"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Monday, June 27, 2011

Government of Canada Announces New Director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation

GATINEAU, Quebec, June 27, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Mark O'Neill as Director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. O'Neill," said Minister Moore. "I am confident that under his leadership, Canada's Civilization and War Museums will continue to play a key role in strengthening Canadians' understanding of our history."

Since 2001, Mr. O'Neill has held various executive positions within the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC). Prior to this appointment, he had been the Director General of the Canadian War Museum, while also assuming the responsibilities of Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the CMCC. From 2004 to 2009, he held the position of Vice President, Public Affairs and Publishing at the CMCC.

During his public service career, which started in 1986, Mr. O'Neill has held various managerial positions in the Department of Canadian Heritage, including Director of the Cultural Property Directorate and Secretary of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board; Manager of Access to Heritage; and Team Leader, Multiculturalism Secretariat and Race Relations and Cross-Cultural Understanding Directorate.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation operates the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian War Museum, and the Virtual Museum of New France. As part of their mandate, the museums function as centres for research and public information on the social, military, and human history of the country. Their principal role is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canada for present and future generations, thereby contributing to the enhancement of Canadian identity. For more information, visit the Corporation's website at www.civilization.ca.

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