September 2017 Newsletter

Registration Open for the 2017 CanWaCH AGM! The Power of Partnership: Collaborate. Connect. Communicate.

View of Ottawa from Parliament Hill

CanWaCH’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Wednesday, November 1st at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. The focus is on our members and their enhanced capacity and effectiveness through the elements that power our partnership: collaborating, connecting and communicating.

Registration is now open but we recommend you hurry! The early bird rate expires September 15th. We have also secured a group rate at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, which is only guaranteed until October 10th.

Leading up to the AGM, we will be hosting a series of online touchpoints about the event and its content and we welcome members interested in helping to shape the content of our AGM to join us. We are also offering a limited number of travel subsidies to members that can demonstrate financial need. Applications are due by October 1st. To learn more or for any AGM-related questions, please contact Andy Cragg.

New CanWaCH Membership Category

CanWaCH is pleased to announce the introduction of CanWaCH Associates. If you are a health professional, academic, or other individual interested in the work that CanWaCH and its members are undertaking, and you would like to be more engaged, then we highly recommend that you apply to be a CanWaCH Associate. CanWaCH Associates will be non-voting participants per the CanWaCH Membership Policy but can access the benefits of our great partnership. To apply to be an Associate, please fill out this form.

Share Your Women Deliver 2019 Events and Updates with CanWaCH!

Justin Trudeau announcing that Women Deliver 2019 will take place in Vancouver, Canada.

Women Deliver’s triennial global conference is coming to Vancouver, Canada from June 3-6, 2019. This presents CanWaCH, its members, Canadian civil society, health practitioners, non-governmental organizations, youth leaders and the private sector with an amazing opportunity to engage Canadians about the health, rights and well-being of women and girls around the globe.

As a Deliver for Good Campaign Ally, CanWaCH has launched a Women Deliver page on our website that will list events, meetings and other initiatives aligned with Women Deliver 2019. This includes events that will take place in Vancouver, and elsewhere in Canada, before and during the conference. Email [email protected] to have your Canadian event or activity listed and be sure to bookmark the page.

Important Women Deliver Reminders

The Women Deliver Young Leaders Program is recruiting its next class of Young Leaders! Started in 2010, the Young Leaders Program provides youth advocates with the training and resources necessary to extend their influence and actively shape the programs and policies that affect their lives. Currently comprised of 400 youth advocates from more than 100 countries, the new class of 300 new Young Leaders will join the program early 2018. All young people between the ages of 15 and 28 are encouraged to apply!

And don’t forget to subscribe to official Women Deliver’s updates, including registration information, about Women Deliver 2019.

Get Involved in CanWaCH: Calls for Nominations

CanWaCH Board of Directors – Due September 28th

CanWaCH is currently seeking nominations from members to serve on the Board of Directors. Board members must be dedicated to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and development, available to attend at least four board meetings per year (in person and/or teleconference), willing to sit on CanWaCH’s various committees and working groups, and be prepared to serve on the Board for a three-year term. You can find more information and application details on our website.

CanWaCH Stakeholder Engagement Working Group – Due October 5th

Nominations are now open to be a part of CanWaCH’s Stakeholder Engagement Working Group. This dynamic Working Group’s role is to translate member-generated evidence and experience into policy recommendations for priority forums nationally and internationally. They also advise CanWaCH on political strategy for key opportunities to advance women, adolescents and children’s health. Every year, three new members are recruited and they will be announced at our AGM on November 1st in Ottawa. We invite you to complete the Call for Nominations form.

Watch: CanWaCH Webinar on Engaging Canadians Now Available on YouTube

CanWaCH hosted a webinar in August to share with our members the findings of our recently-released research report, “Using Shared Values and Beliefs to Engage Canadians”. The webinar explores Canadians’ perspectives on Canada’s investment in women and children’s health globally which will inform the development of the CanWaCH Public Engagement Strategy. The webinar recording is now available on our YouTube channel.

CanWaCH’s Manager of Strategic Communications, Charmaine Crockett, will also share findings from the report at the upcoming Inter-Council Network Public Engagement Catalyst Forum, taking place in Winnipeg from October 11-13th. Learn more about this event and register here.

Snapshots of Transformation: RESULTS Canada Parliamentary Delegation to Ethiopia

Photo of healthcare professionals tending to infant.

In  August 2017, Members of Parliament Yasmin Ratansi, Matt Jeneroux, and Iqra Khalid joined RESULTS Canada staff on a parliamentary delegation to Ethiopia. The objective of the delegation was to provide Canadian Parliamentarians with the opportunity to see firsthand the impact of Canadian development investments in reducing rates of malnutrition and in advancing early childhood development. They have put together a moving photo essay of the trip. You can also find out more from their Huffington Post blog.

Cuso International Celebrates Canada 150 with New Alumni 150 Microsite

In celebration of 150 years of Canada and its many achievements, Cuso International has launched a new microsite, Alumni 150, which highlights the positive impacts that over 13,000 Cuso volunteers have had around the world during the past 56 years. The site also recognises Indigenous history that predates 150 years of Canadian Confederation. Recently, Cuso International has undertaken new projects with Indigenous partners in Canada, creating opportunities for Cuso volunteers to make an impact at home as well as overseas.

HealthBridge Foundation of Canada’s Steps for Change

Are you looking for a way to get moving this fall? Step up with HealthBridge Foundation of Canada for Steps for Change! Join them to walk, run or roll 10,000 steps a day from September 14 to October 12 in solidarity with women and children in Nepal and Vietnam who need better access to health and nutrition for them and their children. As you step, HealthBridge will take you on a virtual journey through Nepal and Vietnam where you will catch a glimpse of the challenges women face to access health services and nutrition for them and their children. All proceeds from Steps for Change support HealthBridge’s Saving lives of mothers and children in Nepal and Vietnam. Register today!



September 14, 2017