Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour / Human Rights Commission

Three new appointees to Human Rights Commission (09/10/19)

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Oct. 19, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Three people have been appointed to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission by the lieutenant-governor in council. They are Patrick Barbour of Dalhousie, Huberte Gautreau of Moncton, and Eva Sock of Elsipogtog.

"These three appointees will bring some valuable experience to the table," said Gordon Porter, chair of the commission. "They have shown great dedication and leadership toward the achievement and promotion of equality and human rights."

"We are pleased with the new appointments to the Human Rights Commission," said Donald Arseneault, minister of post-secondary education, training and labour. "The experience and involvement of such community leaders is a vital part of the commission as it works to safeguard the rights of all New Brunswickers."

Patrick Barbour is a guidance counsellor at Dalhousie Regional High School. He earned his masters of education in counselling in 1999, with an expertise in crisis counselling. He is the author of several one-act plays regarding bullying and harassment. He is also founder of the high school's ambassadors program, which is designed to establish relationships between youth and communities through volunteerism. Barbour's written comprehensive approach to counselling underachievers is now used in several provinces.

Gautreau is a nurse and a graduate from the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she earned her masters degree in community health. She was hired by World Health CUSO to work abroad in the field of health care. She also was a professor at the nursing school at the University of Moncton, a project co-ordinator of education for international solidarity, and an advisor on sexual harassment and sexism. Since her retirement she has dedicated herself to the passing of legislation on pay equity for both the public and private sectors, and involved herself with Conscience Canada, an organization that seeks to have laws enacted to allow conscientious objectors to direct a portion of their taxes toward peace. In 2000 she co-chaired the committee of the World March of Women, an organization she has chaired twice, from which the Coalition for Pay Equity amendment was drawn. In 1995 she received the New Brunswick Human Rights Award, and in 2004 received a Governor General's Award in commemoration of the Persons Case.

Eva Sock received her social work degree from St. Thomas University, and has been helping people for more than 30 years. She was the Elsipogtog band manager, developing and managing its affairs, and she has worked with First Nation governments in the Atlantic region for the Department of Indian Affairs. She has also worked for four years as a project manager for the Integrated Primary Health Care Pilot Project. She is an executive director of the Eastern Door Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Center, and is involved in the community health field as an advisor in the area of primary health care.


MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2039.