Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 27, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Member to the National Council of Welfare

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Ms. Catherine Nolan Wells of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador to the National Council of Welfare.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nolan Wells to the National Council of Welfare," said Minister Finley. "Her extensive experience working with low-income individuals will be a valuable asset to the Council."

In the course of her career in the field of education, Ms. Nolan Wells has gained considerable experience helping disadvantaged individuals. From 1985 to 1989, she taught remedial reading at various schools in St. John's, and from 1989 to 2000, she acted as the Learning Disabilities Specialist for the Roman Catholic School Board for St. John's and the Avalon East School Board. Ms. Nolan Wells then worked for the Avalon East School Board as a teacher for gifted and exceptionally able students from 2000 to 2003.

Presently, Ms. Nolan Wells teaches at the District School of the Eastern School District. This establishment provides an alternate setting for students with behavioural and mental health issues.

She has given numerous presentations on the topic of learning disabilities. In addition to presenting to teachers, school counsellors, educational psychologists, and parent and student groups, Ms. Nolan Wells has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Ms. Nolan Wells holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and a Bachelor of Special Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The National Council of Welfare, which was created in 1969, advises the Minister on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians, and on social and related programs and policies that affect their welfare. To this end, the Council communicates directly with the Minister, informs and influences public opinion through widely disseminated reports, and provides a vehicle through which people concerned with the problems of low-income Canadians can make their views known to the Government.

For more information on the Council, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ms. Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office