Changes to community development committee in central area announced

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Shawn Skinner, chairman of the Ministerial Task Force established to respond to the mill closure in Grand Falls-Windsor, today announced that Cyril Langdon is the new chair of the Community Development Committee, replacing Cyril Farrell who will remain a committee member.

Minister Shawn Skinner

Other changes include the creation of an executive team and the addition of a new member.

“I’d like to formally recognize the contribution that Mr. Farrell has made to the Community Development Committee,” Skinner said. “In his 17 months as chair, Mr. Farrell was a valuable resource to the committee and the Ministerial Task Force. He worked tirelessly to advance initiatives that benefited the people of the Central Region.”

Langdon, a committee member since its inception in March 2009 and long-time advocate of the economic and social development of the central region, will assume the position of chair effective immediately.

Committee members Ben Blackmore and Darrin Finn have been named vice-chairs and, in conjunction with the position of chair, will form an executive team.

“All three individuals bring significant experience and unique perspectives to their new positions,” Skinner said. “The fact that they are volunteers is not lost on the provincial government and we thank them for their hard work and commitment.”

Boyd Cohen has also been named to the Community Development Committee. Cohen brings more than 50 years of business experience and is a member of the province’s Business Hall of Fame established by Junior Achievement of Newfoundland and Labrador.  He was also a founding member of the central region’s board of trade.

The committee consists of community, business, and union leaders that work collaboratively to identify short and long-term economic development opportunities.

Committee members are Langdon, Farrell, Blackmore, Finn, Cohen, Sandra Carey, Janis Boone, Peggy Bartlett, Harry Hallett, Karl Inder, George McDonald and Carolyn Morgan.

Organizations: Community Development Committee, Junior Achievement

Geographic location: Central Region, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Frank M
    August 31, 2010 - 12:03

    $130 million paid to Abitibi as a settlement could have gone a long way to reinvigorating the region's economy. The hundreds of millions the province will have to pay for the environmental cleanup could have gone a long way to diversify the local economy. It is with tremendous regret that I say this entire situation from the industry downturn, the mill closure and expropriation are nothing but an albatross around our collective necks.