FREDERICTON (GNB) – The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission is mourning the loss of one of its board members, René (Pepsi) Landry.

“On behalf of the members and staff of the commission, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Landry, a long-time commission member and an ardent defender of equality in New Brunswick,” said Nathalie Chiasson, chair of the commission. “He brought great warmth and humanity to his role and he had a genuine devotion to help people. He was an unassuming person with a strong work ethic, and we will miss him dearly.”

Landry was first appointed to the commission in 2005 and through his tenure played an active role in shaping the work of the commission and the human rights agenda in the province.

Randy Dickinson, chair of the commission from 2010 to 2015, highlighted Landry’s contributions.

“It was my great honour and privilege to work with René,” said Dickinson. “He went above and beyond his role by reviewing case files for every meeting and by his thoughtful and useful input into the deliberations of decisions. He was a gentleman and he will be missed.”

Gordon L. Porter, chair of the commission from 2005 to 2010, praised Landry’s dedication to help others.

“René (Pepsi) Landry was a member of the commission during my five-year term as chair,” said Porter. “He particularly impressed me with the way he identified with the individuals who sought a measure of justice in a difficult circumstance. Whether it was the single mother in the workplace or the young man with a disability, Pepsi looked for a way to protect them from discrimination. He was a true believer in fairness and dignity for every New Brunswicker and I am proud to have known him and worked with him.”