Eastport Council is committed to ensuring our heritage and natural environment are protected, while providing support to the social, cultural, health and economic needs of our community as a whole, thus ensuring longevity and a high quality of life for our residents.
Elected Council Members and Town Staff take pride in improving infrastructure and developing municipal services that will ensure prosperity for our community.
Genevieve Squire (née Warren) is now in her third consecutive term as Mayor of Eastport. A retired Financial Specialist with Parks Canada, where she was employed for 30 years at Terra Nova National Park. Eastport has been her home since 1971 when she married Frank and they started to build their home in our community. She also served on Council from October 1984 to October 1985 as a Councillor and from November 1985 until December 1993 as Deputy Mayor. Because of her background in finance, Genevieve is Chair of the Town’s Finance Committee, which oversees the fiscal responsibility for our town.
She is also Co-Chair of Eastport Peninsula Emergency Management Committee, and a member of the Community Garden Committee and the Recreation and Social Events Planning Committee. An extremely active community volunteer, Genevieve has spent a large portion of her adult life, giving her time and knowledge to various organizations in our town and throughout the Peninsula. Her other roles have included: Chair of the Eastport Peninsula Seafest Committee, Secretary/ Treasurer for both Happy Adventure and Glovertown Harbour Authorities.
She is also a Member of the Venture Credit Union Board of Directors, a Member of the Gander Airport Community Consultative Committee, a Member of the Santa Claus Parade Committee and the Small Craft Harbours Advisory Committee (Department of Fisheries and Oceans). She was also a key member in the development of our Peninsula Memorial Park & Playground and is currently an active member of the Eastport Peninsula Recreation & Wellness Committee. Genevieve’s desire to see our town grow and prosper is evident in her role as Mayor and as a volunteer.
Bill Duffitt is Deputy Mayor of Eastport and has been a resident of our community since 2000, during which time he has become a mainstay of our vibrant community. He serves on the town’s Public Works Committee (Chair), the Emergency Planning Committee, the Policy and Review Committee and as liaison for both the Waste Disposal Committee and the Eastport Peninsula Fire Department as well as an alternate on the Marine Protection Committee. Bill, who served three years in the Royal Canadian Navy, is Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Eastport.
Bill is retired from Wabush Mines where he worked as an Industrial Mechanic Millright and Supervisor for 35 years. A highly valued member of the Council, Bill works tirelessly on behalf of his community.
Arthur Crisby has been a steady hand on the Eastport Town Council since he was first elected in 1994, some 24 years ago. He has served his community faithfully first as a Councillor and then as Chair of the Finance Committee and more recently as Deputy Mayor. Currently Art is a member of the Town’s Finance Committee, the Community Garden Committee and liaison for both the Tourism Association/Trails Committee and the Marine Protection Committee.
Art has also been a Member of the Select Vestry of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Eastport for the past 12 years, was a founding Member of the highly acclaimed Eastport Peninsula Heritage Society and Chair of the Eastport Peninsula’s Agricultural Exhibition Committee. His other areas of community involvement include playing an active role in the Eastport Lions Club where he served variously as King Lion and Treasurer from 1989 to 2006, when the organization disbanded. Art has also served in Scouts Canada for a number of years as a Boy Scout and Cub leader.
Among Art’s many other interests are hobby farming, camping and cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays!
Art is married to Jackie and they have two sons, Mark and Adam.
Mary MacNab has been an Eastport Town Councillor since 2007. She has been jointly instrumental in the development and programming of The Beaches Library, which is sponsored by the Town of Eastport but serves members from the Eastport Peninsula as well as those from as far away as mainland Canada, the United States and Great Britain. She has been Library liaison for the past ten years.
Mary has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Eastport Town Plan, has written the Eastport Community Sustainability Plan, which is registered with the provincial government. She is the Designated Head of the Town of Eastport’s Access to Information and Privacy Protection Act a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Legal Issues and the Policy Review Committee. Mary has also been instrumental in revitalizing the area around the Town’s Cenotaph. Mary has been a member of the Public Works Committee for the past ten years.
Mary is a former Senior Book Editor for Reader’s Digest Canada Ltd., Montreal; Assistant Editor of Canadian Business Magazine, Montreal; and was Communications Director in both the Clyde Wells (Newfoundland and Labrador) and Peter Lougheed (Alberta) governments. A classical violinist by training, Mary continues to impart her love for music through performance and music lessons for young and old alike.
Eastport has been her home since 2000.
Alan Holman has been an Eastport Town Councillor since 2013. Now in his second term on Council, Alan’s financial background has placed him on the Town’s Finance Committee where he oversees Council’s adherence to our annual budget and thus, Eastport’s financial health. He is also a Member of the Town’s Policy Review Committee, liaison on the Waste Disposal Committee, an Alternate Member of The Beaches Library Committee and a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Legal Issues.
Alan is also a Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 41, located in Eastport, having served on its Executive for a number of years. He has also served on the Board of Director of the Venture Credit Union, from which he retired in March 2018. Alan is an active and energetic community volunteer and recognizes the significance of physical activity to overall wellness. As such, he is involved with Eastport Peninsula Recreation and Wellness Committee’s Community Walk Program.
Prior becoming a Canadian citizenship and making Eastport his home, Alan, who is British born, served as a member of the Royal British Air Force until his retirement from the force 1991. He then worked as a store manager for a news agents in London until 2007, when he and his wife Joan (who is from Eastport) moved to Eastport, which they now call home.
Since being elected to the Eastport Town Council nearly five years ago, Shannon Powell has been an active member of the Public Works Committee.
She is also a member of the Town’s Playground and Trails Committee, the Recreation and Social Events Planning Committee and an alternate for the Tourism Association/Trails Committee. As well, she is involved in fund-raising events for her community with her most recent activity being an event at the Sutreen Hardwoods facility to raise funds for the Beaches Arts & Heritage Centre in Eastport.
An avid supporter of her community and activities for young children and youth, Shannon is the mother of Waylon, a delightful toddler, who enthusiastically attends events with her at The Beaches Library.
Shannon Powell is currently Office Manager at Sutreen Hardwood and Moulding Ltd.
Kim Powell (née Chaulk) began calling Eastport home in 2001 when she and husband Troy returned from Alberta with their young family. Kim was a seasonal stay-at-home mom to Trent and Megan until 2007 when she accepted her present-day position as Administrative Assistant at Holy Cross School.
Kim has been extensively involved in minor hockey, helping to ensure optimal experiences for young participants. Jointly responsible for establishing Holy Cross School Breakfast Club, she has remained involved in the program since its inception in 2007. She is now the program’s Coordinator and Treasurer. Kim was one of a small group of Peninsula residents instrumental in developing Peninsula Memorial Park & Playground in 2011.
An energetic volunteer, she is mainly involved in the Eastport Peninsula Seafest Committee, the Eastport Peninsula Recreation & Wellness Committee and is Chair of the Santa Claus Parade Committee. As well, she has had a hand in numerous other events which support the whole community.
Kim was first elected to the Eastport Town Council in September 2017. She is a member of the Recreation and Social Events Planning Committee, the Community Garden Committee, the Playground and Trails Committee, and the Eastport Peninsula Emergency Management Planning Committee of which she is now Media Coordinator.