A ninth-generation native of Deer Isle, Heather Cormier has been the town clerk and registrar of voters since August 2016. She also volunteers as an EMT with the Memorial Ambulance Service that covers Deer Isle, Stonington and Isle au Haut. PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

Meet Deer Isle Town Clerk Heather Cormier

A Deer Isle native, Town Clerk Heather Cormier graduated from Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended John Brown University in Arkansas and the University of Maine. She and her husband, Jeffrey, lived in Presque Isle for a little while before moving home to Deer Isle.

Their two daughters, Emily and Allison, also graduated from DI-S. Now a Boston resident, Emily works for a software company; Allison is a senior at Bates College.

Heather Cormier “was the administrative assistant at the high school for five years before I came here” following the resignation of town clerk Rebecca Knowlton in August 2016. Appointed as her replacement for the rest of Knowlton’s term, Cormier won election as the town clerk at the March 2017 municipal election and again at the 2018 election.

She is also the registrar of voters and the deputy treasurer and deputy tax collector. Treasurer Myra Weed is the deputy town clerk.

Responsible for Deer Isle’s vital records, Cormier assists people seeking genealogical information.

“If they had ancestors here, I’m probably related to them,” she said.

“I’m a ninth-generation native of this rock that I live on,”  Cormier explained.

A basic EMT, she covers two 12-hour shifts per week for the volunteer-run Memorial Ambulance Corps, which covers Deer Isle, Stonington and Isle au Haut. Based in Deer Isle, the Ambulance Corps has some 30 volunteers, including Jackie Pelletier, who recently qualified as the service’s first paramedic.

Years ago, “I was my dad’s sternman summers when growing up, as was my sister,” Cormier said. She and Jeffrey, who is a builder, recently got their recreational lobster licenses and a boat. Cormier enjoys gardening — “I always have a vegetable garden,” she said — and “I like to go hiking, boating, picnicking.

“In the winter I make quilts” as a hobby, she said.

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