Canavan replaces Gamache at the helm of national children's charity
TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, Joseph C. Canavan, Board Chair of
the Children's Aid Foundation, announced the departure of Len Gamache
as President of the Foundation. Canavan, a senior Toronto business
leader with nine years of experience on the Foundation's Board, has
stepped into the role of interim Chief Executive Officer of the
national children's charity effective immediately in the interest of
providing a seamless, stable transition to new leadership.
Since 1979, the Children's Aid Foundation has been making a difference
in the lives of children and youth by raising funds from individuals,
families and corporations in support of initiatives committed to
improving the lives of the abused, neglected and at-risk.
All children deserve the joys of a safe and nurturing childhood, as well
as access to the means necessary to fulfill their potential. Many of
these children have been born into abusive, neglectful or impoverished
lives through no fault of their own. With our help they can build
confidence and self esteem and achieve success that otherwise might be
beyond their grasp.
Working with child welfare agencies across the country, the Children's
Aid Foundation funds Canada's most innovative programs and services in
the following areas:
Prevention programs that aim to develop healthy families, strengthen communities
and break the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty
Enrichment programs that help children and youth build skills, confidence and
character through sports, recreation, arts and culture
Education programs that support promising futures by keeping kids in school,
providing scholarships for college and university, and preparing them
for a life after care
The Foundation chooses to fund programs that have a powerful impact on
Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, providing them with a
bridge from hopelessness to hope, and guiding them onto a path leading
toward a brighter future. The Board of the Children's Aid Foundation is
committed to a considerable expansion of its fundraising and program
support in the next few years, and felt that a change of leadership was
required to achieve these goals.
"The Board would like to thank Len Gamache for his commitment to the
Children's Aid Foundation during his time with the organization, and
wishes him well in his future endeavours," said Canavan.
"I can assure our partners of our continued commitment to fund the sort
of innovative programs and services young people in the child welfare
system need to build promising futures for themselves and their
families," Canavan concluded.
About the Children's Aid Foundation
One in every 25 children in Canada is at risk and needs our help. Many
suffer in poverty, while others have been victims of abuse or neglect.
A staggering 76,000 of them live in foster homes or a residential
facility. The mission of the Children's Aid Foundation is to fund
programs that give them skills and hope for a promising future. For
more information, visit http://www.cafdn.org/
SOURCE: Children's Aid Foundation
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