June 7, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Josée Dubé, New Brunswick's registrar general of vital statistics, has been elected chair of the Vital Statistics Council for Canada.
The two-year appointment normally begins in September, but due to an unexpected vacancy, it will be effective immediately.
Dubé replaces Ontario's Judi Hartman, who will be taking on another position in the Ontario government. Dubé will remain as New Brunswick's registrar general while taking on this additional duty.
"I am honoured that my peers across the country have selected me to fulfil this important post," said Dubé. "I am pleased to work with a national group of committed, diligent and dedicated people I can count on for advice and support."
The Vital Statistics Council for Canada is an inter-jurisdictional advisory group composed of the heads of the vital statistics divisions and agencies from each of the provincial and territorial governments as well as the Health Statistics Division of Statistics Canada.
The council provides a forum for developing common approaches for collecting vital statistics, sharing information, research findings and expertise among the jurisdictions. It deals with issues concerning registration and certification of vital documents and seeks to create a uniform approach to governing legislation, data collection and certification of vital events.
"Since becoming our registrar general in 2006, Ms. Dubé has worked hard to modernize New Brunswick's vital statistics registry," said Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for Service New Brunswick. "Ms. Dubé's dedication and commitment to quality will serve her well in this new appointment."
The council meets formally once a year and conducts business throughout the year by way of regular teleconferences.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brent Roy, communications, Service New Brunswick, 506-453-6775.