Louise Castonguay

Louise Castonguay

Vice-President, Community Health and Wellness; Vice-President, Atlantic Canada

Louise Castonguay is a New Brunswick native with nearly 30 years’ experience with the Canadian Red Cross, currently serving as Vice-President for Atlantic Canada, a responsibility she has held since 2012, and has also served since 2015 as Vice-President, Community Health and Wellness.

Louise first joined the Canadian Red Cross in 1988 in New Brunswick, gaining experience and progressively more senior responsibilities including her appointment in 1992 as Regional Director for New Brunswick as well as Director of Community Health for the Atlantic region. She has participated in disaster responses as diverse as the Ice Storm of 1998, Kosovar Refugee Crisis in 1999, a high-profile bus crash in which four American students died in Sussex in 2001, support to stranded air travellers after the 9/11 tragedy in 2001, major floods in New Brunswick, hurricanes Juan in 2003 and Igor in 2010, and Atlantic support to national disasters like the Slave Lake, AB, wildfire in 2011, southern Alberta floods of 2013 and the Fort McMurray forest fire evacuation in 2016. Internationally, Louise has accompanied medical relief flights to Siberia and the Maldives and assisted the American Red Cross response to Hurricane Andrew in 1991.

She holds a Bachelor degree in Administration and a Certificate in Gerontology from Université de Moncton. Her experience and education have helped expand relationships with the New Brunswick government, resulting in new community health initiatives such as a Safety Evaluation program for vulnerable seniors in public housing, and a contract identifying the Canadian Red Cross as lead auxiliary agency for emergency social services in New Brunswick in times of disaster.

Louise has four children and resides in Dieppe, New Brunswick, with her husband Rick.