Board of Trustees

Mr. Donald Sturge

Board Chair

Donald Sturge is a retired educator in the central region, having held positions as a teacher, system guidance counsellor, and high school principal. Mr. Sturge has extensive experience in education, health, human resources, environment, social and child services issues. He has served on several community and regional not-for-profit boards, as well as in various capacities as a community volunteer. He is a strong advocate of both community and health system engagement and greatly values the views of individuals, families and health care workers. Before being appointed as Board Chair, Mr. Sturge chaired the Board Performance and Improvement Committee, which provided oversight for Patient Safety. Mr. Sturge serves as a Patient Partner, on the national health advisory committee for eConsult - a web based, primary-care-provider platform system which gives patients timely access to specialist care services. He also serves on the Provincial working group for eConsult. Mr. Sturge holds Undergraduate degrees from Memorial University and a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counselling/Education from the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Thomas Kendell

Vice Chair

Mr. Thomas Kendell is a retired Itinerant Teacher who worked with students who were visually impaired. Mr. Kendell has expertise in the area of education and has extensive volunteer experience with community groups. He holds bachelor degrees from Memorial University (Education and Special Education) and a diploma from the University of British Columbia (teaching students who are visually impaired and blind).  

Ms. Valerie Hoskins


Ms. Hoskins is a resident of the Coast of Bays region and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN). She has completed the French for Non-Francophones Program at the Université Laval in Quebec as well as a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (French), also from MUN. She worked as an educator with experience in distance learning and French. Throughout her career she held several teaching positions in the Coast of Bays region and across the province. She worked with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program for 30 years and now serves as a mentor to the group. Ms. Hoskins the Director for the Southern Region of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a member of the Central Newfoundland Trefoil Guild of the Girl Guides of Canada. Ms. Hoskins is a former member of the Community Advisory Council on Primary Health Care for the Coast of Bays.

Mr. Rick LeDrew


Mr. LeDrew is a resident of Springdale in Green Bay. He has a teaching background and retired as the Principal of Indian River High School in 2007. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and in Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as a Master's Degree in Education Management from the University of Aberdeen. He has been an active volunteer with a number of committees dealing with a wide range of issues including recreation, economic development and social issues.

Bernice (Bonnie) Pritchett


Bonnie Pritchett's most recent employment was as President and Manager of Flight Enterprises Ltd. Ms. Pritchett has expertise in the areas of governance, health, social issues and policy and planning. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Memorial University.

Des Dillon


Des Dillon is a retired provincial public servant who worked as a district manager/assistant regional director with responsibility for overseeing the delivery of social services. Mr. Dillon has extensive experience within the provincial public service and serving on boards related to health care. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work Diploma from Memorial University.

Fred J. Penney


Fred J. Penney is currently employed as a project engineer/Vice-President of Penney Paving Limited. Mr. Penney has extensive expertise in the areas of engineering and education. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Memorial University.

Maxwell John (Max) Taylor


Max Taylor is a retired assistant superintendent and superintendent with the Bay d'Espoir Integrated School Board. Mr. Taylor's areas of expertise include health, fish and aquaculture and education. Since 2012, Mr. Taylor has been President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Community Ambulance Association. He holds a Masters Degree in Administration and Curriculum from St. Francis Xavier University.

Judy White


Judy White is a Mi’kmaq grandmother and member of the Flat Bay Band. She currently resides in Conne River. Ms White holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University Law School, with an emphasis on Aboriginal law. She has also completed the Intensive Program of Lands, Resources and First Nations Government at Osgoode Hall Law School. Ms. White is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister with the Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat, with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  

Hector Pearce


Hector Pearce, now retired, spent all of his working career in Newfoundland and Labrador, as a teacher, vice-principal, educational psychologist, program co-ordinator and assistant superintendent, with the Notre Dame Integrated School Board. In 1991 he became a registered psychologist, and has received numerous awards for volunteer work, including the Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Medal Award. 

David Oxford


David Oxford has been a registered social worker in Newfoundland and Labrador since October 2003. He has worked in child protection, foster care and youth corrections. He currently works with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Maisie Clark


Maisie Clark has been the Mayor of the Town of Campbellton since 2001. She is a former teacher who has worked in Newfoundland and Labrador and Northern Manitoba. As a dedicated volunteer, Ms. Clark has served on numerous Boards, such as the Lewisporte Area Economic Development Committee, the Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors, and as President of the Lewisporte Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Jennifer Whelan


A resident of the Baie Verte Peninsula, Jennifer Whelan is the Executive Director of the Emerald Community Business Development Corporation. She has over 11 years of professional experience with the non-profit organization, which provides financial and technical services to entrepreneurs in the creation of small businesses.

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