Canadian Diabetes Association president appointed to lead Mental Health Commission of Canada

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Diabetes Association congratulates
Michael Howlett, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association on his
appointment to the position of President and CEO of the Mental Health
Commission of Canada.
    Michael Howlett assumes the new position effective February 18, 2008 and
will provide interim transitional support to the Association while the
Association's Board of Directors advances professional recruitment for the
    "We take pride in knowing that Michael Howlett's strategic vision will
continue to serve Canadians who are most in need," said Garth Herbert, Chair,
Board of Directors, Canadian Diabetes Association. "Canadians living with
diabetes have benefited greatly from Michael's passion and direction. On
behalf of the Board of Directors and management, I thank Michael for his
dedication and strength of leadership over the past five years. We look
forward to working closely with him in the future."
    "The connection between mental illness and diabetes is one that will
benefit greatly from further research and increased public awareness, which is
why I'm honoured to now take on the responsibility of improving the lives of
Canadians impacted by mental illness," said Michael Howlett. "While it is
always difficult to move on, I know that the high-performance leadership team
at the Canadian Diabetes Association will continue to lead the charge to find
a cure while serving the needs of Canadians affected by diabetes."

    The Canadian Diabetes Association works in communities across the country
to promote the health of Canadians and eliminate diabetes through our strong
nationwide network of volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals,
researchers, partners and supporters. In the struggle against this global
epidemic, our expertise is recognized around the world. The Canadian Diabetes
Association: setting the world standard. To learn more, visit or
call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

For further information:

For further information: Jeremy Brace, Manager, National Media
Relations, Canadian Diabetes Association, (416) 408-7071,

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