Indian-origin woman named to Canadian refugee board

December 13th, 2008 - 9:18 am ICT by IANS  

Toronto, Dec 13 (IANS) The Canadian government Friday appointed an Indo-Canadian woman, Rena Dhir, to the nation’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).The board overseas matters related to people seeking refuge in Canada, including whether anyone they are eligible to be admitted into this country, admissibility hearings, detention reviews and deportation proceedings and orders.

Vancouver-based Dhir will serve her three-year term in the Vancouver office of the IRB, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement.

The statement said Friday’s appointment was part of the minister’s commitment to the Canadian Council for Refugees last month to fill vacancies on the board “as quickly as possible as part of the solution to reducing long wait times before the IRB, which adjudicates refugee claims.”

A well-known name in the Indo-Canadian community in Vancouver, Dhir is a certified general accountant who is serving as controller with the local Software Productivity Centre.

The Immigration and Refugee Board, which was created in 1989, is an independent body that reports to the Canadian parliament through the minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism.

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