Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, has been named one of three finalists for the ‘Most Open MLA,' an award that will be given out during a ceremony at Saint Mary's University today.
In an email to the Truro Daily News, Zann said it was a "totally unexpected honour" to be nominated by her fellow MLAs on both sides of the house.
"I am humbled to have earned the respect of my peers - government and opposition MLAs, as well as my NDP colleagues - to be named one of three finalists out of 51 members," she said in the email.
The five-year politician said the category for ‘Most Open MLA' can be interpreted in various ways, however it encompasses a few trademarks she values highly, both as an individual and a politician.
"I endeavour to conduct myself accordingly: for instance, keeping an open mind and treating everyone with respect."
She said that means listening and considering others' ideas, even if different from her own, especially during debates in the House.
Zann says she's lucky to have learned from her parents, who were both longtime teachers in Truro, to be completely open to others and value them. This comes no matter their race, religion, age, gender or sex.
She also says she speaks her mind openly and honestly.
"What you hear is what you get. It's not an act and I never simply recite ‘lines' that have been forced upon me, which I hope in turn creates trust."
The province launched the Better Politics Awards to identify the people bringing openness, collaboration and wisdom to politics in Nova Scotia.
Earlier in January, the MLAs had a chance to cast their votes for the most deserving candidates in four categories - Most Open, Most Collaborative, Most Knowledgeable, and Rookie of the Year.
A fifth award, Legislator of the Year, will be given to the MLA with the most collected points across the first three categories.
Zann's competition in her category comes from Geoff MacLellan and Karla MacFarlane.