Joan Marie Aylward Emerges The Next Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador 

Joan Marie Aylward, a former president of the nurses’ union and a former cabinet minister for the Liberal Party in Newfoundland and Labrador, has been named the province’s next lieutenant-governor.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his confidence in Aylward, emphasizing her long-standing commitment to serving the community and Canadians. 

She is expected to carry out her new role with the same dedication and enthusiasm that have marked her career.

Aylward’s appointment comes as Judy Foote, the first woman to hold the position in Newfoundland and Labrador, completes her term as lieutenant-governor. 

Joan Marie Aylward
Joan Marie Aylward

Aylward’s tenure in this role will extend for a minimum of five years. Throughout her career, she has held significant political roles, including minister of finance, president of the Treasury Board, minister of human resources and employment, and minister of health and community services. 

A Memorial University graduate, Aylward recently served as vice-chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board and as the executive director of St. Patrick’s Mercy Home.

Her involvement also extends to the National Seniors Council and the aging population committee for the N.L. Health Accord. 

Aylward’s remarkable contributions to various boards and committees, such as Oxfam Canada and the Foundation for Conservation of Atlantic Salmon, further underscore her dedication to serving the community and Canada. 

In 2002, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her outstanding contributions.

CBC News Reports

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