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Dawn Pickering brings more than two decades of experience to CARF Canada

Business development executive will open new office in Toronto 

April 26, 2011, Toronto, Ontario -- Dawn Pickering, OC(C), COMT, CLVT, has joined CARF Canada as business development executive. In this position, Pickering will plan and execute strategic activities related to development of CARF accreditation in Ontario and Eastern Canada.

Pickering will open a new CARF Canada office in Suite 1801 of the Toronto Star Building at 1 Yonge Street. The office replaces one in Ottawa.

CARF Canada is among the CARF International family of organizations that accredits health and human services on five continents. CARF has accredited programs in Canada since 1969, and, in 2002, CARF Canada was launched as a private, not-for-profit organization to serve Canadian providers. The same year, CARF Canada opened offices in Alberta and Ontario.

"Dawn's guidance and leadership will be valuable to furthering CARF's mission of enhancing the quality of people's lives," said Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., CARF International president/CEO. "She is recognized in the health and human service field for her commitment to serving and educating others."

Pickering's career spans more than 20 years in the health and human services field with an emphasis on the vision care field. Most recently, she was the coordinator and lead instructor for the National Low Vision Specialist Training Program at CNIB, a non-profit rehabilitation agency that provides services for persons who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. In her career, she has served as committee chair, supervisor, project manager, researcher, instructor, and stakeholder liaison.

A certified low vision therapist, orthoptist, and ophthalmic medical technologist, Pickering holds a bachelor of science honours degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has continued post-graduate studies. She is a member of multiple professional societies and has presented at numerous professional conferences, workshops, and symposia.

"Service providers seeking accreditation will benefit from Dawn's vast knowledge and high enthusiasm," said Daniel Stavert, M.S.W., RSW, CARF Canada chief advisor. "Our effectiveness as an accrediting body will be enhanced by the opening of a Toronto office."

Pickering said, "CARF's mission, core values, and purposes parallel my own values, goals, and experience with the focus on persons served. I look forward to advancing the case for accreditation among service providers, governmental officials, and the public."

Pickering replaces Catherine Davidson, who is retiring from CARF Canada this summer. Davidson has served CARF Canada as business development executive since 2003.

Beginning May 2, Pickering may be contacted at (888) 281-6531, extension 3010, or

4/26/2011 12:05:00 AM

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