- Kimberly J. Mackay – Vice-Chair
- Darlene Didham – Commissioner
- Smita Joshi – Commissioner
- Christopher Sheppard – Commissioner
- Ray McIssac – Commissioner
Kim Mackay is a lawyer with over fifteen years of experience in civil litigation. She is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Law Society and has also practiced in Ontario. With legal experience primarily in private law firms, Ms. Mackay has advised clients on issues of human rights, privacy, personal injury, and wills and estates. Ms. Mackay has volunteered with a local non-profit heritage organization as well as with the Canadian Bar Association as the provincial representative for wills and estates. She has provided pro bono legal advice to victims of domestic abuse and has published articles on issues of domestic abuse and mental illness. Currently, Ms. Mackay is employed by a national insurance company and also maintains a small private law practice. Ms. Mackay was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador where she lives currently with her two sons.
Mrs. Didham has a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work degrees from Memorial University and is currently employed by Eastern Health as a Provincial Youth Corrections Mental Health Coordinator working with complex needs youth and their families. Mrs. Didham has an extensive background in working with children, youth, families and groups. Her career spans 18 years and includes consulting, program development, training and managerial roles in youth corrections and youth services. Ms. Didham has been of Chair for the Mount Pearl Citizens Crime Prevention Committee for the past six years and has also volunteered in crisis counselling over the past five years and volunteers with school councils.
Dr. Smita Joshi, a Newfoundlander by choice, is a graduate of, Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a doctoral of education from the University of Toronto.
Smita has worked for the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador for over 32 years and has held various leadership positions with the Department of Education and the provincial Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. Nationally, and provincially, Dr. Joshi is known for her contributions to Social Studies, Human Rights education Enterprise Education and Multicultural Education in the K-12 school system. In 1994, Smita chaired the provincial Education Committee that developed the policy on Multicultural Education to guide and shape provincial school curriculum.
In 2007, she was appointed as the Director of Multiculturalism of the newly established Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism. Smita was responsible for the development and implementation of the policy on multiculturalism.
Smita believes in partnerships and has served on several provincial and national committees including the Conference Board of Canada’s Leaders table on Immigration. She was the co-chair of the Federal-Provincial- Territorial network of Officials Responsible for Multicultural Issues and the chair for the Multicultural Committee for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the author of several publications and a frequent conference speaker.
She was the co-chair of the Federal-Provincial- Territorial network of Officials Responsible for Multicultural Issues and the chair for the Multicultural Committee for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the author of several publications and a frequent conference speaker.
Kim graduated from Memorial University of NL in May 2000 with her Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op), concentrating in Industrial Relations. She then went on to law school at the University of New Brunswick where she graduated with her Bachelor of Laws in May 2003. At UNB, Kim was awarded the William Henry Harrison Memorial Shield & Award for achievement at the Moot Court Competition.
She articled in St John’s and was admitted to the NL Bar in April 2004. She has practiced in St. John’s ever since, focusing her practice in the areas of personal injury law, other civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, real estate, corporate matters, and wills and estates law. Kim has appeared in the Provincial Court of NL; Supreme Court of NL, Trial Division, both General and Family; as well as the Court of Appeal.
Kim is a member of the Law Society of NL and the Canadian Bar Association. Outside of the legal community, Kim presently holds the seat of Chair (acting) of the Conservation Corps of NL, having served on its Board of Directors since 2007. Kim also serves on the Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board. Most recently, she was appointed as Chief Adjudicator of the Human Rights Commission Panel of Adjudicators.
Ms. Power was born and raised in Churchill Falls but now resides in Mount Pearl. Ms. Power has a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and a Masters of Law in International Commercial Law from the University of Kent in Canterbury. She also has obtained the National Accreditation Certificate from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from the University of Windsor Law School and a Certificate in Mediation from the Harvard Mediation Institute at Harvard Law School. Ms. Power practices with Robert R. Regular Law Office in Conception Bay South and has clerked with the Department of Justice. Since entering private practice, Ms. Power has coached people on mediation courses, been appointed as an adjudicator with the Human Rights Commission and enjoyed a diverse practice in mediation, civil matters, personal injury litigation, estates, real estate, administrative law, labour law, property law, tax law, family law, aboriginal law and admiralty law. In her spare time, Ms. Power is a volunteer with Scouts Canada and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards along with other organizations.
Ms. Best has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Ms. Best was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 1986 and began her legal career with the law firm of Lewis, Day. In 1987, she joined Roebothan McKay Marshall and was admitted to partnership in 1992. Ms. Best has appeared before all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as federal and provincial administrative tribunals. Ms. Best has an Executive Certificate in Advanced Mediation and Conflict Management from the University of Windsor. Ms. Best is active in the community with previous roles as a Director of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of Mediation Newfoundland and Labrador and Chair of the School Council of Booth Memorial High School. Ms. Best is currently a volunteer with the Heart Truth Campaign of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, a Director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (NL) Inc. and Honourary Counsel for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Ms. Dunne has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. She was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 1991 and has worked at a number of law firms before operating her own practice, Gladys Dunne Law. Her practice focuses on areas of family law and real estate. Ms. Dunne has provided legal counsel for Cabot Habitat for Humanity and the Canadian Red Cross Society, Newfoundland and Labrador branch. Ms. Dunne’s adjudicative experience includes her roles as a Commissioner of the Assessment Review Commission in both the City of Mount Pearl and the Town of Paradise. She is also a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Panel of Adjudicators and for six years she was Chairperson of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal.
Ms. Ash has a Bachelor of Arts and Education from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick Law School, where he was the recipient of numerous law school academic awards. He is an associate with the law firm Poole Althouse in Corner Brook where he maintains a varied litigation practice. He is involved in the community as a member of the Criminal Law Reform Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.
Mr. Gallant has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University. He was called to the bar in Prince Edward Island, and in Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2009. He maintained an active private legal practice until 2015. Mr. Gallant is currently a staff solicitor with the Newfoundland and Labrador Legal Aid Commission. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of AIDS PEI and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition of Persons with Disabilities.