As a lifelong resident of Sackville Uniacke, I am proud to be the third generation of my family to call this community my home. Although I have always lived in Middle Sackville, I did have a seasonal home in Mount Uniacke for 10 years, and my youngest brother and his family still reside in the community. I know Sackville - Uniacke because I grew up here, live and work here, and am now raising my two daughters, Maria and Jenna, here.
As a youth, I attended the Middle Sackville family of schools, (Middle Sackville, Maxwell and Lucasville Elementary schools) and was in the first grade six class to attend Harry R Hamilton Elementary School.
After attending Sackville Heights Junior High, I graduated from Sackville High School in 1988 and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian History from Mount Saint Vincent University. While in university, I started a successful small business that employed 5 people. I also worked part-time for the Halifax Regional School Board as a teacher's assistant with special needs students and worked for two years with inner city youth. After university, I was the librarian at a local Junior High school for a year and had planned on entering the Bachelor of Education Degree to be a teacher.
At the time, I never dreamed of entering into politics. However, after encouragement from friends and family, I ran and was successfully elected Municipal Councillor, a position I held for 16 years from 2000-2016.
In 2017, after a contested nomination, I became the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Constituency of Sackville - Beaver Bank. In the 2017 provincial election I successfully won the seat as Member of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly for Sackville - Beaver Bank.
I have always enjoyed working closely with people and in the community. During University I became involved as a Leader with 3rd Sackville Scouts and at 21 was employed for four years as Director for Camp Lone Cloud, a summer camp for youth, located in Fall River. Later my interest in the well-being of the community led me to volunteer with the Sackville Freemason Lodge and the Sackville Kinsmen, where I won many awards including “Rookie of the year”. I am also a Life Member of the Springfield Lake Rec Center.
Additionally, in my role as Councillor in the largest municipality in the province, I had the opportunity to sit on a wide variety of community and HRM boards and committees, including having been Deputy Mayor.
Progressive Conservative Candidate for
Sackville - Uniacke,
Brad with his daughters, Jenna and Maria, and his nephew, Hunter.
Brad with his fiancee, Debbie MacKinnon.
Brad with his daughters filming their annual Christmas greeting.
Brad with his father and mother, Jim and Marjorie Johns