Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 31, 2007 15:00 ET

Minister of Veterans Affairs Announces Appointment to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced the appointment of six new members to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).

James MacPhee of Montague, P.E.I., Brian O'Kurley of Ottawa, Ont., Allan R. Parks of Miscouche, P.E.I., Malcolm A.F. Stockton of Niagara Falls, Ont., Brent Taylor of Doaktown, N.B. and Angela Vautour of Miramichi, N.B. have been appointed to three-year terms with VRAB.

"I am very happy to be able to announce these appointments," said Minister Greg Thompson. "These six individuals will bring a wealth of diverse experiences and insights to the Board."

"I know our Veterans will be better served because of these new Board members," added Minister Thompson.

VRAB handles the review and appeals of disability pension and award decisions for Veterans, Canadian Forces personnel, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and certain civilians and/or their dependants. VRAB also deals with the final appeal on War Veterans Allowance decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Mr. MacPhee is a Chartered Accountant who has served on countless boards and committees, including the Board of Management with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Mr. O'Kurley is a former Member of Parliament and teacher who is now vice-principal at Dunning-Foubert Elementary School. He is also a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Mr. Parks is a past Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion and is currently a Property Development Officer at Access PEI.

Mr. Stockton is a veteran lawyer who has just completed a three-year term as a full-time member of the Ontario Municipal Board.

Mr. Taylor is a former New Brunswick MLA who has served on a variety of boards and panels. He is currently teaching legal and computer courses at the Atlantic Business College.

Ms. Vautour is a former Member of Parliament and Veterans Affairs employee who previously served on an appeals tribunal. She is now a team leader with the Canada Firearms Centre.

All six appointees were selected through a new open and transparent hiring process that includes rigorous testing and screening to ensure only the most qualified candidates are appointed.

Created in 1995, the Veterans Review and Appeal Board is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that reports directly to Parliament through the Minister of Veterans Affairs. There are now 26 full-time members on the Board, including the Chair and Deputy Chair. For more information, visit the VRAB Web site at www.vrab-tacra.gc.ca.

A backgrounder on the appointment process for VRAB members is also available on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Gerald A. Lefebvre
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Veterans Review and Appeal Board
    Dale Sharkey
    Director General
    902-566-8843