Social innovator, scholar, activist, parent advocate.
Radical advocate for the health and wellbeing of children, youth, families, communities, and organizations
MLA, Halifax Citadel-Sable Island
Lisa Lachance, PhD is the MLA for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island and Deputy Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.
Having founded consulting firm Wisdom2Action and led its transition from government-supported network to independent social enterprise, Lisa has a long-standing track record as a prolific community engager. They started their career in the public sector, advocating for the rights of children and youth at an international level. They are now ready to hone these skills even further as an advocate for all residents of Halifax Citadel--Sable Island.
Lisa’s constituency is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral territory of the L’nu people.
Lisa was first elected to the House of Assembly in 2021. Lisa is believed to be the first genderqueer MLA elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, and uses both they/them and she/her pronouns. They are the NSNDP spokesperson for 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs, L’nu Affairs, Mental Health and Addictions, Agriculture, Acadian Affairs, Advanced Education, Economic Development, Immigration, Skills and Learning, Environment and Climate, the Accessibility Act, and Finance.
Lisa and partner Heather were one of the first couples married in Canada upon the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2003. They have two children; Jason, 20, and Keira, 17, and are longtime residents of Halifax/Kjipuktuk.
Lisa holds a BA with Honours in International Development Studies, a Masters of Public Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health, all from Dalhousie University.