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 Newfoundland and Labrador legislature in 2013, 2015 and 2019. Ms. Dempster was appointed Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, the province’s legislature, in December 2015. In July 2017, Ms. Dempster 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. In May 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.
Lisa is honoured to represent 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.
She has a son (deceased) and daughter, and lives in Labrador with her husband and daughter.
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