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Three named to Canadian Race Relations Foundation board

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:30 AM | By John Chunn

Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly on Nov. 16 announced the appointment of Balpreet Singh Bopari, Orlando Bowen and Anne-Marie Pham as part-time members to the board of directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF).

Boparai begins a three-year term effective Dec. 11, 2017. He has been legal counsel and spokesperson for the World Sikh Organization of Canada since 2009. In that capacity, he has participated in several CRRF projects and is a regular speaker on issues of identity and Canadian values. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Bowen also will serve for three years, starting Dec. 15. He is a motivational speaker and physical and mental trainer. As the founder and executive director of the youth leadership organization One Voice One Team, he works closely with young people to help them develop projects in their communities. He has a master of science degree in information technology management.

Pham begins a four-year term effective Dec. 18. She has worked with diverse communities and workplaces for more than 20 years. She has a master’s degree in public administration and is currently manager of client services at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

The CFFR is Canada's leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. It coordinates and cooperates with all sectors of society, and develops partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations at the local, provincial, territorial and national levels.

“Canada is strong not in spite of our diversity, but because of it. Through its role as a leading voice for the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation plays a key role in fostering mutual respect and promoting a more inclusive society. I am confident that these appointees will work in a spirit of openness, collaboration and understanding to support and advance the foundation’s mandate,” said Joly.