OTTAWA, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Health Minister Rona Ambrose
announced the appointment of Audrey McFarlane to the Canadian Centre
for Substance Abuse (CCSA) Board of Directors for a three-year term.
Ms. McFarlane is currently the Executive Director at the Lakeland Centre
for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Cold Lake, Alberta. She
obtained her degree in Community Rehabilitation and has spent nearly
two decades working with children and adults with developmental
disabilities and providing training on FASD. She has also been deeply
involved at the local, regional and national level on many issues
concerning FASD, particularly in Canada's north.
The Government of Canada has made addressing substance abuse a priority
and the contributions of the CCSA are an important part of that effort.
As announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada has
committed to expanding the scope of its National Anti-Drug Strategy to
address prescription drug abuse.
The CCSA receives funding from Health Canada through the National
The CCSA provides national leadership to advance solutions that address
health, social and economic harms associated with substance abuse and
"Ms. McFarlane has been recognized for her strong contributions to
improving healthcare to some of the most vulnerable members of society.
I am confident that her extensive knowledge, skills and experience will
help the CCSA in addressing substance abuse and the impacts of
addiction in Canada. I am pleased to continue our partnership with the
CCSA in keeping our communities safe and healthy."
Minister of Health
"We are fortunate to add Audrey McFarlane's experience and breadth of
knowledge to our Board. Her understanding of FASD, women's issues and
remote populations provides a great complement to the important work
undertaken at CCSA to address addictions and accompanying health and
CCSA Board Chair.
"It is with great pleasure that we receive Audrey McFarlane on the CCSA
Board. FASD affects as many as nine in 1,000 babies, yet FASD is
preventable. Having Ms. McFarlane's expertise and attention to this
issue will assist CCSA in educating people about FASD and advancing
solutions to help Canadians live in a healthy society."
CCSA Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Drug and Alcohol Use Statistics
National Anti-Drug Strategy
SOURCE: Health Canada
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Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
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