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Canada's Ethnocultural Coalition
Elects New Executive

June 6, 2006 -- For Immediate Release

Ottawa, June 6, 2006 - The newly elected President of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council (CEC) Mr. Peter Ferreira strongly reaffirmed a commitment to multiculturalism as one of Canada's most prized values. "The spirit of multiculturalism is based on respect for Canada's cultural diversity and at the same time is builds on our common humanity. Our Multiculturalism legislation must be supported by all levels of society", said Mr. Ferreira.

The CEC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of national ethnocultural organizations dedicated to working together for the purpose of furthering the understanding of the multiracial reality of Canada, thus ensuring equality of opportunity, rights and dignity for all Canadians. A new executive was elected at CEC's Biennial General Assembly held in Toronto on June 4, 2006. Other newly elected CEC executive members include:

Mr. Peter Ferreira - President
(Portuguese Canadian National Council)

Mr. Lou Sekulovski - Vice-President
(United Macedonians Organization of Canada)

Bulent Pakdil - Treasurer
(Federation of Canadian Turkish Associations)

Mr. Aris Babikian - Secretary
(Armenian National Federation of Canada)

Mr. Emmanuel J. Dick - Director
(National Council of Trinidad and Tobago Organizations in Canada)

Alena Melas - Director
(Slovak Canadian National Council)
Olive Steele - Director
(National Council of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations of Canada)

Dr. Yvonne Bogorya-Buczkowska
(Canadian Polish Congress)
Director

Alena Melas - Director
(Slovak Canadian National Council)

Dino Sophocleours - Director
Cypriot Federation of Canada

Senem Ekin Sen - Youth Forum Chairperson
(Federation of Canadian Turkish Associations)

Art Hagopian - Past - President
(Armenian National Federation of Canada)

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For further information: (613) 230-3867

CANADIAN ETHNOCULTURAL COUNCIL - CONSEIL ETHNOCULTUREL DU CANADA
176 Gloucester St., Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0A6, Canada
Tel (613) 230-3867, fax (613) 230-8051
e-mail: cec@web.ca


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