Martin Bell was elected to MODL Council in October 2000, representing District 13 Conquerall Bank, Pleasantville, West Lahave, New Cumberland, Mount Pleasant, Lake Center,
Conquerall Mills and part of Hebbville. Martin was re-elected in October 2004 to represent District 13. In October 2008 Martin was elected, representing District 11 after the
boundaries were changed. He was also re-elected in 2012, 2016 and 2020 in the new boundaries of District 2. In November 2009 and 2017 he was elected to serve as Deputy Mayor
for a one year term. District 2 includes West Dublin, Dublin Shore, Mount Pleasant, Lake Centre, New Cumberland, LaHave, Pentz, West LaHave, Pleasantville, Conquerall Bank and
part of Conquerall Mills.
He was born in, and remained in Nova Scotia. Martin has resided in Conquerall Bank for over 60 years where he and his wife Cheryl of forty-four years, had their three children. As a firm
believer in personal community involvement he has assumed leadership roles both in his local fire department, community and provincial Boards. He has served in senior positions
on provincial and national Boards as well. On several occasions he has provided leadership on financial strategies such as his work on the Audit and Finance committees for the
Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation where he served six terms. While serving several years as president of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association he helped to
move the once debt-laden-association forward and into the black again. He has continued his leadership role here for over four decades. Martin served 21 years on the national Board for CVFSA.
Martin Bell served two terms as Deputy Mayor. With a genuine interest in the well-being of his community and its residents, he listens to people and works to bring about great results.
This is the philosophy he brings to the job as Councillor for District 2. With over 35 years in pre-hospital care both as a Field Paramedic and as a Medical Dispatcher at the Provincial
(911) Medical Dispatch Center he has had to make life critical decisions on a daily basis with split second accuracy. He was one of the first to have received his Emergency Medical
Dispatcher Certification with International/Quality Distinction within the Province of Nova Scotia. In 2018 Martin retired from EMC-EHS and dedicated himself as a full time Councillor
and continues that today.
For years Martin promoted community groups like the local community fire departments, local home-based businesses and promoted buying local goods and services whenever possible.
During the “Your Government, Your Ideas” initiative over the past ten years Martin tried to make sure he was in all areas of the municipality to
hear local concerns. This also included attending community events in other districts just to meet the people and engage in conversation.
For years Martin promoted community groups like the local community fire departments, local home-based businesses
and promoted buying local goods and services whenever possible. During the “Your
Government, Your Ideas” initiative over the past ten years Martin tried to make sure he was in all areas of the
municipality to hear local concerns. This also included attending community events in other districts just to meet the
people and engage in conversation.
Planning Advisory Committee: After many years of citizens who lived in sub-divisions voicing concerns over private road
and municipal road conditions and limiting flag lots. Martin took a few terms on this committee and took abuse from
some who wanted to limit open space regarding access or were concerned over what might increase road construction
costs but the much-needed updated subdivision by-law came into effect. Since then we have seen improvements in road
construction and those serviced by private and municipal roads feel much better.
Martin’s position on aquaculture (fish farming) operations was first posted in February 2020. It has not changed and can
be viewed under “Press Releases”
Martin’s position on Active Transportation (AT) can be viewed under “Press Releases”
Martin’s position on Affordable Housing can be viewed under “Press Releases”
We need to work together for better communities, and we need to support those less fortunate. When one has the public
trust, you need to listen sometimes with your heart instead of one’s ears.