Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

November 05, 2009 11:05 ET

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Welcomes Michael Prospero to its Board of Directors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2009) - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) today announced the appointment of Michael Prospero to its Board of Directors. Mr. Prospero joins the Board as a member-at-large and brings over 34 years of experience in the education sector to CCSA. Recently retired from his position as Superintendent of Education for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Mr. Prospero previously oversaw 19 elementary and secondary schools with a student population over 11,000.

Mr. Prospero has been actively involved in a variety of school health and safety initiatives during his career, including helping to develop and implement the requirements of Bill 212, the Education Amendment Act, (Progressive Discipline and School Safety Act) in 2007, which added bullying to the list of behaviours subject to possible suspension and which also required suspended students to be assigned to special and alternative programs.

"Mr. Prospero is a welcome addition to CCSA's Board of Directors," said Dr. Anne Lavack, Interim Chair of the Board, CCSA. "His long history of leadership roles within the education system, experience with youth, and involvement in Special Education and Health and Safety programming will offer valuable guidance and insight to many of CCSA's youth drug prevention initiatives."

Mr. Prospero has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from York University and a Master's Degree in Education from Niagara University. In addition, he has held the position of Principal at Sts. Martha and Mary Elementary School, Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, St. Kevin Elementary School, St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, and Vice Principal at Lester B. Pearson Catholic Elementary School.

The newest addition to CCSA's volunteer Board of Directors, Mr. Prospero will serve as a member of the Audit Committee. Board membership is comprised of 14 distinguished members from diverse sectors, including public health, research and science, business, government and law enforcement. The Chair and four members are named by the Governor in Council, and nine additional members-at-large are appointed by the Board.

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With a legislated mandate to reduce alcohol- and other drug-related harms, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse provides leadership on national priorities, fosters knowledge-translation within the field, and creates sustainable partnerships that maximize collective efforts. CCSA receives funding support from Health Canada.

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