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Public Safety Canada

October 05, 2010 11:38 ET

Public Safety Minister Toews Announces Appointments to the Parole Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, today announced nine appointments to the Parole Board of Canada.

"Our Government is committed to ensuring appointments to the Parole Board of Canada 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

Stephen Johnson, of Ellershouse, Nova Scotia, is appointed as a full-time Board member. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Johnson was the Youth Navigator for the Government of Nova Scotia, helping youth and young adults to obtain appropriate services from government departments, and to access community-based resources. From 1988 to 2008, he was a Youth Support Worker preparing young offenders for their release into the community. From 1996 to 2006, he was the Chair of the Black Advisory Committee and from 1998 to 2006, he was a member of the Mental Health Review Board.

Quebec

Howard M. Bruce, of Sainte-Foy, Quebec, is appointed as a part-time Board member. Mr. Bruce is a lawyer and has worked for various law firms as well as having his own private practice. Prior to his appointment to the Board, Mr. Bruce was a member of the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, and taught paralegal studies at the Collège O'Sullivan.

Ontario

Michael Beauchesne of Bracebridge, Ontario, is appointed as a part-time Board member. Mr. Beauchesne has vast experience in public relations and government affairs. From 1997 to 2009, he occupied a number of positions within the Canadian Automobile Association, including as Coordinator of Community Programs, Manager of Public and Government Affairs and more recently, Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs. From 1990 to 1997, Mr. Beauchesne was a Military Policeman with National Defence.

Carol Fletcher-Dagenais of Rockland, Ontario, is re-appointed as a part-time Board member. Ms. Fletcher-Dagenais was first appointed as a part-time member in 2007. Prior to this, she served as a Probation Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She also served as a member of the Ontario Parole Board for the Eastern Region from 1996 to 2001.

Louise Harris of Burlington, Ontario, is appointed as a full-time Board member. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Harris was the Director of Public Affairs for the Ontario Bar Association. Between 1995 and 2005, she worked for the Ontario Government including as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Transportation and to the Minister of Tourism and Recreation, and as Chief Administrative Officer in the Office of the Premier of Ontario. 

Pauline Hodgkiss of Cambridge, Ontario, is re-appointed as a part-time Board member. Ms. Hodgkiss was first appointed as a part-time member in 2007. Prior to joining the Board, she was part-time Vice-Chairperson at the Employment Insurance Board of Referees. She has over 35 years' experience in the education field as a teacher, school administrator, and as the Director of the Federation of Women Teachers of Ontario.

Derek McElveny of Brantford, Ontario, is appointed as a full-time Board member. Mr. McElveny has over 30 years' experience in policing. From 2004 and up to his current appointment to the Board, he was Chief of Police for the Brantford Police Service. Mr. McElveny also served on the Board of Directors with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and was the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Victim Services of Brant.

Brian J. Mullan of Ancaster, Ontario, is appointed as a part-time Board member. Mr. Mullan has been a career police officer for over 35 years. He has 12 years' experience in command positions, including 6 years as Chief of Police for the Hamilton Police Service.

Pacific

Laura Hall of Delta, British Columbia, is appointed as a part-time Board member. Ms. Hall has 16 years of service working for the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, a community-based not-for-profit organization providing social services to children, youth, adults, and families across British Columbia's lower mainland. Prior to her appointment to the Board, she was the Community Services Manager.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Parole Board of Canada
    Caroline Douglas
    Director of Communications
    613-954-6547
    www.pbc-clcc.gc.ca