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President's Report




The 2017 – 2018 year for the CWSO was notable for changes in our leadership and also in some of our processes. We stepped up as a board to co-manage the annual conference and, for the first time in our history, we administered the registration through our own website which saved us time and money. We continue to increase our knowledge and efficiencies and are working to become more proficient with ever changing communication technology.

Annual Conference - We received positive feedback from our membership by focusing on practical information and tools for the conference in 2018. We benefited greatly from the help of our partners Homewood Health Center and Thresholds Homes and Supports. Of course we are grateful for the support of all our sponsors, volunteers, and contributors. As we move forward we are looking at developing the Trade Show component of the conference and offering more specific training opportunities.


Financial Statement - The Board provided our membership with a financial statement for the fiscal year of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.


Board Membership - We are taking a critical look at our board membership structure and will be making changes to reflect the changing landscape in health/mental health structures within the province as we move into 2019.

Volunteer Opportunities - We are excited to offer more opportunities for participation with CWSO  and are seeking active participation from our growing membership.

Change In Leadership - Please see the letter below which outlines the circumstances which led to our new President, Carmen Abel, moving up from her position as Vice President mid-term. We are very happy she was able to step in, but sorry we had to say goodbye to Robin.



Dear CWSO Members,


It is with regret that I share with you today the resignation of the CWSO Board President,  Robin Cheslock.

Robin has been an active member of the CWSO for many years and was elected to the position of President of the Board in 2017.  Robin has  recently accepted the position of Health Director at with Wahnapitae First Nation.  In view of his new position Robin feels that he is unable to continue with his role with the CWSO. 

We have appreciated his wisdom, leadership and enthusiasm.  He will be missed on the Board but we also understand the competing challenges of managing a new position and other duties. 

We wish Robin all the best!


Best regards,

Carmen Abel, MSc., RP

President of the Board, CWSO

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