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Pauline Raven



  • Born in Belfast Northern Ireland, 1954, daughter of greengrocers Harry and Lily Raven. Four siblings.
  • Immigrated 1973. Canadian Citizen, 1975.
  • Married 44 years to Gerald Cudmore.
  • Resident of Kings County since 1976… New Minas, Greenwich, Delhaven.
  • Two children Dorion Cudmore (Fredericton)born 1977 life-partner Anna-Leigh Snyder) and Adam Cudmore (Ellershouse) born 1979 (married to Monique Harvie, grand-daughter Elizabeth Lynn).


  • Honours Psychology, Acadia U., 1989
  • Masters Sociology, Acadia U., 1990
  • Certificate Adult Education, Dalhousie U., 1992

Career Highlights

  • 1975-1986 Operated family business with husband Gerald Cudmore
  • 1990-2003 Administration, program development in the non-profit sector, including eight years at the Annapolis Valley-Hants Community Action Program for Children (CAP-C).
  • 2003-2011 Independent contractor, research, communications, project management.  Latest major project “Loving Care” series, Nova Scotia Department of Health’s provincial publication for families with children aged 0-3 years.
  • 2012 elected as a municipal councillor and re-elected in 2016 for a 2nd 4-yr term.
  • Appointed as a Justice of the Peace 2017.

Examples of Volunteer Work

  • Authour of annual Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card for 10-years.
  • Research Associate Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
  • Founding Member, No Farms No Food.
  • Director of non-profit boards locally (Flower Cart), provincially (Chair, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-NS); and nationally (Women’s Legal Education Action Fund).
  • Raising funds for charities, most recently, Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust, Oxfam Canada, Annapolis Valley Regional Library and Open Arms.


  • 2017. Valley Search & Rescue Honorary Membership for outstanding contribution.
  • 2009. Spirit Award. Association of Fundraising Professionals Nova Scotia Chapter recognizing excellence by a volunteer fundraiser in the Maritimes.
  • 2002. Queens Golden Jubilee Medal awarded by the Governor General of Canada for sustained contribution over and above what might reasonably be expected of paid employment or voluntary action.
  • 2000. Government of Canada Deputy Minister of Health’s Annual Award for Team Excellence and Achievement. Given to one individual or team annually marking extraordinary contribution to Canadians.
  • 1997. Nova Scotia Community Action Program for Children Outstanding Leadership Award commemorating efforts that eradicated a $200M annual funding cut to 365 family resource associations across Canada.
  • 1970. Queens Guide 168th Company.

Sample Publications

  • 2006. Unfolding the Community Action Program for Children Experience in Cape Breton. Family Place, Sydney.
  •  2005. If Spaces Could Talk: A decade of Progress with Vulnerable Families and Children in Atlantic Canada. Burin Peninsula Brighter Futures Inc.
  • 2003. Linking Empowerment-Based Evaluation and Social Change: Family-Focused Research Using Community Development Strategies. In Making a Difference: Research and Families, Allen & Unwin.
  • 2001. Politics and Practice of Empowerment Evaluation and Social Interventions. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.
  • 1998. Role of Evaluators in Participatory Action Research. American Evaluation Association Conference.  Chicago, Ill.
  • 1999-2009. Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
  • Published editorials related to Poverty Reduction and Women’s Health

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