CHARLOTTETOWN, APRIL 22, 2010 – In its 33 year history, the PEI Human Rights Commission has never had a female chairperson – that is until now. The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women applauds the appointment of Anne Nicholson to the position of Chair and is confident she will bring strong leadership, a clear understanding of human rights issues, and compassion to the work.
Ms Nicholson was first appointed as a commissioner with the PEI Human Rights Commission in May 2004, followed by a re-appointment in April 2007. She has served as Acting-Chairperson since May 2009.
In both her paid and unpaid work, Nicholson has dedicated herself to community-building, to understanding the inequalities that exist in society, and to creating positive change. As a consultant in health, relationship violence prevention, culture, and social issues, Nicholson’s clients have included; Family Resource Centres, the PEI Seniors Federation, the PEI Victim Services Advisory Committee and the RCMP. She is currently employed as a project officer at Community Legal Information Association.
Nicholson represents Community Legal Information Association on the PEI Seniors’ Secretariat. She chaired the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1993-96 and served as Coordinator of the PEI Rape/Sexual Assault Crisis Centre from 1996-99.
“It is significant that after 33 years the PEI Human Rights Commission is now chaired by a woman”, says Lisa Murphy, Executive Director of the Status of Women Council. “It is important that women, who make up over half the population, take on leadership roles in all spheres of life. Anne Nicholson is well qualified and the Council wishes her the best in her new position”.