KUALA LUMPUR: Canada’s outgoing High Commissioner Jean C. McCloskey will board the long flight back home tomorrow with a deep sense of satisfaction, having done her utmost to accomplish her goals here.
Known for her community work back home, McCloskey has won the hearts of many here for her efforts to nurture ties between her country and Malaysia.
McCloskey, who was posted here in March 2000, will have a short-lived retirement as she has been offered the job of vice-president (international) of a child-centred NGO in Canada.
She has held various senior executive positions within the Federal Government, including that of Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and president and CEO of Investment Canada and has also helped in community work at the Ottawa Hospital, Canadian Cancer Society, Glebe Community Centre and here in Kuala Lumpur with the St Andrew’s Adult Education group.
Although busy offering farewell lunches and accepting invitations held in her honour, the envoy did not forget her work as she packed up to leave.
“Most recently, on a Government to Government level, we’ve been working together on terrorism and SARS.
“With regards to terrorism, Canada, like Malaysia, is very anxious to do everything to counter the threat,'' she said.
On SARS, she said her request for both countries’ Health Ministries to be in direct contact instead of being linked through the Foreign Ministries was approved and this had helped greatly.