OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2011 – CARE Canada is pleased to announce former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Louise Fréchette as its new board chair. Ms. Fréchette, who has been on the CARE Canada board since 2007, brings extensive experience and knowledge of international development and relations.
“I am very pleased that Louise Fréchette has accepted the position of chair of the CARE Canada board,” says Kevin McCort, CARE Canada president and CEO. “CARE Canada is incredibly fortunate to be guided by someone with such strong experience, insight and commitment to our mandate to empower women and girls in the fight against poverty.”
"I have always been impressed by CARE Canada's capacity to deliver humanitarian and development assistance in a professional and effective manner. The compassion and respect CARE workers have for the people they assist is truly inspiring,” says Louise Fréchette, chair of CARE Canada’s Board of Directors.
Ms. Fréchette is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) of Waterloo, Ont., and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In addition to her former position at the UN, Ms. Fréchette previously worked for the Public Service of Canada, serving notably as Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and Deputy Minister of National Defence.
CARE draws the members of its board from leaders in business, academia, politics and the public service who are responsible for the financial and strategic oversight of the organization as well as its mission and mandate. In addition to Ms. Fréchette, CARE Canada’s Board of Directors includes six members of the Order of Canada, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and the director of the Munk School for Global Affairs.
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About CARE: Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visitwww.care.ca.