Social Assistance Appeal Board
To provide an independent hearing to social assistance clients who are dissatisfied with decisions made concerning their application/benefits under social assistance to ensure legislation, regulations and policies are upheld.
What is the function of the board?
To make decisions on whether or not an appeal should be granted or denied.
Primary Role: Adjudicative
How many people are on the board?
The board shall be composed of not less than seven and not more than nine members with some relevant experience in human services, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as follows:
- (a) at least two members shall be from each of the provincial counties;
- (b) at least one member shall be a former recipient of welfare assistance or social assistance;
- (c) at least one member shall be fluent in French and English.
What are the requirements of board members?
Work & Experience Requirements: Relevant experience in human services.
What are the nomination requirements?
Statutory Nomination Requirements: The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.
Traditional Nomination Requirements: At the discretion of the Minister of Social Development and Housing.
Will I get paid?
Chair - $161/diem and Members - $109/diem.
What is the time commitment of the board?
Hearings are held upon receipt of an appeal.
The term of office for the members of the Board shall be three years and members may be re-appointed, provided that a member may not serve more than two consecutive terms.
|Name||County||Term Start||Term End|
|Brenda Doyle||Prince County||June 26, 2018||June 26, 2021|
|Ashley Schurman||Prince County||March 12, 2019||March 12, 2022|
|Lauretta Balderston||Prince County||Nov 22, 2019||Nov 22, 2022|
|Stu Lavers||Queens County||Feb 4, 2018||Feb 4, 2021|
|Mary Baird||Kings County||May 23, 2020||May 23, 2023|
|Samantha Guerette||Queens County||Feb 21, 2018||Feb 21, 2021|
|Eric Gallant, Chair||Kings County||Jan 26, 2021||Sep 22, 2023|
|Dale Murphy||Queens County||Nov 26, 2018||Nov 26, 2021|
How can I apply?
If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI.
Who can I contact?
Director of Social Programs