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December 15, 2009 10:39 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Reappointment to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - A reappointment to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's (CRRF) Board of Directors was announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

"The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is committed to building a national framework for the fight against racism in Canadian society," said Minister Kenney. "This government seeks to fill the Board with qualified individuals who can provide dedicated expert advice to manage the Foundation. I look forward to Mr. Chow's contribution to the Foundation."

Mr. Lyn Q. Chow was reappointed for a four-year term. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a Chair and up to nineteen other directors appointed by the Governor in Council (Cabinet). CRRF directors serve for terms of up to four years, which are renewable.

Canada is internationally recognized for its commitment to human rights and for its fight against all forms of discrimination, including racism. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism in the country. Governments, NGOs, and the national and international community regularly call upon the Foundation to contribute to developing policies, programs and workshops leading towards a more equitable and just society.

For a biography on the CRRF member being reappointed, please see the attached backgrounder.


BACKGROUNDER

Reappointment to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

One member was reappointed to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Biography of the members is below.

Mr. Lyn Q. Chow

Calgary, AB

A professional electrical engineer, Mr. Chow was employed by Manitoba Hydro for 33 years and retired as the senior manager of the engineering systems department. Previously, he was a junior engineer with the Saskatchewan Power Corporation.

Mr. Chow has also been involved in community organizations. He was a member of the board of directors of the Winnipeg Chinatown Non-profit Housing Corporation and served as its chair for two years. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre.

After moving to Calgary, Mr. Chow continued his community service as a member of the board of directors of the Wu Yi Association, vice-president of the board of directors of the United Calgary Chinese Association, member of the board of directors and member of the executive committee of the Chinese Christian Wing Kei Nursing Home Association, vice-president of the board of directors of the Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens' Association, and member of the board of directors of the Calgary Chinatown Seniors Centre Foundation.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation undertakes research, collects data, and develops a national information base to further an understanding of the nature of racism and racial discrimination. It provides a knowledge base from which governments, academia, business, labour and community organizations can draw for the development of effective race relations policies and practices. The Foundation also disseminates information to increase public awareness of the importance of eliminating racism. For more information on the Foundation and its Board of Directors, please visit www.crr.ca.

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