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Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board


Health and Community Services


Section 3 of the Psychologists Act, 2005


No Remuneration


The promotion of high standards of practice and continuing competency and quality improvement through continuing education; the administration of a registration program; and ensuring that the public interest is protected by the administration of a quality assurance program and a discipline process.


The board consists of: five directors elected from and by registered psychologists in accordance with the by-laws; two directors appointed by the minister who are not registered psychologists who represent public interest; and the registrar of the board appointed by the board who shall not have the right to vote. The board will elect from among the directors a chairperson who will chair all meetings of the board.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Panel members can enhance the effectiveness of a 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:

  • Interest in health care
  • General understanding of/experience in professional self-regulation
  • Previous board 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 and conflict resolution skills
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Policy development experience
  • Leadership/management skills

Time Commitments:

Board meetings are usually held monthly and last between two and three hours. Board members may be expected to serve on a committee of the board but many of these (with the exception of the Complaints Authorization Committee) are ad hoc committees struck to serve a specific, time limited function. In addition, board members are expected to attend the Board’s Annual General Meeting, educational sessions and strategic planning sessions.


A member of the council shall be elected or appointed for a term of 3 years and is eligible for re-election or re-appointment, but a member shall not serve on the council for a continuous period exceeding 9 years. Where the term of office of a member of the council expires and a successor has not been elected or appointed, that member may continue to hold office until a successor is elected or appointed.

Where the term of office of a member of the council expires and a successor has not been elected or appointed, the member may continue to hold office until a successor is elected or appointed.

Vacancy Profile:

The Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board is seeking to fill two positions to represent the public interest. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience, and skill-set identified in the profile and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population it serves.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Hurley, Ms. Sylvia MemberMinisterial2014-04-152017-04-14
Penwell, Mr. Charles MemberMinisterial2014-04-152017-04-14

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