A sketch of Kathy Dunderdale, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative party:
Education: Attended Memorial University.
Early career: Worked in community development, communications, fisheries and social work before entering politics.
Political career: She was a town councillor and later deputy mayor of Burin before she was first elected to legislature for the riding of Virginia Waters in 2003 and sworn in as premier on Dec. 3, 2010. Served as minister of innovation, trade, rural development, natural resources and deputy premier in the government of Danny Williams.
Personal: Married to Peter Dunderdale and they have raised two children, a son and daughter.
Quote: "As I stand here tonight, I can't help but wonder what my grandmother and great grandmother would think. Until 1925, a woman could not vote in Newfoundland and Labrador." — Dunderdale after becoming the first woman to be elected premier of her province.