The Honourable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, OC, joined the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors in 2010, where she served as Co-chair of the Special Events Committee (2013–2014) and as Co-chair of the Families in Canada Conference 2015 (2014–2015).
An officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. Trenholme Counsell has provided several lifetimes of service to Canada during her multiple careers, which include former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, former Minister of Family (NB), family physician and retired Senator (NB).
Dr. Trenholme Counsell brings to the board her years of experience as a family physician and nutritionist with the governments of New Brunswick and Ontario.
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Trenholme Counsell has been an active member of her community through her work with dozens of community organizations.
In all of her career and voluntary work, including as a Lieutenant Governor and Senator, there is a common theme of caring for the family – especially its younger members.
She is the widow of Kenneth Counsell and has two children, Giles and Lorna.