Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

August 29, 2011 16:19 ET

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Announces New Board Member

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2011) - The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Leanne M. Lewis to its Board of Directors. She brings with her a wealth of experience and leadership in the fields of youth at risk, community-based programming, and organizational development.

Ms. Lewis' long-standing involvement with a variety of youth-oriented organizations and community initiatives will greatly assist the Board's mandate to advance substance abuse prevention and treatment programs across Canada. This is particularly important given CCSA's role in developing national youth drug prevention initiatives as part of the federal government's National Anti-Drug Strategy.

"Ms. Lewis demonstrated to us a strong understanding of public policy and Board governance functions, which will contribute to our role as stewards of CCSA—a vital national organization dealing with one of Canada's most intractable challenges," says Ms. Beverley Clarke, Interim Chair of CCSA's Board of Directors.

Ms. Lewis is a graduate of University of Toronto and resides in Toronto with her family.

CCSA's Board of Directors is comprised of 13 volunteer members from the public health, research and science, business, government and law enforcement communities. The Chair and four members are named by the Governor in Council; eight additional members-at-large are appointed by the Board.

About CCSA (

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 is a registered charity and receives funding support from Health Canada.

Contact Information

  • Jennifer Lavoie
    Director of Communications and Corporate Services
    Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
    613-235-4048 ext. 237