Representatives

Chris Power – Chair

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Paul Dillon – Treasurer
Paul Dillon has been treasurer of the NL coalition for approximately 10 years and has been a Regional rep. for about 15 years in Gander.

He represents the Central 1 area which is Gander, Wesleyville, Twillingate, Lewisporte, and Fogo areas. For the past 10 years he has been president of the Gander group and has been with the Gander committee for 20+ years.

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cyndysteadbioCyndy Stead – Secretary
Cyndy Stead has been involved with the Youth Justice since 2007 and previously served as the Chair for the Bonavista Area Youth Justice Committee. In 2011 she became the Eastern II representative on the Coalition, where she currently holds the position of secretary.

Cyndy has over 20 years experience in a professional environment and enjoys working with youth. In addition to her volunteer work with the Coalition, Cyndy is actively pursuing a University Degree in Human Resources and Labour Relations and is an avid reader. She lives in Port Rexton with her husband Ervin Locke, and their Golden Retriever named Friday. Cyndy looks forward to helping move the coalition forward.

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frankFrank McCarthy – Vice
Frank has worked 30 years in education in the NL K-12 school system (27 years in administrative positions) and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Education and Special Education degrees from Memorial University of NL as well as a Masters of Education from St. Francis Xavier University.

Frank has written ten (10) articles that have been published in educational journals and achieved a Health and Safety Designation from Ryerson University. Since 2002, he has provided contract training in various safety courses and since 2008 has been a college instructor for an Occupational Health and Safety Program.

He has been an active member of the Exploits EJS Committee since 2002 and a member of the provincial coalition committee since 2006.

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bernadetteBernadette Bennett-Murray
Bernadette has been a Volunteer/Mediator on the Port au Port Youth Justice Committee since September, 1988 – 25 years & has been on the Youth Justice Coalition since 1988 – 15 years.

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Ruby Batstone
Ruby have been involved with EJS as a volunteer since 1999 when she joined the St. John’s Youth Justice Committee. She has held different positions over the years and currently sits as Chairperson.  Ruby has completed both mediation and train-the-trainer programs and helps her local committee while also volunteering on the provincial coalition. Ruby has a compassion for working with youth and is very committed to her region.  At one point in her life she owned and operated a open custody home for young offenders for 15 years. She retired from Martek Morgan Finch 2 years ago where she worked as Manager of receivables. She resides in St. John’s.

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Walter Linthorne
Walter Linthorne lives in Upper Island Cove where he lives with his wife and two children. Currently working as a Hydraulic Tech with Pennecon, Walt volunteers with both Youth Justice and the Upper Island Boys & Girls Club and 14 years ago he became a volunteer fire fighter. In addition to giving back to the community in which he lives, Walt enjoys collecting hockey cards and sports memorabillia. He has been active with the Coalition since 2015.


Lenora Barry
I began as the Social Work liaison for the Labrador West Youth Justice Committee and Churchill Falls Youth Justice Committee in 1993. I continued in that role for a number of years which gave me the opportunity to travel to many Youth Justice AGM’s in the past whereby I met many of the volunteers with the other committees across our region and our province.  Labrador used to have 4 committees but two have since folded and the two remaining are the committees I mentioned above.  After I was no longer the Social Work liaison for the committees, I then took on the role of treasurer for a period of time for the Labrador West Committee and eventually chairperson of the Committee.  I have held this role for many years and this past May 2018 agreed to volunteer as the Labrador Rep for the Provincial Coalition.  I see the importance of these committees and the positive outcome the experience can be for a youth who breaks the law.  I am hopeful, although referrals are few and far between, that the local committees will continue to thrive and offer this beneficial service to our youth. I look forward to serving the Labrador Region for my term with the Coalition and am thankful for this opportunity.

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EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

  • Representative from the RNC
  • Representative from the RCMP
  • Representative from the Crown Attorney’s Office
  • Representative from Child, Senior and Social Development