Provincial parole board set up

One board member from west of Lesser Slave Lake

Leader staff

Randy Anderson, Northland School Board trustee and manager of Indigenous relations at Northern Lakes College, is one of the members of the new Alberta parole board.

Anderson is the Northland trustee for Bishop Routhier School in Peavine Métis Settlement and Gift Lake School in Gift Lake. These are northwest of Lesser Slave Lake.

“The new, independent Alberta Parole Board aims to provide a fairer, faster, more responsive and responsible justice system that better protects Albertans, their loved ones and their property from repeat offenders, including parolees,” says an Alberta government news release. “By creating the provincial parole board, the government is asserting Alberta’s jurisdictional authority, while also ensuring that life-altering decisions regarding parole eligibility are made by and for Albertans. The new board has the authority to grant parole for those serving sentences in provincial correctional facilities, which are sentences less than two years.”

Parole board members serve for two to three years. Members are from across Alberta. These are:

Rick Hanson, chair – a former chief of police in Calgary and a former chief superintendent with the RCMP
Paul Bourassa – director and vice-president of Altia-ABM Inc. (North America)
Craig Paterson – lawyer and former chair of Central Alberta Mental Health Review Board
Shelly Takacs – project manager at Alberta Health Services
Angela Tripathy – executive leader and general counsel
Lisa Wardley – Mackenzie County councillor in Zama City
The new parole board replaces a federally-appointed parole board.

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