First, we want to extend our deepest wishes and support to colleagues and families in Japan who are amidst managing the aftermath of the devastating environmental crises. In addition we know that many of you have contributed to funds to support the re-building efforts and we thank you for this.
Second, over the next couple of months the Presidents of each affiliate will be sent a survey to complete with their Executives, on behalf of their affiliates. This survey aims to construct a clearer picture of the training and educational needs of affiliates, to facilitate knowledge-sharing across affiliates and to find ways to bolster WAIMH membership across affiliates.
Third, you may have noticed the word is now out regarding WAIMH Congress, April 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. As plans unfold, there is much evidence to suggest that this is going to be a wonderful richly textured congress. Abstract submissions are open as of 1 May and we encourage each of you to consider submitting an abstract or participating in other ways to the success of this Congress
Finally, we are always keen to hear from any of you about the activities/projects that you are engaged in. Big or small, it is news to be shared through the mailing list that is actively managed by the central office at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if there is an issue that you want support with, drawing on the collective wisdom and expertise of the affiliates is another way to express our shared membership.
Wishing you all the very best over the next few months!
Affiliate Council Representative,
Chair of Affiliate Council,