Fisheries and Land Resources

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Members and Biographies

Ted Lewis (Chairperson)
Mr. Ted Lewis has his roots in the small Northern Peninsula community of Conche. Mr. Lewis built his career around a solid foundation of education, employment, self-employment, volunteer, and family experience that provides him with a broad perspective on life, community, and business. His working career has led him to maintain positions with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, the former provincial Department of Forestry and Agriculture, and Northchip Limited. In the mid-1990s, he started his own business, which he is still actively involved in. As a volunteer, Mr. Lewis served as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Lumber Producers Association, President of the Northern Peninsula Business Network, Chair of the Northern Peninsula Forestry Association, and a member of both the regional council and provincial council of the Rural Secretariat. He is a volunteer on various other local and provincial committees and organizations. Mr. Lewis is married to Linda and they have two daughters.

Ted was first appointed to the Fish Processing Licensing Board in 2009, and was reappointed in 2013 for another four-year term. He has served as Chairperson since 2009.

Clarence Brown (Vice-Chairperson)
After nearly 15 years as a classroom science teacher, Mr. Clarence Brown joined the former Baie Verte/Central/Connaigre School Board, where he served as a program specialist until he retired. During his career in education, Clarence also served as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) Science and Mathematics Council, Chairperson of the Central Newfoundland Science Fairs Council, and President of his local NLTA Branch. Upon retirement, Clarence spent seven years as a member of school boards in central Newfoundland and Labrador, the most recent being the Nova Central School Board. In line with his lifelong ambition to serve the people of the province, Clarence continues to volunteer on various committees. He currently resides in Baie Verte.

Clarence was appointed to the Fish Processing Licensing Board in 2012 for a four-year term and is the Vice-Chairperson.

Taylor Colbourne  
Mr. Colbourne grew up in Corner Brook. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1972 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Education. Since university he immediately started working with the Western School District as a Teacher, Vice Principal and later a Principal until his retirement in 2002. A distinguishing part of Mr. Colbourne’s life is his extensive volunteering experiences which relates to his life-long dedication to organized sports in the city of Corner Brook.   

Following his retirement, he was the Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees for the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Division from September 2004 to September 2007.  

This would be Mr. Colbourne’s first time being appointed to the Fish Processing Licensing Board.

Violet Parsons
Ms. Violet Parsons, a long-time resident of Bloomfield, was active in the family business and also served as the administrator of the Greenwood Personal Care Home for seven years. Motivated by her passion to help others, Violet has been an active volunteer for many years with a variety of organizations, including the Lion’s Club, the Port Blandford-Winterbrook Development Association, and the Joint Search and Rescue Committee. Violet has spent 32 years as a school trustee, 14 years as the Chairperson of Vista School District, 4 years as the Chairperson of Newfoundland and Labrador School Boards Association, and 3 years as Director at the Canadian School Boards Association.

Violet was appointed to the Fish Processing Licensing Board in 2012 for a four-year term.

Samuel Winsor
Mr. Samuel Winsor, who was born and raised in Wesleyville, completed his Education Degree at Memorial University and returned to the region to teach in Musgrave Harbour and Carmanville. Samuel has been involved in various boards and committees, and has servedas the Chairperson of the Fisheries Appeal Board for the Northern Cod Adjustment and Rehabilitation Program. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Winsor served as a Member of the House of Assembly for the Fogo Island District. Following his term in office, he returned to his teaching career. Samuel served as the Mayor of Carmanville from 2009 to 2013 and currently sits as a councillor in the same community.

Samuel was appointed to the Board in 2013 for a four-year term.

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