M2 PRESSWIRE-February 26, 2019-: Meet Alberta's first Anti-Racism Advisory Council | Presentation des membres du premier Conseil consultatif de lutte contre le racisme de l'Alberta
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The council includes 24 members plus Education Minister David Eggen, who is responsible for government's anti-racism initiative. The council will advise government as it develops strategies to end racism and discrimination in Alberta. This council is the first of its kind in the province.
More than 300 Albertans applied to participate on the council. Members were selected for their demonstrated leadership abilities and experience in advocating for diverse communities. The council includes people from various faiths and other diversities, and members represent regions across the province.
"Establishing the Anti-Racism Advisory Council is an important part of our government's efforts in fighting racism in this province. Each of the council's new members brings a wealth of knowledge and lived experience to our government's anti-racism work. I have a great deal of confidence in this new council and I look forward to working together to ensure all Albertans feel safe and respected. We will work together towards a common goal of ending racism in our province. We owe this to our future generations." David Eggen, Minister of Education
Minister Eggen will have two co-chairs on the Anti-Racism Advisory Council: Heather Campbell and Lucenia Ortiz.
"I am extremely proud to share the leadership of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council (AARAC). Thank you, Minister Eggen, for entrusting me with this fundamental element of the government's plan to address racism. All Albertans will benefit from AARAC's inspired work developing community-based solutions to address racism and remove barriers, allowing everyone to thrive." Heather A. Campbell, co-chair, Anti-Racism Advisory Council
"I am honoured to be selected as one of the co-chairs of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council. I look forward to working with the members of the Advisory Council who share a commitment to tackle racism and make Alberta a more welcoming and inclusive province." Lucenia Ortiz, co-chair, Anti-Racism Advisory Council Council member biographies Co-Chairs Heather A. Campbell, Calgary
Campbell is a practising licensed professional engineer and procurement manager with the Alberta Electric System Operator. Campbell is a member of the advisory council for Western Engineering, sits as vice-president of the board of directors of Downstage Theatre and is a board member of Arts Commons. Lucenia Ortiz, Edmonton
Ortiz is a planner with the City of Edmonton's Citizen Services. Ortiz is a founding member of the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition and a member of the Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op. Council Members Shan Ali, Calgary
Ali is the owner and publisher of Express Media Network Ltd. where he launched Weekly Canadian Express, one of Western Canada's largest South Asian newspapers, covering Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray. Ali also publishes South Asian Xpress Magazine and hosts the Sangeet Studio Radio show. Ali is a board member for the Asian Heritage Foundation and the South Asian Canadian Seniors Society. Sonia Aujla-Bhullar, Calgary
Aujla-Bhullar is a public school teacher in Calgary and a PhD candidate in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her current work centres on exploring multi-ethnic and multicultural community engagement within schools as part of present-day inclusive education measures. Her work with community organizations includes local and national initiatives within the Sikh community and she is a member of the South Asian Police Advisory Committee for the Calgary Police Service. Melodie Bastien, Brocket
Bastien is the NorthStar parent connector at Opokaasin Early Intervention Society in Lethbridge. She provides one-on-one support, wraparound support services and cultural programming for families. Bastien participates in the Blackfoot Traditional way of life within the Blackfoot Confederacy. Iman Bukhari, Calgary
Bukhari is a multimedia professional working as a planner in channel management for the City of Calgary. Bukhari is also an adjunct professor at Columbia College where she teaches human rights and diversity courses. She is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation. Yic Camara, Edmonton
Camara is an integration and community liaison agent with Centre d'acceuil et d'etablissement of Northern Alberta, establishing and maintaining contact with French multicultural communities in Edmonton. Camara has been actively involved in the Guinean community and sits on the board of directors for Institut Guy-Lacombe de la Famille (Parent Link Centre) in Edmonton. Nadine Eagle Child, Lethbridge
Eagle Child is a student counselor at Red Crow Community College. She is an executive member of the Apiistamiiks - White Buffalo Trail Blazers, a grassroots group fighting against racism, hate and discrimination in Southern Alberta. She has served as the co-chair of the Employment and Education subcommittee with the City of Lethbridge's Interagency Group, and chair of the Student...