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100th Anniversary Edition

Alumni News | Vol. 22 No. 2 | Spring 2014

Blazing a new trail: Deborah Lyons appointed Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan

ALUMNI NEWS MAGAZINE | 100th Anniversary Edition

Deborah Lyons (BA'71) from Chatham, NB, has dedicated her life to public service where the scrutiny can be intense, the stakes high and where you can be exposed to difficult and even dangerous situations. On July 12, Lyons was named Canada's Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  

"I plan to make the most of my time here to communicate to Afghans, Canadians and the international community, our position on issues including human rights, in particular the rights of women and girls, good governance and freedom of the press,” says Lyons.  

In accepting the post, Lyons knew the assignment would be both fulfilling and challenging as Canada focuses its attention on improving the lives of all Afghans, especially women and children.  

"Canada is committed to improving the lives of Afghan women and girls, with a particular focus on their health, education and human rights;' said Lyons. "I also plan to work with the business community to explore economic support for Afghans.”  

The ambassador's 31 years with the federal government has made her a strong role model for the country. Lyons has held a number of esteemed positions within the government including a mission at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C., and commercial counselor for high tech industries in Tokyo.  "When I asked to be posted as Canada's representative in Afghanistan, I knew that it would be both fulfilling and challenging;' said Lyons from a dispatch in Kabul. "I accepted this job knowing that I am continuing the legacy of the Canadians who came before me, and most notably those that have lost their lives.” 

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