Halifax Council Election Results

Four members were elected to the Society’s Council Monday, March 15th following the 2021 Halifax District Election. They will begin their two-year terms (2021-2023) following the 2021 Annual Meeting on June 19th.

The successful candidates were Angelina Amaral, Morgan Manzer, Josie McKinney and Melanie Petrunia. As Council members, these successful candidates will lead the Society and lend their voices and unique insights to decisions that impact Nova Scotia’s legal profession.

Voter turnout for this election was 41.65% with 828 of a total 1988 eligible voters casting electronic ballots. Voter turnout increased 10.5% compared to the Society’s 2019 Halifax District Election.

2021 Halifax District Election Results

  • Angelina Amaral, 401 votes, 16%
  • D. Fraser MacFadyen, 333 votes, 13%
  • Morgan Manzer, 409 votes, 16%
  • Josie McKinney, 389 votes, 15%
  • Melanie Petrunia, 437 votes, 17%
  • Mark Rieksts, 278 votes, 11%
  • Terry Sheppard, 323 votes, 13%

2021-2023 Halifax District Members

Angelina Amaral

Angelina Amaral

Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office

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Angelina Amaral, BA, MEd:LLL, JD, is a Mi’kmaw Lawyer and a member of the Miawpukek (Conne River) First Nation of Newfoundland and Labrador. She has focused her legal career on community-development and capacity building. She has also helped communities by drafting a number of community-based protocols including: the Building a Bridge protocol for the use of section 84 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act; the Mi’kmaq Inclusion in the Process of Accountability for Hunting and Fishing Offences Protocol; the Mi’kmaw Sentencing Circle Protocol; the Ankwe’aq: Mi’kmaw Custom Adoption Protocol; and the Wikɨamanej Kikmanaq Program protocol.

Morgan Manzer

Nova Scotia Legal Aid

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I am a Staff Lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid (NSLA), practising child protection and family law. Within NSLA, I am an active member of the Equity & Racial Diversity Committee and the Equity Audit Steering Committee. For the first half of 2020, I seconded to the Equity and Access Office of NSBS to advise on equity and access issues affecting the NSBS and the legal profession more broadly.

Recently, I concluded a 4-year term as Chair of Halifax Pride Society’s board of directors. I continue to lead its policy and governance committee.

In November 2019, I received the Zöe Odei Young Lawyers Award from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Nova Scotia branch, for my work within the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

I presently serve as a Trustee on the board of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and am a member of their Grants Committee. I previously served on the board of the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia.

Josie McKinney

Public Prosecution Service

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Josie McKinney is Mi’kmaq and Maliseet from New Brunswick and an alumna of the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Initiative at the Schulich School of Law. After graduating from law school in 2006, she articled with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Public Prosecution Service.

Josie was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2007 and to the Ontario Bar later that same year. She joined the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic as Coordinator of Aboriginal Legal Services providing legal advice and representation in criminal law and, in certain cases, assisted criminally accused clients in making civil claims for negligent investigation and wrongful arrest. She also represented clients in the Indian Residential School Settlement claims process.

In 2011, Josie was appointed a Crown Attorney in the Yarmouth office of the NS Public Prosecution Service (PPS) and then to the Shelburne Crown Attorney’s Office in 2012. In 2018, Josie transferred to the Halifax office. In July 2020, Josie was appointed as Nova Scotia’s first Crown Attorney dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking offences.

Josie is a member of the PPS Sexual Assault Working Group and Co-Chair of the PPS Equity and Diversity Committee. She was the primary author of the prosecution service’s recently issued policy, Fair Treatment of Indigenous Peoples in Criminal Prosecutions in Nova Scotia.

Josie is a frequent presenter at Crown Attorney educational conferences and has also presented for the NSBS, NS Legal Aid, UNB, and for elementary and high school students in NB and NS.

Josie is a current Halifax representative on Bar Council and co-chair of the Society’s Racial Equity Committee. She is an active volunteer mentor for law students of the IB&M Initiative and new lawyers at the PPS.

Melanie Petrunia

Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia

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I am currently a partner at Nijhawan McMillan Petrunia, a feminist litigation boutique in Halifax, where I practice civil, commercial and tax litigation. I began my legal career at Stewart McKelvey before joining the federal Department of Justice, Tax Law Services. During my eight years with the DOJ, I regularly appeared in the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. I joined my current firm after a brief period as a sole practitioner. I also serve as a part-time member of the Social Security Tribunal of Canada.