Leader. Organizer. Community builder.
“I'm proud that my community trusts that they can count on me, that they can turn to me whenever there's a need. It's a tremendous responsibility to fight for your community, and I'm ready to bring my energy, skills and passion to serving all of Ward 9.”
For the past seven years Sean Devine has served on the Trend-Arlington Community Association, including four years as president, where he’s led infrastructure projects, fought irresponsible development, facilitated public consultations, developed recreational programs, launched tree-planting initiatives, and partnered with all levels of government. He's had a direct hand in his community becoming more resilient and engaged with each other. For his leadership in organizing the recovery after the 2018 tornado, Sean and his community association colleagues were recognized as the United Way Community Builder of the Year, and with a Mayor’s City Builder Award. For his extensive volunteering Sean received the Nepean's Canada 150th Anniversary Medal from MP Chandra Arya, the Nepean-Carleton Canada 150 Award from MPP Lisa MacLeod, and a Ward 9 Volunteer of the Year Award from Councillor Keith Egli.
His professional life is in the creative sector, where he’s worked as a writer, festival producer, consultant, and currently as a federal arts funding officer. His plays have been published and produced across North America, and he’s managed several non-profit organizations. In his spare time Sean coaches t-ball, and plays in a cover band with two of his neighbours.
Whenever his community has faced a crisis, Sean has been there as a leader and organizer. In the early days of the pandemic, he steered the volunteer effort to get food delivered to vulnerable residents. During the Convoy Occupation, Sean was at the front lines keeping occupiers from entering the city. And after the devastating windstorms this past May, Sean led chainsaw crews to clear fallen trees.
Sean lives in Trend-Arlington with his wife, their four kids, and a dog named Hershey.
"I like that my kids see their father as someone who works for his community's benefit, and I hope that I've instilled that spirit in them."