New Brunswick Human Rights Commission

New human rights commission chair named (10/04/29)

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April 29, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Randy Dickinson of Fredericton has been appointed the new chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, effective May 1.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the commission, made the announcement.

"I am pleased to announce this appointment," Arseneault said. "Randy Dickinson has had a tremendous career as adviser and as an advocate for persons with disabilities. He has also played a key role as a member of multiple health-care and inclusive-education advisory bodies. His experience and leadership skills will be of great benefit to the human rights commission and the province."

Dickinson spent 24 years as the executive director of the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons until his retirement in 2009. He was also executive director of the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled; executive director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association of New Brunswick; and executive director of the Premier's Council on Health Strategy in the 1990s.

"I am looking forward to supporting the other commission members and the hard-working staff as we move forward in a timely and comprehensive manner to respect the important mandate of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission for the benefit of all the people of the province," Dickinson said.

Dickinson will replace Gordon Porter, who had served as commission chair since 2005.

"I recognize outgoing chair Gordon Porter for his many years of hard work and dedication with the human rights commission," said Arseneault.

More information about the commission is online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.

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