Meet Mayor & Council

Mayor Cindy McLaughlin

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Cindy is the first Mayor of the Regional Community of Southern Victoria, after serving 2 terms as Councillor for the Village of Perth-Andover - her hometown for her entire life. Cindy graduated from Southern Victoria High school long before getting her Business Administration degree from Husson University with a Certificate in Accounting in August of 2020. She believes you are never too old to learn.

As a business owner herself, with several residential and commercial rentals and stores throughout the village, Cindy has focused on supporting local businesses in Perth-Andover. She is also a member of the Perth Elks Lodge and the Royal Canadian Legion and has always been dedicated to her community.

Cindy will focus on supporting new jobs in our area, maintaining fiscal responsibility for our citizens, and hopes to encourage growth in our beautiful village.


Deputy Mayor Sheldon Shaw


Sheldon Shaw is a graduate of Acadia University in English and Political Science. Following graduation, Sheldon embarked on a career in National Security spending time at two Federal agencies focused on non-proliferation and cybersecurity.

Following his career in government service, he went on to focus on cyber analytics targeting financial and industrial sectors.

Sheldon is currently the Vice President of Infrastructure and Innovation at CyberNB where he continues to apply focus on critical infrastructure operations, transparency and compliance measures, and cyber analytics to combat cyber intrusions in a variety of sectors.


 Councillor Tamara McPhail


Tamara Titus McPhail was born in Perth Andover, a small village in Canada. She attended local schools and graduated from SVHS before continuing her education at NBCC, where she studied to become an administrative assistant.

Throughout her career, Tamara has worked in the field of medical administration, supporting services in a variety of areas including pharmacy, general surgery, and dentistry.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Tamara has also been actively involved in her community. She has raised three children – Brett, Brad, and Brittany – and is now a proud grandmother to Maeve. Tamara has served as the Vice President of Home and School, a board member of the play school PSSC, and has been involved with SV Minor Hockey, the PA Rec Commission, and the Saint James United Church. She has also been a Sunday school teacher and a member of the Woolastook Presbytery.

Outside of her commitments, Tamara enjoys spending time with her family, hosting Sunday dinners, and caring for her special pets. She also loves to take boat rides on the Tobique River at her family's summer camp on the head pond.

Tamara is passionate about ensuring that life in her village is as good as it can be. She believes that the world is constantly changing, and it's important to be ready to meet new challenges and keep an open mind in order to sustain what we have and plan for the future.


Councillor Sheila Cummings

Sheila Cummings grew up in Perth-Andover. She served two terms on the Village of Perth-Andover Council before being elected to the Southern Victoria Council in 2022. She has 35+ years of experience in the education system as a teacher and administrator. Sheila has experience serving on Boards, including Future Footprints Family Centre Board (presently Chair), Crandall University Board of Governors (presently Chair), 6 years on the NBTA/NBTF Board, and National and Atlantic Cabinets of Gideons International in Canada.

Sheila enjoys officiating locally and nationally with Athletics New Brunswick. She volunteers with the Pre-Kindergarten program at Andover Elementary. She volunteers with and is on the Board of River Valley Thunder Hockey (presently the President). She is active at her local church. Sheila is interested in Flood Mitigation, Health Care Reform, Affordable Housing (for Seniors, Families, and all others), Economic Development, Job Creation, Recreation, Reliable high-speed internet, and Promoting Perth-Andover.


Councillor Sara Plant

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My name is Sara Plant, I was born and raised in this beautiful community and have always resided in Aroostook.  I am new to the municipal government world and have been on the Village of Aroostook's council since 2021 and am very excited to serve on the council for Southern Victoria.  

I am a nurse, and have worked within Horizon Health for the last 9 years but have recently embarked on a career change, still as an LPN,  but within a different network. My nursing career is a life long passion of mine and I still enjoy it greatly. My greatest accomplishments though, are my children, they have taught me so many lessons in life I can't even start to name them. They have all have been so supportive throughout my political career and have encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and become more involved in our community. 


Councillor Todd McGuire

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Todd McGuire was born and raised in Perth-Andover. He and his wife Penny also raised their two children in this local area for a part of their growing up years. Todd has a keen knowledge of the area, and surrounding areas, that encompass this community. 

A graduate of Southern Victoria High, Todd went on to further his education in Theology and music as well as firefighting. He also has experience as a paramedic, truck driver and school bus driver. He has served as Chaplain for two fire departments and has spent a lot of time volunteering with meals on wheels as well as bringing joy to seniors through visitations and offering concerts. 

Todd and his wife are Southern Gospel recording artists and Todd recently became a published author. He is an ordained Clergyman with twenty years of  Pastoral experience. Todd is experienced in dealing with boards and helping folks problem solve. He will bring all his past experience in these areas to the table to help his community.

Todd’s desire is to see his community thrive and rise to new heights with business development, festivals and community events for everyone. Todd wants to help make our local municipality a vibrant and exciting place for each resident and where individuals will feel safe and included.


Councillor Paul Legace


Paul Legace is a long time resident and community member of Perth-Andover, a dedicated husband and father, as well as a local employee and volunteer firefighter.