Ronald L Sparkes, Ed.D

Biography / November 18, 2013

Dr. Ron Sparkes was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 444 Combat Support Squadron, 5 Wing Goose Bay NL, in December 2014.

Born in New Brunswick, Honorary Colonel Sparkes has been involved with education and special projects in Newfoundland and Labrador for more than four decades, serving as President of the College of the North Atlantic, President of the Labrador College and Superintendent of Education and Principal with the Labrador East Integrated School Board. He attended the New Brunswick Teachers’ College, received a Bachelor of Teaching from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University in Fredericton and his Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Maine.

Honorary Colonel Sparkes was Federal Facilitator for the establishment of an Environmental Institute to monitor low level flight training in Labrador and Quebec and co-chaired the provincial government’s 1999-2000 panel on educational delivery in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2002 he completed a two-year secondment to the provincial government as Deputy Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs and now serves in a part-time capacity as Labrador Associate with the Labrador Institute of Memorial University. Honorary Colonel Sparkes also serves as Chair of the Torngat Secretariat Wildlife and Plants co-management board. He was the recipient of the 2005/06 IPAC (NL) Lieutenant-Governor’s award for Excellence in Public Administration.

Honorary Colonel Sparkes and his wife Beth reside in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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