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B'nai Brith Canada congratulates Order of Canada appointees

welcomes recognition of its senior Legal Counsel David Matas and Foundation supporter Peter Munk

TORONTO, December 30, 2008 Ė B'nai Brith Canada extends its congratulations to the outstanding Canadians named today to the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada , Her Excellency The Right Honourable MichaŽlle Jean. Among those appointed today was B'nai Brith Canada 's Senior Legal Counsel David Matas.

"B'nai Brith Canada takes special pride in the appointment to the Order of Canada of David Matas, one of the foremost experts on human rights, refugee and immigration law, not just in Canada, but in the world," said Frank Dimant, Executive Vice-President of B'nai Brith Canada. "David is a man who has dedicated his life to advocating for the human rights of oppressed minorities across the globe. His commitment and tireless efforts have been an inspiration to all those who have had the privilege of working with him.

Over the years, David has been active in many human rights and social justice initiatives, advocating vocally for vulnerable groups, and spearheading legal/legislative enhancements that benefit all sectors of society. Active also in political life, he has run as a Liberal candidate in past federal elections.

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