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Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors for CF Canada

Dear Cystic Fibrosis Canada Members and Supporters,

It is with great anticipation and humility that I assume the role of Chair of the Board of Directors for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Cystic fibrosis research and care continues on a very positive trajectory and my board colleagues and I are very motivated by the prospect of guiding Cystic Fibrosis Canada into a future of improved quality of life and ultimately a cure for our loved ones living with CF. Sadly, the continued suffering and loss of wonderful people to this disease remains a compelling call to unyielding advocacy and determination in defeating this terrible disease.

This is an endeavour that requires the best effort from all of us. You can be assured that your Board of Directors will conduct itself with professionalism, disciplined focus and sound judgment, as we work together with all of you, the Chapter Presidents and Volunteer Advisory Committee members, our faithful volunteers, partners and donors, and the very capable staff team lead by CEO Norma Beauchamp, in this most vital work.

I would like to thank Jim Mountain for his leadership of the board over the past three years. He has very capably led the board through periods of challenging transition and we are indebted to Jim for his steady hand throughout. Sincere thanks also to departing board member Ross Drake. Ross has honourably served Cystic Fibrosis Canada in a variety of capacities over the years and he has assured us that he remains committed to the cause for as long as it takes.

At the annual general meeting this past weekend, Directors Ian Thompson and Stuart Hodge were re-elected for another term. We are pleased that we will be able to count on their continued and valued contributions to our board meetings. I would also like to congratulate Leona Pinsky on her election as Vice-Chair and Stephen McCourt who returns as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Leona and Stephen, along with Lee Burry, Chair of the HR Committee, form the Executive Committee of the board.

At the AGM we also welcomed two new directors to the board of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Dr. Pamela Valentine, from Edmonton, Alberta, brings an abundance of strategic health care and research leadership experience to the board table. Barbara Hill, from Toronto, Ontario is a successful not-for-profit and healthcare sector business leader with additional experience in governance and fund campaign development. Please take a moment to review Pam and Barb’s formidable bios on the board website.

In the coming weeks and months, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with each of you, listen to your stories of success and challenge, and discuss how the Board of Directors can better support you as volunteer leaders, staff, partners and donors in realizing a world without cystic fibrosis.

– Mitch LePage