Legal Aid Alberta announces new President and CEO

    EDMONTON, June 21 /CNW/ - It is with great pleasure that Legal Aid
Alberta (LAA) announces the appointment of Jacquie Schaffter as the new
President and CEO of Legal Aid Alberta, effective August 1, 2007. After
conducting a nationwide search, LAA's Board of Directors believes it has
chosen an excellent leader who will guide Legal Aid Alberta's efforts as it
continues to provide a continuum of innovative and cost effective legal
services for people in need throughout Alberta.
    Jacquie has been with Legal Aid Alberta since 2001, first as Staff
Counsel for the Family Law Office and currently as Senior Counsel for the
Family Law Office. Prior to joining LAA she was a partner in a full service
law firm with emphasis in her practice on family law, wills and estates, and
dependent adult work.
    Jacquie's extensive community involvement includes her present position
as a member of the Board of St. Mary's Hospital Foundation. She previously
served for six years as an elected school trustee for the City of Camrose in
the Battle River Regional School District, serving as Vice Chairman for two
years. Jacquie also served as a Board member for the Ribstone (East Central)
Child and Family Services Authority.
    The LAA Board of Directors is confident that under Jacquie's leadership,
LAA will continue to be a leader amongst legal aid organizations in providing
quality legal services to improve access to justice for Albertans in need.

    About Legal Aid Alberta

    Legal Aid in Alberta was officially established on July 1, 1970 by an
agreement between the Law Society of Alberta and the provincial Attorney
General to deal with both criminal and civil matters. Our mission is to
provide a continuum of innovative and cost effective legal services for people
in need throughout Alberta. For more information about Legal Aid Alberta and
its many services please visit

For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Fowler, Direct: (780) 427-8742, Cell:
(780) 233-6521,

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