Education and Experience


  • Trent University: B.A. (Philosophy)
  • Acadia University: Ethics (Philosophy), Sociology, Psychology
  • University of California, Berkeley: Indexing: Theory and Application
  • Indexing Society of Canada (ISC/SCI): Numerous educational webinars and conferences

Work and Volunteer Experience

As an elected government leader (2012-2020) I chaired or served on the following committee and boards:

  • Environmental Sustainability Committee (founding chair)
  • Planning Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Transit Authority Board
  • Point to Point Transit Society Board
  • Accessibility Committee (founding member)
  • Regional Emergency Management Organization Committee
  • Community Fibre Network (internet accessibility) Board
  • Source Water Protection Advisory Committee

My government experience, participation in a local Climate Circle, and interest in energy poverty led me to present at Plugged In! sharing energy issues and best practices for municipalities.

I continue to contribute to the many aspects of accessibility and also of progressive economic development in my province.

I am a Vision Mate with Canadian National Institute for the Blind, volunteering weekly to be my local Vision Mate’s eyes.

I chaired the Halifax Brewery Farmers’ Market Cooperative board of directors the maximum three terms 2016-2022 before stepping down as required.

I’m an active member in the Indexing Society of Canada (ISC/SCI) and on the ISC/SCI conference organizing committee.

Mercedes is signing a document, and is wearing a white t-shirt with Talk to Me About Climate Change on the front. She is smiling while looking up. Her hair is grey with a light purple streak. Her eyes are blue and she is wearing black-framed glasses.

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