Dorothy Shephard was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the September 27, 2010, provincial election as the MLA for Saint John Lancaster. On October 9, 2012, she was sworn in as Minister of Healthy and Inclusive Communities. She was re-elected as the MLA for Saint John Lancaster on September 22, 2014.
Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Ms. Shephard graduated from Saint John Vocational School in 1979.
She has been a volunteer since her teens, beginning with little league baseball and Scouts Canada. After graduation, she became a member of, and has been actively involved with, the IODE, for which she still sponsors an annual fundraising dinner and the Spruce Lake Women’s Institute.
Through her business affiliations, Ms. Shephard has been a member of the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses and the Saint John Board of Trade. She remains a member of Saint John Women Business Owners—a group of women entrepreneurs who support each other and their communities.
As an MLA, she continues her dedication to many community driven and charitable organizations within the Saint John area.
During her first term, she was a member of several legislative committees that touch on community essentials such as business, policy, and health care. She was a member of the following committees: Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Standing Committee on Estimates (Chair), Standing Committee on Health, Select Committee on Point Lepreau, and Select Committee on Legislative Reform. In addition, she chaired the Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick’s Southern Regional Caucus from September 2010 to August 2012.
In her second term, Ms. Shephard serves as Opposition Critic for Human Resources and Women’s Equality. She also serves on Public Accounts and Economic Policy Legislative Committees.
Prior to becoming involved in politics, she owned and operated Benjamin Moore Colour Center, a retail decorating store, for 17 years.
Ms. Shephard and her husband Art have been married for 35 years and live in Saint John’s lower west side.