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Messages from the Chair and CEO

2016 Plan Canada annual review and financials 2016 Plan Canada annual review and financials
Karen Jackson

Chair's message

Our organization places children at the heart of our work. We’re bold in our approach, just as thousands of communities around the world are bold in advocating for their basic human rights. As you’ll see in these pages, the impact of our work is tremendous in terms of results and the number of children we serve – this was our most successful year ever.

In September 2015, the United Nations launched its new Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 aspirational goals, including one about gender equality, goals that aim to create a better world for everyone.

We kept these goals in mind during our search for a new CEO. With her leadership skills, program understanding and track record of results, Caroline Riseboro was the best candidate out of an outstanding field. I was delighted to welcome her to the Plan International Canada team.

Already, Caroline has launched a new strategy-development process that’s motivated Plan International Canada’s 325 staff members to dream of what a better future can look like for children, especially girls. And she has built an engaged and ambitious executive team that’s positioning Plan International Canada as the leading child-rights organization in Canada.

After three years as Chair, I’m stepping down and am very pleased that Patsy Anderson is assuming the role. Patsy, who has extensive governance experience and is dedicated to improving the lives of children, has been Vice-Chair since 2015. I thank her for the wisdom and support she’s provided to me in the past year, support that’s positioning Plan International Canada to increase its impact here and around the world.

With a stellar team at Plan International Canada, I leave confident that the organization will continue to increase the impact of its work, resulting in a better future for children, especially girls.

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Karen Jackson

Caroline Riseboro

CEO's Message

I was thrilled to join Plan International Canada, one of this country’s foremost NGOs, in March 2016. The momentum we have as a global leader in girls’ and children's rights results in lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children, especially girls.

Because Plan International Canada is leading the charge to create a just world for all children, as well as equality for girls through Because I am a Girl, there’s never been a better time to be part of our movement. And because Plan International Canada is focused on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals, there’s never been a better time for thoughtful, purposeful and intelligent approaches to development.

I want to thank our partners and donors, on behalf of all the children we work with. Without your support Plan International Canada could not have had our most successful year in history, directly affected over 69 million people this past year, and would not be poised to enable 100 million girls to learn, lead, decide and thrive over the next five years.

I’d also like to thank Karen Jackson for her Board leadership over the past nine years. We’re a stronger organization because of her work – work that involves powerful partnerships with young people, communities, governments, sponsors and donors.

Additionally, I want to express my deepest gratitude to Plan International Canada’s Board, executive team and staff. They welcomed me so warmly this year and have proven to be an incredible group of visionary dreamers that inspire my leadership every day.

I hope that the stories of the children in the pages of this report – just like the ones Plan International Canada hears through our work on the ground, 365 days a year – demonstrate that together can we change the world.

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Caroline Riseboro