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Haiti - Education : Michaëlle Jean, 13th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
08/11/2011 09:36:31

Haiti - Education : Michaëlle Jean, 13th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa is proud to announce the appointment of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and former Governor General of Canada, as Chancellor. Ms. Jean becomes the 13th chancellor in the University’s history as of February 1, 2012, succeeding Huguette Labelle, who has held the position for 17 years and whose mandate will be ending on January 31, 2012.

"All students, professors and staff at the University of Ottawa are very happy and proud to welcome the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean as a member of our extended family" said President and Vice–Chancellor Allan Rock.

"The unifying values championed by Ms. Jean fully match our university’s desire for a healthy academic environment, open to the world and looking towards the future," said Robert Giroux, President of the Board of Governors.

"I’m very excited about this appointment and I thank the members of the Board of Governors and the Senate, as well as the president of the University, for the trust they have placed in me. At this time, I also wish to send greetings to the faculty and students—I’m thrilled to be able to reflect their goals and achievements. In this regard, Huguette Labelle’s outstanding contributions and complete dedication can only serve as an inspiration," said Michaëlle Jean, who assumes her new position on February 1, 2012.

Learn more about Michaëlle Jean :
Michaëlle Jean was born in Haiti, in Port-au-Prince. She and her family arrived in Canada in 1968, after fleeing the dictatorial regime then in power.

After studying comparative literature at the Université de Montréal, she taught Italian in that university’s department of modern languages and literatures. Along with her studies, she worked in shelters for female victims of domestic violence and helped establish a network of emergency shelters in Quebec and across Canada. Subsequently, Ms. Jean enjoyed an outstanding career as a TV journalist, anchor and host of news programs on Radio–Canada and CBC Newsworld (now CBC News Network).

Michaëlle Jean served as Canada’s 27th Governor General from September 27, 2005 until September 30, 2010. At the end of her term, she was named UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti. As well, she is co–chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which supports citizen action across Canada through the arts and culture as means of social transformation and youth mobilization.

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