Announcement from Mayor's Office

Friday, November 1, 2019 – As we pass the one-year marker that sees municipal leaders across the province thinking ahead to next October’s election, I have taken time to reflect on my own priorities and aspirations and I have decided not to reoffer as Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg. While coming to this decision is difficult, I make it feeling good in the knowledge that I have contributed positively to my beloved hometown and with the confidence that Lunenburg’s future is bright. 

Serving the people of Lunenburg as Mayor is a tremendous honour and I am incredibly proud to have been the first female to have been given this job. By not re-offering for the position, the door is open for other motivated citizens to step into this important leadership role. We are fortunate to have an engaged citizenry.  Holding this office has provided a tremendous opportunity for my personal and professional growth and I would encourage others to consider entering municipal politics. It is incredibly rewarding to focus on the needs and priorities of your home community and to make a difference. 

We have much to celebrate and build upon. We have a high profile municipality that can boast a UNESCO World Heritage designation and international profile as a tourist destination. We have embraced growth opportunities around the cultural economy while supporting traditional local industry. We have opened our arms to welcome newcomers and raised our hands to celebrate diversity with LGBTQ+ Pride and Mi’kmaq flag-raising events.   

Our relationship with our Provincial and Federal colleagues is strong and we appreciate the support shown the Town on key initiatives. Our Lunenburg Academy, a vibrant hub of activity with work ongoing to complete its restoration and repurposing, is a shining example of what can be accomplished when we work together to turn a challenge into an opportunity. 

Other collaborative capital improvements include: reorganization of our Electric Utility to ensure our customers have access to reliable service in the long term; upgrades to infrastructure for water and wastewater collection systems; building the Biofilter to address odour concerns; an increased dedication and ongoing effort to the improvement of harbour water quality; and further development and enhancement of our working waterfront with special thanks to Develop Nova Scotia. DNS has worked strategically in consultation with the Town and local stakeholders to maintain and redefine this extremely important connection with our beautiful harbour. The positive evolution continues as we work with our citizens to determine a vision for our future through Project Lunenburg, an exciting next chapter. 

I thank my family, friends and colleagues for the tremendous support and inspiration they continue to offer me every day.

I want to assure everyone that today, tomorrow, and every day for the rest of my term as Mayor, I remain passionate about and committed to continuing to do my job to the best of my ability, alongside my fellow Councillors. It has been a privilege to work with a talented and devoted staff team, including recent retirees, whose dedication inspires me daily.   

As I head towards next week’s Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities conference in Halifax, I am excited to continue to represent the Town of Lunenburg. I look forward to working with colleagues from across the Province and bringing back ideas and insights to benefit us all.  

As always, I can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (902) 634-4410, ext. 224. 


Rachel Bailey

Mayor, Town of Lunenburg