June 25, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The remaining board members of the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation were announced today by Premier Shawn Graham.
"I thank these individuals from across the province who have agreed to fight poverty and help build a brighter, self-sufficient future for everyone in New Brunswick," Graham said.
The Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation will lead and co-ordinate the implementation of Overcoming Poverty Together: The New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Plan. The board's first tasks will include establishing local community inclusion networks and working with stakeholders to determine the details of prescription drug program for non-insured persons with the goal of starting to phase-in the program by April 2012.
"I am honoured to be working toward the same goal as these exceptional women and men," said Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock, one of four vice-chairs on the corporation's board. "They have shown a strong desire and commitment to battle for those who need help within this province."
The newest board members are:
"With the addition of these members, we are extending the partnership among government, business, and communities in the fight to reduce poverty in our province," said Lamrock.
The new board members join the four previously appointed vice-chairs:
Official Opposition leader David Alward or his designate will also serve on the board. James Hughes, deputy minister of social development, is the corporation's president.
The board will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, June 30, in Fredericton.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Connor, communications, Department of Social Development, 506-444-3730.