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Community Services Minister Jim Smith today announced the
appointment of the Task Force on Services to Black Communities.

"I am delighted that we have such strong regional representation
on the task force," the minister said. "We have 10 individuals
who come from all walks of life who are ready to work closely
with black communities across Nova Scotia and make
recommendations to government about future service delivery."

The mandate of the task force will be to consult with members of
the black community and with existing black community agencies,
and others, about the level of services across Nova Scotia
currently being provided in the black community. The task force
will also prioritize service needs in concert with the community.

"I expect to receive a report and recommendations from the task
force within three months," the minister said. "I am hopeful that
in addition to identifying service priorities, the group will be
able to provide some possible service models and some
recommendations about the role of government in the future
delivery of service to the black community."

Members of the task force include: Geraldine Browning,
Centerville (co-chair); Clotilda Yakimchuk, Sydney (co-chair);
Percy Paris, Windsor Junction; Ada Fells, Yarmouth; Benjamin
Elms, Digby; Lem Skeete, Sydney; Lana MacLean, Halifax; Joan
Jones, Halifax; Sandra Anderson, New Glasgow; and Patricia
Skinner, Antigonish.


Contact: Margaret Murphy  902-424-4880

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