New Chair of Criminal Injuries Compensation Board appointed



    TORONTO, Aug. 22 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Maureen Armstrong has been appointed as the new Chair of Ontario's
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, effective August 21, 2008.
    In her 13-year legal career, Armstrong has focused on transforming social
justice organizations to meet public needs and expectations. Most recently,
she was vice president of Central and Eastern Region at Legal Aid Ontario
working to re-design legal aid service delivery for low-income Ontarians. She
has extensive experience addressing the needs of victims looking for timely
resolution of disputes having worked many years with the Canadian Human Rights
Commission. Her leadership helped the Commission reduce the time taken to
complete human rights complaints by more than half.
    Armstrong received her Bachelor of Laws Degree from Queen's University in
1992, and was called to the Bar in 1995. She is a member of the Association of
Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada and received a
post-graduate degree in human rights law from the Instituto de Derechos
Humanos at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain in 1999.
    The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is a quasi-judicial independent
agency of the Ministry of the Attorney General, established under the
Compensation For Victims of Crime Act. The role of the Board is to award
financial compensation to victims of violent crime committed in Ontario.

    QUOTE

    "Maureen Armstrong's dedication to providing the best possible services
to the public will further improve the effectiveness of the Board, ensuring
victims of crime get the responsive services they need," said Attorney General
Chris Bentley.

    
    QUICK FACT

    -  Since 2003/04 over $546.3 million has been spent to improve and
       increase victim services in Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
(http://www.cicb.gov.on.ca/en/).
    Read about the many supports and services for victims of crime
(http://tinyurl.com/5homcu) funded by the Ontario government.

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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