Lynne Bezanson feels fortunate; she was able to find meaningful work early in her life. Lynne was in her early 20s when she joined Cuso International and went to India to teach.
“I felt I wanted to find a way to make a difference in my life,” recalls Bezanson. “The idea of giving back was very strong in me.”
In India, Bezanson taught English and literature before becoming the matron at a school hostel for girls. “It was a big job supervising 52 girls,” she recalls. “I had to grow up quickly.”
Once her placement ended, Bezanson decided to build on her experience working with those girls and obtained a Masters in Counseling Psychology.
After spending many years in the school system, Lynne made the transition to the career development field.
“Helping people find ways to have meaningful work in their lives, like I was able to do, has been a mission of mine,” she says.
In 1990, Bezanson joined the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) as its Executive Director. Over the course of her 28-year tenure with CCDF, she directed numerous Canadian career development initiatives, managed several International Symposia on Career Development and Public Policy for Canada, and was instrumental in the development of the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners.
Bezanson is a founding partner and current Chair of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP). A dedicated volunteer, Lynne is also the Chair of the It Takes Community Syrian Refugee Action Group in Ottawa.
Lynne Bezanson is the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Stu Conger Gold Medal for Leadership in Career Development.