A passionate advocate for equality and social justice is the new head of Canada’s longest established social policy and research organization.
Peggy Taillon joins the Canadian Council on Social Development as it gets ready to launch several initiatives designed to support and strengthen poverty reduction work across Canada.
Ms. Taillon most recently served as Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement at The Ottawa Hospital. She has also served in a voluntary capacity with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, the Inner City Health Project, the Ontario Women’s Health Council, and the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.
“Peggy brings together people and systems,” says CCSD Board Chair, Wayne Helgason. “She brings an energy and understanding to this work that reflects what the Council is all about.”
“I feel like I am returning to my roots,” says Taillon, who has lent her expertise to numerous networks and organizations anchored by social justice goals. “The CCSD’s work in bridging gaps and building connections has powerful potential to make a difference in the fight against poverty. Connecting the dots between health, economic security and social justice is essential common sense and a powerful way to achieve change.”
Taillon’s appointment commences in late October when she will lead the work around the inaugural Canadian Social Forum (Calgary, May 2009), the Social Development Report series (release Winter 2009), and the national Community Social Data Strategy.
Ms. Taillon holds degrees in Social Work and Law, and advanced Degrees in Mediation and Negotiation.
She replaces Marcel Lauzière who becomes president of Imagine Canada later this month. Lauzière will continue to serve as co-chair of the Canadian Social Forum until June 2009.
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