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June 24, 2008 11:45 ET

Minister Day Announces Appointments to the National Parole Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced four full-time and two part-time appointments to the National Parole Board.

Appeal Division

Catherine A. Kennedy of Ottawa, Ontario, is appointed as a full-time member. Ms. Kennedy is a lawyer and was first appointed to the Board in 1996 as a part-time member for the Ontario Region. She was appointed as a full-time member to the Appeal Division in 1998. Ms. Kennedy has extensive experience as a mediator in all areas including criminal, family and corporate matters for a number of organisations in Ottawa.

Prairie Region

Harvey Cenaiko of Calgary, Alberta, is appointed as a full-time member and Vice-Chairperson of the Prairie Region. From 2004 to 2006, he was Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security for the Government of Alberta. Mr. Cenaiko was a member of the Calgary Police Service from 1977 to 2001, retiring with the rank of Inspector. Throughout his career, Mr. Cenaiko has been responsible for the development and implementation of law enforcement programs in Alberta and has worked with Aboriginal Policing and First Nations communities.

Sharon Perrault of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is appointed as a full-time member. She has extensive experience as a caseworker on family violence issues and with Aboriginal people. She was first appointed to the Board as a full-time member in March 2003. She was Director of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre of Winnipeg from 2001 to 2003. Ms. Perrault also has considerable experience working and conducting research in correctional settings.

Quebec Region

Helene Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Quebec, is appointed as a part-time member. Ms. Lacroix has ten years experience as a private practice lawyer in social, civil and penal law.

Michel Lafreniere of Drummondville, Quebec, is appointed as a full-time member. For ten years, Mr. Lafreniere has been a Legal Instructor for the Correctional Services of Canada, Quebec Region. He also has ten years experience in private practice. Mr. Lafreniere was first appointed to the Board from 1986 to 1996.

Gilles Roussel of Montreal, Quebec, is appointed as a part-time member. He studied re-education for juvenile offenders and criminology, and has a masters degree in Public Administration. Mr. Roussel retired in 1996 from Correctional Services in Quebec after 35 years in the criminal justice field. Mr. Roussel was first appointed to the Board in 1999.

"This underlines the federal government's commitment to ensuring that appointments to the National Parole Board are based on merit and ability," said Minister Day. "The National Parole Board is an independent decision-making tribunal that plays a significant role in contributing to the safety of our communities. It is important, therefore, that we appoint highly qualified and committed people," he added.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
    or
    National Parole Board
    Caroline Douglas
    Director of Communications
    613-954-6547