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December 18, 2009 17:51 ET

Minister Kenney Announces Reappointment to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 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.

Toni Silberman was reappointed for a three-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).

"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 Ms. Silberman's continued contribution to the Foundation."

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.

For more information on the Foundation and its Board of Directors, please visit


Reappointment to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Ms. Toni Silberman

Ms. Silberman was co-ordinator of special programs at the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1990 to 1997, and executive assistant to the chief commissioner and director of public affairs from 1982 to 1990. Previously, she has worked as a private management and research consultant, as well as a consulting associate with McKay Trost Associates. She has also served as director of Seneca College's part-time learning and Telecollege programs.

Ms. Silberman has been involved in many community and professional organizations throughout her career. She has been on the Beth Torah Congregation's board of trustees since 2004 and on the board of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies since 2005. From 1983 to 2000, she was an officer and member of the executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress-Ontario Region and served on numerous committees. A member of B'nai Brith since 1984, she has served as chair of the League for Human Rights and in various other capacities.

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