GPNS Leader: Dr. Thomas Trappenberg
Dr. Thomas Trappenberg lived in Halifax and Upper Tantallon before moving with his wife and two children to Hatchet Lake in 2002. Thomas is active in the community, teaching Karate at the Prospect Road Community Centre, and he is the president of the Halifax Hakodate Friendship association building a link to our twin-town Hakodate in Japan. His wife was the first exchange student following the twinning.
Professionally, Thomas is a professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University. He holds a PhD in physics and held research positions in Canada, Japan, and Oxford, England. His main research areas are computational neuroscience, machine learning and robotics. He is the author of a well known textbook on Computational Neuroscience published by Oxford University Press. Thomas is a former member of the Dalhousie Faculty Association executive.
Thomas has a long history with the Green Party. He witnessed the rise of the movements in Germany in the early eighties, and served as inaugural president of two federal electoral district associations (Halifax and Halifax West), supporting Elizabeth May to become leader of the Green Party of Canada, representing Nova Scotia on council of the Federal Party in 2007/8, co-organizing the founding of the Green Party of Nova Scotia, and running as federal candidate in Halifax West since 2006. Thomas was also the Green candidate in Timberlea-Prospect in the last three provincial elections.
Given Thomas’ background in Science, he strongly believes that actions are urgent. He also believes that we cannot ignore opportunities for Nova Scotians. We are relying on foreign fossil fuels instead of using our own resources and talents. He is convinced that we can build a vibrant economy, ecology, and society with a sensible and respectful government. Finally, Thomas thinks that the most important part in this election is to convince people to vote and not to procrastinate. Not voting does not prevent a bad government!
GPNS Deputy Leader: Jessica Alexander
Jessica Alexander is proud to be part of the party of balance, health, education, and democracy. She brings an educational background in public policy, a passion for the arts, experience advocating for women’s issues, and political expertise and experience. She is involved in local restorative justice initiatives, is the Chief Shop Steward for her union local, and has occupied positions on numerous boards and committees in the community and in her church. She is a long-time peer support volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society and is currently completing the Sustainability Leadership Certificate at Dalhousie University.
Jessica is employed at a large institution in Dartmouth. She has previous professional experience working in the resource, banking, and recreation sectors, and has operated small businesses. Jessica believes that leadership is the most valuable substance on earth. Without it, people can forget their ideals and their values. Economic challenges have become not just the standard, but the only logical norm. We hear voices that say “We can’t afford not to pollute, to tax carbon, to explore a basic income guarantee.” Resisting these voices takes strength, attention, persistence, and leadership. The Green Party of Nova Scotia provides leadership and a solid voice on economic, environmental, social, and democratic matters. Jessica is enjoying the process of renewing the party so that it can continue to work as a vehicle for positive and progressive change in our province. She believes that Nova Scotia can create conditions that will allow for greater innovation, social justice, and sustainable economic growth. Central to creating these conditions is developing a practice of consulting with indigenous people, groups, and councils of Nova Scotia.
Jessica is an avid surfer, cyclist, traveller, and watercolour painter. She and her then-husband moved to Nova Scotia from Vancouver in 1999. She has raised their four children in Nova Scotia, three of whom live with her in Lower Sackville. She has a small dog named Jemma and a gecko named Seraphina.