Nova Scotia’s Office of Acadian Affairs has a new chief executive officer. Vaughne Madden, a longtime leader in Acadian community development, will assume the new role on Monday, Sept. 19. “Vaughne brings an ideal combination of experiences to this important assignment,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d’Entremont. “She understands both the needs of the community and the inner workings of government. We’re very pleased to have her join the team now, as we begin to improve the delivery of French-language services in this province.” Ms. Madden has spent more than a year as part of an inter-departmental committee working to increase the delivery of French-language services by the provincial government. The appointment to the committee was one of her duties as the interim Acadian liaison officer with the Department of Tourism Culture and Heritage. Prior to her work with the provincial government, Ms. Madden was executive director of the Congrès mondial acadien 2004, an international celebration of Acadians. Over the last 20 years, she has held senior positions with such Acadian organizations as the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse and the Société Promotion Grand Pré. She has a bachelor’s degree in social services with a major in community development from the University of Moncton. She is originally from the Acadian Village of Sainte-Anne du Ruisseau in southwest Nova Scotia. “I look forward to taking on this new challenge and helping the province improve its services to the Acadians and Francophones of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Madden. The Office of Acadian Affairs offers advice and support to departments, agencies and Crown corporations, so they can develop and adapt policies, programs, and services that reflect the needs of the Acadian and Francophone community of Nova Scotia.