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|2008-2009 Class of CCAF Fellows Graduates|
|Friday, 18 September 2009 14:47|
The seven members of the 2008-2009 class of CCAF Fellows celebrated the successful conclusion of their program in Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa on June 3, 2009.
Five of the Fellows did audit team placements at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada in Ottawa:
A Clelebration of Partnership
CCAF's partners in the International Legislative Audit Assistance Program include the Offices of the Auditors General of Canada, Québec, Alberta and British Columbia. Legislative audit offices in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia also provide advice and support to counterparts in participating countries.
Since 1980, CCAF and its partners have collaborated to strengthen audit institutions in developing countries. They do this by providing training in Canada for CCAF Fellows from a small number of countries, reinforced after graduation with training sessions delivered abroad and ongoing access for Fellows to CCAF's research, networks and expertise.
Since the program began in 1980, 198 Fellows from 53 countries have graduated.
Strategy Papers Address Critical Issues
Each of the Fellows wrote a strategy paper on a topic approved in advance by their home office. Upon their return home, the Fellows are expected to implement the strategy set out in their paper.
The variety of strategy papers developed by the Fellows during their legislative audit office placements highlights the diverse expertise available to them through the CCAF International Program.
2009 Friend of the Fellows award presented to Alain Lalonde
Every year at the Fellows’ annual graduation ceremony, CCAF bestows the "Friend of the Fellows" Award on a deserving Canadian who plays a role in the International Legislative Audit Assistance Program. This year's recipient was Alain Lalonde, Auditor General for the City of Ottawa.
Mr. Lalonde has been involved with the Fellows for the past five years. This year, he provided a two-week program for Fellows studying at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. The Fellows visited such locations as water and waste treatment plants, paramedic facilities, and police and fire departments.
This well-designed program provided the Fellows with an overview of audit issues at the municipal level in Canada. This is important because national audit offices in most developing countries are responsible for auditing all levels of government.
CCAF Chair Ronald C. Thompson and Fellow Chandra Samaroo made the presentation to Mr. Lalonde at the graduation ceremony on June 3, 2009.
“The Award is presented each year to an individual who has demonstrated a strong bond with and an unwavering support for the Fellowship Program and its participants,” Mr. Thompson said. “The deserving person demonstrates professional and personal generosity, hospitality and genuine interest in the Fellows over a period of years.”
Ms. Samaroo provided a Fellow’s perspective on the contribution made by Mr. Lalonde. “We got to know his mandate and product lines and how he operates, which is similar to our countries,” she said. “We also had the chance to witness how the city auditor general tables his reports to council and his encounters with the media. He also exposed us to his operation of a hotline for waste and fraud in the city.
“On behalf of the Fellows, thank you so much,” she said.