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Three New Commissioners Appointed

first_img For more information on the Human Rights Commission, go to humanrights.gov.ns.ca . Eunice Harker, chair, Sydney Norbert Comeau, Church Point, Digby Co. Donald Fraser, Kentville Duncan Gould, Sydney Henderson Paris, New Glasgow Colleen Prentice, Head of Chezzetcook, Halifax Regional Municipality Patricia Skinner, Antigonish Joseph Mathai Tharamangalam, Halifax Three new appointments to the Human Rights Commission were announced today, June 27, by Ross Landry, the Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. The new commissioners are Dr. Joan Boutilier of Wolfville, André Cain of Dartmouth and Murray Brown of Lower Sackville. “These new commissioners, like present ones, have shown a commitment to human rights and making life better for Nova Scotians, especially in their communities,” said Mr. Landry.”They keep a finger on the pulse of their communities and how Nova Scotians feel about human rights issues. “The commissioners help guide the strategic direction of the commission and are responsible for making decisions on human rights issues.” Dr. Boutilier is a clinical psychologist and has worked with several health centres in Nova Scotia. She is considered to be legally blind and has considerable experience in challenging discrimination, providing public education and advocacy. Mr. Cain attends Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. He has worked with the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service and volunteered with a number of professional and community organizations such as the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Christian Legal Fellowship and the Dalhousie Black Law Students Association. Mr. Brown is a retired RCMP officer. During his career, he provided services to black communities in Preston, Lucasville and Upper Pockwock. He has also spent time in all 13 First Nations Communities in Nova Scotia. This work has led to cases being presented to the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Veterans Affairs Canada. There is now a full slate of commissioners, including director and CEO David Shannon. The others are:last_img read more

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