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Human Rights Commission Welcomes New Appointments

June 28, 2011

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome Paul Favel Q.C., Jan Gitlin and Barry Wilcox as its newest Commissioners. Chief Commissioner, David Arnot, welcomed the appointments as an opportunity to bring fresh energy to the Commission’s work.

“This is a period of renewal for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission,” said Arnot. “We’re excited that these new Commissioners will bring new insights and perspectives to our table and assist in our broader efforts to revitalize and modernize the Commission for the people of Saskatchewan.”

Originally from the Poundmaker Cree Nation near Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, Paul Favel is a highly regarded lawyer with McKercher LLP who has worked extensively within the First Nations community. He is currently a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Saskatoon and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Paul was awarded a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2010.

Jan Gitlin is a highly respected member of Saskatoon’s Jewish community who is deeply committed to human rights protection and promotion. She co-chaired the Saskatoon Holocaust Committee for ten years. She has also worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Saskatoon Museum of Human Rights. Jan has held various positions in the communications industry and currently works as a senior account executive with CTV Saskatchewan.

Barry Wilcox is a senior member of Prince Albert’s legal community and has been a partner with Wilcox Zuk Chovin Law Office since 2008. A longstanding and respected member of the Prince Albert bar, Barry is known for his expertise in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He has appeared before all three Saskatchewan Courts and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission on behalf of clients.

“These three community leaders bring a deep understanding of our province and the important role the Commission plays as an advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights. They are honoured choices and we welcome their appointments.”