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Premier Russell MacLellan today announced the appointment of
Lloyd Gillis, one of Nova Scotia's leading educators for the past
three decades, as deputy minister of the Department of Education
and Culture.

The premier also announced that Marilyn Gaudet, former deputy
minister of Education, has been named deputy minister of Business
and Consumer Services, and Ron L'Esperance has been named deputy
minister of Community Services. Mr. L'Esperance had been acting
in that capacity.

Lloyd Gillis brings to government more than three decades of
outstanding service to education in the province. Most recently,
from 1994 to 1997, he was executive director of the Nova Scotia
School Boards Association. From 1978 to 1994, he was CEO of the
Halifax County-Bedford District School Board, the largest in the
province. He was inspector of schools for Annapolis, Kings and
Hants counties and superintendent of Amherst schools.

Mr. Gillis began his teaching career in 1959 at West Kings
District High School and has served as principal at Sir John A.
MacDonald High School, Halifax Co., Willow Street School, Truro,
and New Ross Consolidated School.

"Mr. Gillis has tremendous education experience and has earned
great respect in the education community," said Premier
MacLellan. "I am delighted the province will continue to benefit
from his experience and leadership in education."

Mr. Gillis said: "I consider it an honour to have been invited by
the Premier MacLellan to assume this prestigious role and stand
fully committed to work with government to enhance opportunities
for all those engaged in the learning process."

A graduate of the former Nova Scotia Teacher's College in Truro
and Acadia University, Mr. Gillis did postgraduate studies at
Acadia, Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of
London, England. He played a key leadership role in the Halifax
County-Bedford school board's adoption of race relations,
cross-cultural understanding and human rights policy. He has
served on the Association of Nova Scotia Educational
Administrators (president); the Canadian Association of School
Board Administrators (executive council member); the Nova Scotia
School Athletic Federation (chairman); and in numerous other
leadership positions.

Marilyn Gaudet brings extensive public sector experience to her
new posting in the Department of Business and Consumer Services.
Prior to her appointment as deputy minister of Education and
Culture, she was executive director of fiscal and economic policy
in the Finance Department. Ms. Gaudet came to government in 1973
and has held responsibility for federal-provincial fiscal
relations, taxation, fiscal and economic policy development.

Since joining government in 1981, Ron L'Esperance has held senior
management positions in the departments of Community Services and
Education. Most recently he was administrator of income and
employment support services, the largest division of Community
Services. Mr. L'Esperance was a teacher at Sir Frederick Fraser
School and department head at the Atlantic Provinces Special
Education Authority before coming to government.


Contacts: Peter MacLellan
          Premier's Office

          Jim Vibert
          Communications Nova Scotia

ngr                  September 18, 1997                12:10 pm