President's Message Issue 47

Summer 2003 CSANews Issue 47  |  Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.Back to list

This spring has been very busy! Now that our politicians have had time to "digest" our Canadian Travellers' Report Card, it's time for the real work to begin.

The CSA's executive director, Heather Nicolson-Morrison and I have been on the road, meeting with provincial representatives from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Nunavut and Quebec. This is just the first part of our tour. Next, we visit the western provinces, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

The reason for our visits? We assigned grades to each province and territory - now we are meeting face to face with representatives to see how and when these marks are going to improve. To date, our meetings have gone exceptionally well and I have little doubt that great change is in the air, which will benefit all travellers. Watch for greater detail in the next edition of CSANews.

We have had several members from British Columbia contact our office regarding the province's contradictory residency requirements. Although our requests for meetings have been denied in the past, we are still hoping to meet with provincial representatives to discuss our members' growing concerns.

In his final report, Roy Romanow suggested limiting the portability aspect of the Canada Health Act to within Canada's borders. We find this recommendation to be short-sighted and we are heartened that none of the governments with which we have met so far support his recommendation.

One important note that we have, and will continue to stress at every stop, is the fact that in each category of our report card, there is at least one province or territory that has met the CSA standard of excellence. Ours are not pie-in-the-sky ideals. They are viable plans that can, and are, working in Canadian jurisdictions.

In this edition of CSANews, you will find notice for application for our board of directors. As per our bylaws, the CSA has a two-year mandate. We welcome applications from our membership to join our board.

This year, our nominating committee will be comprised of Jerry Waterall, Barbara Bristow and Joel Wesley. Their task is to evaluate the applicants for each position and determine who will be best suited to both the challenge and the association as a whole. It is a time-consuming and demanding procedure and we are very grateful to have the assistance of these fine people. For greater detail, please turn to page 44.

It is important to note that the position of a director within the Canadian Snowbird Association encompasses far more than simply attending board meetings. These are volunteer positions that require both an investment of time and a commitment. During the winter months, our directors attend the Snowbird Extravaganzas and Winter Information Meetings in their areas and assist in securing publicity for these events. During the summer months, our directors are "on call" should the need for public speaking arise.

When meetings are planned in the various provinces, the provincial director often attends with the president and executive director - in many cases, we rely on the director to assist us in setting up these meetings.

Working with the Canadian Snowbird Association is a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience and I urge you to give it serious consideration if you think that you've "got what it takes."

Our membership renewals have been arriving fast and furious. If you have not yet received your membership card, please do not panic. In order to take advantage of bulk mail rates, we must amass a specific quantity before sending them out. Hang in there...your cards are on the way.

If you haven't yet renewed your membership, do not delay. The CSA is working diligently on your behalf and we need to know that you're with us every step of the way. The CSA's Special Action Fund needs your support - without it, we cannot and will not be able to finance our many advocacy initiatives.