Iona born Redden is county's new Chief Financial Officer
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