02/26/2015 10:56 EST | Updated 04/28/2015 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia government names candidates for new, unified health authority

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has asked a dozen people to lead the province's new, unified health authority.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says the candidates for the Nova Scotia Health Authority will serve as volunteers.

Glavine says the board should become operational on April 1, as promised.

The candidates include industry professionals and former health-care administrators and public servants.

Steve Parker, CEO of CCL Group Inc. and a former chairman of the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, has been asked to be the chairman of the new authority.

Glavine says the appointments will not become final until they are approved by the legislature's human resources committee and the provincial cabinet.