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Minister Of Justice Appoints Board Member ToThe Canadian Human Rights Commission

OTTAWA , February 1, 2008 – The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C. Q. C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the appointment of Sandi Bell as a part-time Board Member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Ms. Bell is a highly respected expert with over 30 years experience. Her years of experience have included significant human rights, equality and diversity components, much experience in terms of leadership and change management, working the front lines with people of colour, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, alienated youth and other disenfranchised groups to assist them in developing skills to be their own change managers. As a female, and an individual of African-Canadian and Aboriginal-First Nations heritage and a person with a physical disability, Ms. Bell's passion and experience will be a great asset to the mandate of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC)'s founding legislation inspires a vision for Canada where "all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have", free from discrimination. The CHRC works with employers, service providers, individuals, unions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, Provincial and territorial human rights bodies -- to foster understanding and commitment for achieving a society where human rights are respected in everyday practices.

The Commission is working within a new service delivery model that provides discrimination prevention initiatives, modern dispute resolution approaches for addressing inquiries and complaints, as well as regulatory, policy and knowledge development. Enhancing employment equity in federally regulated employment sectors for women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities is also a key function. Internationally, the Commission's strong leadership role includes chairing the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, within the United Nations.

This appointment is effective immediately.

For further information on the Canadian Human Rights Commission, visit: www.chrc-ccdp.ca

Ref.:

Office of the Canadian Human Rights Commission
613-995-1151

Darren Eke
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice
613-992-4621

Reproduced from http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/news/nr/2008/doc_32207.html

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