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Durham College names new board chair, vice-chair

Paul Macklin, Ivan DeJong taking over positions effective July 1

The Durham College’s board of governors has announced Paul Macklin and Ivan DeJong as the new board chair and vice-chair, respectively, effective Sunday, July 1.  The appointments are for a one-year term.

An experienced lawyer, businessperson and active volunteer, Macklin has served as parliamentary secretary to two Ministers of Justice and is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada. He has been a Rotarian since 1975 and was involved with the Northumberland County United Way for six years, including as treasurer and co-chair of the 2015-2016 campaign.

Dejoing is co-owner of Youngfield Farms in Nestleton, which was started by his family in 1953, and he has been involved in local organizations including the Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee, the Durham College Community Choir and the Canadian Food Grains Bank. In 2013, he received the Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

The board is responsible for the governance of Durham College and, as such, is accountable to the students, employees and communities the college serves for ensuring that it is effectively and appropriately managed to achieve its established mandate and to provide needed services.

As chair, Macklin will be responsible for ensuring the board meets its responsibilities and established mandate.