District Election Acclamations

NSBS District Map – Cape Breton District, Central District, HRM, Southwestern District

The following nominees were acclaimed as Council members for the 2021-2023 term:

Central District

Bronwyn Duffy

MacIsaac, Clarke & Duffy

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Bronwyn Duffy of MacIsaac, Clarke & Duffy in Stellarton, has operated with her partners the same full-service firm and private practice for the whole of her career. Her practice is diversified, ranging from prosecution and administration of all criminal and regulatory federal legislation in Pictou County as agent counsel for PPSC, a town solicitor for ten years, to residential and commercial real estate. She has extensive experience in municipal law, which involves development and expertise in municipal corporations and inter-municipal shared service and sale of service agreements. Bronwyn has a particular interest in government policy and programming advising, having been contracted by several municipalities for drafting and development of by-laws and review and opinion on regional planning documents in relation to appeals to the NSUARB. She has also served as general counsel for participating municipal units in Pictou County to form regional government.

With a full roster of professional volunteer contributions, Bronwyn sits on the Society’s Complaints Investigation Committee, and is appointed to two Council committees: the Finance Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award Committee.

Throughout her professional occupation, Bronwyn has maintained a commitment to education in law, and before that in science. Prior to her career in law, she obtained a Master of Science in Neuroscience, employing psychophysical methods to explore the biological computations that enable neural circuits to locate sound in space.Bronwyn has published four papers in science, including in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Hearing Research, and Library and Archives Canada. Bronwyn has received a series of awards over the years, including the Alistair Fraser Scholarship in law and a national NSERC graduate scholarship in science.

Bronwyn and her husband have a busy teenager and five-year-old, and she maintains a passion for running and triathlon, qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2018, and in 2017 for age-group Triathlon World Championship. She is active in the community, volunteering for various youth-in-sports initiatives, including Swim Nova Scotia, Truro Centurions Swim Club, Go Truro youth running and Youth Triathlon Truro.

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J. Patrick Young

Public Prosecution Service

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J. Patrick Young is a Senior Crown Attorney with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in Pictou. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 2010, having previously been admitted to the PEI Bar in 2006 and Alberta in 2007, and has appeared in all levels of Court in the province.

Patrick was elected to Council in 2019 to represent the Central District. He has been a member of the Society’s Law Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee since 2013, and the Governance and Nominating Committee since 2016. He has also served on the Executive of the Pictou County Barristers’ Society since 2011, and in 2017 he became its President. He currently sits as Co-Chair of the PPS Education Committee.

Patrick regularly presents to Crown Attorneys at conferences and education workshops, various police agencies, and public groups on the subject of criminal law and justice.

Patrick and his wife, Melanie, a lawyer in a busy private practice, have two children. He coaches their baseball teams, serves on their school’s Parent Advisory Committee, and volunteers at their school breakfast program.

Southwestern District

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David Hirtle

Hirtle Legal Services Inc.

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David Hirtle is a sole practitioner with Hirtle Legal Services Inc. in Lunenburg. His areas of practice include civil litigation, family law, criminal law, real estate, and estates and trusts. He was previously employed with Power, Dempsey Cooper & Leefe in Bridgewater. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1998.

David joined Council in July 2017 as the acclaimed byelection candidate for the Southwestern District for the 2017-2019 Council term. He was acclaimed to the position again in 2019. David currently serves on the Credentials Committee, the Trust Account Regulations Working Group, Lawyers’ Fund for Client Compensation Committee and the Rural Practice Working Group. He was previously a member of the Professional Standards (Criminal) Committee.

David is an active volunteer in the legal community, his home community of Lunenburg and in the province. He has been a member of the Lunenburg County Barristers’ Association since 1998 and currently serves as President, a post which he has held since 2012. Since 2013, David has sat as a non-voting member of the CBA Nova Scotia Council. He is a past active member of the Lunenburg & District Volunteer Fire Department and is now an Honorary member. Since 2013 David has served as a member of the advisory board for CNIB Nova Scotia.

Jamie Vacon

Nova Scotia Legal Aid

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Jamie A. Vacon is a bilingual Mi’kmaq lawyer, and grew up in Quinan, NS. He has a Bachelor of Laws and graduated from the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative in 2006. He was called to the Bar in 2011.

Jamie is currently a Senior Lawyer with the Legal Aid office in Yarmouth. Jamie’s practice is mostly in Criminal Law with a passion for Indigenous/ Customary Law.

Jamie is the co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation sub-committee, he is on the Racial Equity Committee, the Provincial Judicial Appointments sub-committee, and the Nomination Committee. He has worked on many mentorship programs for both the Judiciary, students and lawyers.  

Cape Breton District

Shannon Mason

Nova Scotia Legal Aid

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Called to the bar in 2004, Shannon is the Managing Lawyer of the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Conflict Office in Sydney.  She has practiced both family and criminal law, with a current concentration in child protection.   Shannon is the Chair of Nova Scotia Legal Aid’s Children and Family Services Act best practices committee.

Shannon recently joined the NSBS Complaints Investigation Committee and the Professional Standards (Family Law) Committee. 

Shannon is a board member of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton.  An active member of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society, she has served as a past President, and currently sits on the Supreme Court Family Division Liaison Committee, the Court Administration Collaboration Committee and the Library Committee.   Shannon has mentored articling students and junior associates. 

There is a vacancy in the Cape Breton District. This vacancy will be filled by a process to be determined by Council, once the At-Large elections are complete in April.