The selection committee is made up of members of the Human Rights Working Group. Its members include:
Remzi Cej is Director of the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour. He has previously worked in various areas of public policy, including justice, demographic, labour market, and environment, and is a past Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Cej has a combination of lived, community, and professional experiences. He is a Rhodes Scholar and holds an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University and a BA (Honours) from Memorial University in German and French Studies. He is an Action Canada public policy fellow and a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipient, as well as a two-time recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for Human Rights Education. In 2015, Mr. Cej was one of 12 prominent Canadian featured human rights defenders in educational materials by the Speak Truth to Power project of the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Human Rights, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
Susan Tobin is a Program Policy Development Specialist with the Disability Policy Office since the Office was opened in 2009. Susan has been involved with the development of the Provincial Strategy for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, its subsequent Action Plan, as well as various projects related to inclusive policy. Susan has over 25 years’ experience working with community and the not-for-profit sector, working from a human rights approach regarding access to services, programs and opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Aisling Gogan is Director of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). The PRS is a Government-wide strategy overseen by a committee of eight ministers with the goal of transforming Newfoundland and Labrador into a province with the least poverty. During her 15 year career with Newfoundland and Labrador’s public service, Aisling has worked in a number of positions, including Cabinet Officer, Director of Career, Employment and Youth Services, Director of the Workforce Development Strategy and Director of Research and Planning with the Women’s Policy Office. Aisling is an active volunteer, a recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s Public Service Award for Excellence and an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Prior to joining Newfoundland and Labrador’s public service, Aisling worked as a self-employed social program evaluation consultant and taught Political Science at Memorial University
Linda Ross has held the position of President/CEO of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women since May 2009. She has over 30 years of experience in policy and program development in community development and women’s economic and social equality in Canada and internationally. Previously she spent 24 years working with Oxfam Canada.
Ms. Ross serves on a number of Boards and committees including the Women in Resource Development Corporation, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the NL Access to Justice Committee. She is presently the Chair of the Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women.
Ms. Ross holds a B.Sc from the University of Waterloo and certificates in Change Management and Performance Development from the Faculty of Management at McGill University.
Carey Majid is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission for Newfoundland and Labrador. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (1994) from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Laws (1999) from the University of New Brunswick Law School.
Ms. Majid teaches the Law Society’s bar admission course on human rights and regularly presents on human rights issues to employers, community groups, government agencies and at conferences.