In the Community

Steven is a past President of the Glace Bay Rotary Club whose chief emphasis focused on helping disabled children. He served on several local volunteer Boards including the Savoy Theatre Commission.  He has always assisted many charities, non-profit community societies and daycare centers in keeping with the Weldon Tradition at Dalhousie Law School.

Steven served for over 9 years as Executive Secretary and Board Member of Oceanside Assistance Group Limited. This was a Federal Lead Corporation with a mandate to create, promote and finance local economic development within the boundaries of Glace Bay and surrounding areas.

Steven served as Superintendent and Treasurer of his church Sunday school for 11 years. He acted as a fundraiser for the Cape Breton Miner’s Foundation for the purpose of making capital improvements to the Glace Bay Miner’s Museum. He also acted as a fundraiser for Rotary International.

Steven has always been involved in the Democratic Process and has acted as counsel and official agent to Federal and Provincial Cabinet Ministers.

Over the years, Steven was asked to do workshops for the Municipality under their education program. These workshops covered a variety of practical topics such as advice for first time home buyers, matters pertaining to wills and estates and the pros and cons of incorporation. He also wrote a monthly commentary in a local newspaper published in Glace Bay canvassing a variety of law related topics. Steven often attended the local schools at the request of teachers to speak to the students on law related matters.

Steven has always been involved in sports in the community. He organized and coordinated the Glace Bay Minor Basketball program that gave children the opportunity to participate in organized sport. He organized a basketball house league at Glace Bay High School to include all students who wanted to play. He coached the Glace Bay High School Panthers Division I basketball team in the Nova Scotia Highland Region. He was a swim meet official for the Cape Breton Dorados swim team and coached the Glace Bay Thunder youth soccer team.


  • Past President of the Cape Breton Barristers’ Society
  • Past Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal
  • Past member of the N. S. Regional Assessment Appeal Court
  • Member of the N.S. Barristers’ Society, Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
  • Former Elected Member of the Canadian Bar Association Branch Council 
  • Past legal agent for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Former workers compensation counsellor
  • Past executive board member of Oceanside Assistance Group Limited
  • Former Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Real Estate Practice Standards Committee 
  • Past instructor at Cape Breton University
  • Guest speaker at professional workshops
  • Appointed one of Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law at Province House on January 26, 2010.

 Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

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"Steven and I travelled together coaching  boys division I  basketball for Glace Bay High School. He is reliable, works well with young people and can be counted on to get things done.”

 - Greg White, School teacher, New Waterford, N.S.