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April 29, 2003
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Acadian and Francophone Affairs Division Welcomes New Employees

Executive Council

The Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs, the Honourable Mitch Murphy, announced the appointment of two new employees with the Acadian and Francophone Affairs Division. Dominique Chouinard started on March 31 as Planning Officer, while translator Micheline Gardiner will commence employment on October 6 at the end of her maternity leave. These two existing positions had been vacant.

Dominique Chouinard completed translation studies at the Université de Montréal in April 2002. For the past seven years, she has worked in the health insurance industry in Montreal as well as here on the Island. She held various strategic positions involving customer relations and communications. Her duties as Planning Officer will include, among others, communications, the Quebec/PEI Agreement as well as administrative support for the Acadian Communities Advisory Committee.

Micheline Gardiner is originally from Prince Edward Island. She has an Arts Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Translation Degree from the Université de Moncton. Ms. Gardiner has been working as translator and proofreader for CIFTA Technologies since 1998. She was responsible for the translation and proofing of various documents as well as the management of translation requests. Micheline Gardiner will join the present translation team comprised of three translators.

The Acadian and Francophone Affairs Division advises the Provincial Government, Crown Corporations as well as various government agencies on matters pertaining to French language services and the development of the Island's Acadian and Francophone community. The Division also provides translation services to government institutions.

Media Contact: Donald DesRoches
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