OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/14/13 -- The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced 11 appointments and nine reappointments to the Parole Board of Canada.
"As an independent administrative tribunal, the Parole Board of Canada makes conditional release, record suspension and clemency decisions that contribute to the protection of society. I congratulate these highly qualified, knowledgeable and experienced individuals on their new positions," said Minister Toews.
Denis Jolette, of Ottawa, Ontario, is designated as the Vice-Chairperson, Appeal Division. He was first appointed to the Board in 2008 and was recently re-appointed as a full-time member. Mr. Jolette has nearly 25 years of management experience in the federal government and private sector and in providing strategic advice to leaders, Ministers, Members of Parliament, Deputy Ministers and CEOs. From 2006 to 2007, he was the Chief of Staff for the Minister of International Cooperation and for La Francophonie and Official Languages.
Patricia Lynn Pitsula, of Abbotsford, British Columbia, is re-appointed as a full-time member. She was first appointed to the Board in 2009. Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Pitsula was a Senior Justice Analyst at the Criminal Justice Reform Secretariat. Before starting her legal career, she was a teacher with the Saskatchewan Department of Education.
Maurice Bastarache, of Dieppe, New Brunswick, is appointed as a full-time member. Mr. Bastarache is a lawyer with extensive experience in criminal defence, family law and litigation. He was a member of various boards of directors, including the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation and the Canadian Bar Association.
Doreen Dinn, of St. John's, Newfoundland, is re-appointed as a part-time member. In 2007, she was appointed as a part-time member. She also served as a full-time member with the Board from 1993 to 2003 and as a part-time member from 1987 to 1993. She has a thorough knowledge of the law that governs the Parole Board of Canada and has extensive experience in risk assessment and parole decision-making. Ms. Dinn has also been involved as a volunteer with many community organizations at various levels.
Stephen Johnson, of Moncton, New Brunswick, is re-appointed as a full-time member. He was first appointed to the Board in 2010. 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.
Mitchell McCormick, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is appointed as a part-time member. Mr. McCormick has over 25 years experience with the Winnipeg Police Service, occupying various positions from Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Supervisor, and Constable. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as an Investigator for the Manitoba Public Insurance Company.
Walter Tielman, of West St. Paul, Manitoba, is appointed as a full-time member. Mr. Tielman has over 30 years experience within Manitoba and Alberta Community Corrections. He occupied various positions, including Area Director Interlake and Island Lake Regions, Probation Officer, Supervisor, and Team Leader.
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