Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

August 13, 2007 09:30 ET

Commissioner of Official Languages' new Representative for the Atlantic Region

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2007) - The Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gilbert Taylor as the Commissioner's Representative for the Atlantic Region.

"Mr. Taylor will continue the dialogue with institutions subject to the Official Languages Act and with various organizations that play an essential role in the vitality of the two official language communities," Mr. Fraser said. "I am convinced Mr. Taylor will serve the region well and that his experience in the Maritimes and across the country will prove to be very valuable."

Commissioner Fraser also thanked Claude Hache for the work he has done as his representative. The role of the Commissioner's Representative is to support the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in the Atlantic region. In particular, this involves working with federal institutions and communities to ensure full respect for the language rights of the public, to promote the equality of the two official languages in an increasingly diverse society and to enhance the vitality of official language minority communities.

This role is more relevant than ever in the context of implementing Part VII of the Official Languages Act, which requires that federal institutions take positive measures to promote linguistic duality and to contribute to the development of official language communities.

Gilbert Taylor has rich and varied experience in several areas of the federal public service. He has proven his leadership in the area of official languages during his 28 years of experience. Mr. Taylor received recognition from the Prince Edward Island Federal Council in 2004 for his contributions to the province's official languages program. Since 2005, he has worked as a consultant and as National Rehabilitation Manager at the head office of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Queen's University and studied anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Taylor will assume his responsibilities on August 13, 2007. He replaces Mr. Claude Hache, who will become an investigator for the Atlantic region. You may contact the Atlantic regional office in Moncton at 506-851-7047 or 1-800-561-7109.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
    Robin Cantin
    Manager, Media Relations
    613-995-0374
    Cellular: 613-324-0999
    Toll-free : 1-877-996-6368
    or
    Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages - Atlantic
    Atlantic Region
    506-851-7047
    Toll-free : 1-800-561-7109