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|2011-2012 CCAF Fellows Graduate|
|Tuesday, 21 August 2012 01:00|
Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Fellows, who have completed their ten-month placements in Canada.
Through the Fellowship component of the CCAF international program, they each joined an audit team at a Canadian legislative audit office to learn about performance audit and gain on-the-job experience. The Fellows also worked with mentors at these offices to develop plans for performance audits that they will carry out in their countries. The graduates have now returned home to their offices—the supreme audit institutions (SAIs) of their countries—to put their new performance audit knowledge into practice.
CCAF celebrated the Fellows' graduation on May 24, 2012 in Ottawa. We were delighted to have several program partners join us for the ceremony, including:
Paul Lohnes, President and Chief Executive Officer of CCAF, was the emcee for the evening. The Canadian audit offices presented the graduation certificates to the Fellows.
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Vérificateur général du Québec (VGQ)
Office of the Auditor General of Alberta
Thai graduate Fellows inspire the 2011-2012 class
Sirin Phankasem and Jaruwan Ruangswadipong, the graduate Fellows attending with the delegation from Thailand, then spoke about their experiences since returning home from their Fellowships.
Both women have excelled at their SAI: Ms. Phankasem is now an inspector general and Ms. Ruangswadipong is Director of the SAI's Human Resources Development Institute. They consider the Fellowship an important step in their careers, as the experience in Canada allowed them to develop both audit skills and the confidence needed to succeed as leaders.
Ms. Phankasem and Ms. Ruangswadipong encouraged the graduating class to make the most of the opportunities they will now have to contribute to their SAIs. The graduating Fellows found this message—and the example set by Ms. Phankasem and Ms. Ruangswadipong—inspiring.
Friend of the Fellows: François Boisclair
The Friend of the Fellows award is presented by the graduating Fellows to an individual who has gone above and beyond, over a period of years, to support Fellows during their time in Canada.
François Boisclair received the award for his many years of overseeing Fellowship placements at the VGQ, where he gave tirelessly of his time to support the Fellows' professional development and help them feel at home in Canada.
Célestin Ankamtsene and Ibrahim Baba-Moussa, the graduating Fellows who completed their placements in Québec, described Mr. Boisclair's remarkable professional and personal commitment to the Fellows. Mr. Ankamtsene said, "François is extraordinarily knowledgeable, extraordinarily personable, extraordinarily dedicated. In short, he is extraordinary."
In accepting the award, Mr. Boisclair said, "I treated them as friends, since I am convinced that the benefit of any professional development is greater in an environment where one feels accepted and appreciated. These friendships also give me much satisfaction and enrich my vision of the world."
He concluded his remarks by congratulating the graduating Fellows and saying to them: "It is now up to you to contribute to the development of your respective institutions. Look to the future with confidence; your personal qualities and the knowledge and experience you have acquired over the past year will enable you to meet the substantial challenges you will face on your return home, and to contribute to the well-being of your fellow citizens."
CCAF thanks Mr. Boisclair and all the program partners who made this Fellowship year another success, including CIDA and the audit offices that hosted the Fellows. Thanks also to the Offices of the Auditors General of British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, as well as to the team of CCAF Associates. Their continued participation in program activities for the 2011-2012 Fellows' countries and Barbados and Ghana helped these SAIs continue to build their performance audit capacity this year.