organization that advocates on behalf of all municipalities in New Brunswick. UMNB has been extremely active during this time, as the province introduced significant municipal governance reforms that have had far reaching impacts on municipalities across the province. Presently, he sits in the Past President’s position and as a member of the Board of Directors of UMNB, as the organization continues to advocate on behalf of all municipalities in New Brunswick, as the fiscal reform component of municipal reform is developed and implemented. From 2020-2022, Alex also sat as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which is a national organization that advocates on behalf of municipalities across Canada.
Alex firmly believes in the importance of being involved in community service, “If we want our community to be a great place to live, work and grow, we need to be involved!” He very much enjoys working with Village Council and staff as we continue to strive to provide the best possible level of service to residents of the Village of New Maryland.
Mariet van Groenewoud, Councillor
Mariet has lived in the Village on the Oakland Farm property since 1982 with her husband, Scott Rynax, who is a lifelong New Maryland resident. They have two adult sons who very much enjoyed growing up on the farm.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from UNB in 1979. Mariet began her career in 1980 as a laboratory technician in potato and dairy research with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. She jokingly tells friends she met her husband “under a cow” since she sometimes helped out at the dairy research barn where he worked as a herdsman. When she and her husband were both “downsized” by the federal government in the mid 1990s she was fortunate to move to Service Canada in the positions of Program Officer and Manager until she retired in 2014 after 34 years of service. In response to the downsizing, her husband started the small business Oakland Farm & Lodge in 1996 on the property behind their family home.
Mariet has always valued balance in her life. Her immediate family continues to be a very important part of her life and she is also involved with several organizations as a volunteer.
In 1991 Mariet became a member of the first Village Council serving as a Councillor for the first term and then serving two more terms as Mayor. She played an instrumental role in establishing the Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Wastewater Treatment facility. More recently Mariet served on the Village Age-Friendly Committee and the subsequent Seniors Advisory Committee.
Mariet’s decision making process begins with learning as much as she can about all aspects of a situation and applying copious amounts of common sense. She strives to be “the voice of reason” and is committed to being fair and reasonable in her dealings. She greatly values open two-way communication which she sees as essential to foster understanding and collaboration. Her particular areas of interest include seniors issues, process improvement and conflict resolution.
After savouring her retirement for several years Mariet decided the time was right to once again offer to serve the community she loves. She will work hard during her term in office to have a positive impact on whatever aspects of life in our Village she becomes involved in.
Please feel free to contact her with your concerns and your ideas.
Mike Pope, Deputy Mayor
Mike Pope is a family-oriented person who is married and the father of two daughters. He has a strong background in Business, Information Technology and Project Management and is an active community builder.
Mike grew up in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador and attended Memorial University of Newfoundland graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) and a Bachelor of Business Administration. Mike also has his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and is PMP certified through the Project Management Institute.
Mike has lived in New Brunswick for over 20 years and has called New Maryland home for 10 years. Prior to running for Council, Mike was active in the Village through his work with the New Maryland Soccer Association, Village Recreation Committee and Parent School Support Committee at New Maryland Elementary School. In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing the occasional round of golf.
Mike was first elected to Council in a by-election in 2014. This is Mike’s 3rd term on Council, having been re-elected in 2016 and 2021.
Mike has previously represented the Village on the Ignite Fredericton and Knowledge Park Board of Directors.
Mike is proud to be the Deputy Mayor for the Village of New Maryland.
Please feel free to contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Pearson, Councillor
Laurie was born and raised along the banks of the Salmon River just outside the Village of Chipman, NB. Living in a rural area all her life is what drew her to the Village of New Maryland. The Village has the convenience of being close to the city but with the small close community feeling. Laurie moved to the Village with her husband, Stephen, and their four children – Simon, Oliver, Hunter, and Mya, in 2012. The countless kilometers of sidewalks and trails to roam and the countless number of friendly neighbors has created an environment for lasting friendships for all members of her family.
Laurie attended St Thomas University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors in Psychology in 1995. She then attended University of New Brunswick where she completed her Bachelor of Education Degree in 1997. In 1998, Laurie started her teaching career, working at Burton, Assiniboine Avenue, and Hubbard Avenue elementary schools. It was in 2008 she began her administrative career, working at Gesner Elementary as a Vice-Principal. In 2012, Laurie completed her Master of Education Degree from the University of New Brunswick – one of her proudest moments receiving her degree with her husband and all four children present. In 2016, she joined the staff at New Maryland Elementary as Vice-Principal. It was also during this time that she served on the Age-Friendly Community Ad-hoc Committee and a short time on the New Maryland Recreation and Leisure Services Committee. Laurie later continued in a leadership role in education, working as a Leadership Lead for Anglophone School District West. Currently, Laurie is Vice-Principal at Fredericton High School.
Laurie sees herself as a lifelong learner, always eager to learn new things and views change as an opportunity for improvement. Laurie recently completed her Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification in which she learned the tools to be used to establish efficient processes within an organization and identify opportunities for improvement.
Laurie loves to be active and volunteer when she has the opportunity. As a mom of four active children, she can be found at a football field, a hockey rink, a recital, a school gym or anywhere else they need to go! Laurie’s service to the community is just beginning, as her children are more independent, the time is right for her to be involved. She views the opportunity to serve on Council a privilege. Please reach out to Laurie and introduce yourself when you see her out and about, she is eager to meet everyone living in the Village.