October 10, 2014
Premier Appoints Parliamentary Assistant and Parliamentary Secretaries
The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced the following Parliamentary Assistant and Parliamentary Secretary appointments:
Tracey Perry, MHA for Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune, is appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
Tom Hedderson, MHA for Harbour Main, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education and
Early Childhood Development.
Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for
Forestry and Agrifoods.
Kevin Pollard, MHA for Baie Verte - Springdale, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health
and Community Services.
Kevin Parsons, MHA for Cape St. Francis, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Business, Tourism,
Culture and Rural Development.
“Each of these individuals will be a tremendous asset to their respective departments, and I look forward to working with them in their assigned capacities.”
- The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Biographies can be found in the backgrounder below.
- The Honourable Paul Davis, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced a Parliamentary Assistant and four Parliamentary Secretary appointments.
- Appointments are as follows:
- Tracey Perry, MHA for Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune, is appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
- Tom Hedderson, MHA for Harbour Main, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.
- Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Forestry and Agrifoods.
- Kevin Pollard, MHA for Baie Verte-Springdale, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services.
- Kevin Parsons, MHA for Cape St. Francis, is appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.
- Premier Davis was sworn in as the 12th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on September 26, 2014, and appointed his new Cabinet on September 30, 2014.
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Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits
Clayton Forsey was born in Leading Tickles and lives with his wife in Bishop’s Falls. He graduated from St. Nicholas School and then went on to further his education studying Architectural Drafting at Lewisporte in 1969 and Grand Falls-Windsor in 1970.
He had the opportunity to apply his drafting skills in the Engineering Department with Iron Ore Company of Canada Limited, Labrador City. He then relocated to Bishop’s Falls in 1976 and started working for Morgan Printing in the Sales, Accounting, and Production Departments. In 1984, he changed careers and became the Divisional Supervisor for Brookfield Dairy which is now called Scotsburn.
Mr. Forsey has been actively involved and served in various capacities with the following committees and organizations over the past 30 years; Bishop’s Falls Recreation Commission, Minor Hockey Association Director and Referee, Kinsmen Association (President-Vice President-Director), Bishop’s Falls Men’s Broomball Association (Executive Member), Provincial Broomball Association Central Vice-President, Member of Rural Development Association, Member of Exploits Regional Services Board, Lewisporte Chamber of Commerce (Company Representative), Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce (Company Representative), Town of Bishop’s Falls (Councillor, Chairperson of Department of Recreation, Chairperson of Fire Department Liaison Committee, Member of Public Works Committee and Finance Committee), Bishop’s Falls Lions Club (President, Vice-President, Director, Chairperson of Sponsoring committee for 512 Air Cadet Squadron, Chairperson of Winter Carnival Committee, Member of Citizen of the Year Committee, Chairperson of Zone 6 Lions District Association 41-S1, Chairperson of Lions Max Simms Telethon).
He was elected to represent the people of Exploits District in a by-election on June 23, 2005. On March 21, 2007, he was appointed Caucus Whip. On October 30, 2007, the Premier announced that he would be nominating Mr. Forsey to serve as Chair of the Progressive Conservative Caucus. He was re-elected in the October 11, 2011 general election.
On January 29, 2014, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Research & Development Corporation.
On May 2, 2014, Mr. Forsey was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Forestry and Agrifoods.
Tom Hedderson, MHA for Harbour Main
First elected to the House of Assembly on February 9, 1999, to represent the District of Harbour Main-Whitbourne, Mr. Hedderson subsequently served as Opposition Critic for Education (K-12), Parliamentary Assistant to the Leader of the Opposition and as Critic for Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education.
Re-elected for a second term on October 21, 2003, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education and Youth Services and Post-Secondary Education.
Mr. Hedderson was appointed Minister of Education on October 1, 2004. He was appointed Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation on November 8, 2005.
Mr. Hedderson was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture on October 31, 2008, and served as Acting Minister of Municipal Affairs. On November 27, 2009, he was appointed Minister of Transportation and Works, and was Acting Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness, and Registrar General from October 26, 2009, to March 18, 2010.
On October 9, 2007, Mr. Hedderson was re-elected to the House of Assembly for a third term, and on October 30, he was appointed Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister Responsible for the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector. He was re-elected once again on October 11, 2011. He was then appointed Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation. In October 2012, Mr. Hedderson was appointed Minister of Environment and Conservation, Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board and Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading.
