Sherbrooke 2013, the Host Society for the Canada Summer Games, has announced the formation of an Office of the Ombudsman--a first in Canada Games history. The new office will, "provide volunteers and others with a forum to have their disputes and complaints heard and addressed in a fair and equitable manner." Three have been named as Ombudsmen: Jean Brousseau, Jean De Francesco, and Ralph D. Farley.
Jean Brousseau has worked in the field of education for the past 30 years as a special education instructor, teacher, and principal. He currently offers training and mentoring services to school administrators at the Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke. Brousseau volunteers in his community with the Ligue de protection de l’enfance and the CPE de Fleurimont daycare. He is also a “patient teacher” for the Université de Sherbrooke’s faculty of medicine.
Jean De Francesco is currently responsible for a number of volunteers as head mentor for Sherbrooke Innopole’s mentoring sector. For 27 years, he worked in a number of management positions in the education sector, including high school principal and assistant principal as well as assistant general director and interim general director for the Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke. De Francesco has served on a number of boards, including the 1995 Quebec Games, the Société GRICS, the Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke, and M.R.I. Transformation.
Ralph D. Farley joined the law firm of Heenan Blaikie in 1978 and became partner in 1981. He focuses his practice on employment, labour, human rights, and academic law. From early on in his career, he has represented employers before arbitration boards, labour relations boards, the civil courts of many Canadian provinces, and the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. From 1981 to 2008, Farley taught labour law at McGill University’s Faculty of Management. He has also given numerous conferences and seminars for the Canadian Bar Association and other professional organizations. Farley serves on the board of the CHUS Foundation where he was vice-president from 2005 to 2010. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Sherbrooke Geriatric University Institute. (Sherbrooke 2013 News, Ombuds Office.)