Ombudsman investigators to visit Red Deer, Wetaskiwin

EDMONTON – Investigators with the Alberta Ombudsman will visit Red Deer and Wetaskiwin in early April.

“We believe it’s important Albertans understand how our office works, and the rights and obligations they and government service providers have when it comes to fair treatment,” said Peter Hourihan, the Alberta Ombudsman. “This type of community outreach gives Albertans face-to-face contact with our investigators, and helps people better understand the principles of fairness that provide the foundation of our work.”

Residents of Red Deer, Wetaskiwin and surrounding communities are invited to book an appointment with an investigator to discuss how they may have been treated unfairly by an Alberta government department, agency, board, commission, designated professional organization, or the patient concerns resolution process of Alberta Health Services.

Investigators will be available for appointments in the following locations:

Tuesday, April 4
Red Deer
Golden Circle Resource Centre
4620 – 47A Avenue
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5
Wetaskiwin
Manluk Centre Multi-purpose Room
4514 – 50 Avenue
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can book a consultation with an investigator by calling toll-free 1-888-455-2756. Investigators with the Ombudsman and the Public Interest Commissioner’s office will also be meeting with Government of Alberta staff to host educational seminars on the role and function of both offices. The goal of these presentations, said Hourihan, is to improve understanding of fairness in decision-making, as well as the province’s safe disclosure process for public sector whistleblowers through the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Paul Michna, Communications Manager

Alberta Ombudsman

780-641-8661

Paul.michna@ombudsman.ab.ca