Tribute To Former Commissioner Darcy Gimas

March 2, 2015

The Human Rights Commission said it is with great sadness that they learned of the passing of former Commissioner, Ms. Darcy Gimas.

The HRC said, “Darcy was appointed as a Commissioner in January 2013 following a competitive independent recruitment and selection process. Clearly, her professional and personal dedication to serving as an advocate for vulnerable persons made her an outstanding candidate to serve as a Human Rights Commissioner.

“Under the Chairmanship of Mr. Michael Hanson, Darcy was immediately recognized by her fellow Commissioners for her expertise, experiences and commitment in the field of mental health.

“Darcy lent her expertise by agreeing to serve as the Human Rights Commission’s representative on the Mental Health Act Review Committee and as well, she contributed her insight to the Commission’s internal review of the Mental Health Act.

“Darcy was an important voice that echoed the urgent call for the extension of protections in the Human Rights Act, 1981 to include persons with cognitive and mental disabilities. The Commission will continue to advocate for this inclusion in her honour.

“Just a few short weeks ago, Darcy resigned as a Commissioner, sharing that she was journeying through an illness. Today, we send words of comfort and appreciation to her family and loved ones. Darcy will always be remembered for her commitment to the goal of inclusion for all.”

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