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The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - Ray Nor­man Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm

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It was with great re­gret that I re­cently ten­dered my res­ig­na­tion to the Min­is­ter of Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices as a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of the Labrador-Gren­fell Re­gional Health Author­ity.

It was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make as I thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing as a vol­un­teer with many peo­ple to im­prove the health-care pro­grams and ser­vices that ben­e­fit the res­i­dents of North­ern New­found­land and Labrador.

I think it is im­por­tant for res­i­dents of the re­gion to un­der­stand that I did not leave my po­si­tion as chair­per­son of the board with any bit­ter­ness or any anger to­wards any­one as­so­ci­ated with the health-care sys­tem. I have a great amount of ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect for the work that takes place in our hos­pi­tals, health cen­tres and com­mu­nity clin­ics. Health-care providers are ded­i­cated, hard-work­ing pro­fes­sion­als who come to­gether and put their ef­fort to­wards the com­mon goal of en­sur­ing that res­i­dents of the Labrador-Gren­fell Health re­gion have ac­cess to high qual­ity ser­vices in a safe and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Over the last 10 years or so, I had the priv­i­lege of work­ing closely with mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive team at Labrador-Gren­fell Health.

It was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make as I thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing as a vol­un­teer with many peo­ple to im­prove the health-care pro­grams and ser­vices that ben­e­fit the res­i­dents of North­ern New­found­land and Labrador.

They too are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing the best pos­si­ble health-care ser­vices and pro­grams with the re­sources avail­able to them and their work be­hind the scenes sup­ports the front-line health-care providers.

Fi­nally, I wish to praise the men and women who served along­side of me as vol­un­teer mem­bers of the board of di­rec­tors. While we may have had our dif­fer­ences on some mat­ters, we ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and ex­press our in­di­vid­ual points of view. This made for an ex­tremely ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance struc­ture to guide Labrador-Gren­fell Health and I have ev­ery con­fi­dence that the board will con­tinue to pro­vide strong and sup­port­ive lead­er­ship.

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