Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 01, 2008 12:39 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of a New Member to the National Council of Welfare

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2008) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Ms. Judith Barry of Quebec to the National Council of Welfare.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Judith Barry to the National Council of Welfare," said Minister Finley. "Her extensive experience working with low-income individuals will be a valuable asset to the Council."

In the course of her career, Ms. Barry has gained considerable experience helping disadvantaged individuals through her work in the field of child welfare. In 1994, she served as the Director of Operations for the Quebec Breakfast Club. From 1997 to 2004, as the Club's Director General, she structured and managed daily operations, and subsequently assumed the responsibilities for public and media relations. In 2005, Ms. Barry became Project Director of the SISMIK Project.

In 2005, Ms. Barry became the Vice-President of the Breakfast Clubs of Canada where she ensured the development and continuity of the organization on a national level. When she took on the role of Program Director in 2008, she successfully managed school nutrition programs in Canada, with an emphasis on schools in First Nations communities and underprivileged areas.

Ms. Barry co-founded the Quebec Breakfast Club Board of Directors in September 2005. As a board member, she provided direction and leadership to the board, staff and volunteers to achieve the organization's goals. Ms. Barry is also a member of the Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation.

Ms. Barry holds a certificate in Industrial Relations from the Universite de Montreal.

The National Council of Welfare, which was created in 1969, advises the Minister on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians, and on social and related programs and policies that affect their welfare. To this end, the Council communicates directly with the Minister, informs and influences public opinion through widely disseminated reports, and provides a vehicle through which people concerned with the problems of low-income Canadians can make their views known to the Government.

For more information on the Council, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Finley
    Ms. Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary