Government of New Brunswick

The composition of the Human Rights Commission is twofold: the Commission members, which consists of the Chairperson and members who are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council; and the Commission officers responsible for the administration and day-to-day operation of the Commission.

The Commission officers are responsible for outreach and education, as well as for the receipt, investigation and mediation of complaints of discrimination. It also prepares reports on complaints for presentation at Commission meetings, which are held several times per year.  The Commission’s senior manager also acts as the Secretary to the Commission during meetings.

The Commission itself does not conduct hearings into discrimination complaints, but determines, with the recommendation of the staff, if a complaint should be dismissed or should be referred for a hearing before the Labour and Employment Board, which is an independent tribunal.

Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed through an open merit-based competitive process. Vacancies are announced on this website and on the Agencies, Boards and Commissions website.



Claire Roussel-Sullivan, Chairperson


Originally from New Brunswick, Claire is a senior HR consultant with 25+ years of experience in all facets of human resources management including senior HR leadership roles in one of the largest energy companies in Canada.   Having lived and worked in all Maritime provinces as well as in Alberta and British Columbia, Claire has gained a broad view of HR with expertise in areas such as strategic HR, diversity, human rights, discrimination, harassment, executive compensation, employee relations, change management, training and development, and recruitment.  

Her vast HR experience includes HR generalist, specialist and management roles with various federal government departments, large private sector companies as well as with a wide spectrum of organizations in her current senior HR consultant role.  

Claire holds a Bachelor or Business Administration from the Université de Moncton, a diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and completed the Advanced Leadership Program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Outside of work, Claire enjoys gardening, traveling, fitness and spending time with her four grown children.  She resides in south-east New Brunswick with her husband Martin. Bio up-to-date as of August 13, 2020.


Dorothy Thériault


Dorothy Thériault is from Memramcook. She received her high school diploma from the École Régionale de Memramcook and a diploma of bilingual commercial studies from the Collège Notre-Dame d’Acadie in 1969. She also took post-secondary courses in business administration and human resources at the Université de Moncton.

After a 28-year career at Assumption Life, during which she held several positions, Ms. Thériault decided to become the manager of the Memramcook community access centre for 11 years before she retired in 2011. While performing her duties as manager, she acted as the president of the New Brunswick Community Access Centre Network.

Dorothy has always been involved in her community as a member of boards of directors and of service organizations, such as the Memramcook Branch of Les Dames d’Acadie, of which she is the president, the finance committee of the Parish of St. Thomas, the local Tree of Hope campaign, and the 150th anniversary committee of the Collège St-Joseph. She has also volunteered for the Games of La Francophonie, the Jeux de l’Acadie, the Memramcook Golf Club, and the Memramcook Minor Hockey Association.

She has received various honours in recognition of her contribution to her community, including a Certificate of Merit from the Government of Canada in 1988, a certificate from the Games of La Francophonie in 1999, and the Gemma Pelletier Caron award from the Fédération des Dames d’Acadie in 2003. Bio up-to-date as of April 15, 2016.


Kimberley Douglass


Kimberley Douglass is a retired teacher who began her career teaching Mathematics and Science in Ghana, West Africa and then taught for 32 years in rural and urban schools in the Maritimes. She has a B.Sc. from Dalhousie University and a B.Ed. from the University of New Brunswick. 

During her teaching career she served on the Employer- Employee Relations Committee, New Brunswick Teachers Federation; the Nominating Committee; New Brunswick Teachers Association;  as Grievance Officer, Alternate Director, and President of the NBTA Branch 1826 Council; as President of the High School Council and the Mathematics Council, NBTA; as Liaison Chair, Branch 1809, NBTA; and chaired School Liaison and Working Conditions Committees, Leo Hayes High School and the Working Conditions Committee, Stanley High School.   She worked with teacher Interns and a variety of student activities and clubs.   She also volunteered with CUSO New Brunswick, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), Fredericton’s Liberty Lane, and the Stanley Community Access Committee.             

