Marilyn Merritt-Gray

 

 Marilyn lives with her family in Kars on Belleisle Bay. Her roots run deep in the Gagetown-Petitcodiac Riding with generations of her family having lived here. Marilyn is a nurse and continues to work part time. Her expertise is in mental health, women’s wellness, rural health service delivery, community development and trauma informed healthcare.

She worked as a community nurse for 8 years in Charlotte County and for over 20 years as a professor of nursing at UNB. An internationally recognized health researcher, Marilyn has held over 17 national health research grants and co-facilitated many provincial and community action-oriented research projects.

She has over 30 peer reviewed academic publications and has spoken at a number of international, national and local professional and community events. Marilyn received the Award for Excellence in Research from the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International and the Leadership Award for Women’s Health from the Maritime Center of Excellence for Women’s Health. She is currently a member of the NB Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, an active member of Reproductive Justice NB, the Standing For Water and Voices community advocacy groups, and a member of the Belleisle Watershed Coalition. She was Vice-chair of the Provincial Mental Health Commission Board and for 4 years was the Chairperson of the Mental Health Commission Board for Health Region III.

For many years she was on the executive of the NB Mental Health Nurse Interest Group and has been a board member for several not-for-profit community service agencies. Gardens and forests have been Marilyn’s lifelong passion along with her respect and interest in elders and sustainable rural communities.

 

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> Non-Violence

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Self-Determination and Citizenship

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Social Justice and Equality

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

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> Local Self-Reliance

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