Lisa Lachance is the MLA for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island. They are the critic for 2SLGBTQ+ Affairs, L’nu Affairs, Mental Health and Addictions, Agriculture, Acadian Affairs, Advanced Education, Communications Nova Scotia, and Finance. 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. Lisa and partner Heather were one of the first couples married in Canada upon the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2003.
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. She started her career in the public sector, advocating for the rights of children and youth at an international level. She is now ready to hone these skills even further as an advocate for all residents of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island.
Marius van Leeuwen
Marius is Lisa’s constituency assistant and oversees day-to-day operations of the constituency office. If you stop by, you’ll more than likely meet them before or alongside Lisa! A lifelong political nerd and social justice advocate, Marius is delighted to be working with and for the constituents of the South End and Downtown areas of Halifax.
Marius has long been a 2SLGBTQ+ advocate and has dabbled in community organizing in this area, as well as providing written communications help to anyone or any group who needs it. They are fully bilingual in English and French and can provide services in both. He has an unhealthy obsession with cats and baking, and occasionally enjoys video games and learning instruments in his spare time. He is also an avid fan of horror and reality TV. Marius is pronoun-positive, and welcomes being referred to by any which ones.