Judy E. Wilson-Shee, Mayor
Judy was born and raised in Nova Scotia. She grew up in a small community called Debert. After completion of grade 12 at 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 relocated to New Maryland so she could establish a day care centre. For over 35 years “Explore Your World Daycare” has been providing a service to young families in New Maryland and surrounding areas.
From 2000 – 2004 Judy served as a volunteer on the New Maryland Recreation & Leisure Services Committee. She served a term as a Councillor from 2004 – 2008. In 2008 Judy was appointed Deputy Mayor after securing the highest number of votes, and in 2012 was proclaimed as Mayor. In May 2016 she was again proclaimed as Mayor.
Mayor Wilson-Shee is currently a member of the New Brunswick Trails Council, a member of the New Maryland Community Support Group, a member of the New Maryland Lions Club and a member of the Parish of New Maryland Zoomers (50 Plus Group). She volunteers at the NMES when needed.
Judy was married to the late Patrick Shee and she has three adult children. The joy of her life is her grandson Kale and her granddaughter Ava Rose. In Judy’s spare time she looks forward to spending time at her camp.
Alex Scholten, Deputy Mayor
Alex was born and raised in Fredericton but, like many others, he and his family were drawn to the Village of New Maryland because of the great school and community. Alex, his wife and two children have lived in New Maryland for the past 11 years.
Alex obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1987 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1990. In 1996, he completed an MBA in International Business at Dalhousie University. Alex has worked for over 8 years as a corporate/commercial lawyer and over 13 years as a small business owner operating two convenience stores, a restaurant and plaza in Miramichi. In 2011 he was hired as President of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association – a national trade organization that represents the interests of the over 26,000 convenience stores operating in Canada. 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 in the New Maryland Elementary Home and School Association, New Maryland Recreation and Leisure Services Committee, as a volunteer coach with the New Maryland Minor Soccer Association and the Fredericton District Soccer Association, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Immigrant Entrepreneur Mentorship Program, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New Brunswick, the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Brunswick, YMCA competitive basketball club and the Ignite SEED loan program. He is also a new member of the PNM Zoomers.
Alex firmly believes in the importance of community service – if you want your community to be a great place to live, work and grow, get involved! He is very much looking forward to working on the Village Council.
Paul E. LeBlanc, Councillor
As with so many New Maryland residents, Councillor Paul LeBlanc came to the Village from elsewhere. In this case, the city of Moncton, but New Maryland is definitely home to him and his wife Karen. They have a daughter Darci and two sons Derek and Corey. The LeBlancs have been in New Maryland since 1981, and they have seen the community grow into one of the very best places in New Brunswick to live. Because of Paul’s early involvement in local affairs, it was only natural for him to run for office, and be elected, to the first Village Council in 1991. Before that he was an active member of the New Maryland School Action Committee, a group that successfully lobbied the provincial government to build the New Maryland School. That institution continues to be a great asset. Councillor LeBlanc is a graduate of both Moncton High School and the New Brunswick Institute of Technology. He has been a Civil Engineering Technologist in the construction industry for over 30 years, and he operates his own local business in that field. Over the years, much of his spare time was spent as Chair of the former Transportation and Protective Services Committee. This was the committee that oversaw Village streets, and police and fire protection. He was also Chair of the former Water and Wastewater Committee. During his many years on Council, Paul LeBlanc was Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee, the former Recreation and Leisure Services Committee, and the former Finance Committee. He has also served as a Village representative on the RCMP District 2 Community Policing Committee. Those commitments leave him with not much spare time, but he and his family still try to keep up their interest in skiing, biking, hiking, and camping. They do make a point of maintaining one important Moncton-area connection, a summer camping spot near beautiful Parlee Beach.
Gisèle McCaie-Burke, Councillor
Gisèle McCaie-Burke was born in Moncton and has been a resident of New Maryland since 1995. She was first elected to the village council in May, 2008 as Councillor. This is her second foray into municipal politics. In May 2012, she was re-elected on council and was appointed as Deputy Mayor after receiving the highest number of votes. She has been taking an active role in community betterment for more than 30 years.
Councillor McCaie-Burke was the Chair of the Emergency Response Plan Committee until November 2014. She was also the Chair of the former Transportation and Protective Services Committee and Vice-Chair of the former Water and Wastewater Committee. Her other village committee involvements were Chair of the former Human Resources and Administration Committee and Vice-Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee. Gisèle is also currently serving on the board of directors of the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick.
Gisèle’s educational background includes a Bachelor degree in Nutritional Science, l’Université de Moncton; dietetic internship, Montreal Diet Dispensary; Master’s degree in Adult Education, University of New Brunswick.
Councillor McCaie-Burke’s career experience during some 30 years in the dietetic/nutrition field has been considerable. Her job postings with the provincial Department of Health have included: regional public health nutritionist; dietitian, Extra Mural program; departmental nutrition consultant, and project manager. After retiring from the health field, Gisèle returned to the work force for two years with Statistics Canada as Senior Interviewer, Fredericton region. Her past volunteer activities have included: president of the New Brunswick Association of Dietitians; president, Canadian Diabetes Association-NB Division; director, National Board of the Canadian Diabetes Association; president, the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada; director, Big Brothers-Big Sisters; director, Bathurst Volunteer Centre & Food Bank; trustee, School District #42; founder, Bathurst School Milk Fund.
In her leisure time, Gisèle enjoys spending time with her husband Ray, family and friends, reading, cooking, gardening, travelling and researching genealogy.
Mike Pope, Councillor
Mike Pope is a family oriented person who is married and is the father of two young girls. 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 attended Memorial University of Newfoundland graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) and a Bachelor of Business Administration. Mike is also PMP certified through the Project Management Institute.
Mike has lived in New Brunswick for over 13 years and has called New Maryland home for almost three 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.
Since joining council Mike has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Planning Advisory Committee.
Mike is proud to be a Councillor for the Village of New Maryland.
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 second 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.
With his sons turning 18 and becoming more independent, Tim eagerly sought a return to public office to contribute to his community. He is thrilled to have been re-elected in 2016 d thanks the community very much.
He is a Professional Technologist in Civil Engineering and works as a Technical Services Inspector of Housing with the Department of Social Development of the province of New Brunswick.
He has been very active in the community. During his sons’ time in New Maryland Elementary School Tim served as president of the Home and School Association as well as Parent School Support Committee. 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 Water and Wastewater Committee. While a Councillor he chaired the Water and Wastewater and Transportation Committees and co-chaired the Recreation Committee.
His wife Cheryl is very well known in the community especially for her past involvement coaching with Tim in the New Maryland Minor Baseball Association and for her running the Association for several years.