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June 22, 2010 13:30 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Announces Appointments to the National Parole Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced thirteen appointments to the National Parole Board.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring appointments to the National Parole Board are based on merit and ability," said Minister Toews. "As an independent decision-making tribunal that plays a significant role in contributing to the safety of our communities, it is imperative that we appoint highly-qualified and committed people. I'm pleased to make today's announcement."

Atlantic Region

Doreen Dinn of St. John's, Newfoundland, is re-appointed as a part-time member in the Atlantic Region. She also served as a full-time member with the Board from 1993 to 2003 and as a part-time member from 1987 to 1993. She has a thorough knowledge of the law that governs the National Parole Board and has extensive experience in risk assessment and parole decision-making. Ms. Dinn has also been involved as a volunteer with many community organizations at various levels.

Bernard Leblanc of Dieppe, New Brunswick, is re-appointed as a part-time member for the Atlantic Region. He was first appointed to the Board as a part-time member in 2007, and also served as a part-time member from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Leblanc retired from the federal public service in 1998 after a 32-year career; he was an Associate Regional Director for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has extensive experience in a number of federal departments and agencies, including the Public Service Commission, Transport Canada and Labour Canada.

Quebec Region

Jacques Bouchard of Longueuil, Quebec, is appointed as a full-time member. Mr. Bouchard was Chairperson of the Board of Referees serving Employment Insurance appellants since May 2009. From 2006 to 2008, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn. He is also President of J.E.B. Inc., a private company specializing in strategic communications.

Suzanne Chartrand of Chambly, Quebec, is appointed as a full-time member. She has been involved with the Commission scolaire des Patriotes since 1998 and was elected as the Chair in 2003. Ms. Chartrand was the president of a business event company, and previously worked for the Ordre des dentistes du Québec and the Association nationale de la femme et du droit. 

Steven Dubreuil of Montreal, Quebec, is appointed as a part-time member for the Quebec region. Mr. Dubreuil enjoyed a 20 year career with National Defence. He retired in 2005 as a Major from the regular force. He has occupied various positions, including Junior Armour Officer, Base Operations Officer and Commanding Officer. Prior to joining the Board, he held the position of Commanding Officer of a reserve reconnaissance regiment on a part time basis.

Prairie Region

Dina Dennis of Regina, Saskatchewan, is re-appointed as a part-time member in the Prairies Region. Ms. Dennis was first appointed to the Board as a part-time member in 2007. Prior to joining the Board, she served for 33 years with the Correctional Service of Canada, including 18 years as the Director of the Oskana Community Correctional Centre in Regina.

Keith Heming of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is appointed as a full-time member. Since 2001 he has been Acting Chair of the Board of Revision with the City of Winnipeg. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the Municipal Board of Manitoba. Mr. Heming had a private practice at Killarney, Manitoba from 1977-1997. 

Linda Klein, of Airdrie, Alberta, is re-appointed as a part-time member. Ms. Klein was a program officer in the Calgary parole office, delivering sex offender programs, family violence and relapse-prevention programs to female offenders under supervision in the community. In her 20-year career with the Correctional Service of Canada, she has also served as a parole officer and a case management officer at Drumheller Institution.

David Schioler of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is appointed as a part-time member. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba. Mr. Schioler also worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and boards including Special Olympics Canada, Legal Aid Manitoba and Seven Oaks General Hospital. 

Tyler Shandro of Calgary, Alberta, is appointed as a part-time member. Mr. Shandro practices law at Walsh Wilkins Creighton in Calgary, in the areas of litigation, Aboriginal law, employment and labour law, corporate commercial and real estate. He also is a Board member of the Criminal Injuries Review Board of Alberta, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Parking Authority, a Senator at the University of Calgary and volunteers extensively in his community.

Pacific Region

Bent Andersen of Victoria, British Columbia, is re-appointed as a part-time member for the Pacific Region. He was first appointed to the Board as a part-time member in 2007. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Andersen served as Chief Constable of the Oak Bay Police Department, between 1995 and 2007. Prior to that, he served 27 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), from 1968 to 1995, and was posted to various locations in Canada. Mr. Andersen retired from the RCMP with the rank of Inspector. He is active in numerous communities, including the Greater Victoria Boys and Girls Club, the B.C. Special Olympics, the Oak Bay Rotary Club and the Lions Club.

Beryl Jean Cusworth of Tulameen, British Columbia, is re-appointed as a part-time member in the Pacific Region. She was first appointed to the Board as a part-time member in 2007. She has been a member of the Correctional Service of Canada / National Parole Board Victims' Advisory Committee in B.C. since 1997. Ms. Cusworth has 22 years of successful administrative experience as a school principal for a number of schools in the British Columbia region.

Ulf Konrad Ottho of Delta, British Columbia is appointed as a full-time member for the Pacific Region. Mr. Ottho was first appointed to the Board as a part-time member in 2007. He is a lawyer with 30 years experience and has worked in the areas of criminal law, family law, civil litigation, wills and estates and corporate law. From 1984 to 1996, he served as Standing Agent for the Department of Justice, for Delta British Columbia, acting as counsel for the Crown and prosecuting offences under various federal statutes. 

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