Joan Walsh was appointed to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board in 2006. A nurse by profession, she has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the health care field in clinical, academic and administrative settings. She served in the Prince Edward Island Department of Health as the Director of Nursing for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Hillsborough Hospital, the Director of Nursing for Mental Health and Addictions, and the Chief Nursing Officer for Community Hospitals and Continuing Care. Her academic endeavours include clinical instructor and sessional positions with the Halifax Infirmary, Saint Francis Xavier University and the University of New Brunswick. As Chairperson of the Prince Edward Island Canadian Study of Health and Aging Centre, she was instrumental in establishing the Seniors College at the University of Prince Edward Island. She also served on a number of committees of the Registered Nurses Association of Prince Edward Island, including the Legislative Review Committee. She is a former member of the Queen’s Health Region Research Ethics Committee, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board of Directors, the Prince Edward Island School of Nursing Board of Directors and the Prince Edward Island Health Care Task Force and Transition Team.
Ms. Walsh holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master of Science Degree with a clinical specialty in mental health nursing from Boston University.
Ms. Walsh is married, has five adult children, and lives on their family farm in Watervale, Prince Edward Island.