Two new appointments to the Human Rights Commission were announced today, July 3, by Ross Landry, the Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act. The new commissioners are Darren Desmond of Sydney and Andrea Paul of Pictou. “Mr. Desmond and Ms. Paul are leaders in their communities and bring a wide variety of experience,” said Mr. Landry. “Their experience will strengthen the Human Rights Commission and allow them to make a positive contribution in their new roles.” Commissioners play a strategic role at the commission and make decisions on human rights issues. The commission looks for members with diverse backgrounds who represent all areas of the province. Mr. Desmond is a lifelong volunteer and sports coach in the African Canadian and First Nations communities. He is employed as co-ordinator of African Canadian Student Affairs for the Nova Scotia Community College campuses in Sydney and Port Hawkesbury. Mr. Desmond also has a graduate degree in education with a concentration in Africentric leadership. Ms. Paul is chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation. She acts as the band’s spokesperson, chairs the council meetings and oversees the band’s finances. She also teaches Mi’kmaq in the local community school. Prior to teaching, Ms. Paul was a student councillor and worked with both youth and adults in her community. The two newest appointments will bring the commission to its full complement of 12. For more information on the Human Rights Commission, go to humanrights.gov.ns.ca .