CALGARY, April 30 /CNW/ - Margot M. Micallef, QC, volunteer Alberta
Campaign Co-Chair of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights today
announced the appointment of Frank King, OC as Co-Chair of the Alberta
Mr. King was the Chairman and CEO of the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter
Games Organizing Committee. He was also Co-President of Canada 125, Canada's
national 125th Anniversary Celebrations in 1992. Mr. King received the
recognition of his country being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in
1988. He also received the Olympic Order in Gold from the International
Olympic Committee (1988) and the Alberta Premier's Order of Excellence (1981
and 1988). Today, Mr. King is President of Metropolitan Investment
Corporation, a private investment management company.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be the largest human rights
centre in the world and will showcase Canada's contribution to human rights.
It is targeted to open in 2011 in Winnipeg, and has the support of the
Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, over 40
ethno-cultural and human rights groups from across the nation, several
corporations, labour groups, associations and private donors from across
With $222 million already committed from all levels of government and the
private sector, campaign teams are in place across Canada poised to raise the
remaining $30 million to build this national institution that will serve as an
education centre for hundreds of thousands of Canadians - including Canadian
"What inspires me is the student program envisioned for this museum,"
says Mr. King. "Through this Museum, we have a chance to influence the lives
of young Canadians in their formative years with an unparalleled human rights
learning experience. We must do this for the people who are going to inherit
Ms. Micallef is pleased to welcome Mr. King to the team. "Frank can
achieve anything," she says. "He is troubled by what he sees going on in this
world and views the Museum as an integral part of making change for the
better. We are so fortunate to have his passion behind this project of hope."
The vision for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was inspired by The
Asper Foundation's Human Rights and Holocaust Studies program that has reached
nearly 5,000 Canadian young people from diverse backgrounds in over 82
communities in 10 provinces and two territories since 1997. Over 600 students
from Alberta have participated. "It's up to our generation to keep telling the
stories so no one forgets, " said Calgary student Cara Lebenzon who
participated in the Asper program when she was 15.
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