Executive Committee of the Acadia Commandery

Executive Committee members are elected by the members of the Acadia Commandery of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada to provide leadership and direct the Commandery in fulfilling its mission and vision. Executive Committee members are elected to their position.

The following are members of the Acadia Commandery, currently serving on the Executive Committee:

Commander: Chev. David M. Cvet, KLJ(J), FRHSC (Hon)

David, originally from Welland, ON, is a graduate of the University of Toronto with majors in biology and computer science. He began his work career conducting six years of diabetes research at the Banting and Best Institute, which spurred further interest in computing. He then pursued a career in technology spanning 25 years developing expertise from IBM mainframes, supercomputers to architecting advanced network computing environments. David's interest in history was a catalyst in the founding of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts in Toronto in 1998, which now has schools in Guelph, Stratford, Digby and Ottawa. This interest expanded to include heraldry and after becoming a member of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, he later became its 23rd President for six terms. He is an Honorary Fellow of that Society, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a recipient of a grant of arms in 2004 from the Canadian Heraldic Authority, Ottawa.

Secretary: Dame Penny K. Ericson, MScN, DLJ

Penny Ericson is Emeritus Dean of Nursing and Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Nursing of the University of New Brunswick. In the 24 years of her nursing career, Mrs. Ericson has concentrated in the areas of education, administration, and women’s health issue with a particular focus on gerontological nursing care and issues of abuse. Mrs. Ericson is well-known and respected across Canada in both professional and academic communities. She has held executive positions in national professional associations and has an impressive record of service provincially, locally, and within the University of New Brunswick. Under her leadership, the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick became a model for the rest of Canada as it responded to the 1989 decision by the Nurses Association of New Brunswick to make the baccalaureate degree the minimum requirement for entry to nursing practice.

Treasurer: Lois A. Stevenson, CLJ

Lois Stevenson became an Officer of the Order of St. Lazarus in 2018 but has been a member of the Acadia Commandery since 2016, currently serving as its Treasurer. She has an MBA from Dalhousie University and an M.Phil from the University of Bath in England. A once-upon-a time professor at Acadia University, St. Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent University, she later spent a number of years in the Canadian federal government holding executive-level positions in charge of directorates responsible for entrepreneurship, small business, innovation, and economic framework policies and initiatives. She is a past president of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), and a founding member of the Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (MCSBE). Lois was a member of the Planning Committee for the 2019 Chapter General of the Order of St. Lazarus hosted by the Acadia Commandery in Digby, NS in May 2019 and looks forward to the further development of the Commandery and the Atalanta Hospice project.

Hospitaller: Kenneth P. Buchholz, MD, FCFP, CLJ

Dr. Buchholz is a rural Family and Emergency Physician from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine (1980) and holds both his CCFP (1990) and FCFP (2004) in Family Medicine. As Medical Director for Medavie EMS Group, he supported paramedics in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and Alberta. During this time, Medavie EMS saw rapid expansion into Ontario and Alberta, and integrated its two paramedic schools into Medavie HealthEd. He also assisted in the development of Medavie’s Air Repatriation program and the provincial physician locum program. Dr. Buchholz is an advisor with Nova Scotia 811 Clinical Advisory Committee. Dr. Buchholz is a faculty member and rural preceptor with Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. He is a senior instructor/instructor trainer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and is an instructor/instructor trainer with the Nova Scotia Trauma Program Advanced Trauma Life Support Program.

Chaplain and Ecumenism: Reverend Canon David R. Staples, B.A., M.Div., JChLJ, , CMLJ, UE

The Reverend Canon David R. Staples, born at Fredericton, 1950, is a seventh generation descendant of an English ancestor who arrived in British North America in 1758 at the reduction of Fortress Louisbourg. An Anglican priest, he was Canon of Christ Church Cathedral and formerly Rector of St. Peter's Fredericton, and the Parish of Rothesay. The Rev. Canon Staples studied history, art, finance, theology, and music at six post secondary institutions. He also served as chairman or executive member of: Friends of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Fredericton Center of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Aids New Brunswick, The York Sunbury Museum, the Atlantic Chapter of the FRSA, The Board of Governors of the University of King's College. He was invested into the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in 1998.

Publicity and Communications: Chev. Bernard Poirier, CM, KLJ, OMLJ, KCLJ

Born in Grande-Digue, NB, Bernard studied arts at the Unversity of Saint Joseph and in Public Administration at the University of Moncton. He was managing editor and Chief Editorial writer at the French Daily newspaper L’Évangeline in Moncton, N.-B. 1957-1967. He was also the Official Languages Director for the province of New Brunswick, and founding president for the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne (Fredericton), Ste-Anne-des-Pays-Bas – First French Catholic Parish, Greater Fredericton and Société d’histoire de la Rivière Saint-John (St. John River Historical Society). His professional career also allowed him to be a member of several boards in New Brunswick and Commissions in NS, NB and NFL. A great passion of his is choir singing, which he has done for more than 50 years. Lastly, named to the Order of Canada in 1980 and received Honorary Doctor Degree (in Letters) B.ès L) Université de Moncton in 1988.

Historian and Archivist: Chev. Brian Newbold, GCLJ, GOMLJ, D.Sc., CChem., FRSC(UK), FCIC, FRSA

Brian, born in Manchester,UK, gained an Honours B.Sc. from the University of Manchester. He graduated from Universite Laval,Quebec, with a DSc(magna cum laude) in chemistry. After a post-doctoral year there, he had a 45-year teaching,research,and administrative career at Universite Saint Joseph and Universite de Moncton. He also taught biochemistry at Mount Allison University. He was visiting professor at five universities in Canada, France, Brazil, and Japan, and holds numerous honours including: Founding member, National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada,Emeritus Professor(Universite de Moncton), Union Carbide Chemical Education Award and Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms of France. Brian is author of three books and over 150 research publications.