HEAD OFFICE: The CCISD Board of Directors Welcomes its First Chairwoman

CCISD is proud to announce Mrs. Diane Morin as the first Chairwoman in its history. Mrs. Morin has been a member of the Board since 2017 and succeeds Mr. Philippe Jean, who was Chair from 2016 to 2018. In addition, the Board welcomes Dr. Pascale Cholette as a new administrator.

A nurse by profession, Mrs. Morin has been involved for several years in international development. She has worked with the CCISD team as a Project Manager in the early years of the Organization, and also as Scientific Director for the AIDS 3 Project from 2002 to 2007, more specifically in the Project’s Community Participation Component. Mrs. Morin has also served on the CCISD Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010 as a representative of Laval University, during her term as Dean of the Faculty of Nursing of the institution. More recently, she has led the Academic Institute for Healthcare Training and Research (IUFRS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, for five years.

For her part, Dr. Cholette discovered CCISD through her collaboration with a community health project in Mali. After obtaining her doctorate in medicine from Laval University, in 1982, Dr. Cholette has worked for more than 20 years at the Local Community Service Centre known as CLSC Basse-Ville in Quebec City. She has also been involved in the medico-administrative activities of this CLSC and those of the Vieille-Capitale Health and Social Services Centre (CSSS).  Moreover, she has been a representative of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists (CPDP) for these institutions for several years. In addition, she has taken part of various regional medical tables for more than 20 years. At the international level, Dr. Cholette has been involved with the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) during a mission in Mali, in 2007, where she contributed to strengthening community health capacity by helping CECI develop modalities for collaboration with its partners.

 Outgoing Chair’s Contribution

The CCISD team would like to thank Mr. Philippe Jean for his commitment to CCISD as Chair and Board Member for the past six years. Mr. Jean was an invaluable source of knowledge for the Board and for CCISD, thanks to his impressive background in international development. With more than 35 years of experience in this field, Mr. Jean has dedicated his career to organizations based in the Province of Quebec, such as CECI and Solidarité Union Coopération (SUCO) and has spent 15 years of his career in Africa and South-East Asia. His expertise in financial and partnership management, multidisciplinary team coordination and proposal development was a major asset for CCISD.


Photo: Dr. Cholette is located in the center of the photo and Mrs. Morin is located at the top right in the third row.