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May 02, 2007 17:13 ET

Minister Day Announces Appointments to the Atlantic Region of the National Parole Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the appointments of Wilfred (Hal) Davidson and Bernard Leblanc to the Atlantic Region of the National Parole Board.

"I would like to congratulate Messrs. Davidson and Leblanc on their appointments and welcome them as new members of the National Parole Board," said Minister Day. "These two individuals will bring their extensive knowledge and experience in making important decisions that contribute to ensuring the safety of Canadians," he added.

Wilfred (Hal) Davidson of Moncton, New Brunswick, is appointed as a full-time member for the Atlantic Region. Mr. Davidson is currently the warden of Westmorland Institution, a minimum-security facility adjacent to Dorchester Penitentiary. He first joined the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) in 1984 as a parole officer and gradually worked his way into areas of greater operational and management responsibility - first as a regional manager of personal development from 1988 to 1995, an assistant warden at Westmorland Institution from 1995 to 1996, and deputy warden at Dorchester Penitentiary from 1996-2005. Mr. Davidson has a B.A. from Dalhousie University (1978) and a M.S.W. from Carleton University (1980).

Bernard Leblanc of Dieppe, New Brunswick, is appointed as a part-time member for the Atlantic Region. Mr. Leblanc has been a management consultant since 1998 when he retired from the federal public service after 32 years. He has extensive experience in a number of federal departments and agencies, including as a personnel officer for the Public Service Commission, Transport Canada, Labour Canada, and the Department of Regional Economic Expansion; a district manager, assistant regional director and regional director for the Public Service Commission and Labour Canada; and finally as a senior executive with the Departments of Labour Canada, Human Resources Development and Fisheries and Oceans. From May 2000 to 2003, he served as a part-time member of the National Parole Board in the Atlantic Region. Mr. Leblanc received his B.A. from the Universite de Moncton in 1965 and a B.Comm. from the same university in 1967.

The National Parole Board is an independent tribunal within the Public Safety Portfolio responsible for deciding the timing and conditions of release of offenders on various forms of parole. The Board contributes to the protection of the community by facilitating the timely integration of offenders as law-abiding citizens. The Board's first and foremost consideration in its decision-making is the safety of the public.

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  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    National Parole Board
    John Vandoremalen