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May 28, 2009 10:08 ET

Government of Canada Announces Jewish-Canadian Advisory Committee Members for Historical Recognition Projects

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - Three individuals have been named to the newly formed Jewish-Canadian Advisory Committee for the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP).

The committee will include Ms. Toni Silberman as chair, along with Dr. Franklin Bialystok and Mr. David Demian.

Ms. Silberman has held numerous leadership roles with B'nai Brith Canada and the Canadian Jewish Congress - Ontario Region, and is currently a director with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

Dr. Bialystok is a professor at the University of Toronto whose fields of academic research have included the Holocaust and the Canadian Jewish community.

Mr. Demian is the Director of Watchmen for the Nations, a Christian organization that spearheaded an initiative in 2000, that saw church and community leaders apologize to survivors from the M.S. St. Louis, a ship carrying Jewish passengers from Germany who were unable to find refuge in North America on the eve of the Second World War.

"These three individuals have demonstrated great leadership on issues that are important to the Jewish community," said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. "The advice they will be providing on the merit of eligible Jewish-Canadian Community Historical Recognition Program projects will no doubt be extremely valuable."

The CHRP, created in 2006, is a grants and contributions program for community-based commemorative and educational projects related to historical immigration restrictions and wartime measures applied in Canada. A total of $2.5 million is available to the Jewish-Canadian community for projects, such as monuments, commemorative plaques, educational materials and exhibits.

"This Government believes it is important for all Canadians to understand our history, including those unfortunate events that are inconsistent with the values of Canadians today. These important projects enable the communities affected to undertake meaningful commemorative and educational activities to ensure that their experiences are shared with others," said Minister Kenney.

Projects that meet the program criteria will be reviewed by the Jewish-Canadian Advisory Committee, which will provide recommendations to the Minister. Members are appointed for a two-year term with the option of an additional two-year term.

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