TORONTO, June 23, 2005 - The Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sister Andrée Ménard as Acting Chair of the Foundation's Board. Sister Andrée assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Chair of the CRRF in March 2005, following the resignation of Mr. Patrick Case for personal reasons.
''On behalf of the Board, we thank Mr. Case for his service to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and we wish him well in his future endeavours,'' said Sister Andrée.
Sister Andrée, who is from Montréal, Québec, was first appointed to the CRRF's Board in May, 2002 by then Secretary of State, the Honourable Jean Augustine and was elected Vice Chair of the CRRF in March 2003. She was recently re-appointed for a two-year term by the Honourable Raymond Chan, Minister of State for Multiculturalism.
A Missionary Sister of the Immaculate Conception which has taken her to several parts of the world to work, Sister Andrée founded and runs PROMIS Centre, a settlement agency which assists newcomers in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood of Montréal. She has received several honours for her work, including: the Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II (2002); the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General (2003); La Personalité de la semaine (2003), and the 'Tribute to remarkable Women' award from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal in 2004.
The agency, PROMIS (promotion, integration, société nouvelle), has also received several commendations, including: the Hommage Bénévolat-Québec (2003) and the Medal and Certificate of Civic Appreciation (2001).
Sister Andrée will serve as Acting Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and Paul Winn of Vancouver B.C. will serve as Acting Vice Chair, until such time as a new Chair is appointed by the Governor-in-Council.