Iona born Red­den is county's new Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - SEAN MAC­DOUGALL

Alix Red­den is “happy to be back” af­ter 5 years liv­ing away from Nova Sco­tia. The 29-yearold Vic­to­ria County na­tive spent those years liv­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of Canada, but is now home work­ing as the new Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer for The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Vic­to­ria. A va­cancy arose when for­mer CFO Leanne Maceachen ac­cepted the po­si­tion of Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer with the County. Mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil made the hir­ing an­nounce­ment at their July 3 meet­ing.

Red­den grew up in Iona, but said she was “keen to seek new ex­pe­ri­ences”. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Rankin Me­mo­rial high school (now Rankin School of the Nar­rows), she moved to Hal­i­fax to at­tend St. Mary’s Univer­sity. There, she re­ceived her Bach­e­lor of Com­merce in Ac­count­ing and kept on for a Masters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion in Ac­count­ing. Once she fin­ished her MBA, Red­den and her part­ner wanted to broaden their hori­zons.

“[We] thought it was a great time to just go ex­plore a dif­fer­ent area of Canada. The two of us ap­plied to jobs in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, and we both got them,” Red­den says about af­ter univer­sity.

So it was onto Hay River, North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, for the young cou­ple. The small hub town sits on the south­ern edge of Great Slave Lake, a ten-and-a-half-hour drive north of Ed­mon­ton. While liv­ing there, she worked for North­west Ter­ri­to­ries Power Cor­po­ra­tion.

Al­though Hay River and Iona lie in dif­fer­ent parts of Canada, Red­den says it re­minded her of where she grew up.

“Ev­ery­body knew ev­ery­body, and ev­ery­body knew ev­ery­body’s fam­i­lies, so it felt like home”

Red­den re­turned in 2016 to work for Mar­itime At­lantic as an in­ter­nal au­di­tor, but only stayed a year be­fore leav­ing again. The next move was to Ed­mon­ton in order for her part­ner to go to school. There she worked as an ac­coun­tant for two years at Al­ley Kat Brew­ing Com­pany.

Now back in Vic­to­ria county, she says that, de­spite out­wards mi­gra­tion, her gen­er­a­tion does want to re­turn home.

“Peo­ple are want­ing to come back to live where they grew up, but it’s just work­ing to­wards mak­ing it a place where it’s fea­si­ble to come back.”

Red­den hasn’t spent much time liv­ing in Vic­to­ria county as an adult, but rec­og­nizes prob­lems fac­ing is­lan­ders in­clud­ing out­ward im­mi­gra­tion, a need for more health pro­fes­sion­als and an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion. She says she is happy to help try and solve them.

“I think it’s re­ally awe­some to be a part of the ef­fort be­ing put in to solve some of these is­sues.”

New Vic­to­ria County CFO Alix Red­den

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