Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 05, 2011 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Appointment of Ms. Leah Costello as a Member of the National Council of Welfare

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2011) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Ms. Leah Costello as a member of the National Council of Welfare for a term of three years.

"Leah Costello brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Council," said Minister Finley. "Her knowledge of business, politics and social issues, as well as her involvement in her community, provides Ms. Costello with a clear understanding of the challenges that Canadians face on a daily basis."

Ms. Costello sits on the Board of Directors of the Arts Club Theatre Company, and is a member of the Community Advisory Board for KCTS9, a public broadcasting television station. Some of her past experience includes chairing a child-care task force at the YWCA of Vancouver, being co-founder and co-chair of both a Drive for Alzheimer's fundraiser and the Young Entrepreneurs Association of British Columbia.

The National Council of Welfare, which was created in 1969, advises the Minister on the needs and problems of low-income Canadians, and on social and related programs and policies that affect their welfare. To this end, the Council communicates directly with the Minister, informs and influences public opinion through widely disseminated reports, and provides a vehicle through which people concerned with the problems of low-income Canadians can make their views known to the Government.

For more information on the Council, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada