Lynaya Astephen is a lifelong resident of Saint John. She grew up on the east side and understands the issues facing this riding. She has a degree in Travel and Tourism and worked in the tourism industry for 11 years and is currently in the technology sales industry.
For the past 4 years, she has dedicated her spare time to advocating for her community thru being a member of the Red Head Community Association and then moving on to become the spokesperson for the Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association (RHACPA) which was formed to protect her community from the Energy East pipeline that was proposed to end in Red Head on the east side of Saint John. This allowed her to see firsthand that our governments no longer work for the people. That our governments do what industry says regardless of the cost to the communities affected.
She wants to bring back openness and transparency that been lost somewhere along the way so the public can have confidence in their government again. She had to present to all levels of government, municipal, provincial, Senate Committee and to the National Energy Board. Even though Energy East is not a project affecting her community anymore Lynaya is still working with provincial organizations to move the province to a low carbon economy. She also volunteers her time being a member of the local chapter for the Council of Canadians where she fights for social justice issues that range from environmental, democratic, healthcare, trade, indigenous rights, and water issues.
Lynaya has demonstrated that she will work hard to truly be an MLA for the people and fight for each and every person in the riding and that she isn't afraid to stand up to big business and to hold them accountable.