Town of Mahone Bay
Council 2012 - 2016
Front: Mayor C. Joseph Feeney, Deputy Mayor David DeVenne
Back Councillors: John Bain, Penny Carver, Kelly Wison, Karl Nauss, Lynn Hennigar
Mayor C.Joseph Feeney
Mayor Joe Feeney, a resident of Mahone Bay since 1978, was first elected Councillor that same year. He was elected as Mayor in 1988 and he is currently serving for his sixth term as CEO for the town. During his years in municipal government, Mayor Feeney has chaired numerous council and regional government committees and currently serves as chairman of the Electric Light Committee for the six provincial municipal partners. He is also active on a number of committees.
He was educated at St. Mary's and Acadia Universities. After a thirty-two career in public education, Joe retired in 1998 from the position of Director of Schools for Lunenburg County. He has been an active volunteer in many town and local organizations for the past thirty years.
Mayor Feeney and his wife Barbara have two sons and two granddaughters.
Deputy Mayor David Devenne
Originally from Halifax, David chose to live in Mahone Bay in 1998 in preparation for retirement from a career in the federal Public Service where he enjoyed a number of appointments in the Human Resources field. In 1998 he was appointed Manager of Corporate Services for Human Resources Development Canada and moved to the local area. He was elected to council in 2008 and was appointed as the Deputy Mayor. David is the chair of the Website Development Committee and a member of a number of other committees. He is the Chairman of the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Society with responsibility for the Classic Boat Festival and the Civic Marina.
Councillor John Bain
John Bain moved from London, Ontario to Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University. Graduating in Biology, he continued graduate studies at the University of Guelph and Acadia. His career included: Fisheries Biologist for Nova Scotia; Director of Fish & Wildlife and Conservation Services for Prince Edward Island; and Provincial Manager for Ducks Unlimited Canada in Ontario. John and his wife Judy returned to Nova Scotia in 1991. John was first elected to Council in 2004 and served as Deputy Mayor. He was reelected in 2008 and 2012. Along with serving as a long time director of Bluenose Conservation Foundation, John is on the Community Advisory Board, 143 Construction Engineering Flight for Lunenburg County. Judy & John have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Councillor Penny Carver
Penny moved to Lunenburg County in 1995, settling in Mahone Bay in 2004. Penny has worked as a teacher, educational consultant, and social worker. She continues to work part-time in child-welfare. As a volunteer, Penny has served on the Town’s Heritage Advisory and Website committees, and on the boards of Second Story Women’s Centre, the Mahone Bay Centre, and Bluenose Golf Club. She has two daughters and five grandchildren who live in Halifax and Toronto. This is Penny’s first term on Council.
Councillor Lynn Hennigar
Lynn Hennigar is a native of Mahone Bay. She took over the family business, Lighthouse Media Group, 18 years ago and currently managed a dedicated team of over 40 people. Lynn is a former councillor having previously served from 1996-2000. Lynn continued to serve on the Town's Planning Advisory Committee as a member of the public after her council term. Lynn believes that communities need to be open to change and must evolve over time to meet the needs of its residents.
Councillor Karl Nauss
Councillor Karl Nauss was born and raised in Mahone Bay. He owned and operated a plumbing and heating business in town. Karl was first elected to council in 1988 and served on council until 2000, holding the positions of councillor and deputy mayor. He was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2008 as a councillor. Karl represents the town on the Waste Management Committee, the Utility Co-op and the Watershed Advisory Board.Councillor Kelly Wilson
Originally from the lovely Manitoulin Island, Kelly chose to make Mahone Bay his home in 1999 after thirty years working in the brewing industry in Canada and other parts of the world. While volunteering for virtually all of the local festivals including a stint as a director of the original 'wooden boat' festival Kelly also found time work abroad as a consultant in the brewing industry and as a volunteer for Canadian Executive Services Overseas in a variety of locations and capacities. As a member of the Harbour Development Committee and the founder of Lunenburg County's original 'organic' lawn care company Kelly continues to combine an interest in economic development with a lifelong interest in sound environmental stewardship.