New senior staff add vitality and energy to the National Aboriginal Health Organization

    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Paulette C. Tremblay, Chief Executive
Officer of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), announced today
that NAHO has successfully engaged three new directors through the competitive
process to fully compliment Senior Management Team.
    "As NAHO diversifies and renews itself, we want to create the momentum to
continually improve the health and wellness of First Nations, Inuit and Métis
families and communities across Canada. I am delighted to announce that with
the addition of these gifted and experienced professionals, NAHO will continue
to grow as a national body leading Aboriginal knowledge translation and
research in health. We would like to welcome Earl Nowgesic, Catherine A.
Graham and Jason T. Cheney to the Senior Management Team at NAHO."
    As a member of the Ojibway Nation, Earl Nowgesic, M.A. will join us in
September 2008 to assume the role of Director of NAHO's First Nations Centre.
Earl comes to NAHO after four years as the Associate Director and three years
as the Assistant Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research -
Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health. He comes to us as a passionate,
committed and reputable researcher and leader in Aboriginal health with strong
connections to communities and organizations and across Canada.
    Catherine A. Graham, M.A. is the new Director of the NAHO Métis Centre.
Catherine is a dynamic and dedicated professional with a solid base of
experience in management and Aboriginal health research.
    Jason T. Cheney, B.Comm. is the new NAHO Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
    Jason has three years of senior level experience working for chartered
accounting firms and five years experience working in various accountant
roles. With a sound financial background, Jason brings a high degree of
professionalism and integrity to the management team at NAHO.
    Dianne Kinnon, Director of the Ajunnginiq (Inuit) Centre and Mark Buell,
Director of the Communications and Research Unit will round out the senior
management team.
    Having taken the role of CEO on January 7, 2008, Dr. Tremblay says, "The
past six months have been focused on stabilizing the organization to ensure
the future sustainability of NAHO. We are committed to focusing our efforts on
community evidence-based research and looking at how the broad social
determinants of health are required as building blocks for contemporary health
and wellness. We will also continue to reflect traditional knowledge, values
and principles in the work towards maintaining community connections."
    These three exceptional leaders bring new knowledge, energy, talents, and
innovation to lead the organization towards a legacy of positive change in the
health and well-being of our communities. This new group of exceptional
individuals, who now make up the NAHO Senior Management Team, will lead the
organization towards a legacy of positive change in our communities.

    The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is an
Aboriginal-designed and -controlled body committed to influencing and
advancing the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples by carrying out
knowledge-based strategies.

For further information:

For further information: Colleen Patterson, Communications Officer,
(613) 237-9462 ext. 559, Toll Free: 1-877-602-4445 ext. 559, Cell: (613)

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