OTTAWA, December 31, 2015 – Cuso International is pleased to announce that its Board Chair, the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C., C.C., O.M., has been promoted within the Order of Canada to Companion of the Order of Canada. Axworthy is being recognized “for his principled contributions to international human rights and for his leadership in post-secondary education, particularly in support of Aboriginal students.”

Axworthy joined the Cuso International Board of Directors as Chair in April 2014 and since then has led the organization’s efforts to reduce poverty and inequality around the world. He is also guiding the nascent North American program that focuses on realizing the recommendations coming out of the recent Truth and Reconciliation Report.

“We are so fortunate to have a Board Chair as dedicated as Lloyd Axworthy,” says Evelyne Guindon, CEO of Cuso International. “His deep knowledge of the issues we’re tackling in our work, combined with his understanding of the interconnectedness of what it takes to lift people out of poverty, has resulted in a stronger and more effective organization. This recognition of his incredible commitment to creating a more inclusive and equitable world is well deserved and a source of pride for all of us at Cuso International. From all of us, congratulations!”

Cuso International is a non-profit international development organization that works to improve the lives of people living with poverty and inequality around the globe. Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is a registered charity in Canada and the United States.

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