It’s been a thrilling time around the Children’s Aid Foundation with the official announcement that Valerie McMurtry has been appointed as the Foundation’s new president, taking office on January 27th, 2014. Bringing with her a wealth of not-for-profit experience and fundraising leadership, Valerie has been closely tied to children’s charities throughout her career including Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

“Valerie’s leadership comes at a time of great promise for the Children’s Aid Foundation,” says current chairman and interim CEO Joe Canavan who will work with Valerie and the leadership team during this transition, resuming his position as chair of the board as well as his roles in many of the sub-committees.

Valerie brings with her a wealth of not-for-profit experience and fundraising leadership. Throughout her career, she has been closely tied to children’s charities, serving as the past president and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and most recently as CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. She played a key role in raising $100 million for Holland Bloorview and was responsible for executing and achieving Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation’s $250 million goal for the best Medicine Campaign as a member of their senior management team.

“Building upon the framework for growth and success that we have created, Valerie will lead the Foundation’s continued efforts to help the young people we serve heal and thrive by funding programs and services that allow all abused and neglected young people across Canada to believe in their own abilities and achieve success in life,” Canavan added.

We welcome Valerie into the Foundation family.