Michel Carrier, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, is pleased to announce the selection of Pierre Beaudoin as Senior Investigator with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. Mr. Beaudoin began work at the Office on September 2.

Mr. Beaudoin brings to the Office of the Commissioner a wealth of experience in investigations gained during a 31-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Having spent more than 29 of those years in New Brunswick, Mr. Beaudoin has a knowledge and appreciation of this province and its people. In addition to his experience in law enforcement, Mr. Beaudoin worked in the area of labour relations and was also in charge of administration for the RCMP's "J" Division. Mr. Beaudoin is an experienced mediator and was responsible for the coordination and management of the RCMP's Alternative Dispute Resolution program for Atlantic Canada. Mr. Beaudoin occupied this position until coming to the Office of the Commissioner earlier this month.

Mr. Beaudoin has been an active volunteer in community organizations for more than 25 years. His belief that parental involvement is crucial to the development and enhancement of a quality education system led him to prominent volunteer roles in the school system at the local, district and provincial levels. Mr. Beaudoin has always had an interest in language rights. He is also the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal in recognition of his continued commitment to his community.

As Senior Investigator for the Office of the Commissioner, Mr. Beaudoin will investigate complaints from members of the public pertaining to the Official Languages Act and provide reports of his findings to the Commissioner.

The hiring of Mr. Beaudoin brings to four the number of full-time employees at the Office of Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick.

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For more information, please contact Giselle Goguen, Director of Public Affairs and Research, at 506-444-4229 or giselle.goguen@gnb.ca.