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David Brazil
MHA for Conception Bay East - Bell Island; Opposition House Leader, Caucus Chair, Critic for Natural Resources and Health and Community Services

A graduate of Memorial University, CONA and York University, Mr. Brazil has been an independent business owner, has worked in the non-profit sector and has been a senior manager with the Provincial Government for the past 26 years. He has worked for the departments of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, Health and Community Services, Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Education and Municipal Affairs.

Mr. Brazil has extensive experience and knowledge particularly in dealing with...

Helen Conway Ottenheimer
MHA for Harbour Main; Critic for Justice and Public Safety and Status of Woman

Helen Conway Ottenheimer (JD) was born and raised in Marysvale. She was elected to the House of Assembly as the Member for Harbour Main on May 16, 2019. Prior to becoming a MHA, Helen graduated from Memorial University with a Political Science degree and Detroit College of Law with a Law degree.


She practised Criminal Law and Human Rights Law for 17 years and teaches law at Canadian universities including Memorial University. She currently resides with her husband, John...

Ches Crosbie
MHA for Windsor Lake; Opposition Leader, Critic for Executive Council

Ches Crosbie, Q.C. was first elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for Windsor Lake in 2018. Prior to this, he built a consumer law practice helping people with life-altering injuries, and representing vulnerable people in class actions.

A lifelong volunteer, Ches has been involved in local causes ranging from gifting thousands of bicycle helmets to young people to commemorating the wartime meeting between Churchill and Roosevelt at Ship Harbour. He resides in St. John's with...

Paul Dinn
MHA for Paradise; Management Commission Member, Critic for Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Paul Dinn was elected as MHA for Topsail-Paradise in a by-election held January 24/19. Originally from St. John's, Paul has called Paradise home for the past 27 years.

Paul and wife Jennifer have 3 daughters and are active volunteers in the community. Paul is a graduate of MUN obtaining bachelor's degrees in Commerce and Education.

He worked over 30 years in public service as senior Management and served as Deputy Mayor with the Town of Paradise. He is a supporter of community...

Jeff Dwyer
MHA for Placentia West - Bellevue; Critic for Children, Seniors and Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities

Jeff was born and raised in Marystown by his parents along with three siblings. After high school graduation, Jeff explored mainland life, but he longed for home. While attending MUN, he met Sherry Lynn, and a few years later began their family. After completion of his BBA (2010), Jeff began his career with the NL Liquor Corporation.

He was Vice President of NAPE local 7501 for two mandates. He attributes his interest in politics to his many conversations with his Grandmother, Maria...

Pleaman Forsey
MHA for Exploits; Critic for Land Resources

Pleaman Forsey was born and raised in Leading Tickles and in 1976 moved to Bishop's Falls with his family.

After graduating at Inglis Memorial in Bishop's Falls, he continued to study post-secondary at Grand Falls District Vocational School and continued to work in the private sector.

In 2017, he was selected as citizen of the year for the Town of Bishop's Falls.

Mr. Forsey and his spouse Linda and reside in Bishop’s Falls and together they raised three children.


Jim Lester
MHA for Mount Pearl North; Critic for Environment, Multi Materials Stewardship Board, NL Housing Corporation and Francophone Affairs

Jim Lester and his wife Michelle grew up and went to school in Mount Pearl. They had three children, Samantha, John, and Caleb who also go to school in Mount Pearl.

The family owns and operates Lester’s Farm Inc. Their farm is entirely of their own creation and consists of Lester’s Farm Chalet – Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier agritourism destination, an innovative Aquaponics Food Production System that consists of the most advanced design worldwide. They also operate an...

Loyola O'Driscoll
MHA for Ferryland; Critic for Service NL, Public Procurement Agency and Workplace NL

Loyola O’Driscoll, son of Allan and Josephine, was born and raised in Bay Bulls. He is married to Yvette and they have two daughters, Paige and Kaitlyn. For the past 22 years, after completing college, he worked at Hickman Motors. Loyola has volunteered with many groups and, as a member of the BBBAA, helped raise money to support children and build infrastructure in the region. He also operates a Power Skating school for youth.

On May 16, 2019, Loyola was elected as MHA for Ferryland...

Kevin Parsons
MHA for Cape St. Francis; Public Accounts Committee Chair and the Critic for Fisheries

Kevin Parsons was born in Flatrock, a small community on the Northeast Avalon Peninsula, in 1961. He is the son of former MHA and Progressive Conservative Cabinet Minister, Kevin Parsons Sr., and Mabel Parsons, a public health nurse for 32 years. A graduate of the College of North Atlantic in 1980 with a diploma in Electronics, Kevin worked for IKON Office Solutions for 27 years.

Mr. Parsons’ volunteer involvement stems from a keen interest in sports and concern for his community....

Barry Petten
MHA for Conception Bay South; Deputy House Leader, Member, Management Commission, Critic for Transportation and Works.

Barry studied at Memorial University for three years prior to graduating with a diploma in Business Management and Accounting from the College of the North Atlantic.

Barry was a mental health counsellor for 20 years, served on various boards including; NL Association of Social Workers and Municipal Appeals Board.

He was also President and Chief Shop Stewart of Local 6234. Barry was first elected in 2015, and reelected in 2019. Barry resides in CBS with his wife and two...

Tony Wakeham
MHA for Stephenville - Port au Port; Public Accounts Committee Member, Critic for Finance, Human Resource Secretariat, Public Service Commission, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and NL Liquor Corporation

Mr. Wakeham is from Placentia, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a graduate of Memorial University Economics.

He has over 30 years of senior-level experience in health care management.
Most recently, Tony was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Labrador Grenfell Health Board, Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Central West Health Corporation. Assistant Executive Director Hospital Services, Clarenville. Area Hospital Board Manager, Budgeting and Auditing...

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