CARE Canada Announces Former Canadian Ambassador as New Board Chair

OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2015 /CNW/ - CARE Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Sunquist as its new chair of the board of directors.

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Sunquist is a former Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and assistant deputy minister with the (former) Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He brings to CARE Canada more than 35 years of global experience and in-depth knowledge of international development and relations.

"I am very pleased that Ken Sunquist has accepted the position of chair of the CARE Canada board," says Gillian Barth, CARE Canada president and chief executive officer. "His solid background in global affairs is critical in our efforts to address issues and trends such as, rising food insecurity, the concentration of poverty in middle income countries, urbanization, and the growing roles of the private sector, technology and social engagement. I am heartened by his commitment and leadership."

"Given the pervasiveness of poverty, it's clear that the old approach to international development no longer works," says Sunquist. "Isolated, patchwork projects deliver short-term relief at best. Instead, CARE programs carefully integrate gender equality, governance for all, and improved resilience for the most vulnerable people. In this way, families and communities are better able to absorb and adapt to the shock of poverty and social injustice. We all want lasting change and self-sufficiency for people. That's why we focus on building their resilience, offering them security and upholding their dignity."

Sunquist replaces outgoing CARE Canada chair Louise Fréchette, former deputy secretary general of the United Nations. Fréchette will be continuing her work with CARE and will pursue new opportunities with CARE International.

About CARE Canada

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE began delivering vital disaster relief and humanitarian aid – much of it in the globally recognized form of CARE Packages. CARE has remained a leader in a disaster response for more than 70 years while building lasting change worldwide. Last year, CARE worked in 90 countries, reaching more than 72 million people based on need alone. Today, CARE Canada focuses on food and nutrition, humanitarian relief, and maternal and newborn health, all with a special emphasis on women and girls. To learn more, please visit or follow @carecanada on Twitter.



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For further information: To arrange an interview, please contact: Darcy Knoll, Communications Specialist | CARE Canada, | 613.790.2134


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