|MLA for Stratford-Kinlock|
June 12, 2007 – October 18, 2011
|Preceded by||David McKenna|
|Succeeded by||James Aylward|
May 22, 1962 |
Moncton, New Brunswick
Cynthia King Dunsford (born May 22, 1962) is a Canadian politician.
A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in the 2007 provincial election. She represented the electoral district of Stratford-Kinlock as a member of the Liberal Party.
In the 63rd Assembly she passed a motion that enabled the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Environment to fully review the implementation of a province-wide ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides. Subsequent legislation was passed during the Spring Session of 2009 and the ban was fully implemented in April 2010.
King Dunsford was appointed Chair of the Standing Committee on Education and Innovation and is Member of the Standing Committee on Community and Intergovernmental Affairs; the Standing Committee on Health, Social Development and Seniors. She initiated the formation of the first PEI Legislative Women’s Caucus which mandates to encourage more women to run for public office. King Dunsford was also appointed PEI President of L’assemblee Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF), an association of the parliaments of Francophone countries around the world.
Before politics, Cynthia Dunsford’s professional career as a writer, comedian and actor took her all across Canada. Her years of experience in theatre, television and radio led to contract work with various arts organizations and production companies. She is best known for her weekly CBC show "Parkdale Doris".
King Dunsford has an extensive non-profit work and volunteer background. She served as a Co-Founding Director on the Board of Directors for the Queen Street Commons, a shared workspace fostering social innovation through a place-based hub of people, ideas, services and strategies. She has also served as Vice President of Squash P.E.I.; Director of the Board of the Townships Project; President of Theater P.E.I.; Founding Member of BUG PEI (Bike User Group); Founding Member of the Environmental Coalition of P.E.I.; Board Member of the International Island Games Association; Member of the Canadian Ski Patrol System; and is currently a NCCP Squash Coach.
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