HEALCANADA has launched its registered charitable organization with a committed board that includes:
Many of us have traveled to Africa. We have seen the poverty, heard the stories of domestic and conflict related gender-based violence and rape, witnessed fleeing refugees and displaced persons living under plastic sheets in makeshift camps. We have visited hospital clinics with substandard healthcare and schools with lack of educational opportunities. In conjunction with these appalling conditions we have met many African citizens. They are humble yet courageous people, brimming with gratitude and grace. As well, we have spent time with dedicated leaders in various communities and have been inspired by their innovation, commitment and fortitude. Weary, but inspired, we have returned home prepared to be advocates for African individuals and communities and for those working to improve the lives of these vulnerable people. And then, maybe because our senses have been heightened, or our eyes have been opened, probably because our hearts are so raw, we become more aware of the poverty, vulnerability and marginalization that exist within our own communities. It is then that we realize the importance, as a charitable organization, of having both a local and global presence.