Children, Seniors and Social Development

Minister
Hon. Lisa Dempster

Hon. Sherry Lisa Dempster

Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities

Lisa Dempster was elected to represent her home district of Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair in the House of Assembly, the province’s legislature, in 2013, 2015 and 2019. Ms. Dempster was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House in December 2015 and served as Deputy Speaker until July 2017, when she was appointed Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities. From May to September 2019, she took on the additional portfolios of Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Registrar General and Minister Responsible for the Multi Materials Stewardship Board.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Labrador, Ms. Dempster attended Memorial University, and worked in the tourism and hospitality industry. She worked for 23 years as a career and employment counsellor, including 10 years with NunatuKavut Community Council, of which Ms. Dempster is a member.

Ms. Dempster also served as Deputy Mayor of Charlottetown as well as the Labrador Director on Municipalities NL’s Board of Directors. Before entering public office, she served as a trustee with the Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority Board, a member of the Memorial University Faculty of Medicine's Admissions Committee, Chair of the Charlottetown Literacy Committee and Co-Chair of the Region’s Literacy Committee.

In July 2019, Lisa concluded her term as the province’s representative on the National Steering Committee of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians.

She has a son (deceased) and daughter, and lives in Labrador with her husband and daughter.

Contact Information

Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
P.O. Box 8700
Confederation Building
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-0659
Fax: (709) 729-1049

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