Canary Girardeau, M.S. R.N. is Senior Program Associate with key responsibilities for SHIRE’s work to address childhood obesity prevention and reduction in the District of Columbia. Since 2006 she has guided the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative supported by Kaiser Permanente, which now has 140 members. She also manages a grassroots partnership grant that engages community residents and organizations awarded in 2007 by the Office of Minority Health, HHS.
Ms. Girardeau has been a leader in nursing and child development for over five decades. She completed her Registered Nurse Certification at the University of Wisconsin, and later was certified in public health nursing at Marquette University. She obtained a Masters Degrees in Early Childhood and Child Development. In 1972, Ms. Girardeau was engaged by the Child Development Associate (CDA) Consortium to promote CDA credentialing . She was recognized as Florida Public Health Nurse of the Year in 2001.