Hoy to be next president
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.