May 2018 President's Message

I am delighted to announce the start of our 2018 – 2019 membership year, our 95th since starting in 1924. We’re already looking ahead to our Centennial year in 2024 which will be ever so shortly after our Mother Organization's (MWIA) Centennial in 2019. I hope you’ll join me at the MWIA Centennial Convention coming up July 25 – 29, 2019 in New York City. Students and Residents, do you have a poster to submit? Send in your submission today.

My year as the 94th President of the FMWC began by meeting so many of you at our AGM in Ottawa in September 2017. Many of us marched in solidarity to Parliament Hill to speak up on the Government’s proposed tax changes. I stood on Parliament Hill speaking out with a megaphone, for a quiet family physician, this was very empowering.

There are many opportunities for FMWC Medical Women, Residents and Students to get engaged. Let me tell you about our four advocacy groups. We have started the planning for both our Second
Annual HPV Prevention Week and our Eleventh Annual Pap Campaign – both scheduled for October 2018. I want to highlight two new FMWC advocacy groups which are projects of my year as National President. The FMWC joined the Women’s Peace and Security Network as an Organizational Member. We have also formed an FMWC Women and Peace Advocacy Group, led by Dr. Nahid Azad an Ottawa-based Geriatrician, and are beginning to develop an FMWC project on Women and Peace looking ahead to where we want to be and what goals we wish to accomplish in one year. We look forward to updating you in the upcoming edition of THE VOICE and at the Toronto AGM held September 21 – 23, 2018.

I am also delighted to announce a brand new advocacy area: Women’s Cardiac and Cerebrovascular Health (WCCH) led by Dr. Shahin Jaffer, a Vancouver Internist with a mission to educate the public and physicians on this critically important issue in Women’s Health. Stay tuned for details. As you can see, we have been busy at the FMWC and invite you to join any of these four advocacy projects by emailing the National Office at [email protected].

Please stay tuned and watch for the release of another new advocacy group later this Summer! In our membership survey last year, you told us Advocacy was the most important reason to join the FMWC. I listened and now it’s up to you to renew your membership, ask a friend to join the FMWC. Then join our advocacy groups, participate, get engaged.

We want to hear your voice, your wisdom.

Renew your membership today. See you in Toronto in September 2018 and in New York City in July 2019.

With kind regards,
Dr. Beverly Johnson
94th president FMWC

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