Sheila Fougere attended Dalhousie University and the University of North Texas, graduating with a degree in Recreation Administration from Dalhousie in 1981. In 2002, she received a Certificate in Municipal Governing from Henson College of Public Affairs.
Ms. Fougere worked as Manager of Conference Services and Off-Campus Housing at Dalhousie University in the 1980s. After a stint as Marketing Coordinator for Where magazine in 1989, she left full-time employment to stay home with her two children.
She has always taken an active role in community life. Prior to entering the political realm, she served on the local school PTA executive and acted as a community representative for the Halifax District School Board’s Strategic Planning Process.
Upon returning to the work force on a part-time basis, Ms. Fougere held a number of positions as a meeting, special events and program planner. She worked for the Province of Nova Scotia as coordinator of the G-7 Summit Volunteer Program.
In 1998, she won a by-election in District 14 Connaught-Quinpool to become Municipal Councillor. During her nearly six years on Council, she served on numerous boards committees and commissions.
She was re-elected to Council in 2000, capturing 89 per cent of the popular vote.
Throughout her adult life, she has served in a variety of capacities with numerous community, professional and sport organizations.
She has been married to Joe Fougere for 21 years and is the mother of Brad, 17, and Laurel, 15.