Four candidates running to represent the PC Party in Colchester North include, clockwise from top left: Eric Boutilier, Tyler Fraser, Michele Toole, and Rebecca Taylor. Submitted photos

Four candidates will go head-to-head on April 22 for representation of the PC Party in Colchester North in the next provincial election.

The nomination meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at Valley Elementary School. Registration opens at 12:30 p.m.

Offering for the nomination include, in alphabetical order by last name:


Eric Boutilier

Eric Boutilier is the District 1 councillor for the Municipality of Colchester, having recently retired from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board where he had been both a teacher and guidance counsellor. He coached soccer and fastball in the school board for many years, as well as hockey with the Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association. He has volunteered for Nova Scotia Music Week, the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, and Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling. He lives in Brookside with his wife, Janine, and they have two grown children.

Tyler Fraser

Tyler Fraser graduated from the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College with a Bachelor of Technology and Acadia University with a Bachelor of Education. He is currently on study leave from Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, after teaching at E.B. Chandler Junior High School in Amherst for three years. He also manages his family beef and sheep farm in Tatamagouche.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor started the award-winning business Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company seven years ago out of her own home, and now her products are in boutiques and gift shops across Canada. Her business innovations have been recognized with awards from the Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, the Globe & Mail, and Innovacorp. In 2011, she was the recipient of an Export Achievement award sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Inc. She volunteers on the board of directors of Truro Development Corporation Limited, and is a member of the Along the Shore Community Health Board. She lives in Lornevale with her husband, Dan, and their two daughters.

Michele Toole

Michele Toole has a Masters of Education in Diverse Learners and Exceptionalities from Mount St. Vincent University. She has been a teacher in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board since 1995, covering a wide spectrum of subjects. While she has spent most of her classroom career working with special needs students, she has also taught in the career exploration program, English as a second language, Mi’Kmaq studies, science, English, and geography. She chaired the Colchester Drug Awareness committee, served as a Red Cross senior fitness instructor and lifeguard, and on the Scotia Pool financial committee, stood as the Colchester Region Special Olympics coordinator, and served as a civilian instructor of the Truro Navy Cadets. She lives in Brookside with her husband, Michael, and they have two grown children.