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Newfoundland and Labrador Geographical Names Board

Department

Fisheries and Land Resources

Authority

Section 3 of the Geographical Names Board Act

Remuneration

Level I rate for members. Level II rate for Chairperson.

Purpose:

The main responsibility of the Newfoundland and Labrador Geographical Names Board (the Board) is to administer the Geographical Names Board Act. This involves the collection and recording of information on the names of places and geographical features; consultation with the public, government departments and agencies on the selection of place names; the renaming of place names and features; and recommending to the Minister for approval the names of places and geographical features.

Structure:

The Board consists of the secretary and five other members appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources. The Minister will appoint one of these members as Chairperson and another member as Vice-Chairperson.  Members are appointed for a term of three years and are eligible for re-appointment.

Competency Profile:

Members:

Members of the Board should collectively possess the following core competencies:

  • Knowledge of toponymy (science of naming geographical features and places) and the geography and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Experience of specific geographic regions (membership will reflect geographic areas in the Province);
  • Knowledge of Indigenous geography and place names (One member);
  • Various areas of expertise and interest (e.g. Indigenous names, coastal features, Irish names, French names); and
  • Experience in administrative proceedings.

Secretary:

In addition to the competencies listed for members, the Secretary should possess the following core competencies:

  • Previous board experience
  • Ability to take meeting minutes
  • Ability to prepare documents for Ministerial review
  • The ability to edit and maintain the NL Geographic Names Database
  • Experience in community outreach
  • Established working relationship with the Geographic Names Board of Canada (GNBC)

Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson:

In addition to the competencies listed for members, the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson should possess the following core competencies:

  • Ability to chair or facilitate meetings;
  • Experience in conflict resolution; and
  • Previous board experience.

Qualifications:

Members:

Members of the Board should collectively possess the following qualifications:

  • Possess an undergraduate degree from a recognized educational institution in geography or a relevant social science or equivalent expertise acquired through a combination of education and experience and current knowledge of Newfoundland and Labrador history;
  • Ability to be flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues; and
  • Interest in geographical names and preserving local culture.

Secretary:

In addition to the qualifications listed for members, the Secretary should possess the following:

  • Experience administering and maintaining spatial data in a Geographic Information Systems environment (for example, Esri ArcGIS software).

Chairperson:

In addition to the qualifications listed for members, the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson should possess the following:

  • Post-graduate degree from a recognized educational institution in geography or equivalent social science (equivalencies will be considered);
  • Strong leadership/management skills.
  • Strong reasoning and decision making skills;
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills; and
  • Effective written communication skills.

Time Commitments:

Members of the Board should be available to attend two-day meetings held twice per year (In person or teleconference/video call). Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials in preparation for the board meetings.  Occasionally, members may also be contacted by phone to discuss board issues.

Term:

The members of the board shall hold office during pleasure for a term of 3 years.

Vacancy Profile:

The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources is currently looking to fill six positions on the Newfoundland and Labrador Geographic Names Board. Expression of interest is being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill set identified in the board profile.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Brown-McLean, Ms. Cheryl MemberMinisterial2015-10-192018-12-31
Handcock, Dr. Gordon ChairpersonMinisterial2015-10-192018-12-31
Hawkins, Mr. Randy SecretaryMinisterial2015-10-192018-12-31
Smith, Mr. Gary Vice-ChairpersonMinisterial2015-10-192018-12-31
Smith, Ms. Franca MemberMinisterial2015-10-192018-12-31
VacantMemberMinisterialNot Applicable

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