Passing of Alain Lapierre

The following statement was shared by CARE Canada President and CEO Gillian Barth:

It is with great sadness to share the news that long-time humanitarian Alain Lapierre has died.

He peacefully passed away on the morning of December 25 after a year-long struggle with cancer.

We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.

While we mourn, it is also worthwhile to be reminded of his distinguished career and comforted by the knowledge of the countless lives Alain has changed through his tireless humanitarian efforts.

Throughout his 20-year career, he has responded to crises in several countries, including CAR, Burundi, DRC, Liberia, Rwanda, Haiti, Japan, Djibouti, South Sudan, Nepal and, most recently, those countries affected by the crisis in Syria (including inside Syria itself).

Alain has worked with organizations including CARE, Oxfam, and Save the Children. Alain has been part of our CARE Canada team for nearly a decade serving as CARE Canada emergency director, Djibouti Country Representative, and emergency team leader on multiple deployments.

Earlier this year, for World Humanitarian Day, we reflected on Alain’s tremendous dedication to humanitarianism through a personal reflection piece he wrote. Please allow me to close by quoting Alain through this piece:

“My humanitarian life has shown me that I remain one of the lucky ones. Even if there is now an end in sight, I am privileged.

“If humanitarian response has taught me anything, it has taught me that being calm and positive in the face of all situations is the only way to live.”