Blake is replacing Tony Wakeham as CEO, who stepped down upon the conclusion of his contract with Labrador-Grenfell Health.
Her assignment to the position was effective Aug. 1, 2017.
Per an Aug. 7 press release from the Department of Health and Community Services, the Independent Appointments Commission has been engaged and will use a legislated merit-based appointment process to fill the position on a permanent basis.
Blake has worked with the Labrador-Grenfell legacy health authorities since 1991. She moved into a senior executive role with the current Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority upon its creation in 2005. Since then, she has served as a CEO and as a Vice President in a number of capacities.
Blake has a Masters in Health Administration and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Ottawa.
John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Boyd Noel, Chair of the Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority, both welcomed Blake to the position.
“Ms. Blake brings a strong set of skills and expertise to the position of Chief Executive Officer,” said Haggie in a prepared statement. “I welcome her to this position. I am confident that the health authority and region it serves will benefit from her leadership through this transition.”
Haggie also thanked Wakeham for his years of dedicated service and offered him best wishes.
“Ms. Blake brings considerable knowledge and experience to this senior leadership role with Labrador Grenfell Health,” said Boyd Noel. “Her experience in this region continues to be of great value to the organization and the people it serves. On behalf of the board of Labrador-Grenfell, I welcome Barbara aboard.”