The Alberta Ombudsman recognizes three former staffers who went on to establish complaint-handling offices with solid roots in procedural fairness.
“These three women contributed significantly during their years at the Ombudsman’s office and have gone on to do great work pursuing fairness within or alongside the Ombudsman community,” reflects Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman and second Public Interest Commissioner. “As the influence and value of the Ombudsman community grows, more people are considering fairness work as a specific career avenue.”
Ombuds Day, celebrated on the second Thursday of October, is inclusive to all types of Ombudsman and serves to increase awareness by educating the public about the role, explaining the wide variety of services Ombuds provide, encouraging greater use of Ombuds programs and services, and highlighting the value Ombuds bring to the institutions and constituents they serve.
Leaders in investigations and alternate dispute resolution, Ombudsman offer confidential, independent, and impartial services to ensure administrative fairness principles are upheld in the delivery of public services. Ombuds are found fighting for fairness in a wide variety of organizations from colleges and universities, healthcare institutions, corporations, the media, financial institutions and beyond.
The Alberta Ombudsman has released a three-article series celebrating former Ombudsman staff members throughout the week of October 12 – 15. To catch each article, follow the Alberta Ombudsman on Twitter (@AB_Ombudsman) or revisit the Ombudsman’s website.
Source: Office of the Alberta Ombudsman, Canada