The Disabled Persons Commission has praised the achievements ofoutgoing interim executive director Judy Hughes and welcomed thereturn of Charlie Macdonald to the role of executive director. “Under Judy’s direction, the commission developed and implementeda strategic plan that enables it to improve the many areas inwhich disability touches the lives of Nova Scotians,” RalphFerguson, chair of the commission said Tuesday, April 13, at ameeting with the co-ordinating committee of ministers. Minister of Community Services David Morse, the Ministerresponsible for the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission, alsocommended Ms. Hughes’ contributions. “Judy provided excellentleadership and a tireless commitment to equality and socialjustice,” said Mr. Morse. “The commission accomplished a greatdeal of work under her direction — work that will be oftremendous value going forward.” Mr. Morse also welcomed Charlie Macdonald back to a leading rolewith the commission. Mr. Macdonald spent the past two yearsproviding leadership to an Inclusion Initiative with CommunityServices’ Employment Support and Income Assistance (ESIA)Program. The goal was to provide a broader range of services,establish closer links with stakeholders and make the ESIAprogram more responsive to the social and economic needs of itsparticipants. “Charlie Macdonald has made great strides on the EmploymentSupport and Income Assistance Inclusion Initiative over the pasttwo years,” said Mr. Morse. “Charlie’s capabilities, knowledgeand experience will certainly benefit the commission goingforward.” The Disabled Persons Commission is an advisory organization thatpromotes the needs and abilities of persons with disabilities.The committee of ministers, chaired by Mr. Morse, includesrepresentatives from departments that have a significant interestin programs and services for persons with disabilities. Inaddition to Community Services, the committee includes ministersfrom the departments of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Health, Environment and Labour, Education andTransportation and Public Works. Nova Scotia has the highest rate of disability in Canada; in the2001 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey, 20.1 per centof the province’s adult population reported a disability. DISABLED PERSONS COMMISSION–Interim Executive Director Commendedfor Contributions
“The Secretary-General is grateful to France for having assumed the role of lead nation and for contributing roughly half the troops for the force, on which the people of Bunia, and indeed of all of the north-eastern region, count to help them restore normalcy to their lives,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement issued in New York.The statement added that with advance elements scheduled to be deployed in a matter of days, and full deployment to begin in two weeks, the multinational force offers the parties in the DRC “a chance to rebuild the peace process” in that country, which is essential to the stability of central Africa.“The Secretary-General urges them to cooperate fully with the force as well as with United Nations peacekeepers in pursuit of that goal,” the statement said.