”Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” —Bill Clinton
Dwight Ball is the 13th premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
From a young age, Dwight Ball was taught the value of hard work and community, and that if you can contribute, you should. He has consistently demonstrated these values in his professional life and in public service, having been recognized with a number of awards for his community leadership and involvement.
Having spent decades as a healthcare professional and an entrepreneur in Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball understands the needs and challenges of communities in the province – and he has dedicated himself to public service in order to make a difference in people’s lives.
Dwight defines his leadership philosophy in the following terms:
“We are forming government not because of what I or my party has done, but because of what we as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have done together – and what we will do. Every day I will consider the input of the more than 500,000 advisors across our province. Every day I’ll work tirelessly to put their advice into action that will result in a stronger tomorrow and a brighter future for us all.”
Dwight Ball, leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, has been involved in provincial politics since 2007, when he was first elected to represent the district of Humber Valley. Dwight was re-elected in 2011 and began serving as Leader of the Official Opposition in January 2012 until November 30, 2015 when his party won government.
Before entering politics, Dwight Ball had a successful career in business and as a community leader. He attended the School of Pharmacy in St. John’s at the age of 17 and moved back to Deer Lake upon completion. Beginning with the franchising of the Deer Lake Pharmacy, Dwight’s business operations expanded to include personal care homes, real estate development, and venture capital investments. He has also been recognized as an entrepreneur and an employer of several hundred people across his businesses.
Dwight Ball has also been heavily involved in community and professional organizations. He’s a past president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, a past president of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, a former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, a board member of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation, the chair of the Fundraising Committee for the 2006 Humber Valley Winter Games, a board member for the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank, and the west coast director for Senior Hockey in NL.
Dwight was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia, the highest honour for a community pharmacist. He was given the Pride of the Town Award from the Town of Deer Lake in recognition of his commitment to community service. He was awarded Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.
Dwight and his wife Sharon reside in Deer Lake. He has one daughter, Jade. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys salmon fishing, snowshoeing, and hockey.
Article by The Council of Atlantic Premiers posted June 12, 2018
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