Eight invested in Order of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Constance Howley receives her Order of Newfoundland and Labrador medal from Lt. Gov. John Crosbie during a ceremony at Government House this morning. —Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Eight people were invested today in the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, which recognizes people who demonstrate excellence and achievement in any area that is beneficial to the province or it's people.

The recipients are: Constance Howley, Janet Cox, Tom Dawe, Freida Faour, John (Jack) Ford, Mary Dyer Gordon, Captain Sidney Hynes and Susan (Fran) Williams.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and other MHAs from all provincial parties were in attendance at the ceremony.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Mary Anne Pare
    November 06, 2012 - 14:38

    Congratulations, Consie, on the contributions you have made to your profession and to the lives of people you have worked with. Bravo. Mary Anne (Peter and Anne's daughter)

  • Patricia Wadden
    October 24, 2012 - 15:53

    Congrats to a great person and NP! :) xox..you looked great!

  • MichèleParé
    October 21, 2012 - 18:14

    Congratulation Consie, your Mum and Dad, your grand-maman and mine would have been very proud of you as I am. Your godmother. Michèle

    • Victor Paré
      October 29, 2012 - 10:04

      Way to go, Consie! Hope all is well. Love, Cousin Vic

  • Rose Anne O'Keefe
    October 17, 2012 - 12:15

    Congratulations Conse - I agree with Mary - very well deserved. Your dedication to your profession is profound.

  • HN
    October 17, 2012 - 00:43

    Annie - I agree. Other news reporters outside the province did a bit more homework. Ms. Howley became a nurse coordinator of the HIV program in 1988, a time when there was an extraordinary amount of stigma and fear associated with the disease. Despite the discrimination she herself often faced because of her profession, she held the hands of those mourning the loss of spouses, partners, parents, children and friends. Constance Howley played a pivotal role in the beginnings of what is now a provincial organization that provides a host of services to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as to the general public. As a healthcare professional and voice in the community, she helped develop prevention strategies that would ultimately assist in controlling the outbreak of HIV/AIDS in the province in the early nineties. Ms. Howley also advocated for enhanced access to healthcare for those living in rural communities, establishing travelling clinics in areas such as Conception Bay North and Corner Brook. For this, she received the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s Purple Award for Innovation. Her other accomplishments include several honours including the Canadian Association of Nurses in HIV/AIDS Care Jill Sullivan Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in 2003; invitations to guest lecture at over 100 HIV/AIDS presentations, as well as being a facilitator and consultant for various programs provincially, nationally and internationally. She has also co-authored multiple scientific papers, presentations and abstracts on HIV/AIDS and immunology. In 2007, Ms. Howley took a 14-month leave of absence from the provincial HIV program to work as a nurse clinician in southern Africa with OHAfrica in Leribe, Lesotho, where she provided care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS and consultation and education to local healthcare workers. In 2009, Constance resigned from her position within the HIV/AIDS program and currently works as a Nurse Practitioner – Primary Health Care in coastal Labrador communities. She continues to guest lecture on HIV/AIDS issues. There is no doubt that Constance Howley’s achievements in the areas of nursing and research are vast, but it is the direct impact she has had on the lives of people in this province that is immeasurable. Her compassion, leadership and professional achievements have had a profound effect on countless lives.

    • Mary Donovan
      October 17, 2012 - 08:45

      Consie has made the class of '75 proud! Her hard work has been recognized by many; this is so well deserved!

  • Dave
    October 16, 2012 - 13:28

    Several are financial contributors to the Progressive Conservative Party of NL. A few are there to legitimize the award.

  • Annie-Girl
    October 16, 2012 - 12:24

    It would be nice to know what each of them were invested for.