After retirement Kimberley spent two years working at Grace House, the Women’s Emergency Shelter in Fredericton, one of them as Assistant Manager.  She was appointed to the District Education Council, Anglophone School District West, where she serves as vice-chair.   She volunteers with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Center, Ten Thousand Villages Fredericton and the Stanley Pastoral Charge, United Church of Canada.   Bio up-to-date as of April 15, 2016.


Patricia is a wife and mother, with two children and five grandchildren. After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing, she worked as a nurse manager for Moncton Addiction Services, served on the Greater Moncton Suicide Prevention Committee, and was the coordinator of the Poison Control Centre. She chaired the Cercle des dames d'Acadie de Dieppe and Greater Moncton Crime Stoppers. She was elected councillor-at-large for the municipality of Dieppe in May 2016. She represents the City of Dieppe on the Standing Committee on Strategies and Public Policies, the Board of Directors - RCMP Volunteer Services, the Dieppe Public Library Board, the Population Growth and Retention Committee, the Union of the Municipalities
                                       of New Brunswick (UMNB), and the Protective Services Committee.
                                       Bio up-to-date as of July 23, 2019.


Charles Ferris has extensive experience in the field of human and civil rights in New Brunswick. After graduation from the University of New Brunswick with degrees in History (B.A., M.A., 1974) and Law (L.L.B., 1973), he served as legal counsel to the New Brunswick Ombudsman Office (1973-1994) and the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission (1995-2003). As Legal Counsel, Ferris represented the Commission on several human rights tribunal and judicial matters, including those which incorporated Gay Pride Week into Fredericton’s Civic life, and that which permanently excluded the prolific anti-Semitic author Malcolm Ross from his public-school teaching position. His work also included extensive law reform initiatives his 1990 human rights report entitled “Towards a World Family:  A Report and Recommendations Respecting Human Rights in New Brunswick”.  Since his retirement in 2003, Ferris has remained an active Church and community volunteer, including his positions as Chancellor of the Anglican Ecclesiastical Province of Eastern Canada and a Provincial Judicial Appointment Review Adviser. Bio up-to-date as of July 23, 2019.


Annie Guitard is originally from Balmoral and is the mother of a small boy. After earning a degree in social work from the Université de Moncton in 2013, she is now studying law at the same university and will graduate in June 2021.

She worked for the Department of Health as a psychiatric patient advocate for five years before going back to school. That work enabled her to advance the legal, human, and civil rights of involuntary patients. She was also able to inform involuntary patients, families, hospital staff, and communities of the legal and civil rights of patients and to provide a means of settling their complaints.

In 2019, she was the general coordinator of Pro Bono Students Canada, of which she was volunteer of the year in 2018. She sat on the Committee of Examiners of the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers, and she has practicum experience in child protection at Social Development and in legal stabilization at the Restigouche Hospital Centre. In 2013, she wrote a thesis on “control measures in a psychiatric facility,” which focused on isolation, marginalization, stigmatization, and medical authority.

Her ultimate goal after law school is to help marginalized individuals navigate the judicial system, represent them in disputes, and facilitate equal access to justice for all. She believes that giving to the community is vitally important. Bio up-to-date as of March 25, 2020.


Shelley Dumouchel was called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1994 after obtaining her Law Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Brunswick.

From 1994 until 2008, she worked as an associate lawyer in both Oromocto and Fredericton gaining significant experience in the areas of Family Law, Insurance Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate and Wills and Estates. From 2008 until 2011, Shelley was Senior Legal Counsel for the Office of the Public Trustee, Province of New Brunswick. In 2011, Shelley returned to private practice and has had her own law firm since this date.

A native of Perth- Andover, NB, Shelley lives with her family in Fredericton.  In addition to raising a family and practicing law, Shelley is one of the founders of the Oromocto Legal Clinic, an alternate Chairperson for the Mental Health Review Board,  an adjudicator under the Liquor Control Act and a board member for the New Brunswick Human rights Commission. Bio up-to-date as of March 25, 2020.