New part-time chair and part-time director will join the the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
GATINEAU, QC, Nov. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced the appointments of Teresa Woo-Paw as part-time Chair and Chiamaka Mogo as part-time Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) following an open, transparent and merit-based selection process. They will begin serving a four-year term immediately.
Teresa Woo-Paw is the first Asian-Canadian woman member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, representing Calgary-Northern Hills. She was Associate Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, and Associate Minister of Asia Pacific Relations. She was also Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration. Ms. Woo-Paw is the founder and Board President of ACCT Foundation (Action, Chinese Canadians Together Foundation), as well as the founder and Co-Chair of the Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta). She brings a wealth of volunteer experience in matters of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. She is the first Asian-Canadian woman trustee elected to the Calgary Board of Education. She was a member of the Diversity Calgary Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary. She has been awarded numerous prizes, including the title of Chinese Canadian Legend in 2016, the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and the Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Chiamaka Mogo is completing her Master's Degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs while working as a policy analyst and education programs assistant with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office at the University of British Columbia. She was named one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada by the Canadian International Black Women Event (CIBWE). Ms. Mogo is a young social entrepreneur and active volunteer. She co-founded St. Alban's Social Actions Team (SASA), interned for Democracy Watch, and was World Program Manager at Enactus at the University of Ottawa. She is also a blogger, writing on topics such as social justice and democracy.
"Diversity is Canada's strength and a cornerstone of our national identity. I am confident Ms. Woo-Paw's experience and expertise will allow her to lead the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in a spirit of openness, collaboration and understanding while supporting and advancing the foundation's mandate. Together, Ms. Woo-Paw and Ms. Mogo will support the foundation's goal of promoting equality, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity for all Canadians."
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. It strives to coordinate and cooperate with all sectors of society while developing partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations at the local, provincial and Canada-wide levels.
The CRRF's Board of Directors consists of a chair and as many as 11 additional members appointed by the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the minister. The Executive Director, who is appointed by the Governor in Council, also serves as Chief Executive Officer and an ex-officio member of the board.
These appointments were made under the Government of Canada's new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada's diversity while supporting ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions in their portfolio by providing them with information and referrals.
The new approach requires a selection process for both full-time and part-time positions.
All appointment opportunities within the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.
The purpose of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation is defined by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation Act.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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