Hoy to be next pres­i­dent

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ers were well cho­sen and de­lighted all in at­ten­dance, leav­ing us with food for thought and copies of their books.

The Satur­day morn­ing In­ter­faith Ser­vice had a panel of speak­ers from the Hindu, Mus­lim, Bud­dhist, Sikh, Baha’I and Chris­tian faiths in­ter­spersed with mu­sic.

No con­ven­tion is com­plete without dis­plays, sales ta­bles, silent auc­tions and more im­por­tantly nu­tri­tion breaks. Th­ese breaks were hosted by the Dis­tricts in BC with lo­cally grown prod­ucts – jams, honey, ap­ples, pota­toes and cheese.

The wrap up, in­vi­ta­tion from New Brunswick to at­tend the 20th Na­tional Con­ven­tion in 2015 and thank­ing the re­tir­ing board mem­bers be­fore in­stalling the new board for 2012-2015. Past Pres­i­dent, Sheila Need­ham, ably in­stalled the newly elected board mem­bers, charg­ing in­com­ing Pres­i­dent, Marie Kenny (PEI) and Pres­i­dent-Elect, Linda Hoy (QC) to the du­ties in­curred upon them for the en­su­ing term. Marie and Linda were given flow­ers and gifts from their prov­ince by the del­e­gates in at­ten­dance. The BCWI and 2012 Plan­ning Com­mit­tee were thanked by out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Ruth Blenkhorn and given bou­quets of flow­ers. The provin­cial flags were re­tired and the 19th Na­tional Con­ven­tion was of­fi­cially closed.

The ladies were off to get ready for the Clos­ing Ban­quet and Red Dress Gala. The Red Dress Gala brought the Women’s Heart Health pro­ject to a close. This health-re­lated pro­ject, “Hard Facts about Women’s Heart Health” was cho­sen in 2009 was the ob­vi­ous choice to go along with our theme, Coast to Coast ~ WI Alive and Well. We part­nered with Heart & Stroke Foun­da­tion and their Heart Truth com­mu­nity ac­tion kit. A chal­lenge was is­sued to mem­bers to be­gin a walk­ing pro­gram from Jan­uary 1, 2011 – De­cem­ber 31, 2011. We hoped to com­pile enough steps to walk across Canada, from St. John’s, NL to Sid­ney, BC – in­deed, Coast to Coast. We did walk across Canada a cou­ple times!

Ban­quet speaker, Rose Lopetrone, a for­mer car­diac nurse, cur­rently works for the Van­cou­ver Is­land Health Au­thor­ity in the Qual­ity & Pa­tient Safety Of­fice. Two years ago Rose was di­ag­nosed with heart dis­ease. Since then she has worked hard at rais­ing aware­ness for women and heart dis­ease. In Fe­bru­ary of this year she launched the very first WomenHeart sup­port net­work in Canada. She also vol­un­teers for the Heart & Stroke foun­da­tion by go­ing out into the com­mu­nity and shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge.

This brought the 19th FWIC Na­tional Con­ven­tion to a close and farewells, pho­tos and prom­ises to meet in 2015 in Fred­er­ic­ton.

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