On October 9, 2013, Mr. Hedderson was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.
Kevin Parsons, MHA for Cape St. Francis
Kevin Parsons was born in Flatrock, a small community on the Northeast Avalon Peninsula, in 1961. He is the son of former MHA and Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister, Kevin Parsons Sr., and Mabel Parsons, a public health nurse for 32 years. A graduate of the College of North Atlantic in 1980 with a diploma in Electronics, Kevin worked for IKON Office Solutions for 27 years.
Mr. Parsons’ volunteer involvement stems from a keen interest in sports and concern for his community. Mayor of Flatrock from 2005 until his nomination as the PC candidate for the Cape St. Francis by-election, he has also served as President of the Flatrock Community Centre, the Avalon East Hockey League, and coach of the Holy Trinity High Boys' Hockey Team. Mr. Parsons also served in various capacities for the Avalon Minor Hockey Association, Flatrock Men's Softball League and was a former manager and player with the Flatrock Flyers Senior Hockey Team.
Mr. Parsons was elected in the Cape St. Francis by-election on August 27, 2008, and sworn in as the MHA on September 12, 2008. He was re-elected on October 11, 2011.
Tracey Perry, MHA for Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune
Tracey Perry is very committed to ensuring a dynamic future in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. She has over 14 years experience in rural development at the grassroots level, working with individuals, municipalities, community organizations and regional groups.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) degree from Memorial University, and upon completion of university in 1993, she returned to her rural hometown of St. Albans where she established and operated TMP Consulting Inc. In 1995, she began a successful career as Executive Director for the Coast of Bays Corporation (regional economic development board), acquiring an extensive knowledge of the districts challenges and its significant opportunities for growth. Ms. Perry is experienced in strategic planning, project management, organizational governance and fostering co-operation. In addition, she has worked with Consulting and Audit Canada in Ottawa, as well as the head office of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in Moncton.
Active in volunteer and leadership capacities from the local to the national level, she served as a Girl Guide Leader from 1993-1996, then became President of the Bay d' Espoir Development Association (1997-1998). From 1999 to 2001, she chaired the Newfoundland Salmonid Growers Association, and was a member of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Association's Standing Committee on Human Resources from 2002 to 2004. She also served on the Rural Secretariat for Council #5 from 2003-2007.
Ms. Perry has worked with regional committees for the Joint Mayors, Tourism, Fishery and Aquaculture, as well as numerous other groups in communities throughout Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune. Other activities include serving as Director with the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA), the NL Economic Developers Association, the Central Newfoundland Tourism Committee, the Labour Market Development Agreement Committee as well as the Communication and Fisheries Committees of the Provincial Zone Board Association.
On October 9, 2007, Ms. Perry became the first woman ever elected to serve the District of Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune and was appointed Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development. She also serves on the Public Accounts Committee and the Ministerial Committees for Fisheries, as well as for Youth Retention and Attraction. Ms. Perry was re-elected as the Member for Fortune Bay - Cape La Hune on October 11, 2011.
On May 1, 2014, Ms. Perry was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development.
Kevin Pollard, MHA for Baie Verte - Springdale
Kevin Pollard was born and grew up in Roddickton, White Bay, in 1958. He is the son of Audrey Pollard and the late Samuel Pollard. He married Linda Batten of Foxtrap, C.B.S. in 1982. They have three daughters - Gillian, a nurse, Danielle, a teacher, and Hannah who attends Indian River High School in Springdale.
Mr. Pollard graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1980 with a Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education. He has 28 years of teaching experience.
Mr. Pollard has extensive experience in volunteer involvement, having served as Deputy Mayor and Mayor of the Town of Springdale, Chair of Emerald Zone Corporation, President of Swim NL- summer section, Vice president of Green Bay NLTA Branch, member of Rural Secretariat for Grand Falls/Windsor/Baie Verte/Harbour Breton region and coach of numerous school sports teams over 25 years.
Kevin Pollard was elected in the Baie Verte - Springdale by-election on August 27, 2008, and was re-elected on October 11, 2011.
On July 17, 2014, Mr. Pollard was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors.
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