Human Resources, Labour and Employment
March 4, 2011
The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, and Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC), announced seven appointments to the commission’s board of directors.
- Cavell Bolger - Public representative for injured workers (effective February 2)
- Elizabeth Forward - Public representative (effective February 2)
- Grant Barnes - Re-appointed worker representative (effective February 2)
- George Kean - Re-appointed worker representative (effective February 2)
- Jack Parsons - Re-appointed employer representative (effective February 2)
Minister King was also pleased to acknowledge John Peddle as an employer representative, and Greg Pretty as a worker representative, whose appointments were effective May 25, 2010.
"I am pleased to have these seven exemplary individuals give of their time and energy in accepting appointment and re-appointment to the board of directors of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission,” said Minister King. “I am confident that they will support the overall composition of the board and enable the commission to meet its mandate to workers and employers in the province. I would also like to thank Peggy Roche and Louise Ade for their many years of service to the board and express the Provincial Government’s appreciation for their contributions."
All appointments were made pursuant to Section 4 of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Act, for three-year terms.
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Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
Mr. Barnes is a resident of Conception Bay South, and is a retired captain with the St. John’s Regional Fire Department. He is also a former president of the CBS Lions Club, and has served on the Human Rights Committee of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
Ms. Bolger is a resident of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and is workplace representative with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the Labrador representative on the Provincial Skin & Wound Care Committee, and a former board member with the National Emergency Nurses Affiliation.
Ms. Forward is a resident of Conception Bay South, and is the former Chief Operating Officer for the Central Regional Integrated Health Authority. She currently serves on the Newfoundland Labrador Occupational Therapy Board.
Mr. Kean is a resident of Labrador City, and has been the President of the United Steel Workers Local 5795 for the past 21 years.
Mr. Parsons is a resident of Flatrock, a member of the Newfoundland Labrador Construction Safety Association, President and CEO of K & P Contracting Ltd, and President and CEO of Heat Seal Limited, an energy management and indoor air quality company.
Mr. Peddle is a resident of St. John’s, and is a founding member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council (NLEC), Chair of NLEC’s Labour Policy Committee, and is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Healthcare Association.
Mr. Pretty is a resident of St. John’s. He is a director with the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) and is labour co-chair of the provincial Labour-Management Arbitration Committee, and serves as a labour representative on the Employment Relations Committee.