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 first elected to the House of Assembly in 2013 in her home district of Cartwright-L’Anse au Clair. Lisa was re-elected in November 2015, and appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly in December 2015. In July 2017, Lisa 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.

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Labrador, Lisa 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 the NunatuKavut Community Council, of which Lisa is a member.

Lisa also served as Deputy Mayor of Charlottetown and was elected to Municipalities NL’s Board of Directors. Before entering public office, she also served as a trustee with the Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority Board, a member of the Memorial University School of Medicine's Admissions Committee, Chair of the Charlottetown Literacy Committee and Co-Chair of the Region’s Literacy Committee.

Lisa represents the province on the National Steering Committee of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, sharing her perspective on the opportunities and challenges for women interested in pursuing public office.

Lisa is married with two children: Nicholas (now deceased) and Natalie. She makes her home in Charlottetown, Labrador with her husband, Gaius, and daughter, Natalie.

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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