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WACC board chooses officers, reviews strategic plan

Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:35 AM
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Toronto, 17 October (ENInews)--The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) announced that Dennis Smith was re-elected on 13 October president of its board of directors for the next three years.

"It's been my privilege to be part of WACC for over 30 years and now it is an honor to be re-elected President," Smith said, according to a news release from WACC. Smith, a long-time Presbyterian Church (USA) mission worker in Latin America, currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a former president of WACC's Latin America region.

The Toronto-based organization also announced that Praxedis Bouwman was re-elected vice president and the Rev. David M. Wanless was elected treasurer. The new secretary of the board is the Rev. Samuel Wilson Meshack. The officers were elected at a 9-14 October board of directors meeting in Toronto. WACC General Secretary the Rev. Karin Achtelstetter is also a WACC officer.

Bouwman, who is also the President of WACC Europe, said "communication is my passion and I look forward to continue serving communication professionals and all those who benefit from the work of WACC."

The board also discussed the development of a new strategic plan for WACC that arose out of a comprehensive survey of stakeholders. The consultations determined that WACC needs to address advocacy about communication rights and knowledge-sharing about the functioning of communication and media, among other key issues.

Bouwman said she was "pleased with the approval of the new WACC strategic plan which gives us coherent directions to move WACC forward."

Meshack said his election is "a great opportunity for me to serve WACC at the global level. I am also happy about the approval of the new strategic plan ... I look forward to seeing how we shall translate what we have discussed in this meeting into promoting the work of WACC." Meshack is the President of WACC Asia.

Wanless, who is also the President of WACC's Africa region, said that "WACC is entering a crucial phase as far as finance and funding are concerned and I look forward to contributing to and supporting this process."

WACC is an international organization that promotes communication for social change, believing that "communication is a basic human right that defines people's common humanity, strengthens cultures, enables participation, creates community and challenges tyranny and oppression."

Article from: ENI

Editor's note: Jan Butter, the Anglican Communication's Director for Communications is a board member of WACC Global