Re June 16 article regarding Yukon Hospital Corporation travel and honoraria rates:
I am writing to respond to articles that appeared in local newspapers on June 16, 2010 regarding the
Yukon Hospital Corporation’s board of trustees travel and honoraria rates.
The Yukon government approved an Order in Council 2010/111 on June 11, 2010. This OIC was established pursuant to Section 5.7 of the Yukon Hospital Act, and it replaced OIC 2009/208 that was passed on November 12, 2009.
The OIC establishes travel rates and honoraria to be paid to members of the Yukon Hospital Corporation’s board of trustees.
The Yukon Hospital Corporation was established in 1993 to manage and oversee the operations of Yukon hospitals. The Hospital Act establishes a 14 member board of trustees that is mandated to govern the corporation’s activities. From 1993 until November 2009, the corporation established its travel rates and board member honoraria through policy, as provided for under the Hospital Act.
In recent years, the role of the Yukon Hospital Corporation has expanded and the responsibilities of the corporation have increased to include the operation of facilities in Whitehorse, Watson Lake, and construction of a new facility in Dawson City. The expanding mandate of the corporation has resulted in much greater demands on its board of trustees.
Honoraria rates of $600 per meeting day for the chair, and $400 per meeting day for board members is appropriate payment for work that these dedicated members of our community perform. I am grateful that these members are willing to commit the time and effort that this important board demands.
I would also like to provide the correct listing of the corporation’s board members:
Adeline Webber, Millie Johnson, Clark LaPrairie, Richard Durocher, Craig Tuton, Dr. Sherillynne Himmelsbach, David Borud, Tanya Solberg, Donna Hogan, Wes Wirth, Frances Woolsey.
Joe MacGillivray, chief executive officer, Yukon Hospital Corporation