The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) has appointed Deborah Lewis as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2019.

Lewis is a former employee of the foundation and long-time volunteer. After graduating from university, her first job was to provide support services for one of the CFPDP’s biggest-ever initiatives, the WhyNot Marathon. The experience inspired her to return to school to study sport and event marketing.

A recognized expert in event marketing and community building, Lewis has worked for numerous prominent clients in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, including the CFPDP. She is also a professor at George Brown College in the schools of Hospitality and Business.

The first time Lewis volunteered for the CFPDP, she was 12 years old. Since then, she has regularly volunteered at foundation events, such as the Great Valentine Gala, the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon and Rolling Rampage on the Hill.

Commenting on Ms. Lewis’ appointment, outgoing Executive Director Dorothy Price said, “Deborah is a wonderful colleague with deep knowledge of our industry and a great friend. I am personally delighted to be handing over the reins to such an outstanding leader.”The Honourable Vim Kochhar, chair of the CFPDP, said “Deborah is a long-time friend and supporter of our foundation, as well as talented, motivated and respected event marketer. I look forward to working closely with her on the many existing and upcoming initiatives we have planned for our organization.

”Reflecting on her appointment, Ms. Lewis said she’s “honoured and excited to have been chosen to help guide this wonderful foundation and execute on its mission. The bar has been set very high, I appreciate the opportunity and will work hard to reward the faith that has been placed in me.”