Betty Plewes has had a long term interest in African development, gender and non-governmental organizations. After teaching in Ontario she worked as teacher trainer for three years in northern Nigeria. Following graduate studies in anthropology, she joined the CUSO staff where she where she hel a number of positions including Director of Overseas Programs. She was a founding member of Partnership Africa Canada which supported African non-governmental organizations. For nearly a decade, she was President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, acting as spokesperson on behalf of the 100 members of the Council with the media, Members of Parliament, and with the public. In 1995 she participated in the creation of the Voluntary Sector Roundtable, a group of organizations that came together to strengthen the voice of Canada’s voluntary sector with the federal government. Her experience in the voluntary sector includes serving on boards, editing a journal on the sector and writing on many aspects of sector work.