Diana Whalen was first elected the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Halifax Clayton Park in 2003 and won re-election in that riding in 2006 and 2009. In October 2013, Diana was elected in the new riding of Clayton Park West. Along with her responsibilities as MLA for Clayton Park West, Diana also serves as the province’s first female Deputy Premier, and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Nova Scotia.
Diana holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie, as well as being a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA).
Diana lived and worked in South Korea, Australia and Jamaica from 1980 to 1988 and has 15 years experience as a management consultant.
The experience of living in other countries has given Diana a unique perspective on the issues facing Nova Scotia and a strong appreciation for the values and lifestyle that we enjoy here. Having been a resident in other countries also provides Diana with insight and a real understanding of challenges experienced by the large number of new Canadians living in Halifax Clayton Park.
A former HRM Councilor for District 16, Diana has gained a reputation as a tireless worker for her constituents. She is accessible to residents and interested in listening and responding to their concerns.
In 2009, Diana was honoured by the Cornwallis Progress Club with a Women of Distinction Award in the category of Public Affairs and Communications for her work in the community.