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Letter from the CAGC President - June 2019

Dear CAGC Members,

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is already half over! If you’re anything like me, then you have a very long outstanding to-do list, and you’ve only accomplished a small portion of what you thought you would by this time. And that’s okay! We are all working incredibly hard, balancing the needs of our patients and clients with those of our families, friends, and – I hope – ourselves. Don’t forget to take a step back and look at everything you have accomplished so far this year, both professionally and personally, and try to set aside the nagging to-do list for a just a few moments. Each one of us impacts the lives of patients and their families every day, whether directly in the clinic, or indirectly in the lab or classroom, and this is important, meaningful work. And at the end of the day, I hope we are all going home and partaking in some self-care, like watching a movie, relaxing with family, or going for a walk in this beautiful weather. 

So, sit back, put your feet up, and have a look at what you and your colleagues in genetics have been up to over the past month…

June Board of Directors Meeting
On June 24th, the BOD met for the 6th time, with the major focus of our meeting being a review of the organization’s budget outlook for 2019-2020. The newest fiscal year for CAGC began on July 1st, 2019 and runs until June 30th, 2020. In anticipation, each CAGC Committee, including the Board of Directors, was required to submit a budget proposal for the coming year, for approval by the BOD. Some of our committees run on very limited budgets, requiring nothing more than the cost of using the conference line for meetings (usually $100-200 per year), while other committees take on large projects, or provide resources to the whole organization, necessitating larger expenditures. Here’s a snapshot of how our money will be spent in the next fiscal year:

Often, in our day to day, we lament how expensive everything has gotten – and the same is true for organizations! It can be easy to forget just how many resources go into making an organization like the CAGC work for its members. If you would like more information about the budget, I strongly encourage you to attend the next AEC in Winnipeg in September, where we will discuss the budget in detail at the AGM. If you can’t attend, be sure to review the AGM Manual that is distributed to members by email prior to the meeting. You are always welcome to contact the BOD and/or Treasurer with any questions or concerns. 

On that note, the June meeting was the last official meeting for our outgoing Treasurer, Rachel Vanneste. As I wrote to her after the meeting, we thank Rachel for keeping us in line, asking the tough questions, and of course most importantly, making sure we didn’t go broke! We will miss Rachel, but we look forward to working with Candice Jackel-Cram, our incoming Treasurer.

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Genetics News

Did you or a colleague publish a paper, present at a conference, or make some other newsworthy contribution to the field of genetic counselling in the past month? We want to know! Please email me your updates for inclusion in my monthly letter!  


Alexis Carere, ScD, (C)CGC
President, CAGC