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June 27, 2008 14:47 ET

Lorne Wheeler Appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, today announced the appointment of Mr. Lorne Wheeler as a Newfoundland and Labrador member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).

"I am pleased to appoint Mr. Wheeler to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada", said Minister Baird. "His extensive knowledge of Canada's history and his genuine interest will help the Board ensure that Canada's rich historical heritage is adequately remembered and appreciated by all Canadians, today and tomorrow."

Created in 1919, the HSMBC advises the Minister of the Environment on the designation of places, people and events of national historic significance. With Parks Canada, it also ensures that these subjects of national historic significance are marked appropriately, both within Canada and abroad. The HSMBC has 17 members: the National Archivist, an officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and one part-time Governor-in-Council appointee for each province and territory, with the exception of Quebec and Ontario, which have two members each. Part-time appointments are made by the Governor in Council on the advice of the Minister of the Environment.

Mr. Wheeler earned bachelor degrees in education and history from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and taught undergraduate history at the University under a graduate fellowship. He taught high school history and occupied a number of high school administrative positions from 1955 to 1980. He became Assistant Deputy Minister with the Department of Education in 1980, and was appointed the Deputy Minister of Education from 1985 to 1989.

Mr. Wheeler has been a member of provincial expenditure review and program renewal committees (1986-1988; 2003-2004), and has acted as the senior policy advisor to the Office of the Official Opposition (1990-2003) and to the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (2006-2007). A past President of the Newfoundland Teacher's Association, Mr. Wheeler continues to be actively involved with the Association as an honorary member. He also served as the Chair of the Board of Regents, Memorial University (2004-2006). Mr. Wheeler was born on May 16, 1937 in Greenspond, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary