June 7, 2021
VWB/VSF announced today that Charmaine Brett-Mills has been named as the new Executive Director starting on June 21, 2021. Charmaine will succeed Monique Charron who announced her retirement earlier this year. Jennifer Ogeer, Chair of VWB/VSF said, “Charmaine brings a wealth of hands-on humanitarian and development experience, along with strategic thinking and a track record of achievement through her career. This is an unprecedented time in history when global crises are converging and the importance of One Health has never been more important. One Health initiatives that holistically examine the interconnectedness among human, environmental and ecosystem health have continued to gain global awareness and momentum. This is a new chapter for VWB/VSF, and I’m thrilled to have Charmaine leading the dedicated, hard-working team into the future.” Jennifer added, “Monique has done an outstanding job growing VWB/VSF and navigating the organization through this difficult time and we owe her a vast amount of gratitude for commitment and service to the mission of VWB/VSF.”
Charmaine is excited to be joining VWB/VSF. s “My career has led me to work in some of the most challenging parts of the world, witnessing first-hand how the One Health approach offers opportunities to address the complex challenges found at the interfaces between humans, animals and the environment. Strengthening the implementation of One Health is the only way to combat climate change, stop the spread of zoonotic and infectious diseases and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. I am so impressed that VWB/VSF’s work reaches beyond the Global South to the underserved areas of northern Canada, addressing the wide gaps in access to veterinary services in our northern communities. VWB/VSF is well-positioned and rightly recognized around the globe for its innovative, multisectoral and collaborative approach and I am honored to lead the team through this next chapter.”
Charmaine brings more than twenty years of expertise and experience in international humanitarian relief and development to her new role as Executive Director, after having lived for more than 10 years in Africa, Asia, Haiti, and the Middle East. During this time, she has worked with leading humanitarian organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Medical Emergency Relief International, and Habitat for Humanity, developing sustainable programming and responding to numerous natural and man-made emergencies. Prior to accepting the role of Executive Director, Charmaine spent approximately seven years as Program Officer for the Disaster Relief and Recovery domain at the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Immediately prior to joining the Philanthropies, Charmaine worked as Head of Programs with Action Against Hunger, where she was responsible for the strategic program leadership and overall management in Pakistan, Cambodia, and Nigeria. She has an Honors Degree in International Development from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
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