CALGARY – Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s ninth Ombudsman, will mark the office’s 50th anniversary with a public celebration held at Calgary’s Central Library on September 13, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with brief remarks from Ms. Ryan at 12 p.m.
At the event, Albertans will have an opportunity to meet the Ombudsman, speak to investigators, and learn how the office can help individuals who feel they’ve been treated unfairly by any of the authorities under the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction.
“Alberta established the first ombudsman office in North America on September 1, 1967,” said Ms. Ryan. “Over the past 50 years this office has had a impact on how government conducts business and has contributed to improved service across its departments, agencies, boards, and commissions.”
With a half-century of collaborative experience behind it, the office is poised to build on past accomplishments and continue delivering a valuable service to Albertans.
Most Ombudsman investigations arise from complaints made by individual citizens. If it is found the authority has acted unfairly to the complainant, the Ombudsman makes recommendations to resolve the issue.
Over the years the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction has been expanded to include many professional organizations such as accountants and most health professions. It is anticipated that in the next year the Ombudsman will receive the responsibility to investigate municipalities.
Join the new Ombudsman in celebrating this milestone:
Wednesday, September 13, 2107
Calgary Central Library
616 Macleod Trail S.E.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Ted Miles, Acting Deputy Ombudsman