The province has appointed Patricia Skinner of Antigonish to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “We are pleased to have someone with Ms. Skinner’s skill and experience accept this important appointment,” said Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. “Ms. Skinner will make a great addition to the team of commissioners working to enhance and promote human rights in the province.” Ms. Skinner is a dedicated community leader and worked for the Nova Scotia Human Rights commission for a number of years. She is a founding member and chair of the Antigonish Human Rights Affirmative Action Committee, past president of the Antigonish-Guysborough Chapter of the Congress of Black Women, and chairperson for the Antigonish Black Development Association. She is also one of the founding members of the Nova Scotia Black Cultural Society and still serves on its board. “It is important to have diverse and representative commissioners given the work that we do at the commission,” said Ernie Bolivar, chair of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. “We welcome Ms. Skinner as a new Commissioner and look forward to her expertise and knowledge at commission meetings.” In 2005, Ms. Skinner was awarded the Human Rights Award by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission for introducing housing programs for communities in Upper Big Tracadie, Antigonish Co., Lincolnville and Sunnyville, Guysborough Co. Human rights commissioners hold office for the term prescribed in their appointment and are eligible for reappointment. Ms. Skinner has been appointed for a three-year term. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission is an independent government commission that is charged with the administration of the province’s Human Rights Act.