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Disciplinary Panel of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers


Health and Community Services


Subsection 24(4) of the Social Workers Act


No Remuneration


To hear complaints regarding licensed practitioners.


The disciplinary panel is comprised of: at least six practitioners, who are not members of the Board who are appointed by the Board. One of those members appointed by the Board shall be appointed as chairperson. The Minister shall appoint at least four persons, who are not practitioners, to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed disciplinary panel members can enhance the effectiveness of a disciplinary panel by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Labour Relations
  • Executive Experience
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Education
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise


The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • General understanding of self-regulation
  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board/disciplinary panel experience
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning skills


Time Commitments:

The Disciplinary Panel is scheduled to meet four times per year and expected to attend educational sessions when offered. Adjudication Tribunals are appointed as required to hear a disciplinary matter. A hearing may require approximately one day to one week of dedicated time (hearing, deliberations and writing of the decision).


Of those members first appointed to the disciplinary panel, at least half shall be appointed for a term of two years and the remainder appointed for a term of three years. Subsequent appointments to the disciplinary panel shall be for a term of three years. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term, a member of the disciplinary panel continues to be a member until he or she is re-appointed or his or her replacement is appointed. Persons appointed to the disciplinary panel may be reappointed.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Hennessey, Ms. MoiraMemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Hickey, Mr. Christopher D. MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Reid, Ms. ElainePublic Interest MemberMinisterial2019-02-182022-02-17
Roberts, Ms. Margaret AdaPublic Interest MemberMinisterial2019-02-182022-02-17

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