A Constant Presence in a Changing Field: CCSA releases 2006-2007 Annual Report



    OTTAWA, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
(CCSA), a national organization working to reduce alcohol- and drug-related
harm, today released its 2006-2007 annual report, A Constant Presence in a
Changing Field. The annual report was tabled earlier in Parliament by federal
Health Minister Tony Clement, in compliance with CCSA's founding legislation.
    This annual report provides a snapshot of CCSA's key achievements over
the past year and focuses on the Centre's accomplishments through the lenses
of competence, innovation and dialogue.

    Some of CCSA's key achievements included
    
    - co-chairing the National Alcohol Strategy Working Group, which recently
      issued its final report, Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm in Canada:
      Toward a Culture of Moderation-Recommendations for a National Alcohol
      Strategy;
    - launching the Canadian Network of Substance Abuse and Allied
      Professionals website (www.cnsaap.ca), the first national website
      dedicated to workforce development for substance abuse and addictions
      professionals in Canada;
    - convening a blue-ribbon panel of experts to engage in a series of
      "think tanks" aimed at understanding the biomedical and neuroscience
      issues and the physical basis of addiction; and
    - through CEO Michel Perron, promoting international dialogue on
      substance abuse in organizing the "Beyond 2008" International NGO Forum
      on behalf of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs.
    

    "CCSA's ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, while
maintaining focus on our core mandate and goals, has been a key element to our
success and past-year achievements," said Chief (Retired) Barry V. King, OOM,
Chair of CCSA's Board of Directors. "This year's annual report illustrates the
strength and diversity of CCSA's expertise and the tangible impacts that the
organization is having on all aspects of the substance abuse and addictions
field."
    "I continue to be encouraged by the progress and real action being taken
on priorities related to the National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms
Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs in Canada, including the establishment
of the National Treatment Strategy Working Group and the sustained focus on
Canada's North and on workforce development," said Michel Perron, CCSA's Chief
Executive Officer. "As we enter into our 20th year, I am proud of CCSA's many
accomplishments and look forward to our future contributions to the National
Anti-Drug Strategy."
    CCSA's 2006-2007 annual report, A Constant Presence in a Changing Field,
is available on the Centre's website at www.ccsa.ca. Printed copies are
available by contacting CCSA.

    About CCSA:

    With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related
harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national
priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates
sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives
funding support from Health Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Heather Wilcox, CCSA, (613) 235-4048 ext.243,
hwilcox@ccsa.ca

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