October 6, 2017


GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD – The New Brunswick Liberal Association held a nomination convention Thursday night for the next provincial election on September 24, 2018.  Bill Merrifield was nominated as the Liberal candidate for Kings Centre in an uncontested meeting.


Premier Brian Gallant, who is also Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party, was present at the nomination and commended Merrifield on his professional accomplishments and community involvement. “With Bill’s experience, knowledge, and community involvement he will be a strong voice for the people of Kings Centre.” said Gallant.


William (Bill) Merrifield has deep roots in the community. He was volunteer Chair of Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark from 2010 to 2014 and remains member of board and Executive Committee.  He was appointed by UNESCO Global Geopark Network as field evaluator and revalidations of existing Global Geoparks in May 2016. He has been actively involved in official UNESCO application process and corporate/government fundraising since 2008.  He is past president of Lily Lake Pavilion Inc., and co-founder of the annual Pavilion Cup Pond Hockey Tournament and New Brunswick’s All American Soap Box Derby to raise funds for outreach programmes offered by the Pavilion for children and adults with financial and physical challenges.   His commitment as a volunteer has been formally recognized many times, including as recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service (2012), recipient (on Stonehammer’s behalf) of Deloitte Innovator of the Year Award (2011) and recipient of City of Saint John Volunteer of the Year (fundraising – 2010).


Merrifield is a Professional Wealth Manager engaged in the financial services industry since 1986 and is presently a Senior Investment Advisor.  He has been married to his wife Dawn for 48 years, and together have 2 daughters (Shannon and Brittany) and 6 grandchildren.


Bill Merrifield said he was honoured to receive the uncontested endorsement from Kings Centre. “Kings Centre has been my home for years. I’ve spent much time volunteering in the greater Saint John area to improve our quality of life here.  It would be great honour for me to represent this riding” said Merrifield. “After being apolitical for the past few years and a progressive-conservative before that, I’ve now had the chance to assess each political party and their leadership from a non-partisan point of view.  For me, it’s all about leadership.  On this measure, Premier Gallant has my confidence, and has clearly shown he will right the ship for a better future.”


The list of official contestants for nominations are available on the New Brunswick Liberal Party’s website at nbliberal.ca.

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