I have always been open to opportunities to have conversations to foster my own understanding of human rights –the challenges, the triumphs, the common links between seemingly diverse situations and people. I welcome the opportunity to meet with representatives from the LGBT community to a meeting at their earliest convenience to introduce myself to them, and to hear directly about their concerns.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Murray,” said Minister Moore. “With his proven track record in leadership, management, and fundraising, Mr. Murray brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Museum.”
"When we started fundraising six years ago we had nothing – no building, no programming, and no patrons or alumni to form our donor base," said National Campaign Chair Gail Asper, O.C., O.M.
"But thankfully, there were many extraordinary Canadians who shared our dream and lent their support to help it grow. Hundreds of people volunteered their time, wrote letters of support, and helped us open doors. And so far, we can look to 5,000 donors whom we count as our friends. It is thanks to their confidence in our vision that we are here today.
"I am confident that the significant financial expertise that both Mr. Hughes and Ms. Pankratz will bring to the Board of Trustees will strengthen the oversight and accountability of this Crown corporation," said Minister Moore. Mr. Hughes has held a number of senior financial executive level positions over the past 15 years and currently works as Chief Financial Officer of Wave Energy, a company specializing in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas.
“The Board of Trustees asked the Friends to continue their efforts to ensure that we build the iconic structure and world-class exhibits expected from this national and international destination and centre for learning,” said Arni Thorsteinson, Chair of the CMHR Board. ”This project will have important economic benefits for the city, province, and country over the next three years and well beyond. We owe the Friends of the CMHR and their many, many volunteers and donors a great debt of thanks for their tremendous efforts to date.”
The aim of these sessions is to identify stories and perspectives that can be incorporated into the Museum, and to receive feedback on how the Museum can establish an ongoing dialogue with Canadians on important human rights issues.