Office of the Ombudsman / Child and Youth Advocate

First Fairness Week to be observed (09/10/09)

NB 1531

Oct. 9, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - High school students in Fredericton will have the opportunity to meet with ombudsman and child and youth advocate Bernard Richard as part of the province's first Fairness Week, Oct. 12-16.

Fairness Week will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the world's first legislative ombudsman, appointed in 1809 in Sweden.

"Fairness Week will serve to reaffirm publicly the firm commitment shared by all provincial authorities in New Brunswick to treat people consistently and fairly," said Premier Shawn Graham. "It will also highlight the key role that the Office of the Ombudsman plays in ensuring fair treatment for one and all in our province."

In recognition of Fairness Week, Richard will visit with students from Leo Hayes High School and École Sainte-Anne to discuss his responsibilities as the province's Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate. He will also explain how his office works to ensure that all New Brunswickers are served in a consistent, fair and reasonable manner by the provincial government and its agencies.

Fairness Week will also be marked by the presentation of the Ombudsman Civil Service Excellence Awards, which will be given to three recipients in recognition of their outstanding professionalism in providing public service. The awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the foyer of the Centennial Building, 670 King St., Fredericton.

Those wishing to obtain more information about how the provincial government makes decisions and what options are available to contest or challenge a government decision are invited to read What's fair? Government decisions and your rights, available on the Office of the Ombudsman's website.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Bernard Richard, Office of the Ombudsman, 506-453-2789, nbombud@gnb.ca.

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