Lawyer and diplomat Christine Hanson has been named the new head of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.
Hanson, a Halifax native and Dalhousie University law graduate, is the current minister-counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
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She will take over her new role as director and CEO on Feb. 8.
Diana Whalen, the minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission, said in a news release that Hanson will be a strong advocate for human rights in the province.
Hanson received the Building a Better World alumni award from Dalhousie in 2014, and was also an International Women's Forum Global Leadership Foundation Fellow in 2014-15.
She takes over the top job at the commission from interim director and CEO Michelle Higgins, who is a senior solicitor with the provincial Justice Department.