TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone, a Canadian leader in
providing vital, innovative and professional counselling services to
children and youth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deb Craven CPA, CA, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Purolator
Inc., as Chair of the organization's Board of Directors.
Ms. Craven brings extensive senior management and volunteer experience
to her role as Board Chair. Having first joined Kids Help Phone's Board
as Treasurer in May, 2009, a position in which she served until May
2011, when Ms. Craven was appointed Vice Chair until June, 2013. Ms.
Craven also currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Learning
Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to
championing a strong public education system in Canada through
innovative programs, research, policy, leadership and public
"We are very pleased to share this announcement about Deb Craven," says
Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "She has provided
important leadership and support during her time as Board Treasurer and
Vice Chair, and is committed to ensuring Kids Help Phone's mission and
vision continues to be fulfilled through the strategic plan during her
term. Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience coupled with a
passion for innovation and service excellence. It's an honour to
welcome her to this role."
Kids Help Phone is also welcoming Charles Brown (President, The Source)
Leslie Chester (Chief Marketing Officer, Nestlé Canada Inc.) and Cheryl
Fix (Edmonton, Regional Manager, Adoption, Permanency and Transitional
Planning Child and Family Services) as new members to its Board.
Kids Help Phone Board of Directors, 2013/2014
Deb Craven, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Purolator
Carolyn McGill, President & CEO, CNW Group
Kerry Arbour, Vice President, Customer Service, Bell Canada
Harry Wierenga, Retired Vice President & Regional Director BMO Harris
Sharon Wood, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone
Sheila Blair-Reid, Consultant, Spring Business Solutions
Charles Brown, President, The Source
Dave J. Burns, SVP & Chief Operating Officer, LoyaltyOne, owners and
operators of the AIR MILES Reward Program
John Cardella, Executive VP, Human Resources, Ceridian International
Leslie Chester, Chief Marketing Officer, Nestlé Canada Inc.
Cheryl Fix, Edmonton, Regional Manager, Adoption, Permanency and
Transitional Planning Child and Family Services
Jeff Gaulin, Director, Marketing & Communications and Director,
Government Relations Tervita Corp.
Mark Kummer, VP, Service Provider, Cisco Canada
Jeanette Lewis, Retired Executive Director, Ontario Association of
Children's Aid Societies
Hatty Reisman, Lawyer, Reisman Law Office
Richard Rudderham, Executive VP, Head of Human Resources, BMO Financial
Group-Bank of Montreal
Shaheen Shariff Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of
Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University
Cheryl Smith, Executive VP, Consumer & Trade Marketing, Parmalat Canada
Brenda Stasuik, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Farm Credit
Andrew Walker, VP, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Inc.
Legal Counsel and External Secretary/Advisor to the Board
Steven G. Golick, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise
in providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services
to children and youth. Since 1989 we have offered children, teens and
young adults in Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through
our free, anonymous and confidential service. Our professional
counsellors support the mental health and well-being of young people
ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and remote communities, by providing
one-on-one counselling, information and resources online and by phone.
Our internationally recognized, award-winning websites are considered a
model of child-focused interactive design, and offer online counselling
forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and information to
encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national charity,
Kids Help Phone relies on community and corporate support to keep our
essential service available. We're there for the *6.5 million young
people in Canada, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and in
*Source: represents the age group Kids Help Phone serves (from 5 to 20)
according to Statistics Canada, 2011.
SOURCE: Kids Help Phone
For further information:
David Gray, Vice President, External Relations