Health and Community Services
July 24, 2017

Representatives Appointed to Eastern Regional Health Authority Board of Trustees

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has appointed seven people to the Eastern Regional Health Authority Board of Trustees. The appointments were made through the merit-based appointment process established by the Independent Appointments Commission.

Effective today, the following people have been appointed:

  • Marilyn Butland
  • Alastair O'Rielly
  • Tara Laing
  • Lynn Marie Wade
  • James (Jim) Miller
  • Marilyn Thompson
  • Caroline (Kay) Young

In addition, Robert Andrews has been reappointed to the Board of Trustees for another term. Biographical information is provided in the backgrounder below.

Newfoundland and Labrador is the first Canadian province to establish a legislated merit-based appointment process. The Independent Appointments Commission and Public Service Commission are actively recruiting for a number of positions with agencies, boards and commissions.

“The Independent Appointments Commission has recommended these individuals based on their expertise and merit. We are pleased to accept these recommendations. I would like to offer sincere gratitude to the current board members, and the outgoing trustees, for their dedicated service.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“I welcome the new members to Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees and, on behalf of our staff, thank them for volunteering their time to the role of governance at Eastern Health. I look forward to working with them as together we embark on our new strategic plan for 2017-2020, Lighting the Way: Navigating Together.”
David Diamond
President and CEO of Eastern Health

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Biographies of the individuals appointed to the Eastern Regional Health Authority Board of Trustees.

Marilyn Butland
Marilyn Butland is currently the owner and principal consultant of Butland Communications. Ms. Butland has extensive communications, marketing, and community experience throughout the province. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University.

Alastair O'Rielly
Alastair O’Rielly retired from the provincial public service on March 31, 2016, having served in numerous executive level positions with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador including Deputy Minister, Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Mr. O’Rielly has extensive board engagement, diverse experience in strategic planning, policy, and change management and he holds a Bachelor of Business from Memorial University.

Tara Laing
Tara Laing has over 20 years of experience in strategic communications and is currently employed as a Corporate Communications Manager at Marine Atlantic. She holds a Bachelor of Public Relations, a Bachelor of Political Science from Memorial University, and the Project Management Professional designation.

Lynn Marie Wade
Lynn Marie Wade retired in 2013 from Eastern Health having held numerous management level positions including Director of Laboratory Medicine (2008-13). In addition to her specialized skills in laboratory medicine, Ms. Wade has extensive experience in quality, planning, and governance. She holds a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University.

James Miller
James (Jim) Miller is currently the Project Coordinator at the Trinity Historical Society. Mr. Miller has significant community and regional cooperation experience and is currently concluding his third term as Mayor for the Town of Trinity. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University.

Marilyn Thompson
Dr. Marilyn Thompson is currently Associate Provost, Human Resources, at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and is a former Vice President of Eastern Health (2011-13). Dr. Thompson holds a PhD (Theory and Policy Studies), a Master’s degree in Health Professional Education from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for contributions to the communities of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews, QC has practiced law since 1974, most recently as counsel at McInnes Cooper law firm in St. John’s. In addition to his extensive legal experience, Mr. Andrews has significant community service having served on the boards of numerous organizations including Eastern Health and the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada and has served as National President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and as Chair of the Waterford Hospital Board of Trustees. Mr. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Law from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University.

Caroline (Kay) Young
Caroline (Kay) Young has a strong and diverse leadership background in agriculture, education, and public service. She currently is a partner in an agricultural business and has previously worked as a primary and elementary classroom teacher, and has served as a former MHA and Cabinet minister. She studied education at Memorial University.

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