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Human Rights Commission gets new leader

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A British Columbia lawyer and consultant is the new executive director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Joan Braun has worked in the public interest law sector for the last decade and oversaw the development of the first legal aid clinic in Western Canada to exclusively provide services to vulnerable and "at risk" older adults.

"Manitobans have a strong Human Rights Commission with its staff doing the full scope of work from investigation to mediation to awareness," Braun said in a statement released Monday.

"I am looking forward to building on what is already here."

Braun replaces Dianna Scarth who left last year after almost 16 years as the commission’s executive director to begin teaching at the University of Winnipeg.

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