OTTAWA, July 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Louise Fréchette, Chair of the Board of
Directors of CARE Canada, a leading international humanitarian and
development organization, today announced the appointment of Gillian Barth, as its new president and CEO.
"Gillian is a visionary leader whose career has been defined by an
unshakeable dedication to ending poverty," said Ms Fréchette. "Her vast
experience of the international humanitarian and development field and
her outstanding leadership qualities prepare her well to lead CARE
Canada in a context of a rapidly changing developing world."
"I am tremendously honoured to have the opportunity to lead such an
extraordinary organization with its emphasis on women and girls," said
Ms. Barth. "Promoting gender equality and empowering women is one of
the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals. For CARE, it is
essential to lifting entire families out of poverty - and it defines
our programs worldwide."
Throughout her career at CARE, Ms. Barth has worked to ensure CARE
Canada plays a leading role within the CARE International federation,
which will be central to her term as president and CEO.
"I look forward to the positive global transformation that is underway
within CARE International. As a founding and significant member of the
federation, we will continue to strive together with our partners to
achieve the highest levels of performance and impact in serving
individuals and families in the poorest communities of the world."
Ms. Barth has 30 years experience in management, international
development, human resources, program research and management and most
recently was the executive vice-president of CARE Canada. Her overseas
experience includes work throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the
Caribbean. She officially assumed the post on July 1, 2013.
Ms Barth is replacing Kevin McCort who is leaving the organization after
22 years, the last six as President and CEO.
"Under Kevin's leadership, CARE Canada has achieved new levels of
professionalism and effectiveness. Kevin has earned the respect and
admiration of his colleagues both within the CARE International family
and the broader development community. We wish him the very best in his
future endeavours," said Ms. Fréchette.
Gillian Barth`s biography
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, visit: www.care.ca.
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SOURCE: CARE Canada
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