Town of Mahone Bay
Council 2016 - 2020
Front: Deputy Mayor Karl Nauss, Mayor David DeVenne
Back Councillors: Councillor Richard Nowe, Councillor Penny Carver, Councillor Joseph Maxwell Feeney, Councillor Simone Chia-Kangata, Councillor John Bain
Mayor David Devenne
Originally from Halifax, David chose to live in Mahone Bay in 1998 in preparation for retirement from a 40-year career in the federal Public Service. He was first elected to Council in 2008 and was appointed as the deputy mayor. He was re-elected in 2012, and again appointed deputy mayor. As the deputy mayor, he was involved in many of the committees of Council as well as collaborating on many inter-municipal committees. David was the long-time Chairman of the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Society with responsibility for the Classic Boat Festival and the Civic Marina. More recently, Mayor Devenne has been involved with the Father Christmas Festival.
Deputy Mayor Karl Nauss
Deputy Mayor Karl Nauss was born and raised in Mahone Bay and previously owned and operated a plumbing and heating business there. Karl was first elected to Council in 1988 and served on Council until 2000. He was re-elected in 2004 and is now starting his 25th year serving on Council. This is his second time serving as deputy mayor and he sits on many boards and committees for the Town.
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 Universities 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 is now serving his fourth term on Mahone Bay Town Council. John will be serving on several committees as well as continuing with his volunteer work in the community. Judy and John have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Councillor Penny Carver
Penny grew up in Montreal then raised her family in Ottawa. She studied at MacDonald College before graduating from Queen’s and Carleton Universities. She worked as a teacher, educational consultant, and social worker and continues to work part-time in social services. Penny moved to Lunenburg County in 1995, settling in Mahone Bay in 2004. As a volunteer, Penny served on town committees, and on the boards of Second Story Women’s Centre, Bluenose Golf Club and the Mahone Bay Centre. Penny has two daughters and five grandchildren who live in Halifax and Toronto. This is Penny’s second term on Council.
Councillor Simone Chia-Kangata
Originally from Singapore, Simone spent her high school years in Mahone Bay; lived and worked around the world, and returned to Mahone Bay in 2010. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from McGill University. Her work experience spans the Canadian public sector and international NGO sector. Simone is a Project Manager at the Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University and is the owner-operator of a retail business in Mahone Bay. Simone chairs the Mahone Bay and Area Refugee Sponsorship Group and was also actively involved in the Mahone Bay Playground Committee. Simone is married and has two young daughters.
Councillor Joseph Maxwell Feeney
Joseph Maxwell Feeney has been a resident of Mahone Bay since 1978 and is a first-time candidate for the Mahone Bay Town Council. He long been interested in municipal affairs and a keen observer of critical issues affecting the community, while watching his father serve as Mayor of the Town for six terms.
He was educated at Mount Allison and Dalhousie Universities and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. For the past sixteen years, he has worked within Bell Canada and its predecessor companies (Aliant, MT&T) finance department and is currently the Senior Manager of Bell Canada’s Business Decision Support team that has responsibility to complete financial analysis on corporate investments and strategies. Previous to his time at Bell, he worked for the Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development and the Nova Scotia Business Development Corporation.
Joe and his wife Mary Ann have two teenage daughters who attend Parkview Education Center.
Councillor Richard Nowe
Richard Nowe has lived in Mahone Bay all his life. He is retired from Canada Post after serving in several positions from Mahone Bay to Hubbards. Richard spends most of his time now volunteering having been a member of Mahone Bay and District Fire Department for over 43 years including 8 years as the Fire Chief. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Mahone Bay & Area Food Bank and a member of the Mahone Bay Area Lions Club. The swimming pool and Tiny Tots playground are two of the projects which are close to his heart helping both anyway he can. He and his wife Cathie have 2 grown children living in New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories.