Edmonton: Five new members were appointed to the Alberta Health Services Board Friday. One is from southern Alberta and one of the oher four is controversial.
The five people appointed by Health Minisiter Gene Zwozdesky will serve a three-year term and each be paid a $50-thousand honorarium.
One of the appointees is Don Johnson, of Barnwell. Johnson is a Councilor with the M-D of Taber, has put in 6-years as the president of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties and served a member of the Minisiter's Advisory Committee on Health.
Also appointed to the Board is Ray Block, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Mental Health Board. He is also Vice-President, Finance and Administration at Athabasca University and has a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Alberta.
The third appointee is Dr. Collins-Nakai of Edmonton, who has worked as a cardiologist, researcher and professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is also sits as the Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Exciton Technologies Inc.
The fourth new member is Dr. Eldon Smith, who is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. He has also served on hospital boards and on the board of the former Calgary Health Region.
The controversial new member is Sheila Weatherill, who served 10-years as President and CEO of Capital Health in Edmonton. She got a buyout when the government merged all the province's health authorities into one super board. Weatherill was paid $1.5 million in severance on top of her $2-million pension. She's waving her $50-thousand honorarium.