April 9, 2009
Premier Announces Changes to Cabinet
In keeping with the Throne Speech commitment for the
creation of a new government department dedicated to children, youth and
families, the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and
Labrador, today announced the appointment of a new Cabinet minister to
lead that department. A new Minister of Education was also announced as
the Provincial Government continues with a strong emphasis on education.
The new Cabinet ministers were sworn in today at a ceremony at
Government House in St. John’s.
Appointed to Cabinet were:
Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services -
The Honourable Joan Burke
Minister of Education –
The Honourable Darin King
"I am pleased to announce changes to our Cabinet that
will see a new emphasis in the area of child and family services, and a
continued focus on a strong education agenda," said Premier Williams. "I
want to thank Minister Burke for her incredible commitment to the area
of education, and the outstanding initiatives she has championed over
the past several years. Among others, her strong voice on student aid
has directly resulted in our province having the best student aid
package in the country. Minister Burke has a wealth of experience in
child and youth services which ideally positions her to head up the
creation of this important new department. I know that children, youth
and families across the province will benefit from her outstanding
"I also welcome Minister King to his new role," added
Premier Williams. "Dr. King is an experienced and eminently qualified
educator and brings extensive credentials to his new role. I look
forward to his contributions around the Cabinet table. It is always
valuable to have new perspectives, and I wish both individuals all the
best in their news positions."
Premier Williams also announced the following
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education –
"I welcome Mr. Dalley to this new role and wish him
every success as he takes on the associated opportunities and
challenges," said Premier Williams.
All appointments are effective immediately. See
attached backgrounder for additional details.
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Honourable Joan Burke – Member for St. George's -
Joan (Shea) Burke was born and raised in Bishop's
Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador. Settling with her family in
Stephenville, she was first elected to the House of Assembly in the
District of St. George's - Stephenville East in October 2003.
Ms. Burke’s first cabinet appointment was as Minister of Human Resources
and Employment and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women in
November 2003. In February 2004, her responsibilities expanded to
include the newly formed Labour Relations Agency, the Newfoundland and
Labrador Housing Corporation, and the Workplace Health and Safety
Compensation Commission. At that time she was also named lead Minister
for Immigration in the Province. On November 8, 2005, Ms. Burke was
appointed Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for the Status
Ms. Burke was re-elected to represent the District of St.
George’s-Stephenville East on October 9, 2007. On October 30, 2007 Ms.
Burke was again appointed as Minister of Education and Minister
Responsible for the Status of Women.
In May 2008 Ms. Burke was named Government House Leader, the first time
a woman has been appointed to this position in the history of
Newfoundland and Labrador.
Ms. Burke’s work in government is greatly supported by her prior
educational and professional experience. In 1987 she graduated with a
Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University and obtained her Master
of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1990. Prior to entering
public life she worked as a parole officer with the Correctional
Services of Canada and served on the executive of the Union of Solicitor
General Employees and as a shop steward for Local 90098. Ms. Burke has
also spent many years volunteering for a variety of community events and
The Honourable Darin King – Member for Grand Bank
Darin King was born in Grand Bank and raised in the
community of Fortune, on the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Diploma in School
Resources Services from Memorial University; a Master of Education
Degree from Saint Mary's University, Halifax; and a Ph.D (Business) from
Northcentral University, Arizona.
Dr. King has an extensive background in community service and rural
development. He has served on the Burin Peninsula Learning Center Board,
Grand Bank Summer Festival and Winter Carnival Committees, Fortune
Bay-North Shore Tourism Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Parks
and Recreation Association, Chairperson of the Grand Bank Recreation
Commission, and Chairperson of the Grand Bank Development Corporation.
Prior to his election, Dr. King was the CEO/Director of Education for
the Eastern School District with responsibility for 127 schools and
approximately 46,000 students, and served on the administrative team
which guided the district through the provincial restructuring of school
districts in 2004. Through his career in education, Dr. King served as a
classroom teacher; school administrator; and school district
administrator, including senior positions with responsibility for human
resources as well as educational programs. He has taught graduate
studies with Memorial University, and served as a supervisor of doctoral
Dr. King was elected as a Member of the House of Assembly for the
District of Grand Bank on October 9, 2007, and was named Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Education on October 30, 2007. He has also
served on the House of Assembly Social Services Budget Estimates
Committee, and on December 9, 2008 was appointed to the Public Accounts
Dr. King and his wife, Colleen, reside in Conception Bay South with
their two children, Mitchell and Kate.
Derrick Dalley – Member for the Isles of Notre Dame
Derrick Dalley was born in Twillingate, Notre Dame
Bay. He spent his early childhood in Springdale and later returned to
Twillingate where he completed high school at J.M.Olds Collegiate. He
graduated from Memorial University in 1987 with Bachelor Degrees in Arts
and Education which included a political science major. In 1992, he
completed a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling at the University
of New Brunswick.
Mr. Dalley started his career as a social worker in Twillingate. After a
year he moved to Education and became the guidance Counsellor in Baie
Verte. For seven years Derrick continued in his role as guidance
counselor for several schools on the Baie Verte Peninsula before moving
to Twillingate in 1995. He continued his career in education in various
capacities, including principal of Inter Island Academy of New World
Island and guidance counsellor and principal of J. M. Olds Academy of
Mr. Dalley has always been very active in the area of sports, having
participated in many sports including hockey and softball. He has spent
much of his free time coaching and teaching hockey and working with
students who are actively involved in school life.
Mr. Dalley was first elected as a member of the House of Assembly for
the District of The Isles of Notre Dame in the election of October 9,
2007. He was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee on
January 9, 2008.
Derrick lives in Twillingate with his wife Anne Marie and two children
Zachary and Samantha.
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