Executive Director's Report Issue 33

Fall 1999 CSANews Issue 33  |  Posted date : Mar 03, 2007.Back to list

The Canadian Snowbird Association Board of Directors held their fall meeting in Toronto in late September. All directors attended, with the exception of your Alberta director, Carol Brown-Heutinck and British Columbia director, Wes Westergard. Carol Brown-Heutinck's husband Ted has been having some serious health concerns and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

The fall board meeting is always a very busy one. Plans and preparations are finalized for the association's annual meeting held in January. The board reviews all aspects of the year-end financial position and passes the coming year's annual budget guidelines. As well, the board reviews and makes decisions regarding future actions the association will take during the coming year.

The CSA continues to endorse, and will participate in Medipac's Snowbird Extravaganzas, and will conduct winter information meetings in Florida and Arizona in the weeks following the Tampa event. At this time, we do not have firm dates for the winter information meetings, so members are advised to watch later editions of CSA News and their local newspapers in the south.

On a personal note, there is a group that I have been following with some interest. The Toronto Health Coalition (affiliated with the Canadian Health Coalition) supports and works to preserve the Canada Health Act and its five principles, plus it is active concerning many other health-care issues such as hospital closures, privatization and patient access. Shirley Douglas, actor and high-profile daughter of Tommy Douglas (one of the original architects of Canada's Medicare system) is the official spokesperson and a founding member of the group. If you'd like further information about the Toronto Health Coalition, call (416) 929-1545.

Lastly, if you have not renewed your CSA membership, please do it today. Drive or travel carefully to your winter destination and, no matter where you travel, be an ambassador, it's the Canadian way.