City Council appoints multicultural adviser
5 February 2003
Jenni Marr is the Christchurch City Councils multicultural
adviser, a new three-day-a-week position.
Ms Marr has a masters degree in Social Sciences and a life-long
interest and commitment to working with and learning from people
of many diverse cultures. She comes to the Council from Kingdom
Resources where she was a career development adviser and tutor.
Her career includes a decade spent working in the Philippines on
One of the Councils aims is to make the city one where all
people, of whatever background, feel welcome and it has allocated
money to help achieve this aim.
Councillor Anna Crighton, who chairs the Arts Culture and Heritage
Committee, says Ms Marrs appointment is a positive step.
Its acknowledgement by the City Council that Christchurch
is a multicultural society and that the employing of an adviser
in this area reinforces the councils responsibilities toward
harmony, Anna Crighton says.
Jenni Marr is looking forward to her new job. In the beginning
I think the job will involve a lot of listening to people from the
citys many ethnic communities and understanding their perspectives
on the issues, she says.
Among her first tasks will be to support the launch on March 24
of a new intercultural assembly, a project which came from a Mayoral
working party on ethnic relations. The assembly is timed to tie
in with Race Unity Day, on 21 March.
Jenni Marrs hours are 8.45am to 4.45pm on Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday, as part of the Council Community Relations Unit. She
can be contacted on 941 8097.
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