Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

April 07, 2009 15:24 ET

A New Commissioner's Representative for Manitoba and Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - The Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Freynet as the Commissioner's representative for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan region. "Ms. Freynet will draw on her expertise in official languages and will play an essential role in pursuing a dialogue with institutions subject to Official Languages Act," said Mr. Fraser.

Michelle Freynet has degrees from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education at the College universitaire de Saint-Boniface. She has mainly worked in official languages in the federal and provincial public service in Western Canada. In 1993, she was appointed director of the French section of the Manitoba government's Translation Services Branch. In 2002, she became regional director at the federal government's Translation Bureau for the Prairies, Northwest Territories and Nunavut region. Throughout her career, she has chaired and co-chaired various departmental and interdepartmental committees. She currently sits on the Manitoba Federal Council, where she continues to contribute her expertise and show leadership in relation to official languages. In addition, she was awarded the federal government's Award of Excellence in the official languages category in 2004 and 2005.

The Commissioner also thanked Denise Lecuyer, who held the position for four years. "Ms. Lecuyer always worked closely with the communities and I am very appreciative of all her achievements in official languages," mentioned Mr. Fraser.

The role of the Commissioner's representative is to support the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in the Manitoba and Saskatchewan region. This involves working with federal institutions and communities to ensure that the language rights of the public are fully respected, to promote the equal status of both official languages in an increasingly diverse society and to enhance the vitality of official language minority communities. She is supported by a liaison officer in Regina, Jennifer Wessner.

The contact information for the Manitoba and Saskatchewan regional office is the following:

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Manitoba and Saskatchewan Regional Office
131 Provencher Boulevard, Suite 200
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0G2
Telephone: 204-983-2111
Toll-free: 1-800-665-8731

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