Kids Help Phone Announces New Board Chair

Jul 16, 2013, 10:00 ET from Kids Help Phone

TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone, a Canadian leader in providing vital, innovative and professional counselling services to children and youth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deb Craven CPA, CA, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Purolator Inc., as Chair of the organization's Board of Directors.

Ms. Craven brings extensive senior management and volunteer experience to her role as Board Chair. Having first joined Kids Help Phone's Board as Treasurer in May, 2009, a position in which she served until May 2011, when Ms. Craven was appointed Vice Chair until June, 2013. Ms. Craven also currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to championing a strong public education system in Canada through innovative programs, research, policy, leadership and public engagement.

"We are very pleased to share this announcement about Deb Craven," says Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. "She has provided important leadership and support during her time as Board Treasurer and Vice Chair, and is committed to ensuring Kids Help Phone's mission and vision continues to be fulfilled through the strategic plan during her term.  Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience coupled with a passion for innovation and service excellence. It's an honour to welcome her to this role."

Kids Help Phone is also welcoming Charles Brown (President, The Source) Leslie Chester (Chief Marketing Officer, Nestlé Canada Inc.) and Cheryl Fix (Edmonton, Regional Manager, Adoption, Permanency and Transitional Planning Child and Family Services) as new members to its Board.

Kids Help Phone Board of Directors, 2013/2014


Deb Craven, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Purolator Inc.

Vice Chair
Carolyn McGill, President & CEO, CNW Group

Past Chair 
Kerry Arbour, Vice President, Customer Service, Bell Canada

Harry Wierenga, Retired Vice President & Regional Director BMO Harris Private Banking

Sharon Wood, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone

Sheila Blair-Reid, Consultant, Spring Business Solutions
Charles Brown, President, The Source
Dave J. Burns, SVP & Chief Operating Officer, LoyaltyOne, owners and operators of the AIR MILES Reward Program
John Cardella, Executive VP, Human Resources, Ceridian International
Leslie Chester, Chief Marketing Officer, Nestlé Canada Inc.
Cheryl Fix, Edmonton, Regional Manager, Adoption, Permanency and Transitional Planning Child and Family Services
Jeff Gaulin, Director, Marketing & Communications and Director, Government Relations Tervita Corp. 
Mark Kummer, VP, Service Provider, Cisco Canada
Jeanette Lewis, Retired Executive Director, Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
Hatty Reisman, Lawyer, Reisman Law Office
Richard Rudderham, Executive VP, Head of Human Resources, BMO Financial Group-Bank of Montreal
Shaheen Shariff Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University
Cheryl Smith, Executive VP, Consumer & Trade Marketing, Parmalat Canada Inc.
Brenda Stasuik, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Farm Credit Canada
Andrew Walker, VP, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Inc.

Legal Counsel and External Secretary/Advisor to the Board
Steven G. Golick, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise in providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services to children and youth. Since 1989 we have offered children, teens and young adults in Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through our free, anonymous and confidential service. Our professional counsellors support the mental health and well-being of young people ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and remote communities, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and resources online and by phone. Our internationally recognized, award-winning websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer online counselling forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and information to encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national charity, Kids Help Phone relies on community and corporate support to keep our essential service available. We're there for the *6.5 million young people in Canada, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and in French.

*Source: represents the age group Kids Help Phone serves (from 5 to 20) according to Statistics Canada, 2011.

SOURCE Kids Help Phone