Staff Member to Chair Human Rights Board

October 25, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

The Ontario government has announced that Patrick Case, director of the University of Guelph’s Human Rights and Equity Office, has been appointed chair of the board of directors of Ontario’s Human Rights Legal Support Centre. He will remain at the University during his appointment.

The Human Rights Legal Support Centre opened in 2008 and served more than 20,000 people during its first year of operation. It offers human rights legal services to people who believe they have experienced discrimination, including filing applications and providing legal representation on human rights issues.

Case has been a commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission since 2006. He is a former chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (a position once held by U of G’s chancellor emeritus, Lincoln Alexander) and also co-chaired the Equality Rights Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada.

A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Case practised family, human rights and immigration law before becoming the Toronto District School Board's equity adviser in 1991. He joined U of G in 1999.

In 2002, he helped implement the “Human Rights at the University of Guelph” document to manage human rights and equity concerns, complaints and education issues on campus — topics he says need to be addressed nationwide.

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