New chair ap­pointed to Cen­tral Re­gional Health Author­ity

Six new in­di­vid­u­als have been ap­pointed to the board of trus­tees

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL -

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment has an­nounced some big changes to the Cen­tral Re­gional Health Author­ity (CRHA) Board of Trus­tees.

In a press re­lease last week, the prov­ince named Don­ald Sturge as new chair­per­son of the Cen­tral Re­gional Health Author­ity Board of Trus­tees.

That wasn’t the only change for the board, the prov­ince also ap­pointed six new in­di­vid­u­als to sit on the board of trus­tees. The new ap­pointees in­clude Des Dil­lon, Fred J. Pen­ney, Ber­nice (Bon­nie) Pritch­ett, Aubrey B.C. Smith, Maxwell John (Max) Tay­lor and Deb­o­rah Yan­nakidis. Va­lerie C. Hoskins and Rick H. LeDrew have also been reap­pointed to the Board of Trus­tees for an­other term.

The ap­point­ments were ef­fec­tive Sept. 5.

Don­ald Sturge




re­cent em­ploy­ment was as a teacher/guid­ance coun­sel­lor/ prin­ci­pal with Lester Pear­son Memo­rial High School. Sturge has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in health, ed­u­ca­tion, hu­man re­sources, en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and child ser­vices is­sues. He is cur­rently a trustee and has chaired the Board Per­for­mance and Im­prove­ment Com­mit­tee which also over­sees the Pa­tient Safety Com­mit­tee. He also serves on a na­tional com­mit­tee for eCon­sult. He holds a Bach­e­lors De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion (Sec­ondary) from Memo­rial Univer­sity and a Mas­ters De­gree in Guid­ance and Coun­selling/Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ottawa.

Des Dil­lon

Des Dil­lion is a re­tired pro­vin­cial pub­lic ser­vant who worked as a dis­trict man­ager/as­sis­tant re­gional di­rec­tor with re­spon­si­bil­ity for over­see­ing the de­liv­ery of so­cial ser­vices. He has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence within the pro­vin­cial pub­lic ser­vice and serv­ing on boards re­lated to health care. He holds a Bach­e­lor of So­cial Work Diploma from Memo­rial Univer­sity.

Fred J. Pen­ney

Fred J. Pen­ney is cur­rently em­ployed as a project en­gi­neer/ Vice-Pres­i­dent of Pen­ney Paving Lim­ited. He has ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise in the ar­eas of en­gi­neer­ing and ed­u­ca­tion. He holds a Mas­ters of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion De­gree and a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing De­gree from Memo­rial Univer­sity.

Ber­nice (Bon­nie) Pritch­ett

Bon­nie Pritch­ett’s most re­cent em­ploy­ment was as Pres­i­dent and Man­ager of Flight En­ter­prises Ltd. She has ex­per­tise in the ar­eas of gov­er­nance, health, so­cial is­sues and pol­icy and plan­ning. She holds a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Com­merce

from Memo­rial Univer­sity.

Aubrey B. C. Smith

Aubrey B.C. Smith is a re­tired teacher and depart­ment head with Grand Falls Academy. He has ex­per­tise in the ar­eas of gov­er­nance, child ser­vices, so­cial is­sues, arts and ed­u­ca­tion. He holds both a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion De­grees from Memo­rial Univer­sity and a Mas­ters in the Art of Teach­ing from St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity.

Maxwell John (Max) Tay­lor

Max Tay­lor is a re­tired as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent and su­per­in­ten­dent with the Bay d’Espoir In­te­grated School Board. His ar­eas of ex­per­tise in­clude health, fish and aqua­cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion. Since 2012, he has been pres­i­dent of the New­found­land and Labrador Com­mu­nity Am­bu­lance As­so­ci­a­tion. He holds a Mas­ters De­gree in Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Cur­ricu­lum from Xavier Univer­sity.



Deb­o­rah Yan­nakidis

Deb­o­rah Yan­nakidis is cur­rently em­ployed as Gen­eral Man­ager of Gan­der Hyundai. Ms. Yan­nakidis has ex­per­tise in skilled trades, tourism, en­tre­pre­neur­ial, fish and aqua­cul­ture, gov­er­nance and hu­man re­sources. She has vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence and is cur­rently chair of the Gan­der and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce. She com­pleted high school at Sackville High.

Va­lerie C. Hoskins

Va­lerie Hoskins most re­cent em­ploy­ment was as a French teacher with Bay d’Es­por Academy. She has ex­ten­sive vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing with the board of trus­tees of the Cen­tral Re­gional Health Author­ity. She holds a Mas­ters De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion (French Cur­ricu­lum) from Memo­rial Univer­sity.

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