Past Red Cross President recognized as trailblazer
In 1980, Dr. Huguette Labelle made history by becoming the first female president of the Canadian Red Cross. Recently she made history again by being recognized as one of 15 “Trailblazers and Trendsetters” – pioneering women who have contributed to society.
The award, from the Women’s Executive Network, was part of an annual event honouring the 100 most powerful women in Canada. The Network is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of executive-minded women in the workplace.
Labelle has given most of her life to voluntary service and the public sector. She has held several prestigious positions including head of the Public Service Commission, and was the longest-serving president of the Canadian International Development Agency.
Labelle is no stranger to recognition and acclaim. She has accumulated over 12 honorary degrees, received numerous medals and awards, and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is also currently the chancellor of the University of Ottawa and chair of the board for Transparency International. She was also the recipient of the Order of Red Cross, Companion Level, in August 2005.
Posted November 26, 2007