Audrey McFarlane Appointed to the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse Board of Directors

April 28, 2014

OTTAWA, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Today, Health Minister Rona Ambrose
announced the appointment of Audrey McFarlane to the Canadian Centre
for Substance Abuse (CCSA) Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Ms. McFarlane is currently the Executive Director at the Lakeland Centre
for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Cold Lake, Alberta. She
obtained her degree in Community Rehabilitation and has spent nearly
two decades working with children and adults with developmental
disabilities and providing training on FASD. She has also been deeply
involved at the local, regional and national level on many issues
concerning FASD, particularly in Canada’s north.

The Government of Canada has made addressing substance abuse a priority
and the contributions of the CCSA are an important part of that effort.

Quick Facts

        --  As announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of
            Canada has committed to expanding the scope of its National
            Anti-Drug Strategy to address prescription drug abuse.
        --  The CCSA receives funding from Health Canada through the
            National Anti-Drug Strategy.
        --  The CCSA provides national leadership to advance solutions that
            address health, social and economic harms associated with
            substance abuse and addiction.


“Ms. McFarlane has been recognized for her strong contributions to
improving healthcare to some of the most vulnerable members of society.
I am confident that her extensive knowledge, skills and experience will
help the CCSA in addressing substance abuse and the impacts of
addiction in Canada. I am pleased to continue our partnership with the
CCSA in keeping our communities safe and healthy.”

Rona Ambrose

Minister of Health

“We are fortunate to add Audrey McFarlane’s experience and breadth of
knowledge to our Board. Her understanding of FASD, women’s issues and
remote populations provides a great complement to the important work
undertaken at CCSA to address addictions and accompanying health and
social issues.”

Leanne Lewis

CCSA Board Chair.

“It is with great pleasure that we receive Audrey McFarlane on the CCSA
Board. FASD affects as many as nine in 1,000 babies, yet FASD is
preventable. Having Ms. McFarlane’s expertise and attention to this
issue will assist CCSA in educating people about FASD and advancing
solutions to help Canadians live in a healthy society.”

Michel Perron

CCSA Chief Executive Officer

Associated Links

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Use Statistics

National Anti-Drug Strategy

SOURCE Health Canada

Source: PR Newswire

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